'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' - Caleb Punts Culpepper To Redemption Island!
October 10th, 2013 9:15pm EDT
Previously on … Survivor. On Redemption Island (RI), Marissa and Rachel held Brad Culpepper responsible for their team’s continuing losses. Unable to stand being ignored, Colton burst into tears and quit the game for the second time, leaving in disgrace. John was blindsided, and sent to RI, where he was reunited with wife Candice.
This week, we begin with the Tadhana tribe, who are gloating over John’s shocking blindside. Brad boasts that he had John under his thumb from the beginning, and interviews that he’s got the game under his complete control. His long term plan is to reunite couples as a united front at the merge. Caleb worries that he’s in trouble, as the only tribe member without a loved one on the Galang tribe.
Both tribes converge for the duel (truel?) the next morning. Candice flashes her middle finger to Brad as she enters the ring. She wishes that Brad had been the new competitor, as she hates him for voting John off the tribe.
Jeff Probst asks Monica how she feels about Brad being called out as the head bad guy of his tribe. She counters that he doesn’t have the only vote; everyone else is involved as well. Candice claims that Brad ‘shushes’ the women of the tribe. John disagrees, but says that every vote has been instigated by Brad, and that Brad lied to him from the beginning. He suggests the tribe should unseat Brad as an untrustworthy leader.
Candice, Marissa and John begin their challenge, which involves maneuvering a key along a twisted rope bridge. They will use the key to open a bag full of pieces to a puzzle which they must solve. The loser goes home. The winner will receive a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol (HII,) which they may give to a player of their choice.
John and Marissa take an early lead, but John flies through the puzzle, and is the winner. Candice finishes second, and Marissa is out of the game. Gervase tells Marissa that he’s proud of how well she played and that she’s an inspiration to him. Marissa is teary but silent as she tosses her buff into the fire and leaves.
Probst asks John who he’ll choose to give the HII clue; Candice advises John to give it to Monica. But when Probst hands the clue to Monica, Brad tells her to throw it into the fire unread, and applauds when she does so. Although Probst is amazed at Monica’s actions, Candice jeers that Monica is doing what she’s told.
Monica interviews that she’s in a good position within her tribe, and doesn’t need the clue. She also admits to being worried about the aggressiveness of the RI players against her husband Brad.
John and Candice take advantage of their exile on RI to fish, and enjoy the beauty of the island.
At Galang, Monica tells the others that she can’t understand why everyone is angry with Brad; she’s sure he’s doing everything he can to make life easier for his tribe mates. Gervase says she may know her husband, but he’s playing in a hard game, and doing what he has to to keep in play. Monica wonders if Brad will even make it to the merge.
On the Tadhana beach, Brad whines that he’s taking all the heat for voting choices. But he’s already decided who he’s getting rid of should they lose the next challenge; Caleb.
Caleb, Vytas and Haydon think they should keep Brad on their side, and get rid of one of the women at the next vote. But they also need to make sure that they don’t get “Johnned” (blindsided) by Brad. The three feel confident in their alliance, and no longer trust Brad.
Tyson, who hurt his shoulder at the last challenge, is taking advantage of his tribe members’ sympathy to get out of working around camp. When the women leave for a fishing tribe, Tyson and Gervase sneak off to the Coconut Grove to secretly drink extra coconut milk. Laura B notices that a lot of the coconuts are cracked and empty, but Monica says that crabs might have been at the coconuts.
The two tribes gather for the Immunity Challenge, which will involve paddling out into the water to release a series of crates, which they’ll have to bring back to the beach, and use to assemble a staircase. Next, two players of each team will solve a puzzle that releases a key. When they find the right key, they can use it to raise their tribal flag. Besides immunity, the winning tribe will receive tea, coffee, croissants, and biscotti. Or they can trade the food for fishing gear. Survivors ready?
To Probst’s surprise, Galang chooses to sit out Tina and Kat, despite Tyson’s injury. Tyson interviews that he’s probably stronger with one good arm than anyone else on his team.
As usual, Tadhana takes an early lead, with Galang actually paddling backwards at one point, for the second time this month. With all five crates in their boat, Tadhana is heading back to the beach when suddenly the boat tips, and two crates fall back into the water. Galang takes advantage of Tadhana’s setback and takes the lead.
On the beach, both teams struggle to complete their staircase, before beginning the puzzle. It is Ciera and Vytas on Tadhana, versus Galang’s Tyson and Laura M. (Ciera’s mother.) Ciera doesn’t have a chance against the veteran players, and once again, Galang wins immunity and reward.
Tadhana are despondant; as Hayden puts it, “Today we lost to a one armed man and three moms. That’s brutal. Brutal!” Vytas, Caleb and Hayden head out for a boys only meeting, but Brad lingers with the two girls before joining them. Ciera, expecting to be voted off that night, is surprised when Brad tells her and Katie that they’ll be voting out Caleb at Tribal.
Hayden, Caleb and Vytas have all decided that Ciera is next to go. When Brad takes his time joining the other men, Caleb becomes suspicious. Brad says that he told the girls that Caleb was leaving, but that of course, it will be Ciera.
Brad interviews that he is confident that the two girls will vote for Caleb, but he really wants to get rid of Ciera, as she’s terrible in challenges. He’s set on making the tribe stronger, so it will be Ciera going home.
At Tribal Council, Probst asks Brad if the game is shaping up as he’d envisioned it from home. Brad admits that it’s not at all as he’d imagined. They’ve lost two challenges to superior strength, and two to Ciera’s inability to complete puzzles. Probst says that Ciera is no match for her mother. Does Ciera think the tribe would be stronger without her?
Brad again whines about being attacked verbally at every Redemption Island duel; he says that what the players are saying is not true, but that the other tribe likely assumes otherwise. Probst asks Brad if his next strategy will be to vote out someone without a loved one on the other tribe, so that no one is angry with the vote. Brad agrees that that would make the next day a lot easier.
Caleb says that he’s felt that pressure all day. He loves a good blindside, but he doesn’t want to be the butt of one. He definitely feels like low man on the totem pole. Brad says that it’s not true, but Caleb accuses Brad of campaigning against him. Brad again says that is not what he was doing.
Hayden says that once trust has been lost, it’s very hard to regain. Probst asks Caleb what the tribe needs to do to make Caleb trust them again. Caleb reaches over to Ciera, and tells her he doesn’t want her to go home. He’s going to write Brad’s name down, and everyone else can do what they want.
The tribe is shocked, especially Brad. Brad tells Caleb that he’s not writing his name down. Caleb says, “that’s fine.”
When the votes are tallied, the results are split; three votes each for Ciera and Brad. They go to a tie-breaker. Hayden agonizes over his vote, first writing down Ciera’s name, and then crossing it out. However, everyone else votes for Brad, who becomes the 4th person voted out of Survivor: Blood vs Water.
As he leaves, Brad leans over and tells Caleb that he’s not mad at him. In fact, he’s not mad at anyone. He’ll be fighting to get back into the game. Probst snuffs Brad’s torch and sends him off to Redemption Island. “That’s gonna be fun, “says Brad as he leaves.
As the tribe wonders what just happened, Probst says, “Well that was one of the most shocking votes, and potentially one of the biggest shifts of power that has ever happened at Tribal Council. And hopefully, it’s exactly what this tribe needs.”
John creeps up on the sleeping John and Candice at RI, and says, “Before you guys hit me, I’m waving the white flag.” Candice is overjoyed, feeling that she has her chance to put him out of the game for good.
Next time on, Survivor: After blowing up Tribal Council, Caleb’s ready to make some more noise. “I can kind of control this game right now.” And at Redemption Island, Brad and Monica are ready to make a move of their own. Monica asks Brad if she can take his spot.
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