Laura B told Vytas that she and her alliance were going to vote him out in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 7, which led to her getting voted out instead. Of course, word has it that much of her problem is that she was just an outcast from her tribe, a predictable scenario that is just one reason why Rupert should not have switched places like he did.
Tina’s informed Monica that she is number 5. That’s not a hard position to beat if someone on the other tribe wants to make an offer.
Laura B harps about how ridiculous it is that they got rid of her over Vytas. Though I can see the argument, the reality is that she has proved that she simply cannot be trusted.
Tonight’s duel will be the final one. Either John, Laura M, or Laura B will return to the game after winning it. Second place is no longer good enough.
It’s an endurance challenge. They will hang on to a pole for as long as they can. I think we can safely rule Laura B out of this or any challenge, but this seems like finally something John perhaps won’t easily run away with. Within seconds, Laura B is already sliding. After 20 minutes, John slips and decides to remove his shoes. Shortly thereafter, he slides all the way down, and he is out despite having won a number of duels. Laura B slides to about a foot above the ground, but Laura M has not budged this whole time. Laura M finally starts to slide. Having held strong for quite some time, though, she ends up winning when Laura B drops to the ground.
Before she officially reenters the game, Laura M and everybody else can drop their buffs. It’s a merge. In this merged tribe, there are three pairs: Aras & Vytas, Tina & Katie, and Laura & Ciera. I couldn’t have predicted any of these three pairs surviving this long. Aras & Vytas are just too dangerous, while Katie and Ciera have been the most dreadful competitors.
As we have seen for the last several episodes, Laura burns the clue to the hidden immunity idol.
Interestingly, though Ciera has been of no use this whole season, she may now be the key swing player. Either she can stick with her alliance (Ciera, Hayden, Caleb, Tyson, Gervase… the people without loved ones), or she can join the pairs alliance like her mom wants. Regardless, Aras doesn’t trust them at all, so his plan is to get rid of Laura in a pairs alliance plus two or three (Gervase, Hayden, and possibly Tyson). The twist with this is that, though Vytas does not think they need Tyson, Aras does. Too bad Tyson wants to get rid of Aras, and he’s hell bent on doing so, even if it means alienating Monica.
Hayden told Tyson all the information he knew about the idol, and Tyson uses that information to find the idol. He won’t be telling Hayden about this, however.
The first individual immunity challenge is a test of memory. They will have to repeat a series of symbols using a cube. Everybody is right on the first item. Monica is the first out on the next item. Caleb and Katie are out next. Tyson and Tina are out next. Hayden is the next to fall. After the first round, less than half the tribe has survived. Everybody is right on the first item. Laura is out next. Ciera follows her. Everybody is right on the next item. Gervase is out next, leaving the brothers to duke it out. They are both right on the next item. Vytas wins immunity.
Vytas was never in any real danger, and for that matter I’m not sure he will be in danger any time soon, making his immunity win largely irrelevant. He knows he doesn’t need immunity, but he wanted to beat his brother anyway. Of course, Aras feels equally as safe as Vytas does, completely sure he is in control of the game.
Where it gets interesting is that half the tribe has a plan of what needs to happen next, and few of them seem to be on the same page. Aras wants to split the votes between Laura and Ciera. Laura wants to split the votes 4-3 against Tina in case Aras has an idol. Then there’s Tyson’s plan to get rid of Aras, which does not involve a split vote.
Those votes didn’t quite play out how anyone anticipated, but the end result is exactly what Tyson wanted.
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