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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water – ‘Gloves Come Off’

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At the end of last week’s episode, “Big Bad Wolf” (you can find the full recap here), Tyson and his gang – including Laura M.’s daughter Ciera – sent Laura M. to Redemption Island for the second time this season, ending the last family pair in the game. The move kept Katie, a non-alliance member, alive in the game as a result. Would the move come back to bite the ringleader in the butt? Or would the alliances he has formed with Gervase, Monica, Hayden, Caleb, and Ciera hold tight?

We were left with the remaining contestants aligning like this:

Main alliance:

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

Outside of the alliance:

Katie Collins

Redemption Island

Vytas Baskauskas
Tina Wesson
Laura Morrett

The Jury:

Aras Baskauskas

The Redemption Island Challenge gave an advantage to people with smaller hands (the holes in the nets were the same size for all,vytas though not everyone has the same sized hands), though Tina couldn’t make it work for herself in the first stage of the challenge. When she caught up to the puzzle portion in the second phase, Tina got assistance from Laura M. who had already finished the challenge by this time. With the aid of Laura M., Tina edged Vytas out by the skin of her teeth, sending Vytas to join his brother as a member of the jury. It was a shitty way to see our hero leave, but I guess all is fair in love and war.

Following the challenge, Tyson focused his efforts on getting the rest of his alliance to see how big a threat Katie would be in the finals, having three votes already on the jury (Tina, Aras, and Vytas). Hayden and Caleb discussed an opportunity to swing the game and vote out Tyson, knowing he had developed a pretty good resume to present to the jury himself. The two took their idea to Katie, who was obviously very interested in their scheme. They next moved in on Ciera, to secure four votes as a majority and take out the veteran players. She told them exactly what they wanted to hear, and then ran and told Tyson everything. Tyson, with Gervase and Monica already in his pocket, assured Ciera that their four would stand strong and vote out the pair for turning on Tyson. Can’t blame Hayden and Caleb for trying to make a move. You gotta sooner or later in this game unless your goal is to ride coattails, and if that’s the case, then fuck you, you don’t deserve to win anyway as far as I’m concerned.

The next morning, Caleb and Hayden watched Ciera disappear into the woods with Tyson, making the pair a little paranoid that she had turned on them. Katie had to be loving life at this point, knowing she was most likely next to go before this whole plan had sprung to life. The outcome of either scenario would be in her favor: either Ciera was with them, and Tyson would go, or she wasn’t, and one of Caleb or Hayden would likely be next.

Tyson, Gervase, and Ciera felt safe with their position in the game and decided to sit out of the Immunity Challenge in favor of a magnificent feast. Katie, Monica, Hayden, and Caleb opted to compete in the challenge instead. Monica won her third Individual Immunity Challenge, which would make you think she was becoming a threat to win this game if it were not for the fact that everyone who will end up on the jury seems to hate her, her husband, or both.

Upon returning from the challenge, Hayden felt he needed to do some backpedaling. It was clear from the fact that she sat out of the challenge that Ciera was working in tandem with Tyson, Gervase, and Monica. So he and Caleb took it straight to Tyson, and tried to play it off that they were feeling targeted, and made it seem that Ciera was playing both sides of the two 3-person alliances. Tyson appeared to buy it, and made a pact with the pair to vote Ciera out next. It was a brilliant play by Hayden, who has impressed me more and more with his game playing the last few weeks. It would be the best move for Tyson anyway, in my opinion, to vote out Ciera. Who can trust someone who just voted their own mother out of the game? Clearly, she will play as cutthroat as possible to win Survivor – which I love about her.

The result of Tribal Council left me a little befuddled, as the blindside was delivered at the expense of Caleb, rather than Ciera, but not before Tyson played the hidden Immunity Idol that he had kept secret up to this point. I think it was the right time to play it, but I would have made sure Monica and Gervase were aware I had it prior to making my move. In the end, I’m guessing Tyson felt a little more secure with Ciera’s loyalties than Caleb and Hayden’s, though the use of his Idol showed that his trust in her wasn’t an absolute. Should have taken part in that Immunity Challenge, Tyson. You might still be sitting there with the Idol in your pocket.

Next week, Hayden lets the shit hit the fan, exposing the game as Tyson’s to lose – which, he’s right, at this point it is Tyson for the win if he gets there. Will Gervase make the move against his closest companion in the game? Or will everyone puss out and fall in line like they did for Boston Rob when he won Survivor: Redemption Island? And how are Gervase and Monica going to react to the discovery that Tyson was holding that Idol all along, and never mentioned a word of it?

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

  1. Tyson Apostol
  2. Ciera Eastin
  3. Gervase Peterson
  4. Katie Collins
  5. Hayden Moss

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

Episode Ten:

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

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

Lover of all things film and Oscar. Fantasy sports’ equivalent of George Steinbrenner. Your very own Han Solo, making friends all over the movie-loving galaxy in spite of himself. When he’s not ranking just about everything or dominating boardgames, Mark is breaking down the Oscar race 24/7 with Rain Man-like stats and knowledge. In his downtime, you can find him commiserating with other Northeast Ohio sports fans because a hero isn’t complete without a little heartbreak. If Game of Thrones, Lost, Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and Survivor are your style, then congratulations, you have something in common with this inglourious basterd.

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