Survivor: Caramoan – Recap & Review – “Operation Thunder Dome”

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Survivor: Caramoan
“Operation Thunder Dome”

Original Air Date: Mar 20, 2013

Ryan O – Staff Writer

Well, the game moves on after Brandon leaves. Phillip continues to use Stealth R Us as a means to an end. Corrine continues to be annoyed by it. And something new: Julia speaks!

What really comes to light in this episode is that Phillip is still annoying but now there’s no else that’s more annoying. And there’s a lot of Phillip and there’s going to be a lot more of him to come.


Wow, Probst’s voice-over in the previouslies for what Brandon did is shocking in the way he portrays what Brandon. “Just like any Hantz, he wouldn’t go down without a fight.” No. Wrong. He is probably bipolar and needs professional help.

Day 13. The Favorites return to their beach. They talk about the damage Brandon did on his way out the door in giving the Fans hope. Phillip tells us he feels sorry for Brandon and that he needs a professional to help him. Corrine, in talking to the tribe, hopes that he doesn’t get to play again. Phillip tells the tribe they need to regroup. He tells us that Corrine is ego-driven and will be out of the game next.


Just as a reminder, here’s who remains after Brandon took leave of his senses last week.

Gota — The Fans

Eddie, 23
Julia, 21
Matt, 38
Michael, 44
Reynold, 30
Sherri, 41

Bikal — The “Favorites”

Andrea, 23
Brenda, 30
Corinne, 33
Dawn, 42
Erik, 27
John Cochran, 25
Malcolm, 25
Phillip, 54

Day 14. Fans. Reynold tells us he just wants to survive long enough so that something shifts in the game.

Reward Challenge! (or IS IT?!)

Matt talks about how the Fans thought the Favorites were one happy family but that clearly wasn’t the case. He goes on to say he feels sorry for Phillip in regards to what he went through. Phillip says with Brandon gone, there was a sense of harmony around camp. Everyone had a good night’s sleep.

Jeff announces a tribe shuffle.

New tribes:

Gota: Eddie, Reynold, Andrea, Erik, Malcolm, Sherri, and Brenda

Bikal: Corrine, Phillip, Michael, Cochran, Matt, Dawn, and Julia

They both get another bag of rice and another flint and are sent on their way.

Post-Tribal Shuffle

Gota. Eddie just can’t help himself: “I think we’re the young, good-looking tribe.” He’s got a real fixation with appearances, doesn’t he? But, the Gota tribe does seem to have an advantage.

Erik tells us that Eddie and Reynold told them how Sherri was aligned against them and they’d be happy to vote for her. Erik then compares Reynold to a used-car salesman. Ha!

Sherri tells Andrea and Brenda everything about the Favorites tribe and how she wants Eddie and Reynold out. Andrea tells us she’s glad but she’s still thinking in terms of Fans vs. Favorites.

Bikal. Phillip talks with Julia about making a big move. He tells us that she’s young and it will be easier to gain her trust that Matt’s or Michael’s.

Gota. Malcolm and Andrea compare notes about what Sherri and Eddie and Reynold said. They’re excited about the three Fans being divided. They discuss bringing Sherri in and how Reynold might have an idol. Malcolm reminds us he has an idol.

Bikal. Phillip tells Corrine that he’s working on getting Julia to flip. Corrine tells us that’s stupid since they don’t need her to flip. She goes to talk to Dawn. Dawn is annoyed and says he can’t be left alone. Corrine tells us it has crossed her mind to vote for Phillip.

Immunity Challenge! Immunity! Back up for grabs!

Day 16 and time for the Immunity Challenge.

Two-by-two, tribe members run and roll huge crates back to the start. Six crates have to be retrieved and then stacked as stairs so that “Fans vs. Favorites” is spelled on the side.

Eddie and Erik take a good lead against Phillip and Julia. Eventually, Gota builds a full crate lead on Bikal and then a two-crate lead when they finish.

Gota is working on the puzzle portion pretty quickly while Bikal is working very slowly. Gota wins by a lot. Phillip doesn’t seem too concerned with the loss though.

Phillip gives us a ridiculous speech about strong men and superior men who wait for better opportunities blah blah blah. We didn’t get large doses of Phillip because of Brandon through this point in the season.


Phillip addresses the tribe about better days and better teams. Corrine tells us everyone just let Phillip go and they keep quiet about it but Phillip is just super-annoying. But, she knows they’ll vote together and he won’t flip.

Phillip tells Matt and Michael that the plan is to vote out “the girl.” I can’t tell if he can’t remember Julia’s name or if he just doesn’t care enough to use it. He tells them about Stealth R Us. He tells them their test will be that someone from his tribe will tell them to do something and they are to do it unless they hear differently from them.

Matt tells us he listened without laughing to Phillip in hopes that it would help him get further in the game.

Julia approaches Matt and Michael. Matt and Michael pretend they don’t know what the plan is but come up with the idea to vote for Dawn.

Cochran and Corrine talk with Matt and Michael. Cochran tells us he’s a bit worried about how close Matt and Michael are, so it might be a good idea to eliminate one of them.

If Matt and Michael were told to do something for Stealth R Us, we don’t see it.

Tribal Council

Julia acknowledges that the Fans are at a disadvantage. Michael says he’s sure one of the fans is going home.

Corrine says she likes the three fans a lot — she’d be happy to replace three people in her own alliance with them. She says the vote won’t be fair but that’s how it is.

Matt tries to assure Corrine that he doesn’t have the idol and that no one else has it. She does trust that doesn’t have it but it’s not that simple.

Cochran says that loyalty and trust are the keys to picking who to save and who to vote for.


Julia, Julia, Dawn, Matt, Matt, Matt, Matt. Matt is out.

Matt and Michael voted for Julia. Julia for Dawn. Phillip, Corrine, Cochran, and Dawn voted for Mat.

Bubbling Under

Do you think Phillip and Corrine can rein in their mutual antipathy until the merge or beyond? Or will one of them crack and decide they’ve had enough? Will Gota lose a challenge? Will they form bonds that supersede the Fans or Favorites bonds?

What do you expect to happen in the coming weeks? Let’s hear your Two Cents!

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4 Responses to Survivor: Caramoan – Recap & Review – “Operation Thunder Dome”

  1. Scheddar says:

    I’m loving Cochran this season. I was really impressed by his observation of the “power couple”. He’s flying under the radar taking everything in and being fairly astute about his tribemates. I’m also enjoying his alliance with Dawn. For as nerdy as he can be, she realizes he’s got quite the analytical mind and is coming up with insightful feedback that benefits the both of them. She’s the brawn and he’s the brains and it’s working well for them so far.

  2. Maggie C. says:

    Cochran is one to watch this time. He learned from his last try. I will miss Matt though. Bikal could have done better in the challenge. I wonder if the cor wanted just to vote out the newbies. Dumb!

  3. Maggie C. says:

    I meant the core… ooops.

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