Survivor: Philippines, Season #25 Finale – Sometimes Scrapping It Out Does Pay Off!
It’s another Finale Night on Survivor: Philippines. I have been anxiously awaiting the end of this season because I am surprised about who the Final Four Castaway are. After her breakdown, Lisa has pulled it together and not many people knew she was Blair from The Facts of Life. Skulpin, targeted because he was one of the three returning players, managed (with some help and some Challenge wins) to skirt through Tribal Councils to make it this far. Malcolm, besides the fact that he was one of the most dominating people throughout this season, had to still manouever his way out of some sticky spots to get to this point. Last, but certainly not least, Denise used her social capabilities to scrap her way through three tribes without being voted out to have the chance to be so close to the end of the game. What will Jeff Probst have in store for the remaining Castaways? Let’s dive right in to see who will be one million dollars richer!
After getting rid of Abi during the last Tribal Council, the rest of the tribe celebrated her exit. Once that was taken care of, the real work of solidifying a Final Three deal had begun. Everyone was scrambling, talking about what deals they had with other Castaways for the end of the game, as well as their chances were of winning.
The Castaways received Tree Mail. It contained a clue as to what their final Immunity Challenge would entail. Denise was worried about her chances of making through the final Tribal Council because she is now the outcast out of those players remaining in the game.
At the final Reward Challenge, the Castaways had to race through an obstacle course to retrieve three bags of puzzle pieces. The first to complete the puzzle won a HUGE advantage in the final Immunity Challenge. Once, again, it was a close match between Malcolm and Denise, but, as usual, Malcolm came out the victor!
It was more shop talk once everyone got back to Dangrayne. Lisa and Denise were especially talking about how dangerous it would be to keep Malcolm as one of the Final Three, and, if he doesn’t win the final Immunity Challenge, that it should be him that gets voted out. Lisa later admitted she was happy Denise would be willing to cut Malcolm loose, knowing that the alliance between Denise and Malcolm may be over. Denise was scrapping away, trying to work her magic on Skulpin as well, hoping to change his mind as well. Lisa and Skulpin were unsure who to take with them because of the options that laid in front of them.
More Tree Mail was sent to the Dangrayne tribe. It told them that they were going on the Fallen Comrades Walk before the final Immunity Challenge. This is where the final contestants follow a path with the posts which once held the fire of the Castaways who had been voted out, or had to leave the game because of illness or injury. The gang reminisced about each person, then burnt these posts at a bonfire set up for them at the end of the Walk.
At the final Immunity Challenge, the players had to balance a ball on a piece of wood that had a groove carved into it. After five minute intervals, the Castaways had to then attach more pieces to each side to lengthen their pieces of wood, making it harder to balance the ball at the center. The last player to have their ball on their piece of wood would win the last Immunity Challenge, guaranteeing their spot in the Final Three. The advantage that Malcolm won was if he dropped his ball at any point during the Challenge, he would be able to have a second chance and continue at the round where he had dropped the ball.
Everyone did well until the Round Two. Malcolm, the king of Immunity Challenges was the first to drop his ball. A few moments later, Malcolm dropped the ball again! Yeah, it was a shocker! Everyone was surprised, and Malcolm was devastated. After a few more rounds, Skulpin came out the big winner. He was the only one with a smile on his face as the tribe left Jeff Probst to figure out who would be the last Castaway voted out of the game.
Both Malcolm and Denise were working hard to make their case to Lisa and Skulpin as to why they should be taken to the Final Three. Lisa and Skulpin were split on their decision. Skulpin wanted to take the best to the end, but Lisa wanted to bring those who she thought she could beat in front of the Jury.
At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst and the Castaways spoke about the importance of the strength of an alliance. Denise and Malcolm knew they had to break their alliance at some point, and Lisa and Skulpin always wanted to stick together. They also spoke about whether the players were basing their vote on favours or strategy. Skulpin was partial to the favour Malcolm did for him when Malcolm allowed for Skulpin’s relative to join them at their camp. Lisa was partial to the strategy by getting rid of the best in order to win.
It was then time for the vote. After each Castaway made their decision, Jeff Probst counted the votes and announced that Malcolm would be the last Castaway voted out of the game, joining the other Jury members to hear the pleas of the Final Three.
The Final Three celebrated their last day in The Philippines with a super deluxe breakfast left for.them at Tree Mail. They then secretly confessed why they deserved to win the million.
At the final Tribal Council, the Final Three were on pins and needles, worried about who the Jury was going to vote for to win Survivor.. Denise explained how she had to use her social skills to make it through each tribe she was a part of in order to make it this far in the game. Lisa told the Jury she had to adjust to different situations and trust her gut to make it to the end. Skulpin explained to the Jury the reason why he deserved to win the game because he was the only remaining returning player left when he was constantly being targeted throughout the game because this was his second time playing the game.
Not surprisingly, the Jury was bitter towards the Final Three. Jonathan was particularly vocal in his address to the Final Three. He even revealed Lisa’s past fame to the Jury. No one really looked as though they cared, though. Most of the rest of the Jury yelled and belittled the last Castaways in the game. Even though they envied the Final Three, each member cast their vote as to who they wanted to win.
Jeff Probst then took the votes and the locale changed from their Tribal Council hut in The Philippines to the CBS Studios in Los Angles. He reveled one vote that was cast for each of the Final Three members before showing the rest of the Jury had chosen the Survivor: Philippines winner was…..Denise! I was so happy for her. Out of the last three players in the game, Denise did have to work the hardest to stay in the game, having to rely on her social skills to scrap her way throughout the game.
It’s the end of another season of Survivor, Readers! What still boggles my mind is how some people competing on these reality shows don’t get that players will lie and betray other players in order to win. If they are aware that players will do this to win, why are they surprised when these actions cause for them to leave the game? Maybe it is because they thought they would be able to see through the lies, yet they were not able to do so. The next season will be another Fan vs Favourites season. I can’t wait to see who the fans have voted to bring back to the game. Maybe it will be a showdown between Malcolm and Ozzy? I hope so!
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