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'Survivor: Blood vs Water': Live reunion recap

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To finish up tonight’s Survivor: Blood vs.Water finale, everyone joined together back in the United States, and Jeff read the votes. Monica received one vote, but it was Tyson who won this season of Survivor.

Jeff asked Tyson what he played differently this time, and he said he had to fight and scrape to get to the end after his girlfriend, Rachel, had been voted out. He felt it kept him focused. Rachel explained she knew he had it in him, but she still wondered if she made the right decision when she left. Jeff asked about the emotional and physical fatigue, and Tyson said no one really slept much besides Caleb, because they all stayed up thinking about the game.

Jeff went to Monica next, commenting on her dominating physical performance. Monica said it took until she watched the show to figure out that she fought hard and worked so hard during the challenges to thank Brad for everything. She said her kids were proud, but not surprised. A member of the audience chimed in and said Monica stayed true to herself, dominated challenges, and deserved to be there. Brad thought it was tough to see what everyone said about Monica, but he and his kids knew there had been more than one “bad ass” in their house for a long time.

Jeff asked Gervase why he didn’t take a more visible leadership role. Gervase said Aras had been their leader at Galang, and then Tyson took over. His strategy was to let the others take out the leader first and give him another three days to figure something else. He had a plan to get rid of Tyson in the back of his head, but he needed the right time.

Next, Jeff turned to Ciera to ask about her two big game moves, and she said she literally changed her mind during Tribal Council the night they went to rocks. Jeff told Hayden he did an amazing job changing Ciera’s mind at Tribal Council. Hayden explained he heard Gervase and Monica mentioning Ciera as number four, so he went with it. Jeff turned back to Ciera to discuss when she voted her mom out. Laura explained that she had to trust her daughter to fill her in on what went on during the game while she was at Redemption Island. They agreed they hadn’t become closer, but it had added a new element to their relationship.

Colton had an opportunity to redeem himself, but he said his first time on the show, he was on a tribe with all men, and the second time he was on tribe AARP. Jeff wondered why Colton quit the first time, and Colton explained he always felt he needed other people to take care of him, and when no one was there to take care of him, he freaked out and quit. He realized he needed to dig down deep and realize he was a man and could persevere on. Caleb explained that Colton likes to stay inside and eat three meals a day, but he went into panic mode when all these things were taken away.

Jeff brought things back to Rupert, who sacrificed himself to keep his wife in the game. Rupert said he wanted to protect and save his wife, and it was the only move he had. Laura said she had perspective and was proud of herself for making it 20 days.

Jeff stopped to check in with last season’s winner, Cochran. After he put it out there that he wanted to write, and he abandoned his law school career in order to become a writer on The Millers. They showed footage of him on the set talking to Will Arnett, and they had a joke segment where Will voted Cochran off, but he played an Immunity Idol and said he wasn’t going anywhere.

The attention shifted back to Aras and Vytas and their relationship. Aras felt they got closer, and Vytas said their rivalry became healthier. The day they got back from the Philippines, they got into another fight and didn’t talk for two weeks. A Twitter viewer asked if Hayden and Vytas would play again, and they both said they would. Jeff asked Hayden the biggest difference between Big Brother and Survivor, and he said the physical difference was the biggest. He and Kate are still together, but they live in different states and are working on getting into the same one.

Jeff asked Candice the added element a relationship brings to the game. Candice said in a regular game, you can put on your armor, but when someone comes after your loved one, you don’t think logically. John chimed in and said it hurts to see people going after the one you love.

Next, Jeff turned to Tina and Katie, and Tina said it was a great experience and adventure, but she didn’t think it could make them any closer than they already were. Tina revealed that her son was killed in a car accident two weeks ago – the driver was wearing a seatbelt and walked away, but her son did not, so she wanted to remind everyone to buckle up. Jeff asked Tina why she came to be with this group of people, and she explained that it was an honor and a joy to play with everyone, and they have been a family. She added it was comforting for her to be there. Katie said her brother had been so excited to come to the reunion, and it was the end of a really dark tunnel they had to come through. She asked that people donate to the Philippine hurricane relief fund in place of their donations for her brother, Taylor.

Jeff presented Tyson with his million dollar check and revealed the preview for next season: Brawn vs. Brains vs. Beauty.

What did you think of the finale? Were you happy to see Tyson win? Are you excited for Season 28?

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