'Survivor 2013: Blood vs. Water' - Colton Sent Back Home To The Comfy Couch
October 3rd, 2013 3:31pm EDT
Previously on … Survivor. Rupert lost the Redemption Island duel to Candice and Marissa. Candice gave husband John a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. Colton tried to stir up trouble amongst the returning players. But the Tadhana team lost at the Immunity Challenge, and Rachel was voted out, in hopes that Tyson, her boyfriend, would sacrifice himself for her.
This week, Colton continues to whine that no one wants to strategize with him, by which he means, stir up trouble amongst his Galang tribe mates. Since his entire team is made up of returning players, his attempts to goad the others into either paranoia or sympathy fail.
We begin immediately with the duel at Redemption Island. Tyson is angered that Tadhana evicted Rachel in hopes that Tyson would trade places with Rachel, and heeds Rachel’s advice that he has a better chance playing the actual game, so should not trade. Candice, Marissa and Rachel will be competing. Rachel, and then Marissa, call out Brad, saying that he’s playing a losers game, voting off strong players, which is why they keep losing.
As tempers flare, Colton suddenly burst into tears. Probst asks Colton why he’s crying. Colton says he doesn’t want to be there anymore.
Jeff Probst is infuriated that Colton is being so selfish, since his actions will impact his tribe. Colton says he doesn’t care. “What is it that has happened on your tribe that is forcing you to quit, for what now I can confirm for myself is a second time? The first time you feigned an appendicitis. Turns out you didn’t have it. You want to own that one now?”
His tribe members say that they know he’s quitting because his tribe won’t play the game his way. Probst calls Colton a quitter who never should have been asked to play the game. “Is that how it goes, Colton? If things don’t go your way, let’s just stop? … I am now convinced that Colton is the guy who never should have gotten up off the couch. We brought a quitter back and we got a quit again.”
Colton runs over to Caleb, jumps in his lap, and apologizes. Caleb tells Colton to do what he’s gotta do. Caleb honestly doesn’t seem very concerned.
Probst, clearly disgusted with Colton’s actions, sends him home. “You can keep your buff. I won’t give it the honor of throwing that in the urn. We’ll keep that reserved for people that compete.”
If Colton hoped to gain sympathy with Probst, the other players, or the home viewing audience, he failed. He leaves the game in disgrace. And the game carries on as though he was never there.
The duel is a domino type game. The three women line up, and begin to place their blocks on an angular platform. Once in place, the blocks must fall like dominos, ultimately releasing a ball that will smash a tile. In the 114 degree weather, Candice quickly finishes and wins for the second time. Marissa and Rachel struggle to complete the task. After 45 minutes in the heat, they both try one last time. Marissa’s dominos fall first, and Rachel is out of Survivor.
Candice assigns the second clue to husband John again. That may not go over well with his other tribe members, as John made no effort to share the first clue with his alliance.
At Galang, the others comfort Tyson, who’s teary that Rachel is gone, but glad that she had the chance to play the game. Tyson’s also a little angry that Monica’s husband was the cause of Rachel leaving. No one seems very concerned that Colton quit.
On Tadhana, Brad is sulking about Tyson calling him out, and how Marissa piled on him as well. Brad says that it makes him look like he’s controlling the game; he is, but he doesn’t want it to look that way.
John decides to share the clues with Brad, but says he still intends to find the idol on his own. Brad’s not sure if John really trusts him, so he’ll reserve judgment until John comes back with the idol.
Treemail! From the sounds of things, there’s gonna be a free-for-all in the water. Aras worries that Vytas will bully him in a scuffle, while Vytas shares that Aras has always been the favorite in his family. It seems that the brother’s will be making this match personal.
Probst explains it’s a sumo style challenge. The competitors will square off, one on one, and use padded bags to attempt to knock their opponent off the platform, and into the water. Reward will be a tarp, pillow, blankets, rope, and hammock, or they can trade it all for fishing gear. Monica will be sitting out to even the numbers.
First up, Brad gets his chance to go against Gervase, and Brad easily topples him over. Next, Laura B takes on Tina’s daughter Katie, and wins. John wrangles Aras, but John easily beats him. Kat knocks out Ciera with one push. Hayden pushes Tyson off the raft, but Tyson hurts himself. Medical is called. Tyson’s shoulder is dislocated, and the tendon possibly torn. They can pop the shoulder back in, and he can continue playing.
Play resumes, with Tina winning over Katie. Jeff asks Aras and Vytas how they feel about facing off; the brothers agree it’s a long time in coming. Aras quickly pins Vytas on the ground, but graciously allows him another chance to rise and continue. But Vytas pulls a very unsportsmanlike move, springing up and attacking Aras while Aras’ back is turned. Aras wins, although he’s tearful over having to fight his brother. And both tribes see that Vytas is not above being sneaky and in for the cheap shot.
Laura M is asked to spar with her own daughter Ciera. Ciera tells her mum to go for it, although Laura is not happy with the challenge. In the end, however, Laura M easily defeats Ciera, and Galang wins the Immunity Challenge again.
Tadhana will be going to Tribal Council, yet again. The guys’ alliance assumes that they’ll be voting out either Ciera or Katie, as neither is much of an asset to the tribe. But Brad has a new plan; they should blindside John, in an effort to knock Candice out of Redemption Island, as Candice keeps winning every duel. However, Brad wants to throw his vote to Ciera, so that John continues to believe that Brad is on his side.
Of course, Ciera and Katie are on board with that plan, as it gets them off the hook. Caleb is not happy with Brad’s plan. He feels that Brad is being sneaky, and that voting off John, from the alliance, is underhanded and shady. Hayden and Vytas agree, as do the girls. They consider blindsiding Brad instead.
At Tribal Council, Jeff points out that the women of Tadhana seem to always be voted off. Is there a men’s alliance? The girls agree, but Brad says it’s just a question of voting off the weakest players. Vytas comments that trust and information are the keys to staying in the tribe, clearly a pointed comment about John keeping the idol clues to himself. He’s happy that someone in his alliance may possibly have the hidden idol, but is just as happy that it’s not himself, as having the idol puts a target on the back of the holder.
Time to vote. And it’s John who becomes the third player voted out of the game, and headed for Redemption Island, by 4 votes.
Jeff says that it appears that voting is being done based on the future, but with each vote, their tribe is getting weaker.
John arrives at Redemption Island, feeling utterly blindsided, but is happy to be with wife Candice.
Next week, on Survivor: Brad thinks he’s in control of the game, but he goes from the driver’s seat to the hot seat.
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