‘Survivor H.V.V.’ Episode 12 Recap: Is That an Idol In Your Pocket?

Last Week: Danielle threw down, Colby let his tribe down, and Amanda’s bid to stay in the game was voted down.

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Here is the tribe as it currently stands…

The (We’ve got immunity idols out the) Yin Yang Tribe

Rupert Boneham – 45
Colby Donaldson – 35
Candice Woodcock – 27
Sandra Diaz-Twine – 34
Danielle DiLorenzo – 28
Russell Hantz – 37
Jerri Manthey – 38
Parvati Shallow – 27

We meet up with the Yin Yangers after tribal council. Rupert feels like he and Colby are the last Heroes standing now that Candice has sided with the Legion of Troll.

The following morning, Russell tells Sandra that Colby and Rupert don’t trust him.

Ahem… Doy.

Rupert proves Russell’s theory correct by saying that Russell is worse than Jon “Jonny Fairplay” Dalton.


Rupert later calls Russell out for swearing on his kids’ lives. Russell does his trademark job of sweet talking the jury members by telling Rupert that he doesn’t care what he thinks.

Russell then breaks into a pretty weak Rupert impersonation by saying he’s, “The good guy, the second coming of Christ.” We’ve come a long way from Australia’s Keith Famie being a villain for being bossy around the campfire.

Immunity Challenge Numero Uno: All of the players will be standing on a wooden perch. They’ll have one hand in the air. That hand will be tethered to a bucket of colored water. When the arm drops, the water will dump on them, and they’ll be eliminated. Probst also promises a twist after the challenge. Maybe the twist will be that the colored water is actually Hi-C!

Gross Fact: Seeing everyone with their arms raised and sporting 30 days worth of stubble is making me regret purchasing an HDTV.

J-Pro decides to tempt the players with food, but before he can announce what it is, Russell and Sandra both agree to step out. Jeff unveils the food, and they’re both happy to discover a plate of cookies instead of a bowl of sea water.

A few minutes later, Jeff shows up with a plate of donuts. Colby agrees to leave the game for the donuts.

Really, Colby?! Dude has checked out.

Thirty five minutes into the challenge, Probst shows up with peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and a bowl of candy. Danielle, Jerri, and Candice take him up on it.

As Danielle gets doused, her bikini bottoms slip off. What is it with peanut butter and nudity on this show?!

An hour and ten minutes into the challenge, Rupert loses his footing and accidentally eliminates himself. Parvati wins immunity.

After the challenge, Probst reveals the twist which is another immunity idol clue. Instead of just handing it to Russell, he reads it out loud.

Another immunity idol…awesome…

Once everyone returns to camp, an idol-hunting free-for-all breaks out. Miraculously, Sandra manages to find it. She smartly decides not to tell anyone.

Rupert hatches a plan to make everyone think he has located the idol. He finds a large rock and puts it in his pocket. Go, Rupert. That’s the best thing he’s done since selling the shoes in the Pearl Islands.

Russell falls for it, telling Sandra that they’ll have to split the votes. She doesn’t let him know that she really has it.

During strategy talk, Jerri tells the others that she’d rather vote out Candice over Colby. Aww…Australia represent.

Rupert and Colby get wind of this strategy and decide to vote for Candice as well.

Quick Aside: Again, very impressed with Rupert.

That night at tribal, Colby and Rupert have it out with Candice over her decision to jump on board the S.S. Villain.

Russell has her back telling J-Pro that the jump was the smartest thing she’s done in the game.

Voting Time: Colby votes for Candice, Candice votes for Rupert, and the rest of the votes are secret.

Jeff asks if anyone would like to play an idol. Rupert decides not to play his rock.

J-Pro reads the votes; three votes for Rupert, four votes for Candice, and the thirteenth person voted out and the fifth member of the jury is…Candice.

The tribe has spoken.

Back at the beach we get an awesome animal metaphor as we’re shown a shot of a crab being picked apart by ants. Very subtle, “Survivor” crew. Emmys are in the mail.

Russell thinks the girls made a horrible decision by letting their hatred for Candice get in the way of their team strategy. He’s also a bit uneasy with the amount of pull Parvati has in the alliance.

Immunity Challenge Numero Dos: Each player will race to dig up a peg. Once they have their peg they’ll have to maneuver it around a maze puzzle. The first five people to complete the maze will advance. From there they’ll use four pegs to reach the top of a climbing wall. The first three people to reach the top of the wall will advance. From there they’ll have to complete a sliding puzzle. First person to complete their puzzle wins immunity.

Rupert, Sandra, Russell, Parvati, and Danielle complete the maze portion first and advance to the climbing wall portion.

In the next round, Russell scales the wall like a ring-tailed lemur! Parvati and Rupert are up next. They’ll all advance to the final round.

Not much to describe during the slide puzzle portion except for some heated puzzle sliding. Russell completes it first, winning immunity.

Back at camp, Parvati lets us know that it’s time for Rupert to go home.

However, Russell seems very annoyed that Parvati and Danielle are so close.

He tells Danielle that it might be time to send Parvati home. Danielle disagrees, but tells Russell that she trusts him 110%.

Bahaha! Danielle is like the 40th person on this show to talk about how much they trust Russell.

In the very next shot, Russell tells Parvati that Danielle just told him that she wants to boot Parvati when they get to the final five or six.

Parvati wants to talk to Danielle about it, but Russell tries to talk her out of it…

…And he isn’t successful. Danielle and Parvati share notes and decide that Russell has been lying to them.

Russell realizes he’s in trouble, so he talks to Colby and Rupert about voting out Danielle. Surely Rupert wouldn’t work with the man he considers to be the most vile villain of all time, right?

Wrong. Rupert’s all for it. They even bumped fists.

“Survivor” is the best.

Now that the gentlemen are on board, Russell makes a move for Jerri’s vote. It’s masterful. He convinces her that if Danielle doesn’t go tonight that they’ll be gunning for her next.

That night at tribal, J-Pro asks who’s running the show. Rupert thinks it’s between Parvati and Russell. Danielle thinks all of the Villains are working together and making decisions.

Really, Danielle?

The Parvati vs. Danielle debate is brought up with Russell sticking to his story. Except, now he claims that it was his way of testing Danielle’s loyalty.  This actually causes Danielle to break down in tears.

From the jury box, Courtney says, “Boo hoo.”

Most entertaining juror ever.

In trying to make peace, Danielle stumbles and says she’s closer to Parvati than Russell thinks.

Can open…worms everywhere.

Russell mouths to Jerri to vote for Danielle.

Voting Time: Parvati votes for Rupert, Russell votes for Danielle, Jerri casts a mystery vote that will “Seal her fate,” the rest of the votes aren’t shown.

Time to read the votes; three votes for Rupert, three votes for Danielle, and the fourteenth person voted out of the game, and the sixth member of the jury is…Danielle.

The tribe has spoken…again.

Verdict: Wow. I thought Colby and Rupert were dead in the water. Shows what I know. Another awesome episode. The post-Boston Rob lull is officially over.

Who’s Going to Win? That immunity idol makes Sandra extremely dangerous. But, I don’t think the jury will vote for a past winner. So, I’m sticking with my Jerri vote.

Power Rankings Update:
Stephen Fishbach had Candice in spot eight and Danielle in spot six for a total of fourteen points while I had Candice in spot five and Danielle in spot two for seven points. The current score is now All Stars 105, Team Gordon 118.

That lead is probably too much for the All Stars to overcome, which is good because the final challenger is none other than the Probsty Award-winning, defending Power Rankings champion Tamara “Taj” George.

What Do You Think?
Was Russell foolish for turning on Danielle? Do you think less of Rupert for siding with Russell? Which player has surprised/impressed you the most this season?

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