BRENDA’S BENEVOLENT BLUNDER — The Unofficial Guide to Survivor: Caramoan Episode 13

Here’s everything you need to know about what happened in Survivor: Caramoan Episode 13 — “Don’t Say Anything About My Mom” – 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 May 8, 2013, covering day 35 through night 36

Reward Challenge winner: Brenda (time spent with visiting loved ones at camp, floating barbecue)

Immunity Challenge winner: Dawn


Eliminated: Brenda – They say that no good deed goes unpunished, and for Brenda a good deed could have cost her a million dollars. At the moment she sacrificed her visit with her dad, the wheels should have been turning in everyone else’s heads. This was a no-brainer. No self-respecting player can allow someone with that much built-up goodwill to go a moment further in this game. This isn’t Redemption Island where people are star struck and tripping over themselves to give a million dollars to their hero. Brenda painted a target on her back the second she decided to be nice.

Doing It Right:


Cochran – Cold-hearted Cochran. Likability is a liability was the line, and he made it true. Keeping Brenda would have been monumentally stupid, and not only did he make the right call but he showed the jury that he was here to win. It looks like he’s got Sherri – who can’t possibly have gathered any respect from anyone in this game – and Dawn – who, it seems, is going to bear the brunt of all of the ill will for all of these blindsides.

Doing It Wrong:

Dawn – Dawn is in a tough position. She has been every bit the strategist and big move maker as Cochran but because she was close to Brenda and close-ish with Andrea it just feels like she is a backstabber, and it feels like Cochran is the smart, gutsy player.


Eddie – Eddie keeps getting all of this credit for having hung in the game for so long, but for what? The only reason it’s him sitting there is because he is so little thought of that these people would rather blow up their own alliance than get rid of him. The only reason it’s him sitting up there instead of Malcolm or Reynold is because he isn’t the challenge threat they were. Yet he’s a danger because there will be jury members who are more interested in revenge than rewarding big moves.

Sherri – Undoubtedly the flippingest flopper this game has seen in some time. It’s always a shame when players like Sherri are still in the game and strategists like Andrea or competitors like Brenda are gone.

Other Notes

  • The episode title came from a quote by Cochran after Jeff Probst admonished Cochran’s mom to hurry during the Reward Challenge.

Other Episode Coverage:

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Dalton Ross,

To those people, I say this: Brenda has no one to blame for getting voted out but herself. I have said it before and I will say it again. NEVER WIN THE LOVED ONES CHALLENGE! All it does is lead to problems. You either piss people off that you do not select to join you on the reward — who will then vote you off or not give you their vote at the final Tribal — or you sacrifice your own loved ones visit so that others can enjoy theirs, which makes you too likable to bring to the end. This is the very definition of a paradoxical no-win scenario.

So Brenda can cry all she wants, but there’s a reason I’ve hammered this point home over the years. And yet they never listen. The second Jeff Probst offered her that lose-lose choice to either screw her tribemates over or do them an incredible favor, her game was effectively over. But she would not have put herself in that position if she had just let someone else win instead.

Andrea Reiher, Zap2It

And now we get Erik’s bonkers pity-party. He’s obsessed with food, he says it’s like prison, he’s so miserable. Oh, please. Suck it up, wuss. You’re getting to live the dream and so, you’re a little hungry. Some people are for real hungry — all the time. Stop being such a whiner.

So Erik the genius decides he should climb a coconut tree for coconuts and he actually contemplates falling out of the tree and breaking his leg so he can leave the game. Seriously, rein it in, dude. It’s been a little over a month. You’re not in a concentration camp. Have some perspective.

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