'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Play-by-Play: The Biggest Challenge Snafu Ever
The newly formed Galang Tribe
Just when players start getting comfortable on "Survivor" — bam — there's a change-up.
Aside from a merge, shuffling players between tribes is a major turning point in the game. This one, with the gender balance so out of whack, is already proving to be a fascinating look at the dynamics of each tribe.
Galang, where common sense once ruled, is now a nest of strategizing and whisper campaigns. Tadhana, accustomed to losing every challenge, is now poised to win all of them.
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Check out our play-by-play of this week's game-changing episode!
0:01: After voting out Laura M., Galang returns to camp, which Laura is just glad to even see again. "It wasn't me," she sighs in relief. Now that Shaggy song is going to play in our heads for the rest of the night. Thanks.
0:03: Aras is worried that he's going to be seen as the strategizing ringleader — and he should be since his alliance members are already thinking of voting him out! Tyson and Gervase plot to vote out Aras before the merge. Also, Tyson believes in magic, because magic is awesome. We always liked Tyson!
0:07: Time for the duel. After learning that her mom got voted out, Ciera cries (of course). The challenge involves walking across a balance beam, untying bags filled with numbered tiles, then putting those tiles in order. Basically, this challenge was designed for Laura.
0:10: Not surprisingly, Laura builds up a big lead. John falls off twice on his beam, but Brad isn't nimble enough to take advantage.
0:12: Laura wins. It's down to Brad and John, who are neck and neck at placing their final tiles. John just manages to finish before Brad, which means CULPEPPER IS GONE! Wow, Aras's plan really did work! Brad tells a tearful Monica to "sail hard" or some nonsense, then departs. Bye, Brad! #Sorrynotsorry
0:18: After the duel, Jeff Probst announces that they're switching things up. They're going to draw for new tribes! Aras, Gervase, and Tyson move to Tadhana, while Vytas and Katie move to Galang. So, the new tribes are:
- Galang: Monica, Tina, Katie, Laura B., Kat, and Vytas
- Tadhana: Gervase, Caleb, Aras, Tyson, Hayden, and Ciera
Jeff announces a surprise tribe switcharoo after the duel:
0:20: At Tadhana, everyone's feeling awkward and wary of each other. The tribe is split between former Galang and original Tadhana. The vets quickly pump info out of Hayden and Caleb (even getting the clue to the Immunity Idol that John had) and start to eat all the food.