Episode 5 of Survivor was insane. Literally. The episode starts out with Brandon saying he’s going to volunteer to be voted off (and then changing his mind the next morning). Then comes a reward challenge which the favorites win, once again. The fans are disheartened, but continue their search for the new hidden immunity idol. Reynold finds it again and tells Eddie about his discovery. Brandon is having a tough time. Phillip instigates and Brandon loses it, and the favorites tribe decides to forfeit the immunity challenge so Jeff has them vote right then and there and Brandon is voted out.
Welcome back to Survivor Caramoan: Fans v. Favorites 2. We rejoin the fans tribe post-tribal council and Sherri is sad Laura is gone. Reynold discusses having had to use the idol. Michael comments on how Reynold is their “clutch” guy. Michael says Reynold’s been clutch in challenges (I thought that would require actually winning, but apparently not), clutch at starting fire, and everywhere else and he doesn’t want Reynold to have the idol anymore or find the new one.
Then we hear from Brandon. He starts discussing his passion for his family. He feels guilty for having left his family especially his kids who probably wonder why he’s gone again. He misses them and so he tells his tribe he volunteers to be voted off at the next tribal council.
Then Brandon decides to admit to the tribe he was gonna pee in rice and beans and burn the shelter to the ground. Yikes. Doesn’t seem like the best thing to reveal but Brandon certainly doesn’t seem to be in the best frame of mind.
Then, the next morning Brandon changes his mind and announces that he’s going to be staying and being the most intense version of himself.
Up next, we have the reward challenge for a big steak barbecue (including spices, wine, etc) – which is the coconut throwing slash basket holding challenge we have previously seen in other seasons. So once again, no puzzle. Seriously?! What’s up with the lack of puzzles this season? Am I going to keep saying that until we finally see a puzzle? Well, maybe I am.
Reynold kills it in the challenge once again and doesn’t miss a shot (at least not that we see), and he puts all of them in Brandon’s basket and so Phillip gets to be the hero even though clearly if Brandon hadn’t been taking the brunt of it for so long, Phillip never could have held on. So Brandon drops out and Phillip ends up winning the challenge for the favorites. Did anyone else notice Probst’s comment, “Sherri is worthless in this challenge” as if she wasn’t worried enough about being thought of as weak after Laura was voted off.
Anyhow, the favorites win and take home the steaks, veggies, spices, and wine (anyone else notice Corinne go right for it?).
The poor Fans can’t win. Sherri says muscle isn’t paying off. They seem really disheartened. It is so hard to continue to lose on Survivor, especially when it does nothing but rain.
Everyone on the fans tribe goes looking for the idol. Reynold finds it again. He claims he is going to keep his mouth shut this time, but he still tells Eddie. I guess that’s understandable since they have been together since day one, but I don’t know if I’d tell anyone if I had it. Reynold says he doesn’t want anyone to know he has it, especially not the majority alliance but then he goes and lays in the shelter with Eddie rather than continuing to look for the idol. That seemed pretty stupid.
Then we rejoin the favorites. Brandon is sullen. He is mad Phillip is taking credit for challenge. Brandon says, “Phillip Sheppard, this dumbass spy agent, whatever you want to call him, thinks he won the challenge.” Then he tells Phillip to “shut the f*ck up” which doesn’t sit well with Phillip and Phillip says he is a street fighter and won’t be told to shut up by a young punk.
Somehow I doubt Phillip is a street fighter but Phillip is a 54 year old man who is quite clearly egging on a 22 year old boy. As absolutely crazy and unstable as Brandon clearly is this episode, in the scenes with Phillip, Brandon comes off as being the sane one. Phillip seems just as crazy and angry but just has had more years of dealing with his insanity and keeping it in. Brandon is still a kid. Why does Phillip continue to engage him?
Then Phillip does something even more repulsive to me than being excited to sit out a challenge, he says to Andrea that the favorites should throw a challenge. I HATE challenge throwing.
Well, then Andrea stirs the pot (probably unintentionally, but stupidly nonetheless) and tells Brandon what Phillip said; that Brandon is still in trouble and going to be voted off next.
Then Brandon loses it a bit more. He tells Phillip that no one likes Stealth R Us, the nicknames, or Phillip. Brandon soon realizes he really is next to go and dumps the rice and beans everywhere and then screams about Phillip being a bitch.
Then it is time for the immunity challenge and the tribes show up, and Jeff asks how Brandon is and Brandon says he had an outburst and asks to speak to the other tribe. He basically tells them about Phillip’s alliance and just kind of rants. Then Corinne speaks on behalf of the favorites and says they want to forfeit the challenge and hope everyone can respect that decision.
Brandon is fired up and hostile. Probst should win every Emmy from now until forever for what he had to deal with this episode. This was a scary and sad moment. Brandon admits during his rant what an incredibly difficult time he had in his life after he was on Survivor the first time. This part makes me think what I’ve kind of thought all along, and I know a number of other people have contemplated and asked, how could they put him back on the show? After how hard it was on him the first time, why bring him back? Is he drama? Yes, of course he is. But the well being of an individual should trump the show’s ratings. I hope the psych testing in the future is more thorough than this because it seems like Brandon should not have been out there this season.
Then Andrea starts crying and says how upsetting it is to see Brandon like this and to hear nasty names being used. Then of course Phillip interrupts and says he never said anything. Why did Phillip have to speak at that point? I don’t know. That man is an adult who really should keep his mouth shut. You could even see Andrea getting annoyed with him.
Phillip engages Brandon. He calls Brandon pathetic and yells at him and brings up his children. Although clearly Brandon is the one who had the meltdown, Phillip comes off as equally as crazy. Phillip says Brandon saying Phillip is in charge is a figment of Brandon’s imagination. It is so condescending, crazy, and unnecessary. First of all, Phillip thinks he’s in charge. Second of all, Phillip has told everyone he’s in charge. Third of all, you know you’re about to vote him out, why would you act like that?
I’m sad for Brandon at the end of this episode and disgusted by Phillip. Does anyone else feel the same?
With Brandon’s massive breakdown, xoxo, Eliza