Goliath strong goes horribly wrong on Survivor: David vs. Goliath

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On Survivor: David vs. Goliath, Breadth-First Search, the “underdog” Davids are picking off the Goliaths one by one, but are tribal lines finally blurring?

When the three tribes merge on Survivor: David vs. Goliath, Mike, Alec and Alison all seem poised to join forces with the Davids and make some big moves. But they choose to stay “Goliath strong,” which means forsaking any power moves and relying on their numbers. Anyone familiar with the Biblical tale of a shepherd who takes down a giant should know bigger doesn’t mean better.

John’s exit should cause the Goliaths to take a pause and reevaluate this strategy, but those who don’t learn from their mistakes are doomed to repeat them. How is it that a group of players who — for the most part — have grown up suckling at the Survivor teat, fail to remember game changers like Idols and advantages?

With another Idol up for grabs, it’s the Davids who rally together to secure another lifeline while the Goliaths continued to tow an only the strong survive, MAGA-type mentality.

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Alec and Alison have engaged in some serious flirtation with Gabby, Nick and Christian, failing to go all the way. Especially disappointing is Alec, who took out fellow Goliath Natalia early in the game.

Alison, Alec and Kara appear to abandon a foolproof plan to get rid of Dan, and a prime opportunity to ingratiate themselves with the Davids while eliminating a low man on the Goliath totem pole. Angelina would be unlikely to hold a grudge, given her tumultuous relationship with Dan, and she and Mike would still need to play nice if they hope to stick around.

But mob mentality rules once again on Survivor: David vs. Goliath, and Alison decides that instead of padding her Survivor resume (which currently reads like a high school kid applying to McDonald’s), doing nothing is actually doing something. How’s that for logic?

It’s not just that the Goliaths are content to not strategize or think long-term; it’s their blatant show of unity (as precarious as it is). This gives the Davids all the heads up they need to derail the Goliath tribe’s plans.

The Goliaths show their hand by voting for Christian at the last Tribal, and they don’t even attempt to find a sneaky way to throw the Davids off the scent. After the previous voting debacle, you’d think they’d come up with a Plan B. But in typical Goliath fashion, they just assume everything will go their way.

Once Nick reveals his advantage, the eye contact between Kara and Alec reveals they are ready to blur those darn tribal lines by voting for Angelina. What’s unclear is if they were in on the plan all along. It appears to be a last-minute call to shore up some goodwill once they realize they are SCREWED, but we’ll have to wait to find out for certain.

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When Kara first puts the plan to vote out Dan in motion, she does express her concern to the Davids that Dan has an Idol (he confides in her the day of the merge), so it’s possible the Davids get lucky, or viewers miss some heavily edited-out strategic conversations.

The Davids could assume any Goliath vote is a safe bet to nullify but choose … Alison?

Sadly, Angelina stays which means Alec and Kara will have to endure her wrath back at camp and they’ll be viewed as traitors by Angelina, possibly Alison, aka “the flipper,” and Mike, who over the past two weeks, has managed to completely blow up his own game.

If Alec’s and Kara’s votes are acts of desperation, it could be too little too late, or they might finally dump the rest of the deadbeat Goliaths and save their individual games.

The numbers may now be even, but this game is starting to look more and more “David strong.”

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Who do you think will be the next castaway to go? Will the Davids stay united? Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Survivor: David vs. Goliath airs Wednesdays at 8/7c on CBS. Tune in to see if the Davids can keep up their momentum.