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'Survivor Caramoan' recap: 'Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest'

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Back from Tribal Council, the members of ‘Stealth ‘R Us’ (I still hate that name) immediately leave to discuss what happened at the last Tribal Council. They believe that Malcolm, Eddie and Reynold no longer have any Immunity Idols, but as only we (and Malcolm) know, that’s wrong.

Phillip and Cochran are discussing Dawn, and how you might be able to win against her, when they hear Dawn screaming. She’s freaking out about something and it’s hard to understand what she’s saying, but I think she has a dental retainer for bottom teeth that she had replaced, and she somehow lost it. She doesn’t want anyone else to know (well, we all know about it now) and is saying that she’ll take herself out of the game rather than be seen with no bottom teeth. Brenda gets the mask and finds them for her pretty quickly, and it seems to be a bit of a bonding moment for them.

Reward Challenge time! In two teams of five, they will be running an obstacle course through mud and pits of rice. Winners will be taken to a resort where they get to eat lunch poolside. Reynold, Erik, Eddie, Sherry and Phillip are on one team, with Andrea, Malcolm, Dawn, Brenda, and Cochran on the other.  Sherry really slows down her team by taking forever on the balance beam portion, and the other team (Reynold, Andrea, etc.) wins.

The very dirty reward winners show up at the resort. I’m surprised they didn’t make them wash first. Oh, they ate first, and then washed off before getting in the pool. Well, everyone except Phillip, that is. He just got straight into the pool, and brought a cloud of filth with him. Yuck.

Back at camp at night, Dawn seems to be losing it a bit; she’s not sleeping, as the creepy night cam shows. The game seems to be getting to her, and she’s worried about Andrea jumping ship to side with Malcolm, Eddie and Reynold and blindsiding her. Now, I like Dawn, but she’s being a bit drama-queeny about the whole thing. As Cochran points out, it’s a little arrogant to assume that you’re the one who’s going to be targeted for a blindside.

The next morning, after a good night’s sleep, Dawn seems to be doing a lot better. So her alliance with the super-cheesy name sits down to decides who’s going next. The answer is Reynold, with some votes thrown Malcolm’s way in case of any more Immunity Idols. Seems like a solid plan, so I’m sure something will happen between now and the end of the episode to screw it up somehow.

Immunity Challenge time!  It’s a swimming challenge, where you have to swim under a platform, along a rope, and then move rings from one side to another. They’re competing in heats. Phillip decides to sit out because he really doesn’t like swimming underwater. Apparently it stems from a childhood event; we’ve heard countless pointless stories on this show, but this story, which actually sounds interesting, and has some effect on the game -- this story we don’t get to hear.

Malcolm, Reynold, Andrea and Brenda make it to the final round. The girls quickly fall behind, making a race between Reynold and Malcolm. Reynold wins Immunity, and it’s a good thing too, because he was totally going home tonight.

So now who is going home? Malcolm is the obvious choice, but he also has the Idol that no one knows about. Erik has mentioned that he is ready to get rid of Phillip; is it time to make that move?

Reynold is feeling the power that having immunity gives (although it is fleeting) and wants to get rid of Phillip. Join the club. We start to hear about why Phillip dislikes being underwater, something about being trapped in a pond as a boy, but I don’t get to hear any more because Dawn and Andrea are too busy talking over him about where the Immunity Idol could be (rude!).

So Andrea, Dawn, Malcolm and Reynold are all out looking, and of course Malcolm just found another Idol. So Phillip’s alliance (still won’t call it by that stupid name) decides to vote for Eddie instead. Why won’t they vote for Phillip? It’s the perfect chance to get rid of him!

Tribal Council time! Jeff brings in Michael, the first member of the jury. And it’s all blah, blah, blah, usual Jeff small talk, until BAM! Malcolm gives his second Idol to Eddie. So that means Malcolm, Eddie, and Reynold are all safe. And everybody else loses their minds. And then Malcolm flat out states that they are voting for Phillip. He says that he sucks all the fun out of the game (he does!), and then Phillip responds with a total fun-sucking response.

Time to vote! And for once, no one has any idea of what’s going to happen. Erik takes the opportunity to vote for Phillip (and spell his name wrong, because you know that would bug him.) After the votes are cast, both Malcolm and Eddie play their Idols. Good thing too, because the first vote is for Malcolm, and the next few are for Eddie. But the next three are for Phillip, and he’s done.  Malcolm, Eddie and Reynold have survived this week, but will it be enough?

Next week: Malcolm, Eddie and Reynold are looking to make alliances, and it’s time for the food auction.

Credits: Phillip thinks he played a good game, mentions both Boston Rob and Season 22, and everybody voted as they planned except for Erik, who voted for Phillip.

 

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