Survivor: Ghost Island Winner

The talk of getting rid of a big threat again quickly fizzled in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 13 with the elimination of Kellyn. That brought us down to a final six of Domenick, Wendell, Donathan, Laurel, Sebastian, and Angela. Meh.

Despite Donathan’s ridiculous attempt to blow up his own game, he’s still not the target by the people he poorly tried to get rid of last time.

For the immunity challenge, they will race through a maze collecting puzzle pieces and solve the puzzle. Reward is steak dinner. Sebastian, Wendell, Angela, and Laurell are in the lead from the beginning. Domenick is about one bag behind. Donathan is quickly out of it. Wendell wins immunity. He chooses Sebastian to join him on reward, repaying the favor. Then he also picks Angela, who has not had rewards. Reasonable logic, but it doesn’t prevent Laurel from being angry and whining about it.

Laurel is complaining so much about something that really doesn’t matter that Domenick is getting worried.

There are so many advantages floating around that it’s silly. Again. Among them is Sebastian’s extra vote. Sebastian, Donathan, and Angela discuss voting out Domenick. Angela warns Domenick of this. Though the three had planned to not even tell Laurel because they don’t really need her vote in this plan, Donathan tells her anyway. With Angela talking to whoever will listen and being generally unreliable, they may need her after all.

Donathan plays the “I’m going home tonight” angle again that nobody is buying. Because Donathan refuses to comment, Domenick fills in everybody on Sebastian’s plan. Then he pulls out his fake idol and his real idol and makes a big production about how he’s not going home. Too over the top to be believeable. Not to be outdone, Wendell also pulls out his idol.

Before the vote happens, Domenick plays his real fake idol.

Votes
Domenick
Donathan
Sebastian
Sebastian
Sebastian

With 3 votes, Sebastian has been voted off the island. These dummies just gave both Wendell and Domenick a free pass to the final four.

For the immunity challenge, they will swim to a platform and back, make their way through a series of obstacles collecting puzzle pieces, and solve a puzzle. Wendell leads the whole time and wins immunity.

Donathan and Angela can’t be trusted, while Laurel is the only one of the three who poses somewhat of a challenge threat.

Domenick plays his idol. Since he already has individual immunity, Wendell plays his hidden idol for Laurel, a gesture with a lot of build up that is purely symbolic because she’s not going home if they don’t want her to go home. This is not impressive a move as Wendell seems to think, but perhaps it will gain him some favor from Laurel.

Votes
Laurel (does not count)
Donathan
Donathan
Donathan

With 3 votes, Donathan has been voted out of the game. I’m surprised he lasted this long. He has been playing a historically bad game the past few episodes.

For the final immunity challenge, they will stack balls using a pole while standing on a wobbly balance beam. Wendell jumps out to an early lead again. Domenick is the first to drop, and so does Laurel. Just as he’s about to stack his final ball, Wendell drops. So does Angela. Being the first to drop is an advantage for Domenick because he’s now in the lead. Domenick wins immunity.

Domenick can choose whoever he wants to bring with him. The other two must make fire. Such a lame twist that hopefully gets retired after this, but at least this time they seem to have some warning about it. Domenick has no plans to choose Wendell, though he will probably win the fire challenge if he is forced into it. Laurel acknowledges that she would suck at making fire, which will probably make her the choice, though Domenick doesn’t respect it. He even goes so far as to help Angela practice making fire, though either choice is likely hopeless to the point where he may as well just take Wendell and say he wants to go against the best.

He comes up with an alternate proposal. Give Angela his necklace and take on Wendell himself at fire making. That would put him at risk tonight but give him a slam dunk finale if he pulls it off. Interesting but unlikely.

Vote
Laurel

Angela and Wendell will now compete in a fire making challenge with a foregone conclusion. Laurel may be completely incompetent, but Angela’s not exactly a threat. Wendell easily wins before Angela is able to even light a fire.

It’s the Wendell and Domenick show, which it has been for weeks, and these people, most notably Laurel, who has no chance against either of them, have failed to pursue multiple opportunities to do something about it. If she had eliminated one of them, she could have a big move on her resume, instead of being seen as a coattail rider.

Still, to the extent that they have been viewed as the power duo, it’s hard to really see what Wendell has done. He can’t even articulate it. He talks about building things at camp, which doesn’t matter. Then he says he was loyal, for example when he saved Laurel with his idol, which he didn’t because saving would imply she was in danger of going home.

Kellyn asks who worked with them and who brought them in. Three out of the five people answer Domenick. Laurel answers herself. Sebastian is the only one to say Wendell.

Votes
Domenick
Wendell
Domenick
Wendell
Domenick
Wendell
Domenick
Wendell
Domenick
Wendell

It’s tied. In the event of a tie, the person who nobody was going to or did vote for because she played such a bad game will cast the deciding vote.

Vote
Wendell

The Survivor: Ghost Island winner is Wendell Holland, Jr.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 13

Aside from winning immunity the past couple of episodes, Chelsea had been one of the most invisible people on the island, but they must have seen something we didn’t because she was viewed as a big threat in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 12 and eliminated.

We return to talking about how they are going to target actual threats. For real this time.

For the reward challenge, they will be divided into teams of two to roll spools down a contraption and climb down steps to capture them at the other end. Reward is to be ambassadors of goodwill at a local school with fried chicken and cake. Kellyn picks Sebastian; Wendell picks Domenick; Donathan picks Laurel. Angela is not chosen. A fairly simple start quickly becomes a mad dash. Everybody survives until the final round when they add a fifth spool. Sebastian and Kellyn are the first pair eliminated. Laurel and Donathan follow. Domenick and Wendell win reward.

They choose Laurel to go with them, an easy choice, which makes Donathan angry. Then they send Sebastian to Ghost Island.

Sebastian has a 3 out of 4 chance to get the advantage. His advantage is an extra vote.

Donathan keeps talking about how he wants to get rid of Wendell or Domenick, but he isn’t doing anything about it because Laurel doesn’t want to turn on them. His new strategy is to tell them this.

For the immunity challenge, they will retrieve planks to build a bridge, build a ladder, and solve a slide puzzle. Wendell and Sebastian are the first to build a bridge. Domenick and Laurel are not far behind them. Wendell is also the first to the puzzle, again followed by Sebastian. The puzzle is the same slide puzzle from day one. On that day, Laurel is the person who was going to win (before Chris gave up the challenge because Desiree was going to lose). This is stupid. Why give one person such a big advantage, rehashing a puzzle that is exactly the same one only one person has already practiced? Laurel wins immunity.

Ah, but there’s a catch. Wendell was actually done first. He just didn’t say Jeff’s name and tell him he was done. It’s unclear whether he knew he was done or not. In any case, he is not going to fight this ruling and agrees that Laurel wins this challenge that was not only given to her based on having done the challenge before but also based on a technicality.

Kellyn’s on the wrong side of the numbers, but Donathan keeps digging his own grave. He asks them to let him know if they’re going to blindside him. This is just the beginning. He repeatedly lets them know he doesn’t trust them and obviously runs off to talk to Kellyn, who without this behavior was otherwise the unanimous target. She can just as soon toss him on the grenade as join him, and it doesn’t seem anybody else wants to join him in his plan to get rid of Domenick.

At Tribal Council, Domenick has a question. Can he say something to Donathan? Donathan’s answer is no. Kellyn tries to answer Jeff’s next question, but Donathan doesn’t want her to finish. He wants Jeff to know it’s not going to be her. It’s going to be him. Oh, just put this guy out of his misery already. This level of attempting to destroy his own game is shocking.

Votes
Domenick
Donathan
Kellyn
Kellyn
Donathan
Donathan
Kellyn

It’s tied 3-3.

Votes
Donathan
Kellyn
Kellyn
Kellyn

With 3 votes, Kellyn has been voted off the island. That was the easy vote they had originally planned… but wow. Why would anyone trust Donathan ever again? His only hope is that somebody not named Domenick or Wendell actually takes a shot at either of them. Yeah, that story again, but it becomes more likely as the numbers dwindle.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 14, where we will find out who the Survivor: Ghost Island winner is, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 12

An immunity challenge twist led to two different Tribal Councils in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 11. First, everybody knew Jenna was going home. In a more interesting second vote, Michael nearly got saved by a secret extra vote, but once Kellyn realized he didn’t have an idol, she helped get rid of him.

It’s obvious who had the extra vote, so Kellyn doesn’t try to hide it.

For the reward challenge, they will race across balance beams and other obstacles for sandbags to toss. Reward is a loved ones visit. Sebastian is the first one to the toss. Domenick is the only one challenging him. Sebastian wins reward. He chooses Domenick to join him. Then he also chooses Wendell. Lastly, Donathan.

He also now has to choose someone to go to Ghost Island, where there is a guaranteed advantage. If he wants to send himself, he can, but he would have to give up his reward. He declines, but the three people he chose now have the opportunity to partake. Wendell takes the advantage, receiving dirty looks in the process because he has the nerve to play the game, though his father fully agrees that going is the smart thing to do.

The advantage is a second shot at the immunity challenge. Potentially helpful. Not great.

At the loved ones visit, Domenick promises Donathan’s aunt that they’re together. Donathan has no such plans. He wants to take out these threats rather than join forces with them.

Meanwhile, back at camp, the girls whine, especially Kellyn, but after they are done complaining, they discuss how they have the numbers. The four girls plus Donathan is enough to get rid of whoever they want, as long as nobody plays an idol.

For the immunity challenge, they will balance a ball on a cylinder held by handles. Kellyn drops quickly. After 10 minutes, everybody else adds a section to the cylinders. Angela is unable to make the transition. Wendell drops right behind her, but he will get a second chance, which it seems almost certain will be a waste after that early failure. Wendell drops again. After 20 minutes, they move to the final round. Sebastian drops. Laurel drops. Chelsea is next. Donathan is out. Domenick wins immunity.

There goes the plans for the elimination of Domenick, but there are plenty of other targets.

Donathan and Laurel will be the swing votes between the two camps. Donathan is afraid of the big threats. Laurel trusts the big threats more than the others, but she doesn’t think she can beat them.

Part of the reason they are so threatening is that Domenick and Wendell both have idols. Despite being the most likely alternative target to Domenick, Wendell does not play his idol.

Votes
Wendell
Chelsea
Wendell
Chelsea
Wendell
Chelsea
Chelsea
Chelsea

With 5 votes, Chelsea has been voted off the island. Having won immunity twice in a row, she came off as a challenge threat, apparently. Domenick and Wendell may have gotten their way this time, but it’s clear they are left on the table as potential outnumbered targets next week.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 13, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.

Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 11

Desiree turned on her alliance, then she got mad at them when they found out. Unable to rally either side to her cause after this, she was not surprisingly eliminated in Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 10.

Domenick goes searching and finds a coconut with an emblem on it. At least it’s not yet another easy to stumble across hidden immunity idol. Rather, it’s a convincing fake idol that can be planted for someone else to randomly trip over.

For the immunity challenge, they will pull up on a bar, clamping a ball between two sets of jaws. The twist is that two people will win immunity, and two people will be voted out. They will be divided into two temporary tribes. The last person left standing will go to the second Tribal Council with their temporary tribe. Michael, Laurel, Domenick, Wendell, and Kellyn are on the orange tribe; Chelsea, Sebastian, Angela, Jenna, and Donathan are on the purple tribe. Kellyn drops quickly. Michael is next. Donathan is behind him, the first to go from purple. Laurel is next. Sebastian and Jenna drop, leaving two from each tribe. Angela drops. Chelsea wins immunity and immediately drops, passing on the opportunity to go to the last Tribal because she wasn’t going to beat these other two. Wendell drops. Domenick wins immunity.

Michael is the easy target. Unable to borrow Donathan’s idol to show people, he merely pretends that he has an idol. Kellyn’s defensive play is to sacrifice Laurel. Thanks to Wendell, Laurel’s defensive play can now be to vote Kellyn.

On the other side, Malolo is outnumbered as usual. That makes Jenna the target. Both she and Donathan assume she is the more likely target. Rather than returning the favor, she calls him an idiot, and will happily vote against him. How does that help her?

After a quick Tribal Council in which Jenna says she’s going home and nobody argues, they proceed to vote.

Donathan plays his idol. He plays it for himself. Probably a waste, but a good decision not to save Jenna.

Votes
Donathan (does not count)
Sebastian
Jenna
Jenna
Jenna

With 3 votes, Jenna has been voted off the island. Had she forced a tie as she planned, she could have saved Sebastian and thrown Donathan to the wolves. For some reason.

Everybody other than new jury member Jenna can now head back to camp as the other tribe joins the festivities.

Wendell and Domenick are controlling the vote, or at least they think they are. They whisper to each other, leaving the others to wonder.

Votes
Kellyn
Wendell
Laurel
Michael
Michael
Laurel (Kellyn’s extra vote)

With such a split vote, two people almost did control the vote, but Kellyn’s secret advantage put a stop to that and created a tie. This math is easy to do, and people know something is up. Looking at her physical reactions, Kellyn is not doing a very good job of hiding that she is the one with the extra vote.

Votes
Michael
Michael

With 2 votes, Michael has been voted off the island. His bluff almost worked, but once it was called, he became the easy vote again.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Ghost Island Episode 12, which airs Wednesday at 8/7c on CBS.