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Survivor: Blood vs Water - Episode 11

Gloves Come Off

By Ben Willoughby

November 28, 2013

The most disinegenuous player in recent memory.

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But this time, Probst has a twist. Anyone feeling secure enough to sit out can do so, and eat barbecued steak, sausage and chicken for as long as the challenge lasts. Probst hands out a white rock and a black one to each of the castaways, and tells them to reveal one rock when he says. Black means eating, white means competing. When the reveal happens, Tyson, Gervase and Ciera are all chowing down while Hayden, Caleb and Katie are all vying for immunity. Monica too, but you knew that. She probably ate her black rock already.

And the challenge is on! Tyson, who had his fingers twitching over the food before the challenge started, starts eating and throwing chicken bones over his shoulder. “How is the food?” asks Probst. “Delicious to taste and very desirable. Keep it up guys!” says Tyson. Meanwhile, Monica talks about how she wants her children to know that more than one badass lives in their house. Maybe then they’ll pick up their room when she says!

After ten minutes, Probst asks Hayden, the biggest and hungriest guy, whether it bugs him that everyone on the bench is eating and having a good time. Indeed, Tyson and Gervase are eating a sausage Lady and the Tramp-style. Hayden isn’t drawn in, and just says that if he loses the challenge he will be a little upset. “At us?” asks Tyson innocently. Hayden winches his bucket back to the top of the frame.

Katie’s bucket is the first to fall. Probst asks Caleb if the loud slobbering noises from the bench get under his skin at all and points out what a good time Tyson, Ciera and Gervase are having. They do look pretty cocky sitting there. “Perform for me! Show me blood!” is Probst’s summary of their antics. Caleb says that the “blood will be dripping pretty soon.”




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After twenty minutes, Caleb has to let go and while “he definitely showed he is worthy, he is out.” Hayden’s bucket is slipping and Monica’s bucket is also starting to drop a little. Hayden winches his back, and not to be outdone, Monica reels hers back all the way to the top. Heh. Hayden’s bucket slips back again, and a little more, and a little more and eventually his bucket drops and he is out. Monica wins her third individual immunity. Tyson just looks sad that lunch is over, and Hayden looks equally sad as he looks at the wreckage on the picnic table.

Arriving back at camp, everyone says “good job, Monica,” but Monica wants to hear about the steak and the chicken. Is this misdirection? If so, well played. Tyson answers in detail about the tenderness of the steak and the goodness of the bread.

Hayden recaps his choice to compete and groans that Tyson, Gervase and Ciera all looked very comfortable, skipping on the challenge to engage in a belching contest and are probably working together. He swaps notes with Katie and they both agree that they can’t trust Ciera. Hayden worries that he is on a sinking ship, but he doesn’t seem to know what to do about it.

Caleb has a constructive suggestion. He suggests that they ask Tyson flat out if he is going to blind-side one of them to see what he says. Then they can claim that Ciera is playing both sides, and therefore should be the target. “Ciera did it to herself,” is Caleb’s verdict.

The conversation happens, and Hayden says “we have felt like you, Ciera and Gervase are trying to get one of us.” Tyson nods, and claims that “I was kind of under the same impression that you guys were out to get me. Ciera blamed it in you guys.” Hayden claims that it was only because “we thought you were trying to get us.”


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