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Survivor Heroes vs. Villains: Week 12 Recap


Survivor's Candace Woodcock and Danielle DiLorenzo (CBS)

Survivor Heroes vs. Villains: Week 12 Recap

So much for your new alliance: Candace learned the hard way, a week after betraying her Heroes alliance to join Russell and the Villains, that karma can quickly bite back. The show began with a challenge, though not for reward but for immunity, a challenge won by Parvati. Afterwards, Jeff read aloud a clue for the entire tribe to hear, and upon their return to camp, each of them made a mad dash for the immunity idol. The idol was eventually found by Sandra, who wisely decided to keep it for herself, but Rupert, knowing he would be the next to go, decided to carry a rock in his pocket and make it look like he found the idol. Somehow, it actually worked, and the Villains decided to split their votes between Rupert and Candace in case Rupert played the idol. Once the two remaining Heroes, Rupert and Colby, caught wind of this, they decided to take out their own personal Judas and place their votes on Candace, sending her to the jury. And that was just the first half of the show.

Really Russell? Really?: Despite having a dominant alliance, guaranteed to have the numbers till the final four, Rupert, bothered by the relationship between Parvati and Danielle, decided to break them up, telling each the other was out to blindside them. Of course, Parvati, wanting to hear this from Danielle herself, decided to talk to her about, despite Russell’s threats (he knew his plan would crumble if the two women ever talked and put two and two together), with him telling Parvati, “If you do that, you're out of this game. I promise you.” Russell, though, managed to use the free votes from the remaining Heroes and a threat to Jerri to vote Danielle out of the game and most likely placing himself on the outs of his own alliance come next week.

Russell sure can spot an idol: When Rupert decided to use a rock to fool everyone into thinking he had an idol, the plan didn’t seem to scream “brilliant” by any means, but Russell, the self-professed expert on all things Survivor, decided that he knew what an idol looked like, saying, “I know exactly how they look, and I know how exactly they look in a pocket.” Rupert’s ruse, while not fooling any of the women on the Villains, worked enough to get the Villains to split their votes and allowed the remaining Heroes to send Candace out of the game.

But those donuts sure looked good: Down to their last two, it seemed to be a no-brainer that the final Heroes would play to the wire in any immunity challenge, but in the first challenge of the show, involving the contestants standing on a tiny platform with their wrists strapped above their head to a bucket of water, Jeff Probst began offering food to any contestant willing to step down and walk away from immunity. Of course, two Villains, Sandra and Rupert, both feeling safe, walked away a minute into the game, but surprisingly enough, Colby was the next to bow out for four donuts and a glass of milk. It’s dumbfounding that Colby, with his head on the chopping block, decided to take the donuts instead of trying to be safe in the game. Rupert, though, realized the importance of immunity and played till the end, but he lost when he slipped, giving Parvati the win.

Rupert, Colby, and Russell, together again for the very first time: Despite Rupert telling Russell, “You’ve already proven yourself to be a disgusting, terrible human being to swear on your kids’ life,” and Russell responding with, “I don't give a f--- about you,” the previews for next week’s episode show the two remaining Heroes and Russell coming together to stay in the game. I guess it’s true that desperation makes the strangest things possible.

The newest season of Survivor, Heroes vs. Villains, airs locally on Thursdays at 7 p.m. on WTVF channel 5 (CBS).








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