Survivor: Caramoan – Recap & Review – “The Beginning of the End”

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Survivor: Caramoan
“The Beginning of the End”

Original Air Date: May 1, 2013

Ryan O – Staff Writer

A twist! Two eliminations! Will the two people who you think are next actually be the next two eliminated? Will something else happen?

If something else happens, who will align against whom? Will Andrea’s relationship be a plus or a liability? How about Dawn and Cochran’s relationship?


Night 30. The tribe returns to camp. Reynold tells everyone, “Truthfully, I think I’m capable of winning five immunity challenges in a row.” He just isn’t very smart, is he?

Andrea talks with Cochran about how Reynold needs to leave the game.

Cochran tells us he’s going to do what he can to control the game by gathering power and eliminating threats.

Day 31. Tree mail lets everyone know it’s an immunity challenge next, not a reward challenge.

Immunity Challenge! Immunity! Back up for grabs!

Here’s who’s left after Malcolm was sent to the jury last week: Andrea, Brenda, Cochran, Dawn, Eddie, Erik, Reynold, and Sherri.

There are platforms in the water all shaped like the roof of a doghouse. You have to balance on very narrow ledges on the platforms, moving up the platform at regular intervals until you’re at the top. The last person standing wins immunity. The winner also gets information about the game.

The challenge starts and immediately Jeff brings out milk and a plate of donuts, offering them to someone who steps off their platform. Eddie and Erik step off. Eddie is dumb.

15 minutes pass and they move their feet to the second perch up the platform. Jeff brings out three hot dogs and soda. Cochran says he’s going to fall off anyway and takes the dogs and soda.

30 minutes. Time to move to the top of the platform. It’s very narrow and their feet are together. Reynold is looking shaky. Dawn falls. Sherri can’t hold on and she’s out, too. Reynold loses his balance but recovers. He loses his balance again and can’t recover. He’s out. Andrea and Brenda are left. Neither wants to step off.

Three hours have gone by. They decide to go to just their left leg. They also promise to share the information. Brenda falls in first. Andrea wins.

That was a pretty epic win. Not that it was clutch but just a pretty amazing performance to balance like that for three hours.


Reynold tells us it’s time for someone in the alliance to make a move against someone who is going to win.

Andrea and Brenda read the note. It’s the same clue Malcolm got for the hidden immunity idol. Andrea tells the rest of her alliance and they all look for it. Erik digs in the right spot, finds it, and hands it over to Andrea. Cochran tells us he was disappointed by that.

Andrea tells us it might be time for a blindside. She talks with Cochran and Sherri about blindsiding someone. Andrea mentions how she’d like to eliminate Brenda.

Andrea and Dawn talk about threats and whether Brenda is the biggest threat.

Tribal Council

Eddie said he sacrificed some security and pride for donuts but he knew he wouldn’t be able to last that long anyway.

Brenda said she stayed up to test herself. She’s happy she got beat instead of giving up.

Reynold says he’s a good instrument for making a move.

Dawn says the longer she plays, the harder it is for her to be able to trust people at all since she knows she’s not trustworthy all the time.


Erik, Sherri, Reynold, Eddie, Reynold, Eddie, Reynold, Reynold, and Reynold is headed for the jury.

Post-Tribal Council

Night 31. Andrea is thinking about what’s next. She talks with Cochran about taking out Brenda or Dawn. She’s thinking Brenda first.

Dawn and Brenda talk to Cochran about Eddie. He tells them Andrea isn’t going to vote for Eddie and that, in fact, she’s deciding between the two of them. They’re nervous about Andrea’s immunity idol.

Immunity Challenge! Immunity! Back up for grabs!

Each person has to push a buoy along a rope that’s twisted around a number of obstacles to a post at the end. You grab the key off the post and unlock a chest, which has ladder rungs that only fit into the ladder one way. Once the rungs are in place, you climb to the top and raise you flag.

Brenda and Erik are off to good starts with their buoys. Erik is done first, Cochran soon after that. Pretty soon, everyone is done and working on untying their key except Sherri.

Erik gets his key first and Andrea soon after that.

Andrea and Brenda move out to a lead putting ladder rungs in place but Erik catches up and takes the lead and it just gets bigger and bigger until he wins.


No, Erik tells us, he’s not going to give immunity away.

Andrea tells Dawn and Cochran that Brenda should go next. She hasn’t crossed anyone and she’s good in challenges.

Andrea and Cochran talk about a worst-case scenario of Eddie making it to the final three with them. Well, he’d win, says Cochran. Andrea assures him he wouldn’t but it would be close. This kind of wakes Cochran up to what Andrea’s thinking about Eddie. He tells us whenever he’s mentioned Eddie recently, Andrea has told him Eddie’s under control or no threat. Now he understands that she intends to take him to the end.

Cochran talks with Dawn, Sherri, and Brenda about Andrea and Eddie. They decide that they need to take care of things.

Cochran talks with Erik about taking out Andrea and splitting the vote.

Andrea talks with Erik about voting for Brenda. Erik says he could shake up the game by voting with Andrea and Eddie.

Tribal Council

Brenda says people will start lying to each other soon.

Cochran says he’s sure people have lied to him about taking him to the end and he’s probably told people that same lie.


Andrea doesn’t play her idol.

Brenda, Andrea, Eddie, Eddie, Andrea, Brenda, Andrea and Andrea is on the jury. She takes it pretty well. She actually seems impressed.

Bubbling Under

It would seem like Eddie would be the next logical vote. With six people left, you’ll need four people to take someone out. He probably has four of the five jury votes.

If Erik were to decide to make a move with Eddie, he’d need two more people. Which two of Brenda, Cochran, Dawn, and Sherri would make that move? Sherri, maybe, but that’s one.

If Eddie wins immunity, Erik would be the logical alternative.

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 – “The Beginning of the End”

  1. g says:

    Andrea played very hard this season and although I appreciate that determination, I found her to be very obnoxious. I guess i’m not a fan of people who play too openly like her, Philip and Malcolm have been doing all season. There’s something very arrogant and annoying about that type of game play so i’m glad to see her leave.

    Must say I am surprised Brenda has lasted this long since she barely has received any air time. But I think her time is coming.

  2. Scheddar says:

    If nothing else, Cochran has made it known to the audience that he’s a force to be reckoned with, and unlike Andrea, he was astute enough not to let his tribemates in on it.He clued in on Andrea’s continually overt protection of Eddie and he put the kabosh on any ideas of taking out his closest ally.

    Seriously, anyone who so blatantly tries to take control of how the game plays out is so asking to be blind-sided. Any also, this shows the advantage of teaming up with someone on the d/l, because it’s obvious had Andrea known how tied to each other Cochran and Dawn were, she would have kept her ideas of whom to eliminate to herself. And I don’t get it, she knew her name had come up a few times at TC, so how does she not put 2 and 2 together and come to the realization that she’s somewhat on the outs within her own alliance? Duh. Girl is just to “on” all the time, no sense of subtlety at all. As Cochran stated, timing is everything. Not only did she show her hand too soon, but she also made the mistake of showing it to the wrong person, this time, not Dawn as had been the mistake of so many previously, but to Dawn’s signficant other in this tribe, Cochran. I did find it fascinating though that it was Cochran whom she repeatedly went to to sort through her gameplan. He’s clearly in with many of the final competitors.

    • ryanoneil says:

      Cochran might be the player that has improved the most. Everything you point out in his game play is very smart and shows a lot of thought and probably preparation on his part.

      Andrea, among other things, definitely should’ve stepped off the platform and taken the food. Sandbagging in challenges can be a good thing. Yes, she’s definitely ON all the time we see her. Also, tipping her hand to Cochran about Eddie might’ve been what really put the final nail in her coffin.

      It’s interesting that everyone left is very Beta: Dawn, Cochran, Brenda, and Sherri, and then Eddie and Erik are fit Beta males. Andrea was probably the last Alpha type. That must make Jeff very sad.

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