Survivor: Blood vs. Water claimed its first victim tonight as the third place finisher in the first Redemption Island duel was eliminated from the game. Was it Rupert, Candice, or Marissa? And who was the latest person to be voted out of their tribe? My full recap will be up at midnight [UPDATE: Dalton's Survivor recap is now live!], but read on if you’ve already watched tonight’s episode to weigh in on what went down. [SPOILER ALERT: Read on only if you have already watched Wednesday's episode of Survivor: Blood vs. Water.]
He never had a single vote cast against him, but Rupert made the fatal strategic flaw of opting to take his wife’s place at Redemption Island, and he paid the price when he came in last place in the duel and was immediately out of the game. It was Rupert’s fourth — and perhaps last — chance at winning the show. But don’t feel too sorry for the guy: He did score a million dollars as the winner of the Survivor: All-Stars fan favorite vote, so he’s doing just fine.
The rest of the episode centered around Colton being pissed off that everybody else seemed to be getting along just hunky dory, and Vytas coming up with an ingenious plan to weaken the returning players by voting out one of their own weakest members in Rachel in the hopes that Tyson would pull a Rupert and take her place at Redemption Island. The newbies did, in fact, lose the immunity challenge — at the hands (and mouth) of Gervase, no less — and did vote out Rachel. Whether the plan comes to complete fruition or not remains to be seen.
My full recap will be up at midnight [Update: it is now live], but you can sound off right here and right now! Happy or sad to see Rupert go? How are you feeling about the return of evil Colton? And where do you stand on Vytas’ strategy of luring Tyson out of his tribe? Sound off right here. And click on the video player below to check out my pre-game interview with Rupert and Laura.