Ben playing another hidden immunity idol in Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers VS. Hustlers took himself off the table as the most logical target, allowing Chrissy to get her way and get rid of Ashley instead.
That brings us down to a final five of Chrissy, Ben, Devon, Ryan, and Mike. I don’t find any of them overly compelling, but it’s not the worst lot either.
When they get back to camp, Ben immediately goes searching in the dark for another idol. At least make him earn it. This would be silly.
As he’s about to go to sleep, he sees the clue on the raft and finds his third idol by digging a little. Silly.
Chrissy approaches Ben and badly pretends to be his friend again. He does not buy it, and on the contrary, he says he wants to get rid of her. With an idol, he could easily be the lone vote to determine who is eliminated.
For the immunity challenge, they will leap into the water for a key, cross a balance beam and untie some knots, and unlock and solve a puzzle. As usual, it will all come down to the puzzle. Chrissy wins immunity and food. She invites Mike and Devon to join her.
Chrissy reveals her long useless super immunity idol to the reward group, and they decide to try to trick Ben into thinking they found an idol. Too late.
Ben can’t get rid of Chrissy, and he thinks Ryan is useless at challenges. That leaves him with the choice of Devon or Mike.
Devon proposes splitting the vote as a safety net and tossing at least one Mike’s way. He doesn’t really believe that Ben has given up like he claims. Ryan won’t buy into this plan, but Ryan has been one step behind for most of the game.
After Chrissy gives Mike her fake real idol, Ben pulls out the third hidden immunity idol he’s played. Still silly.
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It is tied. Devon would have just gone home if he didn’t follow his gut and see that something fishy was happening. Impressive read on the game, even though it was risky.
By a vote of 2-1, Mike has been voted off the island. Ben’s good at finding idols, but he can’t win when it comes to getting rid of the person he wants out.
Now that we are down to four, they are finally going to stop planting hidden immunity idols for people to accidentally stumble upon.
For the final immunity challenge, they will stack letter blocks on a wobbly platform to spell words. In addition to immunity, the winner will also receive the final secret advantage of the game. Seriously? We’re heading into the final Tribal. Do we really need another advantage?
Ryan is the first to spell the first word, and Ben is behind him. Then they both complete their second word, but Ryan drops three letters. Ben is the first to complete all three words, but one of the letters is upside down. When he goes to correct this, almost everything falls. He seemed to have a run away victory, but the others can breathe now. And then everybody else drops, allowing Ben to retake the lead. Before he drops as well. After more drops, Chrissy pulls ahead of the others, but Ben is not far behind her. Ben manages to pass her, but once again, as he goes to lock in his answer, his stack falls. Chrissy wins immunity.
That wasn’t the standard final immunity challenge, but they made those structures so sensitive that there was sure a good amount of drama to be had. She almost was sent home during the first vote because she was considered the weakest link, but this win ties her for the female record for immunity challenge wins at four.
It seems pretty obvious what is going to happen here. Ben is the outcast of the group, has a story because of his background, and although he hasn’t really done much other than find idols, continuing to save himself repeatedly may be a big selling point to some jury members.
But there’s a catch. Chrissy thought she just won an advantage. Actually, Ben just won an advantage. She will cast the only vote, which will determine one person to sit next to her. The other two must compete in a fire making challenge.
Returning to the Ryan can’t do anything discussion from earlier, he is once again going to be saved by the assumption he can’t make a fire. Chrissy wants to toss the stronger fire maker up against Ben, and she warns Devon of it. Devon attempts to practice, but he breaks the flint in the process.
Ben is the first one to get a flame going, and Devon doesn’t seem to be getting anywhere. Ben wins and keeps himself in the game. Such a helpful advantage Chrissy won.
Devon seemed to be the best strategist, but he was taken down by a lame twist.
It hardly seems likely Ryan can get any votes. Ben has breen considered the threat by several people who have tried to get him out for a while, though in the process he hasn’t exactly been putting friendly faces on the jury. Then there’s Chrissy, who has a story of comeback and will likely be viewed as a hero by the women on the jury. Whoever wins won’t exactly be seen as a mastermind, but they did have specific niche aspects where they dominated.
The Survivor: Heroes Vs. Healers Vs. Hustlers winner is Ben Driebergen. He gets credit for repeatedly saving himself from the firing squad, but that’s about the extent of it.