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With Marissa voted off Tadhana to join Rupert and Candice on Redemption Island, the stage is set for the first battle to keep your game alive in this season’s Survivor. As well, the game has really begun on both tribes as they have to begin to strategize who needs to leave their tribes next. How will everything shake out? Read on to find out!
At Redemption Island, Marissa spoke to Rupert and Candice about how upset she was about being voted out because of Gervase’s outburst after the Immunity Challenge. Candice said that Marissa was to Redemption Island because she said she didn’t like Brad when all of the Castaways were together before they were split into tribes. Marissa thought about it, and agreed with her. Rupert then welcomed Marissa to Redemption Island by telling her it was a place with a lot of pissed off people!
At Galang, the tribe was acting as a cohesive unit, engaging itself in a group massage. Everyone, that is, except for Colton. He wasn’t “feeling the love” like everyone else on the tribe. He was cursing it! Others on the tribe were sensing that Colton was not as zen as they were, so Monica and Aras went over to talk to him and see if they could help him. Colton went off on them. Monica asked him to be patient. All Colton could whine about was how much he missed Caleb, and how disappointed he was about not being able to play the game with him. Aras said Colton should think about looking ahead in the game, not thinking about his disappointment. Colton wished they were at Tribal Council, so they could vote him off right now. Privately, Colton confessed that his tribe was stupid to think that the good times were going to continue for the rest of the game, and he wanted to get his point across to the rest of his tribe.
At Tadhana, Brad was flexing his leadership skills by showing the guys on his tribe how to fish. Rachel, seeing where the power laid in the tribe, decided not to align herself with the other two ladies left in Tadhana, and decided to make bonds with the guys. She was lucky enough to have made an alliance with John. Don’t think there aren’t eyes everywhere within this tribe, Readers, because this alliance didn’t go unnoticed! Ciera saw Rachel becoming buddy-buddy with the men on the tribe, and has suspected that Rachel has started an alliance with John. Ciera wasted no time in sounding the alarm bells, telling anyone she could about what she thought she knew.
Both tribes received Tree Mail telling them it was time for the first battle to take place on Redemption Island. After both tribes took their seats, the camera panned over to Gervase, who discovered that his niece was not with Tadhana. He then realized she was going to be the third competitor to fight for their Survivor life in a few moments. Jeff Probst then introduced Rupert, Candice, and Marissa. Jeff Probst asked Marissa why she gave her tribe such a long, hard stare. She said it was because she was voted off for something she didn’t do. Then she looked at her uncle, Gervase, and said that she was there becasue of him. Gervase swore he would get revenge upon those who sent her there (I guess the whole Tadhana tribe.)
For this competition, the players had to use a poll to pick up 10 spools and weave it up through a metal maze, one by one, then pile them up o each other on a platform with a wobbly sprig base. The first two people to have their tower of spools held up for three seconds, would save their Survivor lives. The last would be permanently out of the game. If someone’s pile falls over, they have to start from the beginning. The person who comes in first would be given the chance to give whoever they wanted from any tribe a clue as to where the hidden Immunity Idol was on their island.
It was a windy day out there in the Philippines, so Candice and Marissa were taking it slowly, while Rupert was actually throwing caution to the wind, trying to burn through the challenge. This made his tower topple over, making him have to start again. Candice took advantage of Rupert’s mistake, by cautiously finishing the challenge first. Marissa, also taking her time not to crash, finished second, meaning it was Rupert’s game ending at this challenge. Readers, it was a sad one to watch, but someone had to go. It just sucks it had to be Rupert. He said he had no regrets about leaving because it meant that Laura B could stay longer, that he loved his wife, and that he was still a lover of this game. Rupert then placed his buff on a pile of burning coals, letting the Castaways, and us viewers, watch Rupert’s game go up in smoke.
Jeff Probst also reminded the Castaways of the twist where a loved one would be able to take the place of their voted off partner and take their place on Redemption Island.
Back at Tadhana, the guys were taking what Jeff Probst said to heart, and started thinking about who they would vote out next so their partner on Galang would take their place and potentially leave the game to weaken Galang. It didn’t take them long to come up with Rachel’s name. The guys wanted Tyson, Rachel’s boyfriend, to take her place on Redemption Island, and then lose and have to leave the game. They know he was a formidable player, and wouldn’t want his girlfriend to go out to Redemption Island if he could save her. John wasn’t too happy about this because of the side alliance he had with her. He knew he must quickly find the Immunity Idol, and that he couldn’t share if he found it with anyone in order to keep Rachel safe.
At Galang, the tribe was consoling Laura B on Rupert being the game’s first casualty. She confessed she was sad, but with Rupert gone, she could now easily concentrate on playing the game.
Colton began his zen-crushing mission by lying about who’s saying what about who. Colton wanted everyone to depend on his word, and to rule in chaos. Tyson, saw what Colton was doing, then confessed that he felt Colton was over-thinking the situation he and the tribe were in, and that it could get him voted off the tribe. Colton confessed he wanted the tribe to actually lose at Tribal Council so the tribe would wake up and start playing the game.
The next morning, Colton noticed that the rest of the tribe was acting a bit sketchy toward him. When Colton was out of ear-shot, Tyson told Aras, Gervase, Tina and Monica about how he thought Colton was trying to turn the tribe against each other, and to counter it by talking to each other to get the real story. Aras agreed with Tyson, calling Colton a bully for acting this way, and saying he didn’t want to play with a person who acted this way. The five of them decided that they should create an alliance as they have had the most Survivor experience out of the people on their tribe, and to stop Colton from ruining their tribe.
At the Immunity/Reward Challenge, 3 members from each tribe would be rolling a barrel, while a 4th was inside being rolled about from three stations, untying complex knots and collecting bags of balls. Then the rest of the tribe would take turns, if they wished, at rolling the 6 balls up a skee ball-like platform, getting the balls to stay in the holes. The first tribe to finish this game would win Immunity, and the reward of a fishing kit. The loosing team would go to Tribal Council, where one person would be voted out of the game. It was a close competition, but it came down to Gervase and Hayden rolling the balls into the holes to win the game. Gervase won the game for Galang as his last ball just found its home in the last available hole. He was happy about beating Tadhana for a few reasons:
- Galang wouldn’t have to go to Tribal Council;
- Gervase received a bit of satisfaction for Marissa being voted off of Tadhana; and
- Gervase winning the game for Galang vindicated his poor performance from the last Immunity Challenge he competed in.
When Tadhana returned to their tribe, they began their consoling ritual again. Te guys then went off a bit into the jungle to decide which of the ladies was going to be voted off next. 4 of them wanted Rachel to go, but John was still fighting strong to keep her. This began to sound the alarm bells for the rest of the guy alliance, as they didn’t understand why John would be so keen to keep er unless the 2 of them were had an alliance. This fact, along with him going off to find the Immunity Idol alone, was beginning to make John a potential candidate to be voted off.
At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and Tadhana spoke about the following topics:
- The man vs woman ratio on the tribe – The women notice it, and how the me go off to talk without them. Hayden said that, yes, the guys have bonded, but it didn’t necessarily mean anything. Jeff Probst didn’t believe that, and let his feelings about Hayden’s statement be known.
- John and the Immunity Idol clue – Caleb believed John may have the Immunity Idol, but was not saying anything to anyone.
- The Redemption Island twist – Hayden said they could get rid of certain players, just to get their loved ones to use the twist, then hoping it would backfire like it did for Rupert. Rachel didn’t like hearing that!
Jeff Probst then asked the Castaways to cast their votes. After counting them, this was how the vote went down: Rachel – 7; John – 2; and Ciera – 1. Yep, Rachel was voted off of Tadhana!
Well, Readers, it was another strategy-filled episode of Survivor! Once again, the wrong person has bee voted out of the tribe to now have to compete at Redemption Island. I just shook my head again and again over the horrible decision-making Tadhana keeps making. Rachel must now know how Marissa felt as she was leaving her tribe for no reason other than for Tadhana to make a strategic hit at Galang. Will the plan cooked up by the guys of Tadhana work? Will Rachel allow Tyson to take her place? Who will be the next to leave Redemption Island and the game for good? These answers will be answered in the next episode of Survivor: Blood vs Water! Check out my blog to see what happens next!
Until my next post, Readers!