Top 5 moments of ‘Survivor 45’ episode 11: A journey, a barbecue and a blindside lead to shocked Juror #5

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The 11th episode of “Survivor 45” aired on Wednesday night, concluding with host Jeff Probst snuffing out the torch of Emily Flippen. The 28-year old from Maryland became the fifth member of the jury. But did the tribe make the right decision? And what were the dumbest, most shocking and most exciting moments of this episode?

Below, read our “Survivor 45” Episode 11 Top 5 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 11:

1. Camp Life: A divided tribe returned to camp after voting out Bruce Perreault. There were two warring factions last week as one (Austin Li Coon, Dee Valladares, and Drew Basile) voted for Jake as the opposition (Jake O’Kane, Katurah Topps, Emily Flippen, and Julie Alley) voted for Bruce. Nobody was more excited to see Bruce gone than Katurah, who relished the idea of not being lectured for the remainder of her game. More importantly, the power of Emily’s persuasiveness made her a major target. The Reba faction was overly confident following the vote as well, and the ever evolving showmance between Dee and Austin struck me as something that needs to be torn apart in the game ASAP. We also received a bit of background for Katurah, who had a story nobody would ever expect.

2. Another Journey: With the opportunity of going on what presumably was the last journey, Emily pulled the right rock and off she went. Naturally this did not sit well with her tribemates, who now feared her resume and ability to win people over. Drew used this as an opportunity to pitch a plan to Julie to do something tricky with her idol (which really is Austin’s idol that she will not return). Julie was not buying this idea and that planted a bigger target on Drew’s back. Dee noted that it might be more worthwhile to target Emily next. The mere fact that Drew approached Katurah and Jake about being a third in their alliance spoke volumes as he really is more than willing to make big moves. He just is not subtle about it. On her journey, if Emily opted to partake in the puzzle, she would be safe at the next Tribal Council but if she failed, she would lose her vote. By this point, you all know that I am a risk taker but agreed with her choice not to participate as a vote at this point is vital. Simultaneously, it did not take Nostradamus to predict that not everyone would believe her.

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3. Immunity: This particular immunity challenge was especially interesting to me, mostly because of the interesting manner in which one had to construct the word puzzle. Once again, mass market that for purchase CBS! Added bonus, it also was a reward challenge for a DIY barbecue kit, which would light a fire in anyone. Some contestants struggled a bit, but somehow Jake, Austin, and Drew made quick work of the rope portion. It also became abundantly clear that making the word puzzle structurally sound and correct spelling would be the major issue here, as seen in Drew’s multiple attempts and Austin’s inner spell check dilemma. In the end, Drew won and was guaranteed a spot in the final six. He also opted to choose Austin and Jake to enjoy the reward with him.

4. Choices: For the second week in a row, the ladies and the men were separated as a reward was enjoyed. The ladies were a bit awkward to watch but watching the guys pig out was simultaneously a gift in terms of strategy and a way to remind us to take smaller bites out of our food. Jake was more than ready to turn the game on its head and not be a floater. Upon reuniting, the uncertainty about getting Julie out was eating at Austin. He opted to tell Dee that Julie was the target, which dismayed her. Naturally, Julie was not happy when Dee spilled the tea and threw Austin’s name out there, which freaked out Drew the most since she had an idol.

5. Juror #5 Takes a Seat: Jeff seemed especially excited by this Tribal Council, which makes sense since it was the most imperative of them all so far. Drew was bluntly honest in answering questions, but Emily noted that everyone was worried they could be going home. The picture of the big happy family that was going to be torn apart was nice, but let’s be honest here: only one person can win so thicker skin was necessary here. Julie opted to play her idol, saving her game in the process, but Austin opted not to play his. In the end, Emily was blindsided and out by a singular vote.

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