May 08, 2013 06:25 PM by Ryan Haidet
The epic finale and live reunions show for Survivor: Caramoan — Fans Vs. Favorites arrives this coming Sunday and I will be there in the audience and on the red carpet to bring you all sorts of exclusive coverage and interviews with the final five castaways. But who is still in the battle hoping to outwit, outplay and outlast all the others for the title of sole Survivor? Tonight’s episode sent one contestant out of the game in a huge betrayal. Who was stabbed in the back by one of their closest allies? All the gritty details are inside!
Erik — who has been nearly invisible this entire season – became a major plot point (but only for the first few minutes) as he expressed his emotional battle with hunger and sadness. “This is the most beautiful prison I’ve ever been in in my life,” he said. Desperate for something to eat, he skidded up a massive palm tree hoping to pluck off a coconut. His attempt proved unsuccessful.
Love From Home
The final six Enil Edam tribe members found a sudden boost of morale as Eddie returned from Treemail with a Sprint smartphone filled with short videos from everybody’s loved ones. In previous seasons, the castaways are then surprised to learn their family members are actually on location, but their presence on the island was no secret because the background in each clip clearly reveals the Philippines.
Before the challenge began, Jeff Probst introduced a loved one for each remaining castaway. First out was Brenda’s dad — who, in a strange way, resembled Doc Brown from “Back to the Future.” As she embraced her dad and expressed how humbled she’s been playing the game, Jeff Probst shed a few tears. Without trying to hide his emotion, Probst announced that it was the first time in 26 seasons a loved-ones visit had reduced him to tears. Eddie had his dad, Erik had his brother, Sherri had her husband (who looked young enough to be her son) and Cochran wept as his mother rushed out. But nobody cried as much as Dawn when her husband joined her. No surprise there.
The contestants were teamed up with their family members for a dizzying challenge for a Reward featuring a floating back yard barbecue with burgers, beer and more. Brenda and Doc won the competition, but if they were able to hop inside a DeLorean and gaze at the events to come, I’m betting the duo wouldn’t have been so excited. After Brenda elected to bring Dawn and her husband along on the Reward per Probst’s offer, a big twist was tossed her way.
Brenda’s Barbecue Dilemma
For the first time in Survivor history, two loved ones were there for each castaway. If Brenda chose to keep the Reward for herself, she and Dawn would join another loved one who was there for each of them. But, if Brenda wanted, she could sacrifice the Reward and give all four others the floating barbecue Reward, which also meant the afternoon with two loved ones apiece.
Dawn broke down in intense tears with the concept of losing the time with her husband — especially since it happened to be her anniversary. Ultimately, Brenda made the unselfish decision — and jury-favoring strategy — by giving the four losers the Reward. As Sherri, Erik, Eddie and Cochran scarfed down burgers and hot dogs from the grill, Brenda and Dawn could hear it all since the floating barbecue was a short distance from their beach.
Dawn erupted into a tearful fit comparable to a pouting child who just had their toy taken away. “The fact that I’m gonna have to sit in camp tonight with people who are full and are seeing their loved ones for the whole afternoon makes me wanna spit!” she sobbed in a confessional. I get it, you miss your husband. But everybody there misses their loved ones. All this does is make you look like a spoiled turd. I will admit, I have always liked Dawn as a person. Each time I’ve met her she’s been very pleasant and kind. But watching her constant crying in the game is nothing short of tiresome.
In yet another amazing endurance challenge, the battle came down to Dawn and Brenda. Dawn quickly asked Brenda to let her win the challenge because they knew both of them were safe since Eddie was their definite target. But, just like last week, Brenda refused and chose to fight on longer. Not long after, Brenda involuntarily fell out of the challenge and gave Dawn her first Immunity victory ever.
Suddenly, Brenda became a major target as Cochran, Dawn and Sherri felt like her likability was making her a strong candidate to win the game. Therefore, they felt it would make the most sense to vote her out next. Although Eddie made it abundantly clear throughout Tribal Council that he was expecting to have his torch snuffed, the majority of the tribe flipped on Brenda and sent her packing. “I was honest with you guys,” she said to Dawn and Cochran before she walked out of the game. “I was genuine with you guys. It hurts.” Seriously, Dawn?!?! That’s the way you pay back the woman who answered your walrus-like moaning and helped you retrieve your missing teeth from the depths of the ocean? OK, just joking. I do think this was the best strategic move because Brenda was clearly set up as a likely winner.
Two things resulted from this Brenda betrayal: The jury looked stunned and Erik appeared heartbroken.
What are your thoughts on this episode? Were you surprised Brenda was voted out? Do you think it was the right move for Dawn and Cochran to make? What would you have done? Who of the final five castaways do you think is most deserving of winning the $1 million prize? Which player do you hope doesn’t win the game? Sound off and leave a comment below. Only a few days remain until we learn who claims the $1 million prize as the live finale airs Sunday, May 12 from Los Angeles.
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