'Survivor: One World' votes castaway Leif Manson out of the game
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/19/2012
Survivor: One World's merged Tikiano tribe eliminated Leif Manson, a 27-year-old phlebotomist from San Diego, CA, from their tribe during Wednesday night's tenth episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Leif was voted out of his tribe at the season's tenth Tribal Council session, the fourth session for the mixed-gender tribe since the merge.
"This has definitely been one of the number one things I've always wanted to do -- being able to sleep under the stars and really just take it all in. The whole girls and guys thing, that was definitely an interesting thing. I can't believe I'm here. I feel like it was coming either soon or later. I definitely gave it my all. I have no regrets," Leif said following his ouster.
Survivor: One World's tenth broadcast began on Night 25 following the Tribal Council session in which Tikiano had voted off Jay Byars, a 25-year-old model from Gaffney, SC.
"This Tribal Council was the biggest disappointment so far. Jay got voted out, so I'm basically next in line probably. I'm totally pissed off. I feel like I'm completely alone now, but when I get pissed off, I get fired up and now I'm going to win every damn Immunity. I could give a crap about those people. This is not a team anymore. I'm no longer a team player. This is Troyzan against everybody else and that's the way I feel," said Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, a 50-year-old swimsuit photographer from Miami, FL.
Sabrina Thompson, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Brooklyn, NY, told Troyzan voting the guys off one by one was nothing personal. Troyzan grew so frustrated over the situation he began questioning Christina Cha, a 29-year-old career consultant from West Hollywood, CA, looking for answers, and then Alicia Rosa, a 25-year-old special education teacher from Chicago, IL, yelled at him to stop attacking her. Troyzan told Alicia he was simply asking Christina a question, leading to an argument between the two.
On Day 26, Troyzan tried to convince Chelsea Meissner, a 26-year-old in medical sales from Charleston, SC, he deserved to be in the game longer than a lot of people that were left at camp. Chelsea kept insistingSurvivor was just a game and he needed to understand and relax, which just angered Troyzan even more. Troy said he couldn't help feeling used because he believed the girls just got what they needed from the men and then immediately turned on them and decided to get rid of them.
The castaways then received Tree Mail with cash inside and learned there was going to be an auction. Once the Tikiano tribe met with Survivor host Jeff Probst shortly afterwards, Jeff explained he would reveal to them a series of items which they could bid on and attempt to win. Each castaway was given a $500 total amount and the bidding could only be in increments of $20.
Chelsea first bought donuts and coffee for $160, Sabrina bid on guacamole and chips with a margarita for $400, and then Leif purchased a protein shake with bananas for a little energy that cost him $100. Kim Spradlin, a 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, TX, then outbid many castaways for a shower with shampoo and toothbrush included for $40, while Kat Edorsson, a 22-year-old timeshare representative from Orlando, FL, got to eat a BLT with chips and a cold iced tea for $180.
Kim then also bought peanut butter and chocolate for $180, and then Alicia chose to give up her entire $500 for a letter from home. Afterward, Jeff announced a letter from home would cost a full $500 for anybody else who wanted one. Greg "Tarzan" Smith, a 64-year-old plastic surgeon from Houston, TX, chose to give up all his money for a letter as well.
The next item up for bid was an advantage in the next Individual Immunity Challenge. Troyzan outbid Christina by giving up $420. He then began to cry because he said he felt so alone in the game and believed he was going to have to do everything on his own in the game from that point on. Troy felt it was the entire tribe versus him, especially after his fellow castaways tried to persuade Christina to outbid him for the advantage.
The last item was a note with something hidden under a cover. Kat bid $160 without knowing what the reward was, but then Jeff revealed it was a cake for the whole tribe to share. Everyone was ecstatic.
Following the reward auction, Troy read what his advantage was going to be in the upcoming challenge and discovered he could move to the second round of the Immunity Challenge automatically, increasing his chances of winning from one in nine to one in four.
"You cannot mess with Troyzan. It's like, they think they have me outsmarted, they don't. They're very scared and that tells me something. I'm thinking, 'Heck, if there's an immunity idol -- if there's another one out there -- I'm going to start looking for it in front of them. I don't really care.' If you put fear in people's hearts, you can scramble them a little bit," Troyzan explained.
Troy went off to look for the hidden Immunity Idol around camp, and then Kim instructed everyone to go look for it as well to better the girls' chances of finding it first so they wouldn't have to worry about Troyzan remaining in the game any further.
"When Jeff brought out the letter that would give someone an advantage at the next Immunity Challenge, we knew Christina was the only one who still had enough money left that could take it from Troy. And when she backed out, I think everyone was just like, 'Ugh, how could you do that?' It's so annoying," Chelsea said.
"The way I see it, is that Troy has put the crosshairs on his back. It's eight against one right now. We just want to take him down more than anything, but right now, Troy is going to put more heart into this game than most of the people here."
Troy pretended to find a hidden Immunity Idol, and the girls -- who saw Troy stuff something into his pocket -- planned to throw votes his way to flush it out just in case. The girls said the worst case scenario would play out if Troyzan won the next Immunity Challenge and also had a hidden Immunity Idol to use. Kim admitted he was a very smart guy and could be very dangerous in the game.
Later that day, the merged tribe met with Jeff, who then explained the rules to what would be their tenth Immunity Challenge, but fourth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
The castaways learned they each had to race to untangle knotted ropes. The first four people to undo their ropes would move onto next round, where they must race up a stack of crates and then bounce a coconut off a trampoline in attempt to knock out their targets. The first two castaways to knock out their targets would move onto the final round, which required them to use a slingshot to fire coconuts at a wall of targets.
The first person to knock out three targets either horizontally, vertically or diagonally would win immunity, be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council session and have a one in eight chance of winning the million-dollar grand prize. Kim, Christina, Troy, and Tarzan all made it to the second round, and then Tarzan and Troy squared off in the last round.
Although it was very close, Troyzan knocked out his third target before Tarzan and ended up winning the Individual Immunity Challenge. Troy was overjoyed and ran around yelling that it was his island and his fellow castaways couldn't get rid of him. He told his tribe not to "f-ck with him" and basically wished them luck in their attempts to scramble.
After the challenge, Tarzan told Troy he liked him as a person but believed he needed to be noble upon victory. Troy said he couldn't change his competitive personality, especially when the game was eight against one. Troy felt "outstanding" regardless of what anyone said and it changed his day for the better. He liked the fact the women were paranoid about whether he had a hidden Immunity Idol and over what move to make next.
Chelsea then told Kim she thought Troy had an idol, so in terms of who they should vote for next, she felt they should keep their strongest women around and get rid of Leif next. They worried that if they voted for one of the girls outside of their four-person alliance -- which consisted of Sabrina, Kim, Chelsea, and Kat -- the remaining girls would feel threatened and ties could be destroyed.
"The one thing that all of us did not want to happen was for Troy to win and it happened, so immediately, you start to think about Tribal. I think if we were to take a girl out right now, it would do nothing but create chaos and paranoia, and that's the last thing we need right now. So it's easy to either take Tarzan out or Leif out," Chelsea explained.
Tarzan and Leif discussed how one of them was probably going to be the next player to go, and Troy had a plan up his sleeves.
"My strategy tonight is I'm going to talk to Leif, Christina, Alicia, and Tarzan. I'm going to be like, 'Point blank, you are on the bottom. So if you're smart, come along with me and then we'll have five votes and we vote out Kim. We break up the four girls over there, and then we can basically pick them off one by one. It would not be that difficult," Troyzan said.
"That would be the best scenario. The worst would be like probably if they decided to vote out a Leif or a Christina, because that takes away any chance I have of swaying someone's vote, and then the girls have major control."
Troy talked to Leif first and told him they had a chance to do something huge and force the female alliance to crumble. He then told Tarzan that Kim, Chelsea, Sabrina, and Kat were strong together and they were on the outs.
"I said, 'You guys can move yourselves ahead. Why are you going to stick with the plan when the plan is basically for those girls to vote you out either six or number seven or whatever. If you're five, you can go to four easily.' Hello! Hi!" Troyzan explained.
When Troyzan discussed his plan with Alicia, she said she understood but wasn't going to make any rash decisions although she certainly wasn't going to close any doors.
"Troy is onto something. Let's say Troy comes out as this like God of Immunity Challenges, I'm going to side with Troy. I'm no dummy. I need to be the first girl he takes. So, it's something I need to think about," Alicia said.
Troy told them all to vote for Kim. He insisted if they opted to vote with him, they couldn't go wrong.
That night,Survivor: One World's Tikiano tribe members arrived for their fourth Tribal Council altogether as a merged tribe, the tenth session of the season overall. Jonas Otsuji, Mike Jefferson and Jay, the first, second and third members of the jury respectively, arrived to listen in on the session.
Troy argued with Sabrina in front of Jeff, as Sabrina told Troy he'd have to be likable in order to win the game regardless of how many Immunity Challenges he ended up winning. She said she saw him turn into some sort of "creature" once he realized the women had turned on the men, and then Troy sarcastically called Sabrina "the truth" -- implying she was in the same boat because she had lied to and betrayed many castaways, such as Jay.
Chelsea then admitted to Jeff she was aware the former Manono tribe members could side with Troy and wipe out her alliance. She knew Troy was attempting to manipulate Tarzan, Alicia, Christina, and Leif's decisions. Troy certainly wasn't hiding his plan, as he then announced his 5-4 strategy of everyone banding together to oust Kim.
Christina said Troy had a point and she liked having options. Alicia clearly felt the same way.
Jeff then revealed the votes. Three castaways voted for Tarzan, two tribe members voted for Kim, and four people voted to oust Leif from Survivor: One World.
After showing the votes, Jeff extinguished Leif's torch and Leif exited the game.
The episode's closing credits later showed that Troy and Leif voted for Kim, while Christina, Alicia, and Kim voted for Tarzan. Chelsea, Tarzan, Sabrina, and Kat voted for Leif.