It's Day 25 and Rodney decides it's time to get rid of Mike so he goes to Tyler. Despite Shirin's warning, Joe was still voted out last week and Mikes probably second guessing that right about now. Mike knows the target's on his back and he needs to do something fast, but it'll have to wait because it's time for . . .
The Survivor Auction. Each player gets $500 and the first item sells for $100, sight unseen. Will bought a note which everyone thinks is a clue but it was actually a "buy out" and he's out of the auction and heading back to camp. The next item is fried chicken and waffles and Shirin buys it for $300. That's expensive chicken. Dan, Carolyn and Mike say they're not buying food so the food items move quickly and we're on to the big item, but not before Jeff reveals . . . notes from home.
Sierra buys hers at $20 and sets the price. Carolyn works a deal with Dan and Mike for each of them to buy theirs for the same price to keep it even going for the advantage. They both agree and everyone buys their letter from home. Dan tears up reaching for his because he really misses his wife. Despite agreeing to buy with the others, Mike decides the advantage is more important and walks back to his seat. Jeff is surprised, so are Dan and Carolyn.
Carolyn gets angry and gives hers back and Mike stews about it for a moment and goes to get his. Carolyn goes back and grabs hers. Mike says it wasn't sitting well with him to not hold to his word. Time for the advantage, and with all three having $480 it comes down to pebbles. There are two black and one white in the bag, they each reach in for theirs and when Jeff calls it they reveal. Dan has the white pebble and he wins the advantage. Everyone heads back to camp.
Will goes back to camp early to find a map clue just for him. He follows the map to a stick in the sand. He digs it up to reveal a personal stash of rations. Will decides it's better to give than to receive and decides to share his stash. When the others return he shares the note and the rations.
Mike starts telling the others about Rodney flipping and the reason why he didn't want to buy his letter. Mike then starts getting louder and accuses Rodney in front of the camp and things get heated. Sierra figures Mike's paranoia is starting to get to him. To break the tension everyone reads their letters, and there's lots of tears. Rodney knows that what Mike was saying was true, but there's no way he's going to admit it. He intends to beat Mike with his mind. Alrighty then.
Dan's a little ticked at Mike's behaviour because it shifts him, Mike and Sierra to the bottom in their group and that's never good, but on the upside . . . the advantage he bought at the Auction is to have a second vote at an upcoming tribal. It's a Survivor Golden Ticket. That extra vote can help to ensure that whoever Dan wants gone, goes . . . as long as he uses it correctly.
Mike is questioning just how much of his "stash" Will actually shared. The rumour gets around and now Will is pissed that everyone questions his integrity. He's wrongfully blaming Shirin when he gets back to camp because Mike has gone missing and she's an easy target. Mike arrives and moves Shirin out of the way when Will starts in with the personal attacks. Everyone but Mike just lets Will go on until Shirin walks away. Jenn follows her down to the beach, followed by Mike. At least someone has her back.
Twenty seven days and it's time for the Immunity Challenge. Will wants to take himself out of the challenge if he can have his letter from home because family is important to him. Jeff tells Will he needs everyone else to agree before he says yes and asks for a show of hands. Everyone agrees except for Shirin who says "no", so there's no letter for Will. Karma's a bitch.
On to the challenge where players need to use long metal tongs to move six balls, one at a time, across two teeter totters to a stand. Tyler gets his first, followed by Mike. Everyone else keeps dropping their ball or falling off the teeter totter. Mike has figured it out and gets his second. Now Mike gets his third as Tyler places his second. Sierra dropped her second one at the stand. Mike places his fourth, Tyler his third. Mike gets his fifth and heads back for his last ball. Tyler almost had his fifth but stumbled right before his stand. Here goes Mike . . . and he wins Individual Immunity. He knew he needed it and Rodney is not happy. There's a surprise.
Mike does the happy dance heading back to camp. Rodney and Will want to vote out either Jenn or Shirin. Carolyn feels they don't have the numbers without Dan and Sierra. Meanwhile, Mike, and Shirin are concerned that Sierra has turned to the dark side. They're hoping Dan is still with them so Mike goes to Dan. Dan thought they were all tight but apparently not. Back at camp Carolyn and Rodney feel Dan would be stupid to flip, but then they both think he's a little stupid so now they're worried. Tyler takes that moment to point out that Dan has been with Mike most of the day.
Mike brings up the fact that he and Dan built the camp with their own hands and asks who he trusts more. Dan looks pretty confused and it doesn't help that he's become the swing vote. Back at camp the dark side corners Dan and he gets a little irritated and says it's his choice, not theirs. Either way, this could be Dan's million dollar mistake.
Time For Tribal as Jeff brings in Hali and Joe for the jury. Will starts rambling that Shirin was spreading rumours, which she wasn't, and she mentions how he turned it into a personal attack. Will's agreeing behind her and Shirin is getting louder and louder. She kinda breaks down about her home life growing up and Will is still . . . well . . . Will. Jeff asks Sierra how everyone's personal background is directing them and she says they're all hungry, tired and emotional. Dan says you have to learn to make connections with these people. Mike mentions the four core alliance of Rodney, Tyler, Carolyn and Will and now Rodney gets angry and defensive. Jeff's pretty amazed.Shirin points out that the vote is going to be split between her and Jenn and Dan says it's not just how you vote but who you put in the jury. With that, I t's time to vote.
Jeff gathers the votes and asks for the HII but none are played. Jeff reads the votes and they are . . . Jenn, Shirin, Jenn, Shirin, Jenn, Carolyn, Shirin, Jenn, and the last one needed . . . Jenn. Jenn grabs her bag, says goodbye and wishes them luck before walking off. Jeff points out that there are eight people left who will stop at nothing to win, but I think a few of them have already stopped at making logical decisions. Then again, what do I know.
Jenn goes on about how she hates Rodney and Dan, but mostly how much she hates Carolyn. It's not the best farewell interview but it's honest. Next week Mike runs out of allies and Tyler turns traitor when he goes snooping in someone else's bag. Let the fireworks begin.
If this is the only review you read, then I'll see you next week. Otherwise stay tuned for my Big Brother Canada review coming up shortly (probably in the morning, it's late) and I'll see the faithful back here on Friday for my Amazing Race review. Ciao for now.