'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' eliminates castaway Rachel Foulger and returnee Colton Cumbie quits
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/03/2013
Survivor: Blood vs. Water eliminated "loved one" Rachel Foulger from the game and witnessed returning castaway Colton Cumbie quit during Wednesday night's third episode of the CBS reality series' 27th edition.
Rachel, a 33-year-old cocktail waitress and graphic designer from Provo, UT who is the girlfriend of returning player Tyson Apostol, was ousted permanently from the game after she lost the season's second Redemption Island duel to Marissa Peterson and Candice Cody. Colton, a 22-year-old student teacher from Collinsville, AL, opted to leave the show because he couldn't become his Galang tribe's leader nor could he handle the way his tribemates were playing the game.
Later in the episode, the Tadhana newbies tribe voted Candice's husband John Cody, a 30-year-old physician and army orthopedic surgery resident from Washington, D.C., out of their tribe on Night 8 at the season's third Tribal Council session.
As the game's newest Tribal Council victim, John will now take Rachel's place on Redemption Island, where he will battle Marissa, a 21-year-old student from Chapel Hill, NC who is the niece of returning player Gervase Peterson, and Candice, a 30-year-old physician and anesthesiology resident from Washington, D.C., in the game's next duel and attempt to eventually earn a chance to rejoin the game's other remaining castaways and resume competing for Survivor: Blood vs. Water's million dollar prize.
"No clue that was coming tonight," John said following his ouster. "I feel like there was so much wool pulled over my eyes and I just bought it hook, line and sinker. But it's all good now. We're all out here [on Redemption Island]."
Survivor: Blood vs. Water's third episode began on Day 7.
The Galang tribe of returning Survivor castaways was comprised of Colton; Tyson, a 34-year-old former pro cyclist and shop manager from Provo, UT; Aras Baskauskas, a 31-year-old musician from Santa Monica, CA; Monica Culpepper, a 42-year-old former NFL wife and homemaker from Tampa, FL; Kat Edorsson, a 23-year-old full-time student and saleswoman from Orlando, FL; Laura Morett, a 43-year-old construction company co-owner from Salem, OR; Gervase, a 43-year-old cigar lounge owner from Philadelphia, PA; Tina Wesson, a 52-year-old motivational speaker from Robbinsville, NC; and Rupert Boneham's wife Laura B., a 44-year-old newbie player and merchandiser from Indianapolis, IN -- whom Rupert had switched places with on Redemption Island at the beginning of the game.
Colton believed his tribe was scared of him because he thrived on talking strategy. Aras called him "a poison" in the tribe and said he might've dug his own grave in the game because he was unnecessarily creating chaos. Colton assumed his days were numbered due to the fact no one was willing to play his kind of game.
The Tadhana tribe of loved ones and newbie players was comprised of John; Monica's husband Brad Culpepper, a 44-year-old attorney and retired NFL player from Tampa, FL; Colton's fiance Caleb Bankston, a 26-year-old post office manager and farmer from Collinsville, AL; Kat's boyfriend -- and former Big Brother winner -- Hayden Moss, a 26-year-old in real estate from Springtown, TX; Aras' brother Vytas Baskauskas, a 33-year-old yoga instructor and math professor from Santa Monica, CA; Laura M.'s daughter Ciera Eastin, a 24-year-old cosmetology student from Salem, OR; and Tina's daughter Katie Collins, a 25-year-old who works in hedge fund support from New York, NY.
All the castaways from both tribes then gathered to witness the season's second duel. Marissa, Candice and Rachel entered the challenge together.
When Tyson noticed his girlfriend had been voted out at the previous Tribal Council, he told Survivorhost Jeff Probst, "It's not a bad move, Jeff. They must've assumed that I would at least highly consider switching places with her, pulling me off the tribe and making it easier for them to win, because they're having a hard time right now."
Rachel agreed with Tyson's theory and announced Brad was leading her former tribe, who was just falling under Brad's spell. Tyson then had an opportunity to switch places with his girlfriend in the duel. He told Rachel the decision was hers to make, and she said Tyson would have a better chance to win the game than she would. She said his tribe needed him.
An angry Tyson went along with it and then threatened the other tribe of loved ones.
"Okay, I'm staying. You guys, watch out. Because if you see me on Redemption Island, none of you have a chance in hell. Mr. Football over there [Brad] smiling at me like he does, you can be big, but that's the worst thing in this game," Tyson explained.
"We haven't wanted to vote anybody out but we've had to. You guys cheer over there after you win -- we've got to go home and get rid of one of your loved ones," Brad argued.
Marissa and Brad then got into it. Marissa claimed she should've stayed in the game because it's about winning Immunity Challenges at first and she was a strong physical player. She said they should've targeted the weakest players first. Brad noted the game was Survivor and there was more to it than that. Marissa replied, "F-ck you Brad Culpepper."
Colton then started to cry, saying, "I don't want to be here anymore and I'm sorry."
Jeff Probst asked Colton if he was really quitting the game and choosing to make such a selfish move by eliminating a member of his tribe in a numbers-game. Jeff pointed out how Colton had claimed he wanted to prove his growth since he first competed on Survivor: One World and show America a different, more positive, side of him. Jeff suggested he'd be doing the exact opposite by leaving the game.
"I can't do this," Colton said in tears, admitting he knew he was being selfish but he was making the right move for him.
Colton explained his back was against the wall in the game and he didn't want to turn into the bad person he happened to be in One World. The tribe noted Colton became his old nasty self before his back was against the wall and he was just being a sore loser because things weren't going his way. Because Galang didn't want to follow Colton, he knew he couldn't win and seemingly wanted to quit before they could vote him off. Colton didn't even try to deny the accusations.
Colton continued to cry, and despite pleas from his tribe, he finally confirmed he wanted to quit the game. Caleb said his heart was crumbling for his fiance, and he didn't know why Colton wasn't trying to stick with it.
"Lots of people like to watch adventure. It doesn't really necessarily mean they should get up off the couch. And I am now convinced that Colton is the guy who never should've gotten up off the couch. We brought a quitter back and we got a quitter again," Jeff said aloud.
Jeff upset Colton even more, as the player ran off yelling, "I don't care what ya'll say!"
Colton hopped in Caleb's lap and told his fiance that he could win. Jeff explained that Colton needed to keep his buff because he reserves the honor of throwing one's buff into the fire only for people who actually compete.
After all the drama subsided, the duel finally began.
For the duel, each castaway was required to stack a series of blocks on an angular platform, avoiding trick bars which could wobble the stack and cause it to fall -- forcing the person to start over again. The goal was to stack the blocks so they'd fall like dominos, ultimately releasing a ball which would smash a tile.
The first two people to smash their tile would stay alive in the game, while the last-place finisher would be eliminated for good. In addition, for motivation purposes, the winner would receive a clue to the location of a hidden Immunity Idol to give to any person on either tribe for whatever reason.
Candice ended up winning her second duel in a row in no time. About 45 minutes later, Marissa finished in second place. Rachel's time in the game was therefore over.
Tyson hugged her goodbye and said, "I love you babe." He asked her if she had fun playing the game, and she said, "Yes."
Candice then decided to give John a second clue to the hidden Immunity Idol, so if he hadn't found it yet, it'd help him for sure.
After the duel, over at Galang's camp, Tyson said he needed to make it all the way to the end of the game in order to not regret not switching with Rachel. However, he was happy she at least had fun and didn't get angry or take the game too seriously.
The tribe knew Brad was mainly responsible for voting Rachel out, so Tyson explained Brad was painting a big target on his back. It was especially weird for Monica around camp, but her tribemates didn't take their frustrations out on her.
On Day 7, Brad on the Tadhana tribe wasn't worried about himself because he was letting the tribe think they were making all the decisions together. Meanwhile, John called his clues a "double-edged sword," saying he'd be a target in his tribe whether he actually found the hidden Immunity Idol or not.
In order to prove loyalty to his give-guys alliance -- which consisted of himself, Brad, Vytas, Hayden, and Caleb -- John shared the second clue he received with Brad. However, Brad still wasn't certain if he could trust John -- or if John truly trusted him -- because John seemed desperate to find the clue himself rather than letting Brad discover it and hand it over.
On Day 8, both tribes met Jeff again for Survivor: Blood vs. Water's third Immunity Challenge.
For the challenge, the tribes had to square off one-on-one against each other sumo-style. Using padded bags, a player had to attempt to knock his or her opponent off a platform and into the water. The first tribe to five wins would ultimately win the Immunity Challenge and be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council.
In addition, the winning tribe would receive Reward in the form of comfort-- a tarp, pillows, blankets, mosquito nets, rope, and a hammock -- or they could trade it for fishing gear, which Galang already had. Tadhana chose to sit out Monica in order to even-up the numbers, and then the challenge began.
Brad beat Gervase, Laura B. knocked Katie into the water, John beat Aras, Kat won against Ciera, and Hayden beat Tyson. At this point, a medic confirmed Tyson had popped out his shoulder and part of the tendon was potentially torn. However, the medic said the injury would become less painful over time and Tyson would slowly regain mobility.
Afterward, the challenge continued and Tina faced her daughter Katie with the tribes tied 3-3. Tina won. Aras then squared off against his brother Vytas in a much-anticipated sibling rivalry for both men. During the face-off, Aras gave Vytas a chance to get back on his feet after slipping, and Vytas used the advantage to fake Aras out and try to knock him into the water. However, Aras still managed to win.
After claiming victory, Aras broke down into tears and said he loves his brother and didn't like competing against him. Vytas acknowledged he was the "junkie" pitted against "the golden child" and college athlete.
Laura M. then faced her daughter Ciera, and Laura won. Therefore, Galang won Immunity for the third time in a row.
Later that day, the guys on the Tadhana tribe were talking about whom they should get rid of.
The five-guys alliance liked both girls -- Katie and Ciera -- but realized they had both lost to their mothers in the challenge. While Tina was a 52-year-old woman, which made Katie's case for losing worse than Ciera's, the guys recognized Katie cooked all the meals and Ciera did nothing around camp. Therefore, Ciera seemed to be the target because she was a weak player.
However, Brad decided John must go next. He told his alliance members and the girls in his tribe that potentially allowing Candice and John to work together later in the game would be devastating for all of them, especially since Candice was dominating all the duels. Brad told the cameras he feared John would listen to Candice over him down the road, which would hurt his game.
Hayden questioned whether it was a smart move to build distrust within his alliance moving forward, as they'd be "opening Pandora's box." Brad then suggested everyone vote for John but he would vote for one of the girls to conceal his betrayal. Such an idea rubbed Vytas the wrong way, as Vytas said Brad wanted the tribe to do the dirty work for him so he'd get no blood on his hands.
Vytas then flipped a switch and tried to convince everyone to vote out Brad. Hayden started to think John and Brad were equally dangerous, especially since there was a possibility John could have an idol and they were both big physical threats. Regardless of whether John or Brad was going, there was going to be a big blindside.
At the third Tribal Council of the season, Tadhana's third session, Jeff revealed the votes.
One castaway voted for Ciera, while four tribe members voted to send John to Redemption Island. The other two votes were not revealed.
On John's way out of the game, Jeff Probst announced the tribe was clearly thinking about their future as opposed to the fact their tribe was getting weaker.