Colton is still frustrated that no one will talk strategy with him, and finally realizes that it's making him a target.
At the Redemption Island duel, Tyson and Rachel immediately realize why she was voted out and Rachel calls out Brad as the person behind her ouster. Rachel tells Tyson to stay in the game and win and she'll win or lose on her own merits. Then Tyson yells at Tadhana -- especially Brad -- and Brad gets defensive, saying that his tribe has to make hard decisions and have difficult conversations. Marissa takes offense at that and says that it should be easy because they should vote out the weakest people, and yells, "Fuck you, Brad Culpepper!" Whoa! Gervase tells her to stifle and then Colton is crying and saying he wants to quit? And this all happens before the credits.
Everyone gives Colton shit, especially Probst, and they all call him a quitter. Colton quits anyway. Probst is ready to throw him in the garbage, which frankly is where he belongs. What a waste of space.
Finally we get to the Redemption Island duel (truel? Triel? Three-way battle?) between Marissa, Candice and Rachel. It involves placing blocks on a see-saw track like dominos, but each block can only go in one spot, and if they're not set up correctly, they won't fall down and send a ball to break a plate. Candice finishes easily and quickly. The other two women battle for forty-five minutes in intense heat and finish within seconds of one another. Marissa ekes out the win, so Rachel is going home. Candice gives another clue to John.
The Immunity Challenge is trying to push one another off a platform in the water, and the first tribe to win five times gets immunity. Normally this type of challenge is mildly interesting from a bloodlust standpoint, but between two mother and daughter battles (moms win both) and Vytas and Aras having a brotherly battle, it's really great. Galang wins immunity plus some comfort items, but Tyson partially dislocates his shoulder when battling Hayden.
After the challenge, Brad decides to tell everyone that they need to blindside John before he gets reunited with Candice, who's a proven challenge powerhouse and they might have an Idol still. Except then Brad makes the mistake of saying that he wants everyone to vote for John except him, so that if John ends up coming back, they can still have an alliance. Everyone quickly realizes that this would only benefit Brad and no one else. So then everyone but John and Brad wonders, "Why are we keeping Brad again?" And that's when they go to Tribal Council.
I guess they didn't get their act together quickly enough and were scared of John's potential Idol because they vote him out. I hope Brad goes next, though.
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Galang. Day 7. They are having the weirdest conversation, all about Tyson's cupcake belt. He's wearing a belt with a cupcake belt buckle. He bought it at a gas station. I can't tell if they are all being like ten levels of sarcastic or if this is a serious conversation. I think Tina is taking it at face value and Tyson and Aras are putting her on. I don't know. Colton, with his amazing ability to not read the room, blurts out that they need to start thinking about who to sit out at challenges strategically and everyone just laughs and is like, "Seriously? We just woke up. Chill." Here's one thing about Colton (and there will be many in this recap): he's so self-centered and narcissistic that he doesn't listen to what other people are saying because he's up in his own head, thinking. And then he gets upset when everyone is on a different topic. Because Colton thinks he is the best, so what he's thinking is the best, so why isn't everyone else thinking the same thing or at least listening to Colton the Genius and his thoughts? That's how I imagine his train of thought goes. Meanwhile, everyone on his tribe clearly hates him and he hasn't figured it out yet.
Colton goes and sits by himself and stares at the water as he voice-overs that he's frustrated that no one wants to talk strategy because that's his favorite part of the game. For someone who is such a superfan. Colton clearly doesn't understand strategy. Strategy doesn't just mean, "Let's figure out who to vote out first" or "Let's stir up some shit so the heat is off me and on another person" although those two things are part of it. Strategy is also, "How do I fit in with this group, contribute to the overall well-being of my tribe, and seem as non-threatening as possible so that they don't vote me out?" Or instead of non-threatening, seem invaluable. Or band together for an alliance that has enough numbers to protect you with people you trust. I mean, there is SO MUCH to the strategy on this game, and Colton understands like a third of it.
Colton asks Aras if he's in trouble, and Aras tells him honestly that he is, but also that this game changes all of the time, minute to minute, so Colton shouldn't get too upset. Aras interviews that Colton doesn't understand the game and he's shooting himself in the foot and poisoning the tribe (to mix a metaphor). Aras's advice to Colton is to meditate or some yoga shit, as if Colton has ever unclenched in his whole life. Colton just wants Aras to give him a second chance, and Aras doesn't want to lie, so they're at an impasse. Colton realizes that he's totally screwed and will probably be voted out the first time his tribe goes to Tribal Council.