Survivor: Blood vs. Water

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Survivor: Blood vs. Water
Winner Tyson Apostol
Presented by Jeff Probst
No. of episodes 14
No. of days 39.5[1]
No. of survivors 20
Production
Location(s) Palaui Island, Cagayan, Philippines[2]
Filming dates May 19, 2013 (2013-05-19)
– June 27, 2013 (2013-06-27)
Broadcast
Original run September 18, 2013 (2013-09-18)  – December 15, 2013 (2013-12-15)
Chronology
Preceded by Survivor: Caramoan
Followed by Survivor: Cagayan

Survivor: Blood vs. Water is the twenty-seventh season of the American CBS competitive reality television series Survivor. The season filmed in May–June 2013 and premiered on Wednesday, September 18, 2013, featuring returning castaways and their loved ones competing against each other.[3] It was the third consecutive season, and the ninth season overall, to feature returning contestants, as well as the third season to feature returning winners. As with the previous two seasons, the season was filmed in the Philippines, but this time at Palaui Island, Cagayan.[2][4] The tribe names were Galang and Tadhana, which means "respect" and "destiny", respectively, in Tagalog. Tyson Apostol was named the Sole Survivor in the season finale on December 15, 2013, defeating runners-up Monica Culpepper and Gervase Peterson in a 7–1–0 vote.[5]

A modified version of Redemption Island, a twist formerly seen in Survivor: Redemption Island and Survivor: South Pacific, was utilized after a three-season hiatus.[1] In this season, remaining contestants were given the option to switch places with their loved one if their loved one was on Redemption Island. The game began with a twist called Day Zero, in which each of the ten pairs was marooned in a separate location, spending the night together before congregating as a full cast the following morning and dividing into two tribes.[6] Due to this twist, this season is one of only two to last longer than 39 days, after Survivor: The Australian Outback which lasted 42 days. This season also marks the second occurrence of the rock-picking tiebreaker, 23 seasons after it was first used in Survivor: Marquesas in 2002.[7] This is also the first time in 13 seasons, since Survivor: Fiji, to not feature a fan favorite vote that would award one player with US$100,000.

Casting[edit]

Many former Survivor castaways were in contact to return for this season. Amber Mariano from The Australian Outback and All-Stars and her husband, Rob Mariano from Marquesas, All-Stars, Heroes vs. Villains and Redemption Island, declined the offer to return as they felt like their Survivor experience was complete.[8] Other castaways who declined include Denise Stapley, winner of Philippines,[9] Greg Buis from Borneo,[10] Parvati Shallow from Cook Islands, Micronesia and Heroes vs. Villains,[11] Tom Westman from Palau and Heroes vs. Villains,[12] Yau-Man Chan from Fiji and Micronesia,[13] and Malcolm Freberg from Philippines and Caramoan.[14] Additionally, Lex van den Berghe and Tom Buchanan, both from Africa and All-Stars declined due to the production of the reality show Family Beef.[15]

Ashley Underwood from Redemption Island,[16] Cirie Fields from Panama, Micronesia and Heroes vs. Villains,[17] and Jerri Manthey from The Australian Outback, All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains[18] were cut when their partners and backups couldn't compete, and Kelly Goldsmith from Africa was cut after she was unable to find a partner to compete with.[19] While Jonathan Penner from Cook Islands, Micronesia and Philippines was asked to compete with his son, and Terry Deitz from Panama was set to play with his daughter, both pairs were cut as the children were under the minimum age requirement.[20][21] Jamie Newton from Guatemala has stated that he and his twin brother Ramie were asked to play, but Ramie couldn't do the interviews because of his job,[22] Shane Powers from Panama has stated that production offered him and his son Boston spots on the show, but they did not fill out the paperwork in time.

Other couples who were ultimately not chosen include Pearl Islands and Heroes vs. Villains winner Sandra Diaz-Twine and her daughter, Chelsea Meissner from One World and her father,[23] Cindy Hall from Guatemala and her twin sister Mindy,[24] Edna Ma from South Pacific and her sister,[25] Eliza Orlins from Vanuatu and Micronesia and her mother,[26] Holly Hoffman from Nicaragua and her daughter,[17] Jane Bright from Nicaragua and her daughter,[27] and Marty Piombo from Nicaragua and either his son or wife.[27]

Survivor: Philippines castaway R.C. Saint-Amour and her father, Craig, were originally cast and traveled to the Philippines with the other castaways, but were pulled from the game the day before filming began due to Craig having high blood pressure. They were replaced by Candice Cody of Cook Islands and Heroes vs. Villains and her husband, John.[28]

Contestants[edit]

Tyson Apostol, Sole Survivor

The cast comprises 10 pairs of loved ones, each composed of one new player and one returning player with varying relationships, including mother-daughter, spouses, fiancees, dating, brothers, and uncle-niece.[1] The cast includes former NFL player Brad Culpepper, competing alongside his wife, Survivor: One World castaway Monica,[1] and Big Brother 12 winner Hayden Moss, playing alongside his girlfriend Kat Edorsson, also from One World.[29] Moss is the first former Big Brother contestant to appear on Survivor.

Contestant Original tribe Swapped tribe Switched tribe Merged tribe Voted out Redemption Island Finish
Laura Boneham
Returned to game
Tadhana 1st
Day 1
Switched[a]
Day 1
23
Rupert Boneham
49, Indianapolis, Indiana
Pearl Islands, All-Stars & Heroes vs. Villains
Galang None[b] Switched[a]
Day 1
Lost 1st duel
Day 4
20th
Day 4
Colton Cumbie
22, Monroeville, Alabama
One World
Galang Galang Quit
Day 7
03 19th
Day 7
Rachel Foulger
33, Orem, Utah
Tyson's girlfriend
Tadhana Tadhana 4th
Day 6
Lost 2nd duel
Day 7
18th
Day 7
Marissa Peterson
21, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Gervase's niece
Tadhana Tadhana 3rd
Day 3
Lost 3rd duel
Day 9
17th
Day 9
Candice Cody
30, Washington D.C.
Cook Islands & Heroes vs. Villains
Galang None[b] 2nd
Day 1
Lost 4th duel
Day 11
16th
Day 11
Brad Culpepper
44, Tampa, Florida
Monica's husband
Tadhana Tadhana 6th
Day 10
Lost 5th duel
Day 14
15th
Day 14
Kat Edorsson
23, Orlando, Florida
One World
Galang Galang Galang 8th
Day 16
Lost 6th duel
Day 17
14th
Day 17
John Cody
30, Washington, D.C.
Candice's husband
Tadhana Tadhana None[c] 5th
Day 8
Lost 7th duel
Day 19
13th
Day 19
Laura Boneham
44, Indianapolis, Indiana
Rupert's wife
Tadhana Galang[a] Galang 9th
Day 18
Lost 7th duel
Day 19
12th
Day 19
Laura Morett
Returned to game
Galang Galang None[c] 7th
Day 13
1st returnee
Day 19
22
Aras Baskauskas
31, Santa Monica, California
Panama
Galang Galang Tadhana Kasama 10th
Day 21
Lost 8th duel
Day 25
11th
1st jury member
Day 25
Vytas Baskauskas
33, Santa Monica, California
Aras' brother
Tadhana Tadhana Galang 11th
Day 22
Lost 9th duel
Day 27
10th
2nd jury member
Day 27
Caleb Bankston
26, Crossville, Alabama
Colton's fiancé
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 14th
Day 29
Lost 10th duel
Day 30
9th
3rd jury member
Day 30
Katie Collins
25, Brooklyn, New York
Tina's daughter
Tadhana Tadhana Galang Eliminated[d]
Day 32
Lost 11th duel
Day 33
8th
4th jury member
Day 33
Hayden Moss
27, Mesa, Arizona
Kat's boyfriend
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 15th
Day 35
Lost 12th duel
Day 36
7th
5th jury member
Day 36
Laura Morett
43, Salem, Oregon
Samoa
Galang Galang None[c] 13th
Day 26
Lost 12th duel
Day 36
6th
6th jury member
Day 36
Tina Wesson
Returned to game
Galang Galang Galang 12th
Day 24
2nd returnee
Day 36
21
Ciera Eastin
24, Salem, Oregon
Laura M.'s daughter
Tadhana Tadhana Tadhana 16th
Day 37
19 5th
7th jury member
Day 37
Tina Wesson
52, Knoxville, Tennessee
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
Galang Galang Galang 17th
Day 38
20 4th
8th jury member
Day 38
Gervase Peterson
43, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Borneo
Galang Galang Tadhana 21 21 2nd runner-up
Monica Culpepper
42, Tampa, Florida
One World
Galang Galang Galang 22 22 Runner-up
Tyson Apostol
34, Lindon, Utah
Tocantins & Heroes vs. Villains
Galang Galang Tadhana 23 23 Sole Survivor
  1. ^ a b c Laura B. returned to the game after Rupert elected to take her place on Redemption Island. As a result, Laura B. replaced Rupert and switched to the Galang tribe.
  2. ^ a b Rupert and Candice were on Redemption Island when Laura B. switched tribes.
  3. ^ a b c John and Laura M. were not assigned tribes during the tribe switch due to being on Redemption Island.
  4. ^ Due to a deadlocked tie after two rounds of voting and the non-tied contestants being unable to come up with a unanimous decision to vote out either Hayden or Monica, Ciera, Katie and Tyson drew rocks to resolve the vote. Katie picked the white rock and was therefore sent to Redemption Island.

Season summary[edit]

The players were divided into two tribes of ten: Galang, composed of returning players, and Tadhana, the returning players’ loved ones. They were informed that Redemption Island was in play, with the added twist that a player could take their partner’s spot on Redemption Island. Tadhana lost the first four consecutive challenges, and was initially dominated by a men’s alliance led by Brad. Brad’s decision to blindside his ally John resulted in Brad’s subsequent elimination and the end of the men’s alliance. When Galang first went to Tribal Council, Aras spearheaded the elimination of Laura M. in hopes that she could eliminate Brad in a Redemption Island challenge to ensure the loyalty of Brad’s wife, Monica. The plan was successful, and Laura M. returned to the game at the merge.

The tribes merged with 11 players remaining, including three pairs of loved ones: Aras and Vytas, Tina and Katie, and Laura M. and Ciera. The five players without loved ones remaining in the game formed an alliance led by Tyson, and were able to recruit Laura M. and Ciera to send Aras, Vytas, and Tina to Redemption Island before betraying Laura M. for being the stronger member of the final intact pair. With no pairs remaining, the new players outnumbered the returnees four to three, but the new players’ attempt to seize control was foiled by Ciera, who sided with the returnees. However, with six players left, she had a change of heart, changing allegiances and forcing a tie which was resolved through random draw, resulting in Katie’s elimination. This allowed the returning players alliance of Tyson, Monica, and Gervase to take control, voting out the others and making it to the end of the game.

At the Final Tribal Council, Gervase was berated by the jury for his perceived rudeness and hiding behind more dominant players, while Monica was castigated for threatening to flip to the other alliance but ultimately never following through. This led the jury to award Tyson the title of Sole Survivor, receiving seven of the eight votes to win, and Monica receiving one.

Challenge winners and eliminations by episode
Episode title[30] Original air date Redemption Island Immunity
winner(s)
Voted out Finish
Inhabitant(s) Challenger(s) Eliminated
"Blood Is Thicker Than Anything" September 18, 2013 None Laura B. 1st voted out
Day 1
Candice 2nd voted out
Day 1
Laura B.
Rupert1
Galang4 Marissa 3rd voted out
Day 3
Candice
"Rule In Chaos" September 25, 2013 Rupert Marissa Rupert Galang4 Rachel 4th voted out
Day 6
Candice
"Opening Pandora's Box" October 2, 2013 Candice Rachel Rachel Galang4 Colton Quit
Day 7
Marissa John 5th voted out
Day 8
"One Armed Dude and Three Moms" October 9, 2013 Candice John Marissa Galang4 Brad 6th voted out
Day 10
Marissa
"The Dead Can Still Talk" October 16, 2013 Candice Brad Candice Tadhana4 Laura M. 7th voted out
Day 13
John
"One-Man Wrecking Ball" October 23, 2013 John Laura M. Brad Tadhana4 Kat 8th voted out
Day 16
Brad
"Swoop In For The Kill" October 30, 2013 John Kat Kat Tadhana4 Laura B. 9th voted out
Day 18
Laura M.
"Skin of My Teeth" November 6, 2013 John Laura B. John Vytas Aras 10th voted out
Day 21
Laura M.5 Laura B.
"My Brother's Keeper" November 13, 2013 Aras Monica Vytas 11th voted out
Day 22
Katie Tina 12th voted out
Day 24
"Big Bad Wolf" November 20, 2013 Aras Vytas Aras Monica4 Laura M. 13th voted out
Day 26
Tina
"Gloves Come Off" November 27, 2013 Vytas Laura M. Vytas Monica Caleb 14th voted out
Day 29
Tina
"Rustle Feathers" December 4, 2013 Tina Caleb Caleb Gervase4
[Monica,
Tyson]
Katie Eliminated3
Day 32
Laura M.
"Out On a Limb" December 11, 2013 Tina Katie Katie Ciera4
[Hayden]
Hayden 15th voted out
Day 35
Laura M.
"It's My Night" December 15, 2013 Tina5 Hayden Hayden Tyson Ciera 16th voted out
7th jury member
Day 37
Laura M. Laura M.
Tyson Tina 17th Voted Out
8th Jury Member
Day 38
"Reunion" December 15, 2013 Jury vote
Gervase 2nd runner-up
Monica Runner-up
Tyson Sole Survivor

In the case of the immunity and reward winner being able to share their reward with others, the invitees are in brackets.

^4 The winner of the challenge also received reward.
^5 Returned to game upon winning Redemption Duel.

Episodes[edit]

Episode
#
Title CBS recap Rating/Share
(Household)
Rating/Share
18-49
Original air date U.S. viewers
(million)
Weekly rank
1 "Blood Is Thicker Than Anything" Recap 5.9/10[31] 2.6/8[32] September 18, 2013 9.73[32] #12[33]

The ten pairs of returning players and their loved ones were dropped off in ten separate locations as part of the Day Zero twist to spend the night together without a tribe. The next morning, Jeff Probst welcomed the twenty castaways to the game and announced that they would not be playing the game with their loved ones, but against each other. The castaways split into their tribes and Jeff sprung a second twist on them that they would immediately vote out a member of their tribe. Tadhana voted out Laura Boneham. while Galang voted out Candice Cody. Jeff then announced that Redemption Island was back in play, but with a twist that the loved one of the castaway could switch places with them. Rupert Boneham immediately stepped forward to take his wife's place and she joined his tribe, Galang. After discussing it between themselves, John Cody did not switch with his wife, Candice. At their new campsite, Brad Culpepper arranged an all-male alliance at Tadhana.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Six castaways from each tribe would race out into the ocean and over a set of three obstacles to a boat. They would then dive down to untie knots to free the boat. The castaways would paddle the boat back to shore and deliver a chest with three bags of puzzle pieces. The other three members of the tribe would then assemble the puzzle pieces into a ship's wheel which would be used to raise a flag. The first tribe to raise their flag would win immunity and a reward of flint.
At the Immunity Challenge, Gervase Peterson struggled with the swimming part of the challenge, giving Tadhana a huge lead at the end of the boat stage of the challenge. The lead was squandered during the puzzle stage as Laura Morett, Monica Culpepper, and Tina Wesson worked efficiently to solve the puzzle to give Galang the win. Gervase's excessive celebration at the win did not go over well with Tadhana and that put a target on his niece, Marissa Peterson, despite her comments against her uncle's actions. The boy's alliance knew from day one that they wanted to vote out one of the women and was trying to decide between Katie Collins, who was seen as ineffective at the puzzle stage of the challenge, and Marissa, who was guilty by association for Gervase's excessive celebration. In the end, the boy's alliance went with Marissa and she was sent to Redemption Island.
2 "Rule In Chaos" Recap 5.8/10[34] 2.4/7[35] September 25, 2013 9.54[35] #24[36]

At Galang, Colton Cumbie was unhappy that the tribe didn't want to talk strategy and seemingly not playing the game, so he tried to stir up trouble by telling various castaways that others were targeting them. However, the tribe saw through his attempts at stirring up trouble and wanted the camp to remain drama free. Aras Baskauskas, Gervase, Monica, Tina, and Tyson Apostol formed an alliance. Over at Tadhana, Rachel Foulger tried to secure her position among the men's alliance while Ciera Eastin tried to swing the vote to Rachel by suggesting to others that she had an alliance with John.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would use a long pole to maneuver a wooden spool through a metal rod structure. They would then balance the spool on the top of the structure. The structure is mounted on a spring, so the structure would sway if the castaway touches the structure while maneuvering the spool, possibly toppling the spools from the top of the structure. The first two castaways to stack ten spools on top would remain in the game.

At the first Redemption Island Duel, Jeff announced that the first finisher would be able to give a clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to any castaway of their choice. Candice and Rupert were close to finishing the Duel when Rupert's stack toppled over. Candice cruised to finishing first, while Rupert was unable to recover, allowing Marissa to continue on. Candice gave the clue to Hidden Immunity Idol to John. Back at camp, Vytas Baskauskas suggested to his alliance that they vote out Rachel in order to tempt Tyson into taking her place and weakening Galang in the process. John didn't want to vote out Rachel as if Tyson did switch at the Duel, it would mean more competition to Candice.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Three castaways would roll a fourth castaways in a barrel to four platforms to retrieve four bags of balls. Once all of the bags were retrieved, the remaining castaways would roll the balls up a ramp and into six targets. The first tribe to have a ball in all six targets would win immunity and a reward of fishing gear.
The combined Reward/Immunity Challenge was closely fought with Galang edging out Tadhana. The next day, the guys went with Vytas' suggestion and sent Rachel to Redemption Island.
3 "Opening Pandora's Box" Recap 6.3/10[37] 2.7/8[38] October 2, 2013 10.16[38] #21[39]

At Galang, Colton was still upset that the other players were not strategizing with him. When the tribes got to Redemption Island, Tyson saw through Tadhana's idea of weakening Galang by voting out Rachel so he could switch places with her. However, the couple agreed not to switch. Tyson then called out Brad for voting out Rachel, who fired back at the whole Galang tribe and stated that it was hard to vote out their fellow tribe members. But Brad was immediately rebuffed by Marissa, who said that Tadhana had voted out the two strongest women when they had the opportunity to vote out the weaker members of their tribe, making more sense and causing less tension. Brad told her that this was part of the game, but Marissa responded by cursing at him. Suddenly, Colton began to break down crying and told everybody that he wanted to quit. Jeff lambasted Colton for quitting, and even claimed that Colton faked appendicitis during Survivor: One World, making him a second time quitter. Colton denied this and then departed the game.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The three castaways would stack wooden blocks like a line of domino tiles while avoiding bars that would topple the tiles that were already stacked. Once all of the blocks were properly stacked, the castaway would start a chain reaction which would release a ball that would smash a plate. The first two castaways to break their plates would remain in the game.

Candice took first place for the second time, while Marissa barely edged out Rachel after over 45 minutes of work. Candice gave John the second clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Facing off one-on-one, the castaways would battle sumo style using padded bags to try to knock their opponent off a platform and into the ocean to score a point for their tribe. The first tribe to five points would win immunity and a reward of a Tarp, pillows, blankets, mosquito net, rope, and a hammock. Tribe could also opt to win fishing gear instead.
At the challenge, during his match-up with Hayden, Tyson popped his right shoulder out. The Survivor Medical Team cleared him to remain in the game but advised he sit out the remainder of the challenge. Laura M. defeated Ciera in the final round to give Galang their third straight win. Back at camp, John lobbied to vote out Ciera as she didn't do as much work around camp as Katie. After John walked away, Brad proposed that they vote out John as Brad was worried that if Candice continued to win at Redemption Island, Brad would lose his control over John when Candice returned to the game. Brad organized the others to vote for John, but said that he didn't want to vote for John himself. Vytas and Hayden saw through Brad trying to get the tribe to do his dirty work and considered blindsiding Brad instead. However, at Tribal Council, they stuck to voting for John and he was voted out.
4 "One Armed Dude and Three Moms" Recap 5.9/10[40] 2.5/7[41] October 9, 2013 9.60[41] #19[42]

When the castaways arrived at the Redemption Island Duel, there was still a lot of anger towards Brad with Candice flipping the bird at him. Candice, John, Brad, and Monica argued about who was responsible for the castaways being sent to Redemption Island.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would maneuver a buoy along a rope twisted around a horizontal ladder. At the end of the rope, the castaway would untie a key from the buoy and use the key to unlock a bag of puzzle pieces. The first two castaways to solve their puzzle would remain in the game.

At the Duel, John came in first followed by Candice after Marissa faltered at the puzzle. At Candice's suggestion, John gave Monica the clue to the location of the Hidden Immunity Idol. However, at Brad's urging, Monica burned the clue in the ceremonial buff burning urn without looking at it. Back at the Tadhana camp, Brad started to feel the heat from his tribe members about continually voting out their loved ones, so he decided that Caleb Bankston should be the next to go since Colton had already quit the game. Caleb, Hayden Moss, and Vytas agreed to vote off one of the girls, but were weary of being "Johnned" by Brad. They wanted to keep Brad into the merge as that would take the heat off them. Over at Galang, Gervase and Tyson formed an alliance since their loved ones were now out of the game.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The castaways would paddle out into the ocean to retrieve five crates tied to the bottom of the ocean. Once all five crates were returned to the beach, the castaways would use the crates to build a staircase. Two castaways would then solve a puzzle revealing the combination on a wheel that would lead them to a key. The key would unlock a handle to raise a flag. The first tribe to raise their flag would win immunity and a reward of tea, coffee, croissants, and biscotti. Tribe could also opt to win fishing gear.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Tadhana again got off to an early lead, but lost when Laura M. again beat out her daughter Ciera during the puzzle stage. When Tadhana returned to camp, the men went off to strategize over whom to vote out. However, Brad lingered around camp and told the girls that he was going to vote for Caleb. Brad then joined the rest of the guys, but his slowness in joining them made the men suspicious of a plot by Brad. After some discussion, Brad agreed to vote for Ciera. At Tribal Council, after Brad admitted that it would be easy to vote out somebody without a loved one on the other tribe, Caleb announced that he would be voting for Brad and that other men on his tribe could vote for whomever they wanted. Brad said that he would not vote for Caleb. After all votes were read, Brad and Ciera had each received 3 votes. On the revote, in which Brad and Ciera were ineligible to participate, Vytas changed his vote to Brad, sending him to Redemption Island.
5 "The Dead Can Still Talk" Recap 6.0/10[43] 2.6/8[44] October 16, 2013 10.11[44] #18[45]

Over at Tadhana, everybody in the tribe tried to figure out where Caleb stood after the surprise shift in power from the last Tribal Council. When the tribes got to Redemption Island, Monica asked Brad to let her take his place, but he refused.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would disassemble a crate and use the pieces to build a bridge. Once the bridge was complete, they would disassemble the bridge and use some of the pieces to solve a puzzle. The first two castaways to solve their puzzle would remain in the game.

At the Duel, John took first place and Brad edged out Candice. John gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Monica, but she again burned it in the ceremonial buff burning urn.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The castaways would face off one against one and slide down a water slide to retrieve a ring. They would then toss the ring onto a post to score a point for their tribe. The first tribe to score five points would win immunity and a reward of steaks, vegetables, spices, and a wok. Tribe could also opt to win fishing gear.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Tadhana got their first win. Back at camp, the alliance of Aras, Gervase, Monica, Tina, and Tyson were set to vote out Laura B. until Aras suggested that they pass on the easy vote and instead vote for Laura M. Aras thought that by voting out Laura M., she could defeat Brad at the Redemption Island duels and secure Monica's future loyalty in the game. At Tribal Council, the alliance went with Aras' plan and Laura M. was voted out.
6 "One-Man Wrecking Ball" Recap 5.8/9[46] 2.4/7[47] October 23, 2013 9.52[47] #22[48]

At Galang, Tyson and Gervase discussed how long they would wait until they took out Aras as they were concerned that Aras and Vytas would dominate the game after a tribal merger.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would race along a balance beam to collect four bags containing 100 numbered puzzle pieces. After a bag was collected, they would lay out the pieces in numerical order and then retrieve the next bag. The first two castaways to have all 100 pieces correctly placed would remain in the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Laura M. cruised to first place while second place was narrowly taken by John over Brad. Laura M. gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Vytas, but he immediately burned the clue. After Laura M. and John left the Redemption Island Arena, Jeff announced that there would be a tribal switch and that they would draw buffs for new tribes. The new Galang became Kat Edorrson, Katie, Laura B., Monica, Tina, and Vytas while the new Tadhana became Aras, Caleb, Ciera, Gervase, Hayden, and Tyson.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Working two at a time, the tribe would race out to a cage on the bottom of the ocean, untie knots to release a gate, and retrieve a fish trap. Once three traps were retrieved, two castaways would use puzzle pieces contained in the traps to assemble a puzzle. The first tribe to assemble their puzzle would win immunity and a reward of fixings for a picnic: bread, ham, roast beef, cheese, condiments, and brownies.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Laura. B and Tina nearly threw away the challenge when they failed to remember to bring back the first fish trap. Tina nearly redeemed herself when she and Monica made up a lot of ground during the puzzle stage, going so far as thinking they had completed the puzzle twice, but Tadhana persevered and took the win. Back at camp, the women agreed to vote out Vytas, but Kat became irritated at Monica talking strategy too much and approached Tina about voting out Monica instead. Tina became concerned about Kat's loyalty and told Monica and Vytas about Kat's suggestion. Monica confronted Kat about it, but Kat denied everything. At Tribal Council, Kat pleaded for the tribe to keep her in the game and continued to deny that she suggested Monica be voted out. Vytas took the opportunity to deflect the vote away from him by pointing out that he was open and honest with the tribe while Kat was not. When the vote came, the women decided to eliminate Kat and she was sent to Redemption Island.
7 "Swoop In For The Kill" Recap 5.6/9[49] 2.3/7[50] October 30, 2013 9.00[50] #25[51]

At the Redemption Island Duel, Kat broke down after she entered the arena. Hayden said that his relationship with Kat was more important than the game. Jeff told him to prove it by putting him on the spot to switch with Kat. After Kat told Hayden that he had a better chance of winning the game, they did not switch.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would untie a series of knots to release a machete. They would then use the machete to cut a rope which would release a bag of puzzle pieces. The pieces would then have to be assembled into a puzzle the shape of a flame. The first two castaways to solve their puzzle would remain in the game.

John cruised to victory in the duel, while Laura M. beat out Kat to take second place. John gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Monica who continued the practice of burning it. At the Tadhana camp while Aras was away, Tyson organized the ouster of Aras and the group of Caleb, Ciera, Gervase, Hayden, and Tyson agreed to go to the final five together.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Four castaways would be chained together by their ankles and have to navigate through an obstacle course to collect bags of balls and chains. Once all the bags were collected, one castaway would assemble the balls and chains into bolas to be used in a game of ladder toss. The first castaway to get three of their bolas onto the ladder would win immunity and a reward of fried chicken, biscuits, corn on the cob, macaroni and cheese, iced tea, and lemonade.
The combined Reward/Immunity Challenge was a close competition with the tribes tied throughout the challenge until Tyson edged out Tina during the ladder toss stage to give Tadhana their third straight victory. Back at the Galang camp, Laura B. took it upon herself to tell Vytas that he was going to be voted out next as she thought it would be the honorable thing to do. However, the other women did not look kindly upon Laura B. speaking for the girls alliance without consulting them first. Monica felt that she couldn't trust Laura B. while Tina was concerned about Laura B.'s unpredictability. At Tribal Council, the tribe debated voting out Vytas or Laura B. When the vote came, the women turned against Laura B. and she was voted out.
8 "Skin of My Teeth" Recap 5.5/9[52] 2.5/7[53] November 6, 2013 9.29[53] #21[54]

After returning to camp from Tribal Council, Monica was not happy about being told by Tina that she was fifth in line among an alliance of Tina, Katie, Aras, Vytas, and Gervase.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would hang onto a pole as long as they can. The last castaway left hanging without touching the ground would return to the game.

At the Duel, John slid off the pole first followed by Laura B. With the win, Laura M. returned to the game and Jeff announced the tribal merger. Jeff gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Laura M. and she promptly burned it. Back at camp, Ciera told her mother about the individuals alliance she struck with the castaways who had their loved ones leave the game. Tyson found the Hidden Immunity Idol using the clues that Hayden told him when the tribes switched. Aras and Vytas talked and thought their alliance with Tina, Katie, Monica, Gervase, and Tyson was strong and that they should vote out Laura M. or Ciera next. Meanwhile, Monica talked to Tyson and he told her about the individuals alliance's plan to take out Aras.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would test their memory by having to memorize a series of symbols shown by Jeff. The castaways would have to show back the symbols in order. If they showed the wrong symbol, they would be out of the challenge. The last castaway to show all of the correct symbols would win immunity.
At the Immunity Challenge, Vytas beat his brother to take the first Individual Immunity. Aras got his alliance to agree to split the vote between Laura M. and Ciera in case there was a Hidden Immunity Idol in play. At Tribal Council, the castaways discussed shifting alliances among the individuals and the blood pairs. When the vote came, the individuals alliance revealed itself; joined by Laura M. and Ciera, they voted Aras out.
9 "My Brother's Keeper" Recap 6.0/9[55] 2.5/7[56] November 13, 2013 9.87[56] #20[57]

When the castaways returned from Tribal Council, Tina called out Monica and Tyson for the blindside against her alliance with Aras, but several of the tribe members defended themselves by telling Tina that Aras had several alliances.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would participate in the classic Survivor food eating challenge. In the first round, six castaways would move on after eating 40 mealworms. In the second round, two castaways would move on after eating 3 ounces (85 g) of pig intestines. In the last round, the two castaways would eat two grubs. The first castaway to finish their grubs would win immunity.

In the final round of the Immunity Challenge, Monica and Gervase downed pig intestines where Gervase faced the same food he was unable to eat in Survivor: Borneo. While he tried to finish the challenge this time, he could not and Monica was victorious. The alliance of seven decided to split the vote 4–3, with the four men voting for Vytas and the three women voting for Katie, to guard against the Hidden Immunity Idol. Tyson, who had the Hidden Immunity Idol, did not tell his alliance that the split was unnecessary as he did not want to put a target on himself. Vytas tried to scramble and get the vote to be 4–3 between Katie and himself. At Tribal Council, Vytas and Monica argued about Monica's status in the game. This upset Monica and she changed her vote to Vytas, but he already had the majority of votes and was sent to Redemption Island by a vote of 8–1–1. Monica's anger-fuelled vote against Vytas did not go over well with Gervase and he thought she should stick to the agreed upon plan.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would balance the tip of a sword on a shield. Then would then stack coins on top of the sword's handle. The last castaway to keep their stack of coins balanced would win immunity.
Katie won the Immunity Challenge, so Tina ran off trying to find the hidden immunity idol, knowing that she was sure to be voted out, but not knowing that Tyson already had it. With Tyson still keeping his Idol discovery a secret, the alliance of seven had to trail Tina to make sure she didn't find the Idol. Gervase and Tyson became concerned that Monica was being too paranoid about being voted out and was a loose cannon. At Tribal Council, Tina pointed out to Monica that she was on the bottom of the alliance hoping that the alliance of seven would blindside Monica. Tina also tried to bluff that she had the Hidden Immunity Idol. When the votes were counted, the alliance of seven sent Tina to Redemption Island.
10 "Big Bad Wolf" Recap 5.9/9[58] 2.5/7[59] November 20, 2013 10.18[59] #20[60]

When the tribe returned to camp after Tribal Council, Ciera told her mom, Laura M., that Katie or Monica had to go next, but Ciera was also willing to vote out her mother if it furthered her own chances in the game.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would use a grappling hook to retrieve three bags with a ball inside. They would then use one of the balls to complete a labyrinth maze. The first two castaways to complete the labyrinth would remain in the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Tina had a huge lead after collecting all three bags in four throws of the grappling hook, but her ball fell into a hole near the end of the labyrinth maze, allowing Vytas to take the win. Tina recovered from the delay to take second place over Aras, who became the first member of the jury. Vytas gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Katie, who did not burn it like past recipients. The clue lead Katie to the spot of the Idol, but she did not know that Tyson already had it. Tyson told Caleb and Hayden that the guys should vote for Laura M. without telling Ciera so that Ciera would be spared from voting for her mom. Ciera told her mom that she had a better chance at winning the game and it may be necessary to vote her own mom out if the number of castaways got down to six. Laura M. was not happy about the idea of being voted out from an individual player's point of view, but she was proud that Ciera was growing and showing her strength of character.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: The castaways would stand on small platforms and hang on to a rope while leaning backwards over the ocean. The rope would have knots tied along its length. After a while, the castaways would have to move further down the rope to the next knot, increasing the angle at which they were hanging over the water. The last castaway to hang on to the rope would win immunity and a reward of hamburgers, cheeseburgers, hot dogs, french fries, and soda.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Monica defeated Tyson to take her second Individual Immunity. When Jeff told her that she could invite one person to share the reward, Monica instead told Jeff that the Individual Immunity was more important to her than the reward and that she would like to give the reward to the rest of the tribe and forego her share. Jeff agreed to the deal. After Tyson told Ciera that the guys were voting for Laura M. and she agreed that she could vote for her mom, Ciera started to make moves to keep her mom in the game. She figured out from Katie that she did not have the Hidden Immunity Idol and tried to persuade her alliance to vote out Katie. This caused Tyson to be concerned that Ciera was becoming a stronger player and that the alliance had to stick with the plan to vote out Laura M. At Tribal Council, the alliance (including Ciera) did stick with the original plan and Laura M. was sent to Redemption Island for a second time.
11 "Gloves Come Off" Recap 5.1/9[61] 2.2/7[62] November 27, 2013 8.81[62] #22[63]
  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would bounce four blocks along a rope tunnel to retrieve them. The blocks would then need to be stacked so that one color didn't show more than once on each column. The first two castaways to solve their puzzle would remain in the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Laura M. and Vytas got out to a big lead over Tina during the block retrieval stage. Laura M. finished her puzzle first and then proceeded to help Tina finish her puzzle while trying to prevent Vytas from finishing his. With Laura M.'s prompting, Tina finished just seconds ahead of Vytas and he went to join his brother on the jury. Laura M. gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Ciera and she resumed the practice of burning the clue. Tyson began rounding up votes against Katie, but Hayden and Caleb had a different idea and wanted to blindside Tyson. Hayden and Caleb told Katie about their plan and she agreed as it would keep her in the game. When Hayden and Caleb told Ciera about their plan, she agreed to vote with them. However, she didn't trust them and immediately told Tyson about their plans. She told Tyson that all of her remaining votes would be for whomever Tyson told her to vote for. Tyson told her that they would vote for Caleb and filled Gervase in on the plan.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would hold on to a metal rod to which one end of a rope is spooled around. The other end of the rope is attached to a bucket overhead, weighted down with 25% of the castaway's body weight. The castaways would try to hold on to the rod and stop it from spinning, which would unspool the rope. The last castaway to prevent the rope from unspooling and letting the bucket hit the ground would win immunity.
At the Immunity Challenge, Jeff gave the castaways the option of sitting out the challenge and eating a feast of steak, chicken, sausage, bread and drinks. Ciera, Gervase, and Tyson chose to eat. Monica defeated Hayden for her third Individual Immunity. Concerned that Ciera had flipped on them, Hayden and Caleb approached Tyson to ask him if he was going to blindside them. Hayden and Caleb said that Ciera was playing both sides and trying to get the four men against each other. They told Tyson that they should vote for Ciera. Tyson thought their story was believable, but wasn't sure he could trust them. Tyson told Gervase about Hayden and Caleb's story and he was not sure whom to trust either. At Tribal Council, Tyson played his Hidden Immunity Idol, but no votes were cast against him. When the votes were read, Tyson and Gervase decided to trust Ciera, and Caleb was sent to Redemption Island.
12 "Rustle Feathers" Recap 6.2/10[64] 2.6/8[65] December 4, 2013 10.63[65] #12[66]

Upon returning to camp after Tribal Council, Hayden told the tribe that everybody would come in second behind Tyson at the end of the game. The alliance of Ciera, Gervase, Monica, and Tyson agreed to vote out Hayden next.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would use 150 wooden tiles to construct a house of cards. The first two castaways to either construct a tower 8 feet (2.4 m) tall or have the tallest tower after 30 minutes would remain in the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Laura M. completed her house of cards first. Caleb was leading Tina as time was expiring, but with seconds left to go, his tower collapsed and Tina, who was struggling, stopped and ran down the clock to ensure that her stack does not fall from a winning position. As a result, Caleb became the third member of the jury. Laura M. gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Ciera, who shared it with her alliance. Everybody went looking for the Idol, but Tyson found it and kept the discovery to himself again. Hayden talked to Gervase about blindsiding Tyson. Gervase told Hayden that he would only go along with it if Ciera agreed to vote Tyson.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: While balancing a ball on top of a pole, the castaways would run an three stage obstacle course. At the end of the first and second stages, the castaways would attach a segment to the pole making the pole longer and more difficult to balance. At end of the obstacle course, the castaways would release a key to a box of sandbags. They would then use the sandbags to knock over nine bamboo targets. The first castaway to knock over all their targets would win immunity and a reward of ice cream and root beer.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Gervase edged out Monica in a close competition. Jeff told Gervase to pick one castaway to join him in the reward and he picked Monica to return the favour as Monica previously gave up her reward to the whole tribe. Jeff told him to pick another, and after some indecision, selected Tyson. Seeing the snubbing of Ciera as a possible opening, Hayden talked to her about blindsiding Tyson, but she refused to break from her alliance. At Tribal Council, Hayden used Monica's and Gervase's slip-up about Ciera being fourth in the alliance to try to convince Ciera to vote for Monica and that if she joined him and Katie, Ciera would be in the final 3. Gervase argued that her alliance had always had her back while Hayden and Katie had both previously voted for her. When the vote came, Ciera decided to break from her alliance, forcing a 3–3 tie between Hayden and Monica. Jeff called for a revote and the vote was tied again. Jeff told Ciera, Gervase, Katie, and Tyson that they must unanimously agree to vote out Hayden or Monica or they would draw rocks. Ciera explained to her alliance that she voted for Monica because she felt she was fourth in the alliance and that she would draw rocks if Tyson and Gervase would join her vote. When nobody budged from their position, Ciera, Katie, and Tyson drew rocks to break the stalemate. Katie drew the white rock and she was sent to Redemption Island.
13 "Out On a Limb" Recap 6.0/10[67] 2.5/8[68] December 11, 2013 9.92[68] #16[69]

Upon returning from Tribal Council, Tyson, tired of Monica over-strategizing, revealed to Monica and Gervase that he again had found the Hidden Immunity Idol and, thus, they did not have to worry about the next vote.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The three Redemption Island inhabitants would use rope to tie together sticks in order to make a pole to retrieve three keys. The first two castaways to retrieve all three keys and unlock three locks would remain in the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Laura M. cruised to victory while a hesitant Tina came in second over Katie. Laura M. gave the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol to Ciera, which she shared with Hayden. The two went looking for it, but when they could not find it, Hayden reasoned that Tyson already had it. Ciera and Hayden agreed that the best plan of action would be to try to break Monica from her alliance with Gervase and Tyson by telling her that the two guys were just leading her on and that Tyson had her on a leash.

  • Reward/Immunity Challenge: Starting from a platform out in the ocean, the castaways would guide a buoy along a rope and around an obstacle. Once on shore, the castaways would untie a bag of puzzle pieces. The first castaway to solve their puzzle would win immunity and a reward of a choice from a menu of steak, lobster, pizza, or a hamburger to be delivered to camp.
At the combined Reward/Immunity Challenge, Ciera came from dead last during the swimming stage to solve the puzzle first, earning her first Individual Immunity. At Tribal Council, Monica was the swing vote and both sides tried to convince her to join them and that the other side was lying. When the vote came, Monica stuck with her original alliance and Hayden was sent to Redemption Island.
14 "It's My Night" Recap 5.8/9[70] 2.6/7[71] December 15, 2013 10.19[71] #14[69]

After the tribe returned from Tribal Council, Tyson tried to secure Monica's allegiance by offering her the Hidden Immunity Idol, but she told him to keep it.

  • Redemption Island Challenge: The castaways would balance one foot on one end of a seesaw while a vase was balanced on the other. The last castaway to keep their vase balanced on the seesaw would return to the game.

At the Redemption Island Duel, Hayden dropped his vase after 15 minutes to become the fifth member of the jury. Tina then outlasted Laura M. to rejoin the game and to send Laura M. to the jury. Tina kept the clue to the Hidden Immunity Idol. She and Ciera went looking for the Idol in vain, so they turned to working on Monica to turn on her alliance.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would pull on a rope attached to an unbalanced table to keep the table level. They would stand a wooden block on end and have to hold on to the rope to keep the block upright. They would then retrieve one of nine wooden blocks from three stations while keeping all the blocks on the table upright. Once the block was retrieved, the castaway would have to stack the block on the table and retrieve the other blocks. Should any of the blocks fall, the castaway would have to return to the table and restack the blocks. The first castaway to have all ten blocks standing for a three count would win immunity.

At the Immunity Challenge, Tyson defeated Gervase and Monica. Back at camp, Tyson wanted Gervase and Monica to decide between themselves to vote out Ciera or Tina. The argument between them became rather heated. At Tribal Council, Ciera and Tina resumed their pitch to Monica to join them. When the vote was about to be read, Tyson gave his Hidden Immunity Idol to Gervase and he played it. The votes against Gervase was negated, but he did not need the added protection of the Idol as Monica had voted for Ciera and she was sent to the jury. Monica was furious that Tyson gave the Hidden Immunity Idol to Gervase without telling her.

  • Immunity Challenge: The castaways would race through an obstacle course and a water slide to retrieve six bags of puzzle pieces, two at a time. They would then use the pieces to solve a puzzle which would give them clues to solve a combination lock. The first castaway to unlock the combination lock and raise their flag would win immunity.

Tyson won Individual Immunity for the second time in a row. Tina told Monica that she should make a big move and vote for Gervase, forcing a fire making tie breaker, but Monica decided to stick to her original alliance and Tina became the last member of the jury.

On day 39, the final three enjoyed the traditional breakfast and then headed off to the final Tribal Council. The three made their opening statements to the jury and then Jeff opened the floor to the jury to make their own statements and ask questions. Vytas told Tyson that he was not going to get his vote, that Gervase playing "old school", as noted in his opening statement, meant that he was not adapting to the game; and that he was unsure of whom he was going to vote for. After Tyson said in his opening statement that he played the game without malice, Katie asked him about the malice in his comment that she was headed to the jury after they drew rocks. Tyson said that that was his one regret in the game and apologized for it. Caleb asked Gervase about his big move in the game and Monica about revealing something about herself. Ciera asked Tyson if he viewed himself as a villain or hero, while she asked Gervase if he ever considered voting out Tyson. Laura M. asked Monica about who she was and about being vulnerable. Tina asked the three to pick one word to describe themselves, with Monica picking "generous", Gervase picking "honorable", and Tyson picking "fun-loving". Hayden asked Tyson if he had the Hidden Immunity Idol when he drew rocks and Monica about what the jury's perception of her was as he felt that nobody really knew her. Finally, Aras asked the final three about whom they felt he should vote for if not themselves; Monica and Gervase picked Tyson, and Tyson picked Monica. The jurors cast their votes, with Monica garnering one vote and Tyson receiving the rest, earning the title of Sole Survivor in a 7–1–0 vote.
15 "Reunion" N/A 4.5/8[72] 1.9/5[71] December 15, 2013 7.46[71] N/A
The castaways discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.

Voting history[edit]

Pre-Merge
Original Tribes Swapped Tribes Switched Tribes
Episode # 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Day # 1 3 6 7 8 10 13 16 18
Eliminated Laura B. Candice Rupert Marissa Rachel Colton John Tie9 Brad Laura M. Kat Laura B.
Votes 5–2–1–16 5–3–17 None1 8–1 5–2–1 None8 6–1 3–3 3–1 7–1 5–1 4–1
Voter Vote
Tyson Laura M. Laura M.
Monica Candice Laura M. Kat Laura B.
Gervase 7 Laura M.
Tina Candice Laura M. Kat Laura B.
Ciera Laura B. Marissa John John Brad None10
Hayden Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera Ciera
Katie Marissa Marissa John John Brad Brad Kat Laura B.
Caleb Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Brad Brad
Vytas Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera Brad Kat Laura B.
Aras Gervase Laura M.
Laura B. Marissa Laura M. Kat Vytas
Kat Candice Laura M. Vytas
Laura M. Candice Laura B.
Brad Laura B. Marissa Rachel John Ciera None10
John 6 Marissa Rachel Ciera
Colton Candice
Rachel Katie[73] Marissa Ciera
Marissa Brad Katie
Rupert Laura M.
Candice Laura M.
Post-Merge

^6 John's vote was not revealed as Laura B. had already received a majority of the votes.
^7 Gervase's vote was not revealed as Candice had already received a majority of the votes.
^8 No vote; Colton voluntarily exited the game.
^9 The first Tribal Council Vote resulted in a tie. Per the rules, a second vote was held where the castaways involved in the tie would not vote and the remaining castaways could only vote for those who tied.
^10 Brad and Ciera were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council Vote.
^11 Tyson played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, therefore two votes against him were not counted.
^12 Hayden and Monica were not eligible to vote in the second Tribal Council Vote.
^13 After two rounds of voting, Tribal Council remained tied. Per the rules, the non-tied and non-immune castaways must come to a unanimous decision as to who to eliminate between the tied castaways, or else one of the deliberating castaways would be eliminated by random draw.

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