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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water – ‘Big Bad Wolf’

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At the end of last week’s episode, “My Brother’s Keeper” (you can find the full recap here), Vytas and Tina had each been voted out of the game, and sent off to join Aras at Redemption Island, leaving Tina’s daughter Katie as the only remaining player not in the majority alliance. Ciera and Laura M. were the only pair still together, with Ciera taking charge of their path in the game. Would they become the next to be targeted after the last three players voted out shared the fact that they were still playing with a loved one? Or would this just be another Survivor smokescreen in attempt to make the inevitability of Katie’s exit seem less obvious?

We were left with the remaining contestants aligning like this:

Main alliance:

Gervase Peterson
Laura Morrett
Tyson Apostol
Ciera Eastin
Hayden Moss
Caleb Bankston
Monica Culpepper

Outside of the alliance:

Katie Collins

Redemption Island

Aras Baskauskas
Vytas Baskauskas
Tina Wesson

At Redemption Island, Tina, Vytas, and Aras’ challenge involved tossing a grappling hook out to haul in three bags. The second portionaras of the challenge was a table maze where the players would have to use balance and patience to get a ball to rest in the center spot. Vytas finished first after a colossal mistake by Tina. But she managed to regroup and just edge out Aras, making the former winner of Survivor: Panama – Exile Island the first member of the jury. Vytas then gave the hidden Immunity Idol clue to Katie, who, for the first time in a long time, actually kept it. It was a bit of a no-brainer move, both on the part of Vtas giving it to Katie, and Katie deciding to keep it.

Katie set off right away to find the Idol with the clue she was given, while Tyson pulled in Caleb and Hayden to devise a plan to vote for Laura M. It was a double-sided strategy, hoping to draw out the Idol in case Katie finds it, along with splitting up the Ciera/Laura M. family alliance. Ciera could kind of see where the game was going, and had to have a pretty rough conversation with her mom. She was basically right about everything she said: her mom was her biggest hindrance in the game. Laura M. was proud of her daughter for being brave enough to have the conversation, as well as the foresight to see what she had to do. It was a nice moment.

Early the next morning, Katie continued her search for the Idol. But she had company, as Laura M., knowing she could be next, followed her every move. The Immunity Challenge required a nice mix of strength and balance, and offered the winner a chance to fill their belly with burgers, hot dogs, french fries, and soda. It was another challenge designed for a strong, smaller person, and as a result, Monica once again won Individual Immunity. She was allowed to invite one person to eat the junk food with her, but instead, pulled a generous (and smart) move, and gave up the food to her seven tribemates, enjoying none for herself. It could be looked at as a strategic move, but I kind of bought it as a little bit more. Regardless, well played.

Ciera tried to get Katie to spill on if she had the Idol, and when Katie said she did, Ciera lied and told her she knew Katie didn’t have it because she had it herself. Katie folded instantly, giving Ciera the ammunition she needed to take to Tyson in an attempt to keep her mom in the game. It was a great move by Ciera, who is really playing hard, but it only made Tyson feel they needed to split up the family pair with more urgency. We headed to Tribal Council with the numbers pretty split on who would be next to go. In the end, we got to see just how much control Tyson has over this game, as the family pair was divided, sending Laura M. to Redemption Island for the second time.

Next time on Survivor, it looks like people are beginning to catch on to how much power Tyson is wielding, and the four first-time players – Ciera, Caleb, Hayden, and Katie – hint at teaming up to vote out the self-proclaimed Big Bad Wolf.

My Current Top Five Power Rankings for Survivor: Blood Vs. Water

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Gervase Peterson
  3. Ciera Eastin
  4. Hayden Moss
  5. Vtyas Baskauskas

My Previous Top Five Power Rankings for Survivor: Blood Vs. Water

Episode Nine:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Gervase Peterson
  3. Hayden Moss
  4. Caleb Bankston
  5. Vtyas Baskauskas

Episode Eight:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Gervase Peterson
  3. Monica Culpepper
  4. Hayden Moss
  5. Vtyas Baskauskas

Episode Seven:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Vytas Baskauskas
  3. Gervase Peterson
  4. Monica Culpepper
  5. Tina Wesson

Episode Six:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Vytas Baskauskas
  3. Gervase Peterson
  4. Monica Culpepper
  5. Aras Baskauskas

Episode Five:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Vytas Baskauskas
  3. Monica Culpepper
  4. Gervase Peterson
  5. Aras Baskauskas

Episode Four:

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Vytas Baskauskas
  3. Monica Culpepper
  4. Gervase Peterson
  5. Aras Baskauskas

Episode Three:

  1. Vytas Baskauskas
  2. Monica Culpepper
  3. Tyson Apostol
  4. Aras Baskauskas
  5. Gervase Peterson

Episode Two:

  1. Vytas Baskauskas
  2. Tyson Apostol
  3. Monica Culpepper
  4. Gervase Peterson
  5. Aras Baskauskas

Episode One:

  1. Vytas Baskauskas
  2. Tyson Apostol
  3. Laura Morett
  4. Caleb Bankston
  5. Monica Culpepper

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Written by Mark Johnson

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