'Survivor: Game Changers' merges the two tribes, Hali Ford and Ozzy Lusth get voted out
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/20/2017
Survivor: Game Changers merged the two tribes and eliminated Hali Ford as well as Ozzy Lusth during the special two-hour episode of Season 34 Wednesday night on CBS.
The merged Maku Maku tribe sent Hali, a 26-year-old attorney from San Francisco, CA, packing at Tribal Council on Night 21 with 7 out of 13 votes because she was an outsider of the new tribe along with Michaela Bradshaw; however, Michael had Cirie Fields on her side.
Many castaways also suspected Hali had a hidden Immunity Idol, so they were hoping to flush it out of the game.
"I just feel like these people are dumb. Why did you vote me out?" Hali, who finished 11th on Survivor: Worlds Apart, said following her ouster.
"Do you want to sit with the big, strong, strategic players or do you want to sit with the herd of goats? I'm just thankful to be on the jury and still be a part of the game. I don't know what I did wrong. But for whatever reason I'm out, they're still in, so power to them."
Michaela and Hali voted for Zeke Smith hoping to save themselves because they were told he was the target since no one could beat him at the end due to his story of coming out as transgender on the show and growing as a man.
Going into that Tribal Council session, a divide was starting to form within the merged tribe. Zeke was working with Cirie, Andrea and Sarah, and the group knew Michaela could be a potential number for them down the road. The group therefore pushed to vote out Hali when Sierra, Brad, Tai, Troyzan, and Debbie wanted Michaela out first.
Andrea had won the season's first Individual Immunity Challenge in which the castaways had to stand on their toes trying to hold a block on their head that was pushed up against a wooden frame. She was the first woman to ever win this particular challenge.
Later in the episode, Maku Maku blindsided Ozzy, a 34-year-old from Venice, CA, at Tribal Council with seven votes on Night 24 of the game after he lost the season's second Individual Immunity Challenge -- a pole-hugging challenge he had won twice before -- to Tai.
Cirie voted for Sierra; Zeke voted for Aubry; Andrea, Aubry, Michaela, and Ozzy voted for Zeke because he had betrayed Andrea and attempted to get her out; and finally Sierra, Sarah, Tai, Brad, Troyzan, and Debbie voted to oust Ozzy fromSurvivor because he's a big physical threat.
Debbie also utilized the advantage she had received on Exile Island, an extra vote, to take out Ozzy.
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"I didn't see that coming but I knew it was inevitable. I played my hardest. I think I overestimated my worth, but if you don't win immunity and you don't have an idol, you're sitting where I'm sitting. Survivorhas a way of life. It's changed me in ways I'll never forget and I'm just so thankful for it," Ozzy said in his final words.
Zeke found himself on the outs of his alliance once he tried to switch the vote from Sierra to his ally Andrea. He ruffled feathers because he was under the impression Andrea, Cirie and Sierra were in charge, and he didn't want to follow suit.
Zeke therefore became Andrea's target -- and Sierra's group was onboard with that at first -- but then Debbie convinced Sierra to vote out Ozzy instead, seemingly just to build her Survivor resume and make a big move that was all her own. Debbie argued that no one would expect Ozzy's vote-off at this point.
On his way out of the game, Ozzy told the tribe, "Good job, guys. Good luck eating."
Ozzy previously played on Survivor: Cook Islands and finished as the runner-up, Survivor: Micronesia and finished in ninth place, and Survivor: South Pacific and placed fourth.