ANDREA’S ABRUPT ADIEU — The Unofficial Guide to Survivor: Caramoan Episode 12

Here’s everything you need to know about what happened in Survivor: Caramoan Episode 12 — “The Beginning of the End” – 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.

Unofficial Guide to Survivor: Caramoan Episode 12

Aired May 1, 2013, covering night 30 through night 33

First Immunity/Reward Challenge winner: Andrea (Immunity plus a clue for the Hidden Immunity Idol)

Second Immunity Challenge winner: Erik

First elimination: Reynold – No surprise in Reynold’s elimination. If Reynold had taken a page form the Stealth-R-Us alliance and their very public willingness to backstab each other, and was willing to drop Eddie in order to become what Eddie is now – a swing vote for someone willing to make the oft-discussed big move in an unstable alliance – he might still be in this game. Reynold didn’t market himself properly; being a strong challenge competitor and a strong, willing ally and vote might have had changed his fate.

Survivor: Caramoan -- Andrea & Cochran

Second elimination: Andrea – This should have been Andrea’s week: an Immunity/Reward Challenge win, a found Hidden Immunity Idol, and demonstrating the critical thinking needed to make moves beyond the end of her enemies’ alliance. But for all of the foresight that Cochran credited her for, she couldn’t see or sense the one point at which she should actually have been paranoid, and her Immunity Idol – which was only good for another week or two – ends up being a souvenier.

Doing It Right:

Survivor: Caramoan -- Eddie & Reynold

Eddie – Can’t wait to hear Eddie’s explanation for jumping out of the challenge knowing that he is second in line to be voted out. And for donuts? Donuts he didn’t even really seem to like?! But then you have to wonder – did he have a tight enough alliance with Andrea that he knew he was safe even if Reynold won Immunity? Did he have that much trust in Andrea? If so it could mean he plays an important role for Cochran, who looks like he might be in trouble next week.

Dawn – Of the remaining power players in this game, Dawn’s was the only name that didn’t come up this week. That’s very important. It seems clear that she holds the cards in this alliance and having put behind her whatever Survivor demons have haunted her, it seems that no one is as focused as she is.

Doing It Wrong:

Erik – There had to have been an agreement that the Hidden Immunity Idol would go to Andrea no matter who found it…right? Erik wouldn’t be that stupid – again – to literally hand someone an Immunity Idol. Right? His Immunity win aside, Erik doesn’t seem to be able to do anything past revel in his potential as a spoiler vote.

Cochran – A scenario: Cochran, who played well this week and has demonstrated an aptitude for thinking critically and logically in this game, might be in trouble next week. He is also, obviously too smart for this game, and you wonder if him spilling the beans on Andrea’s secret plans was the smartest move. Can he recruit Sherri and a lost and drifting Eddie to form a new final 3 alliance? Will he need to? Haven’t we been told this whole time that he’s smarter than this?

Other Notes

  • The episode title came from a quote by Cochran during confessional.

Other Episode Coverage:

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Andrea Boehlke interview, Zap2It

You were in surprisingly good spirits for someone who got voted off with an Idol in her pocket. Tell us a little bit about that. 

“It’s so funny that I was freaking out the entire season and then that one day, I felt calm, I was at ease, very little paranoia. Then of course that’s the day that I’m blindsided. This is ‘Survivor’ — if you have an Idol, they’re going to split the votes. But I was so focused on setting up the blindside of Brenda that I failed to see that people were trying to get me out. But when it’s all said and done, it was a great move. I appreciated the move. I can’t really be upset at those people.”

Ryan Haidet, Reality TV Magazine

In addition to winning Immunity, Andrea was also given a Reward in the form of a note with information.  Although she regretted promising to share the note’s content with Brenda, she did.  But then she shared it with everybody else and Erik easily found the Idol using the same clue Malcolm couldn’t decipher a few days earlier.  Hilariously, he made the same mistake he did the first time he played by giving up Immunity and handing it over to a woman.  Immediately after unearthing the Idol, he voluntarily gave it up to Andrea — somebody who already has safety from winning the challenge.  Dope.

Dalton Ross, EW

So many questions! But for now we’re stuck with the one-leg-in-the-air thing. Brenda falls in and Andrea wins both immunity and the clue to the immunity idol. Because Andrea promised to share the clue with Brenda, she wisely decides it would not be smart to keep it from the rest of her alliance, so she has them all join in the search. Unfortunately for her, Erik finds it, and there is no way after he handed over immunity last time and was promptly voted out that he will make that same mistake a second… STOP! WHAT THE HELL IS HE DOING?!? ERIK JUST GAVE AWAY IMMUNITY FOR A SECOND TIME! HAS THIS MAN LEARNED NOTHING?!? I hereby take all my Reynold disses and dismisses and put them all on Erik instead. Good God, man!

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