We join the remaining six tribe members back at camp right after tribal on the evening of Day 32. I love the "blue light special" as Mike reveals that he knows he needs to find another HII or win the next Immunity, while Dan tells us he has zero interest in working with Mike. Dan's relying on his Advantage to get him further along in the game but Carolyn doesn't trust Dan or his Advantage. She needs Mike to solidify her getting to the Final Three so she goes to Mike to tell him about Dan's extra vote. Guess who might be flipping as she plays all the angles? All Mike needs to do is win Immunity and she's on his side before the numbers turn against her.
Time for this week's Reward challenge as the six march on in. They need to divide into two teams then race through a series of obstacles to untie knots that will drop a door which gets them to a hatchet to cut the rope and drop the tray of puzzle pieces which they need to gather to solve a word puzzle and win a helicopter tour and a surf & turf dinner.
Jeff points out that Rodney is the only one who's never left camp and that gets Rodney all worked up and whining again. Jeff asks if it's a matter of entitlement and Rodney apparently doesn't understand the word. I'm not overly surprised.
The Blue team is Dan, Sierra & Rodney vs the Red team of Carolyn, Mike and Will. Both teams move quickly through the obstacles, and get to the knots which slowed Mike down a bit and allowed Blue to pull into the lead as they dropped the drawbridge. The teams are pretty much neck and neck as they grab the hatchet. Chop, chop! Seriously, only two chops. Drop the tray and gather the puzzle pieces. For some reason Rodney abandons his team and races for the puzzle board and Jeff calls him back to gather the pieces. Both teams are working to solve a six word phrase and Blue has started to turn their letters over to hide them from the Red team.
They've been at it for 30 minutes and both teams are still stumped, even when Jeff tells them to think Survivor and starts feeding them clues. An hour later they're still dumb as a bag of rocks despite Jeff practically giving them the answer. This has officially become the longest word puzzle in Survivor history. Something finally clicks for Carolyn and Red thinks they have it . . . and they do. Sorry Rodney.
Jeff congratulates them on their win and says this may be just what they need but Carolyn keeps looking over at Rodney. She doesn't know if she wants to give her reward to Rodney or keep it for herself. Jeff points out that it can work both ways for her. She decides to keep the reward and Carolyn, Mike and Will are off for a helicopter ride. Rodney continues to whine and I think Jeff went off to get him some cheese during the break.
Mike, Carolyn and Will had never been on a helicopter before and they're all loving it as they fly over the volcano heading inland. They land in an open field and head over to a table of food and drinks and start to enjoy their well earned reward. Mike pitches this as the Final Three and Carolyn likes the idea but she's not sure if now is the time to flip. When Mike asks Will, Will says he's public enemy number one so he's not sure he can agree to Mike's idea of Final Three. Nothing against Will but he's not exactly the brightest bulb on the beach if he hasn't figure out why he's still there. They all agree though that they don't want Rodney to win. Mike's going to have to work Will a little more to sway him over but I think Carolyn is beginning to see the bigger picture.
Back at camp Rodney is still bitching and moaning that he didn't get to go on yet another reward. Apparently it's all Mama C's fault that he's incompetent at challenges. Dan points out that everyone is hungry so he goes in search of food. He finds something but he's not sure what it is. It looks like some kind of melon. Rodney feels a bit better having eaten the melon and Sierra asks them to confirm that they're still targeting Mike. Of course they are, but Mike's not just going to oblige them and just walk out even if Rodney is gunning for him.
It's Day 35 and everyone is back at camp as Carolyn reads the Tree Mail with a hint as to the Immunity challenge requiring a subtle hand. Dan is adamant that Mike cannot win, but Mike isn't relying on winning alone. He's working on Sierra to get rid of Dan and his Advantage and Mike makes some good points. If he wins Immunity she may side with him, but if not she'll stick with her alliance and he's going home.
Time for the Immunity challenge as Jeff retrieves the Immunity Necklace from Carolyn. Each tribe member needs to use a grappling hook to retrieve three bags, one of those bags has a ball inside it and then they need to use the ball to get through a table maze. Quick and easy, right? Maybe not, as the table maze is controlled by two ropes and a lot of balancing.
First cast and Dan gets a bag, as does Will, then Mike. Eventually everyone gets their first bags and they're on to the second one. Mike pulls ahead when he hooks his third bag and he moves on to the maze while Rodney continues to struggle throwing the grappling hook. It doesn't even look like he's trying. Now that's entitlement. It's now Mike and Dan on the table maze and Dan pulls ahead when Mike drops a ball, twice.
Sierra has now moved on to the maze as Dan drops the ball. Mike has slowed down and is pulling ahead. Dan dropped the ball again as Will gets his third bag and heads to the table maze. Dan starts rushingin his attempt to beat Mike as Mike gets closer and closer. Carolyn and Rodney are still trying to hook their third bag. Sierra is right on his tail as she enters the inner circle and Mike is so close as his ball rolls in and out and in and out and over and then . . . Mike wins Individual Immunity again. Dan does not look amused.
They all get back to camp and Dan is amazed that Mike proves to be unbeatable. Dan turns to his alliance and says, "Carolyn?" and they all agree but Sierra thinks it may be time to remove the Advantage. When Dan wanders off and Mike arrives Carolyn and the others say, "Dan?" Mike decides he wants to mess things up and he goes to Dan to say that his alliance is targeting him and Dan's no longer sure who to believe. Mike figures that Dan just wants to take Will and Rodney to the end because he knows he can beat them. Mike then goes to Carolyn and Sierra and points out who's sleeping in the shelter without a care in the world and that one of them is likely going home. The girls need to make a decision, especially Carolyn who could be going home with an Idol in her pocket.
Time for Tribal as Jeff brings in the jury and then asks the remaining six, "who do you trust?" Mike points out that they have a common enemy but there was some scrambling today at camp because one of them is going home. When Jeff asks Rodney about trust, Rodney has trouble composing a sentence to answer the question. Jeff asks if it's a sign of fatigue and Rodney's still rambling as he complains about lack of food and mentions he can't even handle his mother 24/7 without wanting to wring her neck. I'm sure she's feeling the love. When Jeff asks her Carolyn says everyone tells you what you want to hear and you can't trust anyone. Dan says even his name has come up a lot in conversation and he doesn't like it but one of them is going home if they don't make a move. Will brings up Dan's Advantage.
Jeff points out that having an Advantage is dependant on knowing when to play it. Rodney's says it's like a strong arm play and Sierra mentions that you don't want to leave with something in your bag you should have played. Dan doesn't know what the right thing to do is but he'd better decide quick because it's time to vote and Dan's up first.
Jeff goes to tally the votes when Dan interrupts. He's decided that he needs to play his Advantage. Jeff explains the Advantage for those who didn't know what it was and then Dan goes to cast another vote. He returns and then Jeff goes to tally the votes. Jeff calls for the HII and Carolyn isn't going anywhere tonight as she plays her HII and Mike just smiles. Jeff reads the votes . . . Carolyn (applause from Mike), Carolyn, Carolyn, Carolyn, Carolyn, Dan, and finally . . . Dan. Bye, bye, Danny boy. So much for your Advantage.
Next week is the two hour season finale and it's time for the worlds to collide. My guess is that Carolyn is not going to be real happy knowing that even Sierra voted to get rid of her, but she's sure glad she played her Idol. In his farewell reveal Dan says he came into the game with three goals; 1) have fun, 2) be remembered and 3) win the game. Well, two out of three ain't bad.
Stay tuned for my review of tonight's eviction from Big Brother Canada and don't forget to come back Friday for the main event as Wayne and I both review the Amazing Race finale and let you know who made it first to the final mat. See you then.