This episode was the second-to-last one for this season! Many tears were shed by the Castaways, and even by Jeff Probst himself! Why were so many tears shed? It was the annual visit by a loved one episode! Ah, yes, now you can sort of see where I got the idea for this episode’s title, huh. One Castaway learned the meaning of this saying the hard way, by being voted out. Who was it? Continue reading and find out!
After the previous episode’s Tribal Council. Cochran was worried about where he stood with the other players still left in the game. He confided to the producers that he thought he was the next one to go because he was such a threat to the other competitors.
Strangely enough, Brenda and Dawn were talking about the same thing. Brenda’s plans were worrying Dawn, as she and Cochran were working together. She wanted to find a way to change her mind. Erik confessed that he felt as though he was in the most beautiful prison, as he was longing to be off the island and back at home. Tree Mail to the rescue! It consisted of a Sprint smartphone which had recorded messages from their loved ones back home. Yep, you guessed it! The next Reward Challenge was to win the privilege to spend time with a loved one!
At the Reward Challenge, Jeff Probst introduced the Castaways to their loved ones, then announced that they would be working together to win this Challenge. Each pair had to unscrew the ropes with coconuts attached at their ends and rails for a ladder. They then had to place the rails onto the posts and toss the ropes so they would hang onto the rails. First pair that did this three times would win a lunch on a floating barge off the coast of their island with their loved one.
Brenda and her father won the Challenge, and Jeff Probst allowed for Brenda to bring another Castaway and their loved one to share the Reward. Feeling pity for Dawn, Brenda picked her and her husband. Jeff Probst then threw a monkey wrench into the situation. He gave another Sprint smartphone that had another recorded message from her sister and a second group of loved ones. Jeff told her that, if she wanted to, she and Dawn could enjoy their time with their loved ones, or allow for the other four Castaways to be with their loved ones, while her and Dawn would go away with nothing. Brenda decided to be nice and allow for the others to have their time with their loved ones, punishing Dawn in the process.
While the other Castaways partied it up on the barge with their loved ones, Brenda and Dawn watched from their beach. When the Castaways returned from their Reward, they all thanked Brenda for her selfless act of kindness. Cochran was on the defensive about what Brenda did. He thought of this as a million-dollar move on Brenda’s part, making her an even bigger threat that needed to be dealt with.
At the Immunity Challenge, each competitor had to stand on a ledge on a platform. They had to hold onto a handle that was attached to a piece of rope that Jeff Probst would let out more of their line, making it harder to hold on to. The last person standing would win Immunity at the next Tribal Council. This was the order in which they bowed out of this Challenge: Cochran, Eddie, Erik, and Sherri. Brenda and Dawn were left to battle it out. Brenda refused to make a deal with Dawn, then fell in the water, making Dawn the winner! After the Challenge, Brenda confessed that she let Dawn win, and had to make it look as though she wasn’t going to just let Dawn have it.
Back at Enil Edam, Brenda was happy that Eddie was going home. Cochran was beginning to scheme against Brenda, confessing that Brenda was a threat because of giving up her Reward, and how good she was at Challenges. Cochran then went to Sherri to share his thoughts, promising her that she would be guaranteed fourth place if she went along with is plan. He also told Dawn about what he wanted to do. Dawn was worried about this plan because it left the door open for Eddie to win the game, and she liked Brenda because she had been so nice to her.
At Tribal Council, Jeff Probst introduced the Jury (Michael, Phillip, Malcolm, Reynold and Andrea). He and the Castaways then spoke about Dawn winning the Immunity Challenge, and how Eddie needed to win to stay in the game. They also spoke about Brenda and the Reward Challenge. Once everyone wrote down their names for who they wanted out of the tribe, Jeff Probst reveled the results of Vote. It went like this: 1-Erik; 2-Eddie; and 3-Brenda!
Another blindside was successfully carried out. I guess that is what happens when you try to be nice to others in this game. They vote you out! I believe this would be the third one since the Jury had been formed. Brenda looked so shocked and hurt, especially after what she did for them at the Reward Challenge. Dawn had better watch out if she makes it to the Final Three. With Brenda gone and no longer in her corner, if Dawn does make it to Final Three, I’m not sure if Brenda will give Dawn her vote to win the game. Well, Readers, this is shaping up to be an interesting season finale on Sunday night. Who’s going to make it to the Final Three? Who will win the million-dollar prize and be named this season’s Survivor champ? My fingers are crossed for Cochran to make it to the Final Three. He’s the only interesting Castawayleft.
Until my next post, Readers!