Paraphrasing from Jeff Probst, Survivor is a game of knowing when to make big moves that will get to to the end of the game. Most players of this game make big moves but they may not be at the opportune moment, or let their cockiness get in the way of their judgement, getting them voted out of the game. Two players have fallen into this trap during these two episodes, and should not have been surprised by the blindside they got at Tribal Council, essentially ending their game. Who are they, you ask? Read on and you’ll find out!
Redemption Island (Episode #4)
Jeff Probst introduced Galang and Tadhana to Castaways competing in the three-way duel – Candice, John and Marissa. Jeff Probst then asked Candice how she felt to see her husband show up at Redemption Island, to which she said she was upset because there was one person really responsible for sending him there. Paraphrasing what she said, it was Brad. Monica, standing by her man, says that more than just Brad is responsible for John being at Redemption Island, meaning the rest of the Tadhana tribe. Actually, both women are right. Sure, most of the time, it takes more than one person to vote a person out of a tribe. But it only takes one person to place a seed of suggestion in the minds of everyone else in the tribe to want to have that person leave as well. John then said that every time a person had to leave their tribe, Brad “muscled” his opinion around as to who this person should be.
For this duel, the players had to race across a ladder-rope with a key that was attacked to the ladder-rope. They had to use this key to unlock bags containing puzzle pieces. They then had to put the puzzle together. The first two to do this would still be in the game, with the loser having to leave the game. As well, the winner of the duel will also get to choose a Castaway to get a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was located.
John won the duel. Candice came second, leaving Marissa to have to say goodby to her uncle, Gervase, as well as to the game. Jeff Probst asked Gervase what he thought of Marissa’s performance in the game. Gervase said he was impressed with what Marissa could do, especially since she really didn’t get a chance to play much. He also said her leaving also gave him more incentive to win the game.
In a strategic move, John chose Monica to receive the clue for the lost Immunity Idol. They chose her in order to put an even larger target on her back. Brad immediately told Monica to burn it. She listened, and threw it into the fire that Marissa dropped her buff into, making this the first time anyone has destroyed a hidden Immunity Idol clue!
5 members of each tribe had to paddle out inn a canoe to where two crates lay at the bottom of the ocean. Each tribe had to then bring them back to the beach ad use them as steps up to a platform. The other two members of the tribe had to then put the puzzle together to get the combination to unlock a flag that signaled the tribe was finished the Challenge. First tribe to finish would win Immunity, and the choice of a Luxury Reward of an awesome tea and coffee party, or they could trade it for fishing gear. When Galang were asked to sit two people out, and Tyson wasn’t one of them, Jeff Probst asked why he was competing with his injured shoulder. Tyson replied that he thought he could, and that he was better than anyone on Galang with 1 arm! Jeff was shocked, but let Tyson compete.
It was a close battle, but, once again, Galang won the Immunity Challenge, taking their luxury tea and coffee party prize with them. A sad looking Tadhana had to face Jeff Probst for another Tribal Council, where one of them would then be sent to Redemption Island.
Jeff Probst spoke to Tadhana about the following topics:
- Has Tadhana lost firsdt 4 Immunity Challenges because of lack of strength or lack of puzzle-solving ability? – Tadhana flip-flopped about this topic.
- How Tadhana was going to vote this episode – Jeff Probst asked they were going to vote based on who’s left in the game on the other side. Brad said it would be great to vote people out from those whose “blood” (partner/family member) is gone.
- Trust – Caleb announced he wasn’t going to vote the way Brad thought he originally said he would. Ciera was slated to go home, as per Brad, but Caleb didn’t like how Brad was operating, and that he was going to vote for Brad to leave the tribe. Brad started back-peddling, trying to maintain his grip on the tribe. Brad even said he wasn’t going to write Caleb’s name down.
The votes were cast, and, after a second tiebreaker vote between Ciera and Brad, guess who left the tribe…Brad! After displaying all of his cockiness, especially after John was blindsided, it was now his turn to feel what it was like to have the rug pulled out from under himself. Jeff Probst even commented that this may have been the biggest shifts of power in Survivor history, and this may have been one of the biggest move in Survivor history!
Episode #5 – Redemption Island
Castaways on both tribes were very worried about their safety in the game, and they were doing what they could in order to ensure they were not the one voted out.
Jeff Probst introduced Candice, John and Brad as the competitors in this episode’s Elimination Duel. Monica wanted to take Brad’s place in the Duel, but Brad told her he could handle it.
Each player in the Duel had to create a bridge out of a crate and then cross it. They then had to dismantle the bridge, flip over the bridge pieces, and use these bridge pieces to put the puzzle together. The first two players to finish would remain in the game. The player not to finish would leave the game. The winner of the Duel would get to give a Castaway watching the Duel a clue to where the location of hidden Immunity Idol on their island. John was the first to finish the Duel. Luckily, Brad finished his puzzle before Candice could, knocking Candice out of Survivor. John chose to give Monica the clue for the hidden Immunity Idol, which she burned, again, saying it was too dangerous to have this sort of power. Candice then said goodbye to her husband, and threw her buff into the urn, signifying the end of her game.
Castaways on each tribe had to take turns racing down a slide, then tossing a ring onto a post. The first tribe to score five points would win Immunity, and could win either a Luxury Reward of a steak and veggie feast, including spices and a wok, or trade it for the fishing gear.
It was a close one, but Tadhana finally won their first Immunity Challenge! Instead of choosing to take care of themselves for the rest of the game by taking the fishing gear, Tadhana chose to celebrate by taking the Luxury Reward. Maybe this boost of confidence may be clouding their judgement!
Jeff Probst and Galang spoke about the following topics:
- how hard his Blood vs Water twist was for the players this time around. Galang said it was hard because your decisions could impact your
- how easy of a vote it would be for Galang to get rid of Laura B because she was the only member of Galang not to be a Returning Player, so she doesn’t share that bond like the rest of them do.
Once the votes were cast, guess what, Readers? Yes, another blindside went down! Laura M was voted out of Galang because the tribe felt she was not trustworthy, was a bit too cocky, and trying too hard to be friendly with every one in their tribe.
Oh, Readers! Brad really dodged a bullet at Redemption Island, and Laura M didn’t see herself being voted out so early in the game. It seems as though nothing is following the usual routine of Survivor this season. Will Brad’s fate finally be sealed by losing in he next Redemption Island Duel? Who will be the next Castaway to be voted off of their tribe? What else is in store for the Castaways this season? Find out all of this and more during my next post on Survivor: Blood vs Water!
Until my next post, Readers!