Survivor Island of the Idols episode 8 secret scenes: Everything else

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There’s a lot that went awfully wrong in Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 8. The secret scenes cover everything that had to be shelved for the bigger picture.

After an onslaught of awfulness that was Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 8, which focused on a player’s actions (certainly enough, in my opinion, to warrant being removed from the game) and the impact that followed, we will eventually have to carry on. Yes, next week, we will see 11 castaways fighting for the chance to win a million dollars, and one of them has effectively gotten away with the discomfort they caused others.

However, because we had to get a bigger picture of why exactly the conversations, actions, discussions, and emotional fallout were so prevalent to the merge, we had to miss out on a great deal of more uplifting content. That is covered in the litany of Survivor: Island of the Idols merge secret scenes, the most necessary being the origins of Lumuwaku.

The merged tribe got its name from Jack Nichting, as it was a phrase his deceased father would tell him and his sister each time before deploying: “Love youmiss you, really wanna kiss you.” Janet brought it up based on what Jack shared on Night 18, and it’s a great name that stuck. It’s more relevant than what treemail is, even though we got not one, but two secret scenes for that this week.

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Though Tommy was the primary strategic force of Survivor: Island of the Idols episode 8, he hadn’t had the opportunity to meet his Immunity Challenge rival Dean until the merge feast, as the two seemed to bond over mutual respect of physicality and college ball.

The get everybody back into working order after the food, Noura got everybody laughing and stretching in yoga poses as part of her strategic plans to get the merged tribe comfortable. It’s a good social strategy to balance off her other social flaws we’ve seen this season.

Boston Rob’s master plan to keep himself from going insane includes a multi-week effort to build the biggest tree fort, and now we’re at the point in construction where the focus is on relaxation. With the help of Sandra, the two set up lounging nets used to gaze at the stars at night. There doesn’t seem to be too much animosity after being mostly alone with each other for so long.

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Finally, the most ironic secret scene (considering the regular episode’s circumstances) is Janet and Elizabeth bonding over their varying levels of professional swimming. They even go out for a dip at the merge and entrench themselves in relaxation as an effort to get to know one another. It’s a shame what followed, though.