'Survivor: One World' all-male Manono tribe votes off Bill Posley
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/08/2012
Survivor: One World's all-male Manono tribe eliminated Bill Posley, a 28-year-old stand-up comedian from Venice, CA, from their tribe during Wednesday night's fourth episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Bill was voted out of his tribe after the men opted to give up their immunity idol they had received from winning the fourth Immunity Challenge to the Salani women's tribe in order to participate in the season's fourth Tribal Council, the second elimination session for the men.
"My tribe was doing some very unorthodox things, but since I was probably next on the chopping block anyway, I came into Tribal Council to roll the dice. One day, [Colton Cumbie] will be put in his situation where he can't just not like somebody because they're not people that he's used to or that he's grown up with. He judged me because of my differences and I accepted him because of his," Bill said following his elimination.
Survivor: One World's fourth broadcast began on Night 8 with the Manono tribe -- which consisted of Jay Byars, a 25-year-old model from Gaffney, SC; Colton, an openly gay 21-year-old college student from Monroeville, AK; Michael Jefferson, a 30-year-old banker from Seattle, WA; Leif Manson, a 27-year-old phlebotomist from San Diego, CA; Jonas Otsuji, a 37-year-old sushi chef from Lehi, Utah; Bill; Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, a 50-year-old swimsuit photographer from Miami, FL; and Greg "Tarzan" Smith, a 64-year-old plastic surgeon from Houston, TX -- returning from Tribal Council after voting out Matt Quinlan, who posed a strong physical threat on their tribe and was a tough competitor.
Mike said his tribe was attempting to get rid of all the strong players and keep the weak around, which frustrated him because it made Manono more likely to lose challenges. However, Tarzan felt good about his solid alliance of five, which was comprised of Leif, Troyzan, Tarzan, Jonas, and Colton.
Tarzan was worried about Bill because he believed he was "dangerous" and capable of "loosening the ties" that bound his alliance together with his charm and character.
Meanwhile, the Salani tribe -- which consisted of Christina Cha, a 29-year-old career consultant from West Hollywood, CA; Monica Culpepper, a 41-year-old ex-NFL football player's wife from Tampa, FL; Kat Edorsson, a 22-year-old timeshare representative from Orlando, FL; Chelsea Meissner, a 26-year-old in medical sales from Charleston, SC; Alicia Rosa, a 25-year-old special education teacher from Chicago, IL; Kim Spradlin, a 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, TX; and Sabrina Thompson, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Brooklyn, NY -- on Day 9 were having a big turn around from the pessimistic state they were in at the beginning of the game. They had plenty of food and confidence, and Monica explained it was simply "mind over matter."
The men's tribe then asked the women if they could borrow their net. Jonas said he'd give the women half the fish they'd end up catching as long as they would agree to the deal. The women were hesitant to feed their opponents, and Troyzan called them "emotional creatures" who weren't thinking straight.
Afterward, the castaways arrived for the Reward Challenge where they were met by Survivor host Jeff Probst, who then explained the rules.
Both tribes were instructed to take turns using a slingshot to fire coconuts at a massive wall of targets. In order for it to count, they had to knock out the majority of the targets. The first tribe to knock out five targets in a row horizontally, vertically or diagonally would win reward and be afforded the opportunity to choose amongst three prizes: "comfort," featuring blankets, pillows and a mattress; "protection" in the form of a tarp; or "luxury" in the form of coffee, sugar and donuts.
The men sat out Bill to even up the numbers, and the women's Salani tribe ended up winning the challenge. They were thrilled about their victory and selected the tarp as their prize because they were desperate for shelter during the stormy weather.
Once the tribes returned to their camps after the Reward Challenge, the men were in poor spirits and claimed "the game was a fluke" because they didn't have enough time to learn and understand the challenge.
"To be honest, we got our butts kicked. These women aren't slouching. So, we need to stop thinking about them as 'just some chicks over there,' because the momentum and 'oh we've won three and they've won three,' that's just out the window!" Bill said.
Bill and Leif then talked about how the women were serious competitors and they'd feel better about their positions in the game if they could find a hidden Immunity Idol. While they were conversing, Leif accidentally spilled the beans that Colton wanted to vote him out at the previous Tribal Council over Matt. He immediately realized he made a mistake but didn't retract his statement.
Leif told Bill that everyone planned on voting him out because they didn't know where his head was at, but then they all got on a different page and figured it would be best to get rid of Matt instead. Bill was surprised at the news he heard and was appreciative that Leif told him what was going on.
As a result, Bill told Leif that if he found a hidden Immunity Idol, he'd let him know, and Leif asked him not to tell anyone what they had just discussed.
"Bill Posley just got 'wow'd.' It turns out my name was way more on the chopping block than I thought it was at the last Tribal Council. This changes everything. Now I know that the gloves are off and it's anybody's game," Bill said.
Mike then told Colton he noticed Leif was talking to Bill and it seemed like they were having a good conversation. Mike said it was important for him to do something in order to avoid having a target on his own back.
"Leif is working both sides here. So I brought Leif into the mix just to add one more cushion in front of me," Mike said.
Colton confronted Leif and asked if he had told Bill he was next. Leif then owned up to the fact he told Bill what his alliance's plan was, and Colton was angry and said he "pretty much sealed [his] own fate." Colton told Leif that no one trusted him because of his decision to confide in Bill and that he had picked the wrong side.
"It's a tight race between Leif and Bill for who is the most wishy-washy player in this game. Bill's more sneaky, whereas Leif is more stupid. He's turning into an annoying little oompa loompa," Colton said.
"Today, I put the biggest ultimate foot in my mouth and right now, everybody has really lost trust in me. I really hope that I can somehow regain that. Because if not, I could possibly be going home," Leif explained.
On Day 11, women on the Salani tribe found Tree Mail and learned they'd be working in pairs at the next Immunity Challenge. Kat and Alicia then got into it because Kat questioned Alicia's puzzles skills although she admitted her own were lacking. Sabrina, overhearing their conversation called Alicia a "firecracker" and didn't approve of how she constantly stirred up drama in the tribe.
Later that day, the Salani tribe and Manono tribe met with Jeff who then explained the rules to what would be their fourth Immunity Challenge.
The castaways learned they must pair up and tie themselves together. Each pair had to race across teeter-totters to get to a puzzle, solve the puzzle and then bring back the key to the start -- allowing the next pair to go and complete the same tasks. Once a tribe solved the remaining puzzle and collected all three keys, one person would then use those keys to open three locks.
The first person to open all three locks and raise his or her tribe's flag would win immunity and be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council session, while the losing team must vote off one of their own members.
The men sat out Jonas for the challenge to make the game fair for both tribes.
Alicia and Chelsea took a tremendous amount of time to solve their puzzle and even looked at the men's finished product for guidance. However, they still couldn't figure it out quickly. Because of their struggle with the puzzle, Tarzan and Colton and Mike and Jay finished their puzzles within the amount of time it took Alicia and Chelsea to do theirs.
Bill and Troyzan then had a steady lead on Sabrina and Kim towards the end of the challenge, and the men opened all three of their locks before Sabrina and Kim were even close to that point. As a result, the men ended up winning immunity and the women were very disappointed in Alicia and Chelsea's performance.
Alicia basically just laughed off their loss and took her failure light-heartedly, a "repulsive" attitude which angered her tribemates and made them realize she should probably be the next girl to go.
After the Immunity Challenge, the Manono tribe was thrilled they had pulled out a win, and Bill was relieved because he felt like he was going to be the next castaway eliminated had they not won.
Meanwhile, the Salani tribe was pissed about how Alicia wasn't taking things seriously, and Sabrina called her "dead weight with a mouth." Sabrina then talked to Kim about voting Alicia off at Tribal, but Kim thought Christina didn't do much around camp and should also be considered.
Over at the Manono camp, Bill approached Colton and asked him why he didn't like him. Colton called him the most "wishy washy" player on their tribe and kept insisting he didn't want to talk about it, blowing Bill off. Bill was extremely frustrated with how Colton was treating him and that he didn't want to talk things out, so he called Colton a "stuck-up brat" to his face.
"I absolutely hate Bill. I hate his voice. I hate his jokes. He's not funny. 'Oh, I'm a stand-up comedian.' Shut up. Get a real job. You are disgusting. I hate him! I want his head on a platter. I want him gone," Colton aggressively said.
Colton then told Troyzan and Jonas Bill was "a crazy person" and then asked them if they'd be willing to give the immunity idol to the women in order to get Bill out and solve their problems quickly. He said it was would be smart to vote Bill out because although they needed numbers going into the merge, if they didn't have those numbers on their side, it wouldn't matter.
"We just won immunity and now Colton's saying we should give it away, and I'm thinking, 'What?!' I don't like that idea, but at this point, I think Colton's calling the shots. So what am I going to say? 'No?'" Jonas said. "If I do that, Colton might put a target on my back."
Colton then shared the idea with Jay and he thought it would be a "hasty decision."
Although Tarzan wasn't against Colton's plan, he thought Leif was a "loose cannon" as well. He and Troyzan determined Leif needed to be the next person to go because he "betrayed" the tribe.
Tarzan told the women their plan to give up the immunity idol, and the women laughed and figured the men must have been out of their minds.
Tarzan and all the members of the Manono tribe then gathered together at camp, and Tarzan reprimanded Leif for betraying the tribe. He said it was important to vote Leif out immediately rather than sit on decision for days. He announced to everyone voting out Leif was the plan.
"Tarzan gave this huge speech about how he's sending Leif home, but I thought Colton wanted to vote out Bill, so I'm like, 'What in the world is going on?!'" Jay said.
Tarzan told Leif whether or not he'd vote with the men to go to Tribal Council that night, he'd be the first to go no matter what.
Troyzan then announced they must take a vote and every person on the tribe had to agree with going to Tribal Council or else it wouldn't happen.
"Man this game is crazy. But if I vote with the rest of the group to go to Tribal and vote Leif off while he's in hot water and people are angry, that serves my purpose immensely," Bill said, who was hesitant to vote yes.
"The guys are very confused right now, but I've always been able to get people to do what I want and I want Bill gone. I'm running this entire show right now. If you can't see that, you're Helen Keller," Colton explained, suggesting Bill was going to be completely blindsided at Tribal Council and Leif would end up surviving another day.
That night, Survivor: One World's male castaways on the Manono tribe arrived for their second Tribal Council session, but this time, it was their own will to be there.
Jeff revealed that in 24 seasons and around 400 Tribal Councils, he had never had a tribe arrive at the elimination session after winning immunity.
"Everyone got together and agreed to give the immunity to the girls because, as a team, we wanted to vote Bill out. But Leif basically said, 'Bill we're voting you out,' which kind of broke the trust with everybody. It was like, 'You just committed the cardinal sin to us. And so as a group, we said, 'That can't happen. You gotta go,'" Troyzan explained to Jeff.
Leif admitted he tried to play with his heart on his sleeve, but Jeff said acting in that manner didn't mean he should give up information from his alliance. Leif said Bill was becoming his friend and told him as a result, but he knew how strategically dangerous that choice was.
Leif told Jeff that by putting himself up for elimination, he hoped to earn his integrity back within his tribe. Jay admitted he thought the tribe's decision to appear at Tribal Council was a bad move and they should've waited until the next time they lost an Immunity Challenge to go ahead with voting somebody off.
Jay was afraid that disagreeing with the majority would have put a target on his back, but he felt it was necessary to at least speak his mind at Tribal.
Bill told Jeff the move to go to Tribal could possibly end up being the dumbest move in history, but he believed they couldn't go into a merge with someone on their tribe who couldn't be trusted.
Colton then openly expressed his feelings about Bill and admitted he didn't like him at all because he thought he was obnoxious, loud and should "get a real job." Bill seemed indifferent with Colton's opinion of him because he knew they came from different backgrounds and had different upbringings. Bill was perfectly content with being a struggling stand-up comedian and Colton's disapproval had no effect on him.
Colton assured Jeff his problems with Bill weren't race-related, but then he came clean and said the only African American person he associated with at home was his hired housekeeper -- whom he claimed was part of his family. Colton was just frustrated with the fact Bill "lived off the kindness of others" and didn't have a respected job.
Bill said Colton didn't work an honest day in his life and shouldn't need a fall-back plan like Colton had insisted because he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life. He said he worked "with people" and "for no one."
While Jeff asked Colton whether he had ever been judged because he was gay, Colton said there was a difference between educated people making poor assumptions about others in comparison with people who go "back to their trailers at night."
Tarzan stuck up for Colton, suggesting he had been painted in a negative light. Tarzan then yelled about the race topic and said people should solely be judged on their characters and merits.
Jeff then revealed the votes and all the castaways' votes were cast to oust Bill from Survivor: One World except for one. After showing the votes, Jeff extinguished Bill's torch.
The episode's closing credits later showed that everyone voted for Bill, while Bill voted for Leif -- whom Bill seemingly thought was being eliminated the entire time before the votes revealed his own elimination.