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This is where you'll find recaps of each week's episode of Season 34, Survivor: Game Changers.  Please let us know what you think after each episode!

 

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20 of the biggest game changers are back to battle it out in Fiji as Survivor kicks off its 500th episode. This is Survivor: Game Changers. 39 days, 20 people, 1 survivor!

 

Jeff comes on to the ship with the 20 survivors and welcomes them to the 34th season. He says they were each hand-picked because they have proven they will make moves to change the game. He asks Ozzy how much time, when he’s not playing survivor, is spent thinking about the mistakes he’s made. He then asks JT if it matters there are a handful of winners there. JT points out Sandra is the only two-time winner. He asks Zeke if he feels pressure because he’s with a group of people who know how to play survivor.

 

Those with an orange buff are Hali, Caleb, Troyzan, Sandra, Aubry, Tony, Michaela, Varner, Ciera, and Malcolm are the Mana tribe. Those with the blue buffs are Debbie, Tai, Andrea, Cirie, Culpepper, Sierra, Sarah, JT, Ozzy, and Zeke and are the Nuku tribe.

 

This season maybe more than any other you’re going to have be more aware and be willing to do anything to anybody to move you forward in the game. The boat is loaded with supplies and they will want to grab everything they can to take with them. This is the way they started the very first season of Survivor. With one game changing twist. There is a life saver in the water. On either side of the ring there are two sets of color coded ropes. The first person to untie their knots, they will untie a massive tool kit for their tribe. It’s their first advantage in the game. Survivor: Game Changers is on!

 

Ozzy is first in the water to go after the tool kit. Malcolm says Ozzy is here, no one is getting that tool kit. Andrea picks up a burlap bag and underneath is a secret advantage, but she doesn’t see it and steps over it. A few minutes later Sierra sees it and picks it up and hides it in her waist band. People are stealing items and Jeff says that’s what you can expect on a season called Game Changers. Ozzy gets the tool kit untied and everyone is getting in the water with their items. Jeff says this is a massive head start for one tribe. For one of them, it’s another chance at a million dollars. Good luck!

 

We are with the Mana tribe and they are carrying their things in and hugging each other. Michaela thinks her best chance to win is to schmooze everyone. They start gathering bamboo and Tony says he’s out and going to look for the idol. Malcolm sends Caleb and Sandra to watch Tony so they at least know if he gets it. Tony can’t believe he isn’t being followed and he said he was going to say he was just joking with them. Sandra says it’s not smart to take Tony out so early. Caleb says he has high spirits and stirring up trouble, but that’s just Tony.

 

We move to the Nuku tribe and them arriving at camp. Zeke says he has the greatest tribe ever with Cirie, Ozzy, and JT. Zeke wants to get his hands dirty and lather himself in the blood of his enemies. They see some goats and they are trying to figure out if they can get them. Sarah says she’s going to be the silent assassin. Sierra opens the advantage and it’s the legacy advantage. She’s guaranteed immunity but she can only use it when there are 13 people left in the game or 6 people left in the game and if she’s voted out she must will it to another player in any tribe. Culpepper wants people to come to him this time instead of playing aggressive.

 

Sierra talks to Culpepper and then Ozzy. Ozzy says the competition is fierce and big moves always require big risks. Ozzy tells Sierra says he’s a little scared of Cirie because they played together and she helped get him out. He says this time around he needs to be the master of blindsides and Cirie is his first target.

 

Cirie tells us she knew it was a problem when Ozzy was on her tribe. She asks him if they are good or if they are coming in with baggage. She says it felt like they were solid so maybe everyone will remain calm. Ozzy tells Tai and JT that Cirie is not a physical player. Tai says he likes Cirie and he doesn’t want to get caught in the middle. Tai talks to Cirie about Ozzy and tells her she needs to work it out with him. Cirie immediately questions Tai and realizes her and Ozzy don’t have a clean slate after all.

 

Back at Mana Tony says he’s going to get water and asks if anyone needs water. Tony says they have all played before so while everyone is talking Tony goes to build himself a “bunker”. He says he has what it takes to win the game, adaptability. He says if they get fooled again, shame on then. Troyzan comes around and catches him digging and says Tony has a guilty face. Troyzan tells Malcolm he caught Tony digging and doesn’t know if he found something or not. The rumor quickly spreads to Hali and she shared it with some of the women.

 

Ciera says she knows Tony played once and won and so he’s coming in arrogant and she can’t wait to teach him a lesson. She suggests they get rid of Tony first, or split the votes and get rid of Caleb. Varner says it might not be good to get rid of Caleb because they need him because he’s strong. Malcolm doesn’t want them to go at all, and he’s suspicious of Ciera because she’s the one tossing names out.

 

It’s time for our first immunity challenge. For today’s challenge, they are going to race to a raft and row out to a platform. One person will then swim out to retrieve a set of keys. They will all then make their way over a series of obstacles back to the beach where they’ll dig up two bags of puzzle pieces. They’ll then use the keys to unlock a chest which will release a third bag of puzzle pieces. They’ll use the pieces inside the bag to solve a ship’s wheel puzzle. First tribe to solve their puzzle and raise their flag wins immunity. He reveals the immunity idol which looks like scuba headgear. There is another twist this season. If there is a tie at tribal council, there will be NO revote. They will immediately go to a tie breaker. That means if there is a tie there will be an open discussion in front of everybody. If they can unanimously agree which of the tribe members should go home, then they go home. But if they can’t unanimously agree, the members who received votes will become safe and everyone else draws rocks and someone else goes home. Jeff asks how that changes thing and Andrea says it makes splitting the vote much riskier.

 

Alright, here we go for immunity and Jeff tells them to go. Both teams are close but Nuku is a shade ahead. Ozzy is the first in the water for Nuku and Hali is in the water for Mana. Ozzy gets his untied first and he heads back. Hali is not far behind. Ozzy gets back first and Nuku is the first to begin the obstacles. Hali gets back and Mana can begin their obstacles. Nuku is the first back to the beach and Culpepper and JT start digging. Mana is back and Tony and Malcolm are digging. JT found the first bag for Nuku and they find their second. Caleb found the first bag for Mana and Malcolm comes to help Tony and they find the second. Debbie is working on her lock and struggling. Varner unlocks two of their locks and passes Debbie. Debbie finally gets hers and gets them unlocked and Nuku is back in the lead. Cirie and Zeke are working on the puzzle for the Nuku. Varner quickly finishes his chest and Sierra and Sandra begin working on the puzzle for Mana. Both teams have their first section. Zeke and Cirie think they have it, but it doesn’t fit. Sandra and Sierra think they have it, but they aren’t done. Zeke and Cirie get the second part done. Sandra and Sierra don’t have it and Cirie and Zeke are done. Nuku has won immunity.

 

Mana is back at camp and Varner says losing the first challenge is nothing new to him because it’s happened every time he’s played. Varner does not want to vote out Tony yet. Malcolm tells Tony and Caleb that Ciera has already thrown their names out. Varner says when you talk about game changers, Ciera has voted out her mom. Malcolm, Caleb, Tony, Varner, and Aubry are all at the water hole and talking when Ciera comes in. They suggest to Ciera to vote out Michaela out. Michaela asks Tony and Caleb who Ciera thinks is going home and Tony tells her it’s her. Michaela isn’t happy about that and she realizes she reacted wrong. Tony says she’s scary and he tells Malcolm Michaela is freaking out. Sandra says if push comes to shove they can take Ciera out any time.

 

It’s time for tribal council and they all get their torches and get fire. Jeff asks Tony when they have a season called game changers, there’s a bit of expectation. Tony says yeah it is, and when he was racing around they all slowed him down. Jeff asks Malcolm if he seen that. Malcolm says yes, Tony was literally running around. Jeff asks Aubry asks how big a part impressions from the past will play in the game. Aubry says they look each other and try to decide if they’re the same they saw on TV or if they are a little different. Jeff says to Caleb that he’s in a different position strategically because he really didn’t get a chance to play and show them. Caleb says yeah honestly, it can help him because they don’t know what he’s capable of but on the other side it could frighten them a little bit.

 

Jeff says Michaela what impression do you think they have of you out of the gate. She says she hopes she made a good impression, but she’s not playing with people who want to be her best friend and somebody’s got to go and it would be kind of punkish on a season called game changers to be too easy of one. Jeff says Sandra that is the kind of answer a very experienced player gives. Sandra says yes, Michaela has been a pleasure, the group loves her. Jeff says if it was going to be an easy vote wouldn’t you be the vote, a two-time winner? Sandra says everyone loves her, what can she say? She’s a perfect person to go to the end with because who will give her another million dollars and these people are playing for the second, third, and fourth time, how many times do they have to play to get the million dollars? She says if you’re going to do it, do it now and do it with Sandra. Everyone laughs.

 

Jeff asks Varner what happened today when they got back from the immunity challenge. Varner says a group took off to the well to talk about what they wanted to do, and then someone comes along and then you see another group take off down the beach. He says it’s very unsettling. Jeff asks Hali what the criteria would be for tonight’s vote. Hali says tonight’s vote has two components. They have challenges and weakness they are concerned about and also people got their feather’s ruffled by talk that went around and loose lips sink ships and that’s part of it too. Jeff asks Ciera why the big reaction and she says she wasn’t sure if Hali was talking about her with the loose lips comment and she wonders if she’s in the majority, but she’s going to stick with the plan and vote what she believes is the majority. Jeff asks Michaela if she’s nervous that it might be her. Michaela says she’ll be surprised if she gets out of there without at least one vote against her. Jeff asks Sandra if she had to put a title on the first three days what would you call it. Sandra says the unknown. Jeff says alright, it is time to vote.

 

We see Ciera write Michaela’s name and Michaela writes Ciera’s name. Jeff will tally the votes. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and wants to play it now would be the time to do so. Time to read the votes. First vote, Michaela. Ciera. Cierra. Cierra. Ciera. Ciera. That’s five votes Ciera. First person voted out of Survivor: Game Changers is Ciera. Ciera the tribe has spoken. She wishes them luck. Jeff says well no matter how much the game evolves, one thing remains true: blindsides never goes out of style.

 

The next day they are back at Mana camp. Tony says he’s bored and tired of sitting back and he wants to get into gear and he wants to make some moves. He talks to Aubry at the well. Aubry wants to play with people are threats. They think Malcolm and Caleb and Sandra. Tony has the same strategy to keep the threats. Sandra says the only way a winner can win is if they sit next to a winner in the finals. Tony pitches to Sandra and she’s in, because as long as it’s not her she doesn’t care who goes.

 

We visit the Nuku tribe and they are getting up and we Tai taking care of the chickens. JT is scraping corn off a cob and Tai tells him not to get it all so they can feed the chickens the corn. JT says this is a game where everything you do could put a target on you. It’s night time at Mana and everyone is laying down…except Tony. Tony goes to finish his spy bunker so he can get control of the game. He digs and covers himself and he hides to listen as Sandra and Troyzan come up and start talking. Tony says he hears his name and he confront them and he catches them in a lie. Tony says he wanted to work with Sandra but if she’s going to sneak around then he will have to get rid of her. Sandra says she thought she was aligned with him but he questioned her like the fuzz do and she doesn’t want to do that again. She says Tony needs to go home.

 

Back at Nuku they are laying around and chatting. JT and Ozzy are talking that they feel strong. Cirie sees them talking and she says knows Ozzy is coming for her. She needs to weed out who she can play with. Cirie talks to Sarah and tries to make an alliance but Sarah says her word is not her bond this time and if Cirie has to go then she’s ok with it. Cirie then talks to Zeke and wants to work with him but Zeke says he wants to work with her but Cirie is arguably the most dangerous player in the game. Cirie then talks to Debbie with the same pitch trying to get an alliance going. Debbie says she doesn’t trust Cirie and doesn’t think Cirie is being truthful for her.

 

Sandra comes down to wash a pot and Hali is there and Sandra fills her in on Tony’s alliance of five. Sandra says you know the saying the king is only the king until the queen arrives? She says she’s here and she was born to play this game. Sandra also talks to Troyzan and he talks to Michaela. Troyzan says he thinks Varner is with them too. Varner says Sandra created an alliance of five in 15 minutes. He says that’s scary, she knows what she’s doing and she’s won twice for a reason. He says when two winners go at each other, it gets ugly fast. He can’t wait to see the fireworks.

 

Aubry is talking to Tony and he fills her in on his mistrust of Sandra. Tony says he doesn’t like what’s brewing and he has to put a stop to it. Tony doesn’t mind snake, but weasels he’s not too fond of. Tony goes to talk to Malcolm and Malcolm says he’s all about strength and he doesn’t want Sandra to mobilize her forces. Tony talks to Caleb and he wants the tribe to stay strong too. Caleb says he can’t trust either Tony or Sandra, but he feels he can trust Tony more than Sandra. Caleb says playing with Tony is dangerous, but they have to keep the tribe strong.

 

Nuku getting their first look at the Mana tribe. Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, six members of each tribe are going to race out into the ocean, across a balance beam, to a cage where they’ll crawl up and over the cage and untie a very long and very heavy snake. They’ll push it back up over the cage, race back to the shore, put the snake in its cradle where the three remaining tribe members will until tiles, which they’ll use to solve a combination lock that will release a series of rings they’ll attempt to land on a target which will flip up to spell immunity. The first tribe to spell immunity is immune and the loser will go to tribal council. They are also playing a fishing kit.

 

Nuku is sitting Cirie out. Both tribes are neck and neck, but they can’t go over the cage until everyone is at the cage. Nuku is a shade ahead of Mana. Varner is hanging on to the cage and trying to direct the tribe. Nuku already has their snake untied. Nuku lifting the snake, and it’s very heavy. Jeff says it weighs 400 pounds. Nuku is working together to get the snake over. Mana is still trying to untie their snake. Nuku has their snake out and they all go over. Mana has their snake untied. Caleb and Tony working together to get the snake up and over. Varner is struggling, he says he doesn’t have the strength. Mana finally has their snake out. Nuku has their snake in the cradle. JT, Ciera, and Debbie have the number tiles for Nuku. Mana drops their snake in the water off the balance beam. Debbie has her number tiles and she’s working on the combination. Mana drops their snake again. Debbie releases the combination lock and has the rings. Sierra has the rings and has the first letter. Troyzan falls off the beam and has to go back. JT has the second and third letters. Sierra has the fourth letter. Mana is just now getting back with their snake and putting it on the cradle. Sandra, Michaela, and Malcolm are working on the knots and getting their numbered tiles. Malcolm is working on the combination lock. Sierra has the fifth letter. Malcolm has the chest unlocked and starts tossing and has the first letter. JT gets the sixth letter. Malcolm has the second and third letters. Malcolm then gets the fourth letter, fifth, and sixth letters. It’s tied six to six. JT gets the seventh letter. Michaela asks if Malcolm needs a break and he declines. JT hits the last letter and Nuku wins immunity.

 

Back at camp they talk about the challenge and their struggles with the snake. Michaela says the challenge was deplorable and it’s frustrating because she’s a strong player. Tony leaves and as soon as he does Sandra says Tony has to go. Sandra is worried about an idol and is afraid they have to split votes. Hali and Troyzan and Sandra approach Caleb about voting Tony out. Tony comes up and Sandra throws Aubry’s name out. Tony says he doesn’t want that because Sandra will have numbers so he has to be a big move. Tony talks to Caleb and says she’s dangerous. Caleb realizes they need one more person to have numbers and Tony says go after Michaela and flip her. Caleb talks to Michaela and Varner and talks to them about keeping the tribe strong. Michaela knows Tony is a threat, but she doesn’t want to keep losing challenges. Varner says he’s in heaven seeing this going on.

 

Time for tribal council. Jeff asks Tony about having back to back losses. Tony says they went into the challenge feeling strong, but they aren’t giving up. Jeff asks Malcolm if the strong people should feel safer. Malcolm says yes because if they don’t have strong people, they will have problems moving forward. Jeff asks Michaela what she was thinking when Malcolm threw ring after ring and she says she’s in the game because she’s a strong physical player. She says it doesn’t make sense to send strong physical players home right now. Sandra says now she is scared and Jeff asks what she means. Sandra says if they’re saying a weak player then maybe she should be afraid, but if you look back and put the strongest players in the right position, they could still come out behind. So what does it mean to be physical right now? Jeff says Troyzan it’s tricky and Troyzan says yeah we’ll be 50% less paranoid after the vote. Tony brings up to Jeff about the Sandra and Troyzan sneaking off. Jeff says going back to Sandra’s point in his season Tony lead the decisions and are they expecting him to be that guy. Tony says he doesn’t know about the leading part but he knows about the lying and the dishonesty, but that’s not the game he’s playing. Varner says he believes Tony. Caleb also believes him and Malcolm nods too. Jeff asks Varner what is his play right now and Varner says we are a round hole right now and it’s time to get rid of our square peg. Jeff says wow, Tony, what do you think that means. Tony says I’m not sure. Sandra says he hopes he’s not the square peg and they all chuckle. It’s time to vote.

 

We see Sandra vote for Aubry. It’s time to tally the votes. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and wants to play now is the time to do so. Time to read the votes. Aubry is the first vote. Tony, Aubry, Tony, Tony, Tony. Second person voted out of Survivor game changers is Tony. Tony says the sheep being lead to the slaughter. Sandra says that’s what you get for plotting against me. Tony, the tribe has spoken. Jeff says it’s interesting that both votes have been decided by the group which means it’s only a matter of time before the finger is pointed at you.

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We start immediately with Jeff calling everyone in. Nuku gets their first look at the new Mana tribe with Tony getting voted out at the last tribal council. Jeff says let’s see how savvy you guys are as a group. He says what’s happening? Everyone waits and then Zeke says we’re about to swap and Jeff says you’re right. Everybody, drop your buffs. Sandra says he was leading the sheep to slaughter and she hopes she’s on the right side with the strongest people.

 

Everyone doesn’t want to look and they all pick blind. There is a new tribe, a green buff, and they are going to three tribes. The new Mana tribe is Caleb, Hali, Culpepper, Tai, Sierra, and Debbie. The new Nuku tribe is Sandra, Michaela, JT, Malcolm, Aubrey, and Varner. Jeff asks Tai how it feels to be reunited with Caleb. Jeff also points out JT is the only one from his tribe to be on his beach with a new tribe. The new tribe is called Tavua and has Troyzan, Andrea, Zeke, Ozzy, Cirie, and Sarah. Jeff points out Troyzan is the odd man out on his new tribe. He gives the new tribe a map to their beach and flint. They are starting over.

 

JT is showing everyone around his camp. Malcolm is excited they now have the tool kit and the chickens and he notices they decorated their shelter. Varner feels like the won a reward. JT says he was kind of happy about the swap. JT is going to take them snorkeling so he can get back to camp and start looking for an immunity idol. The rest of the tribe speculate what JT is doing and they think he might be looking for an idol.

 

Over at Mana, Culpepper starts decorating their new camp. Culpepper says their four original Nuku will stick together and Hali thinks maybe with Caleb there she will be a less likely target. Culpepper wants to get rid of Caleb first because he played with Debbie and Tai. Tai talked to Caleb and told him he would be ok, but he may have to betray his friend or betray Culpepper.

 

The new Tavua comes into their new camp and Zeke says everything is congenial for now, but he points out Troyzan is on the outs for obvious reasons. Ozzy says he feels like he has to take the lead and help them get started on building their camp. Zeke and Cirie talk and he assures Cirie she is safe. Cirie says she thinks Ozzy is still skittish with her and he’s trying to cultivate a relationship with him. Ozzy says originally he didn’t trust Cirie, but now he needs to try and trust her and Troyzan could be an easy first vote. Andrea also points out that Survivor is a numbers game so they are all trying to make Troyzan feel comfortable. Troyzan says he learned from his first experience and he begins looking for the idol. Back at camp the others don’t want him to get it. Troyzan sees a bottle stuck in the sand and he has found a clue to the hidden immunity idol which shows the location, which will be at the immunity challenge in the corner of a table.

 

We are at Nuku and JT tells his new tribemates about the goats and they talk about catching them. JT and Malcolm begin trying to catch a goat. JT caught a goat and hands it to Sandra and goes to help Malcolm with a second goat. They caught two goats. Malcolm says they aren’t going to kill the goat, but they have to be careful with Sandra because she wants to eat it. Sandra doesn’t see anything wrong with killing and eating a goat. Malcolm says this is the goat version of Bambi. No one wants to kill the goat except Sandra. Varner says he wants to let them go. They decide instead to eat the chickens and they let the goats go.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, three members of each tribe will be tied together. On Jeff’s go, they’ll work together to get through a series of obstacles. They’ll then grab a bucket, fill it with water, make their way over a giant teeter-totter transferring the water until they have enough to lower the gate. The three remaining tribe members will then work together to solve a puzzle. First two tribes to finish win immunity, safe from the vote. Losers go to tribal council where the third person will be voted out of the game. In addition, they are playing for reward which is a tarp for first place, plus their choice of pillows or seasonings and sauces, and second place gets whatever is left over.

 

Troyzan will work on the puzzle and he’s nervous about grabbing the idol. Jeff gives the go to start. Michaela is dragging JT and Malcolm. Tavua is behind. Nuku has their bucket. Tavua now has their bucket shortly after. Nuku pours their first bucket and go back. Mana gets their bucket untied. Nuku makes their second trip and the gate drops. Nuku starts on their puzzle. Tavua is second to drop their gate with Mana immediately after. Nuku has their puzzle pieces untied. Mana has theirs untied. Jeff says Troyzan was the slowest, but he finally has his done. Everyone is on the puzzle. Nuku thinks they have it and they do. Tavua thinks they have it and they do not. They rearrange and they do have it this time. Nuku came in first and Tavua in second. Mana will go to tribal council. Troyzan goes to the table and kneels down likes he’s grateful for the win. He grabs the idol and slides it into his pants.

 

Nuku wins the tarp and they choose the pillows and blankets for their reward. Tavua wins the spices and sauces. Debbie says in this game, it’s all about numbers and they will decide whether it will be Caleb or Hali and she thinks they’ll be rock solid sticking together.

 

Mana comes back from camp and Hali says it will be a miracle if she makes it through the night. Caleb says this is the point last time where he was life lined out and he hopes they want to keep the tribe strong and give him new life. Sierra is concerned about an underlying alliance with Tai and Caleb. Culpepper tries to talk Tai into voting out Caleb. Culpepper says going into a merge with Caleb is very dangerous and he asks Tai who he’s playing for, himself or Caleb. Tai agrees but he feels bad.

 

It’s time for Tribal Council and Jeff has those who haven’t been there yet to get fire. Jeff asks Debbie if it’s comforting that her, Tai, and Caleb are all there playing together or if it’s unnerving. Debbie says it’s unnerving because they are perceived to be a trio. Jeff asks Tai if he felt that and he says definitely. Jeff asks Caleb if he feels the pressure as well if they’re making assumptions. Caleb says yeah but we didn’t start the game together. Culpepper says they did bond pretty well on the Nuku tribe. Sierra says her and Hali had no relationship from their season, but it’s different than the other three. Jeff asks Tai how he’s weighing the decision and is it the next challenge, the merge, or the end game. Tai says that’s what he has to decide. It’s time to vote.

 

Jeff goes to tally the votes. If anyone has an immunity idol and wants to play it, now is the time to do so. Jeff reads the votes. First vote, Caleb. Hali. Caleb. Caleb. Third person voted out is Caleb. Caleb gives Tai a kiss on the head and gets his torch. Jeff says every time you vote somebody out, you change the dynamics of the tribe and the question is always the same: Who does it benefit, who does it hurt?

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We’re back at the Mana camp and they are thanking Tai for staying loyal. He says it was hard to write down Caleb’s name, but he is here to play his game. Hali is hoping to ingratiate herself to Debbie and throw Tai under the bus and show she might be a better asset. Debbie says it’s too early to make Tai a target and Hali has no options.

 

It’s time for reward challenge. Only two members for each tribe will run the challenge. The first member will run through a series of obstacles while balancing a ball on the end of a pole. At the end of each leg, you’ll add more pole making it more difficult. Once you reach the end, the next player will use that ball to release a key that will unlock a box. You’ll use the sandbags inside to knock down nine bamboo targets. First two tribes to finish win reward. First place gets everything they need to make coffee, including cups, sugar, iced tea, and chocolate chip cookies. Second place gets a thermos of ice coffee. Running for Nuku is JT carrying the ball and Malcolm throwing the sandbags. For Tavua Ozzy will carry the ball and Troyzan throwing sandbags. For Mana Tai will carry the ball and Culpepper will throw the sandbags.

 

Jeff gives the go. JT and Tai drop at the first obstacle, but Ozzy makes it through the first section. JT makes it through the first section with Tai shortly behind. Ozzy is through the second section and is starting the third section. JT is just ahead of Tai. JT makes it through the second section. Ozzy drops his ball and has to go back. JT and Ozzy are both starting the third section. Tai is a little behind. Ozzie is through and Troyzan is unlocking the box. JT is through and he is unlocking the box. Troyzan hits his first target, then his second. Malcolm also hits two back to back. Tai drops his ball again and has to go back. Malcolm is in the lead with four and Troyzan ties again. Malcolm and Troyzan both have two left and Tai finally finishes the obstacle. Culpepper tries to catch up. Malcolm wins reward for Nuku. Culpepper is catching up and has three left. Troyzan has two left. Culpepper comes from behind and comes in second. Tavua walks away empty handed.

 

Back at Tavua Ozzy says losing reward was ok with him because without him they wouldn’t survive in the game. We see Ozzy fishing and hear him talking about how much fish and protein he can provide that makes him valuable to his tribe. Ozzy comes back with a stingray and his tribe is excited. At Nuku, everyone is thanking JT and Malcolm. Sandra is telling us she is running the show and she has everything in line. JT and Malcolm go off and JT says Sandra is dangerous in the game and Malcolm agrees. JT says if they lose immunity he can make his move and get rid of Sandra.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs! Here’s how today’s immunity challenge works: One person will be the caller and the rest of the tribe will be blind folded and tethered together in pairs. Using only verbal commands, the caller will guide their tribe through a series of obstacles to a tower. They’ll pull on a rope and dump the water along with a bag. Once you have all three bags, you’ll use the balls inside to maneuver them through a table maze. Your goal is to get all three balls in their final resting spot. Nuku has one extra person, they’ll sit out Sandra. Tavua will sit out Troyzan. The first, and only the first, will win immunity. Losers, BOTH tribes go to tribal council.

 

Jeff gives the go! Varner, Culpepper, and Cirie are the callers. Nuku and Mana send all their pairs at once. Cirie sends one at a time. Ozzy and Zeke are the first to get their bag for Tavua. JT and Michaela get their first bag for Nuku. Sierra and Hali have the first bag for Mana. Ozzy and Zeke head back out. Malcolm and Aubrey have their second bag for Nuku. Andrea and Sarah got their second bag for Tavua. JT and Michaela have their third bag for Nuku and head back. Debbie and Tai have their second bag for Mana. Nuku is back with all three and they can start on their table puzzle. Malcolm falls while running to the table puzzle. Ozzy and Zeke have their third bag for Tavua and head back. Sierra and Hali have their third bag for Mana and head back. JT is working on the puzzle for Nuku. Tavua is heading towards the puzzle and Ozzy starts working on the table maze. Ozzy drops and has to start again. Sierra is the first on the table maze for Mana. JT has the first ball and Michaela comes in for the second ball. Sierra drops and trades off with Hali. Ozzy has Tavua’s first ball and Sarah steps in.

 

Malcolm gets their second ball and Varner steps up. Hali struggles and Culpepper takes over. Sarah gets their second ball for Tavua. Andrea steps in for the third ball. Culpepper gets the first ball for Mana. Varner and Andrea are very close to finishing. Varner slides by and drops the ball. Andrea moving slowly and drops the third ball. Tavua wins immunity and is safe from tribal council.

 

Nuku and Mana will go to tribal council as one group and will vote out one person.

 

Back at Nuku, JT says we get to decide who goes home on their tribe. Sandra says that’s what she thought they said. Malcolm says they could do that, but it looks good on paper and you never know what Jeff will do. Sandra doesn’t not want anyone to flip. Sandra tosses out Sierra’s name because she thinks Sierra is the strongest female. JT thinks Tai is a better choice and he doesn’t think he has an idol. Malcolm asks who they think the other tribe will target and JT says Sandra. JT says he’s pretty sure that’s what Culpepper will do and he could be the swing vote and vote out Sandra.

 

Over at Mana, Debbie says they need to convince them to take out Sandra. Culpepper says they have four voting the same way, but Hali is a wild card. He says if they can keep five unanimous that will speak volumes. Hali says she suddenly has options. Culpepper thinks JT will go Sandra but Sierra thinks they should go Malcolm. They think it’s stupid not to get Malcolm out. They realize it’s going to come down to JT. Tai goes to look for an idol. Tai finds the clue to an idol. He starts looking and begins digging and finds an idol. Tai tells them he found the idol and Sierra is excited but terrified.

 

Jeff has whoever doesn’t have a torch get their fire, and that is JT. Jeff asks Malcolm about the twist and the feeling at camp. Malcolm says this is very different from a normal council and you have to go through every scenario to figure out how to play it. Jeff says it’s easy to see numbers 6 to 5, but everyone also has their own agenda. Culpepper says it’s what he calls a Mexican stand-off in his line of work where everyone has guns. But is one of their guns pointed at themselves and is one of his tribe’s guns pointed back at them. Sandra says all their guns are pointed at them. Jeff asks Debbie what the five of them could do to upset the six. Debbie says one of those 6 used to be really, really closed to four of them. Jeff asks who is that and Debbie says JT. Sandra says she said the magic words, “USED TO”. Jeff says JT, it really is a tough game to play because you started the game with one group and now on a tribe with different people changes your game. JT says people who expect me to do something to put myself at risk would be a shot in the dark for him to land in the right place. Culpepper says look at the big picture, there are a lot of threats out here and he thinks there are more threats on their team, like Malcolm and a two-time winner and that’s the biggest threat here.

 

Jeff asks Sandra he’s not surprised that she’s clearly a threat. Sandra says she isn’t worried. She knows she’s not going home tonight, how about that? Jeff says Malcolm, Culpepper mentioned Sandra and he mentioned you. Malcolm says it sounds like the kind of thing you say when you’re scared. You’re trying to get the target off your back, but when these twists happen, it’s part of the game but if it sent him home, he’d be cussing his way down the ramp. Jeff asks Varner if there’s been much talk about idols. Varner says yeah, they talked about what could happen, what would happen, if each individual one of them had the idol and how that would go. They ran through everything. Sierra says as much as the other tribe looked at the big picture, they looked at the big picture too and it’s about evaluating who is best to go with tonight. Jeff asks Debbie what she’s thinking right now. Debbie says she has two big questions, does he flip and points to JT, or does she flip and points to Hali. Culpepper says for Hali, should she not stay with them, she’ll be public enemy number one. Hali says that’s not a good speech to groom her in and Varner says that’s true. Hali says they are in a potential throwing rocks situation and more information could avoid that.

 

Sandra says they don’t have any concerns about their plan. Sierra says it sounds like they don’t need you Hali and Debbie says we need you and want you. Sierra says you stand with us Hali and Michaela says yeah, on the outside where they put you. Jeff says JT that got a reaction from you. Are you genuinely distressed and he says very much so and he’s had a lot of things going through his head. Sierra whispers to Hali she has to stay with them. Jeff says as JT is talking, Sierra and Hali are having a conversation that Malcolm is just eavesdropping on. Hali says she wants to say something and says she thinks this is a stupid time in the game to be thinking about anything other than physical threats. Sandra begins whispering to everyone on her tribe that Hali wants Culpepper out and Jeff says Culpepper, football term, there’s an audible. Potentially a change from their original plan. Culpepper says maybe even though they came in lock stock on their original plan. Sierra whispers that she thinks it’s her and Culpepper says no and Tai says stick with the plan.

 

JT goes over to whisper to Brad that he loves him, but they want to vote Sierra out. Hali says if that’s what we’re going to do she gets up and goes to whisper to Sandra they have to vote Brad, it’s what’s best. Several players are getting up and whispering. Jeff is amazed. Culpepper tells his tribe it’s Sierra and there are conferences on both teams. Jeff asks what just happened? Aubrey says a bunch of carrier pigeons were going back and forth. Jeff says he’s never seen anything like it. JT whispers to Culpepper to vote for Sandra. Jeff asks if they’re ready to vote and they all say they’re ready. It’s time to vote. Jeff tells Hali it’s her turn and she says it’s not ready. There is a back and forth and Sandra tells Hali it’s ok to just vote.

 

Jeff goes to tally the votes. If you have an immunity idol, now is the time to play it. Tai pulls out his idol and gives it to Sierra. Sierra gives it to Jeff. Jeff says this is a hidden immunity idol and any votes cast for Sierra will not count. First vote, Sierra, does not count. Sierra, does not count. Sierra, does not count. Sierra, does not count. Sierra, does not count. Sierra, does not count. Malcolm. Malcolm. Fourth person voted out of Survivor game changers, Malcolm. That’s enough bring me your torch. Jeff says tonight’s tribal council is a shining example of why Survivor is so entertaining and devastating. Because no matter how many times you play, no matter how certain you are, the game can still smack you in the face. Grab your torches, head back to camp.

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Nuku is returning to camp from tribal council. Sandra asks how Tai knew to give Sierra the immunity idol and why Malcolm? JT says Culpepper he was good and Varner asks what else he told Culpepper and JT denies he told him anything. JT thought it was a great opportunity to vote out Sandra, but they voted out their strongest player. JT says they can’t prove what he said, he’s going to deny and keep it to himself. Sandra says JT’s hands are all over this and it’s his dirty deed and he crossed her, it’s payback time.

 

When they wake up JT realizes he’s in trouble if they have go back to tribal council and he needs to get his hands on immunity idol. He finds the clue to the immunity idol hidden in his camp and while everyone is swimming he finds the idol. He says he isn’t going to tell a soul and that idol will keep him in the game.

 

Time for a reward challenge. Tavua gets their first look at the new Mana tribe and they are shocked they are still intact. Tavua gets a look at the new Nuku tribe and they are also surprised Malcolm was voted out. Jeff asks Ozzy why is Malcolm significant. Malcolm says he’s a huge, huge player in the game and for him to be gone changes the game.

 

For today’s challenge, each team will use a grappling hook to retrieve a bow. They’ll then dig up a bag containing a ball. They’ll then balance the ball on the bow through a series of obstacles. Place the ball at the finish then it’s back to the start where the grappler will hook a bag containing a handle. You’ll dig up another ball and balance the ball on the handle through the same obstacles. Once both balls are at the end, one person will race to complete a slide puzzle. First two tribes to finish win reward. The first tribe to finish wins peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, plus cookies and milk. Second tribe to finish wins just the sandwiches. Last tribe to finish, nothing. Tavua has one extra member and they sit out Troyzan.

 

The teams strategize and figure out who they want to put where based on their strengths. For Tavua, Zeke says he’ll do the slide puzzle because he does them all the time on his phone.  For Nuku, Michaela says put her anywhere and Sandra says she can dig for the bags. For Mana, Debbie says she’s good at balance so she’ll do that part. Varner from Nuku, Sarah from Tavua, and Sierra from Mana are the grapplers. Sierra hooks the bow on her second toss from Mana and Tai starts digging. Sarah gets her bow and Cirie starts digging. Varner hooks his bow and Michaela starts digging.

 

Ozzy for Tavua goes through the obstacles, Hali for Mana, and JT for Nuku. Ozzy finishes first and Sarah quickly hooks the handle and Cirie starts digging. Hali finishes and Sierra gets the handle and Tai quickly finds their second ball. Cirie finally gets their ball. Andrea and Debbie are doing the obstacles. JT still struggling through the obstacles. JT finishes and they start their second. Tavua has Andrea through and Zeke starts the slide puzzle. Nuku gets their handle and Michaela quickly finds their bag. Aubrey is behind trying to catch up. Both Debbie and Aubrey are on the same second of the obstacle course.

 

Aubrey gets through and Sandra starts working on the puzzle. Zeke thinks he has it and he does. Tavua wins reward. Sandra is working for second place and Debbie is still on the last second of the obstacle course. Sandra thinks she has it and she does and they win the second place reward. Mana comes up empty handed. Sierra tells Tai and Culpepper she’s tired of losing. Debbie says once again they lose. She says they don’t strategize it’s a dictatorship with Culpepper telling everyone what position they’re going to take.

 

At Tavua they do a cheers with their milk. Ozzy says peanut butter in survivor is like gold. Sarah is still nervous the comraderie won’t last. Sarah says she doesn’t like a set four and she talks to Troyzan and she wants to play the game like a criminal this time. Troyzan says Sarah working with him would be a huge plus and that would be the golden ticket.

 

At Mana, Debbie is walking away and Hali says Debbie comes talk with us. Debbie comes back and says why don’t the four of you talk and make decisions and then let me know and when you vote me out give Hali my clothing. Tai says he thinks Debbie is really upset and Culpepper asks is she acting? Sierra says no, I think she’s mad. Culpepper says the only predictability about Debbie is that she’s unpredictable. Sierra goes to talk to Debbie and Debbie says she knows she’s at the bottom of the totem pole and she’ll just shut up and listen to what she’s told.

 

Debbie says Culpepper is very disrespectful and she thinks Hali lose the peanut butter and she zoomed across and she’s irritated. Hali says she’s confused because she thinks Culpepper is good in challenges because he’s a leader. Tai tries to comfort Debbie, but he got scared because she’s a crazy lady and he thinks Hali is better in challenges than Debbie. Debbie keeps calling Hali, Princess Hali. Debbie says she doesn’t explode in anger and puts it into her workout. She’s just venting, she’ll get over it and she’ll make a strategic, calm decision and it may be him. She’d rather die fighting than live on her knees so it makes perfect sense to her to make Culpepper her next target.

 

Culpepper apologizes and Debbie says he doesn’t even realize he’s doing it. Debbie tells Culpepper he’s so used to being in charge of things he doesn’t even realize it’s a dictatorship. She tells him he didn’t realize she totally had his back and was loyal to him and he crushed her heart. He then laughs but she tells us why not take him out?

 

Over at Nuku, they are making coffee and JT says Michaela is unstable and starting to lose her bearings. Sandra knew JT was irritated at Michaela for wanting one spoon of sugar with seven drips of coffee. So Sandra decided to eat all the sugar thinking JT would blame Michaela because they are the only two to eat sugar. JT notices the sugar is gone and he says I know who did it, it’s Michaela. Varner seen Sandra do it and he’s laughing at JT. Michaela and JT start arguing about the sugar. Michaela says the worse she holds stuff in the worse it gets, especially in that environment and she wanted to kill JT.

 

Back at Mana, Tai says he can feel the tension and now he doesn’t know where he stands. So he decides to go look for an idol since he played it and he thinks a new one is hidden. He starts looking around and finds a clue in a tree. The clue says: To find the idol that can save your game you’ll need to soak a wooden board. When your tribe motif magically appears dig below and see if you have scored. He’s not going to look for the idol yet because he’s been gone too long.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, you’re going to race up and over a tall wall. You’ll then work together to roll a massive wooden cube to a post. You’ll then unwind a ring of keys which you’ll use to unlock a chest full of sandbags. You’ll then transport the sandbags across a balance beam. When you get to the finish, you’ll use a giant sling shot to knock down five targets. First two tribes to finish win immunity. Losers, tribal council where someone will be the fifth person voted out. Tavua has one extra member and they can’t sit out the same person in back to back challenges so they sit out Cirie.

 

Mana is strategizing and Culpepper says Hali and Tai should do the balance beams. Tai says he feels like he should do it and Debbie feels like she should do it. Tai says you guys decide and Debbie gets irritated. Culpepper says they need a positive attitude and Debbie says yeah she has a bad attitude. She’s taken gymnastic for 10 years and she made it across the last beam in 2 minutes and it took Hali 10 and she’s not doing it. Now she’s decided.

 

Mana is over first and they are moving the cube. Tavua is right behind, then Nuku right after. Mana gets to the post first, then Tavua and Nuku. Debbie is arguing with Culpepper while Sierra is unwinding the keys. Sierra has her keys and Tai starts working on the locks. JT and Sarah both have theirs. Ozzy and Michaela are working on the locks. Michaela is first to start the beam. Ozzy is right behind and Tai is right after. Hali is first across for Mana and Andrea and Ozzy for Tavua both get across. Tai struggles and falls and Debbie says aren’t you glad you didn’t send the gymnast? She’s tired of defending herself. Tavua has all their bags and is across with a massive lead.

 

Ozzie is launching the sandbags for Tavua. Tai has the last of the sandbags for Mana and Sierra starts launching for Mana. JT starts firing for Nuku. Sierra knocks down a target. Sarah takes over for Ozzy. Sierra knocks down her second. Sarah gets her first for Tavua. JT gets his first for Nuku. Mana now has three targets. Culpepper gets four targets for Mana. Ozzy gets his second. Culpepper gets the last target and Mana is safe from tribal council. Ozzy hits the third target for Tavua. JT has the second target for Nuku. JT then gets three and Tavua and Nuku are tied. JT hits the fourth target and Ozzy hits the fourth. JT misses and Ozzy hits the last target and Tavua wins immunity.

 

At Nuku, Michaela goes off to get water. JT starts talking and says he thinks he offers a lot to the tribe. JT throws out that it would be good to get Michaela out because they wouldn’t have to baby-sit and she’s won’t steal anymore sugar. JT says he doesn’t want to play his idol but he will. Sandra says JT knew he had to win for himself because she needs to get revenge for what happened at the last tribal. She talks to Michaela and Michaela is onboard to get JT out.

 

Sandra goes to talk to Varner about voting out JT. Varner realizes he’s in that spot where he holds the power and he questions whether JT has an idol because anyone can have one at this point. He says he can get rid of someone with an attitude problem or a big threat.

 

Time for tribal. Jeff says to Sandra last tribal council they came in with the numbers and Malcolm is blindsided. What happened when they got back to camp? Sandra says they thought it was JT because he talked to Culpepper. Sandra says somebody leaked the name because how would Tai know who to give the idol to. Jeff says JT, you had to feel the pressure because you kind of started that ball rolling. JT says no doubt about it I feel guilty. Malcolm was the last guy he wanted to go home and he was hinting around to Culpepper and JT told him he was safe. JT says he didn’t say anything about Sierra he just gave away too much information.

 

Jeff asks Michaela what happens now to the tribe dynamic. Michaela says they went from being a tribe where everyone is on the same foot to a tribe where someone things he’s running things all the time. JT laughs and Jeff says so you have to be talking about JT. Michaela says of course. Jeff asks JT if it surprises him or are they going at it. JT says he’s not surprised at all. JT thinks everyone is tired of baby-sitting so camp life is tough. Jeff asks Sandra if she knows what JT is talking about when he says camp life is tough? Sandra says well their feud started over the sugar because JT uses the sugar for the coffee and he thinks Michaela licked the container with the sugar. They all laugh and Sandra says this is for real. Michaela says why would I put my tongue in a sugar jar. Jeff says so it’s been on since then. Michaela says exactly.

 

Jeff asks Sandra how she bases a vote tonight knowing there will only be four of them left because who they vote out is just as important as who they keep in the tribe. Sandra says they’re going to keep their strongest player in the game and with him they’re going to move forward. Jeff says so Michaela, that’s a clear reference to JT. I don’t think we need to pretend right? Michaela says I know why people acting like I’m stupid all day, it’s an insult on my intelligence. Michaela say she’s not surprised and JT says they are tired of baby-sitting. JT says Michaela lays in the shelter all day long and then asks for 7 drops of coffee and a scoop of sugar. Michaela says wait has anyone seen me wash dishes? Sandra says she has washed dishes. Michaela asks if she’s cooked food and delivered a plate to anyone. Sandra says she has done that. Michaela tells JT to shut up. JT says he hasn’t seen any of those, simple as that Jeff. Michaela says like he speaks for the whole tribe.

 

Jeff asks Varner if JT speaks for the whole tribe? Varner says I think more often than not he does, yeah. Jeff asks Aubrey if JT speaks for her, is she tired of Michaela. Aubrey says yeah, she’s tried really hard but she’s at a loss at this point. Jeff asks Sandra if JT speaks for her, is she tired of Michaela. Sandra says JT doesn’t speak for her as far as his issues with Michaela, but she does listen to what JT says and he makes valid points about them moving further in the game. JT says Jeff, some of us aren’t game changers, some of us are just filling space. Jeff says wow, then says to Aubrey she seems distressed by this. Is it because she’s worried about the tribe or is it because she just doesn’t like conflict, what is it? Aubrey says she genuinely likes Michaela, she has a lot of respect for her and how she runs her life, that she is an intelligent, independent female, but it’s clear from this tribal they have a quality of life issue going on. Jeff asks Varner how complicated tonight’s vote is or is it at all? Varner says it’s incredibly complicated, there’s arguing going on at camp and arguing going on at challenges, and it’s very uncomfortable.

 

Jeff says Aubrey, just since we’ve been here at tribal have you flip flopped on which way you want to vote? Aubrey says this vote for her has become abundantly clear. Jeff asks very clear to you Sandra and she nods. Jeff asks JT and he says yes sir. Jeff says and Michaela clear to you? Michaela says it’s not like it matters. Jeff says alright, it is time to vote. Time to tally the votes. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and they want to play now would be the time to do so. JT holds on to his idol. Jeff reads the votes. Michaela pours herself a cup of water and Jeff says first vote, Michaela. Michaela takes a drink and the second vote is JT. Two votes Michaela. Two votes JT. Michaela takes another drink. Fifth person voted out of Survivor: Game changers…JT. Michaela says tell Malcolm you sent him home too.

 

Jeff snuffs JT’s torch. Michaela laughs and Aubrey says you guys are good. Michaela says and I didn’t steal the sugar, I don’t know where it went and Sandra raised her hand. Jeff says well, this is the level of game play you expect in a season called game changers. The only rub is, as we just saw, it’s only a matter of time until the game is played on you. Grab your torches head back to camp. Good night!

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We’re back at Nuku after tribal council and Aubrey tells them nice move and she’s impressed. She feels like she’s constantly on the bottom. Aubrey asks why JT over her and Sandra explains it was because of his betrayal and he needed to be held accountable. Aubrey says she feels like Sandra is cutting her legs out from under her and it’s a slow death. Aubrey says Sandra is the best player here, she is the queen of the game, and she needs to learn a thing or two from her.

 

We’re at Mana and Tai is up and he found the clue and he thinks the board is by the water well. So he goes before anyone wakes up and goes to look at their water well. He pours water on the boards trying to find the clue to the idol. After he gets all the boards wet, he sees a symbol of an anchor and digs below that board and finds the idol. Tai says he doesn’t see using this idol any time soon.

 

Jeff calls the tribes in and Mana and Tavua get their first look at the new Nuku tribe, JT voted out. Jeff takes back immunity. Everybody drop your buffs! We’re switching things up again. Shall we get to it? Don’t open it and grab one. Everybody reveal your buffs. We have orange and blue, there is no green. Debbie does not have a buff and she’s without a tribe.

 

Jeff says lots of celebrating on both ends. The new Mana tribe is Troyzan, Michaela, Sierra, Hali, Aubrey, Cirie, and Culpepper. The new Nuku tribe is Sandra, Sarah, Varner, Andrea, Tai, Zeke, and Ozzy. The game turns so quickly. Sandra and Varner now in the minority spot. Jeff says Sandra you’re in the back row, hands are in your pocket, you’re not saying much, what are you thinking. Sandra says she hopes they get to know her first before they decide, if something goes left that she ends up right.

 

Jeff says stuck in the middle without a home is Debbie. Jeff says let me catch you up. You are going nowhere, except to Exile Island. She’ll leave here and live on Exile Island alone. She’ll then return to the game at the next tribal council where you will join the tribe that loses a member. The good news is obvious you can’t be voted out at the next tribal. The bad news is equally obvious you cannot bond with anybody. What’s going through your head right now, where are you focusing your thoughts. Debbie says as a youth she went off on her own a lot and she’ll be ok alone and she’ll be optimistic about who she winds up with. Jeff tells Debbie to grab her stuff and head down to the water. Mana and Nuku can head back to camp. Varner says he went from the top to the bottom in a New York minute.

 

We’re at Mana tribe and Troyzan is feeling better. Culpepper says Jeff threw them a curve ball and now he’s on a tribe where he doesn’t know anyone. Culpepper thinks since Troyzan played with Monica and they are the only two men on the tribe and maybe they can make something work. Troyzan says he doesn’t want to get bamboozled by women again. Culpepper says he has Sierra and Troyzan but he needs one more.

 

Over at Nuku Jeff strikes up a conversation with Zeke, but he realizes they are in a bad spot. Sandra says she’s staying calm and collected and she’ll see what they can do. Zeke tells Ozzy he wants Sandra out now. Zeke tells us you have to get Sandra out before merge or she’ll win the game. Ozzy asks how they want to play Varner and Sandra and Zeke says we have to make them feel safe. They realize they have to blindside Sandra to get her out. Andrea says Tai is the perfect decoy because he’s really sly and can find idols and it makes her nervous with him there. Andrea says even though they are targeting Sandra, it makes more sense to get rid of Tai. Zeke talks to Tai and mentions about getting rid of Sandra and Tai says he’s afraid of Sandra.

 

Zeke is going to tell Sandra and Varner Tai is the target, but he wants to be careful about Tai finding out. Tai says he’s going to look for another idol, just in case they decide to try and blindside him. Tai goes to the new water well and pouring water on the boards thinking it might be the same clue. This time he reveals a ships wheel and digs and finds the idol. He tears the boards with wheel off and hides them in some brush. He says he’s more paranoid because of his idols.

 

Debbie is on the boat and says today is a low point for her and she can’t be in a worse position right now. Exile Island is a yacht, complete with food, including wine, alcohol and dessert. She says nobody is expecting she is getting treated like a queen. A boat is approaching with Cochran on the boat.  

 

Debbie says she’s relaxing and here comes Cochran. Cochran was one of her favorite winners. Cochran is here as part of her exile experience and she can pick his brain and talk strategy. Cochran says when he seen Debbie he realized he has his work cut out for him. Cochran asks her if she has any fears about anyone and Debbie says no. Cochran thinks Debbie is over confidence and that can be poisonous in the game. Cochran asks if there is tension with anyone and she says Culpepper and explains their issue. Cochran says sometimes swallowing your pride and pandering to them could be a better strategy to win. Debbie says she thinks having Cochran to talk to was an amazing experience.

 

Cochran has one more game changing twist. He pulls out a box with an advantage options and Debbie kisses and hugs him. She starts crying and Cochran comforts her and says she’s in a good position. Debbie gets to choose the advantage she thinks will help her the most. Debbie gets to pick one of three advantages, they are: a fake hidden immunity idol kit which contains everything she needs to make a fake immunity idol, an extra vote, or a tribe challenge advantage. Debbie chose the extra vote. She thanks Cochran and he says if she goes back to the game with the right mindset, he thinks she has the potential to do really well.

 

Varner and Zeke are laying around and talking. Zeke says he’d be the first one to admit that he likes Varner and he sees him as a potentially desperate person he could trust and keep in the game. Zeke says he needs to convince Varner Tai is the target. Varner says he’s not sure he trusts it completely yet, but he doesn’t know if he has a choice. Sandra asks Varner what he talked to Zeke about and tells Sandra they’re ok. Sandra says as long as it isn’t her, she’ll vote Tai out, but it’s not adding up and it would be stupid of them not to get rid of her or Varner. She says the only way to ensure they’re safe is if they win immunity. She says if they think she isn’t going to take control of the situation, then they don’t know her because she’s the queen.

 

Jeff calls them in for the challenge. For today’s challenge, you’re going to dive into the water and race through a series of monkey bars. You’ll then lift heavy puzzle pieces into a sled, pull the sled to shore, and drag it to the finish. Three tribe members will then work together to solve a barrel puzzle. First tribe to finish wins immunity and safe from the vote. Losing tribe goes to tribal council and will receive Debbie.

 

For immunity, Survivors ready, Go! Nuku is working together and so is Mana. Mana has an early lead. Culpepper is first across quickly. Ozzy is across for Nuku. Mana is working very efficiently and Sandra is taking a long time for Nuku. Michaela is the last for Mana and they are all through the monkey bars and Nuku has two left. Culpepper and Sierra are lifting the puzzle pieces. Nuku is working quickly and efficiently. Mana has one left and Nuku is at their second set of pieces. Mana is struggling to pull the sled and has it to shore. Nuku is still behind but getting theirs to shore and closing the gap. Mana is struggling to get the sled to the finish mat. Varner is pulling their sled and has made up some time. Mana is first to the mat and Sierra, Cirie, and Aubrey are solving the puzzle. Nuku has hit the finish mat and Zeke, Ozzy, and Sandra are working together. Mana thinks they have it as one of the fastest finishes in Survivor history and they have it. Mana wins immunity. Nuku will be at tribal council tonight.

 

We’re at Nuku and they are all very solemn. Zeke says that immunity challenge was a butt kicker and they got their tushies handed to them. The only solace he takes is Sandra is the target. Varner talks to Sandra and he feels safe and Sandra doesn’t believe it and she needs to assess the situation and work her magic. Sandra tells Zeke they have to be worried about Tai, Debbie, and Aubrey getting together after merge. Sandra says Ozzy and Zeke are strong males and she’ll help them and keep her ears open. Sarah says the reason Sandra has won twice is because she doesn’t come off as a threat to the game. Ozzy says Sandra is so good, she even considered what she was saying. Ozzy is talking to Andrea and Sarah and says they’re keeping Sandra going a secret, but he is worried about Tai and that potential threesome. Tai is getting really nervous because he sees conversations going on. Tai goes to talk to Varner and Ozzy and fills Varner about Sandra going home. Ozzy is upset because he spilled the beans to Varner about Sandra going home. Sandra says coming into the game she knew she had the biggest target on her back. She has to make sure Tai is enemy number one.

 

Jeff has those who haven’t been to tribal get fire, which is Ozzy, Andrea, Sarah, and Zeke. Jeff asks Andrea what is the state of the game and Andrea says to get rid of big threats. Jeff says Ozzy, there are all really a threat and Ozzy says you can fit in with a target like him and take the hit before him. Sandra says it’s been 16 great days but she thinks this is it for her and she says since she’s been there no one has talked to her. Jeff says Tai is watching Sandra while she’s talking and Tai says what she said was accurate. Jeff says to Tai so you think Sandra is going home. Tai says not necessarily because he’s worried because he took out Malcolm and just made a game changing move. Jeff says Tai seems like he’s lost in thought and Tai says he’s in the presence of big names like Ozzy and Sandra and he just hopes him safe. Jeff asks Sarah if the same was for and if she’d heard any names and Sarah says she’s heard a few names but some of them are still open on who to vote for.

 

Jeff looks at Tai and says that’s why you’re so nervous and Tai says yes the only name he heard was Sandra and Sarah heard another name. Jeff says Sandra that’s what you want to hear. Sandra says yes and if Tai wants throw out a name, I’ll vote with him. Tai says can I do that in secret and Sandra says you can whisper in my ear and he says yeah. He whispers and Sandra says ok. Tai then whispers to Varner and he says we need one more to make that happen. Tai then says Ozzy name because of keeping the tradition of voting out the biggest guy because he can’t compete against him because he’s a God. There is whispering going on and Sandra whispers to Andrea she will vote with Tai. Zeke asks Tai who he does trust in the game. Varner says can we just vote? They all agree to vote and Jeff says ok time to vote.

 

Jeff says he will go tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity, now would be the time to play it. No idol was played. Jeff goes to read the votes. First vote Tai. Tai. Sandra. Sandra. Sandra. 6th person voted out is Sandra. She wishes them luck and it’s ok, they knocked it out. Jeff says Sandra, for the first time in 94 days of Survivor, the tribe has spoken. She says don’t do it Jeff and he pauses then snuffs her choice. Sandra tells them good job and good luck. Jeff says and once again, I have no idea what just happened and it’s a feeling I’m starting to get used to. Debbie, a torch and a Nuku buff will be waiting for you back at camp. The rest of you grab your torches, head back to camp. Good night!

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We start the night at Nuku after tribal council, Debbie says tribal was scarier than Exile Island. They ask her how it was and Zeke says he hope it wasn’t too terrible. Debbie says it was but that’s why she’s playing the game. Debbie says she has no intention of letting herself or Mr. Cochran down. Her lips are sealed. Ozzy says he was about to vote Tai out and Tai asks if he was really worried and Ozzy says yeah. Tai is worried that he’s at the bottom based on tribal and Debbie says she was praying they wouldn’t turn on Tai. Tai says even though he has two idols, he’s still nervous.

 

Varner says he just got blind-sided and he’s mad but he can’t let them know it. Zeke apologizes to Varner and he says it’s ok, but they could have told him and he would have voted for her. Zeke says he’s going to be honest with Varner and says he wants to work with him. Zeke promises no more lies from here out and Varner thinks they have bonded.

 

Jeff calls the tribes in for the reward challenge and Mana is getting their first look at the new Nuku tribe. For today’s challenge, you’re going to work together to unspool ropes releasing a key. You’ll then build a ladder, climb to the top, and use the key to unlock a bag of balls. You’ll then squeeze through a net sling to the finish, where you’ll attempt to land the balls in a series of targets. First team to get one ball in each of the five targets wins reward. Want to know what you’re playing for? Pizza and Soda. Varner asks for a bit just to taste it and Jeff says no samples, you have to earn it. 10 pizzas and there is a variety of toppings.

 

Sierra is leading Hali and Michaela for Mana and Ozzy, Sarah, and Andrea for Nuku. Nuku is in the lead and Mana is having some trouble. Nuku has their key and they get to the mat. Tai is untying ladder rungs and Mana has their key released. Aubry is working on the knots for Mana. Ozzy and Zeke are working together to build the ladder and Troyzan and Culpepper are working to build the ladder. Debbie climbs up for Nuku to get the bag and drops it and Nuku heads over the ladder. Nuku is starting their net sling. Cirie is now climbing to get to their bag. Nuku is at the final mat and Cirie has their balls. Ozzy is untying the bag with the balls and begins launching. Mana is getting through the net sling. Ozzy connects and gets their first point. He gets a second point and Sierra is working on getting her balls out. Ozzy has his third ball and Sierra begins launching. Culpepper comes to take over. Culpepper gets his first target. Ozzy has four and Culpepper has one. Ozzy hits the last target and wins Pizza and soft drinks for Nuku.

 

Back at Mana, it’s very quiet and they are disappointed. Cirie and Sierra seem to be taking it the hardest. They are getting emotional and are talking about their reflection on their first experiences and how they were different when they got back. Culpepper says he ever understood what Monica went through and he tears up too. Aubry thanks Culpepper for opening up and she thinks he’s the most genuine person. Cirie talks to Culpepper about the same thing and Culpepper says it really galvanized their relationship and he says it solidifies their people.

 

Ozzy says that win was important for the tribe morale. Varner says it felt so good to jump up and down to say they won but he’s on the bottom and it doesn’t really mean anything. Debbie says Ozzy is a beast and he says it was due to his team guiding him. Varner says he needs to find a way and throw shade on Ozzy because if he makes merge, he will walk away with all the immunity challenges. Sarah and Varner talk and Sarah thinks they can pull Varner in. Varner points out how much of a threat Ozzy is and Sarah wants to be careful because that’s a huge move. Sarah says it might be time to cut Ozzy’s throat.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, four members of each tribe are going to swim out to a raft. You’ll then pull yourself to a series of stations. At each station, you’ll dive down to release a set of buoys and place them in a bag. Once you’ve collected all the buoys, the three remaining tribe members will use them to solve a 13-letter word puzzle. First tribe to finish wins immunity and is safe from the vote. Losers tribal council where someone will be the 7th person voted out of Survivor.

 

In the water for Nuku, it is Tai, Zeke, Sarah, and Ozzy. In the water for Mana, Aubry, Hali, Culpepper, and Troyzan. For immunity, survivors ready, go! Nuku is first to the raft and Mana is right behind. Nuku is at their first station and Ozzy dives down. Culpepper dives down for Mana. Ozzy is back quickly with the first bag. Culpepper pops up without the first bag and has to go back down. Nuku is at the second station and Culpepper has his first bag and still trying to get them back to the raft. Ozzy has his second set of buoys. Mana is now moving to their second station and Nuku is going to the third. Aubry goes for Mana and Ozzy is quickly down and back up for Nuku. Nuku has a big lead and Mana is heading for their third station. Varner, Debbie, and Andrea are working on the word puzzle for Nuku. Mana has their final set of buoys and Cirie, Sierra, and Michaela are working on the word puzzle. Varner thinks it’s shipwreck and Cirie suggests shipmaster. Hali giving a suggestion to her puzzle makers and Andrea is moving things. Mana thinks they are right with the word metamorphosis and they are correct. Mana wins immunity.

 

Varner says he knows he’s in trouble and he’s going to do everything in his power to make sure he’s not the one going home. Back at Nuku, it’s very solemn and Varner asks for one on one time with everyone and he’ll be at peace and he tells them he doesn’t have an idol. Debbie says her gut is Varner and they take an unofficial vote. Sarah throws Ozzy’s name out, but says she’ll vote however they want. Zeke wants to save Varner, but he doesn’t want to lose Ozzy. Varner asks Zeke what the odds are he’s going home and Zeke tells him 50%. Varner asks Zeke if he would get rid of Ozzy and Zeke shuts him down. Varner realizes Zeke is working with Ozzy and Varner fills Sarah in on that conversation, and then follows up with Andrea. Varner says if he’s going home tonight, then he’s going to cut them off at the knees. Varner says he will not go quietly off this island. Sarah and Andrea talk and Sarah is mad and Andrea thinks Zeke is still with them. Sarah says it may be a huge mistake, but they need to get rid of Ozzy.

 

Jeff begins tribal council and says Sandra was voted out at the last tribal council and Varner, you think you were on the bottom. Varner says yeah that’s safe to say and it’s logical. He says he tried his best not to be next and it looks like that didn’t work and he knows he’s going home tonight. Jeff says Debbie that got a reaction from you. Debbie says when someone is that certain a wave of unease goes over her and she is preparing herself to be shocked tonight. Jeff says what happened at camp, Varner? Did they just tell you that you were going home? Varner says he talked to everyone one-on-one and he’s been talking to people the last two days and he felt like he knew where people stood and he thought he’d found a crack, but it was revealed to him today how little he knew about what actually is going on. Varner says they are NOT 6 strong because he’s been arguing all day long, who do you want to vote out? Half the group says if you get enough votes to vote Ozzy, I’ll vote Ozzy because Ozzy is a strategic threat. He’s a total package. Varner says that’s when it started to reveal itself there’s a secret alliance between Zeke and Ozzy. There is deception going and the rest of the tribe are the victims of it. He proposes tonight to vote for Ozzy. Debbie says he’s good.

 

Varner says there’s more. Jeff says continue. Varner looks at Zeke and says why haven’t you told anyone you’re transgender? Zeke is very quiet and the tribe is shocked. Varner says what I’m doing is showing deception and Debbie says but that is personal. Tai says that was so wrong and Andrea says that was personal and he didn’t have to do that. Varner says I’m showing deception, I’m not being negative and Tai and Andrea adamantly disagree. Andrea is in tears and Tai says that was not right Jeff. Varner says he argues for the rights every day for transgender people of North Carolina. Varner says he’s arguing for his life and he feels like he’s go to throw everything out. Tai says he had no right to out anyone and Debbie agrees with Tai. Zeke says he didn’t tell anyone in the two seasons he’s played survivor. Varner says he wasn’t doing it to show he’s evil and Andrea asks what was his goal in doing that. Varner says to show the deception. Debbie says that isn’t deceiving strategically in a game and Varner says it reveals the ability to deceive.

 

Jeff asks Varner if he’s saying that because Zeke is transgender he is deceptive. Varner says I am not saying transgender people are deceptive. Jeff says no, by saying he’s not revealing it he’s capable of deception. That is a giant leap of logic and do you honest not see that? Varner says he does see that and he feels horrible about it and he’s trying everything he can and he apologizes to Zeke. Ozzy says Varner should be ashamed of himself for what he’s willing to do to get himself further in the game for a million dollars and he’s playing with people’s lives at this point. Varner apologizes again. Jeff says when you look at Zeke and see his expression, which is normally connected, but now he looks like he’s on an island of his own. Varner apologizes again and says that was not the intention he had. Zeke says here’s the thing, I liked Varner and he thought they connected over the last couple of days and its tearing him up he has to vote him out. Jeff asks Varner what the LGBT community will think of this. Varner says the people around him and his friends know what he supports and they know he’s not a horrible monster. Jeff says essentially you’re saying if you’re desperate enough there’s no line you won’t cross. Varner says it’s a game for a million dollars and he clearly made the wrong choice and his conscience is in pain and he feels horrible and he didn’t think that would be the reaction. He thought Zeke was out and proud about it and he did not understand why no one had talked about. Sarah asked if Varner thought he was out and proud then why make it a point to bring it up to show deception. Varner again apologizes and says he was clearly wrong.

 

Jeff says Varner you can’t have it both ways that you pointed it out to show deception and then say you thought he was out and proud. Varner apologizes again. Jeff asks Tai as a player in the game and as a gay man himself, he was clearly very upset and asks how he’s feeling now. Tai says he can understand Varner was desperate and trying to save himself and didn’t realize he crossed a line. Tai says he thinks he sincerely feels bad about it but when someone comes out it should be their choice not be outted. Jeff asks Andrea about her emotions and how she’s feeling. Andrea says she’s been playing with Zeke for 18 days and didn’t know, but she understands Varner feels on the outside and was desperate and regrets it and that was really tough. Jeff asks Varner if it’s starting to hit him, the gravity that he didn’t just tell 6 people, he told millions of people, is that what’s happening. Varner is clearly upset and crying and says he assumed everyone in Zeke’s world knew and that’s his ignorance and he thought Zeke was just deceiving these people and it never dawned on him no one knew and he’s devastated.

 

Jeff says to Zeke that he’s been amazingly strong through this, was this something that was a part of your life? Were you out to your friends or was it even something that part of your daily life? Zeke says certainly being trans and transitioning is a long and difficult process and there are people who know. But then he got to a point he stopped telling people because when people know that about you, that’s sort of who you are. They ask a lot of questions and it overwhelms everything else. Jeff says you’re no longer Zeke. Zeke says you’re the trans person. Zeke says he’s been fortunate to have played Survivor for as long as he has and not have the label and he didn’t lead with that because he didn’t want to be Zeke the trans Survivor player, he just wanted to be Zeke the survivor player. Debbie says and you are. Zeke says he is prepared to talk about it and be part of his experience. It’s kind of crappy the way it came out and Varner apologizes again. Zeke points out the word for the episode was metamorphosis and he’s done that himself over the last 52 days he played survivor. Zeke says what Varner did wasn’t cool, but he’s fine. Varner says he doesn’t have a bigger cheerleader but him and Zeke says he doesn’t need a cheerleader. Varner says he’s shocked and he can’t believe he did that and he feels horrible.

 

Jeff says Sarah, you’re still shaking your head at Varner. Sarah says that’s not her and she felt it was a malicious attack and Varner says that was not malice and Sarah says that was your opinion and I have mine. Sarah says I don’t treat people that way and Varner says I don’t treat people that way. Sarah says she is just thankful she got to know Zeke for who he is and she’s from the Midwest and comes from a very conservative background and she’s not exposed to it like most of the others are and the fact she can love him so much has changed things for her. Zeke says he’s certainly not a role model, but maybe him being out on the show helps someone watching and maybe that will lead to a greater good. Jeff says I think I know the answer to this question on who’s going home tonight and he asks them one by one and they all say no, it’s Varner. Varner says he’s ready to go and Jeff says we don’t need to vote, just grab your torch. He hugs Zeke and apologizes again and Zeke says it’s alright, they’ll be ok. Jeff says Varner, the tribe has spoken.

 

Jeff says well tonight was a complicated but ultimately beautiful night that will never be forgotten and he sends them back to camp.

 

Varner tells us in his confessional he doesn’t even know what he was thinking. It was a horrible move. It was him wrapped up in this game trying to do everything he possible could. But nobody on this planet should do what I did tonight, ever. And he’s so sorry to anyone he offended, especially Zeke and his family and his friends. He can’t even talk, he’s sorry and we hear him sob.

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This is a post from Jeff Varner on twitter after last nights episode of Survivor.

 

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At Nuku, the next day after tribal Sarah is talking to Tai and says she doesn’t forgive Varner yet but she doesn’t care that the others did. Tai says he took so much from Zeke and he feels very emotional. Sarah says she was raised in a conservative family, but she got to know Zeke and she loves that guy and nothing has changed. Zeke says the reason he didn’t want to tell people is because he wanted them to know him. He says when he tells people they want to ask questions and it becomes about that and not about who he is. Zeke says Survivor makes you tough, resilient, and adaptable. Ozzy says he’s glad we’ve move passed that. Zeke says he likes the people he’s playing with and it’s heartening that in someone’s lowest moments they came to his defense, but he’s there to play a game. He’s there to win a million dollars so let’s get back to it.

 

Jeff calls the tribes in and Cirie sees a buffet on a table and she says it’s a merge feast and she’s happy, but at the same time Jeff is standing there next to a covered table so something ain’t right. Sierra says her heart is pounding. Jeff asks Ozzy how important is food right now. Ozzy says they are all incredibly hungry and hyper aware of that as well as what’s under the cover on the table. Jeff says that’s interesting because that’s about to come into play. Before they officially merge, they have one last decision to make as tribes. In order to enjoy this beautiful meal, one person from each tribe must volunteer to not take part. Culpepper shakes his head and Debbie says Oh my God!

 

Jeff says if we don’t have two volunteers, one from each tribe, to sit out of the feast, the feast goes away and instead you will celebrate the merge with an individual cracker and a swig of iced tea. Big dilemma! Jeff says Zeke this decision is quite complicated. Zeke says on one hand I could give my allies a chance to eat and take the burden upon myself. He continues but on the other hand I might need that fuel because everybody might be coming after me. Culpepper volunteers from his tribe. He says he can catch fish and Jeff says Culpepper you immediately said you would do it. Culpepper says it’s what Monica would do. Zeke tells us here’s the thing with Culpepper, he didn’t like the way he came out looking in Blood vs Water, so he volunteers to fall on the sword to be like the hero and the great provider. He thinks this is the Culpepper brand to sacrifice himself for others.

 

Jeff says ok we have Culpepper, is there anyone from Nuku that is willing to do this? Ozzy says he doesn’t think he can do it. They look at each other and Tai volunteers and he already decided. Jeff asks Andrea if she’s surprised that two people stood up and said it’s not that big of deal? Andrea says it doesn’t surprise her that Tai would do that because he’s so selfless and caring and she’s so thankful. Jeff says allright we have our two volunteers. Brad from Mana, Tai from Nuku make the last tribe decision because we are officially merged. Everyone can drop their buffs. Everyone starts to hug and Cirie tells us Tai and Culpepper got brownie points by providing for everyone but it makes her suspicious because everything in this game is calculated. Jeff tells Culpepper and Tai to head down the beach where they’ll find a log with two yellow merge buffs. Head out!

 

Jeff tells everybody else to enjoy the feast and they run for the table. Sierra says she is going to come out guns blazing, plus she still has the legacy advantage but she wants to keep until they are down to 6. Cirie says yeah they are feasting, but everyone is talking and reuniting and this is where she needs to step her game up. They shout they love Tai and Brad. Culpepper says he and Tai connected prior to the merge and he thinks he’s taken Caleb’s spot. Culpepper tells Tai they have Troyzan and Sierra so they have a lot of numbers and Michaela and Hali are a target because they don’t need them. Tai says he loves Culpepper and he’s more comfortable in this game.

 

Debbie is a little tipsy and dancing with Cirie and others. Debbie says she’s ok with other people thinking she’s drinking but she never had a sip. Debbie mooned Tai and says if she has to act drunk and twerk and shake her booty to make people feel comfortable with her, then that’s ok. She says relationships mean everything and if anyone thinks their camp isn’t going to be pandemonium, then they are a fool.

 

The merge tribe is at Nuku’s camp. Debbie apologizes and hugs Brad. Debbie says Cochran suggested she extend the olive branch and she did that. They are talking about who got voted off and Zeke says he will tell the Varner story and explains what happened at their tribal council. Aubry says she’s proud of Zeke. Ozzy pulls Culpepper and Troyzan to talk about what they might want to do. Ozzy says we can do whatever we want at this point and Culpepper says Michaela or Hali, preferable Michaela and Ozzy is on board with that. Culpepper doesn’t feel good about Michaela because her reputation precedes her a little bit. Michaela’s name is being spread around camp and everyone is nodding and agreeing. The merged tribe is Maku Maku. Sierra talks to Sarah and fills her in about Michaela. Sierra tells us her and Culpepper don’t want to work with Michaela because she’s shifty and not trustworthy. Sierra then talks to Zeke and Michaela walks up and Sierra is aggravated because Michaela won’t let anyone talk.

 

Zeke, Cirie, and Andrea are talking in the hut and he says it’s them three and Sarah to the end. They are discussing Michaela being a number for them. Zeke says there are two natural groups trying to get in the power position moving forward. It’s Cirie, Sarah, Andrea, and Zeke and then there’s Culpepper and Sierra’s group and Zeke says everyone is wondering is the other going to strike first and I’m going to be caught with my pants down. Zeke says they have to strike first and this is the last moments of everyone pretending to get along. The smiles before the bloodbath.

 

Andrea is coming out of the water and Troyzan pretends to take her picture and Andrea falls. Hali says going into a merge people are everywhere and she doesn’t feel like there’s a lot of people working with her. She tells us Michaela is on the chopping block, but Hali wants to work with her and she wants to light a fire under Michaela’s but to get strategy going and help her. Hali lets her know she’s heard Michaela’s name. Michaela says it kind of made her mad that she’s out of the loop and she’s going to have to find some people she can trust, and maybe that person is Cirie. Michaela talks to Cirie and says she’s hearing her name and it makes her mad. Cirie says she’s a smart girl but she needs to conceal her emotion and not shut down and she used to be like Michaela herself. Cirie says she was a hothead and she thought she knew everything and when you put your guard up you push people away, which is not conducive to being successful at Survivor. Michaela says she doesn’t know how to navigate the merge because she’s never been here before. Michaela tells us she is extremely excited to play with Cirie.

 

Jeff calls them for immunity. First things first, he’ll take back tribal immunity. Tribal immunity is no more and individual immunity is what you covet. With this around your neck you are safe, without it you are not. Ready to get to today’s challenge? For today’s challenge you’re going to stand on your toes with a block wedged between your head and the top of a frame. The longer the challenge goes, the more fatigued your legs will become. When they finally give out, the block will drop and you’re out. Last person left standing wins immunity and is safe from tribal council. Losers someone will be the eighth person voted out of this game. We’ll draw for spots and get started!

 

Jeff instructs them to put the block above them and he counts them in and tells them to drop their hands. Hali is the first one out and within second Troyzan and Zeke are out. Down to 10. Jeff says it’s going to hurt instantly and fight through the pain. He tells them they cannot touch the block or the frame. Cirie drops her block and she is out. Michaela is talking to herself to relax and focus. Debbie drops. Michaela struggling again and is now out. Down to 7. Ozzy fidgets a little and drops and he is out. Aubry is out right after Ozzy. There are 5 left. Culpepper begins shaking and his block drops. 25 minutes in with Tai, Sierra, Sarah, and Andrea left. Jeff says this challenge has never been won by a woman. Sarah drops her block and Sierra drops as well. We are down to two Tai and Andrea. Tai hasn’t budged and Andrea is wobbling. Tai begins to shake a little. Tai drops. Andrea wins immunity!

 

Back at Maku Maku people are congratulating Andrea. Sierra feels like she’s the person in charge and she likes having control and she thinks Michaela going home tonight is best. However, she’s a little worried about Hali because she’s extremely confident this time around and playing a different game and she thinks Hali has an idol. Sierra wants to split votes between Hali and Michaela. Cirie walks up on Sierra and Debbie talking and Sierra fills Cirie in on the plan to split the votes. Culpepper asks who should we tell them who we’re voting for and Sierra says Zeke. Michaela walks up at this point and say she doesn’t have a clue what’s going on and Sierra tells her Zeke because he’ll win the game and Debbie says because he has the best story. Hali says everyone else is saying Zeke so she’ll put his name down, but she’s not comfortable. Michaela says she doesn’t care but she feels like her name is going to get written down.

 

Cirie doesn’t want to vote for Michaela just because Sierra said so, she’d rather vote for Hali. Cirie talks to Zeke and says the reason they want to vote Michaela is so they can bring in Hali and she doesn’t want to set them up. Zeke says he thought the concern was over her having an idol and Cirie says that’s what they’re saying but she doesn’t know. Zeke says tonight’s vote is an opening shot and this vote is making sure the other side is one man down. Zeke questions Sierra why not put a majority of the votes on Hali instead of Michaela. Sierra says they just need to stay calm. Cirie says you can’t win the war if you don’t have a sufficient army and if Michaela goes home that’s one less number for her. When Zeke walks away Sierra asks what his problem is if he wants to be in charge. She says guess what, there’s a new sheriff in town.

 

Cirie tells Michaela she is trying to save her life right now. Michaela says she trusts Cirie right now and Cirie tells Michaela to stick with the plan and vote for Zeke. Cirie says she needs the numbers to fall on her side and if she pulls it off the future is looking good. Cirie is the last person to make it to tribal so she grabs a torch and gets her fire.

 

Jeff says 13 people, Zeke the game goes from two tribes to this mass of individuals and how big of a shift is it. Zeke says there are so many people to watch and so many people you can’t watch. You just have to get used to the fact that there is going to be a lot happening around you. Jeff says Andrea how do you explain the merge to someone who’s never seen Survivor? Like this is the point in the game where what happens. Andrea says this is the point in the game where lines are drawn and the first couple of votes after the merge are huge. It will show where the alliances are and it sets the tone for the rest of the game. Jeff asks Debbie if it’s like musical chairs where you’re circling waiting for it stop and hurry and grab a seat. Debbie laughs and says not tonight it won’t be, she doesn’t expect to be shocked tonight.

 

Jeff asks Hali if when she hears Debbie say well I’m not going to be shocked tonight, does that make you feel good or uneasy? Hali says she’s in the dark on this tribal vote. She feels like she’s in a room with people carrying rifles and three or four of them is blindfolded and one of them is going to get shot and she doesn’t know which one it is. Jeff says wow! Jeff says Michaela you were nodding your head. Do you agree with Hali? Michaela says yeah, basically people weren’t trying to talk to her today. Jeff says so you’re worried tonight? Michaela says of course! But if people were playing a truly individual game they would look at all these different relationships that are here and look at who’s a threat to them and who plays this game more strategically. She’s trying to understand what’s guiding people’s votes but she feels a little in the dark.

 

Jeff asks Tai how he figures out what vote to make tonight when there are so many people, and yet this could be a very significant vote. Tai says you can’t just look at the vote tonight, but look at the next two or three votes down the line. Jeff says Ozzy at some point a name has to be said. From your point of view what’s the criteria? Ozzy says risk, also the possibility of an idol being played and if it’s possible to put the vote to the person who may or may not have an idol. Those are big questions in this game. Jeff asks Debbie if idols has been a big topic and if someone has one and if so should they target though. Debbie says she loves tribal. This is the coliseum and you live or you die here and tonight she still finds it exciting and she always thinks the present is a good time to try and flush an idol.

 

Jeff asks Cirie if there’s ever a point where someone offers to strip down, let them look through their bag, and walk to tribal naked to prove they don’t have an idol? Cirie says the person who is thought to have an idol may not know they are thought to even have an idol and have an opportunity to do all that. Hali raises her hand and says if this is an opportunity to do that she’ll shake down in front of everyone right now and everyone starts to look at each other. Jeff says so you’re concerned they think you have an idol and that’s why you’ve been blindfolded. Hali says if I am someone can tell me if that’s necessary because I’m here to die another day, not this day. Jeff asks Zeke why wouldn’t you take someone up on that offer because it’s just more information? Zeke says no one wants to be the one to say well yeah, go ahead and dump your bag out. Hali says well if you want to be more secure you can man up and tell me and we can do a pat/strip search here to settle things, but she’s not going to do it on her own accord.

 

Jeff says Aubry, bring me some clarity. Why would Hali say I’m willing to empty my bag and prove I don’t have an idol, but I’m not willing to do if no one is going to ask me to do it? Aubry says she thinks that’s a good sign of a good Survivor player. Aubry says they can say they want to be upfront and clear as possible, but there’s always a shred of mystery in this game and things can change on a dime. Hali says she would invite people to look at the blindfolded people and ask are they really the weaklings in this game, are they really the game changers, and is that the wrong side of the numbers guys? Jeff says to Sierra Hali is saying if you’re targeting her you’re making a big mistake. Take a target out, not me. Sierra says yeah, that makes absolute sense and free agents are key in this game because they do make numbers, but there’s a time and a place to gather those numbers and is it now? Is it the beginning of the game? You don’t know.

 

Alright, it is time to vote! It’s time to tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity idol and would like to play it, now would be the time to do so. Once the votes are read, the decision is final. First vote…Zeke. Zeke. Michaela. Hali. Michaela. Hali. 2 votes Zeke, 2 votes Michaela, and 2 votes Hali. Michaela. That’s three votes Michaela. Hali. Michaela. Hali. 4 votes Michaela, 4 votes Hali, 2 votes Zeke. Hali. Eighth person voted out and the first member of our jury…Hali. With tonight’s vote we have our first member of the jury which means every person voted out from now becomes part of your resume should you make it to the end. Grab your torches and head back to camp.

 

Hali says these people are dumb. Why did they vote her out? You want to sit with the big, strong strategic players? Or you want sit with the herd of goats? She’s thankful to be on the jury and be part of the game and she doesn’t know what she did wrong. But she’s out and they’re still in so more power to them.

 

It’s the next morning at Maku Maku and Michaela says Cirie stuck her neck out for her at tribal council and if she can do the same, she will. Cirie talks to Michaela and says you have to make sure you don’t tell them of my involvement. Michaela says the last thing she wants to do is mess up Cirie’s game after her help. Cirie, Aubry, and Zeke are walking and Cirie asks what’s the word and Zeke says I think you’re more in the know than I am. Cirie says she has her own agenda and she wants to play her own game and the next tribal council everything is going to be out in the open and the war is going to start. Cirie says Sierra and Culpepper are one and Zeke says if it’s one of them he’ll skip to the voting booth. Cirie says she sees Sierra as the Godfather and she is controlling Culpepper who is controlling Troyzan. If they cut the top link off the chain, then it will shatter. Zeke says if they wanted to vote Brad or Sierra out he doesn’t think a single person besides them wouldn’t be on board with that. Cirie says Zeke is willing, Andrea is down, and she trusts officer Sarah and she knows Michaela. She says they’re ready for war. Aubry says she feels like she is in the middle of a big Italian family brawl.

 

Zeke and Andrea are in a hammock and Andrea says she is dying to take out Sierra or Culpepper. Andrea says she doesn’t think they can tell Debbie and she really likes Sierra. Zeke says he’s typically in control, but he can’t see the big picture and something isn’t right because he isn’t in the position he wants to be in. Andrea says Debbie isn’t with us and she’s a wild card. Zeke says the last time he played he might have shot for the moon too early. But you either live to regret making the move too early or not making it all, and you have to regret making the move. You have to play. Zeke says he sees Sierra and Culpepper as a threat, but not the biggest. Zeke sees Cirie and Andrea as much bigger strategic threats than Sierra because they are trying to control the game and he could get out Cirie or Andrea with the vote right now. Why wait?

 

Time for reward! For today’s challenge, they’ll be divided into two teams of six. On his go, two members from each team will swim out and retrieve a net filled with wooden fish. Bring it back to shore where two other members will untie those fish and hook them to a pole and carry them to the finish where the two remaining tribe members will use the fish to solve a puzzle. First team to get it right wins reward. Reward is a day of luxury. The winning team will be taken to the Marshall’s lounge where they will enjoy a shower with soap and shampoos and dry off with Egyptian cotton towels and relax in robes. When they’re good and clean they get burgers and apple pie.

 

Sarah was a captain of team orange and picked Culpepper, Aubry, Michaela, Cirie, and Sierra. Andrea was a captain of team blue and chose Tai, Troyzan, Ozzy, Debbie, and Zeke. Survivor’s ready? Go! Sarah and Culpepper for orange are swimming and Troyzan and Ozzy for blue. Sarah and Culpepper have their fish free and Ozzy and Troyzan are struggling. Sarah and Culpepper lost a fish and Sarah has to go after it. Troyzan and Ozzy have caught up and passed Culpepper. Andrea and Tai are untying fish for blue. Orange just hit the mat and Michaela and Aubry are untying fish. Andrea is hooking her fish and Tai is untying them. Michaela is hooking fish and Aubry is untying. Andrea and Tai have their fish and take off. Troyzan yells they are missing one and Andrea and Tai have to go back. Michaela and Aubry head out with all their pieces. Cirie and Sierra are working on the puzzle. Zeke and Debbie are a bit behind and getting their pieces. Cirie and Sierra have one puzzle complete, if it’s right. They are struggling with the second. Zeke thinks he has their puzzles and they pick it up. Cirie and Sierra think they have it. Zeke and Debbie think they have it and they do. Zeke, Debbie, Troyzan, Tai, Ozzy, and Andrea win reward.

 

Back at Maku Maku and they are discussing their loss and how they forgot how hard it was. Cirie says she feels responsible because she feels worthless and feels like she couldn’t provide for her team. Sierra tells Cirie it’s not her fault. The other team is coming up to their spa experience. Tai says he heard about streaking in the 80s and he goes running around naked. They go to eat and Zeke says he’s having a great time but he’s not “in the game” right now. Zeke talks to Tai and Debbie and mentions they could go after Sierra or Culpepper but he thinks Cirie and Andrea are a better target. Zeke tells Debbie what Andrea said about not telling Debbie about taking out Sierra or Culpepper. Debbie seems skeptical though and it’s hard for her to take anything Zeke says at face value. She tells Zeke she’s ready to make a big move but tells us she doesn’t need Zeke to make it.

 

Time for immunity! Andrea has to give it back and it’s back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, you’re going to hang onto a pole for as long as you can. When you drop, you’re out. Last person left hanging wins immunity. Losers tribal council where someone will be the ninth person voted out of this game. They draw for spots. Everyone has chosen their starting spot and there are a lot of different opening strategy and this challenge is on. Jeff says it’s not easy and you struggle right from the beginning. Sierra has done this challenge once and has not won, Ozzy has done the challenge twice and has not lost. He is undefeated in this challenge in his Survivor career and no one else there has done this. Culpepper starts to slip and Cirie slips quickly. She tries to hold on but Cirie is the first one out. Sarah is starting to slip. Culpepper slides down and he is now out. Debbie slides down and Sarah slides farther down the pole. Aubry slips and slides off. Debbie slides down also, leaving some skin behind.

 

Down to 8. Zeke slides down and down to 7 very quickly. Sierra says it’s a lot harder than it looks. Sierra is now out. Troyzan and Sarah are down to their last footholds. Troyzan slides off and Sarah is off right behind. We are down to 4, Michaela, Andrea, Tai, and Ozzy. 20 minutes has gone by and Jeff says there is nowhere to grip on the pole. Jeff says Michaela looks like she’s standing on the foothold is amazing. Andrea is struggling and Ozzy says he plans on breaking his record. Michaela adjust down the pole and steps off the pole. Jeff asks what happen and Michaela says Ozzy is coming off that pole and she has to pick and choose her battles. Andrea begins to slide but readjusts. Tai and Ozzy haven’t moved. Andrea takes a huge drop straight down and Jeff asks if she’s ok. She says she didn’t want to slide down. Faceoff between Tai and Ozzy. We are now at the hour mark. Zeke says that probably puts Ozzy in the legends category staying up there like that. Both Tai and Ozzy are readjusting. Jeff asks Ozzy how comfortable he is knowing he’s won the challenge twice. Ozzy says he knows what’s to come, you get sweaty and start to slip. He says if he wins he will go fishing today, and if he doesn’t win he won’t go. Jeff says that’s using leverage. Tai says sorry buddy! He’s chancing it.

 

1 hour and 35 minutes have passed. Both guys are still at the top. Ozzy readjusts and slips. Tai has been moving a lot and struggles to get a foothold. Ozzy starts to slide and slides all the way down. Ozzy is out of the challenge and Tai wins individual immunity and dethrones Ozzy who has never lost. Tai walks over and gives Ozzy a hug. Ozzy is bleeding. Tai says he can’t believe he beat Ozzy the two-time champion. Jeff says that was an epic challenge. Brad says sides are starting to form and if you aren’t on a side you better do so quickly or you’ll end up on the small side. Brad says tribal will be crazy because it could dictate the future of the game.

 

Back at camp, Ozzy is showing his wounds. Zeke is happy Andrea didn’t win individual immunity and he’s ready to get rid of her. Zeke tells Sierra her name is being thrown out to go home by Cirie, Andrea, and Aubry. Zeke says he’s not interested in seeing that happen and he would like to see Andrea go home. Sierra says I thought you were pretty close with them and Zeke says you think I would be, but I’m not. Sierra says Zeke is acting like he wants to switch sides all of the sudden, but when she talks to him she feels like he thinks she’s stupid and she doesn’t like that. Sierra talks to Cirie and tells her Zeke says she threw her name out. Cirie is stunned and tells Andrea and Ozzy about it and Andrea asks why he would do that. Andrea is furious and she thought not only were they alliance members, but also friends. Ozzy says he’s learned about this game that timing is everything and Cirie is good and he wants her on his side voting with him against other people like Zeke. Cirie fills in Sarah and she is stunned.

 

Debbie and Sierra are talking and asks what she is going to tell Zeke and Sierra says Aubry? Debbie says if you really want to blow people out of the water, you vote out Ozzy. Debbie is game for that and Sierra says she would. Sierra says those idiots are like herding cats and Debbie says we make the decision and dictate to them. Debbie fills in Troyzan about taking out Ozzy. She follows up with Culpepper, Sarah, and Tai. She says if they all listen to her, things will go off and they will be massive game changers tonight, largely thanks to her and she has an extra vote. Sarah says at this point she’s in the middle of two groups that are starting to surface. Sarah is weighing all of her options. She says if you take Ozzy out you take out a good social game who’s good at challenges and you want to do that early in the game. She follows up if you vote out Zeke, he’s smart and willing to make moves and that can get you voted out of the game. She’s in a tough position, but a line will be drawn in the sand this vote.

 

Tribal council and they bring in the first member of their jury, Hali. Jeff says Ozzy you’ve played this game as many times as anyone has ever played it, what’s unique about this season? Ozzy says for some reason the stakes seem higher. Everyone is trying to play a secret agent, espionage behind every coconut tree, there’s just more of a cutthroat mentality. Jeff asks Sarah with all the changes is it hard to know where the real relationships lie? Sarah says yeah you don’t know who’s with who and it seems like they’re all a bunch of single people waiting to hook up and everyone laughs. Sarah says if anyone wants to go on a date, she’s available.

 

Jeff says Tai in a game this cagey, winning immunity becomes so important. Tai says yeah, it still surprised him but he felt like he had to do it for himself. Jeff says Ozzy you’ve never lost that challenge, you go back to camp, you have to feel some pressure. Ozzy says always you just talk to as many people as you can and trust the people who say you can trust them. Ozzy says he does have value in this game because there isn’t anything to eat at camp. He’s going to be working his ass off to make sure people stay fed and it’s a big thing to be able to offer, especially with 15 days left. Jeff says Aubry you’ve played the game once so you know what that feels like. 24 days in, could you make it without people catching fish? Aubry says this is much harder than the first time she played, despite everyone being cagey, it’s tough. All the protein only comes in when Ozzy brings it in.

 

Jeff says so Zeke, you want to get to the end and put people on the jury who will vote for you. Is that still the approach to take? Zeke says I think you still play by the same rules. You think can you beat this person or this person, you also have to think do they think they can beat me. Jeff asks Tai if he can tell a difference in the way the game is played as far as the subtlety and nuance of communication in which English is not your first language? Tai says it’s incredibly different and it all makes sense to him when he hears people talking about it. Jeff says you mean what Zeke just said and Tai says yeah he sees things from a different angle and it never occurred to him to think it that way. Jeff says Zeke, when you hear another person say at tribal he’s incredible is there a part of you saying oh no, please don’t say that right before we vote? Zeke says there’s always a modicum of worrying for sure, but there are times that he thinks he’s ok and he has to have those moments of peace or he wouldn’t make it for 24 days, he’d be a nervous wreck the entire time.

 

Jeff says to Debbie that Survivor is ultimately about strategy and game play. Who does she vote out that she thinks will vote for her if she gets to the end. She says absolutely, being in the Air Force Auxiliary, they have to gather facts, assess information, come up with a plan, and carry out. The difference is those people have your back and these people have daggers aiming for her back. It’s insane so she doesn’t know who she’s with, it’s crazy. Jeff asks Cirie what ran through her mind as she contemplated who to vote for. Cirie says well who do I think has displayed a certain level of trust to believe what this person is saying or vice versa and that’s how she’s basing her vote tonight. All right, it is time to vote!

 

Jeff goes to tally the votes. Debbie says Jeff before you do that. While I was in exile, I gave up the basic necessities of life so I could have an advantage in the game. Jeff says and the advantage is? Debbie says an extra vote sir and she’s going to use it tonight. Jeff says go cast your extra vote. If you have a hidden immunity idol and you want to play it, now would be the time to do so. Once the votes are read the decision is final. First vote…Ozzy. Zeke. Sierra. Aubry. 1 vote Ozzy, 1 vote Zeke, 1 vote Sierra, and 1 vote Aubry. Zeke. Ozzy. Zeke. Ozzy. 3 votes Ozzy, 3 votes Zeke, 1 vote Sierra, and 1 vote Aubry. Zeke. Ozzy. Ozzy. Ninth person voted out and the second member of our jury…Ozzy.

 

Ozzy tells them good job and good luck eating. Jeff says well it’s very clear from all the reactions that all the talk of caginess, a punch was just thrown. Grab your torches head back to camp. Good night!

 

Next time on Survivor, the gloves are off! An alliance seems invincible, but nothing is set in stone. Ozzy says he didn’t see that coming, but he knew it was inevitable. He played his hardest but he thinks he overestimated his worth, but if you don’t have immunity and you don’t have an idol, you’re sitting where I’m sitting. Survivor as a way of life has changed him in ways he’ll never forget.

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Back at Maku Maku after tribal council and Debbie says what she wanted to happen happened and it happened flawlessly. Debbie says they are firmly in charge and now that Sarah is with them, they will just pick off the other five. Andrea says tribal was a shocker and she realizes she’s in the minority. She asks Zeke if he wants to know why she wanted to vote for him and he says he knows and he didn’t think her or Cirie were going to take him deep into the game. Andrea says they are all shady. Zeke says he feels like he needs protection from the majority alliance.

 

Sarah comforts Zeke and says Andrea showed her true colors and she still wants to work with him. She says she may have went with that alliance, but that doesn’t mean she will stay with them. She apologizes to Zeke for not filling him on the majority vote, but she needed them to trust her. She says the line may have been drawn in the sand, but that line can get washed away.

 

Time for today’s reward challenge! The show a close-up of a secret advantage on one part of the challenge. For today’s challenge, they’ll be divided into two teams of five. On Jeff’s go, one person at a time each will race through a series of obstacles to the platform, then the next person goes. Once all five are at the end, they’ll dive down and grab a grappling hook and use it to retrieve five rings floating in the water. First team to finish wins reward. Here’s what they’re playing for: the winning team will be taken by sea plane to the Yasawa Islands, truly one of the most stunning island chains in all of Fiji. They’ll enjoy a picnic with enough variety for everybody. We’re going to do a school yard pick which means one person will not participate, one person will have no shot at this reward.

 

We have our two teams. Culpepper was captain and he chose Debbie, Sierra, Andrea, and Aubry. Cirie was a captain and she chose Zeke, Sarah, Troyzan, and Tai. Michaela was not picked and has to take a seat. Jeff asks how she feels and Michaela is not happy they chose their alliance members instead of playing to win so she doesn’t care what happens, she’s just watching.

 

Survivor’s ready? Jeff gives the go! Culpepper has a slight lead on Tai. Tai is struggling and Culpepper is at the platform and Sierra is going. Jeff notes Michaela’s frustration again over not being picked. Troyzan is in the water for their team and Sierra is on the platform and Aubry is in the water. Troyzan makes decent time, but the other team is still in the lead. Aubry falls and has to go back and Sarah has a chance to catch up a little bit. Michaela is sitting on top of the secret advantage and hasn’t seen it yet. Zeke and Debbie are both out for their respective teams.

 

Debbie is across first and Zeke falls. Andrea is the last one out for their team and Zeke falls again. Andrea is across and they now have all people on the mat. Culpepper is diving for the grappling hook. Zeke makes it across and Cirie is the last in the water. Culpepper has the grappling hook and Sierra begins tossing the grappling hook. Cirie is in the water but moving slowly and she’s very exhausted. Sierra has three rings for her team. Sarah swims out to help Cirie and they both have to run the last part of the course. Michaela is encouraging Cirie and Jeff notes that. Sierra has one ring left to retrieve. Sarah is still pushing Cirie to get across the beam. Culpepper has the last ring for blue and they win reward.

 

Jeff says Cirie is the woman who over a decade ago got up off the couch to come try this game of Survivor. These are the moments she was looking for. This challenge is over, but they will stay here with her if she wants to try and conquer this. Everyone encourages her and Troyzan and Tai swim out and Troyzan encourages her and tells her she can do it. Cirie gets across the beam and everyone is applauding her. Aubry and Sierra help her up on the final platform. Cirie says she does things for her kids, to show them even if they fail, if they try she’s proud of them. Jeff brings a boat in to take them back to camp. Michaela never seen the secret advantage, but Sarah sees it and climbs up and grabs the advantage.

 

Cirie says even though they didn’t win, if she hadn’t tried to complete that challenge she would have regretted it. Tai says her kids would be so proud of her and Sarah says she isn’t even mad. Cirie says even though they are all playing for the same prize, they are all good people and they showed it today. Cirie says she’s not going to let her mind tell her she can’t do it anymore.

 

Sarah is talking about the secret advantage she found and says Michaela was not very observant. She reads the advantage and she now has the right to steal a vote from someone at tribal council, and the vote is non-transferrable and can’t be stolen from her. Sarah says in the past the extra votes have not been played correct. She will be the first person to use it correctly.

 

The others are at the reward eating and Culpepper says Survivor 101, never take your entire contingency on a reward so they have eyes at both sides and their alliance can’t be contaminated. Sierra asks Andrea about her and Zeke and Andrea says he turned on her for no reason.

 

Sarah talks to Cirie back at camp and asks who she thinks is running things. Cirie says Brad and Sierra. Sarah asks if she were to make a final three with them could she win. Cirie says honestly? No. Because they will be nice to her so they can count on her vote, but if they make final tribal they’ll say they carried her. Sarah says she didn’t come to make the same mistakes as last time. Last time, she let everyone run things and all that got her was on the jury and nowhere near winning. Sarah asks Cirie if they can do an alliance with Michaela, Cirie, Sarah, Aubry, and Zeke. She wants to know if they can repair things with Andrea. Sarah says this game is all about timing and she’s not sure the time is right to make a big move. But she’s ready for it when it is.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs! For today’s challenge, you’re going to pull on a rope balancing a wobbly table. You’ll then race to stack wooden blocks on that table one letter at a time spelling immunity. If the table wobbles and your stack falls, then you have to start over. First person to finish wins immunity. Guaranteed safety at tribal council. Losers, after 26 days, someone will be voted out and become the third member of our jury.

 

Here we go, for immunity. Survivors ready? Go! Everybody but Tai is working on their first letter. Andrea is coming back with her second letter. Tai falls and realizes he headed out with a block. Andrea places her second letter. Tai is still messing with his blocks at the very beginning. Troyzan has two letters. Andrea has an early lead and coming back with her third letter. Aubry and Michaela have their second letters. Tai finally has his first letter. Andrea has her fourth letter and Troyzan is right behind. Culpepper is right behind as well. Andrea has placed her fifth letter and Troyzan is steps behind Andrea. Sarah drops her blocks and has to start again. Andrea reaches for her sixth block. Aubry drops and has to start again.

 

Right now it is Andrea and Troyzan and they are neck and neck and Troyzan places his first, then Andrea. Debbie is rooting for Troyzan and tells him to take his time. Debbie says aww! Culpepper has placed his seventh letter and then drops. Culpepper says Troyzan has plenty of time and to go slow. Troyzan gets on the platform and wins individual immunity. Troyzan gets the necklace and Debbie says it looks so good on him. Troyzan hugs Jeff. Sierra says luckily one of her power six won immunity so they have the power to choose who goes home. She says they can vote Andrea out because she’s smart in this game and she’s someone who needs to go.

 

Back at camp everyone is telling Troyzan good job. Culpepper says they need to get more coconuts and Michaela and Aubry go to get more. Sierra says all Michaela does is eat and it drives her crazy. Culpepper says at this point they are all so sick of Michaela and it’s tempting to vote her out, but he thinks there’s a bigger threat first. Debbie says let’s vote Michaela but Culpepper says just wait and explains that Andrea is a threat in the game. Debbie says she’d love to vote out Michaela because she’s annoying and has a bad attitude, but she’s a team player. Culpepper fills in the entire alliance and says they vote Andrea and tell everyone else it’s Michaela in case she has an idol.

 

Debbie says don’t worry, everyone wants to work with us now. Sarah is not happy the plan was made without consulting her and she realized at that point she’s not high in the pecking order of that sixsome, so it might be time to make her move. She goes to Zeke and asks if he wants to make a move and Zeke says he’s always ready to make a move. Zeke says he could stay with the power alliance and just vote how they tell him to vote but that’s not how he wants to play the game.

 

Sarah says they will need Andrea to make a move. Zeke agrees they have to make it work, but he has no desire to work with her, but he’s going to have to deal with it. Andrea talks to Sarah and Andrea says she has no play and she wants to work with Sarah and Zeke. Andrea says they need to take out the power alliance and Sarah says she’s in that alliance. Andrea says but you’re on the bottom and Sarah says she knows and being with the enemy is a good thing. Andrea won’t trust Zeke again fully, but right now she’s looking for anyone who wants to play.

 

Sierra and Sarah are talking on the beach and Sierra is talking about how close and connected they are and she thinks it would be amazing if they were final three together with Debbie. Sarah is now nervous and rethinking her plan that maybe she’s not on the bottom of the six. Debbie tells Aubry that those six made a plan who to vote out and that Sarah doesn’t trust Aubry, but Debbie does. Debbie tells Aubry that Michaela is going home. Debbie wants Aubry to think she trusts her even though she screwed her over on their last season.

 

Aubry tells Michaela and Andrea and Sarah what Debbie says. Sarah says she thought she might want to sit in the final three with Debbie, but now she’s spreading lies. Aubry says she has Sarah’s back, she swears. Sarah says if she could control Debbie she could be in the top six, potentially top three. Sarah says she swore to herself coming out here she would make big moves and she’s going to decide at tribal.

 

Jeff says as our jury starts to grow, the game gets more complicated because you have to use tribal to make your case. Jeff asks Cirie about the reward challenge. Cirie says that was humiliating and the fact that people came back to help inspired her to not end on a failure. Jeff says to Sarah she went from frustrated tribemate to human seeing someone trying their best and failing. Sarah says watching her struggling she didn’t know how anyone could leave anyone behind like that. Sarah says she proved it to herself and everyone else that she could do it.

 

Jeff switches to the immunity challenge and asks Andrea about losing. Andrea says she’s very vulnerable because she’s on the bottom. Andrea and Zeke point out the alliance of six and they decided together, everyone got to speak and give input on who they would vote out and it took ten minutes. Jeff goes back to Andrea and she says she heard it was Michaela but when she dropped her blocks everyone was cheering so there were clues it was not Michaela and it’s going to be her. Jeff asks Sarah how it feels to be part of the group making the decisions. Sarah says it’s about being on the right side of the numbers and you can see clear frustration from those not on the right side of the numbers, but can you blame them for feeling secure.

 

Jeff asks Debbie if what Sarah said was a fair statement about perception plays a role in who’s happy with how the game is going. Debbie says it is inconceivable that anyone would think there is anything but a strong six sitting there tonight. So is perception reality, well it is. Debbie says they have a six that has a very accurate perception of themselves and they just click. Jeff asks Troyzan how the six manage to stay together with everyone believing they’re at the top when that’s impossible. Troy says if you’re smart enough to get yourself to six take it. That’s a huge plus, why not. Anything can happen after that, it happens all the time.

 

Jeff asks Zeke about that and he says yeah. He says he always thought at six the deck reshuffles. He says that’s what he’s hoping for tonight. That the deck will reshuffle and who knows who’s going to be upset within the six tomorrow and maybe that’s his moment to strike. Jeff asks Sarah and says that’s an interesting way for Zeke to describe it. Sarah says yeah, you could look at it like that, but as Troyzan said if you are six, maybe you can get to five, four, and three so it’s wishful thinking to hope the deck reshuffles. Jeff says Michaela you had a reaction to that. Michaela says she’s basically saying, you all have no shot so you can just sit here and keep watching us play this game, or you can make a move. Michaela says she didn’t get no marching orders today so they must think she’s about to march herself out. Either way, she’d rather go out swinging and telling the truth than sit there and act like she don’t know what’s going on. Michaela says they all know who’s running the show and you can either do something about while you have numbers or sit there looking like booboo the fool. Time to vote!

 

Jeff will go tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity idol and would like to play it, now would be the time to do so. Once the votes are read the decision is final. The person voted out will leave the tribal council immediately. First vote…Andrea. Debbie. Andrea. Debbie. Andrea. Debbie. Andrea. Debbie. Andrea. Debbie. 5 votes Andrea, 5 votes Debbie, 1 vote left. Tenth person voted out…Debbie.

 

Well based on the shocked reactions, maybe the deck WAS reshuffled. Grab your torches, head back to camp. Good night!

 

Next time, on Survivor…the tide has turned. But the line in the sand is washed away. Debbie says that was absolutely a blindside. She did not see that one coming. She thought she had a lock, stock, and barrel final six and twenty minutes ago she would have told you that six was not going to break. What surprises her is that anyone would flip and now is going to be in a worse position. She’s stunned.

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Back at Maku Maku after tribal council, it is a very solemn atmosphere and Brad tells them good job and Tai says bravo. Brad says he was in a great position before tonight, but now he’s in not great shape with the four. Sarah asks if people are confused on who flipped and Brad indicated he was. Sarah admits she did and she will talk to any of them if they want to talk to her.

 

Sarah tells us she was the deciding vote on where the majority would be and this is Survivor game changers and if she makes it to the end she hopes the jury will reward her. Lots of chatter in little groups with people talking about how happy they are. Cirie says tonight they took control from Brad and Sierra, but in Survivor there’s never any rest. You have to be an eagle eye and watch everything because if you’re not watching, it just takes a second and you could be sitting on the jury.

 

It’s time for the reward challenge. For today’s challenge, they’ll be divided into two teams of five. On Jeff’s go, one person from each team will race through a series of obstacles to a chair where their team will lift the chair for them to retrieve ten numbered bags. Once you have your ten, the next person goes. Once you’ve collected all 30 bags, you’ll use the letters inside to solve a word puzzle. The phrase is “Reinventing how this game is played”. The winning five will be taken by chopper to a luxury resort where they will enjoy a nice meal of beef, chicken wraps, and cheesecake for dessert. There’s more. They will spend the night and sleep in a real bed. This will be their first good night’s sleep in 27 days and clearly, they need it. They do a schoolyard pick.

 

We have our teams. Running for blue, it is Andrea, Sarah, Aubry, Zeke, and Culpepper. Running for orange, it is Sierra, Troyzan, Cirie, Tai, and Michaela. Survivor’s ready? Go! Michaela and Culpepper are the first to go through the obstacle and Michaela is in the lead. Culpepper takes a lead retrieving his first ten numbers, but Michaela is catching up. Culpepper has his ten and Michaela is shortly behind. All ten bags are on the puzzle table.

 

Andrea and Troyzan are on the course. Orange is very slow on their progress and Blue is doing very well. Andrea is working on 18 and Troyzan is just behind at 17. Andrea has through number 20 and she takes her pieces to the table. Troyzan is shortly behind and takes his to the table. And it’s still very close.

 

Sierra and Sarah are on the course and both hit the chairs at the same time. Orange is struggling again and Blue is still working well. Sarah has through 30 for the blue team. Orange is struggling and Sierra is going for 30. Sarah has to make two runs to take her puzzle pieces up and Sierra does it in one run.

 

Blue is working on the puzzle, and it is Zeke, Culpepper, and Andrea working on it. For orange, it is Cirie, Sierra, and Michaela working on the puzzle. Both teams are working on figuring out the phrase. Jeff says their cognitive skills are lacking. 15 minutes have elapsed and Troyzan is offering suggestions. Zeke is tossing out ideas and trying to figure it out. Both teams are struggling. 50 minutes have now elapsed and both teams are frustrated and stumped. Jeff is giving clues and Andrea tosses out the word reinventing based on Jeff’s clues. Michaela tells Cirie to look at blue. Blue has figured it out and Jeff tells them to say it and they are correct. Blue has won reward, Zeke, Andrea, Aubry, Sarah, and Culpepper win.

 

Culpepper tells us he’s excited because not only does he get to go on the reward, but he is with the people he needs to be with in order to change the game.

 

The blue team is on the helicopter enjoying the view. Sarah remarks how many islands there are and how beautiful they are. There are drinks ready when they get off the helicopter. There is an infinity pool and as they walk up they see the table with food. Zeke says they have a beautiful meal and they gorge themselves. Culpepper and Zeke are talking about college football and Andrea notices the chatter and the bonding and is nervous he’s going to try to do something with Brad.

 

Back at camp, Sierra is talking about how tired and hungry she is. It’s the next morning and she’s tired and she’s still trying to figure out what happened at tribal and she wants to do something to get into the numbers. Troyzan and Tai are talking and they discuss having each other’s back. Tai says it’s the first time this season he has really felt at the bottom and if he hears his name come up he’ll play an idol. The other tribe members are back at camp and they talk about the reward. Aubry tells us she’s nervous also about Brad and Zeke bonding at the reward.

 

Cirie and Andrea talk in the hammock and Andrea discusses taking Zeke out and they’d still have numbers. Andrea says you don’t want to be the person throwing out names, but you also don’t want to wait until it’s too late so she tries to put the target on Zeke because he’s the biggest threat right now. Cirie says Zeke is the smartest person out there and he knows the game better than anyone, but she knows Sarah will be tough to get on board.

 

Cirie discusses the option with Sarah and Sarah says she’s not concerned with Zeke. Sarah says she wants to keep Cirie calm so she decides to tell her about her advantage. She tells Cirie she gets to steal a vote, and it will be easier to get rid of Zeke with fewer numbers. Sarah says she finds herself sitting in the middle again and she wants to go with the side that is going to get her the farthest in the game.

 

Everyone is in camp and it is quiet and Zeke says he’s nervous because there’s an eerie calm about camp. He doesn’t know what to make of these people and it’s hard to get a read on where the lines are drawn and he feels like he’s not been able to play like he wants to play. He says now the game has been broken open and he finally gets to use his Survivor skill set which is running around, plotting, and voting people out.

 

Sarah and Zeke are getting water and Sarah tosses out getting rid of Sierra, Andrea, then Tai and Zeke says he loves that. Sarah suggests that should be their outline, their blueprint of how they want it to go and she says she feels good with Zeke. Sarah says right now they are sticking with the girls, but she doesn’t trust them, she trusts Zeke. Zeke says they need to bring Culpepper and Troyzan in. Zeke wants to make a final five deal with Troyzan and Culpepper. Zeke says he feels locked in with Sarah, but he doesn’t trust Andrea and Aubry and they are very tight and he wants more options.

 

Zeke approaches Culpepper and Troyzan about a final five, but says the door isn’t closed at five. He can’t tell them what the next vote will be, except it’s not them and then with the following vote, they can do something interesting. Culpepper says that’s music to his ears. Culpepper says it will bother him if he has to vote for Tai or Sierra, but he is here to win the game.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s immunity challenge, you’re going to stack a series of blocks on a beam while trying to avoid a trip obstacle. If you hit the obstacle, your blocks will fall and you’ll have to restack. Your goal is to stack the blocks so they fall like dominoes ultimately hitting the arm at the end. First person to finish wins immunity and is safe from the vote. Loser are not safe at tribal and someone will be the eleventh person voted out of the game and become the fourth member of the jury.

 

For immunity, Survivor’s ready? Go! So far everyone is doing a very good job at being nimble and Jeff says he’s very impressed. It’s a very close challenge out of the gate for quite a few. Culpepper hits his trip obstacle and has to start over. Andrea and Sarah are dead even, with Michaela and Sierra right behind. Sarah has a bit of a lead and Michaela is on her tail. Andrea has taken the lead with Michaela in second and Sarah has slowed down. Andrea has discovered she may not have spaced correctly.

 

Andrea is readjusting all her blocks and Michaela and Sarah are still racing with their blocks and Michaela has one left. Sarah has two blocks left. Andrea is still re-spacing. Andrea thinks she has and she gives it a go. Andrea’s blocks fall and she hits the arm and wins individual immunity. Sierra feels like she needed it today and she doesn’t feel safe and she hopes to get back to camp and make a big move to keep her here one day longer.

 

Back at camp after the immunity challenge and Andrea wants to make a bigger move and go after someone coming for her. Initially, they were targeting Sierra but she still doesn’t trust Zeke and she can’t wait to get him out of the game. Cirie and Andrea walk off and talk and Andrea again suggests getting Zeke out. Cirie says how are we going to do it with Sarah? Cirie thinks Sierra will vote with them, but she doesn’t know about Brad. Sierra says she comes in to plead her case. Sierra says she’s willing to turn her back on her alliance, throw any of them under the bus, and do what the girls want her to do.

 

Cirie tells Andrea they have to go really, really easy with Sarah. They are discussing what they want to do and Andrea mentions to Sarah about taking out Zeke and Sarah is not down for her it and she needs him for a few more votes. Sarah says she has to stay calm because if she scrambles to save Zeke, she’ll be in hot water. Andrea then goes to talk to Aubry and Michaela about taking Zeke out. Aubry agrees and says you have to strike before he can. Michaela doesn’t think getting rid of Zeke right now is not a good idea and she can trust him to some level. Michaela doesn’t want to vote out Zeke at this point and she feels one of them has to go home. Michaela goes to talk to Sarah about her issue about keeping four on the bottom together.

 

Sarah says the vote for their alliance is a huge decision right now and if they vote out one of their own and one person flips over, the minority becomes the majority. Sarah also knows she can’t push to keep Zeke because it will create trust issues and she has a feeling the vote will come to down to Michaela and her.

 

It’s time for tribal council. They bring in Hali, Ozzy, and Debbie voted out at the last tribal council. Jeff says after the last tribal council it was clear something big went down judging by the looks on everyone’s faces. He asks Sarah what happened back at camp. Sarah says she owned up to flipping and talks about what happened and Debbie flips her off from the jury. Jeff asks Brad what he’s thinking when it all becomes clear and Brad says we went from being with the numbers to being on the outs. Jeff asks Tai if he feels on the bottom with Sierra, Troyzan, and Culpepper. Tai says he feels like he might be going home tonight. Sierra says she feels the same but she feels like she has connections with others.

 

Jeff asks Zeke if it rings true that the six in power are playing cat and mouse with the other four. Zeke says yeah, it’s similar to what happened at the last vote and if you’re in a group and you want to protect them, the best thing to do is keep your mouth shut. Jeff asks Andrea if she can compare what’s happening now to any other season she’s seen or been a part of. Andrea says no, she’s used to there’s a majority alliance and you pick off people and there might be a couple of flippers. But now it’s like you’re trying out majority alliances and see which one will stick and she’s assuming the new six will stick together but you never know.

 

Jeff asks Michaela if she could predict the future what does she see tonight. Michaela says she sees their six sticking together to a point where they have solid numbers and sometimes you have to make the simple move to advance everyone in the game. Jeff asks Zeke if he agrees with Michaela and Zeke says he does. The game is all about timing and having numbers and now is certainly not the right time. Jeff asks Cirie if when she hears Michaela and Zeke talk about timing if there’s a grid in her brain with various options and she’s deciding which option it should be tonight. Cirie says there’s a built in grid and you’re running numbers and situations and is it time, or not time. Cirie says even while Jeff is asking questions the grid is still moving until it’s time to decide.

 

Jeff asks Sierra what do you try to do to make sure it’s not you. Sierra says she tried to plead her case and they may need her vote in the future. Her hands are tied and she’ll go where they want to go. Jeff asks Sarah is there something someone could say to make you think good point, I’ll keep you around. Sarah says they bring up good points, but they’re trying to sell themselves and no one is going to make a bad pitch and say I’m the worst one so pick me.

 

Jeff asks Michaela if she gets swayed by what people say at all. Michaela says she listens to what people say and she’s learned they can be friends outside of the game after day 39, but if you’re here playing and starving like everyone else you might have to turn the heart down to make sure you get further and make the most of the experience. Michaela says unfortunately, to get to the end, other people have to go and not her. Jeff says to Andrea that the flip side can also be a factor because if you leave the heart on, that relationship can be the one that gets you to the end. Andrea says exactly, you have to have genuine friendships and relationships, because if you treat everyone like human chess pieces, you could come across cold and not get to the end.

 

It’s time to vote! Jeff will tally the votes. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and they want to play it, now would be the time to do so. No one plays an idol. Jeff reads the votes. First vote, Tai, Sierra, Tai, Sierra, Tai, Zeke, Zeke, Zeke, Zeke. Last vote, and the eleventh person voted out, Zeke. He says oh my god and Michaela is crying. Tai is shocked. Zeke tells them to keep playing hard. Michaela is visibly upset. Jeff says once again, a tribal council with a lot of shocked faces and a lot of emotion and it proves an undeniable truth in this game. Just because you have the numbers doesn’t mean you have trust. Grab your torches, head back to camp. Good night! Ozzy whispers game changers and Debbie says idiots.

 

Next time on Survivor, a willingness to trust can form an unbreakable alliance, but no bond is stronger than blood. Andrea tells Sarah about her legacy advantage and a new alliance seems to be formed.

 

Zeke says it was smart of Andrea to come after him, because he was about to come after her. It was a great move worth of the title of the game. He says playing this game, he’s confronted so many fears and moved beyond boundaries that he’s long kept in his life and it was a tremendously significant experience and he’ll forever be a better person because he played Survivor.

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We begin at Maku Maku after tribal council. Tai questions what happened and them voting for Zeke and asks if they want to talk about it. Culpepper says it was a blindside and he thought his alliance were on the bottom. Culpepper says unfortunately they all wrote down Tai’s name and Culpepper thinks he lost Tai. Michaela says them turning on Zeke so early means there is nothing solid in a big group. Cirie points out they voted Tai and they could pull him in. Sarah asks what the next move is and Cirie says they need to break up a pair, maybe Sierra and Culpepper. Cirie says if that couple stays together they might be able to pull someone in and they could be in trouble.

 

Sierra says she’s in an uncertain spot in the game and she feels burned by Sarah, but she needs to put that behind her and see if they can still work together. Sierra tells Sarah about her legacy advantage. Sierra says she can’t use it until six and maybe it can help them and if she gets voted out Sarah is going to get a pretty present. Sarah says Sierra telling her about the idol makes her want to keep Sierra because she’s sharing information and Culpepper’s game is over.

 

It’s time for the reward challenge! The winners of today’s challenge will have a good old-fashioned American barbecue. Burgers, hot dogs, and cupcakes for dessert. There’s more! You are also playing for your loved ones. It immediately gets serious and emotional as Sarah breaks down.

 

Jeff says clearly Sarah is ready for this and Sarah is up. Out comes Wyatt, Sarah’s husband. Sarah says Wyatt and her son are the two most important people in her life. Jeff asks if Wyatt gave her an update on how her son is doing and he says yes and they are ready for her to be home.

 

Andrea is up and her mom Linda is sent out. Her mom says she is so proud of Andrea. Jeff asks Andrea what it is about her mom that connects her so strongly to Linda. Andrea says she is so loving. Linda says Andrea had some hard things happen in high school, she lost her sister, but it’s because of her sister why Andrea is here.

 

Aubry is up and Jeff asks who’s here and Aubry says her sister Kerri. Jeff asks Aubry outside of food and the hierarchy of needs, there’s a bond of siblings unlike any other bond. Aubry says that’s right because it’s someone who’s seen every shade of you and loves you unconditionally.

 

Sierra is up and Jeff says she was lucky enough to see her loved one last time she played and it was her dad, Dan, and he’s back. Sierra hugs him and says everything is so hard and Jeff says this is the first time in 30 days he’s seen her body language, like she feels safe. Dan says he’s proud of her for playing with such a high level of competition.

 

Michaela is up next with her mom, Candy. Her mom says she’s shocked to see her cry and Jeff asks Michaela what it is about her mom. Michaela says she works hard every day and she’s one of those people who did everything she was supposed to do and sometimes life knocks you down. She says seeing her in Fiji without her worrying about how to pay for it is awesome.

 

Troyzan is up and Jeff who he’s expecting to see. He says his brother but he didn’t know if he could make it. Jeff says come on out and it IS his brother. Jeff says he doesn’t think he’s ever seen a brother reunion like that and Troyzan says they’ve always been very close.

 

Jeff says Tai looks like he could use some love and Tai wants to see the love of his life, Mark. Tai asks how the cats are and everyone chuckles. Jeff asks Mark to tell him about Tai. Mark says he’s incredible person and he brings out the best in him and he’s so lucky to have found him.

 

Culpepper is up and Jeff says he’s in a unique situation because he’s the only one with a loved one who’s played the game. Monica comes out and Culpepper runs to her. Culpepper says Monica is tougher than nails and strong, and he never realized how tough it was on Monica.

 

One person left, Cirie. Jeff says she made a giant sacrifice this time and Cirie says her youngest graduated high school while she was there and Jeff calls for Jared to come out. He says his graduation was good and he’s so lucky because he has friends who can’t talk to their mom and he and his mom are like two peas in a pod. Cirie says she has a relationship with her kids where they can come and talk about anything.

 

Jeff says now you know what you’re playing for, your loved ones will go with you and enjoy that barbecue. Here’s what you have to do to earn the loved ones. For today’s challenge, you’ll be tethered together in groups of three. On my go, you’ll race through a series of obstacles to a table where you’ll untangle braided rope to release a key. That key will open a chest full of sandbags and you’ll use them to knock down a series of targets. The first team to win will go with their loved ones, you’ll have a nice barbecue, a nice afternoon. Big stakes. We’ll draw for teams and get started.

 

We have our three teams. It is Culpepper, Aubry, and Andrea as red. Cirie, Troyzan, and Sierra as green. Tai, Sarah, and Michaela as blue. For barbecue and love, Surivor’s ready? Go! All teams are even at the first obstacle. Everyone pushing hard. Teams are still dead even coming out of the second obstacle. Troyzan drags Cirie and Sarah drags Tai. They are digging under a log at the third challenge. Andrea is the first through and they are starting to pull ahead. Tai gets stuck and Sierra is mostly through.

 

The red team is entirely through and are at the table. Tai is still stuck and Cirie is trying to squeeze through and she makes it. Red team has the keys and moving on to the sandbags. Blue is through and Green is right behind both teams working on the table. Culpepper has a huge lead and finishes before anyone else even gets their sandbags. Michaela slams her chest shut and kicks it and her mom tells her to calm down. Big decision. The three of them can choose ONE player and their loved one. Andrea chooses Cirie and Jared comes over. Cirie apologizes and says she knows how they feel.

 

They get to choose one last person to join them and they choose Sarah and Wyatt comes over to join. As they all leave, Andrea tells us Michaela looked defeated but she’s a smart girl and knows it’s a game. They’ll give her a day and she’ll get over it and they’ll be back on track.

 

The winners are enjoying their barbecue and lots of loved one conversations. Cirie says her son is like his mom, he’s not an island boy. Culpepper talks to Monica and tells her about them flipping on Zeke. Culpepper is hoping Michaela is ready to flip and Troyzan and Sierra are working on her.

 

Michaela is telling Tai she was disappointed and Tai says it’s very telling on who they pick for reward. Michaela says you can see where people’s loyalties lie and she’s a loyal person, but maybe people are taking advantage of that and maybe they don’t see her in their plans. Michaela says she saw a huge opportunity to move herself forward in the game and Tai has no one and maybe they can work together. Sierra is talking to Troyzan and says she is ride or die with him and Culpepper. Troyzan suggest Michaela and Sierra isn’t sure she’ll turn on them. Sierra doesn’t want to turn her back on Troyzan and Culpepper.

 

Sierra says maybe they can pull Tai back in and maybe they can pull Michaela back in. Michaela says she’s trying to figure out how to make these last days work. She says she doesn’t understand voting Zeke out and she’s just been doing what she’s been told so far. Tai thinks Andrea should be next to go and they all seem on board and Michaela says she’s in a good position. She can go with the group that votes out Andrea, or the group that votes out Culpepper and she’ll make that decision when it comes to it, but from here out it’s all about Michaela.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs! For today’s challenge, you’re going to balance on a narrow perch while holding a buoy between two handles. If at any point the buoy drops or you fall off the perch, you’re out. Last person left standing wins immunity and safe at the vote. Everyone else tribal council where someone will be the 12th person voted out and 5th member of our jury. Let’s draw for spots.

 

Jeff has them take their spots and counts them in. Sarah wobbles quickly but recovers. Aubry squirms a little, but drops and she’s the first out. Sierra is squirms also is out right after Aubry. Culpepper is wobbling and recovers. Sarah wobbles and almost falls but recovers. Andrea out of nowhere drops and is out. Sarah is wobbling again and steps down and she’s out.

 

Down to 5 now. Cirie is now squirming and she’s out. Troyzan squirms and is out and he throws down his handles. We are down to Tai, Culpepper, and Michaela. Michaela has not budged at all. Tai readjusts and Culpepper squirms and almost drops but recovers. Tai is moving a little again. Michaela shows a little movement in her feet and she’s shaking. Michaela drops out of nowhere. Down to 2. Tai squirms a little more and Culpepper is wobbling. Out of nowhere and Tai drops and Culpepper wins individual immunity and is safe at tribal council.

 

Back at camp after immunity and they congratulate Culpepper. Andrea says Culpepper winning immunity limits their choices. They are targeting Sierra and Tai says he’s weighing his options because the others want to vote out Andrea. Tai says right now he’s closest to Michaela and both groups need them. Michaela and Tai agree at the waterhole it will be Andrea and they tell Sierra.

 

Sierra says Michaela told her that her name is being thrown around and she’s terrified. But she has an alliance and if they keep their word, it should be Andrea and she’s hoping people are looking at the big picture right now. Sarah talks to Aubry and they agree on Sierra. Sarah says she didn’t want to vote out Sierra but since Culpepper won immunity she’s ok with Sierra going. Sarah says it’s not all bad because Sierra told her about the legacy advantage and that she would will it to her if she leaves. Now she needs to confirm with Sierra that they are good to ensure she gives it to Sarah.

 

Sarah says she doesn’t want to vote out Sierra, but this isn’t about making friends, it’s about winning a million dollars. Sierra tells Sarah that Michaela is going to vote Andrea. Sarah is surprised and says she needs them to help her vote Sierra out because she needs that advantage. Sarah talks to Michaela and says she thinks they need to get Sierra out because Sierra told her about the legacy advantage and what it is, it is an immunity idol. Michaela says initially it was just get Andrea because she might win everything, but the fact that Sierra has an advantage further convolutes what’s the best move to make right now.

 

Sarah encourages Michaela to vote out Sierra because of that advantage. Michaela says her and Tai need to decide which way to go tonight. Sierra is a good person to get rid of, but they want Andrea to go sooner or later. The question is, is now is the best time. Michaela says it’s a great thing to have a decision in your hand, as long as you make the right one. Otherwise you end up on the jury looking stupid.

 

Time for tribal council. We bring in the members of the jury: Hali, Ozzy, Debbie, and Zeke voted out at the last tribal council. Jeff starts with the loved one visit. Jeff asks Andrea why they chose Cirie and Sarah. Andrea says it was tough and you enjoy your loved ones, but you wonder if there will be consequences. Jeff asks Sierra and she points out the four left out were left out the previous reward and it gives them a chance to get even closer.

 

Jeff says to Aubry the game can change on emotion, you make one wrong decision and someone doesn’t like and the game pivots. Aubry says yes that holds true with every interaction, all the little things add up. Jeff talks to Culpepper about immunity and says it’s his first big win in Survivor. Culpepper says it helps him, but not necessarily the four on the bottom. Jeff asks Sierra when she falls out of a challenge do you cheer for someone to win or your pitch back at camp. Sierra says she didn’t worry about winning, she worried about her and she hopes people see there are bigger targets. Jeff says like who and Sierra hesitates and then says Andrea.

 

Jeff says to Andrea she was singled out and Andrea says she gets what Sierra is saying that she’s won two immunities and that looks threatening, but the people on the bottom are big underdogs and if they sneak by they have a huge chance at winning. Jeff says Aubry, big point. Aubry says yeah we all view Survivor through a lens and we’re all at the center and we have to decide who is most threatening to me. Jeff asks Sarah if it’s hard to put this season in its spot because it has been so uneven and unpredictable. Sarah says yeah, just when you think you know what’s going on you realize you don’t know what’s going on. Sarah says we have a solid group right now and hopefully they all stick together but has the deck reshuffled.

 

Jeff asks Michaela if they can ever trust anyone who says they have a group, isn’t that often how blindsides happen? Michaela says “we” is relative to whoever feels like they’re in the big W at the moment, and the W can flip upside down and be a “me” if you don’t watch it. Michaels continues you stick with the We until it’s about to turn and bite you and then you run. Jeff says to Andrea one of the toughest things about tribal is you can’t believe a single word, so what do you do? Andrea says she’s already heard things tonight that have raised a lot of red flags, but then you wonder if they’re really good and bluffing. You just have to think about the conversations you’ve had and the people you feel good about and hope it’s sticking true tonight.

 

Sierra agrees that the people who spoke to her today she’s believing in them and sticking with them and that’s how she’s voting tonight. Andrea says she’s talked to the same people Sierra talked to and either they are lying to Andrea, or they are lying to Sierra. Jeff says Michaela that’s exactly what you were talking about. As long as the we is a we, and not a me and it’s about to become a me for somebody. Time to vote!

 

Jeff will tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity idol and want to play it, now would be the time to do so! Jeff will read the votes. First vote…Sierra. Andrea. Sierra. Andrea. Andrea. Sierra. Sierra. 12th person voted out and 5th member of our jury…Sierra. Sierra says it’s been a privilege guys. Sierra gets to will the legacy advantage and she gives it to Sarah because she was honest and real with her.

 

With 8 players left and several seats still on the jury, it might be time to prepare for a storm. Because it’s coming. Grab your torches head back to camp. Good night!

 

Next time on Survivor, tensions are high. Michaela says she’s making sure Culpepper isn’t looking for an idol and Culpepper says he’s not going to kow tow to some diva’s demands. And it forces Cirie to make a tough decision and we see her talking to Tai.

Sierra says she thought she was a part of the “We” but she was not. She thinks what got her in the end was her being a little too comfortable, but she came in with guns blazing, gave it hell, and she made it further than she thought she could. She wanted to go further, but she couldn’t be prouder of herself right now.

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We’re back at camp after tribal council and Cirie, Andrea, and Aubry are talking about Sarah’s reaction after Sierra was voted out. They are discussing she looked surprise so maybe she can look like she didn’t know Sierra was going. Andrea says maybe it’s time to get out someone like Sarah because she has lied to her before. Cirie says Sarah has been getting her work in with a lot of people and she says that’s ok because all the people Sarah has screwed over might vote for whoever Sarah goes to the end with.

 

Sarah tells us Sierra had told her about the legacy advantage and it was a good thing to get her out. Sarah says she looked like she was shocked with Sierra going in hopes Sierra would keep her word and will the advantage to her. Sarah now has two advantages, the legacy advantage and she can steal a vote. She wants Andrea gone because she can’t stand her, but it has to be the right time.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs. For today’s challenge, with one hand you’re going to stead a balancing board while simultaneously building a house of cards with the other hand. The first person to build their house of cards high enough to reach the finish mark wins immunity, safe from the vote. Losers, tribal council where someone will be the 13th person voted out and the 6th person of our jury.

 

Jeff gives the go and says this is a Survivor classic, last won by Cochran who set a record at 17 minutes. Aubry is off to a quick start. Michaela is not far behind and Andrea is off to a good start. Michaela drops. Everyone is moving slowly and being careful. Andrea drops. Aubry is in the lead by herself.

 

Culpepper drops and has to start over, Sarah drops right after. Aubry is taking her time and Michaela is close behind. Tai is still at the bottom and Cirie drops here small stack. Aubry hasn’t faltered yet but Michaela is quickly back in this. Troyzan has made progress. Michaela loses everything once again and Aubry is still in the lead. Jeff notes we’re 5 minutes in and at a record pace. Troyzan drops one on the ground and bends to get it and loses everything.

 

Aubry has used all her tiles and is not able to reach the top. She starts taking some off so she can rebuild. Andrea is back in it. Michaela is doing well but she drops again. Jeff notes that the wind is blowing. Andrea is doing well, but the wind blows her stack over. Aubry is close and trying a new strategy. Aubry has it and wins individual immunity. Jeff says Aubry set a new record by doing it in six minutes. Andrea says Sarah is good at pulling people in and they need to get her when she least expects it and the next tribal might be the time to strike.

 

Sarah asks Aubry how she did that so fast. They are congratulating Aubry on the win. Aubry says she needs to build a resume and now she needs to do something and maybe Troyzan is someone she can work with and he is likeable. Aubry thinks Culpepper is a big threat and she wants to get rid of him. Cirie says everyone is on board and Michaela wants Culpepper to go fishing so they can eat. Michaela notices Culpepper is nowhere to be found and she wants to make sure Culpepper isn’t looking for an idol and she wants him to go fishing so they can eat.

 

Michaela finds Culpepper and “suggests” to him to go fishing. Culpepper asks what she means and she says go fish and bring back fish at low tide. Culpepper didn’t take well to the “suggestion” and thinks Michaela is blackmailing him and he’s not going to kowtow to a diva’s demands. He’s just looking for a way to get back into the game and make it another day.

 

Andrea and Aubry are talking and Andrea is talking about Sarah again and the look she gave Sierra at tribal council. Andrea is worried Sarah is pandering to the jury to get votes. Aubry thinks Culpepper is the next step logically. Aubry says she is not acting on that gut feeling with Sarah and she really believes it’s time to send Culpepper home. Cirie says Andrea is trying to work her, but she needs Sarah to stay in order for Cirie to make it further.

 

Cirie goes to Sarah and suggests it might be time to get rid of Andrea because Andrea and Aubry might be trying to do something slick. Sarah thinks they are trying to pit Cirie against Sarah. Cirie says everything is about timing and when to make a move. Cirie says it now is up to her and Sarah to decide if they want to vote out one of their own and drop their numbers or keep five strong and vote out Culpepper because he’s too dangerous to keep around and he can win challenges. Cirie says it’s a difficult position to be in, but timing is key.

 

We bring in the members of the jury. Jeff asks Aubry about the last tribal council and Andrea and Sierra both being worried they were in trouble and if it signified a turning point in the game where people are a little more willing to put a name up and let them battle it out. Aubry says there might be a solid “we” than they’ve had before. Jeff says to Sarah it’s tricky because you have to account for everyone else’s best move and figure out where you fit within that. Sarah says right but if you have your support behind you, it ain’t broke, what is there to fix?

 

Jeff turns to Troyzan and says when you hear Sarah saying if it’s not broken, don’t mess it up, what is your move. Troyzan says you go to the bottom people and say here I am and if you get me now, you have the most loyal person on the planet. Jeff says Aubry, it’s a pretty good argument. Aubry agrees, but there are still 8 people left in the game and a lot can happen.

 

Jeff asks Cirie what the vibe in camp was after the immunity challenge. Cirie says it’s uncanny it’s so quiet there. There’s no scrambling, deal making, conversations going on and she’s never seen anything like it. Jeff notes that Andrea was nodding her head. Andrea says there was no scrambling going on, or at least no one came up to her because you start to feel uneasy and you start to wonder why people aren’t trying harder.

 

Jeff says to Culpepper if you look at the number of players in the game now, there is a move, what is his? Culpepper says he hasn’t talked to Andrea because he wrote her name down twice, but he’s talked to other girls here and at some point maybe it will click with one of them and maybe it is the chance to make their move, they’ve got someone else that is willing to go with them to the end and he doesn’t know what else to do.

 

Jeff asks Sarah when it comes to the jury does your gut tell you they are going to respect game play. Sarah says this is game changers and it’s about playing the game and playing it hard and she’s sat over there and it sucks, but at the end of the day she rewarded game play giving credit where it was due. Jeff asks Aubry if she agrees with that and she thinks a lot of people underestimate the emotions involved, but when you’re voted out of the game, the first thing you feel is something that’s human. People aren’t robots.

 

Jeff says Tai, on one hand you have people saying the jury will reward game play, blindsides or not and on the other people saying that’s crazy, you blindside someone their feelings get hurt. Tai says to him the game is built on personal relationships. Tai thinks jury will reward who played the best game, not because they are best friends with them. Jeff asks Andrea where she sits on this and Andrea says for this season she would hope they would reward good game play, but it’s also not rubbing salt in the wounds. If you’re going to blindside someone but then be their best friend that entire day, that seems a little vicious and some people do that.

 

Jeff turns to Michaela and says big picture, tonight’s vote is about what? Michaela says tonight’s vote is about advancing your group and keeping yourself as safe as possible without screwing your end game. Culpepper says but Jeff, here’s an argument against waiting until the end to get rid of your big “we”. You guys are final five. Someone is going to get got and you’re gonna wish at 7 you could have got who got you at 5. Jeff says alright, it is time to vote.

 

Jeff goes to tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity idol and would like to play it, now would be the time to do so. No one plays an idol. Jeff reads the votes. First vote Andrea. Culpepper. Andrea. Culpepper. Andrea. Andrea. 4 votes Andrea, 2 votes Culpepper. 13th person voted out…Andrea. Andrea points at Cirie and says you! She says it in a playful manner. She says good job to everyone. Jeff says even when all hope seems lost, keep talking because someone might be listening. Grab your torches, head back to camp.

 

Andrea says it’s frustrating going out on day 33. She thought she was playing a better game, a smarter game and she thought she had real relationships, but it’s Survivor and you can’t really trust anyone!

 

Back at camp Aubry apologizes to Culpepper saying it was the only plan she knew of. Cirie says they sent Andrea to the jury but they still have a lot of people that need to go and although Aubry is in her group she can’t trust her that much. Aubry says it was a standard day for her in Survivor. She felt good that she’d won immunity, which she’d never done before, and she had a good relationship with Andrea so naturally she got killed off too. She says her pattern in Survivor seems to be really high highs and really low lows. Cirie notes that Tai ran right to Aubry’s side which was weird to him. Cirie says Tai works people and he works their emotional side.

 

Immunity is back up for grabs! For today’s challenge, they’ll be perched on top of a pole in the ocean. On Jeff’s go, they’ll use a bucket to retrieve water and pour it down a chute raising a key. Once they have the key they’ll swim back to shore and use the key to unlock a bundle of puzzle pieces. They will then use those pieces to solve a block puzzle. First to finish wins immunity and is safe at tribal council. Losers someone will become the 14th person voted out and the 7th member of the jury.

 

Everyone is standing on their platforms except Cirie because she’s nervous. Jeff gives the go to start! Michaela is doing a great job. Troyzan is doing a good job. Cirie’s bucket is stuck. Aubry’s key is moving. Michaela has enough water and gets her key and begins her swim. Troyzan gets his key and jumps for his swim. Cirie has to climb down to free her bucket that is tied up in the ladder.

 

Aubry gets her key with Culpepper right behind. Tai and Sarah still working on getting their keys and Cirie is climbing back up so she can get a shot at her key. Michaela is back and is unlocking her puzzle pieces with Troy, Aubry, and Culpepper right behind. Tai has his key and is swimming towards shore. Michaela and Culpepper are working on their puzzles. Sarah has her key and Cirie gets her and Jeff asks if she’s going to jump or climb. Jeff encourages Cirie and she jumps for her swim.

 

Cirie is swimming towards shore and everyone has their pieces and is working on the puzzle. Cirie is last to get to the pieces and begins her puzzle. People are making progress but they are rearranging pieces. Sarah is close and is down to two pieces if she’s right. Sarah doesn’t think something is right and she takes some pieces off. Tai is down to a few pieces left, but he has a gap at the bottom he hasn’t seen. Sarah is rebuilding. Culpepper is making progress but he also has a gap he hasn’t seen yet. Michaela has figured out what she thinks is wrong and races to finish and calls for a check. Jeff says no, she has two pieces reversed. Culpepper is close and asks for a check. Jeff checks and Culpepper wins individual immunity.

 

Jeff says Culpepper is guaranteed a spot in the final six and he says darn right! Pick someone else people. Jeff says he clearly felt in trouble tonight. Cirie says Culpepper is safe and they have to re-calculate who to take out and she wants to take out someone who is a threat to her.

 

Back at camp, everyone congratulates Culpepper. Troyzan says he’s going to tribal with his idol and if he thinks he’s in trouble he’ll play it. Tai says he feels like with the jury he has to do something to prove he’s a player and he needs to break away and do something that’s best for him. Aubry says look at the people who’s made moves and Tai says Sarah. Tai says he has to show the jury a big move and Sarah is a big move.

 

Aubry thinks Tai has been drinking the kool-aid that he needs to make a big move in the game, but if she wants to make a big move for her resume, she has to get Tai before he gets her. Aubry goes to Cirie and says Tai sees Sarah as a threat. Cirie tells Sarah and Sarah asks if Cirie thinks she’s lying. Sarah says for some reason Cirie wants to believe Aubry and everything that’s coming out of Aubry’s mouth. Sarah says she believes Tai over Aubry and says if she gets voted out she’ll give Cirie the advantage to steal a vote, because if it doesn’t scream loyal, she doesn’t know what does.

 

Cirie says when we come back and nothing has gone wrong she’ll give the advantage back and never question her judgement again. Cirie says Sarah is so confident in Tai that she can’t even get her to use her own advantage, but does she play it tonight and save Sarah and risk her being mad. Cirie says she’s from the old school and if you got it play it, so she’s going to play it. Cirie tells Michaela about the advantage and says Sarah trusts Tai so much. Michaela says officer Sarah is confused because if she’s wrong about Tai, it doesn’t just screw up her game, it screws up Michaela’s game and Cirie’s game as well.

 

Cirie says she will take Sarah’s vote away because she’s going to vote for Aubry. Cirie starts running numbers and scenarios and explains how the advantage works and realizes someone could play an idol and she thinks Tai has an idol. Cirie says she has to get Tai comfortable enough to trust her and wonders if she could pull it off. Cirie goes to Tai and tells him about the advantage (she pulls the tears out). Tai says what Cirie told him about being targeted took him by surprise and he’s freaking out. He isn’t sure if he should believe Cirie and he wonders if he should play one of his idols. He’s terrified inside.

 

Tribal council and we bring in the jury. Jeff asks Sarah what happened when they got back to camp. You can’t vote off Culpepper and there’s only six people. Sarah says there was a lot of sneaking around and lies being told and for her she had to get to the bottom of who’s telling the truth and they’ll find out if she’s wrong or not. Jeff asks Cirie if it’s common knowledge or is it happening in private. Cirie says it’s both. There are several lies being told, there are several untrue stories going around and she thinks tonight will show where the deception is coming from.

 

Jeff asks Culpepper if he felt the same way, that there were a lot of lies because not everything can be true. Culpepper says you expect the lies, and then try to piece out the truth in the lies. Michaela says she doesn’t think everyone is lying to everybody. She thinks there are a couple of people in this group who get caught in lies and the problem is when you start telling the truth, people remember you from your past.

 

Jeff says to Tai the game is about deception. How do you determine when to trust someone you know is deceiving you because you knew they were and now you can come together. Tai says he gives people the benefit of the doubt first and he’s scared all the layering and he hopes he’s on the right vote tonight. Jeff says to Troyzan it sounds like fear is leading the group. Troyzan says if you say too much people use it against you and even if you do something good for someone, the favor is rarely returned. Troyzan says his hope is he stays and gets into a position where he has more control of what his game will be like.

 

Jeff asks Michaela which is more likely to happen after tonight’s vote, the deck will start to re-shuffle or will the deck stay intact. Michaela says that before we vote people need to decide what’s best is now the time to try and make a big move and try to make a name and risk going home next time. Or is now the time to be happy with what you have, play for a “we” and get to the end of this game.

 

Jeff says it’s time to vote and Cirie says Jeff, there is a rat in this group and by me exposing it the person I’m saving will wake up tomorrow and thank me. She wants to use the advantage and she takes away Sarah’s vote. Sarah says that’s her advantage and it says it can’t be stolen. Cirie says it wasn’t stolen, it was given to her and Sarah says it’s not transferrable. Jeff asks Cirie to read the advantage and the rules that go with it. Cirie reads the advantage and the rules and Jeff says the key word is non-transferrable. Sarah is the only person who can use that advantage. Jeff tells Cirie things are crazy now because her intention was revealed.

 

Sarah gets up and whispers something to Tai. Cirie tells Sarah why she was going to use the advantage and says she can ask Michaela if she thinks she’s lying. Culpepper asks Tai what Sarah said and Troyzan gets up to listen in on Michaela, Cirie, and Sarah talking and Michaela and Troyzan argue because Michaela wants Troyzan to back up. There is a lot of whispering going on back and forth and Sarah uses her advantage and she takes Tai’s vote. Jeff says how she’ll vote and she says she’s ready. Jeff says another crazy and unpredictable tribal. Time to vote!

 

Jeff will tally the votes. If you have a hidden immunity idol and want to play it, now would be the time to do so. No one plays their idol. Jeff reads the votes. First vote, Tai. Tai. Aubry. Michaela. Michaela. Michaela. 3 votes Michaela, 2 votes Tai, 1 vote Aubry, one vote left. 14th person voted out and the 7th member of the jury…Michaela. She doesn’t know how that makes sense Sarah, but good luck to everyone else. She leaves before Jeff finishes snuffing her torch. Culpepper points at Cirie and Sarah and mouths to Tai that they voted for him. Jeff says well tonight’s tribal clearly a game changer. And with only six players and four days left and very little trust, I can’t wait to see how it finishes.

 

Next week, on the season finale of Survivor, the final six and the biggest game changing move of the season. It’s a 2 hour season finale and live reunion show. Michaela says she was kind of bummed, but she was excited she made it to day 35 and it was a wild experience. She says it’s a compliment to be voted off because people think they can’t beat you. She wanted to win a million dollar so maybe she has to come back and play a third time to get to the end.

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We get a fast recap of the season so far. At the last TC Makayla was sent to jury. Now only 6 remain. Sarah, Troyzan, Tai, Culpepper, Aubrey and Ceire. The stage is set for a wild and historical finale. Who will win the million dollars and the title of sole survivor?

 

 Sarah confronts Cirie about her advantage. Cirie tells Sarah she felt Tai was the rat. Ceire says she told Tai about the advantage and Tai says he just now found out about it. Tai says he as going to vote out Sarah, Sarah apologizes to Cirie. Tai says she set her up. Tai says now he is Tai the lair. He has 2 HII that no one knows about, he then goes and tells Culpepper he has them. Culpepper tells us he doesn't know if he believes Tai.

 

Troyzan has his second bag and drops it at the wrong puzzle, he changes it. Sarah lost in the maze. Culpepper and Audrey have their last bags and are starting on their puzzle. There are 41 pieces to the puzzle. Tai and Sarah are on the puzzle part, so is Cirie. Cirie putting hers together on the base before putting it together in the upright frame. Culpepper has 6 pieces left. Culpepper is missing a piece, he finds it in his bag. Culpepper wins immunity and reward. Guaranteed spot in the F5. He doesn't hesitate to choose Troyzan to eat with him, he also chooses Sarah. They head back to camp.

 

Troyzan says he and Culpepper are tight. Sarah says she felt betrayed by Cirie at TC. The only ones she can go with now are Troyzan and Culpepper. Culpepper says he has to get back to camp cuz he doesn't want any funky business at TC tonight. He tells Tai that Aubrey is gong home and he is going to play one of his HII for himself and give the other one to Culpepper to hold. Tai tells us he feels like a dog, someone leading him. Culpepper says he isn't going to TC with him playing an idol and someone else playing one. Tai is worried Culpepper will make a fool out of him. Tai shows them to Troyzan, Culpepper asks for one and Tai says he is holding on to it for now. Culpepper tells Troyzan Tai isn't getting it back.

 

Tai tells Aubry about the HII, says he wants to play with Sarah. Cirie comes up and says if they don't do anything they will pick them off one by one. Cirie swears to God he can trust her. Tai starts to cry. Tai cant decide what to do.

 

TC: Aubry says there was a lot of talking when they got back to camp and they figured out the rat was Tai. Tai says it is a game of lies, everyone does it. Sarah says there are 5 people that are tight. Troyzan says Tai cant recover this late in the game. Cirie says this game is like no other, she has seen people in worse holes then this and recover. Tai says they all are in denial, he isn't the only one lied. Culpepper says buyer beware if you do a deal with Tai. Cirie doesn't trust people. Jeff says you feel like something is stable and then it shifts.

 

Time to vote: Anyone want to use an HII now is the time. Tai uses one HII on himself then he uses his other HII on Aubry. Sarah uses the legacy advantage on herself and Culpepper his immunity. That leaves Cirie. No vote in the jar are for Cirie. this is a historical vote...the most idols used at once--3, most people ever safe--5 and the first person to be voted because there is no other choice. Cirie says she would never have done all this if she hadn't gotten off the couch 11 years ago. Jeff says Cirie has played every day with grace and its been an honor to have her on the show.  Cirie brings her torch to Jeff and she says "The tribe has spoken." Jeff says this game is far from over.

 

Back in LA Jeff calls Cirie to the stage, she gets a standing ovation. Jeff asks her what its like to feel all that love? She says she doesn't feel worthy, it shows what you can do if you just try.

 

Immunity challenge time: They will use paddles to move a ball thru obstacles. Winner is guaranteed a spot in the F4. Go!! Sarah and Culpepper leading. Culpepper and Sarah nearing the final transition...Sarah drops it. Culpepper has his first of 3 balls in. Culpepper has his second ball in. No one else has 1. Culpepper his 4th individual immunity. He says Monika and breaks down.

 

Day 37 At camp Culpepper says he has one of those at his house, they LOL. Culpepper, Troyzan and Sarah say is Aubry. Aubry tells Sarah and Tai that if she isn't there tomorrow then those two have a 50/50 shot but if they get rid of one of Troyzan the odds go up. Sarah and Tai talk...Sarah tells him he is the one person she has had their back this whole time. Tai says get Aubry out, Sarah shakes on it to vote out Aubry. Culpepper tells Tai that he says who goes to F4 and he will take Tai if he votes out Aubry, he has no choice. Tai says Culpepper has no respect for him.

 

TC: Troyzan says it tough seeing Culpepper win immunity so much. He hopes the next challenge (if he is here) is right down his alley. Aubry says she is on the chopping block. Troyzan says this is where you negotiate your way to F3. Aubry says if someone else wants to have a higher chance to go to F3 they have to vote out Troyzan. Sarah says this is where you choose who you want on the jury and who you want to take. Culpepper says he talked to everybody but isn't sure.

 

All of them say they can not beat someone....except Troyzan. Aubry says you have to pick the right F3 tonight. Time to Vote: Any one want to play HII? nope. Votes: Aubry, Troyzan, Aubry, 16th person voted and 9th member of the jury is Aubry.

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Immunity is back up for grabs! It’s the final immunity challenge! For today’s challenge, you’re going to race through an obstacle and won a giant water slide collecting bags of puzzle pieces as you go. Once you have all three bags, use the pieces inside to solve a lighthouse puzzle. First to finish guarantees themselves a spot at the final tribal council. Losers, tribal council where one will be the 17th person voted out and the 10th and final member of our jury. This is the biggest challenge of the game, win you go to the end, lose you may not. Good luck!

 

Jeff gives the go! Culpepper is first out, then Sarah, then Tai, then Troyzan. Sarah is through the first obstacle and has her first bag and is out. Troyzan gets his first bag. Sarah is heading out for her second set of keys. Troyzan heads out for his second set of keys. Culpepper and Tai are side by side and head out for the keys.

 

Sarah has her second set of keys and she’s down the slide. Troyzan has his and heads down with Culpepper shortly behind and Tai bringing up the tail. Sarah releases her second bag and she extends her lead and heads back for her third set of keys. Culpepper and Tai are both heading back for their final set of keys. Troyzan is struggling with his second bag.

 

Troyzan has his second bag and is back out. Sarah and Culpepper are working on their last bag. Culpepper gets his quickly and Sarah is right behind but has lost her lead. Tai has his third bag and Troyzan has his last set of keys. Culpepper, Sarah, and Tai are opening their bags with their puzzle pieces. Troyzan has his bag and is back in it. Everyone is working on their puzzle.

 

Tai has his first piece with Culpepper behind with his first. Culpepper has his second and third pieces. Sarah is looking to get on the board. Culpepper has his fourth and fifth pieces. Tai has his third piece. Sarah is still struggling. Culpepper adds another piece and starts working on a combination lock to get his final piece to his puzzle. Culpepper has it and wins immunity!

 

Culpepper says after winning five immunity challenges he’s clearly in control of the game. He’s in the final three and he thinks he can beat every single one of them. But as for tonight, Tai betrayed him the entire game and he’s going home. It’s good to be the King.

 

Back at camp after immunity and Culpepper and Troyzan are celebrating. Troyzan says it was close and Culpepper says Tai did better than he thought he would. Culpepper says he knew he was going to win before they started and that necklace makes him bulletproof. He’s final three and it’s his decision who is going home and it comes down to who has done him wrong the most and that would be Tai. Troyzan thinks they should just tell him and Culpepper doesn’t want to. Culpepper wants Tai to think he has a glimmer of hope and then let him down at tribal. Tai has done nothing but backstab Culpepper the whole game and he had a chance to go to the end but Tai wouldn’t give Culpepper the idol.

 

Culpepper says as far as the jury is concerned after winning five immunity challenges he knows he can beat both Troyzan and Sarah because after football he became a trial attorney. He thinks he can sell his case better to the jury and he’s in control and Tai is going to get what he deserves.

 

Tai and Sarah are talking and Tai knows he’s in trouble. Sarah says it’s whoever those two vote for and Tai pitches creating a Tai and making fire. Tai says he and Sarah could both beat Troyzan in a fire making challenge and they could both make it to final three. Sarah says Culpepper and Troyzan have been tight the entire game so clearly they are going to make a move against Sarah or Tai. She says she has to consider creating the tie even though it scares the crap out of her. Sarah says Culpepper is cocky right now and thinks he’s calling the shots.

 

Sarah considers the options and notes that Tai has made moves and found idols, but he’s also all over the place with the jury. Troyzan hasn’t done anything without Culpepper’s permission, but he also hasn’t made anyone on jury made and Sandra won twice by not making anyone mad. Sarah has Tai refresh her memory on how to start fire. Sarah says if she does this and wins, she could rack up points with the jury, but it’s a risk.

 

Tribal council and we bring in the members of the jury. Last big decision is who to send to the jury and which three will get to face the jury. Jeff congratulates Culpepper and he says it’s an amazing feeling. Tai brings up forcing the tie and Jeff asks if they talked about it. Sarah says they did talk about it and she says her decision will come from who she wants to sit with in a final three.

 

Tai tells Jeff about Culpepper asking for the idol and Tai says he’s not naïve. Culpepper says he has the necklace, Tai is in the minority, and nothing is for free. Tai says Culpepper treated him like simpleton, or a child and he decides on his own terms how his destiny ends. Troyzan says this is the first he’s heard about a tie happening and it wouldn’t be out of the normal for him to say wow.

 

Jeff says to Culpepper this isn’t a revolutionary idea to force a tie and build a fire. Culpepper says if they both feel uncomfortable they can do that. Jeff says to Troyzan this is a simple vote but now all this other stuff is coming in. Troyzan says it’s never a simple vote and he’s just going to trust himself and his intuition and if it’s right, he’ll walk out here a final three guy and if not he’s building a fire tonight.

 

Time to vote. Jeff goes to tally the votes. First vote, Tai. Troyzan. Tai. 17th person voted out and the final member of our jury, Tai. Jeff says congratulations you made it to the final three. You have one more night in Fiji.

 

Tai says he’d like to be in the final three and possibly win, he did a lot a couple big moves, idols, and people liked him. This is a really tough game but he bounced back and he’ll just go stronger.

 

Troyzan marks his 39th day on a tree. He says this is part of a dream from the first time he watched Survivor. Troyzan says his social game was real, he has the ability to speak to people. He thinks people trusted him and they never wrote his name down and he’s at day 39. He has a good feeling about this. The final three have their final three breakfast.

 

Sarah says knowing she made final three is the best feeling in the world. She says it’s what you dream of when Jeff says go on day one. She says she made moves other people were scared to make. She made moves SHE was scared to make and she’s proud of how she played. She says as a police officer she doesn’t respect being lied to, but she’s the criminal tonight and the people on the jury are the police offers. She says if they ask for honesty, she will tell the truth because she rewards honesty and she hopes they’ll do the same.

 

Culpepper says he controlled his destiny the entire game. He won five immunity challenges. Culpepper says he doesn’t need the money, but he really wants the win. He says no one drug him there, he went to the end with who he wanted. Winning the game means everything to him and he can argue his case at the end of the day and walk thinking it’s a slam dunk. But he hasn’t been to trial in a long time.

 

We bring in the jury. Jeff says it’s been a season of first. Most idols ever played at one tribal: three. Most people ever safe at a tribal: 5. First person in Cirie ever voted out simply because there was no one else to vote for. First time the steal a vote was played effectively to knock out Michaela. Culpepper with five immunity wins that includes an elite group that includes Ozzy. We also have a new leader in most days played on Survivor, Ozzy with 128 days followed right behind with Cirie at 121.

 

Jeff says so given this a season of game changers and there have been so many first it seems only appropriate that we end with another first. We’re going to change tribal council up this year in a way that will allow for a more open discussion between the jury and the final three. We’re going to center it around the three aspects of the game.

 

Outwit would be the social part of the game. The emotional intelligence, the alliance, the relationships you had outside of those alliances.

 

The outplay portion would be how you responded to the conditions put on you by the game. You have to build shelter, you have to compete in challenges, there are switches, there will be twists, how do you respond to the hand you’re dealt.

 

The final aspect, outlast. Did you put people on the jury who respect how you outwitted and outplayed more than the other two and if not tonight is your last chance to sway them. I’m going to give you a moment to take it in. We’ll get started.

 

Let’s start with the outwit portion of the game. Who wants to address them first and Zeke volunteers. Zeke says on day three of the game he gave Sarah his jacket and then he was blindsided and every night she wore his jacket to tribal council and all he could think was hot damn! That was badass! She made such amazing relationships. Sierra, who she was responsible for voting out gave her the legacy advantage because she didn’t process Sarah was responsible for controlling the game. So Sarah, Zeke says he is her champion.

 

Andrea says she is in such a dilemma. She says Sarah had some brilliant game moves, like Sarah convinced everyone there they were her best friend. She brought people’s personal feelings into it and their emotions and she feels kind of gross. Andrea asks if she knew she was going to have that effect on people? Andrea says yes, in one side she can respect Sarah fooled them all, but she isn’t going to feel good about that vote.

 

Sarah says she wants everyone on the jury to know her personal relationships were 100% real from the bottom of her heart. Debbie and a couple of others start laughing and Sarah says she’s being honest. Ozzy says the problem is why should we trust what you’re saying to us right now? He’s played the game more than anyone else. There is a way to play the game without going as low as Sarah had to go. Sarah says yeah, she lied but it’s what she had to do to sit there and she was willing to do whatever it took. Ozzy says then again I have someone like Culpepper, he gives him props because he was in a position where he had to win, win, and win and no one understands how hard that is and he didn’t have to get his hands dirty. Ozzy says he’ll be Culpepper’s champion at this point.

 

Jeff says Cirie says outwit part of the game, what’s on your mind. Cirie says most of them sitting there voted Sierra out because they knew she was the brains of their operation and that without her, Culpepper and Troyzan would bump into each other. Cirie wants Culpepper to explain how Sierra didn’t run the first half of their game. Culpepper says when he landed on the beach he started working with people like Tai, Sierra, and most importantly JT. Culpepper explains how that tribal went when Malcolm was sent home and how it was he who saved Sierra and if that hadn’t happened none of them might not be here.

 

Michaela added from her side it did look like Sierra was the brains of the operation, but this is a social game built on relationships and she wants to know how much Culpepper actually knows about her. Culpepper says she’s from Texas and works with a sales company for vacation and he wants to know what she wants to know and she says no further questions. Andrea says maybe that’s where you were lacking because while we feel gross about it, Sarah made personal relationships. However, Andrea is curious how Sarah managed people’s personal feelings and emotions.

 

Tai interrupts before Sarah answers and says he’s shocked to learn about Sarah doing all these things because what he had with her he thought was real, but now he’s not sure. Sarah says her first season she played who she was in real life and that got Sarah nowhere and her support systems at home basically gave her the permission to open the floodgates and do whatever she needed. Aubry says what she thinks Andrea is asking is what specifically allows her to say this is real Sarah and this is game Sarah? Sarah says it comes from working undercover as a police officer. When you’re undercover you have to hide things who you are, if you’re undercover for a drug bust, then you’re a drug user.

 

Debbie says if the ends don’t justify the means, then what does? Debbie says Machiavelli, think Lady Macbeth. You know you want to win and you will do it all costs and that’s why she has zero respect for her or her game and that’s why she’s Ozzy’s lieutenant in arms and is a champion for Culpepper because Sarah would never have been sitting there without him.

 

Jeff says Michaela has a look on her face in reaction to Debbie. Michaela says she doesn’t understand the emotional feeling that people have for Sarah. Even when Sarah used the advantage to vote her out she didn’t take it personally. Michaela did want to ask Troyzan a question. She wants to know what Troyzan did from a social perspective in the game. Troyzan says he talked to every single one of them and was ready to have an alliance with all of them if that was to his benefit, but it was difficult for him to play out because he felt like he was playing with two loved ones.

 

Ozzy says hold up! From my stand point there’s a difference between being a passenger and being a driver. Troyzan says he’s sitting here and Ozzy is sitting there. Basically, Troyzan made moves to help his game. When he made it to the merge he got together with six people that he knew he could trust at that point and if they wanted to vote him out, of course he was going to do that. Cirie says but you said THEY wanted to, you didn’t say I wanted to so you were a passenger like Ozzy is saying.

 

Aubry asks Troyzan what role he played in the decision making. Troyzan says he wasn’t as direct by saying this person or that person, he did things more sneaky by making suggestions. Aubry says she’s hearing so it’s an anyone but him, a little bit of Sandra without the sass. Troyzan says it’s a little bit anyone but him and he could make moves from the middle or the bottom just as easy. Ozzy says it sounds like you’re sitting in the right place. Sierra says people who weren’t in an alliance with you maybe didn’t see the way he played. He was a part of votes but he it was a more subtle way. Aubry says own it, it’s not done yet.

 

Jeff asks Andrea to weigh in on Culpepper’s social game, the outwit portion. Andrea says he played a solid game, he’s loyal and won immunities, but he never reached out and tried to form relationships with people on the bottom. People like Michaela, you were very nasty towards, people like Tai. Culpepper says as far as Michaela they were like oil and water and he doesn’t know why they didn’t connect. Culpepper says as far as Tai he must have been doing something right because Tai told him he had two idols. Culpepper says he was doing everything he could to get Tai to give him one of the idols.

 

Tai says do you know how you talk to people? The way you approach people? Time after time he says he controls who goes home next and that’s how he came across. Culpepper says Tai tried to go with the girls instead of staying with his alliance, which was fine, but after that he gained a lot of power winning immunity and he was trying to use it to manipulate him and his idols. Hali says so excuse me Culpepper, did you just say you used condescension as a strategy to control Tai? Culpepper says he did condescend to him, he gave him an option, that was a choice he had he was just trying to make a deal and it came with a price.

 

Jeff asks Debbie to weigh in on Culpepper’s social game and she says she has three brothers and she’s surrounded by people in the military. She understands his testosterone is 100x the average male. She gets he’s not the warmest, fuzziest, cuddliest teddy bear and she loves him anyway. Zeke says let’s be honest this ship, this game, had one driver and that was Sarah. Sarah always voted the right way because Sarah always knew the right way to vote because Sarah was always directing the right way to vote. Hali says she wants to throw out there this is so informative and so helpful, her mind is even less made up than when she stormed into that tribal council.

 

Jeff says obviously there are varying opinions on the outwit portion of Survivor, let’s move into the outplay. Ozzy says the outplay portion goes to him. He never stopped working and if he hadn’t won immunity the last five times, the chances of him sitting there would have been zero. He took a risk playing in a way Ozzy respects and a lot of them will never know what it means because you brutalize your body to play this way. Ozzy says he thinks he deserves to win because he relied on himself when he needed to. Ozzy says we are the authors of our destiny, we are the authors of our story in this game, and Culpepper played from the very beginning to win and that’s what he did.

 

Jeff asks Debbie how much weight she gives to camp life and providing. Debbie says she agrees with Ozzy completely. Debbie says Troyzan and Sarah would not be there without Culpepper. Sarah says I just want to point out Culpepper is a professional athlete. Culpepper says he’s 47 and puzzles aren’t athletic. Michaela asks for him to let Sarah finish please. Sarah says she isn’t trying to take anything from Culpepper at all, but winning five immunities is tough. What she had to rely on was her tools in the outplay department. She mentions Sierra telling her about the legacy advantage and she had to figure out how to get her out but do it in a way to get her to will it to her. She had to adapt.

 

Sarah also mentions Cirie getting across that beam was emotional for everyone, but the game didn’t stop and she explains Michaela sitting on the bench right over the secret advantage and not seeing it but Sarah paying attention to detail was what got her right there. Jeff explains to Michaela about the secret advantage. Michaela says that makes Sarah badass because if your working people so well that the advantage was for her and she got it and then top it off and use it against her was brilliant.

 

Jeff asks Cirie about the varying opinions and what it says about all the elements that go into deciding who wins. Cirie says they have to look at every single aspect because if someone is lacking somewhere they have to bring it up. They are about to award someone one million dollars and they want to make sure they are giving it to the right person.

 

Jeff says game is still clearly alive. Now we are at the outlast portion. Did you put the people on the jury that respect your outplay and outwit more than the other two? Culpepper we’ll start with you. This is your last chance to sway anyone you think might not be on your side.

 

Culpepper doesn’t think you have to lie and deceive every single person in the game. He let people come to him that changed the game at certain points and at certain points he had to rely on his athleticism and his brain. He didn’t provide around camp to get votes, he did that because that’s the type of person he is.

 

Sarah says you have to strike first in this game. The reason you are there and these two aren’t is because I truly believed you guys couldn’t beat me. I just hope you guys respect the game play and how hard it was to play with 20 people at such a high level and be one step ahead every time. Sarah says she is the one person here who was in on every vote. Sarah says history shows the training and ability to adapt was what has saved her life at work, and she applied that to the game to save her life in the game.

 

Troyzan says he’s going to keep it light because he thinks he knows where they stand. He says he might not have been the strategist, or the best game player, but he appreciates them all for the adventure. They are a part of his dream. He’s watched from season one where Richard Hatch was running around naked and people were eating rats, whatever that is he wanted to be a part of it.

 

The jury votes and Jeff gets them and we get the results live. Jeff thanks them for another amazing season of Survivor. Time to read the votes. First vote, Sarah. Culpepper. Sarah. Culpepper. Culpepper. Sarah. Tied again. Sarah. Sarah. 5 votes Sarah, 3 votes Culpepper. The winner of Survivor game changers…

 

The winner of Survivor: Game Changers is Sarah. Jeff says it was an epic win and he gives it to her husband. Live Reunion is up next!

 

Jeff asks for a big shot of the entire cast and thanks them all. Jeff says to Sarah thought the switch to play officer to criminal, the way Tony played was a game changer. Sarah says you seen how well it worked out for Tony vs her on Cagayan. Jeff asks why Sarah had to get permission from her friends to play that way. Sarah says no one wants to play in a way that would make their family or colleagues look bad. She got that permission and she came out guns blazing and it was good to have their blessing. She says she’s proud of how she played the game, but she’s not proud of the way she treated people.

 

Jeff reminds Culpepper he said he could beat anyone and did he miscalculate the bitterness of the jury. Culpepper says he obviously needed snickers out there because he hated that he treated like that and he gives Tai a hug and he says he loves him. He says he was frustrated and he feels awful. Culpepper was going to answer Jeff’s questions but Jeff says forget what I just asked let’s talk about that frustration. Jeff wants to see what happens if Tai is in and Sarah is out and Culpepper doesn’t like that game. Culpepper keeps interrupting. It might have been a five five split if there had been a tie with Tai and Culpepper. Jeff says everyone asks and this is the rule. The person who is not in the tie goes to the jury and decides the vote. So Troyzan in this case, you would choose and he says he would have voted for Culpepper.

 

Jeff says the point he was trying to make is this game is hard. You have to make a decision in this instance he made the wrong decision. He played a game good enough to win. Jeff says Sarah realizing that and maneuvering what needed to happen shows her social play at work. Jeff asks Tai why the game is so hard for him emotionally. Tai says it’s in his nature. Tai says it’s easy to be kind to people, but it’s not as easy to lie and deceive people and manipulate them. Jeff says but why? Why does Tai feel the need to be nice? Tai says he gave himself permission to lie and deceive it’s just not in his nature.

 

Jeff goes to Cirie and notes the reception she got earlier. Jeff asks what does she think it is about her and what she represents. Cirie says she thinks because she has had so many insecurities, she’s her harshest critic, and she doesn’t come into any situation judging anyone. She thinks because she’s not up here like a big athlete and she’s not a challenge beast, she’s more like the people at home so she’s easy to relate to. She’s not threatening to everyone. Jeff says let’s boil it down. There are people watching from home debating whether they should do it. Cirie says they should absolutely do it. Cirie says the first time Jeff asked her that same question she said to stay on the couch. She says get off that couch! They should absolutely do it, get out and live and do it.

 

Jeff asks what is an ingredient for a good player, just in general. Cirie says you have to be able to connect with people on general, person-to-person level. You have to listen and hear what these people have to say, you have to learn about their families, and their fears. You have to learn how to relate them otherwise it’s like talking to a brick wall and you’re never going to get their vote.

 

Jeff starts to touch on the Varner/Zeke tribal council where he was outted. Jeff asks Zeke to take him back to that moment as it was unfolding. Zeke says he was scared because he didn’t know what the reaction was going to be. But what this experience has shown him is he has so much love in his life. He watched with his family and friends and he never felt as loved as he did then.

 

Jeff says where Zeke is now with the experience. Zeke says when he first transitioned he was hit with a huge bout of depression and he started watching Survivor and it took him away. He got to go on adventures with Ozzy and Cirie and Sandra and he found the courage to go play Survivor. He says in so many ways Survivor gave him his life back.

 

Jeff brings in Sarah and her reaction and she says she was nervous how people around her would react to it. She says it’s been positive and she talked to her dad about it before the show aired and he was proud of the way she handled it. Sarah says her grandmother was the one she was most concerned about, but when she voted Zeke out she scolded Sarah for it and they were accepting and Zeke was the one person her grandmother wanted to meet.

 

Jeff mentions Zeke has been doing a lot of writing for the Hollywood Reporter. He’s so thankful for the platform he’s been given. He’s also been working with GLAD and he feels like their partnership is a model for how trans stories should be approached. Jeff says he feels there’s a little bit of pressure of expectation. Jeff says in a perfect world what comes from this. Zeke says he felt being trans there were things he couldn’t do and he doesn’t believe that anymore. He doesn’t want any trans person to believe they are limited and the journey might be harder, but the adventure is worth taking.

 

Jeff addresses Varner and he says Varner has been vocal about owning his mistake. He asks what the reaction is to him since his apology. Varner says it’s been a difficult situation for them both and he doesn’t ever want to talk about his journey without acknowledging the real victim is Zeke. It’s about him and it always has been. He got hit hard, he knew he would and it was ugly for a period of time. But then it changed and the way he reacted and handled it, he was always taught to stand up and admit his mistakes and own them and turn them into something positive and he did that. Varner says he got fired, but he has a new job and he’s so grateful for the support in his life. All his clients went with him.

 

Jeff brings up the immunity challenge Aubry won and mentions her saying she has a crush on Cochran. Aubry says she was a little crestfallen that Debbie stole her man, but everyone has a crush on Cochran.

 

Jeff goes to Sandra and says the game seems so easy for her. Is it as easy as it appears? Sandra says it’s a job to her. She’s got 39 days to win a million dollars and she’ll do whatever to whoever to get to the end because that’s her job.

 

Jeff goes to Michaela and asks what advice does she give to Michaela? Michaela says to recognize the outplay part of the game is not just a physical part of the game. It’s responding to the situation you’re put in and learning how to do it with style and grace when you need to, and in your face when you need to, but without isolating yourself. Jeff says she was so blinded by rage she didn’t see a million dollar opportunity. Michaela says she’s checking her stump right now.

 

Jeff goes to Sierra and says he has a quick question. Why did she tell Sarah about the legacy advantage? Sarah says at that point she made the biggest mistake because she was being honest, she had just seen her father and she was in a weird place, and ultimately it was trust and she dug her own grave.

 

Jeff goes to Malcolm and says you come out and you do everything you have to do to get into this game, and then you’re blindsided in a crazy tribal. How hard is it to recover from that? Malcolm says you cry for a few days and everyone chuckles. Malcolm says we’ve all done this and know how unpredictable it can be but it’s part of the reason we love playing it and people love watching it and 17 years later it’s still the greatest thing on television.

 

Jeff goes to Ozzy before the break and says Ozzy seems to be a great spokesperson on whether they liked the new tribal format. Ozzy says they all come together and the game changing theme for the tribal council and give them an open forum to discuss and express these ideas, it’s really amazing they had an opportunity to choose the right person to win. And it shows the rest of the world they need to unite as a people to make better decisions on how the United States should be run.

 

Here’s a sneak peek at next season…For our 35th season, Survivor returns to one of the most beautiful places on Earth, Fiji. And for the first time ever we’ll divide the tribes by positive traits most often associated with them by others. Heroes, they are heralded for their courage, their achievements, and ideals for which they stand. Healers, they receive gratitude for their acts of service in helping people heal their emotional and physical pain. Hustlers, they are respected for their work ethic, get it done no matter what, they stop at nothing to achieve their goals. Three very different approaches to life will once again be tested in the greatest social experiment on television. It’s Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers on CBS this fall!

 

Jeff gives Varner a chance to add something. Varner says he’s been living in shame and he wants to be able to help people. There’s a book in the works called Living in Shame and Jeff will get the first copy.

 

Jeff thanks everyone for viewer loyalty and for staying with them.

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