'Survivor: Ghost Island' votes Jacob Derwin out of Malolo Tribe after fake-Immunity Idol scheme
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 03/01/2018
Survivor: Ghost Island voted out Jacob Derwin during the second half of Wednesday night's special two-hour premiere episode on CBS.
Jacob, a 22-year-old music teacher from Merrick, NY, was voted out of his Malolo Tribe on Night 6 of the game through a 5-2-1 vote at Survivor: Ghost Island's second Tribal Council session of the season.
James Lim, a 24-year-old business analyst from Los Angeles, CA, received two votes, while Michael Yerger, an 18-year-old real estate agent from Knoxville, TN, earned himself one vote from Jacob.
"I put so much work into getting here and the first Tribal I attended, I was voted out," Jacob said in his final words.
"I am embarrassed and don't even know if I have a game to be proud of. Don't get me wrong, it was all there, but frankly, it was just kind of like alliances that I pretty much made up in my head that didn't exist. It sounds pathetic but it hurts on a very deep level."
On Night 3 of the game, Domenick Abbate, a 38-year-old construction supervisor from Nesconset, NY, had a bad feeling he wasn't fitting in with the tribe, so while everyone was sleeping, he went off searching for a hidden Immunity Idol and ultimately found one.
Domenick found the idol that belonged to Andrea Boehlke on Season 26 of Survivor. She became the first woman ever voted out of Survivor with an idol in her pocket.
"I'm here to play. We'll sleep when we're dead," Domenick told the cameras, adding that he was ready to take big risks and "play the game really hard."
The next day, at Naviti's camp, Morgan Ricke, a 29-year-old marine animal trainer from New Albany, IN, found the secret Legacy Advantage in her bag that had been willed to her by Jacob when visiting Ghost Island.
Morgan learned that, when played, she'd be guaranteed immunity when either 13 people were left in the game or only six castaways left in the game.
Morgan knew that Jacob had given her the advantage, and she was thrilled and flattered. She just knew it was important to keep this information to herself as to not paint a target on her back.
Meanwhile, Jacob was plotting a story to tell his tribe upon returning from Ghost Island. Instead of sharing the news of his Legacy Advantage, Jacob decided to tell his fellow castaways that he had been given a hidden Immunity Idol.
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Jacob made a fake idol with shells and twine, and he hoped to bluff his way through the next Tribal Council session.
On Day 4, Jacob returned to Malolo and was ready to use his self-described "great deception skills." He told the tribe he had an idol and would absolutely play it at the next Tribal Council, but not all the castaways were buying his story since he didn't have the written paper to go with it.
Brendan pointed out that since Jacob was a huge Survivor fan and a student of the game, he never would have left that letter behind by accident on Ghost Island.
Brendan therefore discussed with the tribe potentially putting eight votes on Jacob at the next Tribal and making him feel super comfortable beforehand so that he wouldn't play his idol at all.
On Day 5, Domenick wanted to patch things up with Chris, because it didn't help either of their cases to be enemies. Domenick therefore suggested they had "misread" each other in the beginning of the game and should start fresh and be cool with each other.
Domenick didn't want to play defense all the time, and he wanted to be in control of Chris. To solidify the bond, Domenick turned a pretty shell and some rope into a fake Immunity Idol, and he decided to show it to Chris with the letter he had received from the real idol he found.
Chris read the letter, and Domenick thought he had the guy "hook, line and sinker."
Domenick told Chris that he could use this idol if necessary and they should go to the end together. But Domenick laid it on a little too thick and apparently over-sold his loyalty, because Chris acknowledged "something was off" and he still didn't trust Domenick.
Chris was afraid of Domenick's alleged idol and didn't believe they'd actually go to Final 2 as a pair, so he wanted to eliminate them both from the game.
On Day 6, both tribes met Survivor host Jeff Probst for the second Immunity Challenge of the season.
The castaways were required to race through a series of obstacles, release two sets of buoys, gather all of the marked buoys, and then shoot them into a basket. This challenge also served as a comfort Reward in the form of chairs, pillows, blanket, a hammock and a washboard for their clothes.
Since they had one extra person, Naviti sat out Angela Perkins, a 42-year-old Army veteran from Cincinnati, OH, because she said she wasn't a strong swimmer.
Naviti had a huge head start in the challenge because James refused to do the diving to release the buoys. The tribe then tried to convince Donathan Hurley, a 26-year-old caretaker from Phelps, KY, to take over, but he was terrified.
However, after Jeff yelled to Donathan that he can do it, the castaway gathered his courage and got the job done.
Malolo did end up losing the second Immunity Challenge in a row, but Donathan's tribemates were really proud of him. As for James, he admitted the loss was all his fault and he was solely to blame.
Naviti then sent Donathan from the losing tribe to Ghost Island.
Later that day, Donathan was shown arriving at the haunted island, but he did not get a chance to play any sort of a game. Donathan was happy he could bring that piece of paper back to camp with him, showing his tribemates that he did not receive any type of idol or advantage while away.
Meanwhile, James figured he was Malolo's next target because of his poor performance in the challenge, but they still wanted to take Jacob out first.
The group therefore discussed splitting votes for Jacob and another castaway in case Jacob's idol was real. Stephanie Johnson, a 34-year-old yoga instructor from Boise, ID, then volunteered to "buddy up" with Jacob to make him feel safe enough to not play his idol.
Stephanie and Jacob, both being big fans of the game, discussed a tribal swap coming in the near future and how it might make sense to take out a strong physical player, like Michael. Stephanie and Jacob joked they were "Beauty and the Beast."
This gameplan made Stephanie think that maybe she should team up with Jacob, especially since he trusted her. Jacob also shared the news with her that his idol was fake and it was actually a Legacy Advantage he had received on Ghost Island.
Jacob suggested James and Laurel Johnson, a 29-year-old financial consultant from Philadelphia, PA, might work with them to take Michael out, and then Stephanie discussed the option with her close pal and ally, Jenna Bowman, a 23-year-old account executive from Detroit, MI.
Jenna felt that Jacob way "annoying" and had "no social skills," but she was willing to vote whatever way Stephanie desired. Since Laurel kind of felt like an outsider from "the strong and beautiful" group, she also considered flipping the vote.
Brendan was then shown realizing that he could be in trouble if the girls chose to work with Jacob. And Michael acknowledged the same possibility, telling the cameras he would be "pissed off" if he ended up being the target.
At Tribal Council that night, Jacob noted that the tribe might have been making him feel safe so he wouldn't play his idol. He worried friendships and alliances had been made in vain.
Before voting commenced, Brendan whispered to Michael that he thought they were getting set up. However, Jacob was ultimately voted out of Survivor: Ghost Island with votes from Brendan, James, Laurel, Jenna, and Stephanie.
Michael and Libby Vincek, a 24-year-old social media strategist from Houston, TX, were the two castaways who voted for James. And as previously reported, Jacob cast his vote for Michael.