This episode contains the aftermath of the first tribal council, the next immunity challenge, and yet another tribal council. Who will survive this episode? Read on and find out!
After a shocking blindside of Andrew, the Kanza Tribe returns from what is sure to be an explosive tribal council. Shay is completely distraught because of how she was played by Quinn. He was looking out for the best interests of the alliance, but in a move to get rid of Andrew might have made an enemy out of Shay. Shay expects it from Corey or Houston, but especially not from Paxton whom she feels the most hurt by.
[Confessional] Paxton: I recognized Shauna would be hurt by this - but in terms of moving forward it had to be done. Eventually she'll have to get over what we did here tonight.
[Confessional] Shay: *sobbing* I can't believe they would do something like this. I don't even want to play anymore.
Shay goes on about how she wants to quit, meanwhile Johnny's "I told you so's" aren't making the situation any better. Much to her surprise, it's Ian who calms her down and gets her to stay in the game to avenge Andrew's elimination, as well as the constant attacks from some of her tribemates.
[Confessional] Ian: Yeah, Shay is a complete drama queen. But if she leaves, I lose someone who could work with me...so I guess I'll put up with her for awhile.
The next morning, we return to the Yevapai Tribe where it's Jimmy who is ready to strategize at the break of dawn, attempting to befriend Steve and win over an ally. Jimmy recognizes that Steve might be in control of his alliance, and if not Steve then Alex. Jimmy doesn't trust that Zeptis will vote with him, so he makes an effort to see to it that Steve trusts him. The questions begin of why Jimmy didn't come to Steve right away, or why Steve didn't come to Jimmy right away. In the end, the two of them seem to get nowhere and they move on agreeing to not target each other in general.
[Confessional] Jimmy: Yeah, I'm not sure how good its going to be for my game that Steve is here. Either I'll have to ensure that he remains a target especially with Vishaala here, or I'll have to work with him. We'll see where it goes.
[Confessional] Steve: If Jimmy wants to work with me, great. If he doesn't, we'll go from there. Anyone who wants to be my ally is a friend of mine for now.
Back at Kanza, Daniel, Corey, and Quinn decide that it's time to actually look for the idol without any clues whatsoever. They agree to pretend like they're going for a walk down the beach, and then break off to cover the most ground. Daniel will take the area by the river, Corey will take the end of the beach and the surrounding shrubbery, and Quinn will take the forest area around camp. They decide this is best as they will cover more ground, and whoever gets it will share it with the rest of the group.
[Confessional] Corey: We need to find this idol. Surely later in the game, I'll be a target, naturally. I need the idol for protection. Would I play it on an ally? Hell no. I need this for ME.
Daniel begins to dig in and around the walls of the stream at the edge of camp. He looks under rocks, in the mud walls, and in the middle of the stream. He finds nothing. Corey digs around some trees along the beach, turns over some suspicious looking rocks, and checks the rocks by the ocean. Nothing. Quinn looks in every crevice of the trees in the forest that might look like they could yield an idol and still nothing. Everyone is getting tired. It's beginning to look odd how long they've been gone. They all decide to look one last place wherever it was that they had been searching when...
Nestled under the roots of a tree?
Of course that would be the last place to look when you've been searching along the stream.
Daniel reaches into the base of the tree to find a hidden immunity idol. He begins to debate whether or not he should actually tell Quinn and Corey. He decides not to and heads back to camp to find the other two.
[Confessional] Daniel: Obviously they didn't find anything, so why should it be any more suspcious that I didn't? They don't need to know I have it, I'll play it when I need to.
[Confessional] Corey: I can't believe what a colossal waste of time this was.
[Confessional] Quinn: I'm not too worried about idols right now. I'm sure that it'll show up eventually, and as long as it falls in our hands we'll be ok.
Day 3 and 4 go by without further event.
It is time for the dreaded immunity challenge. Both tribes arrive at the beach for their next challenge. The 'Yevapai 'Tribe gets its first look at the new Kanza Tribe. They see that Andrew was voted out at the first tribal, which no one really seems too shocked to see.
The next challenge is as follows:
Nine players from each tribe will compete. Three players from each tribe would be placed on a raft in the water. Three different players would be pulling the raft back to shore. At a certain point, the three people on the raft will need to get off and remove bamboo sticks from a cage to release rings. Once they collect all nine of their rings from the cage, the other three must pull them back to shore. The remaining three castaways will throw those rings onto three poles, one ring per pole. First team to complete this challenge wins immunity. One person will sit out from the Yevapai Tribe and that person is Vishaala.
On the rafts for each tribe are Quinn, Johnny, and Stephen, and then Nick, AJ, and Dash.
Pulling the rafts are Houston, Corey, and Paxton, and then Steve, Austin, and Anthony.
Lastly throwing rings are Shay, Daniel, and Ian, and then Zeptis, Alex, and Jimmy.
The first team to release all of their rings is the Kanza Tribe. They get a slight advantage arriving to the beach about 30 seconds earlier. The rings are handed off to the throwers who must get three of their rings on the poles to win. Shay throws one and misses. Shay throws another and misses. She hands them off to Daniel who lands his first one. The Yevapai Tribe has caught up and Alex throws and lands his first ring. It is 1-1. Jimmy picks up a ring and also lands his, making it 2-1 Yevapai. Shay misses a third ring and the groaning begins. Ian throws and lands a ring tying it 2-2. A string of misses from both tribes makes the challenge go on for what seems like an eternity, but before you know it, in a shocking twist of fate, Zeptis lands the last ring winning it for his tribe. The Kanza Tribe will face yet another tribal council.
[Confessional] Johnny: Yet another challenge blown by Shay. When do we let her go for her part in all these disasters?
Post-Challenge Day 5Edit
Upon returning to camp, the scrambling begins.
[Confessional] Paxton: I figure the easiest way to remedy the situation with Shauna is to vote out the person who lied to her. If we take out Quinn, we still have a majority and she'll come right back.
Shay is torn on this vote. On one hand, she feels hurt by Quinn's lies. On the other hand, she doesn't know if she can forgive Paxton either.
[Confessional] Quinn: The way I see it, Shay is going to vote one of two ways. Myself, or Paxton. I need to find a way to ensure that it isn't me she's writing down.
[Confessional] Houston: Right now I'm only in this game to protect myself, Daniel, and Quinn. If Quinn wants to go after Paxton, I'll support him in that.
Johnny approaches Shay to discuss the vote. He reminds Shay of the danger that Quinn, Houston, and Daniel are as a trio. The longer they wait to take them out, the more dangerous they get. However, they will remain targets so maybe they should wait to pull the trigger.
[Confessional] Stephen: Paxton and I need to convince Johnny and Shay that Quinn is clearly a dangerous player that needs to go. If we can do that, we can save Paxton and send Quinn home.
Stephen, Paxton, Johnny, and Shay meet to discuss the vote. Shay seems withdrawn from any gameplay whatsoever, and isn't really interested in scheming. It becomes increasingly apparent that her and Johnny will be the swing votes, as Daniel, Houston, and Quinn's votes are already decided. If Shay and Johnny decide to vote Paxton, it is likely everyone else will follow suit to "vote with the majority". If they decide to vote Quinn, they'll have the support of Ian and Stephen as well. Corey votes however Corey wants.
[Confessional] Shay: I know Paxton always has my back, which makes me want to vote Quinn. But then I think of how he voted out my one motivation to try in this game and I just don't know.
[Confessional] Corey: We all know Shay will vote emotionally, I don't think I'll be surprised by her vote at tribal tonight.
Both tribes proceed to tribal council where they are once again bombarded with questions and answers. Nothing seems to be gained by this yet again, as everyone knows where the swing votes lie.
Ian, Corey, Quinn, and Daniel are called up to vote.
Houston: [Shows vote as Paxton] It's either you or my bud Quinn tonight. I hope it's you, and think it's you.
Paxton: [Shows vote as Quinn] I have faith that Shauna will make the move thats best for us tonight. She seems to have cooled down.
Johnny and Stephen go up to vote.
Shay: [spends a long time deliberating her vote before sighing and writing a name down]
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.
No one stands up.
The votes are read.
First Vote: Paxton
Second Vote: Quinn
Third Vote: Paxton
Fourth Vote: Paxton
Fifth Vote: Paxton
Sixth Vote: and the second person voted out of Survivor: The Cove, Paxton.
Please bring me your torch.
Paxton, the tribe has spoken.
Eighteen remain, who will be voted out next time, on Survivor: The Cove?