'Survivor: Caramoan' – Both Reynold And Andrea Take The Walk Of Shame
May 2nd, 2013 11:25am EDT
Last week on, Survivor: Cochran continued his reign as resident Challenge Monster, and the Three Amigos became Two as Malcolm was voted out.
Post Tribal Council, Reynold and Eddie assured the others of their intent to play hard, winning Immunity Challenges to stay in the game. Andrea conferred with Cochran, targeting Reynold as next to go.
Erik and the others are shocked when Day 31’s treemail brings another Immunity Challenge, rather than a food reward. Priority number one becomes outlasting Reynold so that they can eliminate him.
The Challenge Monster shows up to the Immunity Challenge shirtless, completely transformed from his former nerdy self. Probst explains that they will be balancing on a triangular platform out in the water, with their bare feet perched on very narrow footholds. They’ll move up the structure at regular intervals, and the last person still standing will win both Immunity and Reward, in the form of information. Survivors ready?
Never one to let the players get bored, Jeff tempts them with a plate of donuts and a glass of milk. Eddie and Erik jump off and share the goodies. 15 minutes later, as the Survivors move to a higher perch, Jeff brings out another temptation; 3 hot dogs and a soft drink. Cochran, already suffering, takes the bait, and is out of the challenge.
After 30 minutes, everyone moves to the top of the platform. This move is the hardest so far, and when a big wind swooshes through, Dawn falls into the water. Sherri is next, followed by Reynold. Now only Andrea and Brenda remain. Since Reynold won’t have immunity, Andrea wonders why Brenda is persisting, and offers to share the clue with her if she’ll jump into the water. But Brenda says she’d rather Andrea beat her fairly. Andrea says she just wants to finally win a challenge.
Tick tick tick … the stubborn ladies are still balancing after three hours. They invent their own fourth stage of the challenge; they will be lifting their left foot, and balance on just one foot. They’ll share the Reward note, regardless of who wins. Jeff counts them in, and within seconds, Brenda falls into the water. Andrea wins Immunity and Reward!
Back at camp, Reynold hasn’t given up; his new plan is to convince the others to blindside someone who could really win the game. Meanwhile, Andrea’s realizes that Brenda is a bigger threat than she’d thought and is concerned about sharing the Reward note, which is a clue to finding another Hidden Immunity Idol. So she decides to share the clue with all of her group, leaving only Eddie and Reynold clueless.
Erik finds the idol and gives it to Andrea. With both the Immunity Necklace and the Hidden Idol, Andrea wonders if they should change their group vote, and blindside one of their own. She confers with Cochran and Sherri, telling them that Brenda has more stamina than them, and plays well with others. Cochran realizes that the game is changing. People are now dumping the group victory, and pursuing their own personal victory. He also realizes that Brenda is indeed a threat, as does Dawn when approached by Andrea.
Dawn’s torn. Brenda is a friend, and getting rid of either Eddie or Reynold would be strategically wise for the group. But if Brenda gets to the Final Three, she’s definitely a contender.
At Tribal Council, Eddie admits that he knew he wouldn’t last long in the challenge, so he decided to jump first, sacrificing his security for a few donuts. Jeff asks Andrea and Brenda why they stayed in the challenge for three hours, if there is such a tight bond of six. Why not just make a deal?
Brenda says that it was the thrill of the test that kept her standing, and she’s happy she was beat, rather than conceding. Jeff asks Reynold if the two women squaring off opened the possibility of his finding a way to stir up the alliance. He agrees, and says that he’s open to working with anyone on the tribe. Cochran adds that making a move is about timing, and the self-awareness of knowing precisely when the move should be made.
Dawn says that she’s less trusting of her alliance as the game nears the end. She knows she herself is not trustworthy either. Andrea says that it’s true; when you are lying and deceiving others, you know others can do the same thing to you. Brenda doesn’t seem very happy with Andrea and Dawn’s words.
And so, they vote. One vote to Erik, one to Sherri, and two to Eddie. But the next four are all for Reynold, and he becomes the 4th member of the jury, leaving Eddie as the One Amigo.
Eddie’s exit interview: “Here I am. Adios! I put my trust in a lot of people, and that wasn’t reciprocated, and I had no more rabbits to pull out of my hat, no more immunity idols. But I’ll tell you one thing, for sure, I had THE time of my life.”
At camp, Andrea’s already working on whom next to blindside. She tells Cochran they have to remember that if they don’t take out someone, they themselves will be taken out. She thinks they should either target Brenda, who’s strong at challenges and personable, or Dawn, who’ll turn on anybody.
Although Cochran agrees a big move is necessary, he’s not happy that Andrea wants to get rid of Dawn, with whom he’s been close throughout the game. When Brenda and Dawn try to talk strategy with Cochran, he tells them that Andrea has the two of them in her sights. Brenda is furious, and decides its Andrea who’s going home. If they get everyone to vote Andrea, they can take her out, idol or not.
Cochran thinks that Andrea, as one of the few remaining independent thinkers, is dangerous. If Andrea doesn’t win the next Immunity challenge or play her idol, it could be her time to go home.
Speaking of which, it’s Day 33, and time for the second Immunity Challenge. They will be pushing a buoy through a series of obstacles, to a post holding a key. The key unlocks a chest containing ladder rungs, which they’ll use to complete a ladder puzzle. First person to climb the ladder to the top and raise their flag, wins immunity. Survivors ready?
Erik is first to finish the obstacle course, and then struggles with multiple knots to get the key. Sherri falls behind quickly, as Cochran and Brenda join Erik. Erik is also first to begin the ladder puzzle, with Andrea right behind him. Erik flies through the puzzle, leaving everyone still puzzling, and wins Immunity!
Jeff reminds Erik that the last time he won immunity, he gave it away and was voted off. Any chance he’d do the same again? Erik says he’s way too scared to give the necklace to anyone; he’ll keep it.
Erik’s happy to have the necklace, considering it a sort of safety blanket. Andrea, meanwhile, continues her campaign against Brenda, determined to blindside her that evening. She feels a little bit bad about the move, saying that she knows what it’s like to feel completely safe, and suddenly find you are out of the game. She tells Cochran and Dawn that she’ll bring her idol to the Council, but probably won’t use it.
Andrea takes Cochran aside and says that they should take Eddie to the Final Three. Cochran thinks they’d lose against Eddie, but Andrea says that Dawn or Brenda would be worse choices. Cochran suddenly realizes that slipping Eddie into the finals has always been Andrea’s plan, and that he may not be part of Andrea’s plan at all. Cochran rallies the others, and they decide to split their votes between Andrea and Eddie. Should Andrea play her idol, Eddie will be the one to go.
Cochran advises Erik to keep Andrea in the dark about their plans. Andrea approaches Erik, and tells him that they’re going after Brenda, and also says that she’d like to go to the end with Erik. He thinks he might believe her, as he helped her find the Hidden Immunity Idol. Erik’s in the middle of both alliances, with both thinking he’s on their side. But Cochran hasn’t promised him Final Three. Erik feels confident and safe. He feels in control at this point, and will do whatever is best for him.
The Jury looks handsome as they file in to Tribal Council; Michael, Phillip, Malcolm and Reynold all look clean and relaxed. Jeff immediately asks Eddie how it feels to be the last one outside of the group of six allies. Eddie says he knows it’s all about timing, and this would be a perfect night to blindside someone, as they can take him out at any time.
Probst asks Brenda what will happen if Eddie is voted out, and the six have to eliminate one of their own at the next council. She says that the alliance will start lying to each other. Sherri says she knows people are already lying to each other, and Cochran agrees, adding that he’s given and heard promises that will not be honored in the end.
Andrea says that Cochran’s words make her nervous, as they are dealing with several people who have promised “Final Three” alliances. She also admits that she has the Hidden Immunity Idol. Cochran notes that the idol can usually only be played up until the Final Five, so there are limited opportunities left for Andrea’s idol. Andrea tells Jeff that if she ever feels paranoid or threatened, she’ll play the idol.
When they vote, Andrea confesses that she realized Brenda was a huge threat during the balancing challenge, and says that it’s time for her to go. Brenda’s vote confessional notes that Andrea is a sneaky, sneaky little girl, always ready to blindside someone. But she doesn’t think Andrea’s ready for this one.
Before the votes are read, Jeff asks them if anyone wants to play a hidden idol. Everyone looks at Andrea, but she says nothing. Brenda and Cochran grin.
So the votes are tallied. There are two votes for Eddie, two votes for Brenda, and three for Andrea. Andrea becomes the 14th person voted out, and the 5th member of the jury. She is indeed blindsided, and leaves, still holding the idol. On the Jury, Malcolm and Reynold high five each other.
Jeff says that they’ve been talking about a “big move” for weeks, and have finally made one. The question is, “Now what?”
Andrea’s exit interview: “Unfortunately, I was confident with this plan that I set up, that I wasn’t even thinking about playing the idol. I should have learned my lesson the first time that when the day’s really calm, people are napping and comfortable, you’re probably gonna get blindsided. And it happened again. But I’ll always have this beautiful necklace souvenir that will remind me about trusting people too much.
Next time on, Survivor: Cochran’s in trouble. “Do I have an expiration date that’s rapidly approaching?” Erik’s withering away. (“I just want FOOOD!) And a surprise visit from home changes everything.
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