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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water – ‘My Brother’s Keeper’

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At the end of last week’s episode, “Skin of My Teeth” (you can find the full recap here), Tyson, Gervase, Monica and the rest of their newly formed alliance pulled off another huge blindside, sending Aras to Redemption Island, leaving Tina, Katie, and Vytas to fend for their place in the game.

We were left with the remaining contestants aligning like this post-merge:

Main alliance:

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

Outside of the alliance:

Katie Collins
Vytas Baskauskas
Tina Wesson

Redemption Island

Aras Baskauskas

Vytas returned from Tribal showing good sportsmanship by complimenting the move the majority alliance had made on him and his brother. However, Tina came out with guns blazing, accusing Tyson and Monica of flipping on their former alliance, and assuring them that they just lost five jury votes for having done so (which I found ironic, since she had already basically turned on Tyson, making him #7 in their alliance when he was part of the original five, but I digress). The seven people in the majority alliance made Tina aware that they had each been made promises by Aras, and that his blindside was just the nature of the game. Will Tina’s threat come to fruition at the end of the game? I doubt it. Still a lot of game left, and anything can happen, but it just felt like one of those heat of the moment flare-ups that die down long before the final bell.

At the first Immunity Challenge, Survivor went back to its roots, bringing out the “eat disgusting creatures” challenge that Fear Factor would adapt and go on to make famous. Vytas, Tyson, Monica, Hayden, Gervase, and Caleb advanced past the first round, and, as a reward, got to eat three ounces of pig intestines in the next phase. Monica and Gervase would square off in the final round, where they would have to eat two grubs, something Gervase failed to do in the very first season of Survivor. He came close this time around, but in the end, Monica proved she could eat just about anything, and won the Individual Immunity necklace as a result.

The majority seven planned to split their vote with the four boys voting for Vytas and the three girls voting for Katie. Tyson was notvytas happy with the plan to split, since he alone knew the hidden Immunity Idol was safely in his pocket. When confronted by Vytas about who might go next, Hayden, for whatever reason, pulled no punches and let his former tribemate know the plan to split. Meanwhile, Monica, who was the only person safe at this Tribal Council, started getting paranoid with the plan. Vytas approached Tyson and promised him his jury vote if he spared him from going home next, and the idea got Tyson thinking about removing one of the females (Katie) in order to prevent a future all-woman alliance from forming. And it didn’t help matters much when, at Tribal, Vytas suggested the women do such a thing if he was the next voted off. All good things must come to an end, and sadly, the numbers fell on the wrong side for Vytas, who was sent to join his brother Aras at Redemption Island.

Monica, who was already becoming someone that most were growing tired of, had switched her vote at the last minute and chose to vote for Vytas, something that highly irritated Gervase. She is basically her own worst enemy in the game, and at this point, I can’t see any way that she wins.

The second Immunity Challenge of the night required balance and a steady hand, as the contestants were made to hold a sword, blade down, with one hand while stacking coins atop its hilt one by one. The challenge came down to Hayden, Tyson (who had an Idol in his pocket and was pulling the strings of the majority vote), and Katie (who was next in line to go based on the previous Tribal Council results). Katie managed to hold on the longest, winning Immunity while at the same time placing her mother’s (Tina) neck firmly on the chopping block.

tinaTina, having previously won Survivor, is no dummy. She set off to find the second hidden Immunity Idol as one last hope of staying alive in the game. This, along with the fact that Katie was safe wearing the Immunity necklace, left the majority seven in a spot where they might have to split the vote and take out one of their own, and the obvious choice quickly became Monica. Tribal Council was a ball of paranoia and desperation, as Monica and Tina argued the pros for keeping them in the game over the other. In the end, Tina was voted out, and the vote split was somehow avoided, which honestly baffled me. They must have been pretty certain Tina did not find the Idol, and rather than play it safe, preferred not to shake the already unstable boat that Monica is piloting at this most exciting stage of the game.

Next time on Survivor, it looks like Ciera might target her mother, Laura M. One would assume Katie is the next to go, but whether Ciera’s ploy takes place after Katie wins Immunity or if she really feels her best shot in the game is to blindside her mom is yet to be seen. This could just end up being one of Survivor’s big smokescreens to make an otherwise easy to predict episode seem that much more up in the air. I wouldn’t even be surprised if Tyson turns the tables on Ciera after she approaches him with that idea. After all, who can trust someone who would put the knife in the back of their own mother?

My Current Top Five Power Rankings for Survivor: Blood Vs. Water (to win)

  1. Tyson Aposto
  2. Gervase Peterson
  3. Hayden Moss
  4. Caleb Bankston
  5. Vtyas Baskauskas (you can say I can’t let go of the dream, but I’d argue his chances are better of returning to the game and winning than Ciera, Laura, Katie, and Monica’s combined. Again, it’s a long shot, but which of those other four aren’t longer shots? Tyson or Gervase beats any one of those four, as well as Tina and Aras, if they go up against them. But Vtas… Vytas beats anyone if he finds a way to get back in the game and then get there. Stop bitching, it’s basically down to Tyson and Gervase at this point anyway.)

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

Episode Eight:

  1. Tyson Aposto
  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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