Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Winner

Hayden and Ciera tried to get Monica on their side in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 13 by telling her that Gervase and Tyson had been saying mean things about her. Then, just before he was voted out, Hayden tried to prove his point by calling her Tyson’s lapdog.

That brings us down to a final four of Tyson Apostol, Monica Culpepper, Ciera Eastin, and Gervase Peterson. This has very clearly been Tyson’s season. He has controlled almost every vote and made a lot of big moves. Gervase was a complete disaster out of the gate but maneuvered himself into the right alliance and mostly learned to keep his mouth shut and even how to swim better than Ciera, not that that’s saying much. Monica has dominated in challenges but not much else. Then there’s the last remaining outsider/non-returning player, Ciera, who has been largely useless both strategically and physically, but has nonetheless created a lot of drama with grand plans that always backfired.

Of course, with this season, it does not end there. It would be nice if Redemption Island just ended when Laura was let back in the game the first time, but no, here we are on the last night, still stuck with someone about to reenter the game. Laura Morett, Tina Wesson, and Hayden Moss are the last remaining contestants on their own island. Though she has won the last few duels, Laura was already voted out. Twice. I have no interest in seeing her have a third chance. Tina may have won 25 seasons ago, but times have changed. I don’t see her contribution this season adding up to enough to make a difference. As the last person voted out, Hayden stuck around long enough to have more of an impact on the game, but he overplayed his hand, made a big move too early, and is right where he should be as a result.

Though she seemed to pick a side last time, Redemption Island returns us back again to where we were then. Monica is again the deciding vote and says she wants to be on both sides.

The duel is again one of endurance. They will place one foot on the end of a balancing board, and on the other end is a vase. Laura is struggling an awful lot but manages to recover. Hayden is not so lucky and is eliminated. Still struggling, Laura begs, but Tina says no way. As we approach the half hour mark, Tina starts to move as well, but she hangs on. Laura drops her vase, and Tina is back in the game.

Tina can give the last clue to the hidden immunity to the idol to anyone who’s in the game. That now includes her. So she keeps it.

Tina returning to the game is basically the same as Laura returning to the game, except she’s older. She immediately joins Ciera and shares the clue to the idol. They then pounce on Monica and try to get her over to their side, again.

For the immunity challenge, they will have to place 10 wooden blocks on an unbalanced table that they must balance using a rope. The women start out strong, but they find out when they hit 4 that being strong out of the gates doesn’t matter if you tip everything. This allows Tyson to pass them, and he has yet to stumble. As everybody else falls apart, Tyson’s slow and methodical strategy pays off, and Tyson wins immunity. Always the goofball, he kneels like he’s being knighted by Probst.

Monica wants to get rid of Tina because nobody on the jury is angry with her since she has had no part in voting out any of them. Rather than play along with the person who’s the deciding vote, Gervase is upset and puffing his chest because he sees Ciera as the bigger threat. Tyson leaves them to argue amongst themselves.

Obviously nobody is going to vote for Monica. That means that if Tyson gives Gervase his idol, those two can dictate the vote no matter what she does. Tyson has other plans. He wants to save the idol as a souvenir and give it to his girlfriend.

Of course, this is all just talk from Tyson. He’s not stupid. He gives his idol to Gervase, so now they are both safe.

Votes
Gervase (does not count)
Gervase (does not count)
Ciera
Ciera

With 2 votes, Ciera has been voted off the island. In the end, Monica did not flip (Ciera’s strategy of making her feel bad wasn’t going to work), but it would be hard to blame the boys for doing what they did. Of course, it does lead to Monica questioning how much they trust her, but that’s been a theme for some time now.

They will collect puzzle pieces from a series of obstacles and a waterslide, solve a puzzle, and use that puzzle to get the combination to the lock. The other three pull ahead of Tina. Tyson gets to the puzzle first with Gervase behind him and Monica right behind them. Tina finally climbs the stairs a long way behind, though a puzzle could well turn things around. Tyson is the first to solve the puzzle. He heads down the slide seeking information to solve the combination then climbs back up to finish. Tyson wins immunity.

If you thought the story with Monica being in the middle was over, it’s not. Once again, she talks to the other side to discuss voting that way, forcing a tie, which would leave Tina and Gervase having to make a fire. I don’t think Monica would be terribly torn up about turning on Gervase, but she’s made it clear she thinks Tina is a threat, which is one reason why it was smart for Gervase and Tyson to get rid of Ciera instead.

So apparently the point of this Tribal Council is to see how many faces Ciera and Hayden can make. This is the only thing that could be Tyson’s downfall. How bitter is the jury?

Votes
Tina
Tina
Gervase
Tina

With 3 votes, Tina has been voted off the island.

Vytas tells Tyson he’s going to stick to his promise to not vote for him if he turns on him, no matter how much he thinks he did the right thing. That said, he thinks Gervase got strung along by Tyson, and Monica was the only one who turned on him who had actually promised him anything.

Tyson apologizes to Katie for telling her there’s the jury seat over there for you right after the rock drawing. This is his one regret in the game.

Gervase says he’s a genius because he set Tyson up to be the fall guy for his actions. Then Monica cries about what’s come up the past few Tribal Councils. For all their talk, Ciera and Hayden clearly hurt her, more than Tyson and Gervase ever could have.

Tyson denies being a villain.

Not wanting to be left out, Laura piles on Monica.

Tina asks for one word to describe themselves. Monica: generous. Gervase: honorable. Tyson: is fun-loving one word or two?

Hayden asks Tyson about the idol, another time he was one step ahead. Then Monica cries some more.

Aras asks which of the other two he should vote for if he could not vote for them. Gervase says he should vote for Tyson. Monica agrees. Tyson says Monica because she served as the go between who brought them information they could not get themselves.

Votes
Monica
Tyson
Tyson
Tyson
Tyson
Tyson

The Survivor: Blood Vs. Water winner is Tyson Apostol. The lone Monica vote came from Vytas. Yeah, he really was that big a putz that he refused to vote for the guy who voted him out. I’m glad the jury was left with no alternative because I get the sense that if somebody like Tina or Ciera were in the final three, they would have received a lot of votes, despite not doing much. Granted, Monica at least did something that a vote for her is not entirely out of place.

Survivor will be back for midseason in February with Survivor: Cagayan, Brawn Vs. Brains Vs. Beauty. Additionally, it has been renewed for another year, seasons 29 and 30, with Jeff Probst returning as host and producer.

Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 13

For only the second time in the history of the show, the results of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 12 came down to drawing a rock, and Katie was eliminated.

Tina would not be opposed to leting Katie win. Wishful thinking considering they’re going to have to get through Laura first.

Tyson says that a basic rule of Survivor is that you never let the person on the bottom know they’re going home. Monica’s approach is different, and she lets Hayden know she still wants Ciera back. As she keeps talking, Tyson gives her more to talk about. He has the idol. She says he’s hurt that he kept this secret (again).

Now that her plan blew up in her face, Ciera has decided she wants her mom back in the game.

Their duel is to build a pole to retrieve keys and get them out of their cages. Tina starts off giving Katie advice. The blonde leading the blonde. Laura gets her first key first. Then her second. Katie is behind her with her first key. Laura wins the duel. She may as well just take a nap waiting for this to end. Tina manages to jump ahead of her daughter and ends up with all three keys as Katie continues to struggle. Before letting herself out, she asks her daughter if she’s okay with it. Laura again gives the clue to her daughter, which hasn’t helped and obviously won’t help.

Hayden has a plan. He’s going to win the challenge, and he’s going to find the idol so that he can bail out Ciera. It’s not as if he can trust her to fend for herself. After climbing around the trees like a monkey for a while, it finally dawns on him that Tyson probably already has it. So he wants to convince Monica that her alliance is talking about her behind her back.

For the challenge, they will dive in the water and take their buoy along a rope before getting to shore to form an 8 word phrase with letter tiles. Reward is food. Ciera is quickly hopeless. Even Gervase, who practically drowned the first day, is looking like a star by comparison. Tyson and Hayden are in the lead. Despite arriving at the puzzle in dead last, Ciera somehow not only pulls back into the challenge, but she ends up winning immunity and reward. She invites Hayden to join her for lunch.

It seems to me that the best move just went out the window. Ciera’s not a threat, but her mom is a beast over on Redemption Island. As a pair this late in the game, they are a threat. The next logical choice is to get rid of Hayden.

On the other side, Ciera enacts Hayden’s plan to convince Monica that Tyson is talking smack about her. Monica falls for it and doesn’t even question it, saying she’s hurt by her alliance that just risked getting beat by a rock and saved her.

This comes up at Tribal Council, and Gervase brings up a good point. If they’ve talked so much trash about her, why did nobody mention it until they were desperate? Ciera digs in using as many creative adjectives as she can, ultimately calling Tyson and Gervase evil. So then, Hayden tells Monica she’s Tyson’s lapdog. This is your defense about why it’s bad to stick with people who are talking bad about her? To talk bad about her, too?

Votes
Hayden
Gervase
Hayden
Gervase
Hayden

With 3 votes, Hayden has been voted off the island. Ciera gets an A for effort as she scrambles to get to the top, but she’s running about a D for actual performance.

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

Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 12

With Hayden unable to muster the votes to get rid of Tyson instead, Caleb was voted off the island in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 11.

When they return to camp, Hayden warns the tribe that they’re playing for second place to Tyson if they continue down the path they are currently heading.

The next morning, arrival at the duel provides them with the chance to watch a pouting Caleb. He’s upset that people lied. No, not in Survivor. Gervase tells him he’s a sore loser who tried to screw them first. Exactly. Hold the holier than thou nonsense when you’re the person most willing to backstab.

Their duel is a simple one: build a house of cards. Laura completes her house first. Caleb and Tina aren’t even close and are just trying to find out who can get highest in the half an hour time limit. Caleb goes from nowhere to somehow ahead of Tina, but then his house collapses with less than half a minute left. This allows Tina to place second by just waiting out the clock.

Laura gives the clue to Ciera, and this time she keeps it. She opens the clue with her group. Aww. Isn’t that special? Now Tyson, Gervase, and Monica know, too. Of course, Hayden spots them searching, so he has some hint where to look as well. Tyson ends up finding it again, but he is not so open to sharing information as Ciera.

For the immunity challenge, they will race through a series of obstacles while balancing a ball on a pole, adding a section of pole at each station, then toss sandbags to knock down more poles. Reward is ice cream. Balance tasks generally favor the females, but in this case it’s not so much about balancing their bodies as it is about balancing something on a pole. As with every other challenge, Monica takes the lead, while Katie and Ciera completely fall out of it. Gervase is giving it a good go and is right behind Monica as they get to the tossing section. Tyson eventually catches up to both of them. Monica struggles on the final section, and Gervase wins immunity and reward. He invites second place Monica to join him, which at Probst’s suggestion is as payback for the BBQ she gave away. His other choice is his left hand man Tyson.

It might have been smarter for Gervase to just say he picked the second and third place finishers, rather than making it seem as if he’s choosing his closest allies. This should suggest to Ciera that she’s the low woman on the totem pole. Hayden hopes to take advantage of this. He also wants to swing Gervase into a final three deal with them. Ultimately, he realizes this is completely hopeless because neither of them is even considering listening to him.

Ciera took no offense to not being chosen. Rather than just running with it, Gervase says he did indeed pick them because they are his favorites. Tyson at least tries to convince her she’s not at the bottom.

Votes
Hayden
Hayden
Monica
Monica
Hayden
Monica

For all his talk about Tyson being the biggest threat, Hayden has decided to target Monica instead, and in the process, he manages to swing Ciera into a tie vote.

Votes
Monica
Hayden
Monica
Hayden

Tied again. Haven’t seen this in a long long time because people are afraid of taking the risk. If they cannot come to a unanimous decision, they will have to draw rocks. Ciera makes it very clear she will not vote their way, so they do draw rocks. Hayden and Monica are safe, as is Gervase because he has immunity.

Katie, Ciera, and Tyson draw rocks. White means going home; black means safe. Katie draws the white rock and has been voted off the island. That sure made things interesting… but it didn’t work.

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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 11

In this season dominated by couples, the trend continued in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 10, and the last pair was split up when Laura was voted off the island for the second time.

There’s a lot of talk about the vote. More specifically, there’s a lot of talk about Ciera’s vote because she voted against her mom. Nobody seems quite sure what to make of this, but even if blood is thicker than water, there was no point to voting against the group in what was ultimately a foregone conclusion.

Vytas, Tina, and Laura compete in the duel. Laura says the vote was okay, and she’s proud. She’ll be back anyway. Again. Their challenge is to free and then arrange boxes so that there are no repeating colors on any side. Vytas and Laura are more than a full box ahead of Tina as they get to the puzzle. Laura wins. Then she starts to help Tina, who has been struggling with this from the beginning. Tina beats Vytas by seconds. I’m not sure I get what just happened, though it does make sense to keep around the weakest link, but I don’t think that was the main reason behind the offer of help.

Laura gives Ciera the clue to the hidden immunity idol. She burns it.

Tyson wants to keep everybody against Katie. Despite not having done much of anything, the argument is that she has three guaranteed jury votes.

Not wanting to wait too long, Hayden approaches Caleb to target Tyson. They realize he has done the most damage in the game and should look good to a jury. Ciera agrees and makes a final three deal with them, but she thinks they are too sketchy since they are this willing to flip against people. She goes to Tyson with this information, promising to vote however he wants. He needs them out anyway, though perhaps not this soon. Caleb’s likeability has made him Tyson’s first target of the two.

Hayden and Caleb quickly become suspicious about Ciera the next morning. She’s not talking to them and won’t look them in the eyes, and then she goes off to get treemail with Tyson.

The way things are going, multiple people could use immunity. They will each hold a rope handle attached to a bucket, which contains 25% of their body weight. Probst offers up a BBQ for anyone who is not interested. Tyson, Gervase, and Ciera opt to eat. Monica wants to show the kids more than one badass lives in her house. Katie is the first one out. Caleb is next, saying his hands are starting to bleed. Doing that much damage to your hands can be dangerous for future challenges and just camp life in general. Hayden is next. Monica wins her third individual immunity.

Hayden’s worried that he’s on a sinking ship, the one he punctured. He wants to try to get back into Tyson’s good graces and all vote against Ciera because she’s playing both sides. Tyson doesn’t trust her, but he doesn’t trust them either. Out of the three, it seems clear that Ciera is the only one he can trust, at least for now.

Prior to the reveal of the votes, Tyson pulls out his hidden immunity idol… after spending some time going through his bag to try to find it. Ultimately a waste, but the timing was nonetheless smart.

Votes
Ciera
Caleb
Ciera
Ciera
Caleb
Caleb
Caleb

With 4 votes, Caleb has been voted off the island.

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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 10

With two eliminations in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 9, first Vytas followed his brother to Redemption Island, then Tina joined them.

Ciera has realized that her mom needs to go in order for her to have a chance. Her mom’s a good shield for her, though. Nobody really takes Ciera seriously enough to vote her out, but I suppose they would get rid of her if it’s the only way to break up a pair.

Tina will not even consider letting Katie swap spots with her.

Duels are back. Their task is to hook bags with grappling hooks and release the balls to complete a table maze. Considering the competitors, Tina would be the one I would have counted out early, but she jumps out to a quick lead ahead of Aras and Vytas. After making her way all the way to the end of the maze, Tina’s ball falls in the final hole. Aras dropped, too, but much earlier. This allows Vytas to win the duel. Tina returns quickly to finish second, and Aras is the first member of the jury.

Vytas gives the clue to the hidden immunity idol because she needs it the most. She has no intentions of throwing it in the fire.

Unlike when her mom went looking for the idol, they aren’t talking about babysitting Katie. They just consider hiding the sharp tools so she can’t dig.

I’m not sure they even really care about her anyway. Tyson certainly doesn’t. He wants to get rid of Laura instead, which would eliminate a threat and break up the last remaining pair. Ciera’s convinced that she’s a goner at six if her mom wins immunity. Rather than try to unite all the women for a new alliance to combat the men, she lets her know she’s open to getting rid of her just like the boys are. If these women are just going to roll over and let the men run with this, they deserve to go home.

At daybreak, Katie goes to look for the idol, which Tyson already has. Knowing she’s on the chopping block, too, Laura follows her and goes digging with her.

They will stand on a small platform while holding a rope, leaning over the water until they fall. Reward is burgers/hot dogs, fries, and soda. This seems more a balance/endurance challenge than a strength one, so I’d rule out the men. Hayden falls quickly, and Caleb is right behind him. They then move to the next knot, and Gervase drops, followed by Ciera. Katie is next, then Laura. Tyson lasts a long time, especially considering his injury, but he eventually falls. Monica wins immunity again. Rather than pick someone to share reward with her, she offers the food to the rest of the tribe and forgoes her own meal.

Tyson told Ciera that Laura is the target. Ciera is now telling this to Katie. They both lie to each other about having the idol, and Katie’s the one to buy the lie. This gives Ciera ammo to target Katie. Not that Tyson really believed that Katie might have the idol in the first place, but perhaps the others did.

Tyson realizes he was stupid for letting Ciera know the plan, but he still has the same target anyway. Though not everybody is onboard with his plan, one thing we’ve learned so far is that Tyson is in control of this game. He also makes a sensible point: break up the couple. Laura emphasizes his point for him at Tribal Council. They serve as two votes.

Votes
Laura
Katie
Laura
Laura
Laura
Laura

With 5 votes, Laura has been voted off the island. Even Ciera realized it was a lost cause. Hopefully we are finally done with this season’s twist influencing every aspect of the game as it has for too long, but I doubt it.

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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 9

Following the merge, Tyson got his way in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 8, getting the tribe to vote out one of the former winners, Aras.

Tina warns Monica and Tyson that they won the battle but did not win the war. Tyson mocks how she plays the game, though she has won before, admittedly early on when the players were a lot less savvy.

It’s the gross food eating competition, which is anybody’s game, even the weakest of links, though I doubt either Ciera or Katie has a prayer. Tyson, Monica, and Vytas pass the test of eating slugs, and in the next group of five, Hayden, Gervase, and Caleb advance on the same task. The next food is pig intestines, which presumably are not prepared the same way chitlins are. Monica and Gervase move to the final round. Their last item is two live grubs, the food that Gervase failed to eat during season 1. Though Gervase puts up a good fight, Monica wins immunity.

The plan is to split the vote 4 for Vytas and 3 for Katie. Hayden tells Vytas the plan, though he does not seem particularly willing to change the outcome. Realizing that the girls may wise up and form an all female alliance, Tyson decides he would prefer to get rid of Katie instead, which also would break up another pair.

Tina realizes she probably should have just kept her big mouth shut when they got back last time. Vytas is not realizing this, though, and threatens everybody because they got rid of his brother. Then he turns hostile toward Monica. He also says the girls should align themselves and get rid of Tyson and Gervase, two votes that are potentially his savior tonight.

Votes
Vytas
Katie
Tyson
Vytas
Vytas
Vytas
Vytas

With 5 votes, Vytas has been voted off the island. I was initially rooting for him to save himself, but then he opened his mouth. At least one person (Monica) changed her vote after his speech. He will be joining his brother on Redemption Island and will have a chance to get back into the game, so perhaps all of his talk was not a complete waste.

Aras says he’s still in the game. Vytas just thinks he’s in purgatory. Typical of what we expect from each of their personalities.

For the next immunity challenge, they will balance a sword in one hand while stacking coins on it with the other. Monica drops almost immediately, and Ciera is right behind her. After about a dozen coins, Tina is out. Gervase is next, followed by Laura, now at about two dozen coins. Caleb is the next one to drop. Tyson and Hayden both fall. And Katie wins immunity. Huh? Perhaps they should have gotten rid of her last time.

With Katie being safe, that makes Tina public enemy number one. Knowing that, she quickly goes to look for the idol. So everybody follows her, including Tyson, the person who already has the idol.

They can’t split the votes this time because there is no second person to split the vote toward. Monica particularly worries that she’s the person who will be the target if they do split. Tyson’s apparently the only person concerned about a Monica exit. Tina bluntly tells her what she fears: she’s on the bottom.

Votes
Monica
Tina
Tyson
Tina
Tina
Tina
Tina

With 5 votes, Tina has been voted off the island.

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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 8

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.

Votes
Laura
Laura
Ciera
Ciera
Aras
Aras
Aras
Aras
Aras

Those votes didn’t quite play out how anyone anticipated, but the end result is exactly what Tyson wanted.

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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 7

After a tribe shuffle in Survivor: Blood Vs. Water Episode 6, Kat tried to go after one of her own tribe, who in turn got rid of her instead.

When she arrives on Redemption Island, Kat complains about and blames everybody other than herself. You were the one who got busted trying to get rid of a member of your alliance, remember? Overnight, denial/anger turns to depression, and she’s still crying when they get to the challenge.

Hayden is reluctant to switch, but Kat thinks she’ll lose the duel. She wants to switch, despite the fact that they both think he has the better chance to win the game, but she eventually agrees to let him play.

Their duel is to untie a machete to release bags of puzzle pieces. The knot untying is largely irrelevant, and the meat of the challenge is the puzzle, the fire puzzle Cochran won in the final immunity challenge. For Kat, even getting the bag open proves tricky. John runs away with it. Laura is trying to keep up with him by copying his puzzle but is still lagging well behind. Kat is starting to catch up, so the people who just voted her out tell her to look at Laura’s, which she thinks is cheating. Laura comes in second, and Kat has been eliminated. Monica gets the clue again, and she burns it again.

Aras is really happy that Gervase and Tyson came over to his tribe. Unbeknownst to him, Tyson continues plotting against him behind his back. While Aras meditates about his position of power, Tyson talks to the tribe about getting rid of Aras and/or Vytas.

For the challenge, four members of each tribe will be chained together. They will walk together to untie bags from underneath a platform. Reward is fried chicken. Ciera sits out for Tadhana. Because both tribes are crawling under the same platform, they just hold each other there until everybody has all their bags. Once they untie their bags, they have to toss balls that are chained together and land them on posts. The tossing comes down to Tyson against Tina. I think we know how this is going to go, though Tina does keep it interesting. Tadhana wins immunity and reward.

As with last week, Vytas is the target. What would really help here? If Laura B didn’t tell him in front of the whole tribe because she feels sorry for him and doesn’t think blindsides are acceptable. They don’t like that she made this decision on her own and clearly cannot be trusted to be part of the team and play the game.

Votes
Vytas
Laura B
Laura B
Laura B

As big of a threat as Vytas (or more specifically Aras and Vytas) is, Laura B is just not cut out for this game.

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