The Beginning of the End
In Survivor Caramoan: Fans vs. Favorites, a core group
of favorites banded together in order to take each other to the end. They invited Sherri, a fan who had been
alienated by Reynold and Eddie, into their group. One by one, all of the competition, except
fans Eddie and Reynold, had been voted out.
Amazingly, this happened while splitting the votes several times (to try
to get rid of an immunity idol), something that often ends up backfiring;
somehow this group was so loyal to each other that they could survive a few
split votes. With only two non-alliance
members left and an episode where two people will be voted out, it truly is the
beginning of the end for this core alliance.
The Survivor contestants had to compete for immunity
and reward. In this challenge, they
would balance on a platform in the water. As time went on, they would move their feet
closer together, making it more difficult to balance. The winner would not only get immunity, they
would also get information in the game.
During the competition, Jeff came out with donuts. Both Eddie and Erik were willing to jump off
the platform to get them. Later, Cochran
was willing to jump off the platform for three hot dogs and a soda; he claimed
that he wouldn’t be able to last much longer anyway. After the players moved to the top platform,
Dawn fell into the water, followed by Sherri.
After two amazing saves, Reynold
fell. Andrea and Brenda were left. Although they were in the same alliance,
neither was willing to jump and lose to the other. After three hours, they decided to make the
challenge a little harder by balancing on one foot. Brenda fell shortly after they began this harder
version of the challenge. Andrea won
immunity and a clue to the hidden immunity idol.
Andrea shared the clue to the hidden immunity idol with
the rest of her alliance. After Erik dug
up the idol, he gave it to her. Andrea
came up with the idea of blindsiding Brenda.
The others sounded like they might be agreeable to that.
At Tribal Council, Eddie said that he jumped into the
water for donuts, despite being outside the main alliance, because he didn’t
feel that he could have stayed in the game much longer anyway. Jeff tried to plant doubt into Brenda and
Andrea’s minds, suggesting that if they were in such a tight alliance, why wasn’t
one of them willing to jump off? Brenda
said that it was important to be able to test herself. The vote was split between Reynold, Eddie,
Erik, and Sherri, with Reynold receiving four votes and a ticket to the jury.
The Second Vote
After Tribal Council, Cochran approached Brenda to let
her know that Andrea had suggested voting her off. The majority alliance started to formulate a
plan to get rid of Andrea instead.
Cochran realized that Andrea could be dangerous, as she was willing to
think for herself.
The immunity challenge consisted of a few stages. First, the players had to wind a small buoy
through obstacles. At the end of the
obstacle course, they would untie knots to obtain a key, which would open a
chest with ladder rungs in it. These
rungs were a puzzle to solve. The first
person to assemble the puzzle ladder and climb it would win immunity.
Erik took an early lead; Sherri fell to dead last. Erik was also the first to get the key,
although Cochran was last after this stage.
Erik continued to lead the challenge, finishing the puzzle first, and
After the challenge, Andrea suggested to Erik that they
go to the end together. He thought that
she was being honest. Nobody else really
cared for Andrea’s scheming though. At
Tribal Council, they all admitted that they were lying to each other and felt
that others were lying to them. The vote
was almost a three-way tie between Brenda, Andrea, and Eddie. Andrea should have played her hidden immunity
idol, but she had no clue that she was about to be voted out; she received
three votes, while Brenda and Eddie received two. She was just the latest in a string of
Survivor players to be voted out while holding a hidden immunity idol.