'Survivor: Worlds Apart' Merica tribe votes off former No Collar Jenn Brown
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/23/2015
Survivor: Worlds Apart's merged Merica tribe eliminated Jenn Brown during Wednesday night's ninth episode of the CBS reality competition's 30th season.
Jenn, a 22-year-old sailing instructor from Long Beach, CA, was the tenth person voted out of the game and therefore became the season's third jury member. Her Merica tribe got her out on Night 27 at the season's tenth Tribal Council session.
"A lot of the people sucked super hard. [Will Sims II] seemed to be a nice person, but he's kind of shattered now. [Sierra Dawn Thomas], I don't know, she sucks. I hated [Rodney Lavoie Jr.] but I really hate 'Mama C' [Carolyn Rivera] -- the same way I hate [Dan Foley]. They're just fake. It kills me. But I really can't wait to watch the rest of this tribe destroy each other. I just hope they're not on the jury any time soon so that I don't have to see their faces," Jenn said following her ouster.
The players still in the game at this point were Jenn; Sierra, a 27-year-old barrel racer from Roy, UT; Mike Holloway, a 38-year-old oil driller from North Richland Hills, TX; Dan, a 47-year-old postal worker from Gorham, ME; and Rodney, a 24-year-old general contractor from Boston, MA.
Also still vying for the title of "Sole Survivor" were Tyler Fredrickson, a 33-year-old ex-talent agent assistant from Los Angeles, CA; Will, a 41-year-old YouTube sensation from Sherman Oaks, CA; Carolyn, a 52-year-old corporate executive from Tampa, FL; and Shirin Oskooi, a 31-year-old Yahoo executive from San Francisco, CA.
On Day 25, Rodney suggested to Carolyn, Tyler and Will -- his alliance on the side -- that they should get Mike out right after the next Individual Immunity Challenge. Tyler told the cameras he liked the idea because they could get Mike out before he could "pull his numbers and his charisma" and jump on them.
The group wasn't careful, however, because Mike was nearby listening in on their conversation. Mike discovered Rodney had flipped on the Blue Collars and so he would no longer be in his alliance. Mike realized he had a lot to do to save himself.
All the castaways then metSurvivor host Jeff Probst for the famous auction. Each player received $500 in their Tree Mail and could bit in increments of $20.
The first item came out covered and Will bid $100 for it. He received a note presumed to be a clue to a hidden immunity idol, but instead, he was instructed to leave the auction immediately with nothing and go back to camp. All the castaways were shocked about how brutal that was.
Shirin then paid $300 for chicken and waffles, Rodney got a big steak with wine, Jenn offered up $100 for a giant margarita, and Sierra bought herself grilled kabobs for $100.
It was clear Dan, Carolyn and Mike were all waiting around for an advantage in the game. Once Sierra bought a note from her loved ones at home for $20, Jeff revealed everyone else could buy their letter for the same amount. Dan, Carolyn and Mike agreed to each pay the $20 and then duke it out with the $480 they each had left.
Carolyn walked up and got hers, Dan then teared up as he was handed his note because he was so happy, and then Mike walked up but quickly turned around and walked back empty-handed to the seating area. Jeff said "Wow!" Carolyn was pissed off and gave her letter back to Jeff, and then Dan said aloud to Mike, "So much for your trust."
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Mike realized it was a stupid move because he didn't want to lose any allies, so he changed his mind and told Jeff he's not the kind of person that pulls a stunt like that.
Going back to the original plan, Mike, Dan and Carolyn drew rocks at random, and the person to grab the white rock would win the advantage in the game. Dan got it. He later told the cameras Mike broke his heart and might've lost his trust.
Meanwhile, at camp, Will was devastated he couldn't participate in the auction. However, there was a clue waiting for him that featured a map and drawing extremely simple to follow. He dug at the correct spot and found a huge box of rations to keep for himself -- enough to last him for the rest of the game. There was electrolyte powder for his water and what appeared to be dried fruit and jerky.
Will decided to share all the food with his tribe because they were all living in the same tough conditions.
Once everyone returned to camp, Mike made an announcement to the tribe in attempt to out Rodney's new alliance. Mike said he knew he was on the chopping block and it was the only reason he almost didn't take his letter from home. Mike repeated Dan's words "flippers never win."
Rodney turned the tables and insisted Mike was going nuts and making himself look like an idiot. Rodney yelled at him to relax, saying he had completely lost his mind. Sierra even called Mike paranoid. Everyone was mad at Mike for ruining the moment in which they were reading their heartfelt, emotional letters from home.
Rodney then decided to get all buddy-buddy with Dan, claiming Mike was disrespectful to him. Rodney also reminded Dan that Mike almost took away his opportunity to receive a letter from his wife. Dan agreed, saying it showed Mike's true colors. Dan wasn't sure which guy was lying to him and betraying him.
Afterward, Dan opened his clue from the auction and it surprisingly had nothing to do with a hidden immunity idol. In a new twist, Dan bought himself an extra vote at a subsequent Tribal Council. He would have to announce his vote after Jeff says, "I'll go tally the votes." The vote would count like any other at that particular Tribal Council.
Dan was ecstatic and noted it was like getting the "Willy Wonka Golden Ticket." He couldn't even imagine getting a more wonderful advantage in his wildest dreams.
On Day 26, Mike and Jenn believed Will was holding out on them and hiding some of his food. Jenn told everyone that Will gave them the food he didn't like. Shirin, Mike and Jenn planned to expose him. When only Shirin was available for a confrontation, Will started yelling at her. He called Shirin "a greedy ass" and said all she did was eat and talk. Mike also insisted there couldn't possibly be anyone at home that loved her.
Mike escorted Shirin away from the group because he thought she didn't deserve to get attacked like that. Shirin became especially upset because she was raised in a family with domestic violence and felt she was, once again, being verbally abused. Will also called Mike "a bitch" in his rant.
Jenn -- who previously wanted to quit the game badly -- thought Will and his crew "sucked so bad" that she wanted to stick around just to "f-ck up their game."
On Day 27, the Merica tribe met Jeff again for the next Individual Immunity Challenge.
Before it commenced, Will asked Jeff if he could sit out the challenge in order to receive his letter from home. He said family meant more to him than any amount of money. He choked up a little bit in his delivery.
Jeff would accept Will's request as long as every single castaway agreed to let him sit out. Will thought that was fair. The tribe came close to allowing Will to get what he wanted, but then Shirin raised her hand in objection. She was enough to take the letter away from Will. Shirin coldly expressed that she's just playing the game and that's how it works.
For the challenge, each player was required to use metal tongs to transport a ball across a series of teeter-totters. Once at the end, they had to place the ball on a stand and then head back. If a person fell off or dropped a ball, he or she would have to go back to the start. The first person to place all six balls in the stand would win immunity and a one-in-eight shot of winning this game.
In the end, Mike won immunity, admitting to Jeff he got it when he "needed it most." Rodney quietly swore to himself and later told the cameras camp had turned into a "damn circus." No matter what, the vote wasn't going to go as Rodney had planned or hoped.
Once back at camp, Rodney asked Will if they should take out Shirin. Will said "no" because he believed Jenn was a bigger threat in challenges. Will wanted to break up the three even though he claimed Shirin had "no worth and no soul."
Dan, Carolyn, Will, Rodney, Sierra, and Tyler decided to cast their votes three for Shirin and three for Jenn in case an immunity idol was played.
Meanwhile, Mike talked to Shirin and Jenn about voting out Carolyn. Mike was pretty positive Sierra had turned on him because she wouldn't even look at him, but he hoped Dan would still be willing to work with him to take out Mama C." Jenn didn't like the idea her entire game was "in dumbass' hands."
Rodney didn't think Mike had Dan, but Carolyn was worried. Mike then did everything he could to convince Dan to stay by his side. Mike explained he had given Dan and Sierra his word to go to the Final 3 together. Mike said he would absolutely honor that promise and it shouldn't be hard to believe because he's been "Blue strong" the entire game.
Carolyn didn't think Dan was a smart player, so she determined that if Mike was able to get to Dan, she'd be safe to use her hidden Immunity Idol.
Mike's conversation with Dan continued. He asked Dan to question Rodney and Will's behavior, morals and ethics. Mike said they didn't have his back like he did and were using him. Dan worried Mike was right, that the solid foursome -- Rodney, Will, Carolyn and Tyler -- was ready to sell them right down the river.
It was either that, or Dan told the cameras Mike had "lost his mind." Dan was upset about being a swing vote, calling it his "worst nightmare."
Tyler then confronted Dan about how everyone was questioning what decision he was going to make. Dan flipped out, saying it's his choice and he designs his own destiny. Dan said in a confessional that if he went against Mike and was wrong, he'd never forgive himself. However, he wanted to try to put his emotions aside.
Dan noted his swing vote was going to be a million dollar decision -- potentially a million dollar mistake.
At Tribal Council that night, Sierra told Jeff everyone was fighting for themselves. She said they really were worlds apart. Mike then announced there was a solid four alliance and they'd pick off Sierra and Dan fifth and sixth.
Rodney confessed he was going after Mike now only because of his previous outburst at camp after the auction. Shirin said aloud the six planned to split their votes. When Jeff tried to clarify that it was six against three in this game, Shirin corrected him by insisted it was "4+2 against 3." Carolyn wasn't buying it.
Jeff then revealed the votes. Five castaways voted for Jenn, three people voted for Shirin, and one person voted for Carolyn.
The episode's closing credits showed that Carolyn voted for Jenn, Rodney voted for Shirin, Will voted for Jenn, Sierra voted for Shirin, Dan voted for Shirin, Tyler voted for Jenn, Shirin voted for Jenn, Mike voted for Jenn, and Jenn voted for Carolyn.