Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode 4
One-Armed Dude and Three Moms
By Ben Willoughby
October 10, 2013
“Just... you know, look away,” says Candice, and then “You’re a child.” So far, Brad hasn’t said or done anything.
Probst asks Monica how she feels, with everyone picking on Brad. Monica points out that “there’s not just one person voting,” but Candice says that everyone who gets voted off talks about how Brad is “shushing the women.” “He’s never shushed a woman,” says Monica. “Have I shushed a woman?” demands Brad. John sits on the fence: “I didn’t see it.”
I don’t think I’ve seen Brad actually shush a woman either. But there’s inarguably a tribe dynamic where the men all go off to talk about who gets voted off, and then come back to camp to tell the women what to do. Sure, the guys are all, “the men have bonded” but when the tribe is so clearly divided along gender lines, people on the bottom are going to feel that they are treated differently because of their gender. And the attitude of “neither of the women are much use in challenges, so let’s base the vote on who does more cooking and cleaning” – as John (not Brad) did last week – doesn’t help, either.
Anyway, there’s arguing and no one is listening. “When Marissa came to camp, she felt about this small.” Candice has her hands close together. “Ask your husband if I’ve hushed anybody.” “He didn’t hush me,” volunteers John, still on the fence. “He didn’t hush a man who’s bigger than him and could beat his ass!” says Candice, giving her husband way, way too much credit.
John takes the chair and says that “accusations aside, everybody that’s been voted out… every time it was Brad’s idea. He lied to me all the time, and he’s not someone to be trusted and maybe people should start thinking about that. Maybe they should think about knocking the king off his throne.” Brad says “then you made a wrong decision in trusting me.” That’s exactly John’s point!
Stay tuned for next week’s edition of “F---- you, Brad Culpepper,” but now we have a Redemption Island duel. John, Marissa and Candice will be maneuvering a key attached to a buoy along a rope that’s looped to a ladder bridge. When they reach the end of the rope, they will use the key to open a lock and release a bag filled with puzzle pieces. First to solve the puzzle wins – and it’s a tough puzzle too. Imagine a cube-shaped potato cut into French fries, and then every one of the French fries is snapped in two and you have to reassemble them all back into a potato. The bottoms of the French fries are fixed in place, and the tops have a pattern on the end, but still...
Anyway, the three duellists all start moving along their ladder with John and Marissa done first and Candice lagging. John gets started on the puzzle and “it’s like he designed this himself,” gushes Probst. Brad thinks he can get “John to like me again,” and helpfully points out an error John made. John wins the challenge, and also bragging rights over Candice.