Survivor: Blood vs. Water
|Survivor: Blood vs. Water|
|Presented by||Jeff Probst|
|No. of days||39.5|
|No. of castaways||20|
|Location||Palaui Island, Philippines|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||14|
|Original release||September 18 –|
December 15, 2013
|Filming dates||May 19, 2013– June 27, 2013|
Survivor: Blood vs. Water is the 27th 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. It was the third consecutive season, and the ninth season overall, to feature returning contestants. As with the previous two seasons, the season was filmed in the Philippines and this was the third season filmed in the country, but this time at Palaui Island, Cagayan. 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.
Redemption Island, a twist formerly seen in Survivor: Redemption Island and Survivor: South Pacific, was utilized after a three-season hiatus. In conjunction with the "Blood vs. Water" twist, 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. Due to this twist, this season is one of three to last longer than 39 days, after Survivor: The Australian Outback which lasted 42 days, and being followed by Survivor: San Juan del Sur, the second "Blood vs. Water" season, which also began with Day Zero. This season also marks the second occurrence of the rock-picking tiebreaker, 23 seasons after it was first used in Survivor: Marquesas in 2002. 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.
Many former Survivor castaways were in contact to return for this season. Amber Brkich 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 because they felt like their Survivor experience was complete. Other castaways who declined include Denise Stapley, winner of Philippines, Parvati Shallow from Cook Islands, Micronesia and Heroes vs. Villains, Tom Westman from Palau and Heroes vs. Villains, Yau-Man Chan from Fiji and Micronesia, and Malcolm Freberg from Philippines and Caramoan. Freberg would eventually return for Game Changers. 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.
Ashley Underwood from Redemption Island, Cirie Fields from Panama, Micronesia and Heroes vs. Villains, and Jerri Manthey from The Australian Outback, All-Stars and Heroes vs. Villains were cut when their partners and backups couldn't compete. Fields would eventually return for Game Changers. Kelly Goldsmith from Africa was cut after she was unable to find a partner with whom to compete. 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. Shane Powers from Panama has stated that production offered him and his son spots on the show, but they did not fill out the paperwork in time. Jim Rice from South Pacific was asked to compete with his wife, but they were unable to. Troyzan Robertson from One World was initially cast with his brother, but they were ultimately cut. Deitz, Powers, Rice, and Robertson were all later included in the poll to return for Cambodia, however, only Deitz was chosen. Robertson would eventually return for Game Changers.
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, Cindy Hall from Guatemala and her twin sister (and Rock Of Love and I Love Money contestant) Mindy Hall, Edna Ma from South Pacific and her sister, Gretchen Cordy from Borneo and her daughter, Eliza Orlins from Vanuatu and Micronesia and her mother, Holly Hoffman from Nicaragua and her daughter, Jane Bright from Nicaragua and her daughter, Marty Piombo from Nicaragua and either his son or wife, and Ken Hoang from Gabon. Diaz-Twine would eventually return for Game Changers.
Roberta "R.C." Saint-Amour from Philippines and her father, Craig, were originally cast and traveled to Palaui Island 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 Woodcock Cody from Cook Islands and Heroes vs. Villains and her husband, John.
The cast consists of 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. The cast includes former NFL player Brad Culpepper, competing alongside his wife, Survivor: One World castaway Monica, and Big Brother 12 winner Hayden Moss, playing alongside his girlfriend Kat Edorsson, also from One World. Moss is the first former Big Brother contestant to appear on Survivor.
|Switched tribe||Merged tribe||Voted out||Redemption Island||Finish|
Returned to game
49, Indianapolis, Indiana
Pearl Islands, All-Stars & Heroes vs. Villains
|Lost duel 1
22, Collinsville, Alabama
33, Provo, Utah
|Lost duel 2
21, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
|Lost duel 3
30, Washington, D.C.
Cook Islands & Heroes vs. Villains
|Lost duel 4
44, Tampa, Florida
|Lost duel 5
23, Orlando, Florida
|Lost duel 6
30, Washington, D.C.
|Lost duel 7
44, Indianapolis, Indiana
|Lost duel 7
Returned to game
31, Santa Monica, California
|Lost duel 8
1st jury member
33, Santa Monica, California
|Lost duel 9
2nd jury member
26, Collinsville, Alabama
|Lost duel 10
3rd jury member
25, New York City, New York
|Lost duel 11
4th jury member
27, Springtown, Texas
|Lost duel 12
5th jury member
43, Salem, Oregon
|Lost duel 12
6th jury member
Returned to game
24, Salem, Oregon
Laura M.'s daughter
7th jury member
52, Robbinsville, North Carolina
The Australian Outback & All-Stars
8th jury member
43, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
42, Tampa, Florida
34, Provo, Utah
Tocantins & Heroes vs. Villains
- After Laura B. and Candice were voted onto Redemption Island, Rupert elected to take Laura B.'s place. As a result, Laura B. remained in the game, taking Rupert's place on the Galang tribe.
- Rupert and Candice were on Redemption Island when Laura B. switched tribes.
- John and Laura M. were not assigned tribes during the tribe switch due to being on Redemption Island.
- 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.
Tyson Apostol and Rachel Foulger appeared on the fourth season of Marriage Boot Camp; Apostol proposed to Foulger on the season finale, and she accepted. Ciera Eastin, Vytas Baskauskas, and Brad Culpepper were included on the public poll to choose the cast of Survivor: Cambodia. Eastin and Baskauskas were chosen to compete; while Culpepper was not. Culpepper eventually returned, along with Eastin, for Survivor: Game Changers.
The players were divided into two tribes of ten: Galang, composed of returning players, and Tadhana, the returning players’ loved ones. 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 changed allegiances, 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.
|Episode title||Original air date||Redemption Island challenge||Immunity
|"Blood Is Thicker Than Anything"||September 18, 2013||None[a]||None||Laura B.||1st voted out|
|Candice||2nd voted out|
|Galang[c]||Marissa||3rd voted out|
|"Rule In Chaos"||September 25, 2013||Candice||Rupert||Galang[c]||Rachel||4th voted out|
|"Opening Pandora's Box"||October 2, 2013||Candice||Rachel||None[d]||Colton||Quit|
|Marissa||Galang[c]||John||5th voted out|
|"One Armed Dude and Three Moms"||October 9, 2013||John||Marissa||Galang[c]||Brad||6th voted out|
|"The Dead Can Still Talk"||October 16, 2013||John||Candice||Tadhana[c]||Laura M.||7th voted out|
|"One-Man Wrecking Ball"||October 23, 2013||Laura M.||Brad||Tadhana[c]||Kat||8th voted out|
|"Swoop In For The Kill"||October 30, 2013||John||Kat||Tadhana[c]||Laura B.||9th voted out|
|"Skin of My Teeth"||November 6, 2013||Laura M.[e]||John||None||Vytas||Aras||10th voted out|
|"My Brother's Keeper"||November 13, 2013||None[a]||None||Monica||Vytas||11th voted out|
|None||Katie||Tina||12th voted out|
|"Big Bad Wolf"||November 20, 2013||Vytas||Aras
1st jury member
|Monica[c]||Laura M.||13th voted out|
|"Gloves Come Off"||November 27, 2013||Laura M.||Vytas
2nd jury member
|None||Monica||Caleb||14th voted out|
|"Rustle Feathers"||December 4, 2013||Laura M.||Caleb
3rd jury member
|"Out On a Limb"||December 11, 2013||Laura M.||Katie
4th jury member
|Hayden||15th voted out|
|"It's My Night"||December 15, 2013||Tina[e]||Hayden
5th jury member
|None||Tyson||Ciera||16th voted out|
7th jury member
6th jury member
|None||Tyson||Tina||17th voted out|
8th jury member
|"Reunion"||December 15, 2013||Jury vote|
In the case of the immunity and reward winner being able to share their reward with others, the invitees are in brackets.
- There was no Redemption Island challenge as there were fewer than three inhabitants.
- After Laura B. and Candice were voted onto Redemption Island, Rupert elected to take the place of Laura B, his loved one. As a result, Laura B. remained in the game, taking Rupert's place on the Galang tribe.
- The winner of the challenge also received reward.
- Colton quit the game before any challenges were conducted.
- Returned to game upon winning Redemption Duel.
- Monica chose to give her reward to the rest of the tribe, while keeping immunity.
- 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, the remaining non-immune castaways, Ciera, Katie, and Tyson, drew rocks to resolve the vote. Katie picked the white rock and was therefore sent to Redemption Island.
|Rating/share (18-49)||Original air date||US viewers|
|397||1||"Blood Is Thicker Than Anything"||Recap||5.9/10||2.6/8||September 18, 2013||9.73||#12|
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 20 castaways to the game and announced that they would not be playing the game with their loved ones, but against them. 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 B., while Galang voted out Candice. 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 immediately stepped forward to take his wife Laura's place and she joined his tribe, Galang. After discussing it between themselves, John did not switch with his wife, Candice. At their new campsite, Brad arranged an all-male alliance at Tadhana.
At the Immunity Challenge, Gervase 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 M., Monica, and Tina 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, 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, 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 in a unanimous vote.
|398||2||"Rule In Chaos"||Recap||5.8/10||2.4/7||September 25, 2013||9.54||#24|
At Galang, Colton 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, Gervase, Monica, Tina, and Tyson formed an alliance. Over at Tadhana, Rachel tried to secure her position among the men's alliance while Ciera tried to swing the vote to Rachel by suggesting to others that she had an alliance with John.
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 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.
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.
|399||3||"Opening Pandora's Box"||Recap||6.3/10||2.7/8||October 2, 2013||10.16||#21|
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 two-time quitter. Colton denied this and then departed the game, taking his buff with him.
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.
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.
|400||4||"One Armed Dude and Three Moms"||Recap||5.9/10||2.5/7||October 9, 2013||9.60||#19|
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.
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 should be the next to go since Colton had already quit the game. Caleb, Hayden, and Vytas agreed to vote off one of the girls, but were wary 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.
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.
|401||5||"The Dead Can Still Talk"||Recap||6.0/10||2.6/8||October 16, 2013||10.11||#18|
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.
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.
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.
|402||6||"One-Man Wrecking Ball"||Recap||5.8/9||2.4/7||October 23, 2013||9.52||#22|
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.
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, Katie, Laura B., Monica, Tina, and Vytas while the new Tadhana became Aras, Caleb, Ciera, Gervase, Hayden, and Tyson.
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.
|403||7||"Swoop In For The Kill"||Recap||5.6/9||2.3/7||October 30, 2013||9.00||#25|
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.
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.
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.
|404||8||"Skin of My Teeth"||Recap||5.5/9||2.5/7||November 6, 2013||9.29||#21|
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.
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.
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.
|405||9||"My Brother's Keeper"||Recap||6.0/9||2.5/7||November 13, 2013||9.87||#20|
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.
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.
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.
|406||10||"Big Bad Wolf"||Recap||5.9/9||2.5/7||November 20, 2013||10.18||#20|
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.
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.
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 forgo 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.
|407||11||"Gloves Come Off"||Recap||5.1/9||2.2/7||November 27, 2013||8.81||#22|
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.
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.
|408||12||"Rustle Feathers"||Recap||6.2/10||2.6/8||December 4, 2013||10.63||#12|
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.
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 had been struggling, took a knee to ensure that her stack would 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.
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, unless Tyson and Gervase would join her vote, she would draw rocks. 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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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, which was from Vytas, and Tyson receiving the rest, earning the title of Sole Survivor in a 7–1–0 vote.
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|The castaways discuss the season with host, Jeff Probst.|
- 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.
- After two rounds of voting, Tribal Council remained tied. Per the rules, the non-tied castaways must come to a unanimous decision as to who to eliminate between the tied castaways, or else one of the non-immune, deliberating castaways would be eliminated by random draw.
- No vote; Rupert elected to take Laura B.'s place on Redemption Island. As a result, Laura B. returned to the game, taking Rupert's place on the Galang tribe.
- No vote; Colton voluntarily exited the game.
- Due to a deadlocked tie after two rounds of voting and the non-tied contestants being unable to come up with a consensus 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.
- Tyson played a Hidden Immunity Idol on Gervase, therefore two votes against him were not counted.
- Hayden and Monica were not eligible to vote in the second round of voting.
- Brad and Ciera were not eligible to vote in the second round of voting.
The season received critical acclaim, primarily for the theme of returning players competing against their loved ones (which allowed for some less memorable returning players to introduce more memorable loved ones to the game), the gameplay of winner Tyson Apostol, and the alterations to the Redemption Island twist that made it somewhat more enjoyable than in previous seasons. Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly ranked it #10, saying that “the returning contestants playing with/against their loved ones twist added new dimensions and forced players – and us – to think about the strategic elements of the game in an entirely new way.” Despite him not being a fan of Redemption Island, he added that “it is undeniable that the RI element is what led to many of the intriguing strategic decisions of whom to vote out and why,” and concluded that the season was “a super solid season from top to bottom and a nice change of pace.” Tom Santilli of Examiner.com, ranking it as the 9th-greatest season, particularly praised the “fine cast of 10 returning players,” some of the new players whom he felt were “potential future all-stars” (including Brad Culpepper, Eastin, and Moss), and “the dominance of winner Tyson that made the season end on a strong note,” while also claiming that “the Tribal Councils throughout the season were arguably the show’s strongest ever, and featured an unpredictability we hadn’t experienced since earlier seasons.” In 2015, former Survivor contestant and reality TV podcaster Rob Cesternino ranked the season #10 out of the first 30 seasons, while a poll on his website saw it rank #9. In 2014, the annual poll of fansite “Survivor Oz” saw Blood vs. Water rank as the 3rd-greatest season of the series out of the first 28, only behind Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains, and Blood vs. Water’s successor, Survivor: Cagayan.
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