Unofficial Guide to Survivor: Caramoan Episode 10 — “Zipping Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”

Unofficial Guide to Survivor: Caramoan Episode 10 — Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest

Here’s everything you need to know about what happened in Survivor: Caramoan Episode 10 — “Zipping Over the Cuckoo’s Nest” – who won the challenges, who was voted of, who played well, and who is on the outs. Feel free to add your notes, thoughts, and questions.

Aired April 17, 2013, covering night 25 through night 28

Reward Challenge winner: Phillip, Erik, Reynold, Dawn, & Cochran (resort visit with lunch)

Immunity Challenge winner: Reynold

Eliminated: Phillip – None of the hype surrounding this Tribal Council was over the top. We have never seen people scrambling to configure their alliance’s vote like we saw in this episode; what Malcolm did was historic and unprecedented. Phillip’s downfall was obvious; the secret agent schtick was annoying to everyone, but especially to those not in the loop. He had a complete inability and unwillingness to play the game outside of his alliance to keep all doors of opportunity open.

Doing It Right:

  • Malcolm – Is it starting to feel like this is becoming Malcolm’s game? He’s in a minority alliance but he just pulled off the greatest switcheroo in Survivor history – and he almost pulled something as good last week. If he doesn’t keep his arrogance in check he runs the risk of turning into what he hated about Phillip, and he’s at risk without an Immunity Idol. But given his propensity for finding them and performing in challenges, that might not mean much. Malcolm just turned his game around in this episode.
  • Cochran – Cochran just seems to have his head completely into this game. He is fully cognizant of what is going on and is good at handling allies like Dawn and the departed Phillip whom he obviously does not trust the mental states of.

Doing It Wrong:

  • Dawn – Hey, we get how embarrassing it might be to lose your fake teeth in front of millions of people, but geez-oh-pete, lady. You’d think she had lost one of her kids out there. Not really the kind of demonstration of mental stability you want to leave with your alliance, although it seemed to bring her closer to Brenda. She’s so paranoid that she can’t sleep, she’s causing her alliance to not trust her. At what point does she put this behind her and let this make her a stronger, more focused player? We’ve never seen a player get this negatively affected by the game.
  • Sherri – Poor challenge performances that cost your teammates food never go over too well. Her saving grace is that there are bigger fish to fry for her opponents.
  • Andrea – A lot has likely changed with Andrea with this vote. With Phillip gone she is likely the de facto leader of her alliance, which doesn’t seem to trust her given her closeness with Eddie. If she cannot become the glue that holds the fringe members (Erik & Sherri) in, she will likely be the first one targeted. Her lack of input (read: leadership) while trying to figure the vote after Malcolm’s stunt doesn’t help her case, either.

Other Notes

  • The episode title came from a confessional quote by Cochran in reference to Dawn.

Other Episode Coverage:

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Andrea Reiher, Zap2It

SRU admits that Reynold was on the block, but now it’s pretty much Eddie since Malcolm has the Idol. So talk turns to Phillip’s story about being trapped under a dock in the water and that’s why he didn’t participate in the challenge. There’s really not much there there. This Trial is shaping up to be so boring


Malcolm busts out the OTHER Idol and gives it to Eddie. Stealth R Us looks like they’ve swallowed their tongues. It’s pretty awesome. They’re scrambling about who they’re going to vote for — and yeah, what do they do? Because if the guys think the vote is going another way now, they don’t even have to play the Idols and then they’ve still got two. Wow.

Then Malcolm throws out that his alliance is voting for Phillip. Oh, please let someone flip and vote that way. Please. Send that crazypants man home.

Probst points out that pretty much everybody’s best bet (who isn’t Phillip) is to vote for Phillip. Then Phillip says his alliance should stick with their original vote and if he goes home, he goes home. Yeah, a lot hinges on whether Malcolm and/or Eddie play their Idols.

This is great. I pause the show at this point and actually cannot wait to see how the vote goes down because I have no idea. Literally none. I feel like the only names we definitely won’t see pop up are Reynold (obviously) and the quiet ones, like Erik, Brenda and Cochran.

During the vote, we see no votes. Of course.

When it comes to Idols, it looks as though Malcolm is going to keep his for a second, which would have been easily the ballsiest thing we’ve seen on this show, but in the end, they both play them. Yeah, that’s the smart move.

John Kiesewetter,

Sharonville native Reynold Toepfer won immunity, and then his two buddies (Eddie and Malcolm) each played immunity idols, and threw the rival “Favorites” off their game and turned everything upside down.

The “Favorites” had planned to split their votes between athletic Eddie and Malcolm. They didn’t plan on Malcolm producingTWO immunity idols and giving one to Eddie to save his butt.

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