'Survivor: Caramoan' Recap: Flirting With Disaster
That might've been one of the most topsy-turvy quarter hours of "Survivor" ever.
Malcolm was totally going home unless he played his idol. Then Andrea thought she was being targeted and flipped over the entire table. Dawn -- waffly, weak, cry-baby Dawn!!! -- tried to talk her off the ledge. Reynold played his idol ... but not for himself. And in the end, Michael was voted out.
Anyone else have a major case of whiplash?
Love Is in the Air
After Corinne's elimination, everyone's trying to get their bearings. Malcolm is concerned since his "Denise" of the season is gone. Reynold is happy with the outcome, even though Corinne was part of his nascent alliance. Now, he wants to cozy up with Andrea, noting, "Every girl that associates with [me and Eddie] gets voted out."
He's not the only one batting his eyelashes. Phillip seems to be flirting with Sherri. Well, at least his behavior sort of resembles flirting. She's cool with it, and is using him in return: "Phillip is my Shamar on this tribe."
The reward challenge splits everyone in groups of five for a challenge in which they throw balls past a keeper into a net. The all-male purple team -- Reynold, Eddie, Erik, Cochran, and Michael -- wins and gets to rappel down a waterfall and indulge in a picnic. They eat, they swim, they burp.
Michael tries to rally the guys to form an alliance, pointing out the fact that women dominated the last "Fans vs. Favorites" season. "Let's bro down!" Reynold agrees.
Or not, at least in Cochran's case. "I don't want to be engaging in any sort of masculine tomfoolery with these numbskulls," he sniffs.
Back at camp, Malcolm tries to use the opportunity to reform an alliance. But he makes the same mistake as Corinne and approaches Dawn, who immediately rats him out to Andrea. They decide that Malcolm has to go! (No doubt Twitter is echoing with cries of "Noooooooo!")
When the reward winners return, Eddie and Andrea are enjoying some alone time off in the woods. She's wary of believing that their romance is real, but he promises that he will vote with her. Trust me, he says.
But Andrea is way too smart to fall for that. Aren't you, Andrea?
Stay Calm, Carry On
The immunity challenge is one that would have given us nightmares: The players have to be under a grate in the water as it rises with the tide. The last player who remains under their grate wins.
It's not a strength challenge, so it's not a surprise that the last two standing (floating?) are Andrea and Brenda. But the former soon starts gasping for breath and ducks out. Brenda wins!
That really doesn't change anything, so let the scrambling begin! Malcolm declares, "I'm finally going to make my move," which usually foretells doom. He seeks reassurance from both Dawn and Andrea, who flat-out lie to his face. Even Andrea marvels, "The new Dawn ... she's good at this!"
Reynold even shows Dawn his idol to convince her to trust them, an action to which she privately shakes her head. For smart guys, Malcolm and Reynold are being very naive right now.
It's Eddie who changes things up when he asks his little girlfriend what's going on. Is he going home? Is Reynold? Is Malcolm? She doesn't tell him anything except to say it definitely won't be him. Then Eddie reveals that Andrea's name has come up.