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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water – ‘One Armed Dude and Three Moms’

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At the end of last week’s episode, “Opening Pandora’s Box” (you can find the full recap here), John, Candice’s husband, was blindsided by his all-male alliance at Tadhana’s third straight Tribal Council. John headed off to join Candice and Marissa at Redemption Island, where he would eventually have to beat his wife if he wished to return to the game.

We were left with the tribes looking like this:

Tadhana                            

Katie Collins
Ciera Eastin
Vytas Baskauskas
Hayden Moss
Caleb Bankston
Brad Culpepper

Galang

Tina Wesson
Laura Morett
Gervase Peterson
Aras Baskauskas
Kat Edorsson
Monica Culpepper
Laura Boneham
Tyson Aposto

Redemption Island

Marissa Peterson
Candice Cody
John Cody

At Tadhana, Brad announced his plan to try and keep people whose loved ones were still in the game in hopes that they could pull them over to their alliance once the merge arrived. This left Caleb in an awkward position, as he was the only remaining Tadhana member who’s partner was no longer over at Galang.

At Redemption Island, Candice wasted no time letting Brad know how she felt about him. Everyone piled on, making it seem like Brad’s odds of eventually winning the game were less than minute. And while I’m not trying to defend Brad, it takes a majority to make anything happen in this game. It’s funny how quickly people who play Survivor forget that, and harbor feelings of anger towards the one running the show. If anything, they really should be angrier at the people who just go along with the plan, rather than try and alter it.

John, Candice, and Marissa squared off in the challenge, with John making short order of his female counterparts. His wife thenmarissa managed to hold off Marissa, as the latter became the next person out of Survivor: Blood Vs. Water. John – under the order of his wife – gave the hidden Immunity Idol clue to Brad’s wife, Monica, in an attempt to put a target on her back and get revenge on Brad by hitting him in his weak spot. In a good place within her tribe, Monica smartly and immediately burned the clue to eliminate any possible threat against her.

Following the challenge, the members of Galang discussed the events at Redemption Island, and tried to maintain their alliances despite each other’s loved ones starting to become responsible for voting out other members’ loved ones. This is where the game will eventually become all twisted and full of fun drama! While nursing an injured shoulder, Tyson bonded with Gervase as the two snuck coconut milk behind their tribe-mates backs. It’s a risky hobby the two have, and they narrowly avoided being caught. At Tadhana, Caleb made it clear to us viewers that he, Vytas, and Hayden were the tight alliance within the alliance, with Brad on the outside. But would that remain true if they were sent to Tribal Council for the fourth straight time? Or would Brad’s plan to keep players with loved ones still over at Galang make more sense?

At the Immunity Challenge, the tribes learned the winner would be able to choose between croissants and other delicacies or the less sexy, more important fishing gear. In an interesting decision, Tina and Kat sat out of the challenge, rather than the injured Tyson. His injury didn’t appear to slow him or Galang down, and after a long, multi-layered challenge, the returning players’ dominance continued with their fourth straight victory.

When Tadhana regrouped, the talk went straight to strategy as Brad told Ciera and Katie that his plan was to take out Caleb. Hayden, Vytas, and Caleb instead wanted to take out Ciera, who had proven to be rather weak in puzzle challenges. It appeared that Brad might have been reeled back in with the boys to take out Ciera before heading off to vote. The result of all the chaos delivered our first interesting Tribal Council this season! When Brad opened his big mouth and brought up the idea to vote out people without loved ones at Galang, Caleb flipped the tables on Brad, and announced that he was voting against him rather than sticking with the original plan to vote out Ciera. Would Vytas and Hayden follow Caleb’s lead? Would Katie and Ciera take the opportunity to vote with Caleb to get rid of Brad? The result was a 3-3 tie between Brad (Caleb, Ciera, and Katie voting against him) and Ciera (Brad, Hayden, and Vytas voting against her), which lead to a re-vote. With the tough decision at hand, it was Hayden who ended up flipping, sending Brad to join the husband/wife duo of John and Candice at Redemption Island. Whether you like Brad or not, you have to respect the way he handled his exit, unlike so many poor sports who have been blindsided in seasons past.

Next week, we’ll see if Candice can hold her own against John and Brad, two very strong, very athletic competitors. Will Monica replace her husband before the challenge even begins? Where will the power shift at Tadhana (Caleb?), now that two of the five members of the once-almighty male alliance have been sent packing in consecutive weeks?

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

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

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

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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