Having survived the attempt of the King to retain power, Prince Ralph begins his reign on Survivor! He has the power and the Idol. Now he must gather up his troops and maintain peace in his tribe. As Russell’s ego deflates, Ralph’s is growing! It took the biggest move in Survivor history to get Russell out of the game! But, what are the consequences? He’s not totally out of the game. What happens now that Omtempe has confidence and Zapatera is short one strong player? Can Zapatera get back on the winning ways and not deplete their team?
Redemption Island will now create a new threat in the game. Who will survive the duels? When will they be brought back into the game? Hmmm, intriging. And the ability of the viewers from the teams to lie about the outcomes of the duels and/or worry if someone goes on a run and looks like they will get back into the game!
Ok, The first ever duel on Redemption Island. With Matt going to RI we are now in line for the first duel. Another twist in the game also comes when it is announced in tree mail that 2 members of each team will be allowed to watch the duel.
At Omtempe they are beginning their plan for their alliance and who to trust. Rob leads the way and makes sure he has everyone where he wants them. Putting Andrea at ease after breaking up her alliance with Matt is a priority.
Steve and David select the stone to go for Zapatera while Andrea and Ashley get the rocks to go for Omtempe. At the Arena it looks like a simple challenge for this duel. The need to build a pole from short pieces tied together. They then reach threw a gate to reach 3 keys which will open the door and win the duel. Francesca took a big early lead and gets 2 keys quickly. While she works to get the third key, Matt slowly but surely makes a comeback. While struggling for the third key Francesca lets Matt quickly catches up. After a few misses Matt gets the third key and wins after opening the door. When Francesca leaves she has to burn the her buff. That is an interesting move, burning the buff. Not sure feel about that move!
Back at camp Steve lies to Russell about Matt winning the duel. He lets everyone also know the truth. The girls and Russell make an attempt at finding the HII but can’t decipher the clue, hmmm, another sign Russell is in trouble! They make a move and pretend to have found the HII. The rest of the team makes plans to throw the immunity challenge so they can evict Russell. However planning to due it with a split vote is dangerous. He tries to get Julie to side with his alliance to blindside Ralph. Stephanie seems to have some smarts but is in the wrong alliance. The ploy to have idol in the bag Steph is carrying doesn’t seem to have anyone fooled.
Russell has an ugly rash in his armpits and is laying around letting everyone talking about him and begin there talk of throwing the challenge to get Russell out. At the challenge they give the thumbs up signal that the throw is on.
It’s a challenge from last season. Three people are attached to a water wheel where they collect water, then spit it out to release a ball. When the wheel gets down the chute the person down there must complete a slide puzzle and then move the ball threw the puzzle to win. With the fix in Ometempe easily wins the challenge.
The reward was a basket full of tarps, blankets and comfort items including two chairs. Back at camp, no one seems to be looking for the clue really well but Rob. After a thorough search Rob comes up empty. He then checks under a chair. Not finding it he sees Phillip in a chair that’s almost breaking. He gets Ralph to move and when looking under it he finds the clue. The clue isn’t specific enough to find the idol.
Russell made a last ditch effort to get a vote and Julie is his target. He hope she will hope them vote Ralph out. She doesn’t really commit and we”ll have to wait.
No major talk at the Tribal Council and the vote is on. 3 votes Russell, 3 votes Steph, 3 votes Ralph, After a tie vote it’s simple because Russell, Ralph and Steph don’t get to vote and it’s a whitewash and Russell is headed for RI.
All hail the new Prince! Ralph is lead man.
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