'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' Play-by-Play: What Goes Around Comes Around
'One Armed Dude and Three Moms' - Candice Cody, Marissa Peterson, and John Cody compete during the Redemption Challenge on the fourth episode of 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water.'
Looking back at the previous 26 winners of “Survivor,” most have one thing in common: They were part of an unbreakable, extremely loyal alliance.
Loyalty in this game is an all-or-nothing affair. An alliance has to treat itself like a fortress; crack open a door and the whole thing comes tumbling down.
Last week, Brad didn’t just crack open a door into his Bro-lliance fortress by engineering John’s vote — he swung it wide open, rolled out the red carpet, and sounded the trumpets.
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And it all came back to bite him. Check out what happened in our play-by-play of this week’s “Survivor”:
0:02: Hey, honey, I’m home at Redemption Island! Candice is not pleased to see her husband. “I knew you were going to be too trusting of people,” she says in gentle reprimand. John tries to act like this is a good thing, and both Candice and Marissa cry, “It’s not good. It’s NOT GOOD!”
0:04: At Tadhana, Brad boasts about hoodwinking John. “If this was ‘Survivor’ 26 or ‘Survivor’ 25, we’d have stayed five guys all the way through,” he says. “But this is ‘Survivor’ 27, loved ones.” They have to think about the connections on the other side — after the merge, reunited couples will be very powerful. This makes Caleb fret, since Colton decided to quit last week.
0:06: At the duel, Candice unloads on Brad, with an upset Monica trying to defend her husband. John hints that “it’s time to knock the king off his throne.” And it is true that Brad has been the alpha dog of the Bro-lliance. If the women of Tadhana don’t try to exploit this in the future, they deserve to go home.
0:10: The duel begins. It involves getting a key through a twisting rope, unlocking puzzle pieces, and putting that puzzle together. John and Marissa get ahead, though Candice quickly catches up.
0:12: John is a freaking puzzle machine. He easily wins.
0:13: A frazzled Marissa seems to be having trouble, while Candice looks cool and calm. She finishes second, which means Marissa is out. It’s hard to say we’ll miss her, since she barely got any screen time. As the winner, John gets a clue to the hidden idol. Candice suggests giving it to Monica to put a target on a Culpepper back. But when Monica receives the clue, she throws it in the fire. “That’s the first time that has ever happened,” host Jeff Probst notes.