The next morning, it's noted that it's Rodney's birthday. For the first of 21 times. I counted. Rodney is hoping to win the reward because he's going stir-crazy stuck at camp. Various tribe members throw it out there that they'll make sure he goes on a reward today. Will says even if he has to give up his spot, he'll do that. Rodney is confident. "They're gonna take me on this Reward. If I don't go on the Reward, it will be a sad, sad day. I mean, my whole game will change. But guess what? The chances of that happening are 0.0000% chance, 'cause that's how much faith I have in these people."
The Reward Challenge involves teams unspooling ribbons on a may pole, releasing a key, which will unlock balls. The balls need to land in targets via a catapult they need to jump on. First team to finish wins Reward, which is delivering supplies to local orphans, and a BBQ. There's a Schoolyard Pick to choose teams, & Will is left out. This seems to upset Rodney because Will was going to give up his spot because, you know, birthday.
The Survivor gods don't give a fuck about birthdays, though, & Sierra, Carolyn & Mike win. Jesus is thanked, but not by Rodney, whose team lost due in part to him having to go back for his lost balls at one point.Do NOT want to see Dan with these kids. "I don't want to take anything away from you being orphans. HOWEVER..." #SurvivorWorldsApart— Lisa Ferreira (@MomOfKai) May 7, 2015
Despite Rodney's confidence that there was a 0.0000% chance that he wouldn't be going on this Reward, nobody is giving up their spot. Sierra notes that she would have chosen him to join had it been an Individual Reward, but she never said she'd give up her own spot.
At the Reward, everyone is having a party like it's their damn birthday. They're playing, eating, laughing - they are not relaxing, bro.
this exchange between @SonOfMomOfKai & @SpencerBGM on twitter.
I feel like aside from the misogyny we saw earlier this season, Rodney may be my SpiritBro. It's like he exists just to deliver amazingly angry soliloquies. "Fucking washing dishes on my birthday. Nine miserable days left on this island that doesn't even grow fucking coconuts or any fruits. Nothing! It just has nothing here. 0 for 5 in Reward Challenges, and a bunch of scumbags who neglected me ON MY BIRTHDAY, who claim to be Survivor Family...now all bets are off. Bunch of scumbags. Not one Reward. Unbelievable. Caroline (why are names so hard for anyone to learn this season?) & Sierra...they ain't going to the end. The only people who are going to the end under my watch...is me. That's it." And it's punctuated with an angry kick on the beach I MEAN HE IS GOLD.
First they took his bae... then they took his birthday party... For Rodney, the struggle is real... #SURVIVOR— Ari Ferarri (@AriFerarri) May 7, 2015
Rodney joins Will, Tyler, & Dan at the camp, still ranting about his shitty birthday.
Rodney comes up with a plan to feign a quit. He'll tell everyone he's done & wants to be voted out, Mike won't play his idol, & they can get him out. It's not a terrible plan.
That night, Rodney puts on a show. "I wish Tribal Council was today so you guys could put my name down. Okay? Have fun. Have fun with your little game. This is a bunch of fake-ass people - I'm done. I need to get home to my real family. I'm all set. Mama C who's supposed to be a Mother, who says Oh, I love you Rodney, you're like a son to me. You're like a son to me? That's like saying if you leave your son home & you'd go out partying, & watch your son be deserted, at home. DOING CHORES. While you were out ON MY BIRTHDAY & I claim to be your son? It's all fake...If it was any other day it wouldn't matter, but it was my damn birthday..."
For all his incredible work in that scene, it was for naught, as Mike didn't fall for it. Tyler asks Carolyn in a roundabout way if she'd consider playing the idol for him. She answers with a very common Mom technique, called Let's Talk About That Later.
The Immunity Challenge involves standing on platforms, leaning back over the water, holding onto a rope. Rodney is struggling & Probst notices.
Will falls first.
Dan is next.
#Survivor Maybe the water attracts misogyny?— Amy Von Doom (@spooloflies) May 7, 2015
Carolyn wins Immunity, meaning Mike has to play his idol if he wants to stay in the game. Carolyn suggests that the guys vote Mike, and the girls vote Tyler. Dan is concerned his name may be written down again, because Will wrote his name down before. Rodney assures him that Will is with them 100%. He is really all or nothing with his percentage predictions, whether it's 0.0000% or 100%, & I respect that.
Tyler makes plans to vote Dan with Will & Carolyn, to get rid of Dan's 2 vote advantage, but Carolyn is still torn over the best move for her.
At Tribal Council, Mike says he's playing his idol, & is enjoying that one of the 6 have to go home. "I've got the fireworks out, some popcorn, some Pepsi..."
Good lord, if these people won't throw Rodney a birthday party, then Kai & I will.
Tyler tells Probst he'd be surprised if he's the one voted out. Mike plays his idol, and we all get to see Tyler's surprised face.
Tyler is asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately.
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