'Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' votes off Reynold Toepfer and Andrea Boehlke
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/02/2013
Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' merged Enil Edam tribe voted Reynold Toepfer and Andrea Boehlke out of the game at two separate Tribal Council sessions during Wednesday night's twelfth episode of the CBS reality series' 26th edition.
Reynold, a 30-year-old in real estate sales from San Francisco, CA, was voted out of his tribe on Day 31 at the game's twelfth Tribal Council session.
"Here I am. Adios. I put my trust in a lot of people that wasn't reciprocated and I had no more rabbits I could pull out of my hat, no more immunity idols. But I'll tell you one thing for sure. I had the time of my life," Reynold said following his ouster.
In addition, Andrea Boehlke, a 23-year-old entertainment host and writer from New York, was completely blindsided and voted out of her tribe at the season's thirteenth Tribal Council on Day 33 after her alliance of six turned on her.
"Unfortunately, I was confident with this plan that I set up, that I wasn't even thinking about playing the idol. I should've learned my lesson the first time that when the days are really calm and people are napping and you feel comfortable, you're probably going to get blindsided. And it happened again, but I will always have this beautiful necklace souvenir to remind me that I trust in people too much," Andrea said after she got voted out of the game.
Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' twelfth episode picked up where last week's episode had ended, with the game's eight remaining castaways returning to camp on Night 30 following the Tribal Council session in which Malcolm Freberg was voted off.
Reynold said the game wasn't over and he was going to keep fighting, as it was possible he could win five Individual Immunity Challenges in a row. Likewise, Edward "Eddie" Fox, a 23-year-old fireman and EMT from East Brunswick, NJ, believed anything could happen even though he was on the chopping block every single week.
"The fans are desperate. They're cornered. They have no power. The power rests in the 'Favorites' right now, and I want to take as much power and suck it up for myself as possible because I want to take control of the game," Cochran explained.
"And I'll do it without remorse. I'll do it without any reservation, and it's scary that I'm saying that. I feel like I've turned into something that would scare my mother if she saw me. But I'm not the little Harvard nerd who was trembling in the bushes last time."
On Day 31, the Enil Edam tribe received Tree Mail which indicated there would be an Individual Immunity Challenge and Tribal Council coming up shortly.
Erik Reichenbach, a 27-year-old comic book artist from Santa Clarita, CA, said the majority alliance -- which also consisted of Andrea; Brenda Lowe, a 30-year-old paddleboard company owner from Miami, FL; Sherri Biethman, a 41-year-old fast food franchisee from Boise, ID; Dawn Meehan, a 42-year-old English professor from South Jordan, UT; and John Cochran, a 25-year-old law student from Washington, DC -- wanted to beat Reynold in the challenge and then vote him off right away because he was a threat.
The castaways then met Survivor host Jeff Probst, who explained the rules to what would be their twelfth Immunity Challenge but fifth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
Each tribemate was required to balance on an uneven triangular platform in the water with their bare feet perched on very narrow foot holes. At regular intervals, they moved up the platform, making it more difficult to balance. The last person standing would receive immunity and Reward in the form of information in the game.
Reynold knew he had to win or his fate was sealed. Throughout the challenge, Jeff presented the castaways with food temptations such as donuts and hotdogs in attempt to make people quit the challenge.
Erik and Eddie were out first, and they were soon followed by Cochran, Dawn, Sherri, and Reynold.
After three hours of standing, Brenda and Andrea worked out a deal where they'd share the information in the game with one another no matter who won the challenge. However, neither of the girls wanted to give up, so they decided to change the rules and lift their left leg up in the air. In a matter of moments, Brenda fell off the platform and Andrea won.
Andrea was guaranteed a one in seven shot at winning the game and given a clue to where a hidden Immunity Idol lied at camp.
Once the Enil Edam tribe returned to camp, Andrea regretted promising to share information with Brenda because Brenda proved to be a big threat in the game based upon her performance in the challenge. But since it was obvious Andrea had a clue to where an idol was, she just decided to share it with her whole alliance. Erik ended up finding the idol and handing it off to Andrea.
Although she certainly wanted Reynold gone, Andrea figured a blindside needed to happen before it happened to her, so she wanted to get a strategic threat like Brenda out immediately as well. She was contemplating which was the better option for that moment in time.
Andrea then talked to Sherri and Cochran about voting out Brenda.
"Andrea is a smart player and Andrea, like me, is thinking well beyond the six. And it's Andrea's opinion that the right big move to make is to blindside Brenda. She could go on an immunity streak. She's one of the more capable Immunity Challenge competitors in this game, but this game is all about time," Cochran said.
Afterward, Andrea spoke with Dawn about her plan and Dawn agreed that Brenda was a big threat.
That night, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' members of the Enil Edam tribe arrived for the season's twelfth Tribal Council session. They were joined by jury members Malcolm, Phillip Sheppard and Michael Snow.
Reynold announced if people chose to keep him around, he could be a great instrument for implementing a big move in the game.
Dawn then revealed that part of her paranoia came from knowing she was untrustworthy herself at times, and Andrea agreed if you lie and deceit in the game, you realize other people are probably doing the same thing to you. Andrea said she was paranoid her own alliance might flip on her, as it only took one person changing his or her mind for that to happen.
Jeff then revealed the votes. One person voted for Erik, one castaway voted for Sherri, two tribemates voted for Eddie, and four castaways voted to oust Reynold from Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites.
The episode showed Eddie voted for Sherri; Reynold voted for Erik; Erik and Cochran voted for Eddie; and Sherri, Brenda, Dawn, and Andrea voted for Reynold.
On Night 31 following Tribal Council, Andrea told Cochran they needed to blindside Dawn or Brenda and that maybe Brenda should go first.
Andrea saw Brenda as a threat because Brenda never pissed anyone off and she was great in challenges, while Dawn seemed likely to turn on them if given a good opportunity. Cochran was onboard with making a big move -- but not that move, because he said Dawn was his closest ally in the game.
Dawn and Brenda then approached Cochran about getting Eddie out next, and Cochran warned them Andrea was targeting one of the two. Cochran told them Andrea wasn't going to want to vote out Eddie. Brenda, Dawn and Cochran then decided it was time to get the other players to join them in blindsiding Andrea as long as she didn't play her idol.
On Day 33, Enil Edam's castaways met up again with Jeff, who then explained the rules to what would be their thirteenth Immunity Challenge but sixth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
For the challenge, each tribe member was instructed to push a buoy through a series of obstacles to a post holding a key. Using that key, they must unlock their chest containing ladder rungs. The castaways then must use those rungs to complete a puzzle, climb to the top of their ladder and raise their flag to win.
Erik ended up coming through with a victory. While he gave up immunity to another player the first time he playedSurvivor and got voted out of the game because of it, Erik noted he wasn't going to let that happen again. He called his immunity win his "security blanket."
After the challenge, Andrea told Eddie, Dawn and Cochran they -- with Sherri and Erik -- should vote out Brenda. Eddie felt this was the first time he'd be going to Tribal Council actually knowing what was going on, and he was thrilled about it.
Andrea then suggested to Cochran they take Eddie to the Final 3 with them, and Cochran insisted they'd lose. Andrea said it'd probably be a close vote but the better option over taking Dawn or Brenda to the end. Andrea's scheming was a big red flag for Cochran, who then shared that information with the rest of his alliance. Dawn acknowledged Andrea needed to go.
"I haven't been able to mention Eddie's name for the past 10 days without Andrea saying, 'No, Eddie's harmless. I control his vote. He's fantastic; He's great.' And now it all makes sense. She wants to go to the Final 3 with him. Whether it's personal or strategic, I don't know," Cochran told the cameras.
"But the fact of the matter is, Eddie's moving up on Andrea's priority list. So I'm worried that I'm going to be replaced by Eddie. I admire Andrea for having a gameplan, but that plan doesn't include me and I want to be a part of everybody's plan. And if I'm not a part of your plan, Andrea, you are not going to be a part of mine."
Cochran then told Brenda and Sherri their alliance needed to split their votes between Eddie and Andrea in case Andrea played her idol. Cochran brought Erik onboard and told him to make Andrea feel completely safe and comfortable. Cochran was scared to trust Erik. Meanwhile, Andrea thought she was working with Erik as well and told him to vote for Brenda.
"Andrea came up to me and pretty much said she wants to take me all the way to the end, and I think I believe it. I mean, I helped her get that hidden Immunity Idol. So I have an 'in' with both alliances at this point. Both alliances think I'm on their side," Erik explained.
"But Cochran hasn't promised me Final 3, so if they split the vote, I could totally shake things up. When I first played the game, I was pretty much at the mercy of what everyone else wanted to do. This time around, it's very different. I'm actually in control of the game, it feels like, and I am going to do whatever is best for me."
That night, Survivor: Caramoan -- Fans vs. Favorites' members of the Enil Edam tribe arrived for the season's thirteenth Tribal Council session, and they were joined by jury members Reynold, Malcolm, Phillip, and Michael.
The castaways talked to Jeff about how there was definitely lying going on within the alliance of six. Andrea announced if she felt paranoid, she was going to play her idol. She then admitted she was feeling pretty paranoid in that moment, and Cochran reminded everyone Andrea had to play her idol before the Final 5.
When Jeff asked whether anyone wanted to play his or her idol, Andrea declined the opportunity.
The votes then read Brenda, Andrea, Eddie, Eddie, Andrea, Brenda, and Andrea. So Andrea got voted out of the game with an idol in her pocket.
The episode's closing credits later showed that Eddie and Andrea voted for Brenda; Dawn and Cochran voted for Eddie; and Sherri, Brenda and Erik voted for Andrea.