Top 5 moments of ‘Survivor 45’ episode 5: Awkward return to camp, health scares and rejected alliances …

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The fifth episode of “Survivor 45” aired on Wednesday night, concluding with host Jeff Probst snuffing out the torch of Brandon “Brando” Meyer. The 23-year old from Seattle, Washington was sent home after being voted out by the Belo tribe. Did they make the right decision? And what were the dumbest, most shocking and most exciting moments of this episode?

Below, read our “Survivor 45” Episode 5 Top 6 moments. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite castaways on CBS’s reality TV show, who bothers you the most and who you think will ultimately join the “Survivor” winners list and take home the $1 million grand prize.

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Top 5 Moments of Episode 5:

1. Awkward Return to Camp: Nicholas “Sifu” Alsup was none too pleased to see his name written down at the previous tribal council. Dianelys “Dee” Valladares was especially annoyed as the grenade that Sean Edwards threw on the table had the desired effect (Sean’s parting words to Sifu were that he didn’t vote for him). That left the Reba tribe filled with paranoia and the women wondering if Sifu could play a hidden idol if they return to tribal. Over at Belo the lack of food was front and center.  Kendra McQuarrie was so hungry she considered eating a worm, but ultimately gagged and spit it out. At Lulu, Jake O’Kane continued to have health scares, briefly passing out. Can someone bring out a medic for this guy?

2. Big Moves Get Made: At Lulu, Katurah Topps searched for an immunity idol and was immediately caught by every member of the tribe. Now she’s a liability in this game. Kaleb Gebrewold used this as a chance to continue building a relationship, telling Kellie Nalbandian that the idol had already been flushed out. Meanwhile, “Sifu” and his fake idol that he crafted was just hilarious to me as he was trying to be Sherlock Holmes in order to find out who voted for him. Unbeknownst to him, his tribe universally wants him out. Last but certainly not least, Drew Basile shot down the opportunity for a nerd alliance. Brandon “Brando” Meyer viewed this as an insult and then saw him as an enemy going forward.

3. A New Reba Target: Janani “J. Maya” Krishnan-Jha was singled out as a potential option to vote out if the tribe were to be attending the next tribal council. Suddenly Reba became very interesting. On one hand, there is the target they all dislike but one the other, there’s is a floater they could blindside.

4. Another Journey: This journey was interesting, as the individuals there all essentially lost precious time to strategize and everyone seems to be super paranoid when people come back to camp. Austin and Kellie definitely seem like a duo that could work well together down the road if both make it to the merge. The trio had to choose between food or a potential advantage. Austin was leaning sandwich, which surprised me, but he had solid reasoning. In the end, the trio decided to go for the advantage and work together later in the game.

5. Tribal Council: Belo opted for organized chaos (in a respectful way) as everyone but Austin made a game plan. Drew and Brando were names discussed as Brando tried to play Drew. Honestly, more power to him and I gained respect for him despite his inability successfully sell his lie. Drew was downright angry. Worth noting, Austin lied about receiving an advantage. At tribal, Emily was right at home and Austin thrived as he is gifted at giving answers that do not reveal much. Drew gave his best Nostradamus impression foreseeing tribes in a bloody war. Austin used his advantages and in the end, “Brando” was voted out but did not seem mad in the slightest.

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