‘Survivor: Caramoan’ Episode Recap: Lowe Blow


Brenda Lowe (CBS)

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Last Week: Eddie and Reynold spent money on food instead of aid, Andrea made sure an immunity idol wasn’t played, and Malcolm was sent to the jury because nobody bought his fake-idol charade…

39 Days, 20 People, 1 “Survivor” Blog

Let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands…

The Enil Edam Tribe (wearing green)
Andrea – Entertainment Host and Writer, 23
Brenda – Paddleboard Company Owner, 30
Cochran – Harvard Law Student, 25
Dawn – English Professor/Power Rankings Champ, 42
Eddie – Firefighter/EMT, 23
Erik – Comic Book Artist, 27
Reynold – Sales, 30
Sherri – Fast Food Franchisee, 41

Sigh…the post-Malcolm era starts off after Tribal with Reynold letting us know that the Three Amigos are done for. Apparently he doesn’t have a back-up alliance nickname handy. I’m thinking of Lonestar and Barf.

Immunity Challenge Time: Players will balance on a weird triangular platform. As the challenge goes on, they’ll have to move up the structure. Last person standing wins immunity and “information.” Ooo…I hope it’s about the new “Star Wars” movie.

Round One: Probst offers a plate of donuts and a glass of milk and Eddie and Erik eliminate themselves to go for it. Eddie, Eddie, Eddie… Worst player ever?

Round Two: Jeff brings out some hotdogs and a soda. Cochran apologizes, then takes the bait.

Round Three: This time J-Pro has no goodies to offer other than his winning smile. Dawn’s the first to go, saying “Son of a…” on the way down. I know she wasn’t going to say “Gun.” Sherri’s the next to fall.

Reynold’s having trouble keeping his balance but he keeps teetering his way back to safety. He’s like Daniel LaRusso on the end of the boat.

Yes, that’s two ‘80s movie references in one recap.

However, the boat keeps a shakin’ and the Karate Kid falls. It’s down to Brenda and Andrea. They offer to share the clue, but they’re both too competitive to step down. That, or they’re playing a game for a million bucks.

Three hours later…

(And you know it’s three hours later because Probst has rolled down the sleeves on his sweet blue shirt. It’s sunny out there, give him a break.)

Andrea and Brenda decide to lift up their left legs to make it more difficult. Now Andrea actually looks like the Karate Kid! She’s got a full crane stance going.

Before Brenda can sweep the leg, she tumbles off the doghouse giving Andrea immunity.

Back at camp, Andrea cracks open the “information” and it ends up being an immunity idol clue. Andrea shares it with the alliance and Erik ends up finding it. And true to form, he immediately hands it over to Andrea. Kid can’t be trusted with immunity.

Later, Andrea comes up with the idea of blindsiding Brenda because she could go on an immunity streak and she hasn’t upset anyone. So, it looks like it’ll either be her, Eddie, or Reynold.

That night at Tribal Council, Eddie says he gave up immunity because he knew he wasn’t going to win the challenge. There’s a lesson for kids, if you can’t win…quit.

Brenda lies and says she didn’t drop out of the challenge because she wanted to test herself.

Reynold knows he’s a target, but wishes someone would use him to make a move.

Cochran says the key to the game is making a move just before someone makes a move on you.

Dawn is having a hard time trusting people because she’s not always trustworthy herself. Oof…her alliance must’ve loved that.

Andrea admits that she’s worried about her alliance flipping on her. Gah…c’mon Andrea! We all know it’s true, but you don’t have to say it.

Voting Time: Brenda votes for Reynold and the rest of the votes are secret.

We’ve got one vote for Erik, one vote for Sherri, one vote for Reynold, one vote for Eddie, one vote for Reynold, one vote for Eddie, one vote for Reynold, and the thirteenth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites” and the fourth member of the jury is…Reynold.

Verdict: Well, it’s like I always say…oh wait, there’s more?

Afterwards, Andrea is back in a blindsidin’ mood. During a conversation with Cochran, she pitches either Dawn or Brenda. Uh-oh…Cochran’s not going to like that.

Sure enough, Cochran immediately tells Brenda and Dawn what’s up. Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.

That’s three.

Immunity Challenge Time Part Deux: Players will push a buoy through a series of obstacles. When they’re done they’ll untie knots to retrieve a key that unlocks some ladder puzzle pieces. First person to create their ladder and raise their flag wins immunity.

Erik’s the first one through the buoy portion, but Cochran, Dawn, and basically everyone else except Sherri is right behind him.

Andrea’s the first to retrieve her key but she only has a slight lead over Eddie, Erik, and Brenda.

Erik flies through the ladder puzzle and wins immunity. Erik’s doing all kinds of Micronesia-esque stuff tonight!

Politicking around camp starts off with Andrea gunning for Brenda. Andrea lets us know that she feels bad for Brenda because she was blindsided during Redemption Island. Oh Andrea…this line of editing is scaring me.

Later on, Andrea suggests to Cochran the idea of going to the final three with Eddie. Oy… Andrea, the signs aren’t good. Stop it, calm down…

Next thing you know, there’s talk of splitting the vote between Andrea and Eddie in case Andrea plays the idol.

That night at Tribal…Reynold has a moustache! Reynold has a moustache! Awesome. He is immediately forgiven for his questionable strategies this season.

Sherri thinks people are lying and that she has been lied to.

Cochran agrees, even saying he’s made some dishonest comments.

Andrea is nervous because everyone has a final-three alliance. But, she says that’s she’s no different.

At least they’re all honest about their lying.

Andrea then admits that she has a hidden immunity idol and can play it if she feels paranoid.

Voting Time Part Deux: Andrea votes for Brenda, Brenda votes for Andrea, and the rest of the votes aren’t shown.

JPro asks if anyone would like to play an idol…and nobody does. Uh-oh.

We’ve got one vote for Brenda, one vote for Andrea, two votes for Eddie, one vote for Andrea…

Note: Andrea yells, “What?!”

We’ve got another vote for Brenda and the fourteenth person to be eliminated from “Survivor: Caramoan – Fans vs. Favorites” and the fifth member of the jury is…Andrea.

Verdict: Boo! And she had an idol! She’s like a teeny James Clement.

But, it’s understandable. My big question out of this is; do people not appreciate how close Dawn and Cochran are? Corinne thought Dawn was on the bottom of Stealth R Us Too, Andrea had no problem telling Cochran that she wanted to target her.

Anywho, I’m psyched to watch the favorites finally tear into each other. I just hope Eddie doesn’t somehow sneak into the end and win. Doing things like dropping out of challenges makes it really hard to root for him, even if he is the underdog.

Who’s Going to Win? Alright, Erik’s back in the game. It was good to see him finally own a challenge. He’s been my day-one pick and I’m sticking with him.

Power Rankings Results: Michael Skupin had Reynold in eighth place and Andrea in sixth place for fourteen points. I had Reynold in eighth and Andrea in third for eleven points So, the current score is Team Skupin 136, Team Lightning Punch 150.

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