I'm, not sure if your remark about spoilers is addressed to me but I assure you that I didn't know Michaela was going. Everyone in spoilers was taken by surprise and I'm sure Kingfish will confirm this. At most, we had a screenshot from the promos suggesting that Takali would finish first in the IC but that was it.
The Honest Players - Unfortunately, some will see that honesty doesn’t always pay.
1- Jessica: I'm suddenly very interested in Jessica's story. Not only was she the one who turned Adam but now she got a deal from Taylor and confimation that Adam lied. Her fortune in the game depends on finding away to regain Chris and Bret's trust but I expect she will manage it easily. The Gen X tribe is poised to take over this game and she has many options.
2- Ken: This was a quiet episode for Ken and he lost the RC for his tribe. I wonder what he would have done if Takali had gone back to TC. His game intelligence comes into question when we realize that Jessica had to tell what to say to Adam last week and he had nothing to say when she built a bridge with taylor this week. Will he simply follow her lead?
3- Michelle: She's the one that said the truth works well but it hasn't helped her side up top now. It was funny to see Michelle having to deal with those "animals" during the reward. Unfortunately for Michelle, I think her choice of alliance will end her game.
4- Hannah: Tribal Council is not kind to our favorite follower. Both times she entered Jeff’s lair feeling relatively confident but left in a complete mess. This time, I thought Jeff would have to call the doctor again because she was starting to hyper-ventilate. With Adam and Zeke making it to the merger, Hannah will probably get her wish: Those two will use her to get rid of Jay and his friends.
5- Chris: His honesty has already led him to two unpleasant surprises. He survived one Tribal Council where he had to trust David but how long will that last? In the majority that is lining up, Chris is close to Bret on one side and Zeke on the other and while Bret will be a loyal ally, it seems that Zeke could trade his Okie love for some California grass.
6- Taylor: Maybe the merger comes at the wrong time for Taylor. If Takali had gone to Tribal Council once more, I think his honesty would have won over Ken and Jessica even if they had promised Adam to work with him. Now his honesty will play against him. I’m sure he will be unable to hide his joy at being reunited with Jay, Will and Michelle and that will isolate him from any possible protection from the new majority.
BTW, the laughter you thought you heard, was real. It was sound editors adding their take on Taylor's interview.
The Liars - Up to now, they have done well for themselves but it should come back to bite them:
7- Jay: With Michaela being much more loved than Figgy, I expect that less people will praise Jay this week than we saw with Adam last week. As much as I loved his death stare, he made an incredibly dumb move. Adam's move showed that the Millennials' tribe had cracks, Jay's decision irremediably broke it. It's 7-6 in favor of the Millennials at the merger but I see it more like a 9-4 disavadvantage for Jay, Michelle and their minions.
The image of the full moon resting on Jay’s shoulder seemed to tell us that he’s reached his zenith a fortnight too early. It would be fun to see him voted out during the next new moon but I doubt he will make it that far.
What I also found interesting is that by super-imposing two images to show Jay with the moon on his shoulder, we actually saw two Full Moons in the same picture. Will Jay make a second big move, probably using his idol to get a Gen Xer out of the game?
8- Zeke: A very interesting character, I place Zeke with the liars mostly because of his intentions instead of his actions. From the start he said he didn’t fit with the Milllennials and he told us he was ready to vote out Michelle. Also, while he wants to take care of David, he made it clear that his good intentions had an expiry date. Seeing Zeke’s post-feast scene, showing him laughing at all the farts and burps showed his lack of maturity.
9- Adam: Already, we saw that Jessica and Ken weren’t as enamored with their savior as expected. Jessica went as far as to say that she preferred playing with the honest Taylor. It would have been interesting to see how this tribe would have voted but the merger will come at the right time for Adam. His connection to Zeke and Hannah should keep him inside the merger’s majority but he will probably be kept under careful watch. This strategic player showed his hand too early and the patient Gen Xers will probably wait just long enough for him to feel confident and then vote him out despite the idol.
10- Will: The High School student should only be counted as one of the participants but his role in Jay’s lie was such a grievous act that he has to be included here. His lack of athleticism and the fact that he could have an idol will probably keep him momentarily safe but he should be an early jury boot. “He's old enough to know what's right, and young enough not to choose it... He's wise enough to win the world, but fool enough to lose it.”*
11- David: This schemer has surprised many players with his lies including his two closest early allies. He will now be reunited with Ken and Jessica who will probably be curious about the vote against Cece. It could be easily explained but it should keep them alerted to his deceptions. We heard that David is worried about Chris and that is the biggest danger for the Gen Xers. Will David believe that he is safely included in two different end game scenarios or will he overplay his hand, creating more chaos down the road? He is the player with the most options right now but I don’t think he has the patience to let them play out.
The Followers - They are going to be good numbers for the Gen Xers
12- Sunday : Because of the bloated number of players making the merger, Sunday wasn’t in danger of missing the feast and she will gladly reunite with her original Takali allies to eliminate the scheming Millennials.
13- Brett: We didn’t even see him trying to come up with another plan even if his life was on the line. Jay’s power play was a gift that just fell in Bret’s lap. Likewise, I expect he will go along with someone else’s plans until he becomes expendable. In a game where truth works well, his lie should come back to bite him. I didn’t put him with the liars because keeping his profession secret is not a grievous fault compared to some of the lies we have witnessed in the name of game play.
Booted - Michaela: While her challenge abilities were a consideration, we can't say that was the main reason for her elimination. It was her intellignece that first alerted Jay but her interviews revealed her real mistake: She told everyone that Michelle should be their first target after the merger:
If you think her exit was obnoxious, you need to have your sense of humor repaired. That exit (and Judd's) was simply amazing. Her raw emotions made me smile.
PS. Just because I think Sunday looks better in her blue swimsuit than Hannah doesn't mean she is the "object of my affections"! It's just to show that you have weird tastes.
*Taken from "New World Man" by Rush.