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Night 33Edit

The final five returns to camp without Houston. Daniel and Ian go off and discuss how if one of them wins immunity, they are both safe as a result of their idol. Ian recognizes that even if he gets to idol himself tonight, if Daniel doesn't win immunity Daniel will go, and he will surely get fourth. He decides he should talk to Steve to try to help himself get to the Final 3.

[Confessional] Ian: Right now the only thing I'm focusing on is making it to the end and getting all the Kanza votes and maybe I'll have a shot to win. I've been counted out this entire game but I have a real shot to win.

[Confessional] Nick: Hell yes I made it to Final 5? Did you really expect anything else from Miss Bowz?

[Confessional] Anthony: Just a few votes left and I really think I'll win the jury over and win if I make it. They all like me and I've treated them each with respect.

[Confessional] Steve: Yes, they might vote for Anthony in the end. I need to figure out if its better for me to take Ian or to go with someone likeable like Anthony.

[Confessional] Daniel: Win immunity and we force a 2-2 tie in the final four. That's all I need.

The castaways go to sleep and await for the next immunity challenge.

Day 35Edit

The castaways are delighted to see that they get to play this immunity with their loved ones.

Ian has his sister, Katie.

Nick has his brother, Matthew.

Daniel has his unnamed mother.

Steve has his unnamed father.

and Anthony has his mother Robin.

The challenge involves their loved ones navigating them through a maze to retrieve five bags of puzzle pieces. The person to return with the bags and finish their puzzle first will win immunity. They will have to do the puzzle blindfolded with the guidance of their loved one.

The challenge begins and Steve gets out to an early lead. Him and his father have a good stream of communication going and he is able to retrieve a bag of pieces before anyone else. As the challenge continues, Steve remains in the lead with 3 bags. Anthony and Daniel have 2 bags. Ian and Nick have one bag and they are both getting frustrated with their siblings. Steve is the first person to get all five bags and returns to his puzzle station where his father will try to guide him with the puzzle.

Steve has a good time advantage, and Anthony and Daniel both return back with their pieces next while Steve has completed about 20% of the puzzle. Anthony and Daniel both catch up very quickly as their partners seem to be better at puzzles than Steve's dad. They are each about 50% done at the same time and they begin to get into a real panic mode. Daniel realizes how important it is for him to win this immunity and tells his mother this. Anthony tells his mother how he needs to win this for her, and the two pairs take a lead over Steve and his father now who have fallen out of it. Both of the players have about a dozen pieces left.

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Daniel and Anthony begin to put the pieces in faster. Before too much time they're each down to five pieces. Then four, then three. The two of them are neck and neck and both desperately need this immunity knowing they may very well be voted out if they don't win. Anthony falls to the ground crying as he puts the last piece in winning immunity. Anthony also wins a reward where he will have a lunch with his mother before tribal council and get to talk to her about the game.

Anthony will have a one in four shot at winning this game. Everyone plus Robin returns to camp to discuss tonight's vote.

[Confessional] Anthony: This is all I've wanted since day one. Win or lose now, I know I made my mom proud.

Post-Challenge Day 35Edit

There is a lot of scrambling post-challenge. Daniel and Ian decide they need to play this idol correctly. Ian tells Daniel that he has to play his idol on himself because he can't risk anything else. Daniel says ok and that they should try to vote Steve. If they have two votes on Ian and one on Daniel, Steve will go. Ian agrees to do this tonight.

[Confessional] Ian: If Steve goes, and I make finals with Anthony, I'll lose for sure anyways since everyone likes him. This is a lose-lose situation for me sadly.

[Confessional] Daniel: I really think that this vote can work. Imagine dethroning Steve at this point in the game? This will be a move for the record books.

Steve approaches Ian before tribal and tells him that he will take him to the end over Anthony if he promises him to vote with him tonight. Ian says he will consider it and do what he thinks is best for his game.

[Confessional] Ian: All this time in the game and now Steve thinks he needs my vote so he talks to me? Yes it could benefit me, but it would require voting someone other than Steve. I need to think what will most likely get me to the end and get me a win.

Anthony has a nice talk with his mom before she has to leave. She tells him the jury will love him either way and respect his loyalty. Anthony is reassured in his chances to win and says goodbye to his mother.

[Confessional] Anthony: That was all the motivation I needed to win this and remind me what's at stake. I can do it.

[Confessional] Steve: This may very well be my last confessional. All I can do is hope the votes fall my way tonight.

Steve tells Anthony and Nick how they'll be voting tonight to split their votes. They all agree and are ready to leave.

The five players head off to tribal council. At tribal council, they are all asked questions about what they will be basing their votes on this late in the game. People say they need to do what's best for themselves, and the tribe proceeds to the vote. 

All five players vote and none are shown.

The votes are tallied.

The person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and would like to use it, now is the time to do so.

Ian stands up and hands in his idol. All votes for Ian will not count.

First vote: Ian, does not count.

Second vote: Ian, does not count.

Third vote: Daniel

Fourth vote: Steve

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Fifth vote: and the sixteenth person voted out, Daniel. Please bring me your torch.

Daniel, the tribe has spoken, It's time for you to go.

The players head back to camp and await the final days in the game.

Night 35Edit

Steve thanks Ian for voting out Daniel and promises that they will target Anthony so that he doesn't make a clean sweep of the jury. They both agree that it's in their best interests to make it to the finale together.

[Confessional] Steve: I promised Ian that I'd take him to the end. That's not necessarily true, but I need to cover my bases if Ian wins this final immunity. If he does he could very well win due to a lot of his previous allies on the jury.

[Confessional] Ian: One vote away from making it to the end. I can't believe it [laughs]

The tribe goes to sleep and awaits the final immunity challenge of the game.

Day 38Edit

The final immunity challenge takes place on Day 38 when the final four arrives just off the beach in a clearing in the trees. Today's challenge involves the players building a stack of blocks ten feet high to reach a bar. The first player to do so will win immunity. One wrong move can send the entire tower falling down. With all four players needing the immunity more than ever, this will be the most important challenge of their lives.

As the challenge begins, Steve is immediately having a tough time stacking his wooden pieces. He is panicking early due to how he thinks the rest of the tribe can blindside him instead of Anthony if they think strategy will trump Anthony's personal relationships. Ian is off to a quick start, getting around the four foot high area right off the bat. Four feet turns into six, and Ian has a good three feet on any other player. Steve's tower falls again and he is becoming a non-factor in the challenge. Nick is going slow and is around three or four feet, while Anthony is at five. 

Ian is making very quick work of this challenge somehow when he is only a foot or two away from winning already. This will be a blowout victory for Ian if he wins, and it will seal his spot in the Final 3. Ian however, has run out of blocks somehow. He will have to remove pieces to try to get up to the ten foot mark. As he does this, he tragically removes a key piece in the structure and the whole thing comes crashing down, opening the door for Anthony and Nick. Anthony is at seven feet while Nick is at five. Steve is getting back in it at five feet as well.

Anthony's tower collapses and somehow Steve and Nick are left in it. The two of them get up to seven feet, and then eight. The two of them are very close and Ian has returned to five feet. Steve gets to nine feet and needs only a block or two more to win when he sneezes and knocks the entire tower down while placing one of his last pieces. Steve gets so frustrated he just gives up. It doesn't matter anyways since Nick is able to place his last piece above the ten foot mark winning immunity.

Nick has an automatic spot in the Final 3, and will be able to plead his case to the jury for the prize at the end.

[Confessional] Steve: I can't believe how poorly I did at the challenge. All this work for 38 days and it might not even matter. I might go home one night short of the final three.

Post-Challenge Day 38Edit

Everyone needs to talk to Nick about how he will vote tonight because he could very well decide something as he is the only one safe. Nick tells Steve he wants to vote Anthony out because of how Anthony is friends with the entire jury. Steve agrees that Anthony might be the best choice but he'll have to think about it. Ian on the other hand, wants Nick to vote out Steve and thinks its best for all of them to take out the last strategic threat. Nick tells Steve this however, and Ian is forced to talk to Anthony about how voting Steve out might assure him the win if the jury likes him and thinks he played the better game.

Steve also approaches Anthony and reminds him that if he's going to base his final pitch on integrity and loyalty, that the three Yevapai must go to the end together. Nick approaches Steve one last time about voting Anthony and says they have a better chance that way. The tribe is in complete chaos.

[Confessional] Ian: All it takes is one of them to vote Steve with me tonight and realize it's the only way for us to win this. Granted Anthony could win too but that sounds good right?

[Confessional] Steve: I still don't know who I'm voting and tribal is rapidly approaching. I think I know how other people are voting but I can't be sure. Will Anthony win a popularity contest in true Survivor fashion? Or will Ian pull enough votse from his Kanza Tribe to win? Or will it not matter when I get out? This is awful.

[Confessional] Nick: Guess who it doesn't matter to? Me! I'm in the finals no matter what. I think the jury might dislike Steve and that's why I think Anthony has to go. No one is going to vote Ian to win, he's done nothing.

[Confessional] Anthony: This is it. I'm going to do what's best for me tonight and what I think gives me the best pitch to win in the end. It could be me who goes, but my mind is made up.

The four head off to their final vote of the game wondering what could possibly happen tonight and knowing only Nick is safe for sure.

The last round of tribal questions are asked and no one gives anything away. Anthony, Steve, and Ian cast their votes.

Nick: [Shows vote for Anthony] Sorry lardo, you gotta go tonight to avoid you winning for doing nothing.

The votes are tallied. The person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. It's time to get to the vote.

First vote: Anthony

Second vote: Steve

Third vote: Ian

The vote is 1-1-1. The final vote is read.

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Fourth vote: and the seventeenth person voted out, Ian. Please bring me your torch.

Ian, the tribe has spoken. It's time for you to go.

The final three remain, who will win Survivor in the final episode, of Survivor: The Cove?