Last week after Sophie ClarkeShockingly blind, the 8 best candidates for “Survivor: Winners at War” were determined: Jeremy Collins, Ben driebergen, Michele Fitzgerald, Sarah Lacina, Kim Spradlin-Wolfe, Denise Stapley, Tony Vlachos and Nick Wilson. With so much internal strife and mistrust between the remaining players, it was unclear who could be eliminated this week. So how did it all go and whose torch Jeff Probst snuff at the end of the hour?
Below, read our minute-by-minute recap “Survivor: Winners at War” of season 40, episode 12, titled “Friendly Fire,” to find out what happened on Wednesday, April 29 at 8 p.m. ET / PT. Next, be sure to resonate in the comments section on your favorite castaways on the CBS reality show, which currently holds immunity idols and fire tokens, and which you think will eventually join the “Survivor” winners list.
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7:59 p.m. – “Previously on” Survivor “! In last week’s 11th episode, everything seemed to be going as planned for Sophie, that is, until Tony got involved. Sophie’s group wanted to send Jeremy home, so they split the vote between him and Michele in case an idol is played. Knowing that, all Tony needed was four voices to unleash a blind epic on Sophie. He brought Jeremy, Michele and Nick into his plan and he was beautifully executed on the tribal council. Sophie went home… with an idol in his pocket! Who will be voted this evening?
8:00 p.m. – When they returned to camp, Ben and Sarah were most upset by Sophie’s blind side. The two had been working closely with her since the tribe swap, but for Sarah, it was also a huge betrayal of Tony with whom she was also aligned. In their conversation, Sarah told Tony that if she voted next, he should never speak to her again. Tony also had to do some repairs with Ben and in order to regain his confidence, he told him that he had an idol and said that he wanted to go all the way with him and Sarah.
8:05 p.m. – The next morning, tensions were high between Jeremy and Ben, explained clearly to Jeremy that Ben refused to discuss with him. The two players have been at odds for a few weeks now, wanting to release the other as soon as possible. Meanwhile, Kim was gearing up to find a way to get Tony out of the game, talking to Denise, Nick, Michele and Ben about the idea. It was easy to integrate them after most of them were excluded from the vote to eliminate Sophie.
8:10 p.m. – On Edge of Extinction, eliminated players were given another chance to earn fire tokens by crossing the island 20 times. The trip was to be completed before sunset, and only the first six to do so would each earn two fire tokens. At one point Rob Mariano slipped on the rocks of the tide and opened his elbow, ending his chance to be one of the six. Natalie Anderson was the first to finish, followed closely by Sophie. Yul Kwon came third, Parvati Shallow and Tyson Apostol fourth / fifth and then it went down to Danni Boatwright and Wendell Holland. In the end, Wendell was able to keep his small lead over Danni and therefore won the chips. Despite his defeat, Rob continued even after his loss was confirmed just to prove that he is not a coward.
8:17 p.m. – Back at the main camp, Nick was happy to see the fighting growing between Jeremy / Ben and Sarah / Tony. He decided to withdraw Denise and Michele as the last three potential deals, with them as the fourth Kim. Nick’s angle was to eliminate Tony, Jeremy and Sarah because they’re all people he thinks he cannot beat in the end. At the same time, Sarah and Tony were worried about finding the idol returned to the game with Sophie’s departure. Eventually everyone started looking for him, which gave Ben time to talk to Tony about how Kim is acting against him. While they were chatting, Ben found the idol! By instinct, he tried to hide it from Tony, but Tony saw it and called him, so now they both know the other has a hidden idol and are forced to trust each other.
8:24 p.m. – For the immunity challenge, players had to hold their hands above their heads as long as possible to prevent a bucket of water from tipping over. This time, the last man and the last woman standing would both gain immunity and two fire chips, leaving only six players vulnerable in the next vote. After five minutes, Ben was already asking if they would be offered food to quit, but Jeff denied that request. And then just like that, Jeremy fell, Ben hit the structure and had to bow down and Sarah fell. With only two guys left, Nick tried to make a deal with Tony to give him one of the tokens if he wanted him to have immunity, but Tony respectfully cut it down by saying he wanted to get a third immunity in a row.
8:28 p.m. – After 15 minutes, Jeff brought chocolate, peanut butter and milk for anyone who wanted to quit. Kim quickly resigned, then Michele agreed to join, granting immunity to Denise. And then Nick asked Tony if he would give him a token of fire if he had walked and after Tony agreed, Nick also resigned, granting Tony another immunity!
8:35 p.m. – Tony is safe, Kim’s plan to chase him has been put on hold. She, Michele, Ben, Nick and Denise all spoke to agree to vote Jeremy instead, which put Michele in a bad position because he was close to her. Later, Ben told Tony that the original plan was to blind Tony instead and told him that it was Kim who was leading the charge. Tony used this information to convey to Nick who initially lied, then tried to make his way out of his responsibility by throwing Kim under the bus again. Obviously, this set Tony in motion to try to turn the vote against Kim instead.
8:39 p.m. – Tony spoke to Sarah who tried to convince him to always vote against Jeremy, then Nick told Kim that Ben had informed Tony of the vote. So Tony went back to see Ben and did his best to convince him that Nick was working with the other side and begged him to accept Kim this time instead. Elsewhere, Michele went to Jeremy to tell him that it will be him tonight and offered to give him his 50/50 coin. Then Tony spoke to him and said he should make amends with Ben and have him vote with them against Kim. So, as they prepare for the tribe, it seemed like Jeremy and Kim were on the spot and it could depend on Ben and / or a 50/50 play? Yes.
8:48 p.m. – In the tribal, Jeff wanted to know the fallout from the Sophie vote. It was clarified that once again things had changed and that people were playing vote by vote rather than by blocks or alliances of any kind. The jury seemed shocked that anyone voluntarily withdrew from the immunity challenge, but Michele and Kim regretted it. Once again, there were many whispers during the tribe with people checking to see if the vote was Jeremy or Kim. Sarah and Ben were completely over the top, but it was Denise who became the most aggressive when she put her hand in Jeremy’s face, cutting him off from all other conversation and calling for the vote.
8:54 p.m. – After the vote count, Jeff opened the floor to idols and benefits. Tony took this time to ask how Sarah is feeling and then offered to play her idol for her, but Sarah told her not to do it, and then Tony stopped Jeremy from playing the 50/50 play. Votes have been read: Jeremy, Kim, Jeremy, Jeremy, Kim, Kim, Kim, Kim. Good call Tony! And Sarah! When leaving, Kim left her chips to Michele, Denise and Sarah.
THE NEXT TIME: It’s a two-hour episode with Ben in the hot seat with Jeremy / Michele and Sarah / Tony.
Here are the answers to the questions in the Gold Derby contest for “Survivor” 40, episode 12:
Who will be voted on the tribal council? Kim Spradlin-Wolfe
Who will win the award? Nobody
Who will win Immunity? Denise Stapley; Tony Vlachos
Will a hidden idol be played? No
Will someone leave or be evacuated / withdrawn? No
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