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Survivor: Caramoan Recap — A Shocking Tribal Council

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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18 Responses to “Survivor: Caramoan Recap — A Shocking Tribal Council”

  1. bobby Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    bye bye SOU. phillip was not enteretaining; he was a bully.

  2. Susan Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 6:46 pm

    Thank goodness Phillip is gone!

  3. Susan Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    Malcolm didn’t come with any great strategy. Using both immunity idols was the obvious thing to do. Now if he had figured out a way to keep the three amigos all safe and still have the idols for next week – that would have been great strategy.

  4. Susan Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 7:20 pm

    And stop calling me Susan

  5. Amanda M Says:
    April 17th, 2013 at 9:03 pm

    Go Malcolm!! His strategy is awesome. And Phillip was annoying. Loved the results of last counsel.

  6. Ja n Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 5:56 am

    So glad Philip is gone! Couldn’t wait for that pompous ass to voted out!

  7. sandy Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:24 am

    Fillup is gone. He was just a bully and where did he come off thinking he was Boston Rob. orderline thug. Rob played smart. Rob has class. Phi two L’s and 1 P was just a jerk. Loved what Malcom did. Coodos!!!!!

  8. Mountain lady Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Stealth R Us is gone. Thankfully, I was tired of watching him thinking he was sooooooooooo smart. FBI, really

  9. Mountain lady Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Pet Peeves: People who act like they know everything and do nothing. Wow he better look in the mirror.

    Reason for Being on SURVIVOR: To win one million dollars and outwit the other contestants again.
    Why You Think You’ll “Survive” SURVIVOR: I’m a hard worker who easily adapts to the elements in the wild.

  10. Walt Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Best blindside ever. I have to give the producers and editors big credit on this one. I never saw it coming. I thought Malcolm would hog both of the idols and not pass one off to Eddie. One of the best tribals to date. Good Job!

  11. MissSweetT Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    If any of the current survivors are really smart and know how to play the game, they would have kept Phillip around until “almost” the end. Surprise surprise… watch what happens next!

  12. Adele Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Correct me if I’m wrong. Obviously Eddie needed to use his immunity idol. But if Malcolm had held on to his, Phillip would still have been voted out 4-2. Right? That would have been really awesome to watch.

  13. Tina Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm

    Shut the music off so we can hear the people…I will never watch survivor again until they at least turn the music down.

  14. Adele Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    Oh, and I think Phillip isn’t afraid of just being in the water. His fear of the challenge was having to repeatedly swim under water.

  15. Terri Pyatt Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    Thank God Phillip was voted off!!! He is the most annoying player ever! Go get m Malcolm!!

  16. Patti Says:
    April 18th, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    This week was good but so was the week Corinne was voted off. I didn’t expect that move from Malcolm but I hope he is gone soon. Philip and his team were caught off guard (lol) but Philip didn’t seem to really care at that point. They should have picked the Ice Cream man to vote off since he’s unstable with his decisions anyway but Philip did tell them to go along with the plan. Wrong advice although I know they really didn’t have time to think at that point. Lol…I can’t wait to see what’s going to happen next week.

  17. Sharon Donaghe Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 12:05 am

    Been a Survivor fan since season 1. Tonight was my favorite tribal council ever! Hooray Malcolm. So glad Cochran got to be a witness tonight to one of greatest plays in Survivor history. Loved loved loved it!
    Kept wishing someone would stand up at a tribal council and say “Raise your hand if you enjoy playing Stealth R Us”. Phillip is clueless about being a bully. He seems to be one of the rare return players who didn’t learn anything about himself and how people perceive him.

  18. Stacy Says:
    April 19th, 2013 at 6:34 pm

    That episode especially tribal was so entertaining. Even if the 3 amigos don’t go all the way, the smiles on their face knowing that they were going to stick it to the other ones was priceless. And I am SOOOO happy it was Phillip. Sometimes you can be annoying and still likeable (Russell). Phillip was just plain boring, stupid, ignorant and just not a good player. It stinks that I still have to look at his mug on the jury bench.I also hope the others on Team Phillip get their asses kicked!


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