Well, it was a two-for-the-price-of-one kind of night on Survivor Wednesday night. Yes, two people left the game tonight, but only one via the usual method this season, of losing at Redemption Island. Unfortunately, it's sad to report, but we had yet another Survivor quitter.
As Jake Gyllenhaal famously said in Brokeback Mountain: "I wish I knew how to quit you." Well, for one Survivor, we wish this person knew how not to quit the game...because this person has apparently quit before.
If you don't like quitters, you're not alone. But you may be surprised to know that as much as you despise someone quitting the game, Jeff Probst despises it even more. His blunt yet appropriate words spoke for us all, in one of the most shocking exits ever on the show. It wasn't all that shocking as to who quit (read on for that), but in his final grilling, Jeff Probst dropped some shocking accusations that may shake your very trust in the game of Survivor, its casting department and its producers as a whole. Let's start at the beginning of Episode 3:
Iron Cupcake. The episode started with a bit of humor...something we would later realize we'd need heading into a tear-filled, overly-serious hour. The humor came from - of course - Tyson, who is sporting a cupcake belt around camp. Taking some ribbing from Aras, Tyson tells him, "It's not a real cupcake, Aras, it's made of metal." We then get a scene between Aras and a disgruntled Colton, who is still very upset that no one will talk strategy with him. "He doesn't get this game," Aras says about Colton. "He thinks this game is about chaos." Says Colton: "Unless you have people who are willing to roll with you, there's not a lot you can do."
Redemption Island. Upon arriving, Tyson discovers that his girlfriend Rachel was voted out and will compete in the upcoming Duel. He actually reveals to Probst that he identified the other tribe's strategy, to try to get Tyson to swap with Rachel and thus, weaken his tribe. Rachel calls out Brad and tells everyone that he is running the show. Tyson and Rachel converse and Rachel convinces him not to swap with her, that he has a much better chance in the game than she does. Tyson takes note of Brad's sly grin and the two begin arguing with one another. That's when Marissa pipes in and Brad tells her, "We're playing Survivor, babe." This doesn't sit well with Marissa, who shouts at him: "F--- you, Brad Culpepper!" Just when it looked like things were going to perhaps calm down, out of nowhere Probst notices that Colton - of all people - has started to cry. "I can't do this," he tells Jeff. Say what?
Fool Me Once, Shame on You, But Fool Me Twice? After a well-timed commercial break, Probst asks Colton straight up: "You're quitting? Again." Huh? Say what now? What do you mean "again"? Wait a minute people, Colton didn't quit the first time he played...right? They'd never ask a quitter to play the game again...right? What does Probst mean..."again"? "I don't care about this tribe," Colton tells Probst. "Admittedly," Colton says, "This is a selfish move but maybe the best move for me." Probst then elaborates on his "again" comment and pulls the curtain back on some little known truths for the world to see. Probst says the following: "What is forcing you to quit for what I can now confirm is a second time? The first time you feigned appendicitis. Turns out you didn't have it. You want to own that one now?" Colton's reply: "I don't know what it was. I was treated for a bacterial infection." Colton goes on to say that he is "tired of being hated by everybody." Well, quitting Survivor - for a second time? - sure isn't going to win you any fans.
Harsh Words for Colton. Colton confirms that he is quitting the game and then Jeff focuses on his loved one, Caleb. "Caleb, this has got to be disappointing for you," Probst says to him. Caleb responds: "My heart is crumbling, I don't know why he just wouldn't stick it out." Caleb called Colton a big fan of the game and that seemed to get Probst's goat. Probst then unleashed himself on Colton, verbally. He said that sometimes people like to watch the adventure - not take part in it - and that, about Colton, "I am now convinced that Colton is a guy who should have never gotten up off the couch. We brought a quitter back and we got a quit again." Colton reacted to this as if daggers were being stabbed in him, then ran to the arms of his fiance, Caleb. Sobbing, they said their good-byes. Probst wasn't finished: "You can keep your buff, I won't give you the honor of throwing that in the urn. We'll reserve that for people who compete." With that, Colton - buff in hand - exited the game a quitter. But wow, for the second time? Was anybody else aware of this?
The Duel. As the saying goes, the game must go on. So with Colton now gone, it was time for Candice, Marissa and Rachel to compete in the Duel. It was a game of dominoes, set on a course that made them easily fall over if touched. They had to arrange their dominoes perfectly to stretch the length of the course...not spacing them out enough would mean starting over. Candice once again dominated and won first place for the second time. Rachel and Marissa were in a dead heat for second place. They were in a literal dead heat as well, with temperatures nearing 114 Fahrenheit. Fighting back the urge to just pass out, Marissa successfully finished her course and finished in second, which meant that Rachel was eliminated from the game. Tyson and Rachel hugged out their goodbyes and Candice - with her reward for finishing in first place - chose to give her husband John yet another clue to the hidden Idol.
Aftermath. Returning to camp, Tyson hoped that he made the right decision not to swap with Rachel. We see him get emotional as he breaks down on camera. "Too many people take this game too seriously and it ruins their lives and it makes them angry. A good example of that is Colton." Nobody seems to mind that Colton is now gone, feeling like he dug his own grave. Over at the new players' camp, Brad gets defensive of being called out at RI. "Am I being a tyrant?" He asks the others. John, knowing he is a growing target now with two Idol clues, decides to make nice with Brad and shares the clues. Brad wonders if he can trust John, but that was a good step in the right direction...or at least it would seem so.
Immunity Challenge. It's Survivor Sumo time! The two tribes would compete one on one to knock the other person off of a platform and into the water using big pillows. First tribe to win five such contests wins Immunity and a comfort reward in the form of pillows, a tarp, blankets and more. Brad took the first point by beating Gervase, then Laura B. scored a point for the returning players by besting Katie. Then John beat out Aras before Kat beat out Ciera. This set up a Hayden vs. Tyson showdown and it was won by Hayden...shortly thereafter medical had to come out to treat Tyson's shoulder, which had popped out of place. In pain, he was out of this challenge but would remain in the game. Tina then beat her daughter Katie, setting up the brother vs. brother match between Aras and Vytas. After delivering a cheap shot, older brother Vytas still lost to his college athlete kid brother. Facing elimination, Ciera was then matched up against her mother, who found it very difficult to go up against her daughter. But that didn't stop her...Laura M. knocked Ciera out, clinching a third straight win for the returning player's tribe.
Pandora's Box. So who to vote out? The five-guy "Brigade 2.0" alliance targets Ciera as the next victim...that is until John steps away. Brad then tells the other guys that they should blindside John. Hayden wonders about Brad's quick decision to turn on the alliance so quickly, and puts things into Big Brother terms: "This could be like opening up Pandora's Box." Vytas too, sees Brad as a big threat. Could Brad's aggressiveness lead to voting him out? "One thing's for sure," says Hayden. "It's going to be a big blindside."
Tribal Council. Vytas calls Survivor a "game of information" and they talk about how the slightest bit of info could be deadly to someone's game. Brad openly admits that, "At some point we have to lie...there's only going to be one winner at the end of the day." So will the guys vote for Ciera? More likely, who will be blindsided, John or Brad?
The Vote. John did not play his Idol (because he hasn't yet found it). The first vote is read as Ciera, and the remaining votes were all for...John. In a 6-1 blindside, John wouldn't be searching for a hidden Idol anytime soon, because he was being sent on his way to join his wife at Redemption Island. "I feel like I had so much wool pulled over my eyes," he says as he arrives to give his wife a hug on RI.
Analysis. Well, much to discuss. Colton will surely be the topic everyone wants to discuss. For all of my views on Colton and what happened in tonight's episode, please read my episode analysis at TheTVKing.com at this link.
Next Time On...Brad still feels like he is in control of the game, but at Redemption Island he is met by Candice flipping him the bird...clearly Candice and John are not too happy with him.
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