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Survivor: Blood vs Water - Episode 8

Skin of my Teeth

By Ben Willoughby

November 7, 2013

Everyone is happy before the season begins. There should be an After shot alongside the Before one.

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That night, Tyson and Monica get a chance to swap notes, which is very interesting because I didn’t think they’d trust one another enough for this conversation to happen. Monica talks about the conversation with Tina where she learned she should be happy with #5. Tyson says that he and Gervase are tight, and Monica immediately says that Gervase thinks he is final three with Tina and Aras.

Tyson details his whole plan to vote out Aras, but Monica keeps asking if he is sure about Gervase being on his side. “Are you sure that Gervase is with you?” “I’m sure.” “You’re sure?” I understand why Monica is nervous and wants to make absolutely sure because Tina and Vytas are completely convinced Gervase is with them. But I also think that if Gervase was with that group, then Monica would already have heard about it and be looking forward to the next day’s blind-side of Tyson. That she has heard nothing means that Gervase is with Tyson.

Tyson is patient in person, but in interview he says “At some point you have to be like ‘Monica, shut up’” and “Give me a rusty spoon so I can dig both my eyeballs out, and then jam it through my eye socket into my brain.” He promises to go to the end with Monica and Gervase, which is a good plan for Tyson because Monica drives everyone crazy, and Monica replies that this is a better option than the “reality sandwich” of “you’re #5.”

Probst sighting! Begone, tribe immunity idol! It’s time to reveal the ugly-as-ever individual immunity necklace. After the oohs and ahhs are done, Probst explains the challenge. It’s a memory test. Probst will hold up a series of symbols and then the castaways will repeat the series back to him.




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Probst shows the first set of symbols. Barrel, crate, cannon, ship, compass, lantern. Everyone gets barrel right, but Monica gets crate wrong and she is out. Then Caleb and Katie get cannon wrong and they are out. Tina and Tyson get ship wrong, Hayden gets compass wrong and after five symbols half of the castaways are sitting on the bench. This could be the fastest immunity challenge ever. Everyone gets lantern correct, and it’s onto Round 2.

Barrel, lantern, cannon, lantern, compass, barrel, cannon. Everyone gets barrel right again, but Laura? is out at lantern and Ciera follows at cannon. Everyone gets the second lantern right, but Gervase misses compass and it’s the Aras-Vytas showdown that Probst has been waiting for! Again! On the last one for the round, Vytas picks cannon and Aras picks lantern, but Aras knows he is wrong.

Vytas! Wins! Immunity! And more importantly, bragging rights over memory games for the next two decades. Anyway, Vytas must feel pretty relieved to be safe after his last two tribal councils. Now that he’s put in his four minutes of work for the day, Probst wishes everyone a “very interesting afternoon, ha ha ha.” OK, the “ha ha ha” was implied.


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