Survivor: Caramoan - Episode 10

Zipping Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

By Ben Willoughby

April 18, 2013

With Brandon and us gone, who will people despise now? Oh right, Cochran.

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Probst sighting! Reward challenge! “Come on in, guys!”

The castaways will be split into two teams of five. One at a time, they will race over an obstacle course, before diving into a muddy pit and searching for bags of balls, and then running with a bag of balls to the end of the course. Once all five team members are there with all five bags (of balls), the team can start throwing the balls (which were in bags) into a basket. If this challenge seems familiar, it’s because we saw it last season. It’s probably the same course.

Anyway, if you remember that, you’ll also remember that Malcolm won for his team by digging up all of the ball bags himself and leaving them for his team to pick up, instead of searching through the mud for the frustrating last bag. Let’s see if that happens this time.

So winners will be taken to a resort where there is a pool, lunch and margaritas. And the teams are purple, with Reynold, Erik, Dawn, Cochran and Phillip, and orange, with Malcolm, Eddie, Sherri, Andrea and Brenda.


Malcolm and Erik go first, across the beam, over the frame and then down the waterslide into the mud. Erik races on while Malcolm starts digging through the mud for the ball bags. Erik focuses on digging a hole through the rice big enough for everyone to fit through, and once he’s done that, he goes to the end of the course. Reynold is in. Malcolm? Still digging.

Anyway, when Reynold gets to the mud, Malcolm is still digging, Reynold’s team are calling out that he should find a couple, so Reynold copies Malcolm. In addition to his other talents, Reynold proves to be an excellent gatherer of ball-bags, and he finds all of his team’s bags before Malcolm is finished. And Malcolm still has that big pile of rice to dig through. So that strategy isn’t working out as well this time. Dawn is on the course, while Malcolm is yet to finish. It’s easy to see how things go from here.

Dawn lands face first in the mud, but somehow manages not to lose her retainer. Andrea is on the course. Cochran is on the course. Sherri is on the course and she “has to move,” according to Probst. She takes a very, very long time on the balance beam. Meanwhile Cochran throws himself face-first into the mud so hard he gets an enthusiastic “that is how you do it!” from Probst. Probst cheering on a weakling in a physical challenge? Now I’ve seen everything in Survivor. No need to watch the show any more, this recap is over! Sherri is still stuck on the beam.

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