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Survivor: Blood Vs. Water – ‘Out On a Limb’

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At the end of last week’s episode, “Rustle Feathers” (you can find the full recap here), Tyson’s near-perfect game began to crumble, as Ciera defected to join Hayden and Katie at the last moment at Tribal Council, causing Tyson, Katie, and Ciera to draw rocks to see who would be sent out of the game. Katie drew the white rock, and she left to join her mother (Tina) and Laura M. at Redemption Island. Tina was sad at the realization that at best only one would return to the game. Returning from Tribal, Hayden and Ciera seemed to make the peace with Tyson, Gervase, and Monica, though the underlying portion of the game was still fully in place. No one is giving up at this point in the game.

We were left with these remaining contestants:

Gervase Peterson
Tyson Apostol
Ciera Eastin
Hayden Moss
Monica Culpepper

Redemption Island:

Katie Collins
Tina Wesson
Laura Morrett

The Jury:

Aras Baskauskas
Vytas Baskauskas
Caleb Bankston

Hayden and Ciera knew their backs were up against the wall, and figured their best shot was to win Immunity as well as find the hidden Idol in order to turn the game around. Otherwise, they’d be reduced to trying to talk one of Gervase or Monica into voting against Tyson – an idea that to me seemed futile.

At the Redemption Island competition, Laura M. successfully finished the puzzle/challenge first – again. Laura M. is one tough katie-collinschica when it comes to challenges. I think it goes without saying she’s right up there as one of the best the game has ever seen in that aspect. Now if only she was more likable… Katie and Tina had a mother/daughter showdown once Laura M. was out of the way, and with very obvious mixed emotions, Tina stepped across the finish line first, sending Katie to the jury. Laura M. handed the hidden Idol clue to Ciera, and she set off with Hayden in desperate hopes to find the Immunity Idol, which we know was not out there, as it resides in one of Tyson’s pockets.

Monica, who was saved in the previous Tribal Council by Gervase and Tyson not flipping (and resulting in the drawing of rocks), knew that she might have to consider a possible flip herself if she wanted to further her odds of winning the game in the end. Knowing that the alliance between Gervase and Tyson was pretty airtight, Hayden and Ciera planned to persuade Monica into joining them once the Immunity Challenge wrapped up.

Aside from being safe at the next Tribal Council, the winner of the challenge would get to order steak, lobster, pizza, or a burger and have it delivered to them at camp. After swimming through the water to obtain letter tiles, the contestants then had to arrange the tiles to form an eight-word Survivor phrase that had been uttered many times before, including this season. Ciera, who was the last to finish the first portion of the challenge, was the first to put together “You are going to have to dig deep” in order to secure herself Immunity for the evening. She chose Hayden to join her for the “room service” reward that came with the victory, though I might have taken the chance to hand it to Monica in an attempt to butter her up and improve my odds of swinging her over to my side. Instead, her victory, and lack of strategical selection, might have punched Hayden’s ticket to Redemption Island.

Following their meal, Ciera had a one-on-one with Monica, telling her that Tyson had been saying all sorts of mean things about her, putting all kinds of ideas in Monica’s head. It might have worked even better over that aforementioned meal, but based on Monica’s reaction to this information, she was starting to take her role as the swing vote a little more seriously. At Tribal, everyone seemed to handle Jeff’s probing questions pretty well, making the case even harder for Monica. Would Ciera’s promises of the mean things Tyson had been saying behind her back outweigh the strong alliance that she has held with Tyson and Gervase from the beginning? In the end, a case can be made that you have to stick with what has gotten you this far in the game just as easily as the case can be made that you have to make a big move in the game in order to be crowned the champion. But sometimes safe is better than sorry, and that was probably what Monica was thinking when she decided to stick with Tyson and Gervase once more, sending Hayden to Redemption Island.

On Sunday’s two-hour Survivor: Blood vs. Water finale, Hayden, Tina, and the unbeatable Laura M. will battle on Redemption Island for the final time this season, with the victor returning to the game to side with Ciera and try once more to talk Monica into breaking up the tight alliance she holds with Tyson and Gervase. My money is on Laura M. returning, and her and Ciera once again being unsuccessful at breaking up the alliance. You would imagine that Tyson will be playing his hidden Idol to get him to the final four regardless. But has he played a good enough social game for the jury to hand him the title of Sole Survivor? Or will his smart-ass antics cost what has been the best played game this season from being rewarded? I can’t wait to find out!

My Current Prediction to Win Survivor: Blood Vs. Water

  1. Tyson Apostol – who I’ve had at number one since episode four.

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

Episode Twelve:

  1. Tyson Apostol

Episode Eleven:

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

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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