Survivor: Blood vs Water - Episode 11
Gloves Come Off
By Ben Willoughby
November 28, 2013
Time to vote. We see Caleb and Ciera’s reciprocal votes. “You just ran your mouth way too much the last two days,” is Caleb’s jury booth verdict. By Caleb’s standards, she probably did.
Without holding out much hope, Probst asks if anyone wants to play the hidden immunity idol. But Tyson – Tyson! – puts up his hand. He starts pulling things at random out of his bag – even asking Katie to hold something that looks like it could be an idol, but isn’t. “Seriously, dude,” says Gervase. He doesn't seem shocked at all. “I got a lot of stuff in here,” replies Tyson. Eventually he has to flip the bag upside-down to empty it and rummage through the wreckage.
Probst declares this is a hidden immunity idol and any votes cast for Tyson will not count. Probst reads the votes. Ciera. Caleb. Ciera. Ciera. Caleb. Caleb. Caleb needs to bring Probst his torch. His parting words to the rest of the crew is that “there is no room for error.”
Well, that was a good episode, but only because there was some bad gameplay spread about. Hayden and Caleb believed that Ciera would go with them, instead of looking at Ciera’s options. Ciera, whose better option was probably to stick with the newbies, was completely obvious about showing that she felt safe and would be voting with Tyson, and didn’t seem to think it would make her a target.
Tyson was probably the worst of all. First he screamed overconfidence by playing up while sitting out a challenge to gorge on food. Sure, he has a point that him sitting out would look as though he didn’t trust his alliance. It would also look weird if he wasn’t talking about how excited he was to be eating steak, because that's his MO. But he didn't feel so safe that he felt he had to hold onto his idol - which, by the way, he burned in a vote that it turned out he wasn't even up for. I realize that Tyson felt there was a good chance his name would be written down and didn't want to go home with an idol in his pocket. But his playing it says that he didn't have his finger right on the pulse of the game. He’s no Survivor dummy, but he's no Survivor genius either. He's a Survivor smart-enough.
Next time on Survivor, “Hayden throws everything on the table” by telling everyone that if Tyson gets to the end, he’ll win. And Gervase appears to be following up with Hayden. “Tell me a move to make,” he says. “If you want to get him out, it’s this tribal, right now.” Don’t believe Next Time On Survivor’s lies!
Caleb says that he shocked to see his name to be written down tonight, so he must have assumed the vote would be for Hayden. But he appreciates a successful blindside. “Ciera flipped on us,” he tells Laura? and Tina. “That little Ciera,” says Laura? proud mother. “Dun dun duuuuuun!” says Tina.