Ben used his hidden immunity idol to prevent himself from being sent home at the hands of the entire rest of the tribe in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 12. With the sole vote that counted, he sent someone who was his closest ally until about that same day home, as Lauren went from one of the most powerful people in the game to a resident of Ponderosa.
He said his plan was to get everybody to turn against him so that he could be the deciding vote. The problem with that theory is that now he’s back at camp after having pulled off a big move… and everybody is still against him.
For the reward challenge, they are tied together in pairs and will have to go through obstacles and toss rings. Reward is a helicopter trip to a private resort. The teams are Ben and Ashley, Chrissy and Devon, and Ryan and Mike. I think we can count out that last pair. Ashley and Ben have the lead most of the time, but Chrissy and Devon make it a close race. Devon takes the lead on the rings. Mike and Ryan seemed hopeless, but Mike is actually the second person to land a ring. Devon makes it 2-1. Ben scores 3 in a row. Then Ryan scores. Devon makes it 4-3-2. Devon and Chrissy win reward. The diplomatic thing would be to pick someone from the second place team to go with them. Instead, they pick Ryan, and Ashley makes it clear she is upset. Mike is also mad, but he is less obvious about it, not saying anything after making a face that Probst points out.
Mike could have a chance to try to work with Ben, but he makes it clear he’s not interested. So then Ben approaches Ashley, who doesn’t want to talk to him either.
Meanwhile, the other three are getting along much better, and they form an alliance that for a change seems like it may be genuine. Still, there is an ulterior motive. Chrissy wants to join Devon so she can get rid of his original ally Ashley.
For the immunity challenge, they race through obstacles to a sack of sandbags, untie and toss a bag into a basket, latch a target with a monkeyfist, and solve a cog puzzle. None of the obstacles provides anyone much of an advantage. Chrissy wins immunity.
The easy move is Ben. Worried that he has another idol, they propose a split vote. It wouldn’t take many people to flip for that to backfire.
Chrissy becomes very vocal about wanting to get rid of Ashley before Ben. Her justification is they’ll have another shot at him.
Will they really? Ben finds an idol clue, and it is very clear. The idol is taped under the shelter. He’ll need to wait for when nobody is watching, but we are not let in on whether he actually gets it. I don’t suspect it’s as difficult as they paint it to be.
Always the dramatic one, Ben pulls out an idol and puts it around his neck during the middle of Tribal Council. Then he points to Mike and tells them to vote for him. To put an end to any speculation, he hands the idol to Jeff. This is not normal, but there is technically no need to wait for the vote to do any of this.
With 4 votes, Ashley is voted off the island. Chrissy got exactly what she wanted.
Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another live recap of Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers Episode 14, where we will find out who the Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.