Finding out that people don’t want to go to the end with somebody nice, Brenda was voted off the island in Survivor: Caramoan Episode 13. Whether a lot of people were annoyed by this move or not, it was a move that made sense, particularly for Cochran, who snuffed someone out before she could get him.
That brings us down to the final five: Dawn Meehan, Eddie Fox, Erik Reichenbach, John Cochran, and Sherri Biethman. Perhaps because the first half of this season was a disaster (between the favorites who really weren’t favorites, hapless fans, Shamar, and Brandon Hantz), I struggle to find someone to root for, even though the last half of the season has been awesome.
Speaking of Brandon, it appears he has been banned from the finale, a Survivor first. Good riddance. He shouldn’t have been cleared to be on the show in the first place.
For starters, Sherri is completely useless. I can’t imagine anyone on either tribe even giving her so much as a pity vote. As for Erik, I’m not sure he has even figured out what game he’s playing, but at least he hasn’t been a complete idiot like he was last time. Dawn’s emotional breakdowns aside, she has played a somewhat competent game. The problem is she’s played right into Cochran’s hands, setting him up for the win while everybody (both on the island and at home) hates her. This has made him a big threat, though he has not dominated challenges like Probst claims. Then there’s Eddie, the ultimate underdog who gets points just for surviving this long. If they can’t/don’t/won’t get rid of him, he’s a major threat, not just because of his story of being an outsider since the first day but because he refuses to make this personal.
Immediately after Tribal Council, Erik’s head is spinning. This started during Tribal Council, but he just ignored it until they returned to camp. They put an IV in him in attempt to get him to recover, but he won’t be returning to the game. Here we are day 36 in the final five, and he is being medically evacuated because his body has entered a starvation state.
The biggest potential benefactor of this is Eddie. Now he needs to survive one Tribal Council rather than two, and he’s a big challenge threat. Cochran immediately makes a deal with him. They agree to get rid of Dawn and bring Sherri with them to the finals.
At the reward challenge, they will balance a board with one hand while stacking tiles with another. Reward is an advantage at the final immunity challenge. Hopefully it’s just a reasonable advantage and not a guaranteed win like last time. Even just stacking these on a flat surface is bad enough, let alone having to balance them on an unsteady platform. Cochran falls first, then Sherri. Dawn gets one away from the top and has to start over. Eddie’s lead collapses as well. Cochran does not seem to be getting anywhere, falling over and over. Sherri starts to take off but loses it near the top. After multiple failed attempts, Cochran ends up winning.
Now we get to hear Cochran talk more about how he’s the challenge beast. I hope he’s kidding, but it comes off as annoying, primarily because it’s just not based on reality. Though he has won three challenges (a gross eating challenge, a strength challenge won entirely because of an advantage that he bought, and now this), across both this season and his last, his performance at challenges has generally been lackluster.
Sherri does not want to sit next to Dawn in the finals either.
For the last time, immunity is up for grabs. They will race up a three story tower, untie a bag of puzzle pieces, slide down a slide, and repeat. They must then build a fire puzzle when they have all their pieces. Cochran’s advantage is that he will not have to untie his bags of puzzle pieces. This does not seem to be nearly as big a deal as his last advantage was.
As minimal as Cochran’s advantage may have seemed, he’s lapping people already even just as he grabs his second bag. He also gets to unload his puzzle pieces well ahead of the others, and I suspect he’s the biggest puzzle challenge threat. For all the advantage, though, by the time Eddie and Dawn reach him, Cochran does not have any pieces in place. Dawn manages to take the lead, and even Sherri leapfrogs Cochran. Eddie quickly falls way behind. Of all the things he was hoping for, a puzzle was not one of them. Cochran eventually retakes the lead. Eddie finally gets on the board, but he’s still several behind. Cochran wins immunity.
Now Cochran has to decide between Eddie and Dawn. Sherri’s spot is secured because nobody will vote for her.
The safe vote here seems to be Eddie. Although he really hasn’t done anything strategically, the jury loves him and smiles at everything he says. He is really the only likeable one left, with Cochran being the only with a chance to claim that spot after his elimination.
With 3 votes, Eddie has been voted off the island.
Malcolm does not pretend he plans to vote for Sherri, but he just wants to address Dawn and Cochran. Dawn is cold-blooded, and she needs to own it. Cochran says his heightened level of insecurity is the quality he had that helped.
Sherri denies that she was carried to the final three, which draws laughter from the jury. Eddie discusses Dawn’s breakdowns. Cochran says he’ll be at the bar with the three amigos.
Phillip kicks Sherri out of Stealth R Us. He then returns to Dawn’s emotional problems.
Erik complains about Dawn’s vote against Brenda. Then he tells Sherri she did not do anything, so she attacks right back. Good for her. If he’s not going to vote for her, no need to sit there and be attacked.
Michael knows that Dawn and Cochran played the same game, so he wants to give her an opportunity to explain why Cochran is getting off scot free. She says she developed the relationships that allowed them to obtain the information they did. Her opinion is that all he had to do was show up and ask how to vote.
Reynold never liked Dawn. What does she think about him? Chauvanistic, great sense of humor, and vulgar.
Andrea declines to attack anyone (other than herself for being voted off with an idol in her bag), so she just says she’s proud of them.
Brenda complains about the family visit that she willingly gave away. Then she continues complaining about Dawn backstabbing her, which leads to her asking about Dawn’s missing retainer. She asks Dawn to prove herself and take out her teeth, which Dawn agrees to do. Apparently, the point of this is that Brenda wants to embarrass her for revenge.
I agree with Dawn that she worked harder. The problem is that she was too emotional, and Cochran is more likeable. No way the jury votes for her.
In a landslide, presumably 8-0, the Survivor: Caramoan winner is John Cochran. Of all the favorites, for lack of a better term, he was the only one I was looking forward to returning, a little bit.
71% of the votes cast this season for the Sprint player of the season were cast for Malcolm and Brenda. By 1%, Malcolm wins the $100,000 prize. Though Brenda brought nothing to the game, the only reason this thing got interesting for a few weeks was because of Malcolm and his two amigos. Before that, it was dragged down by terrible casting. Still, this is a silly award that they could have just as easily decided when the cast was announced and received the same result.
Survivor will be returning once again for season 27. It will be dubbed Blood vs. Water. I guess the rumors are true, but at the very least I really don’t need to see another Hantz, let alone more than one.