'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' eliminates "loved one" Caleb Bankston, votes off newbie player Katie Collins
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 12/05/2013
Survivor: Blood vs. Water eliminated "loved one" Caleb Bankston from the game after he lost the season's tenth Redemption Island duel during Wednesday night's twelfth episode of the CBS reality series' 27th edition.
Colton Cumbie's fiance Caleb, a 26-year-old post office manager and farmer from Collinsville, AL, lost the duel to returning castaways Tina Wesson, a 52-year-old motivational speaker from Robbinsville, NC, and Laura Morett, a 43-year-old construction company co-owner from Salem, OR.
Later in the episode, newbie player and Tina's daughter Katie Collins, a 25-year-old who works in hedge fund support from New York, NY, was forced to leave the merged Kasama tribe on Night 32 at the season's thirteenth Tribal Council session when the vote had come down to a drawing rocks-tiebreaker and Katie picked the unlucky rock.
"I had to draw rocks tonight... I was the white rock. Tonight was my shot to knock Tyson off of his throne, but I had the white rock, so I was rocked out!" Katie said following her vote-off.
As the game's newest Tribal Council victim, Katie will now join Laura and Tina on Redemption Island, where they will battle each other in the game's next duel in attempt to earn a chance to rejoin the game and resume competing for Survivor: Blood vs. Water's million dollar prize.
Wednesday night's broadcast began on Night 26 with Kat Edorsson's boyfriend and former Big Brother winner Hayden Moss, a 26-year-old in real estate from Springtown, TX, having just lost his closest ally in Caleb. Hayden admitted to Tyson Apostol, a 34-year-old former pro cyclist and shop manager from Provo, UT, he and his alliance had made a "good move."
However, Hayden then announced in front of everyone he hopes they all would enjoy second place because if Tyson got to the end, he'd definitely win. Hayden said Tyson had, hands down, played the best game and no one could touch him in the Final 3.
Returning player Gervase Peterson, a 43-year-old cigar lounge owner from Philadelphia, PA, then flipped out and said Tyson wouldn't have made it that far if it wasn't for him. Hayden was still persistent though about how Tyson deserved to win the game.
Tyson felt Hayden's words put a target on his back. Tyson wished he hadn't played his hidden Immunity Idol at the previous Tribal Council, but he trusted his alliance. Tyson agreed with his alliance -- Gervase; Monica Culpepper, a 42-year-old former NFL wife and homemaker from Tampa, FL; and Ciera Eastin, a 24-year-old cosmetology student from Salem, OR -- that Hayden was their next vote.
If Hayden won the upcoming Individual Immunity Challenge, Tyson's alliance agreed Katie must go instead.
On Day 27, Survivor host Jeff Probst welcomed Caleb, Tina and Laura to the arena for the season's tenth Redemption Island duel.
Caleb noted there were only two faces for whom he had "good words for" -- Katie and Hayden. He said a man's word is a man's word and obviously it doesn't mean as much in the game of Survivor. He was indirectly insulting Tyson and Gervase for breaking their bond, however, Gervase called Caleb out for betraying their alliance first.
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Gervase said his alliance just made the "dirty" move before Hayden and Caleb, who had been gunning for Tyson, could and that Caleb was acting in "sore loser status."
Jeff then explained each castaway would have 150 wooden tiles and must use them to build a house of cards. The first two players to build a house eight feet tall, or the first two castaways with the highest stack of cards in 30 minutes, would remain on Redemption Island and the loser would be out of the game for good.
Laura ended up winning the duel. Tina finished in second place but only because Caleb's cards fell last minute, so she waited out the time requirement and her stack was higher as a result once the 30 minutes were up.
"Caleb, 30 days in this game. I'm guessing you impressed a lot of people with your work ethic and the way you handle Colton, your relationship which is still a mystery to me," Jeff said.
"It probably is a mystery to a lot of people. Opposites attract, even though we're similar, we're the same," Caleb explained.
"In what ways are you similar with Colton?" Jeff asked.
"Well, we're both guys. His estrogen level is probably a little bit higher than mine, but yeah, that's probably about it," Caleb said before departing the game.
For winning the duel, Laura received the clue to a hidden Immunity Idol, and she gave it to her daughter Ciera. Unlike many castaways before her, Ciera decided to keep the clue, and Laura suggested she "dig for it."
Because Tyson had played his hidden Immunity Idol at the prior Tribal session, Ciera figured a new hidden Immunity Idol would be in play. Ciera planned to open the clue with her alliance and allow them all to look for it as well. Once it was found, the group would decide what to do with it. Ciera just didn't want Katie or Hayden to find the idol.
However, Hayden caught onto the searching charade and knew which area of camp to look around in. He therefore went looking for the idol himself and laughed at the stupidity of the whole thing.
Meanwhile, Tyson personally felt he had to find the idol to stay alive in the game since it was clear to everyone he was such a big threat. Tyson had told his girlfriend Rachel Foulger he'd get to the end, so he said the idea of getting voted out of the tribe felt terrible since he could've saved her in the game back at her duel.
"I've just been fighting and clawing, and I'm so close, and I still feel like it's going to get pulled out from under me," Tyson said in tears. "And I hate that feeling because I worked too hard to get here."
Tyson did end up finding the idol high in a tree. He hid it in his crutch "where nobody would suspect a bulge." He decided to keep the information to himself again and was thrilled he could rest easy and even take a nap. Tyson determined that no matter what, Hayden couldn't win the upcoming Individual Immunity Challenge.
Meanwhile, Hayden knew he had struck a nerve with Gervase and could possibly get him to work together against Tyson in attempt to blindside him. Gervase asked Hayden what move they could make, and Hayden suggested the two of them -- with Katie and hopefully Ciera -- could get Tyson out. Gervase felt loyal to Tyson and trusted him, but he said he wasn't going to rule out any options that could potentially get himself further in the game.
On Day 32, the Kasama tribe arrived for their sixth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
For the challenge, the tribe members were required to race through a serious of obstacles while balancing a ball ontop of a pole. At the end of each obstacle, they'd add another section of pole, making it more difficult to balance. If the ball dropped, that person must go back and start again. Once the castaways made it to the end, they'd release a key, unlock a box, and then use the sandbags inside the box to knock over nine bamboo targets. The first person to finish would win Individual Immunity.
In addition, the winner of the challenge would receive Reward in the form of an afternoon of ice cream. An ice cream cart would be delivered to camp and serve the tribe member ice cream bars, ice cream sandwiches, ice cream cones, etc.
The challenge came down to Monica and Gervase, but Gervase ended up winning it. Gervase then got to choose one person to join him for ice cream and he picked Monica to repay her for letting the tribe eat burgers and hot dogs when she won a previous Individual Immunity Challenge.
In a twist, Gervase then got to select one more person to join him. After Jeff announced people had made "million dollar mistakes" at this point in the game, Gervase chose his "left-hand man" Tyson.
While Gervase, Tyson and Monica ate, Hayden tried to talk Ciera into turning on Tyson. Ciera had no intention of doing anything with Hayden and Katie. However, Hayden told her that Gervase was onboard and suggested they should flush Tyson's idol in case he had one. Hayden insisted Ciera needed to make a big move in the game to win and she needed to build a resume.
Ciera told Hayden in reply that if she was to vote with him, it would be three against three and she didn't want to do that. Hayden then spoke to Gervase and Ciera together, saying the three of them -- with Katie -- could gain the majority and blindside Tyson. The following week, Hayden acknowledged Katie would go home.
After their discussion, Gervase told the cameras he thought he could beat Tyson in the end and Hayden needed to go. Ciera pointed out that even Katie could probably beat her in the Final 3 since she had so many fans in the jury. Hayden then decided to be honest with Tyson, telling him that he was hoping to gain numbers and blindside him.
Hayden, feeling like it was his time to go, planned to blow up Tribal and keep swinging.
Kasama then arrived for the season's thirteenth Tribal Council on Night 32. The season's first three jury members -- Aras Baskauskas, Vytas Baskauskas, and Caleb -- listened in on the session.
Hayden announced almost immediately the tribe was four against two, and the four were being controlled by Tyson. Gervase said he chose to work with original Galang members, but Ciera obviously wasn't in Galang, so that perked her ears up. Hayden said Ciera should join himself and Katie to make a three-three vote.
Jeff asked Monica what she thought about Ciera potentially flipping, and Monica revealed "four is better than six."
Hayden quickly pointed out that meant Ciera was fourth in her current alliance, and even if she was third in his alliance, they'd still be the Final 3 no matter how you spin it.
"What she has on that side is a backstabber, a backstabber, a liar, a liar," Gervase told Hayden. "What she has on this side is honest words, people who keep their word and keep it all together."
At that point, the jury cracked up, especially Vytas and Aras, whom Gervase had shockingly betrayed earlier in the season.
"The jury is laughing because they tried to stab us in the back and they got played first. That's why they're laughing," Gervase explained. "Look man, nobody is entertaining any ideas of jumping ship from this alliance. It's one, two, three, and four. And Hayden, guess what?! You're going to the jury. Believe that! You're going to be on the jury."
Jeff then noted Ciera was once again number four as Gervase had counted aloud.
"Do you want to trust people who are wishy-washy or do you want to trust people who agree with you? We've been 100 with you," Gervase told Ciera.
Gervase argued that at least one thing was certain, Ciera wouldn't be going home that night. Hayden then repeated "Monica" to Katie in secret. Jeff said if the tribe forced a three-three tie, they may have to draw rocks.
At that point, Tyson chimed in, saying he didn't think Ciera was four. Hayden replied, "Yeah right!"
If Ciera truly wasn't fourth, that meant Monica was at the bottom. Hayden then tried to get inside Monica's head. Tyson, seemingly nervous, begged Ciera to stay with them. Tyson told Ciera that both Hayden and Katie had written their names down before and he had been protecting her all along.
"Ciera, you're one in four over there, and you know you're in fourth. You make a big move and it works out, you're a millionaire at the end of the game," Hayden said.
"And if it doesn't work out, you [Ciera] could be going home tonight by drawing a rock," Tyson argued.
Jeff then revealed the votes. Three castaways voted for Hayden and three players voted for Monica. It became clear in that moment Ciera decided to flip and join forces with Hayden and Katie.
There was then a re-vote, but this time, Hayden and Monica could not vote and the other castaways could only cast their vote for Hayden or Monica.
Jeff unveiled that two people voted for Hayden and two people voted for Monica.
Ciera smiled at Hayden, ensuring him that she wasn't wavering. Tyson and Gervase both looked completely shocked and disappointed.
Jeff then explained that if Katie, Ciera, Tyson and Gervase could unanimously decide to vote off either Monica or Hayden, one of them would be going to Redemption Island. Otherwise, Hayden would become safe, Monica would become safe, and Gervase was already safe since he had the immunity necklace around his neck. In that case, Katie, Ciera and Tyson would be forced to draw rocks.
Ciera announced she was willing to draw rocks unless someone wanted to vote her way, ousting Monica. Ciera told Tyson and Gervase she knew she was forth and didn't want people to bullsh-t her. Tyson and Gervase surprisingly agreed to draw rocks rather than vote out Monica.
Katie, Ciera and Tyson then drew rocks. There were two black rocks, which meant safety, and one white rock, which symbolized elimination -- the same as being voted out of the tribe. In the end, Katie drew the white rock and was out.
Hayden and Ciera were upset to see Katie go, and Ciera asked Tyson not to glare at her as if he was gloating. This marked the second time in Survivor history -- in all of its 27 seasons -- that a tribe decided to draw rocks. Hayden smiled at Ciera and gave her a pat on the back, meanwhile, Tyson seemed furious with Hayden.