April 17, 2013 06:25 PM by Ryan Haidet
The promos for this week’s episode of Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites repeatedly teased that we would see one of the most shocking Tribal Councils in the show’s history. Jeff Probst promised on Twitter that this would be a “great episode” with “all kinds of things going on” before labeling it as “one of the best of the season!” Did all the hype live up to the moment? It definitely did! Tribal Council was satisfying and thrilling, proving why Survivor is still the greatest reality show ever created. What happened that made it so stellar? All the details are inside!
Dawn’s Dental Dilemma
As the final 10 castaways of the Enil Edam tribe were killing time at camp, they were surprised to hear a tearful yelp from Dawn in the distance as she called for Brenda’s help. Brenda quickly rushed to Dawn’s side where we learned the reason behind the tears. Dawn, who apparently knocked some bottom teeth out earlier in her life, embarrassingly exclaimed she had lost the lower retainer with the false chompers. She was so devastated about facing the rest of her tribe with her teeth missing that Dawn was threatening to quit the game. After grabbing a mask and snorkel, Brenda plunged herself into the water and retrieved the missing teeth. Dawn immediately snatched the teeth and shoved them into her mouth. She erupted in tears and offered up huge hugs for her dental saver. Brenda, who has been nearly invisible this season (except for her big Immunity win last week), finally had a confessional in which she said the moment between she and Dawn proved neither would turn their back on the other.
Dawn’s Nonstop Tears
Despite being on the team that won a relaxing, food-filled Reward with Reynold, Erik, Cochran and Phillip, Dawn still couldn’t contain her emotions. She was struggling with sleep because she couldn’t stop thinking about strategy. She found herself very concerned that Andrea — one of her main allies — was spending too much time with Malcolm and feared she was going to flip and come after her. Instead of keeping those feelings to herself, Dawn expressed her worries about Andrea to Phillip and Cochran — both easily dismissing her as being emotionally paranoid. Later that day, she spent some time alone in the woods with Cochran as she shed even more tears. “I cry more than a baby — literally,” she said. When she soaked up a full night of sleep, Dawn woke up in a much better mood and calmed herself down considerably.
As much as I like Dawn, it is extremely frustrating to watch her play the same emotional way that she played during Survivor: South Pacific. I realize that I have no idea how emotionally taxing it is to take on this intense game, but I’m really tired of watching her sob and freak out over nothing. It has gotten old.
Phillip Refuses To Participate In Immunity Challenge
At the Immunity challenge, Phillip voluntarily sat out because of his sudden fear of water that’s apparently connected to a childhood incident. Wait a second. Where did this fear of water appear? Last week he gladly participated in possibly the most claustrophobic water challenge ever created. Now, he’s suddenly afraid to dive in? I just find it extremely strange. But who cares? He would have lost it anyway. Instead, Reynold claimed Immunity after the absolutely exhausting underwater battle with Malcolm tight on his heels up until the end.
Splitting The Votes
In predictable Phillip fashion, the self-described special agent pitched a plot to split the votes between Eddie and Reynold. Even after Malcolm found another hidden Immunity Idol right in front of Andrea and Dawn, the seven-way alliance planned to stay the course. Little did they know that Malcolm actually had two Immunity Idols up his sleeve. Shortly before the vote was held at Tribal Council, Malcolm proudly put one around his neck before giddily passing the second one over to Eddie. Since Reynold had won Immunity at the challenge, that made all three allies safe.
Malcolm’s move was a powerful play that caught the majority alliance off guard as they were suddenly faced with the concept of eating one of their own. Suddenly, the whispers started with several people suggesting to vote against Andrea. Malcolm then offered his opinion on who they should vote out by promising he, Eddie and Reynold were casting their ballots against Phillip hoping everybody else would follow suit. Very smartly, Erik chimed in (finally!) and made a great point by saying Malcolm and Eddie might just be threatening to play their Idols and using them as a scare tactic without any real intention to use them. Phillip jumped in and agreed that they should keep their initial plan intact. But Malcolm’s brave move wasn’t a scare tactic whatsoever. He and Eddie proudly rose to their feet before Jeff Probst read the votes to play the Idols and spared themselves from elimination — and it’s a good thing they did. Two of the votes fell against Malcolm, while four were against Eddie. The other four votes were against Phillip (Erik joined in and voted against the special agent). Had Eddie not played the Idol, it would have been a tie vote with the majority alliance easily booting him out of the game after the re-vote. As a result, Phillip’s stealth was snuffed out. Hooray! That’s what you get for not participating in the challenge, pal. Now we thankfully don’t have to sit through any more episodes of his “Stealth-R-Us” crap. It’s a much-needed elimination that came far too late.
Wow! Although most of the episode was irritating with Dawn’s ridiculous tears, the final segment was entirely entertaining. Malcolm is truly becoming one of the strongest strategists in the show’s 26-season history. This guy has everything it takes to be a fantastic castaway!
What are your thoughts on tonight’s episode? Did you think Tribal Council was the most shocking you have ever seen? Are you happy Phillip was eliminated? At this point, who do you think is most deserving of winning the game? Who do you hope is voted out next? Sound off and leave a comment below!
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