Up until this episode, I hadn’t been too thrilled with Survivor: Blood vs. Water
. The first two episodes weren’t boring, but there hasn’t been enough action or excitement. This episode was filled with emotion, excitement, Jeff’s snarky-filled comments, and A BLINDSIDE.
We start the episode with typical Colton gloominess. He, once again, tries to create chaos, by drastically switching the conversation from Tyson’s cupcake belt (it’s got heart sprinkles on it!) to who they’re going to have sit out at the next Immunity Challenge. Fortunately for us, yet unfortunately for him, his tribe is as over him as he is them. Just like last week, he asks a tribe member – this time Aras – and asks if he’s “in trouble”. Aras doesn’t sugarcoat it like Laura M. did last week, and he informs Colton that he’s in trouble. Colton fully realizes his days are numbered if he can’t align with anyone.
We head to Redemption Island Arena, where Tyson is unsurprised to see his longtime girlfriend, Rachel, was the latest person to be voted from the Tadhana Tribe. Jeff allows Tyson and Rachel to swap positions, but Rachel tells Tyson to stay with his tribe. Before we can move on, Tyson stands up and makes a thread to Tadhana: “You guys watch out, ‘cause if you ever see me at Redemption Island, none of you have a chance in Hell. Mr. Football over there smiling at me like he does... You can be big, but that’s the worst thing in this game.”
“Mr. Football” aka Brad Culpepper doesn’t allow Tyson’s snide remarks as he adds, “We haven’t wanted to vote anybody out, but we’ve had to. You guys cheer over there after you win, and we gotta go home get rid of your loved ones. You guys haven’t had the difficult conversations we’ve had. Nobody’s been voted out over there so don’t start throwing arrows at us.”
Marissa jumps in, her anger exploding at Brad. She’s trying to make Brad realize that, despite his strategic votes, his tribe is only weakening. Frustrated, she exclaims, “F--k you, Brad Culpepper!”
After many shots of Colton slowly looking more and more upset, he finally begins to break down. Jeff’s expression surely mirrors many of us who were watching. “And now Colton, you’re crying. What are you crying about?”
“I don’t want to be here anymore. At all.”
We’re all listening, Colton. I remember watching the preview last week, wondering whether or not this was just another charade of Colton’s. Why not have everyone assume he was quitting, so they would feel bad for him and cry out for him to stay.
Jeff begins to tear apart Colton. He’s perplexed at Colton wanting to quit, again. When Colton talks about not caring about his tribe and how him leaving would be the best move for him, Jeff calls him out on such a selfish move. Colton doesn’t even disagree with Jeff, he too calls it a “selfish” move! Jeff continues to question Colton leaving once more, adding why he quit in One World.
Just to refresh your minds, Colton quit in One World
due to appendicitis. Well, Colton never had appendicitis, and Jeff makes sure everyone knows that. As Colton rambles about being treated for a bacterial infection, his tribe continues to roll their eyes.
Tina jumps in, explaining that the tribe is not playing Colton’s game, and “now he knows he can’t win the game.”
Let’s just note that as everything is being said about Colton, he’s just sitting there, crying and taking it all in. I honestly do think he was continuing to put on a show, still grasping onto the idea that his tribe might suddenly jump on his side and cry for his return.
Jeff continues to blast Colton, saying, “Lots of people who like to watch adventure. It doesn’t necessarily mean they should get up off the couch. I’m now convinced that Colton is the guy who should have never got up off the couch. We brought a quitter back, and we got a quitter again.”
“I don’t care what you guys say!”
Well, if Colton weren’t crying before, he sure was now!
After jumping onto his boyfriend’s lap, Colton makes his exit, and thus he is the second person to leave this game. This season, anyone who leaves the game are to burn their buffs, but Jeff won’t allow Colton to burn his buff. No, Colton can keep his buff, because that privilege is for “people who compete”.
The Redemption Island Challenge was like a game of dominos, except the blocks were to be stacked on an angled path. Candace won yet again, and Marissa barely got second. Rachel becomes the third person to leave Survivor: Blood vs. Water
. As with last week, Candace is allowed to give a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to any of the players, and she again gives it to her husband, John.
The combined Immunity and Reward Challenge has the tribes competing sumo-style, using large padded bags to knock the opponent off the floating platform. Tonight’s reward included one of two options: tarp, pillows, a mosquito net, and a hammock, or fishing gear.
The first five matches had random pairings. Culpepper, Laura B., John, Kat, and Hayden won their respective matches, with Kat and Hayden winning their matches with only one push. The last three matches were family-based: Tina versus her daughter, Katie; Aras versus his brother, Vytas; and Laura B. versus her daughter, Ciera.
Aras and Vytas’ fight was incredibly personal. As Vytas put it, “He’s the college athlete. I’m the junkie.” Aras commented on feeling constantly bullied by Vytas, and Vytas wanted to win against Aras because his brother was constantly winning awards, scholarships, and even Survivor. Ultimately, Aras won the match, but both brothers were emotional after the win.
Tina and Katie put up a good fight, with Tina winning their duel. Laura B. was crying before her match with Ciera, and quickly beat her daughter.
Tyson got injured in his match against Hayden. His shoulder popped out of place, and he wore a muscle in his back. His injury comes right after Rachel told him he has a good chance of making it far into this game. Injuries are never good in this game, so we’ll see how much longer Tyson can last.
Galang won their third consecutive Immunity Challenge. I’m really hoping for Tadhana to win next week!
Tadhana finally twists things up when discussing who needs to go home. The all-guy’s alliance discusses Ciera going home. Once John steps away, presumably to look for the Hidden Immunity Idol, Brad discusses sending John home. Brad’s reasoning is slightly selfish, as he realizes if Josh and Candace make it to the merge, then John won’t be fully aligned with him anymore. Then, after Brad walks away, the three remaining guys – Vytas, Hayden, and Caleb – discuss with Ciera and Katie about sending Brad home!
I love seeing a tribe scramble around.
I would’ve loved to have seen Brad go home – he’s becoming incredibly arrogant – but sending John home was an amazing blindside. If Bill and Ted were watching, they’d say, “That was a most excellent blindside!”
What did you all think about this episode? Were you excited or sad to see Colton quit?
Finally, some excitement this season! The preview for next week only showed Redemption Island, which will be very interesting, with the married couple John and Candace competing to stay in the game.
See you all next week!