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Beneath the Radar


A very quiet episode for Mike this week. He was the one character who didn’t obtain a confessional. He was, nevertheless, a part of an alliance-building scene in the course of the beloved one’s reward, which might show essential, however we by no means heard his private ideas on this matter.

I’ll contact briefly on Mike’s beloved one’s go to. As long-time Edgic readers will know, I don’t often rely the family members part in the direction of tone or visibility as a result of it’s one thing that needs to be proven. Each participant will get a second with their beloved one, they usually’re virtually all the time emotional. There isn’t any particular editorial manipulation happening. Nevertheless, there are nonetheless little moments inside these scenes that may embrace foreshadowing (Gabby’s “I’m virtually accomplished” springs to thoughts right here). I discovered it fascinating what Mike stated about his actions “impacting an entire world of individuals” after which apologizing to his tribemates for something he’s stated or carried out. “I hope it doesn’t destroy my recreation,” he concluded.

What was all that about? Mike made it sound like he’d been enjoying this ruthless, unforgiving recreation. I assume it ties again to one thing he stated at a current Tribal Council about how he went from caring concerning the emotions of these he was voting out to eager to see extra “bloodshed.” Perhaps that is about Mike enjoying the center. That was what he stored telling us final week. And he informed his boyfriend the identical factor through the reward this episode. “I’m working the center; everybody thinks I’m on their aspect,” he stated. Is Mike ultimately going to get caught out for enjoying each side? Or is it one thing that can be held towards him if he achieves his objective of “making it to the top?”

Mike additionally informed his boyfriend that the 4 on the boat (himself, Angelina, Davie, and Nick) may make a Remaining four deal. Angelina and Nick shared an analogous sentiment. Davie was the one dissenter. It might have been good to listen to a confessional from Mike right here, simply to get a greater understanding of the place his head was at, however the reality we obtained a Last four scene, a point out of the Jabeni three (Mike/Ang/Nick), and a later callback to the Rock Stars alliance, makes Mike a minimum of really feel considerably related to the end-game. I don’t see Mike’s edit as a winner contender, he has been undermined an excessive amount of (even on this episode he informed Alison the vote for Christian was “gonna be straightforward”). However I might definitely see Mike engaging in his “simply wanna make it to the top” aim, nevertheless, that’s in all probability the perfect he can hope for.


Alison had one quite generic confessional this episode and a few temporary camp scenes. Very similar to final week, she didn’t have any actual company within the vote, she was merely a part of another person’s plan and she or he simply needed to hope it was the appropriate plan. It has by no means felt just like the narrative of this season has been advised from Alison’s perspective.

There wasn’t a lot to report about Alison’s scene together with her mother. It was normal beloved one’s affair about how she’s dwelling her household’s dream and pushing herself outdoors of her consolation zone. The remainder of Alison’s content material revolved round Gabby’s plan to take out Christian. Alison was the primary individual Gabby approached, and she or he was instantly on board, reiterating that “not a soul” might beat Christian on the finish. However we by no means obtained a confessional from Alison throughout this scene nor the follow-up scene with Gabby and Kara.

Alison’s single confessional got here after the Immunity Problem and she or he informed us she appreciated the best way Gabby was considering. She advised us now’s the time to take out Christian and that she is “cautiously optimistic” that the plan would succeed. Nevertheless, in contrast to up to now, she wasn’t overconfident, she was conscious that issues might simply go fallacious. “We’ve tried to get Christian out earlier than,” she stated, “what’s to say he doesn’t pull one thing out of his hat this third time as properly.” Exchange “hat” with “shoe” and Alison was spot-on together with her apprehension.

I did discover it fascinating that Alison stated she walked away from the final Tribal Council as “extra of a menace” as a result of staring down Grim Reaper Probst and surviving. I’m not sure whether or not we’re presupposed to see Alison as this huge menace, particularly as Angelina instantly undermined her by saying not everyone seems to be an equal menace. Nevertheless, we have now heard the likes of Christian and Mike seek advice from Alison as an enormous menace prior to now. So maybe we’re meant to take a look at her as a menace, and if that’s the case, that might be the set-up to elucidate why she is eradicated earlier than the top – as I don’t see Alison’s edit pointing in the direction of Last Tribal Council.

Aspect-Observe: Sure, I observed the close-up of Alison beginning the hearth at camp, and that would very nicely be foreshadowing her participation within the Last four fire-making problem. However these sorts of issues can be deceptive, so I don’t need to make too huge of a deal out of it at this stage.


Kara‘s edit is in a very tough place proper now. I’ve been excessive on her possibilities for almost all of the season because of her constant screentime, editorial safety and frequent possibilities to elucidate herself. However this week her edit took successful, not simply because she had a weak displaying inside the episode itself, however Gabby being voted out actually hurts her too.

Very similar to Alison, Kara’s liked one’s scene didn’t stand out in any specific method, and her one confessional was equally generic, although higher positioned than Alison’s. She couldn’t consider Gabby needed to blindside Christian, however she was glad to leap on board. “I’ve been making an attempt to get Christian out for some time, he’s a very good participant, so I’m all for this plan,” she stated. After which, that was type of it for Kara, even after profitable the Immunity Problem, we didn’t get any follow-up confessional or pre-Tribal scenes. She didn’t even get a generic Tribal query about profitable Immunity.

Might this be safety? Kara ended up blindsided as a consequence of Christian’s idol play, so perhaps they didn’t need to present her going gung-ho for the plan? It’s potential, however a stretch. There are solely so many occasions you possibly can excuse lack of pre-Tribal content material as safety. Plus, Kara had already advised us she needed Christian gone, so if it was true safety, we in all probability wouldn’t have even heard that.

What I discover most worrying for Kara’s edit is Gabby getting eradicated. Although I acknowledged that Gabby’s story might have concluded with the Carl vote, part of me nonetheless anticipated her to succeed in the finale. I felt like the entire “social allure versus social awkwardness” theme associated principally to Kara and Gabby, and that if Kara have been to win, it will almost certainly be towards Gabby in a Michele v Aubry-style showdown. The truth that Kara and Gabby began working collectively final week made this trajectory appear much more possible. And now Gabby has gone, so the place does that depart Kara?

I’m struggling to see the place Kara’s story goes from right here. The edit hasn’t introduced any robust connections for her since Dan left and she or he doesn’t really feel related to the primary narratives. With only one episode earlier than the season finale, that’s regarding. And but we will’t overlook all her robust content material from earlier within the season. The subsequent episode is make or break for Kara. She wants one thing massive that provides her company inside the narrative, in any other case, she could possibly be going the best way of Gabby.

Center of the Street


This was a solidly respectable episode for Angelina. She was a part of the alliance-building scene on the household barbecue and was the one one to get a supporting confessional, outdoors of Davie who obtained a confessional disagreeing with the Ultimate four plan. She was additionally featured in a camp scene discussing the vote with this similar group of individuals.

Angelina’s beloved one’s go to wasn’t something too out of the strange, nevertheless it did include one humorous second when she informed her mother concerning the rice she gained for the tribe. “She’s obtained loads of love,” her mother informed the opposite castaways. “Now mother’s working the sport,” Probst commented. This continues a recurring theme in Angelina’s edit of her pandering to her tribemates whether or not it’s for jackets or idols or jury votes. She additionally advised her mother that she has “gotta battle to win, identical to you taught me,” and went on to win the Reward Problem.

On the boat, Angelina stated she was with the precise 4 individuals she needed to be with in the long run. “It labored out completely for me as a result of the group of 4 that went is definitely who I need to be within the last 4,” she stated. She informed the identical factor to Davie, Mike, and Nick, explaining that she needed to go to the top with individuals she revered and can be comfortable to see win if it’s not herself. Whereas this was forward-planning content material, issues by no means received fairly in-depth sufficient from Angelina to warrant a CP.

As I’ve stated quite a few occasions over the previous weeks, I might be very stunned if Angelina doesn’t make it to the finale episode. She has had such an enormous edit (confessionals in each episode) mixed with a chance to elucidate herself even in moments of negativity. The truth that the Jabeni alliance was introduced up once more right here can also be an excellent signal for her longevity. Keep in mind again in Episode 6, there was a lot speak about how that Lyrsa vote would have a monumental impression on the sport. It felt a bit of bit bizarre on the time, however now that this group is again in focus, maybe we’ll perceive that foreshadowing slightly extra. Additionally, it will be completely becoming for Angelina to finish up at Last Tribal Council begging for jury votes.

Complicated Personalities


That is Davie‘s first CP score since means again in Episode four. That’s an extended drought. In that point, Davie has drifted out and in of relevance, typically offering colourful moments of OTT. However we’ve by no means actually recognized the place Davie’s head was at when it comes to his particular person recreation. This was the primary time in an extended whereas the place we received to listen to Davie discuss what’s greatest for him.

The scene together with his mother was enjoyable and hit on the “Davie Crockett” adventurer theme. We heard tales about how Davie was all the time an “explorer” as a child, bringing numerous bugs into the home to point out his mom. Through the boat barbecue, we heard him inform his mother that he caught an octopus. This was all nice, constant character content material for Davie. He’s the fun-loving Devilish Davie having the journey of a lifetime. The distinction is, on this episode, he additionally acquired to speak recreation.

When the previous Jabenis have been all toasting to a brand new Ultimate four deal, Davie seemed extraordinarily cautious, and he defined why in confessional. “They’ve all spent for much longer with one another than I’ve as a result of they have been all on the Jabeni tribe collectively,” he stated. “So I’m beginning to really feel slightly bit on the surface; I don’t assume this alliance is the neatest transfer for me.” Davie gave us strong reasoning why he wasn’t snug with this alliance, and he continued to broaden on his ideas later within the episode.

Davie was current when Gabby approached them with the plan of voting out Christian, however whereas Nick was all for it, Davie once more confirmed reluctance. He believed Nick was taking issues personally and appearing out of revenge. “Regardless that Christian blindsided me twice, I don’t take it private, that’s a part of the sport,” Davie stated, which solidifies the emotions he has expressed after the John and Dan blindsides. We now have heard him telling the tribe to not take issues to coronary heart and keep in mind it’s only a recreation. Davie’s angle was held in distinction to Nick, who took Christian’s betrayal as deeply private.

“I’ve shielded myself to date by hiding behind individuals seen as an enormous menace, however who’s gonna be my defend if I get Christian out?” Davie requested. This was an awesome little confessional which helped clarify Davie’s technique of the season. We then noticed him placing his phrases into motion by approaching Christian and warning him about Gabby and Nick. Regardless that Christian confirmed reluctance to consider Davie in confessional, he did finally play the idol for himself. Davie voted for Christian to maintain up the ruse however he acquired the end result he desired.

In a vacuum, this episode seems to be actually robust for Davie. However within the wider context of his entire season, it’s onerous to see it altering something an excessive amount of. The Invisible score within the merge episode is an actual killer, and his lack of in-depth relationships makes it troublesome to see how that might translate right into a profitable recreation. It looks like this CP-episode may need simply been a circumstantial one-off to elucidate how Christian knew to play his idol.

Earlier than I get into Gabby‘s write-up, I need to quote the ultimate two paragraphs I wrote about Gabby in final week’s Edgic:

“All of that is nice for Gabby, however together with her ultimate confessional, I do marvel about the place her story goes subsequent. “If Carl goes house tonight, I’m gonna really feel so vindicated that this entire time I’ve been seen as an emotional younger lady, seen as hysterical, all these insults flung my method. I’m going to really feel so proud that I broke free from these perceptions and confirmed that I’m not gonna be an underdog on this recreation anymore,” she stated. That nearly sounds just like the sort of winner confessional you’d get within the season finale… besides it’s come three episodes too quickly. What does that imply?

Gabby has been portrayed because the underestimated underdog all season, however this episode virtually looks like a conclusion to that specific arc. She made the transfer towards Carl, and it labored, so by her personal admission, she has proven that she is not the underdog. I’m very intrigued to see Gabby’s edit within the subsequent episode and if it can change in any respect now that she is a prime canine – and in that case, how that may have an effect on her winner possibilities, which proper now look actually good.”

Ignoring that final sentence, I really feel like that was virtually spot on! Gabby eliminating Carl was the conclusion to her story arc. She went from the underdog to the highest canine, and so there was nowhere left for her to go. I additionally forgot to say final week that there was a bunch of foreshadowing to Gabby & Christian turning on Carl. Keep in mind the scene again on the David tribe when Gabby & Christian have been discussing the logistics of Slamtown, and it stored chopping again to an irritated wanting Carl within the shelter? Or the second when Gabby informed Carl that the perfect technique is to let the competitors assume you’re weak and pathetic in order that they underestimate you? There was some nice storytelling main as much as this blindside.

That stated, despite the fact that I acknowledged the likelihood that Gabby’s story could possibly be coming to an in depth, I did nonetheless anticipate her to succeed in the finale, merely as a result of how a lot screentime she had acquired throughout the season, plus the safety and consistency to her themes and relationships. However I’ve a superb feeling about why Gabby acquired such a big edit, which I’ll get to in a second. Firstly, let’s take a look at her content material on this episode.

This episode was all concerning the new Gabby. She began by telling Nick to not underestimate anyone; displaying a brand new signal of confidence. Gabby was not not sure of herself. She was now enjoying with “gumption,” as she stated at Tribal Council. Her subsequent massive transfer was to take out her primary ally, Christian, and as all the time, she acquired to elucidate her reasoning in nice element. The liked one’s go to made her understand that Christian has been her comforter, the one which has all the time seemed out for her. “I can’t let myself get lured into that sense of safety of ‘oh Christian is searching for me.’ I have to play for me,” she stated.

Gabby was targeted on the win and to realize that she wanted to destroy the perceptions individuals had of her within the recreation, identical to how she defined final week’s Carl vote. “Individuals have seen me as Christian’s sidekick, and I’ve been struggling to battle that notion,” she stated. “I would like respect on this recreation, so what higher method than to slay my primary ally.” As with all of Gabby’s strikes, the edit by no means portrayed this vote as private, she associated it to her strategic recreation. She needed to take out her ally, who was not solely the most important menace to win, however the individual getting all of the credit score for his or her strikes.

Whereas Gabby had newfound confidence, the transfer wasn’t introduced as villainous. Examine it to Nick, who needed to eliminate Christian out of revenge. “I’m nervous and excited and I’m unhappy as a result of it means betraying somebody I’ve been shut with for therefore lengthy,” Gabby defined. “However I have to keep in mind that Christian doesn’t need me to win… so I’ve to do it if I wanna win this recreation.” For Gabby, it was time to “go huge or go house,” and sadly for her, it was time to go residence. There was some sensible foreshadowing earlier within the episode when she advised her mother: “I’m virtually completed.”

I thought-about giving tone to Gabby for this episode, however on rewatching, it didn’t actually really feel like there was something particular. Nick referred to as Gabby & Christian “dumb,” however provided that Nick himself was N-tone, I don’t contemplate his phrases to have an effect on Gabby or Christian’s tone. No one else spoke about Gabby in both constructive or damaging phrases, and the vote towards Christian was introduced as a logical huge transfer.

General although, I’ve given her a CPP score for the season. Gabby had one of many largest edits out of all of the characters and one of many strongest eighth place edits in Survivor historical past. She was a posh character who wore her feelings on her sleeve however by no means let these feelings get in the best way of her strategic gameplay. In contrast to most of the gamers round her, when Gabby stated she was going to do one thing, she did it, as her beloved one’s letter stated final week. We noticed proof of that on the Carl vote and once more with this Christian vote. And this is among the causes I consider Gabby had such a big edit. The producers love gamers who not solely give a whole lot of themselves character-wise however who’re prepared to make massive strikes. Gabby offered that and was rewarded with an unimaginable edit for somebody who completed in eighth place.

In the long run, Gabby was a journey edit, somewhat than a winner edit. A participant that got here into the season not sure and insecure, typically counting on others for emotional help, however who blossomed right into a assured participant who was prepared to make arduous selections. I’ll depart you with what Gabby stated at Tribal Council, because it just about spells out her complete story-arc for the season:

“Once I got here into this recreation, I wanted lots of reassurance, and that got here from different individuals loads of the occasions, and now I discover reassurance in myself. That’s what my selections going ahead on this recreation with my votes are about. I’m going to do much less ‘Do you assume that is the correct transfer? Are you able to give me reassurance?’ and now I’m saying, with confidence, ‘that is how I’m going ahead.’ And if it will get me voted out, no less than I did one thing with gumption.”


One other massive week for Christian who stays the primary goal on the Kalokalo seashore. As I stated final week, Christian’s present story is about managing his menace degree, and proper now he’s not doing a fantastic job of it. The large query I’ve relating to Christian’s edit is, will he be the Ben Driebergen of the season who powers his strategy to the top regardless of being the most important menace or the David Wright who’s pipped on the submit?

Christian was immediately beneath the highlight on this episode for his transfer towards Carl. Nick, particularly, was dumbfounded by Christian’s transfer and was out for revenge. As I stated in Gabby’s write-up, I didn’t think about the NSPV from Nick to have a bearing on Christian’s tone as a result of Nick himself was portrayed in a unfavorable mild, taking the sport too personally. Christian tried to elucidate himself to Nick and advised him they might take Alison out subsequent. When Nick stated Gabby had flipped to the Goliaths, Christian rubbished that suggestion, believing that Gabby was nonetheless with the Davids.

In fact, Christian was fallacious about Gabby, and he remained unaware all through the episode as his former primary ally plotted his downfall. It was just like how Christian threw Gabby beneath the bus after the Jessica vote all of the whereas Gabby had no concept what was happening. As all the time, Christian was touted as the most important menace, somebody who is just too robust socially (represented right here by the comforting scene together with his girlfriend), and who would beat anyone on the Last Tribal Council. Christian wasn’t conscious of any of this happening round him, and actually, he didn’t obtain a confessional till Davie knowledgeable him.

What adopted was Christian coming to phrases with the knowledge he had discovered and making an attempt to formulate his greatest plan of motion. He informed us he was “flawed” and “surprised” that Gabby was making an attempt to take him out and that he was “having a tough time believing it.” It’s troublesome to know if this was meant to undermine Christian or if it was merely there to create rigidity over whether or not he would play his idol or not. I really feel equally concerning the scene with Nick. Christian informed us he would like to save lots of his idol and so his greatest plan of action was to restore his relationship together with his former Mason-Dixon companion. He thought that Nick nonetheless needed to work with him and that he might “marshal sufficient votes for Alison.” However he was flawed. Nick informed us he was simply stringing Christian alongside, and Christian was the one one that voted for Alison at Tribal.

Is that this a damaging for Christian? Perhaps. However it’s necessary to keep in mind that the primary crux of this episode was whether or not or not Christian would play his idol. The episode virtually needed to embrace these scenes of doubt to create rigidity. The standout line we should always keep in mind is what Christian stated on the finish of his final confessional. “I might moderately not use my idol, however I’ll play it if I really feel I’ve to, however hopefully I don’t should, and to date, I’ve been proper each time.” Finally, Christian was proper, he learn the room and appropriately performed his idol and saved himself. On prime of that, he obtained a bunch of PSPV from the jury who referred to as him “sensible,” in addition to from Gabby, who additionally heaped reward on him as he made the play.

With Gabby going house, and Kara’s edit taking successful, it solely improves the standing of Christian. That is undoubtedly Christian’s season, win or lose. He’s edited because the star of the present, and ‘can Christian keep away from the goal?’ is the main story heading into the remaining two episodes. Maybe the couple of blindspots talked about on this episode recommend that Christian will ultimately be snuffed, nevertheless it wouldn’t be any much less shocking if he Ben’s his strategy to the Ultimate Tribal Council.


Earlier than I get into Nick’s write-up, once more, I want to quote one thing I stated final week relating to Nick’s edit:

“[Nick] definitely wants to speak concerning the Mason-Dixon alliance and the way he plans to maneuver ahead now that that relationship has seemingly damaged down. I anticipate it should come again to the Nick/Christian/Gabby push-and-pull from early within the season and can hopefully tie up any unfastened threads left hanging over from these days.”

Properly, issues most undoubtedly got here again to the Nick/Christian/Gabby dynamic, as these three have been the central focus of the episode. Actually, I feel one of many causes we had three UTRs on this episode was as a result of the edit needed to provide justice to this unimaginable story that had been constructing because the second episode of the season. Nick’s unique purpose was to eliminate Gabby in order that he might have Christian all to himself. Christian ultimately selected Gabby over his Mason-Dixon companion, blindsiding Nick with the Carl vote. Nick felt so burnt that he declared the Mason-Dixon alliance “lifeless” and sought revenge on Christian. Nevertheless, with Christian’s idol play, Gabby turned the collateral injury, because of a backup plan formulated by Nick, and so, in a bizarre approach, he finally obtained Christian to himself. Sensible.

However was this a superb episode for Nick? I’m in two minds about it. The preliminary response is that he got here off as hot-headed and indignant. He was proven to be revenge-driven and taking the sport too personally. Each Christian and Davie referred to as him out for this in confessional. He was annoyed with Christian after coming back from Tribal and made his grievances heard. “I remorse saving Christian,” he stated. “We burnt three benefits to get a David lead, and now he does this s**t… yeah I’m fairly mad.” He went on to say that “Mason-Dixon is lifeless” and that he wouldn’t hesitate to blindside Christian as quickly as he received the prospect. This wasn’t the perfect search for Nick.

That stated, I by no means felt like Nick veered into OTT. Despite the fact that he did get some NSPV for taking issues too personally, he did clarify why he was annoyed and even admitted in a dialog with Christian that he didn’t know he’d be “such a sore loser.” So there was a component of self-awareness. However there isn’t a doubt the edit portrayed him as a reactionary participant. Even after the Immunity Problem, Nick was nonetheless “pissed off” with Christian for betraying him. “At this level, Christian’s lifeless to me, and it’s time that he will get a style of his personal drugs,” he stated, sounding like a Southern Abi-Maria.

Nick was additionally confirmed fallacious. “Now I’m gonna manipulate [Christian]as a result of if he’s satisfied he’s acquired the Mason-Dixon again collectively, that’s simply gonna make it that a lot simpler to blindside him,” he stated after the dialog with Christian on the seashore. Initially, this appeared dangerous for Christian, that he was shopping for what Nick was promoting, however the idol play confirmed us that Christian finally didn’t consider Nick. Subsequently, Nick’s manipulation didn’t work and it wasn’t straightforward to blindside the Robotic Scientist.


That covers a lot of the negatives for Nick, now, onto the positives. Again in Episode eight, at Tribal Council, Nick talked about how Survivor is a recreation of “give and take,” it’s a theme which has cropped up a number of occasions all through the season. That got here again in an enormous method on the liked one’s reward when Nick’s dad straight up stated: “It ain’t about what you’ve got or what you don’t have, it’s about what you give.” That type of ties in with why Nick was so offended by Christian’s betrayal. In Nick’s eyes, he had given up his benefits to save lots of Christian and received nothing in return. Nick additionally gave to Davie, bringing him on the reward due to a promise he’d made earlier within the recreation.

There’s definitely a approach you would reframe Nick’s edit as a participant who has given lots all through the season. He needed Lyrsa out at that first David Tribal Council, however in the long run, he gave up Jessica, the individual Christian and Gabby needed out. He needed Angelina out in Episode 6, however once more, he gave up Lyrsa so as to transfer ahead with Angelina and Mike, an alliance which can now be paying dividends. We’ve additionally seen him share benefits and quit info for his fellow alliance members. If the “give and take” theme is essential, then that does put Nick in higher standing than one may need initially thought.

Then, in fact, we’ve got the Remaining four deal. Nick advised his dad that the crew on the boat (himself, Angelina, Davie, and Mike) could possibly be the “remaining 4.” He didn’t get a confessional following up on this, however he was a part of the group scene toasting to this new alliance. What’s fascinating is that Davie, who wasn’t on board with the plan, introduced up the Jabeni tribe. As I stated earlier, again at that Episode 6 vote, there was a bizarre emphasis each at camp and at Tribal about how that vote was going to have a huge effect and form the remainder of the sport. It felt weirdly hyperbolic, however all three are nonetheless within the recreation and have now simply shaped a remaining alliance, so maybe it is necessary.

It’s additionally noteworthy that the Rock Stars alliance was talked about once more. I’ve criticized Nick’s edit lately for the inconsistency of his relationships, and the disintegration of the Rock Stars was one among his main flaws. The alliance simply broke aside with no actual rationalization or focus. You may say that it abruptly popping again up speaks to that inconsistency, however provided that I didn’t anticipate to listen to about it once more, it’s reappearance does appear to recommend a minimum of some significance. Additionally, these remaining alliances which are made inside the previous few episodes do typically bear fruit (Dom/Laurel/Wendell made it to FTC, Chrissy/Devon/Ryan made it to F4, Jeremy/Spencer/Tasha made it to FTC, Mike/Carolyn/Will made it to FTC, Gervase/Monica/Tyson made it to FTC, and so forth). It’s not a precise science, however there have been a number of examples.

What I’m on the lookout for from Nick now’s how he’ll react upon returning to camp subsequent week. Is his arc going to proceed down this path of “butthurt betrayed sufferer that’s hellbent on revenge”? Or will he reign that again in, put apart his variations with Christian and give attention to the sport? If it’s the latter, then I don’t see that narrative translating right into a win. If it’s the previous, then maybe I’ve ignored the “give and take” theme and the way necessary it’s to the season and particularly Nick’s story.

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