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Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode 3

Opening Pandora's Box

By Ben Willoughby

October 3, 2013

The show helped me realize that I can do much better than Tyson.

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But he gets no support from his tribe. Tyson says that Colton “turned into that person before your back was against the wall” and Tina says that because Galang is not playing the way Colton wants to play, Colton “knows he can’t win the game.”

“Is that the way things go, Colton, when things don’t go your way, let’s just stop?” Probst continues the scolding.

After confirming with Colton that he is quitting (“yes”), Probst challenges Caleb to talk about how disappointing this is, personally, for him. Caleb doesn’t understand Colton’s decision, because Colton likes Survivor so much. Probst interrupts to say that “lots of people like to watch adventure. It doesn’t mean they should get up off the couch. And I’m now convinced Colton should never have gotten off the couch. We brought a quitter back and we got a quitter again.” Let this be a lesson, Survivor!

But Colton doesn’t care what Probst says, he goes over to sit in Caleb’s lap. “You can win this game,” he whispers in support. Though without any chance of Colton being on the jury to vote for him, Caleb’s chances just got shorter. “If you need to do this, just do it. You know me, I don’t care,” affirms Caleb. Well, that’s... supportive?

Probst still isn’t done with telling Colton off. He says that Colton “came back for a second time because you said you wanted to show how much you’ve grown, but your behavior now shows that you haven’t, and the irony is that the opportunity for the growth you seek is right in front of you.”




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Colton doesn’t even get the “honor” of throwing his buff on the fire! Feel the shame burn, Colton! I’m surprised Probst isn’t demanding that Colton come and lay across his knee so that Probst can spank his little bottom. “Love you babe. Catch you on the flip side,” says Caleb, which sounds more like something you’d say when you’re breaking up with someone you don’t want to see again. And that’s pretty much the last you’ll see of Caleb this episode.

Wow. I don’t think that could have gone more embarrassingly for Colton, with no hope of reinventing the Colton brand, but I’d prefer to focus on Survivor’s decision to bring Colton back in the first place. As if there weren’t enough reasons to not have him back, we learn that he quit the show? On a show that disdains quitters, why would you decide to bring one back?

Anyway, Probst seems thrilled with the way things went down. I wonder if he brought Colton back just for the opportunity to discipline him. The rest of Galang is left to think about how easy camp life is going to get now that all the socially-dysfunctional people are gone.

But we still have a Redemption Island duel to be fought. Buffs have to be burned! This duel is the one where you position tiles like dominoes on an angular platform, and when they are all set up you knock them down. Hopefully the chain of dominoes continues all the way to the end, where it will release a ball that will then fall on a tile and smash it. This version is a little more difficult, because there are “trip bars” that will make parts of the structure wobble and knock everything over if you step into them. Also, it’s 114 degrees today.

There’s lots of boring footage of Candice, Marissa and Rachel setting up their dominoes, but soon Candice is ready to give it a go. Her chain of dominoes falls over just the way she wants it to, and she wins the Redemption Island duel again. She is not there to mess around.

Marissa’s first attempt falls short, and Rachel bumps her trip bar, and then we have several shots of them trying and failing. Finally, after 45 minutes Marissa is about to pass out. But both she and Rachel get their dominoes dropping at about the same time. Rachel’s dominoes fall short, but Marissa’s go all the way to the end. “That’s why we don’t quit!” celebrates Gervase (and probably infuriating Brad) “You’re in this game still!”


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