Brad Culpepper’s first quote, “I hooked him in from day one.” referring to the just ousted John. From the beginning Culpepper has been arrogantly running this game. I knew his time had to be almost up.
Candice enters Redemption Island and throws Brad the finger. I actually think that was below her, but I see her strategy. The more Brad-bashing the better.
The puzzle in the RI competition is tough. John completes it first. Ironically, Brad helps him. He says, it can’t hurt to try to stay friends–you just never know. Marissa falls apart with the complexity of the puzzle. Once again Dr. Candice remains calm and she finishes second. I felt really sad to see Marissa leave the game. She was just a victim of circumstance.
Now John has to choose who to give the clue for the HII. His wife Candice immediately speaks up and suggests Monica Culpepper. The idea being that Monica having a clue will put a target on her back. Jeff asks John if he always does what his wife wants. Husbands, what do you think about that loaded question? So, of course, John gives the clue to Monica. Her husband Brad tells her to throw the clue in the fire. I notice Jeff DOES NOT ask Monica if she always does what her husband wants, but she does throw the clue into the fire. The interesting thing about the HII’s this season is that we aren’t seeing anybody actually LOOK for them. I’m not sure if that means they aren’t looking or if that means those parts are being edited out.
Culpepper’s new target is Caleb. He thinks since Caleb is a loner in the game voting him off the tribe is less controversial and will send a signal to the other camp. Caleb has been playing smart and low-key–he sees right through Brad (thank goodness).
Meanwhile, over at the “winners” camp, we see that Tyson is playing up his shoulder injury and lounging around camp. Tyson and Gervase are buddy-buddy and we are shown that they periodically sneak off to drink coconut milk. So is there a shortage of coconuts? Why is it necessary for them to do this risking the wrath of their tribe? Me thinks ratings perhaps?
The Immunity Challenge involves players diving and retrieving crates, getting those crates on the boat and of course a puzzle at the end. As with almost all competitions, it comes down to that dang puzzle. Mother Laura ends up pitted against her daughter Ciera (again) and (again) Laura kicks her daughter’s butt. The newbies once again have to go to Tribal Council. <sigh>
As the two remaining gals point out, before Tribal Council there is a routine. The guys all go to “fetch water” and discuss their strategy while the two remaining gals “make rice” and try to save their butts. This time when the guys leave, Brad lingers back with the gals. He tells them that his target this week is Caleb. The guys want to vote off Ciera because she can’t do a puzzle. Maybe she can dive? Very little TV time is given to what goes on prior to attending Tribal Council. Once again, I’m thinking editing.
Talk is pretty normal during Tribal until Caleb announces that HE is putting Brad’s name down. So cool, Caleb. Everyone seems shocked. Brad quickly says he isn’t voting Caleb. We quickly go to the vote. Caleb, Ciera and Karen (I assume) vote Brad, while Brad, Hayden and Vytas vote Ciera. Tie! As you know, now they re-vote. They are only allowed to vote for either Brad or Ciera and neither Brad nor Ciera are allowed to vote.
The camera shows Hayden starting to write “Ciera” and then scratching off the vote. He then spends some time deliberating. When the votes are shown, you clearly see Jeff hold up the card showing Ciera scratched off and then written down again. In other words, this tells us that Hayden voted to save Brad. However, he is the ONLY vote for Brad and with cheers (from me), Brad Culpepper’s torch is extinguished. I can’t help but always root against the arrogant ones.
We see glimpses of next week’s show. The most interesting moment is when Monica asks if she should take Brad’s place on Redemption Island. Will she? Wait for it. See you all next week. Guess where I’m headed? I’m going to Woodbury to visit the zombies! Actually, my DH and I are headed to Senoia Georgia where a lot of The Walking Dead is filmed. I thought it would be a fun, silly way to spend an absolutely beautiful fall day in Georgia. Here’s hoping y’all enjoy yours. My thoughts are with those of you who are facing storms today