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Rupert Boneham gets voted out of 'Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains'


By Christopher Rocchio, 05/14/2010 

Even a last-ditch attempt to form an alliance with Russell Hantz couldn't save Rupert Boneham.

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The former Survivor: Pearl Islands and Survivor: All-Stars castaway became the fifteenth person voted out of Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains during last night's broadcast of the CBS reality competition series.

"Maybe I'm not destined to win Survivor. I thought I had this one," said Rupert after his ouster.

"But I'm proud of the way I played the game. I walk out of this game knowing that I might not be as tough as I was six years ago, but I'm still pretty darn tough. In this game, I don't need to win Survivor to know that I'm a winner."

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' penultimate episode began following the previous elimination of Danielle DiLorenzo, as the six remaining castaways returned to their merged Yin Yang camp on Night 33.

Parvati Shallow -- Danielle's closest ally -- whispered to Sandra Diaz-Twine that she had thought Rupert was going home.

"Everyday my chances of winning this game get better and better," boasted Rupert in a confessional.

Parvati told Jerri Manthey that she knew Russell Hantz changed his vote from Rupert to Danielle and added he uses "scare tactics" to get what he wants.

"Now we gotta get rid of Rupert and [Colby Donaldson]," Jerri told Parvati, referring to the game's only two remaining Heroes.

"Well I wish we would have gotten rid of him tonight," answered Parvati. "What is [Russell] thinking? If those two guys make it to the end, Jerri, they're winning."

In a confessional, Parvati accused Russell of voting off Danielle because he was jealous of their relationship and added it made her "completely distrust" him.

"Russell is the biggest villain this game has ever seen," she said. "But I still need to be nice to Russell because I still need to get Colby and Rupert off before anyone else. Than I can deal with Russell after that."

Russell was sticking to his story that Danielle approached him wanting to oust Parvati and relayed the lie to Parvati and Jerri.

"I believe the decision today saved my butt," said Russell in a confessional. "When Danielle said, 'We're closer than you really think Russell,' the switch went off in my head and I was like, 'Oh really. Did she just say that to me?'"

Russell assured Parvati that the remaining Villains were safe.

"I don't know if I believe Parvati any more," he said in a confessional. "All of a sudden she's worried she's next. That shows me that Parvati and Danielle were a strong team and I just got rid of her main alliance. Now she's got nobody to lean her head on but me."

The next morning the six remaining castaways received Tree Mail in the form of a mobile phone that included video messages from each of their loved ones.

The castaways then arrived for a Reward Challenge and were reunited with loved ones. Colby met his brother, Reid; Parvati saw her dad, Mike; Russell was with his wife, Melanie; Jerri saw her sister, Jennifer; Rupert reunited with his wife, Laura; and Sandra Diaz-Twine saw her uncle, Fernando.

Host Jeff Probst explained the rules. The castaways would use a water pail to scoop water from the ocean. They would then toss the water to their loved ones, who would attempt to catch the water in another water pail and then dump the water into their buckets.

First pair to fill their buckets would win Reward -- a plane ride to a neighboring island where they would experience the blowholes -- a natural phenomenon -- while enjoying burgers and soft drinks.

The challenge was eventually won by Jerri and her sister. Jeff gave her the option to take another castaway and their loved one, and she chose Parvati and her dad. Jerri then asked Jeff if she could take one more and  -- much to Russell's surprise -- Jerri chose Sandra and her uncle.

"She screwed up," whispered Russell to his wife as he said goodbye.

On Reward, the castaways and loved ones enjoyed the sights and picnic. However Jerri expressed "concern" that Russell would "be so upset" about being snubbed.

"If he wants to make it to the end, he's got to get rid of those two guys," said Sandra.

"Jerri you're fine," added Parvati. "You're under mine and Sandra's full protection."

Back at camp, Russell fumed about Jerri's "bad decision."

"She should have taken a guy because it would have made sense strategically," added Russell.

In addition, Russell was bitter because he felt he "saved" both Parvati and Jerri earlier in the competition and felt neither repaid the favor. He called them "unappreciative little bitches."

"I hope that burger literally tastes like $1 million because that was a $1 million decision," he told Rupert and Colby before making an alliance with them.

"It is time to regroup. I know I'm a Villain and I know I lied during the game. But I want to trust you all the way to the Final 3."

Rupert agreed but wasn't so sure he could believe Russell.

"He's a Villain, but he's the best Villain I got," said Rupert.  "If I can take the best Villain to the Final 3 with me, I think that guarantees me the $1 million."

Russell also told Colby that he felt he could sway Jerri to join their threesome.

"Then Parvati goes home," said Russell, calling her a "huge threat for the $1 million."

"If Parvati doesn't win Immunity, she's going home."

That night the ladies returned from Reward and everybody went to sleep -- except Rupert, who thought it would be a good time to chop wood and make lots of noise around the camp.

"Rupert is loud, obnoxious, selfish and totally inconsiderate," said Jerri in a confessional. "I have never in my life seen anybody that inconsiderate. I don't know if it's incredible cockiness or just complete stupidity. I'm leaning more towards stupidity. I want him gone more than anything in the entire universe."

Since she was awake, Jerri went to talk to Russell.

"I was worried that you were going to be mad," said Jerri.

"I wasn't mad, I was just wanting to see my wife," said Russell. "I want you to know that whatever it takes to get me and you to the top, that's what I want."

"I'm all for it," answered Jerri. "You know you can trust me."

"That's what I was worried about all day," said Russell. "Parvati trying to sway you."

"No, not at all," answered Jerri.

Russell said he wasn't going to mention the plan to out Parvati yet until after the Immunity Challenge.

"I'll deal with Jerri's vote right before we go to Tribal Council," he said.

The next morning the six castaways met for the Immunity Challenge, and Jeff explained the rules. Each castaway would be competing with their arms stretched out using the tops of their hands to hold two poles against an overhead board. If the castaways lower their hands slightly, the poles would drop and they would be out of the challenge. The last person left standing would win Immunity.

The challenge commenced, with Colby and Sandra both being eliminated within the first minute. It eventually came down to Rupert and Parvati, and she was able to outlast him and claim Immunity.

"Parvati saved herself 100% today," said Rupert in a confessional. "So hopefully Plan B, Sandra goes home."

Back at camp, Russell said in a confessional that Parvati's win helped him avoid a "tough decision" and added he now has a "very easy" decision.

"It's Rupert, for sure," he told Parvati.

"I'm on board," she replied.

Sandra approached Rupert and asked what their next move should be before expressing hatred for Russell.

"I want Russell out so bad I can taste it," she told him. "But them girls won't go. Everybody wants to vote Russell to the end because he's so bad that they'll win against him. That's why he's still here."

Rupert immediately went to Russell and told him "the girls are still talking about getting rid of you."

"Sandra is trying to push it really hard," he added.

Not surprisingly, Russell immediately approached Sandra.

"Sandra, are you with me or are you against me?" he asked.

"I'm against you Russell," she bluntly told him.

"If you're against me, you're going home next," threatened Russell, unaware that Sandra had a Hidden Immunity Idol.

Both said they were comfortable with their place in the game before Sandra gave Rupert a warning.

"Loose lips sink ships," she yelled to him across the camp.

"Yes they do," he replied.

"And yes they did," she answered.

Parvati then teased Russell by comparing his ultimatum to one made by Boston Rob, and Russell was offended that the girls were being silly about the situation.

"I don't know what is going on right now," wondered Jerri in a confessional.

"It's like this camp has turned into Crazy Town. First of all, I literally spent the entire night listening to Rupert make loud noises, and now Sandra and Parvati push Russell's buttons? Are you kidding me? Don't get Russell riled up and against you."

Russell told Rupert and Jerri he wouldn't mind eliminating Sandra and Rupert immediately agreed with the plan. However Parvati assured Sandra that neither Jerri nor herself would be voting against her, so she'd be safe.

"It's Day 36, the last day for me to use the idol," she said. "I might bring it with me to Tribal Council, but I don't have anything to worry about. I'd rather not use it. That's how confident I am that I'm not going home."

Tribal Council then commenced and Sandra discussed the confrontation between her and Russell that began with Rupert's loose lips.

"I'd really like to know if that was true or Rupert was making it up to stir up trouble," said Russell. "So immediately I have to go up to my alliance Sandra and find out what's going on."

Jeff asked what her answer was and Russell revealed that she said she's against him.

"That was the last of that conversation," he said. "So she's against me."

Parvati called Danielle a "solid Villain" and said there's "definitely room for switching it up."

"I don't see any benefit in voting out another Villain," she added. "When it gets down to the Final 3, I think it needs to be all Villains. If a Hero squeezes in there, they've got a lot of friends on the jury. So for me, I want to keep my Villains here."

Rupert said it's important for whoever is in the Final 3 to show they were either the "top Hero or Top Villain."

"You're going to want to show you had the game play to get you there and you even turned on your own to get you there," he said. "That is the game."

Parvati looked back at Russell when Rupert was talking.

"It sounded like he was speaking it directly to Russell," said Parvati. "You want to prove that you're the top Villain and you want to turn on your own team. That's pretty obvious."

"You don't think you're the top Villain?" Rupert asked Parvati.

"No, I don't," she replied. "I'm a Hero on the inside."

Russell said he was unsure who Rupert was talking about, so Jeff asked.

"Any of the Villains who sit here and want to show they're the top," he answered.

The vote then commenced and before Jeff revealed the results, Sandra played her Hidden Immunity Idol.

"I wasn't going to play the idol but because I got mixed feelings here this Tribal Council, I would hate to go home with the idol in my bra," said Sandra.

She didn't need to play it, as Sandra, Russell, Parvati and Jerri all voted to oust Rupert -- who voted with Colby to boot Sandra. Rupert was ousted by a 4-2 margin.

Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains' two-hour finale broadcast will air Sunday at 8PM ET/PT and will immediately be followed by the live reunion special.

(Photo credit CBS)


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