Survivor featured the "Va Va Tribe" voting out Frannie Marin once she unveiled herself to be a big physical threat during the Season 44 episode that aired Wednesday night on CBS.

Frannie, a 23-year-old research coordinator from St. Paul, MN, who currently resides in Cambridge, MA, was voted out of Survivor 44 on Night 19 of the game through a 5-2-1 vote instead of Heidi Lagares-Greenblatt, a 43-year-old engineering manager from Ponce, Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Pittsburgh, PA, and Danny Massa, a 32-year-old NYC firefighter from Bronx, NY, respectively.


"I put my game to the test tonight and I failed! And I don't fail tests! But I feel like a stronger, more powerful woman," Frannie said in her final words.

"I beasted challenges -- what?! And honestly, being a jury member is, like, the most exciting thing. It's a front row seat to my favorite show. What more could I ask for?!"

The Survivor broadcast began on Night 17 after the Tribal Council session in which Kane Fritzler was voted out.

Frannie called Tribal Council "chaotic."

The game has been former Ratu vs. Soka with the Tika tribe in the middle. Frannie wasn't included in the plan to vote out Kane, and so she felt "frustrated" and didn't understand why "every single person on the beach" had lied to her.

Frannie didn't feel like anyone was on her side as a result, but Lauren Harpe, a 31-year-old elementary school teacher from Port Arthur, TX, who currently resides in Mont Belvieu, TX, also felt confused and worried her Ratu numbers were starting to dwindle.

Lauren only had Jaime Lynn Ruiz, a 35-year-old Yogi from Mesa, AZ, and her extra vote was gone.

But Carson Garrett, a 20-year-old NASA engineering student from Rome, GA, who currently resides in Atlanta, GA, boasted about how he knew the plan all along. He then explained to Jaime how he didn't know where Kane's loyalty lies.

Carson also shared with Jaime how Kane had told him that she had a hidden Immunity Idol.

"In reality, I had told everybody that she had an idol, but Kane is gone -- and so I can say whatever I want!" Carson shared in a confessional.
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Kane left the game with Jaime's idol in his pocket -- given Jaime had given it to him to hold onto in case someone else played "Knowledge is Power" -- and so she was in a tricky situation. In light of suspicion surrounding her, Jaime realized she either had to come clean to everyone or find a new idol.

On Day 18 of the game, the "Va Va Tribe" met Survivor host Jeff Probst for a Reward Challenge.

The castaways were required to spin in a metal frame, slowly unwinding a buoy across a line. After making their way through a series of obstacles and grabbing two balls along the way, they'd race to land those balls on a tall ledge.

The first person to finish would be taken to the Survivor sanctuary for a whole night of good sleep with pillows and blankets. The winner would also enjoy tacos, apple empanadas, cold beer, and margaritas.


The castaways tossed their balls in the pouring rain, and in the end, Frannie won.

Jeff told Frannie that she'd receive an encouraging letter from home, which caused multiple castaways to burst into tears. It was therefore "the biggest Reward" of the season.

Frannie selected Carolyn Wiger, a 35-year-old drug counselor from North St. Paul, MN, who currently resides in Hugo, MN, because she was missing her son terribly, and she also picked Lauren because she hadn't been eating much.

Frannie then got to choose one other person to join them, and she picked another mom, Heidi.

Frannie said her win was "bittersweet" because she knew she looked like a physical threat to the other players. While the other women seemed grateful to participate in Frannie's reward, Frannie could tell they were looking at her like a problem.

Meanwhile, the other castaways were talking about how Frannie was a threat because she had won three out of the five Individual Immunity Challenges. Jaime also pointed out how Frannie was good at puzzles and had a good social game.

Ties were shifting, and Carson noted how Frannie could be going home next. Jaime also revealed to the group how her idol was gone, but Danny wasn't buying it.

Jaime thought the target was off her back, but Danny called her story -- which was true -- "total B-S." Carson said the story even put Jaime more in his radar.

Danny and Carson therefore agreed to go after Frannie first, and if she won immunity, they'd vote out Jaime.

Over at Reward, Carolyn, Heidi, Lauren and Frannie all cried when reading their letters, and the women bonded over their feast and emotional experiences. Carolyn even told the cameras how she no longer wanted to vote Frannie out because she really liked her.

The four women discussed potentially voting out Danny, and Heidi said she'd be okay with that, even though the pair had been close allies for quite some time. Heidi figured she and Danny would turn on each other at some point.

On Day 19, Jaime told the four women who had enjoyed Reward about her idol once they returned to camp, and Jaime said it felt "good" to finally feel free. Jaime no longer had any secrets, and she gushed to the cameras about how she loved being honest.

However, Frannie, Carolyn, Lauren and Heidi didn't believe Jaime either. The women thought Jaime had lied right to their faces, which made Frannie think Jaime was very dangerous in the game.


The tribe then met Jeff again for the season's next Individual Immunity Challenge.

For the challenge, the players had their feet tied together and their hands tied to their side. They had to slither through the sand while using their mouth to drag a buoy through the course. At the end, they must maneuver the buoy through a final obstacle and then race to finish a star-shaped puzzle.

The first person to finish the challenge would win immunity and be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council. The next person voted out would become the eleventh person voted out of this season as well as the fourth member of the Survivor jury.

The challenge ultimately came down to Carson vs. Frannie on the puzzle, and Carson pulled out a big win.

Frannie had some sort of security at every previous Tribal Council, so she was excited to put her social strategy to the test. Frannie pitched Danny or Jaime to Heidi, Carson and Carolyn, and the group seemed to agree on Jaime because they thought she had an idol.

"I think we should split the vote 3-3, and if Jaime doesn't play her idol, we vote her," Carson suggested.

Meanwhile, Lauren, Jaime, Danny and Yamil "Yam Yam" Arocho, a 36-year-old salon owner from Bayamon, Puerto Rico, who currently resides in San Juan, Puerto Rico, discussed how no one would be able to beat Frannie in the Final 3.

Lauren had talked about getting rid of Danny with the girls, but she realized now may be the right time to take a challenge beast like Frannie out -- before it was too late.

Yam Yam then sought out Carson, who claimed Carolyn and Frannie were forming a close bond. Carson warned Yam Yam that Frannie may be Carolyn's new No. 1, and they didn't want to lose her as a close ally. The men therefore considered voting out Frannie.

Yam Yam, however, was worried Carolyn may not want to work with him anymore if he took out Frannie.

Danny also wanted to target Frannie, and he told Heidi that he didn't even need her number, even though he wanted to continue working with her.

For Frannie's part, she was trying to split the vote between Danny and Jaime. Those were the three names being tossed around, and Heidi admitted she didn't feel good about voting for any of them.

"If I feel weird, I do have an idol. I'm bringing it tonight, and depending on how I feel in the moment, I may or may not play it," Heidi told the cameras.

Heidi then warned Carolyn that Danny thought he had enough numbers to sway the vote in his direction. The news alarmed Carolyn, who immediately warned Frannie of what was going on.

Carolyn told the cameras that she wasn't voting Frannie out that night, and she advised the women not to let Danny "control another vote." Carolyn, Lauren, Jaime and Frannie then discussed the idea of just voting out Heidi.


Lauren initially pitched the idea, and she suggested they could bring Carson in with them.

"Let's do it!" Carolyn and Frannie said one after the next.

Carolyn shared the plan with Carson at the last minute, and so Carson wondered if he should still try to take out Frannie. Doing so would risk his relationship with Carolyn going forward.

"But I do want Frannie out. I can see right through her. She is working this game pretty well, and she is a big threat," Carson explained.

Carolyn proceeded to try to get Yam Yam onboard with the Heidi vote, and Carson admittedly felt stressed going into Tribal Council that night because he was about to betray somebody.

At Tribal Council on Night 19, Danny acknowledged how Frannie had "kicked ass" in three challenges, and Jaime once again announced that she didn't have an idol in her possession.

Danny shared how everyone pretty much got along and he loved "the hell" out of Lauren even though they had been voting differently. Frannie agreed anybody could be talking to or working with anybody at any time -- and that one comment could change everything.

"There's so many plans. None of us are solid," Heidi declared. "So I truly think if you say the wrong thing, you could go home."

It then became time to vote, and Jeff proceeded to read the votes aloud in the following order: Frannie, Danny, Heidi, Heidi, Frannie, Frannie, and Frannie.

Jeff announced that four votes were enough to seal Frannie's fate, and Carolyn appeared upset and disappointed.


On her way out of the game, multiple people said, "I love you!"

The episode's closing credits later showed that Yam Yam, Danny, Jaime, Lauren and Carson voted for Frannie. Heidi voted for Danny. Carolyn and Frannie voted for Heidi.

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