• So Brad decided to break up the Sausage Party alliance and vote off John out of fear that Candice would make it back into the game and control John’s vote. Which doesn’t really make much sense as a reason to get rid of your closest ally, but okay. Brad not only killed his alliance over the super-slim chance that Candice will make it back into the game, but he just made HIMSELF a huge target by being so shady and untrustworthy, especially when he said he wanted them to all vote out John while he voted for Ciera so that John would still like him. How sketchy is that?!? Putting this move into football parlance so Brad can truly understand just how bad it was, this whole scheme set off more red flags than an NFL coach's challenge. But in the end, they did go along with Brad (for now) and voted John Cody off to Redemption Island where he can stare at the stars with his wife and super-awkward third wheel Marissa.
• This once again proves my point last week that John completely bungled his handling of the hidden immunity idol clue. He should have told the entire tribe that he planned to find the clue and then save it to use only to ensure his tribe a numbers advantage in the event of a merge or pre-merge tribe swap. Make them feel it is in their best interest to keep him around since he has a tool to help all of them in the game. But he didn’t. And everyone got suspicious. Also, the only thing worse than telling someone else on your tribe the clue to the hidden immunity idol is telling someone else on your tribe the clue to the hidden immunity idol and then telling them they are not allowed to search for it with you. That’s just being both schizophrenic and sketchy.
So Colton and Rachel are gone and we’ll have a battle of the lovers next week at Redemption Island. But until then, we have plenty of goodies to keep you company. As always, we have an exclusive deleted scene in the video player below as well as a montage of all the newbies talking about what other former Survivor players they’d like to play with, and my pre-game interviews with Colton and Rachel. Plus, if you’re looking for Jeff Probst’s brutally honest take on Colton quitting, check out this week’s Q&A with the host. My exit interviews with Colton and Rachel will be up on the next edition of the InsideTV Podcast, which should be live on Thursday afternoon. (Also make sure to check out last week’s interviews with Rupert and RC — who was forced out of the game just days before filming — if you missed them.) And for more Survivor news and views sent directly to you, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.
Now it’s your turn. Were you impressed with the way Probst handled Colton quitting? Sorry to see Rachel go? Surprised Brad turned on an alliance member already? Hit the message boards to let us know and I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!