Survivor: Caramoan - Episode 12
The Beginning of the End
By Ben Willoughby
May 3, 2013
Is Andrea picking up on any of this? “That makes me nervous,” she says “Are you any different?” challenges Probst. “Of course not.” she says.
Probst asks about the information in the game that Andrea won at the first immunity challenge of the episode, and Andrea reveals to the jury that she has a hidden immunity idol. Malcolm laughs from the bench. “Is that a big deal?” Probst asks Cochran. Well, duh. Cochran says it is a big deal, but talks about how you can only play it until there are five. Andrea claims that if she feels paranoid then she’ll play it tonight, or at any time and it’s someone else going home.
Time to vote. Andrea votes for Brenda. “I think it was the moment when we were balancing on a doghouse in the middle of the ocean that I realized you were a huge threat and needed to go”. Brenda votes for Andrea, saying, “You’re a sneaky, sneaky little girl, always ready to blind-side someone. But I don’t think you’re ready for this one." “Huh!” sighs Erik arriving at the booth.
Is anyone wanting to play their hidden immunity idol? No, so Cochran and Brenda both smirk. And the votes are for... Brenda, Andrea, Eddie, Brenda, Andrea. “What?” Andrea is total surprise. Brenda. And the 14th person voted out of Survivor and the fifth member of the jury is Andrea. “Oh you guys,” she laughs. “That’s good, that’s really good.” For someone who was always so nervous about being voted out, she took it pretty well. After the torch-snuffing, Probst congratulates the remaining castaways on their big move before asking “what next?”
Next Time On Survivor, Brenda is saying that the next to go should be Cochran. But she’s telling Dawn, so you know that Brenda is going next. And Erik is going a little bananas, climbing trees for coconuts because he wants food. And a visit from home “changes everything." Because something “changes everything” every week. But it does include a money-shot of Dawn crying. Probst said that even he cried.
Andrea’s interview is about how she should have learned from her first season that when you are comfortable and people are napping, you’re probably going home. But at least she’ll always “have a souvenir to remind her of trusting people too much." Is that why she forgot? Because she didn’t have a souvenir from last time? It’s not as though there weren’t plenty of reminders, like what happened to Corinne after she started saying, “I want to keep Michael around?”
But I’m sorry to see her go. Despite my doubts at the beginning of the season, she was a worthy addition to a Fans vs. Favorites season. Plus, it makes the end of the season a lot more predictable.