Survivor recap: It's a Brad, Brad, Brad, Brad World

It’s all about Brad Culpepper all the time…until Brad Culpepper gets the shock of his life at Tribal Council
Ep. 04 | Aired Oct 9, 2013

WOULD YOU TRUST THIS MAN? For Caleb, the answer was no

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Chaos ensues. Brad tells Caleb he’s not writing his name down. Vytas asks Caleb if he’s really going to do it. Brad asks Vytas if he will vote him out. Vytas says he won’t. And he doesn’t. BUT THEN HE DOES! It’s the nuttiest thing I’ve seen happen since I spilled a can of Planters peanuts all over the couch. And peanuts aren’t even nuts! They’re legumes! That’s how nutty this is! The first vote is a tie with three votes for both Brad and Ciera. On the revote, Hayden does his best Eliza Orlins impression, dramatically going back and forth, writing down Ciera’s name, crossing it out, then writing it again. But in the end it is Vytas that defects, sending poor Brad to Redemption Island and leaving poor Hayden to curse himself for landing on the wrong side of eeny meeny miny moe. It was a fascinating display, and for more scoop on how it all went down, make sure to read my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst.

Brad Culpepper against both of the Codys? Okay, even for someone that is dead set against three-person duels, I have to say that is pretty delicious. The producers really rolled the dice when they unleashed this Blood vs. Water concept and the series of twists that went with it, but I have to say, I think it is working. Would I want this every season? Hell to the no. But as a change of pace, I’m totally down. We’re seeing dynamics we’ve never seen before, and having to think about the game and the proper moves to make in a way we never have before. That’s fun. And it’s fun to watch the contestants have to figure all this stuff out on the fly. I always say wait until you see how a twist plays out before you judge it, which is why I was silent about it all summer. Well, four weeks in, it's playing out pretty damn well.

And next comes the big Culpepper–Cody reunion. But you don’t have to wait until then for more Survivor goodies. In addition to my weekly Q&A with Probst, and my Q&A with Candice and John about last night's duel, we also have an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode in the video player below, along with some pre-game goodies with the cast. And check back on Thursday afternoon for our InsideTV Podcast interview with the ousted Marissa. Of course, to have all the Survivor news and views sent right to you, just follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

But now it’s your turn. Bummed to see Marissa go. Ecstatic to see Brad voted out? And was Monica’s move to burn the hidden immunity idol clue a strong or stupid one? Hit the message boards and let us know. And I’ll be back next week with another scoop of the crispy!

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