[SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday’s episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.]
It was an episode of Survivor that began with the first ever husband vs. wife battle as spouses John and Candice Cody fought to stay alive at Redemption Island in their duel with Marissa Peterson. And that duel did occur, but only in between several bouts of sniping and middle-finger gesturing between Candice and Brad Culpepper. When all was said and done there, John and Candice had survived, Marissa had not, and Monica had burned the clue to a hidden immunity idol that John gave her to make her a target. It was quite a scene to be sure, but nothing like what would come later at Tribal Council.
No longer trusting Brad after he turned on former alliance-member John, Caleb — who had professed to be down with the plan to vote off Ciera — suddenly changed his mind at Tribal Council and announced to Ciera and everyone, “I don’t want you to go home, I’m gonna write Brad’s name down. You all can do what you want to, but that’s three up front, and the guys back there, you all can decide what you all want to do.”
After several moments of deliciously awkward confusion among the other male members, the tribe voted — which resulted in a tie, with Brad and Ciera each receiving three votes. A revote was ordered and Hayden appeared to struggle at the voting urn on what to do. He eventually stayed true to Brad, but Vytas did not, changing his vote and sending the former football player to Redemption Island. It was the type of mad last minute scramble hardly ever seen on the show, especially considering no hidden immunity idol was involved.
Now Brad gets to be reunited with his two biggest fans — John and Candice. That should be fun! My full recap will be up at midnight (UPDATE: Dalton’s recap is now live!) , but you can sound off right here and right now on what went down. Sad to see Marissa go? Happy to see Brad get his? And are you loving Caleb as much as you hated Colton? Hit the message boards, and then click on the video below to enjoy some special pre-game goodies. Also make sure to read what competing spouses Candice and John had to say about tonight’s duel with this exclusive chat.