Survivor: Blood vs Water - Episode 12
By Ben Willoughby
December 5, 2013
It could have worked out even better for him if Tyson had drawn the white rock and been sent packing without a blind-side from Gervase. It was so opposite the interests of his alliance that I am left wondering whether it was deliberate. It could be, but could we really credit Gervase with that level of duplicity? But checking the tape, the jury laughed hardest about the point on which Gervase was most serious – his claim that Hayden and Caleb were backstabbers and liars while his alliance was all truth-tellers. More likely Gervase came down with a case of “I won immunity” fever and felt he could say whatever the hell he wanted.
However, I do think Ciera made a snap decision with pressure winning over careful consideration. With the tied vote rules, there was only a one-in-three chance the rock draw would work out in her favor. Sure, Ciera felt she was #4 but that didn’t mean Monica, Gervase and Tyson were all thinking “us three Galangs, all to the end.” Only Gervase appeared to be thinking that.
If Ciera’s main concern was to get to the end with a story about a big move to tell the jury instead of as an easy-beat goat led by Tyson, I wonder if she would have done better to wait. It is about time for someone to come back from Redemption Island and based on form there's a good chance it would be Laura? (and if not Laura, Hayden). Based on tonight’s discussion, she would have had the opportunity to build a majority with Katie and Monica, and then move against Tyson and Gervase. That relies on a couple of unpredictable variables - Laura? coming back into the game, Monica being willing to flip, neither Tyson or Gervase winning immunity - but she would still have her story to tell and a bunch of people on the jury. Worst-case scenario, she would have been drawing rocks again.
All of that said, it was great to see these people going to rocks.
Next Time On Survivor, Tina tells Katie that she would not be opposed to letting her daughter win the Redemption Island challenge. If Tina has any say in it. And Ciera gets Monica’s back up by telling her Tyson was saying mean things about her. “If I am their ‘puppy dog’, it’s now become a me game,” Monica declares.
Katie arrives at Redemption Island, and Tina and Laura? gasp at the big reveal that they drew rocks. “I was rocked out,” says Katie.
And in sadder, real-world news, Tina and Katie lost Taylor, a son and a brother, in a fatal car accident earlier this week. Our hearts go out to them and their family.