'Survivor: Caramoan' Recap: Most Shocking Tribal Council Ever!
Wow. Just ... wow.
The last couple of episodes have been shocking, but this one is [bleeping] mindblowing. This might be the best Tribal Council ever!
After Corinne and then Michael were voted out, it seemed that Reynold, Eddie, and Malcolm (REM) were doomed. But in a head-spinning turn of events, Malcolm finds another immunity idol (does he have some gene that lets him sniff them out?) and uses it and the one he already had to save himself and Eddie.
With Reynold already holding the immunity challenge necklace, the three boys are all safe. That means, someone from Stealth R Us has to go -- and REM goes for the jugular. The head of the stealthy snake. The godfather of the favorites.
They go for Phillip.
Yes, despite his plan to mimic Boston Rob's march to victory, the Secret Agent is voted out. Goodbye, weird nicknames. Arrivederci, made-up excuses. Farewell, pink underpants. May it be a long time ere we see you again.
Back from Tribal Council, Stealth R Us meet (excluding REM) to reaffirm their commitment to each other. They vow to search for an immunity idol the next day and chant their group name as Cochran makes the head-twirly universal sign for "crazycakes."
It ends up being prescient, since the very next day, as Cochran and Phillip talk about whether Dawn could win the whole game, she yowls like an injured animal. "Brenda! I need you quick!" she sobs. We've seen Dawn cry plenty of times, but this is full-on weeping.
Then it turns out that she lost her retainer, which contains replacements for some of her front teeth. And if she can't retrieve it from the bottom of the lake, she's going to quit. Um ... what? Ms. "I'm Doing This to Win $1 Million for My Two Dozen Kids" is so vain that she's willing to leave the game over a few missing teeth?
Brenda calmly puts on a snorkeling mask, dives down, and retrieves the stupid thing. Oh, Dawn -- whatever shred of respect we had for you is now gone.
Time for the reward challenge, which splits the 10 players into two teams of 5. It's one of those obstacle courses that involves digging in a mud pit for hidden bags. Well, Team Orange, led by Malcolm, decide to search for all the bags in the first leg. It puts them well behind Team Purple, who pull out the win. So, Reynold, Erik, Dawn, Cochran, and Phillip get to enjoy a beautiful pool and luxurious lunch.
When they return to camp, Dawn is freaking out. She can't go to sleep, so she's exhausted, which makes her incredibly paranoid. She's worried about Andrea talking to Eddie, she's worried about her position among the remaining seven Stealth R Us members, she's convinced she's at the bottom. In fact, it's her crazy talk that's making this happen. "She's totally a lunatic," Phillip says. PHILLIP! Of all people! Calls Dawn a lunatic!