Survivor Week 13 Discussion and Recap *Updated*

It’s the last Wednesday of this season of Survivor. It’s been amazing how great this season has been. The last few seasons have been slow and the majority of the casts seemed to be there more to be on TV. It started feeling more like Big Brother with the people just looking for their 15 minutes.

This season the cast actually seems to want to play the game and win the season. The majority of the players are working to actually win rather then accept their place in the game and let it happen.

I am expecting Abi to go home tonight but I think there is a reasonable chance Denise may be sent home. It will come down to who wins the immunity. I can’t see Malcolm/Denise working with Abi to take out Skupin or Lisa.

I’m excited to see what happens. Look for my recap later tonight.


Back at camp and the She-Devil is still alive. Abi thanks everyone for saving her and keeping her in the game.  I actually think she believes that her bluff convinced them to vote out Carter.

The remaining castaways lament voting out Carter who was such a nice guy.  Lisa says again that she wants to go to the end with someone she can beat rather than someone who deserves to be there. This makes Malcolm realize that Lisa is more dangerous then he originally thought.

Abi keeps trying to play that she has a hidden idol but Malcolm is quick to point out that she was so relieved to still be in the game that if she had the idol she would have played it. Abi points out that there is no way Malcolm is going home since he will play his hidden idol so if Denise loses the immunity she needs to go home to break up the Malcolm/Denise power team.

While Malcolm, Denise, and Skupin are away Abi tries to convince Lisa that the other three are in a three person alliance and she is on the bottom. Wisely Lisa doesn’t believe her but knows that she needs to keep Abi close in case she needs her for the game plan. Lisa says she will keep Abi close until she knows what her right move will be.

With that said it is time for the reward challenge. Each castaway must race up and over a ramp and into the water to get a bundle of rings and race back. Once they collect both bundles they must throw the rings to land one of five rings on each peg.  The winner will be taken for helicopter ride and land and board a boat with a feast of pizza and soda. Also there will be whale shark watching. The winner will also get to choose two people to go with them.

Skupin and Malcolm are the early leaders followed by Denise. Skupin is the first to start throwing. Skupin is up 4-2 on Malcolm as the others start throwing. Malcolm catches up and after a miss up Malcolm Skupin wins the reward. He takes Malcolm since Malcolm let his son spend time on the island. His second choice was Lisa which is clearly based on the fact that they have been together from the beginning. Abi is clearly upset and comments that clearly her vote means nothing to Skupin.  I feel bad for Denise. The thought of spending an afternoon alone with Abi seems horrible to me.

Back at camp Abi is still upset that she wasn’t chosen and she feels she is the swing vote. Denise says she will just get through the afternoon and make it as tolerable as possible.  Again I feel really sorry for her.

On the boat Skupin is experiencing a sugar high since he doesn’t eat sugar in his regular life. Malcolm says he is actually fun to be around. They get to actually go into the water with the whale sharks which seems like such an amazing experience. Skupin continues his clumsiness and gets head butted by a whale shark.

Malcolm plays smart by trying to nail down a final three with Skupin and Lisa. Malcolm feels he will have a harder time beating her in the end. The nail down a final three deal but Lisa has her doubts but can’t bring up these concerns to Skupin. Lisa says she will make the deal but she will make other deals if it fits her game better. For his part Skupin likes the deal since Malcolm is the most dangerous player left and the most likely one to win immunity so it makes since to align with him. This makes no sense to me. Why would you be happy about going to the final three with the strongest player?

Back at camp Denise was bite by something and she is experiencing a sharp burning stinging on her neck. She has some fang makes and may be having an allergic reaction. She is trying to tell herself to suck it up since she only has three days left.

Everyone takes the time to pray over her to feel better. Abi sitting in on this actually pisses me off because it seems so fake. I know some of it is the editing but it just bothers me when someone is so fake.

Now we are off to immunity. Jeff points out that on one side you want to feel empathy toward Denise but on the other hand you are still playing the game. Abi agrees with him.

For the challenge they must use planks to cross a rope bridge and collect puzzle pieces. They must then put the puzzle together and use a ball to go through the maze to the goal. Winner is in the final four.

Malcolm is in the lead but falls off. Skupin, Denise, Lisa, and Abi are starting the maze as Malcolm falls behind on the bridge. Denise has a lead as Malcolm makes his away across. Denise is close but something is off. Skupin, Abi, and Lisa are falling behind as Malcolm is making a comeback and completes his maze to win immunity.

Jeff points out that Malcolm has Immunity and still has an idol that can only be played tonight.

Skupin should not be let near a fire as it pops and makes him jump back. Abi wants to get Skupin and Lisa to work with her to vote out Denise.  Abi tells Skupin that going to the end with Malcolm or Denise would be a game ender.

Skupin tells Lisa that Abi offered a final three deal.  Lisa is really excited about this as it is actually the wiser choice. Denise asks Malcolm if he would give her his idol and he says if he thought it was needed but doesn’t think it is needed.

Lisa says that she wants to go with Abi but is worried what happens if Malcolm wins. She thinks she needs Denise to try to beat Malcolm.

We go to Tribal and Lisa says Abi played the game and made some good arguments. Jeff points out that Abi is unlikable and Abi agrees that she is the best person to go to the end with. Both Lisa and Malcolm say that at this point you need to think about who you can beat in the end. Denise points out that it was some luck that Abi never had to go to tribal while on Tandang which makes Lisa argue that it was skill and not luck that Tandang always one which Denise agrees with. Lisa missed the point of the comment that the game would have been different if Tandang lost some challenges especially with how bad Abi was at the challenges and the fact that she never participated.

Abi brings up the argument that no one will beat Denise or Malcolm in the end.  Jeff tries to het Skupin’s reaction and before he can talk she calls him an idiot and a moron.  She says that he thinks she is going to win a million dollars and there is no way. Lisa says that it makes sense to take someone like Abi because they just keep talking and pissing people off. Abi argues that this is the only decision for Lisa and Skupin because she is the only one they can beat.  Abi says she cares because she just wants to make it to final three.

Jeff gets Malcolm to show that a strategy like that has worked to win a million dollars which is a great think to point out. Abi is not going to go down without a fight and could still win a million dollars. Abi admits that she is a loud mouth and that is how she is playing Survivor. She says that she is there to win million dollars and Denise is there to make friends. Denise says she is there to win the million. With that it is time to vote.

Abi votes for Denise and Denise votes for Abi. Malcolm decides to keep his idol. I think part of him was hoping Denise would go home sending his biggest competitor for the win.

In a 4-1 vote Abi is send home. It is down to two original Tandang vs. Two original Matsing. They dance and celebrate as they head back to camp.

Finally we are rid of Abi. She was good for TV but I didn’t want her making the final three and she would have if she stayed. I am actually excited to see the Ponderosa videos this week.

As for the final I will be Live Blogging starting at 8:30pm as long as it isn’t delayed by the football game. I will also be Live Blogging the Live Reunion show where the winner will be announced and we will find out about the next season of Survivor.  I’m really excited for the finale because I can make an argument for any of the four to win the game even if some of the arguments are a stretch.  See you Sunday.

  • Sara Traynor

    Phew, I was convince Denise was going tonight.  I’m hoping for a fire challenge for the final 3 which will include both Denise and Malcolm.  I’d be happy with Malcolm Denise or Lisa winning actually.  I don’t think Skupin has a chance.

  • loveroftalent

    I haven’t watched survivor in years, but I got hooked this year…Great season…I really like all the remaining four.  I don’t have a real favourite for the win..

  • Montavilla

    You know, when you’re getting a reward that involves a cool trip and food, you’re going to get to invite a couple people along.  How fun would it have been to see Skupin eating that pizza by himself.

    Skupin and Lisa have lost the game.  Either Malcolm or Denise is going to final tribal, and I don’t think they can beat either one.

    In retrospect, they should have voted out Abi before Penner or Carter.  I guess Skupin thought he was strong enough to beat Malcolm for immunity, but it’s smarter to work with numbers than to rely on your own luck/skill at challenges.

  • breakdown

    I have to say that I like all four of the contestants left although I’d like to see either Denise or Malcolm win.

  • Miss Chaos

    Do you think Malcom threw the reward challenge as right before he threw his last ring, he stopped and looked over at Supkin, fishy so he didnt do the picking, knowing full well Supkin would take him.  Also how the heck did Malcom catch up on that challenge, he was so far behind, I kinda think it was editing, he just couldnt go all the way back and pass everyone at the end, unless they are so bad at puzzles.  I hope he wins!!!!

  • Eric Mitchell

     I think that the others were just really bad with puzzles. When they showed  the other puzzles they were no where close to having it solved. Denise was the only one close and Malcolm just stayed cool under pressure. He would have won in a landslide if he didn’t fall.

  • Stefan Wind

    I’m honestly looking at the Jury and who they would vote for at the end:

    Mike automatically gets: RC, Jonathan, and Lisa (if she doesn’t make it).
    Denise should get: Jeff, Carter, and Malcolm (if he doesn’t make it).
    Malcolm gets: Abi, Pete, Artis, and Denise (if she doesn’t make it).
    Lisa gets: Mike (if he doesn’t make it).

    I surmise that Malcolm would have the easiest win if he made it and Lisa would have the toughest. If Malcolm doesn’t make it I can see Abi and Pete voting for Mike though giving him enough votes to win pretty easily. I’m baffled why everyone thinks Denise is the one to beat, especially when Abi hates her and Pete and Artis might vote along with her on that.

    Sorry if this was confusing, but it makes sense in my head lol.

  • Kee123

    So glad Abi is gone. 

  • Miz

    I missed it due to the 121212 concert. I’ll have to watch it On Demand today. 

    I am SO glad that Abi is gone. I really think that Malcom doesn’t make final 3. If he does, he’s a lock to win and would deserve it. I would like to see Lisa or Denise winning it all. 

    Jeff Probst had all 5 of them on his talk show yesterday. They weren’t able to give anything away that hasn’t been aired and they kept to that pretty well. Abi was making a good case for herself which had me scared.

  • thetrixrabbit

    In my dream world, I would love for Lisa to just rock out and win next week’s immunity challenge and be uber-confident and shove it in their faces and announce “Yo Dawgs, I’m an actress!! You thought I was naive, slow and emotional. Hahahahaha. I deserve an Emmy for this!! Fools! All of you!” Okay, I can’t see that happening, but it would totally rock if she really had been portraying this non-threatening player all along as part of some ultimate strategy.

    Personally, I would say that Denise might deserve to win the most. For she and Malcom to be the last two, shuffled in with the others and to survive to the end with no hidden immunity idol, she’s faced the biggest odds.

    Lisa could easily have been seen as dead weight earlier by her teams, but it really is a strength to be a likeable, helpful, caring person. She’s incapable of winning challenges and has made use of fairly smart alliances to stay relevant and out of harms way. She and Scupen orchestrated the “Final Four” alliance, that Penner and Carter could have been a part of. That 4 might have had a tougher time getting rid of Malcolm, but Denise would have been easy enough. For Lisa & Scupen, it would have been a better pairing to win the game. Lisa’s done some game playing, actually more than any of the other three left. They’ve aligned, but none of the other 3 have even really tried to do strategy things. Lisa has at least tried to orchestrate things, lest we forget THAT tribal council where both Malcolm and Abi showed their idols.

    Scupen, I think, does lose in any scenario if he makes the final 3. He’s not overly likeable, though certainly not disliked. He just hasn’t done much but back up Lisa and contribute to sone occasional challenge wins.

    Malcolm is the strongest and has no enemies, so he’s an instant winner if he wins immunity next week, which seems to always be in his favor now anyway. But as I said, he really hasn’t done a lot of strategizing or ‘playing’ other than his physical presence in challenges. Of course, those wins meant he hasn’t generally NEEDED to strategize. But in a lot of ways, we haven’t seen him play the social game, and that’s kind of boring to me.

    Call me a nostalgic geek, but I still hope Lisa wins.

  • Eric Mitchell

     I think it depends who you are a fan of. I think Malcolm has played great on all three levels of the game but it hasn’t been showed as much since he is a physical threat. He was the one that approach Lisa and Skupin for the Final Four and sure he was lucky that Penner declined their offer but he still knew that he needed that deal.

    Malcolm is the type of player that people don’t realize how well he has played the game because it is so effortless.

    Of course I am not taking anything away from Lisa, Denise, and Skupin. This is the first time that any of the final four could win and I wouldn’t be upset.

    I think Lisa and Skupin benefited early by being on Tandang and not losing a challenge. Denise benefit by being sent to Kalabaw who needed her to be the swing vote between guys and girls and Malcolm benefited by being needed by both Matsing because they were losing so much and by Tandang in a few challenges.

  • Eric Mitchell

     I’m not convinced the votes would shake out like that. I don’t think the jury has that high of an opinion of Denise at this point and I don’t think they respect Lisa and Skupin. Like all great seasons it will come down to what happens in the final two tribal councils but I think this is a season where they will vote for the person who played the most complete game which is Malcolm.

    I also think whether Malcolm turns on Denise depends on who wins the last immunity and how he explains himself. As a viewer it is a huge betrayal but both Malcolm and Denise have shown that they know this is a game and they are both there to win the game and the money. I can also see Denise betraying Malcolm if he loses the immunity since they are each others biggest competitor at this point. To the jury I think it will be more how they explain themselves then whether they betray the person.

  • Miss Chaos

    If Malcom looses the  last immunity challenge, we know both Lisa and Supkin will vote for Malcom, so Denise is the swing vote.  Say she stays true to Malcom and they decide to vote for Lisa.  So two votes for Lisa ( you can substitute Supkin here) and 2 for Malcom, then what???  The fire string tie breaker????

  • tigervixxxen

    Malcolm was in a great position and he screwed it up. I believe he just lost the game this episode. He had all the power and he did nothing with it. What a stupid move to let an immunity Idol go to waste. At the very least solidify the bond with Denise and give it to her as a sign of good will. I believe they are still a strong pair but what harm is it to affirm a little loyalty and lock up a potential jury vote? Second, Malcom needed to break up Lisa and Skupin. There is no benefit to him going to final 4 as two pairs or two. I don’t care if Lisa and Skupin are perceived as weaker challenge threats or whatever, they are still a very strong duo and will stick together. Plus almost the entire jury is comprised of Tandang members, they are not going to give Malcom the money over Lisa or Skupin. They might be mad over backstabbing but in reality TV your first alliance is your family and those people are not going to look outside their family to award the money. And lastly, why not build up some goodwill with Abi by giving her the immunity Idol? Save her another week and she might be a vote to get rid of the other half of Lisa/Skupin for you or at the very least a jury vote. To sit there and just let a huge bit of power and advantage o unused was a colossal mistake

  • Eric Mitchell

     It would be fire building tie breaker.

  • Eric Mitchell

     But Tandang was never really that close. They lasted only because Tandang never lost. If they would have went to Tribal earlier it would have been chaos. I think this jury will vote based on complete game.

    Malcolm does need to win immunity or they will vote him out. It’s easy to play from home but on the island Abi was a bitch and I wouldn’t have wanted to keep her either.

  • Miss Chaos

    Oh my, and Malcom will surely loose to Denise as he is sorta clumsy, where Denise is quite systematic.  Oh my poor Malcom, looks like you dont have a chance,  well I guess we will see what happens.  I cant live blog because I am in Calif, and I have to wait 3 hours for the show to come on, and I really dont want to get spoiled.  I stay off everything till its on,  (Well Maybe not the Diva show with Adam) LOL!!!!

  • Eric Mitchell

     I don’t think if there is a tie breaker it would be Malcolm Vs. Denise. If there is a tiebreaker it would be Denise or Malcolm vs. Lisa or Skupin depending on who wins immunity.

  • Miss Chaos

    Ah, your right, Malcom vs who ever doesnt win the Immunity,  if its Lisa hes with she may get to flustered.  Supkin  may be able to handle it, IDK.  So Malcom wins the fire challenge, thus going to Final.  GO Malcom!
    Ha, Ill be watching in spirit, while you guys know who wins!

  • tigervixxxen

    I’m sure Abi was terrible on the island but it’s a game for a million bucks. Why leave it up to who can build fire faster, or even worse drawing a rock? I like Malcom and think he’s been a good player but not leveraging that hidden immunity Idol cost his shot at the game. Lisa or Skupin will win now. I don’t know which of the two the jury favors more but they are not voting for Denise.

  • seashellz51

    I think all 4 left have a shot at winning. Malcolm and Lisa and Denise have played pretty straight forward games and could get jury votes. Skupin, Im not sure about. Was glad to see Denise wasnt taken out with her “bite” from whatever it was. yikes… Couldnt believe Malcolm came from behind in the Immunity challenge to win. I still LMAO at the fire challenge from a previous season where they couldnt get the fire started and it literally took hours and matches and lighter fluid and gasoline to get one going. 

  • Miss Chaos

    I think Malcom should have given the Idol to Denise, but he did say he wanted to give it to his Mom to put on the fireplace mantel.  I also think he was letting the votes fall as they may and if Denise goes so be it, he wasnt going to block it if it happened.  The only thing I am confused about is that on the reward challenge the three of them agreed to vote Denise off, and then Malcom went and voted for Abi.  That didnt make sense to me, how did that all change?

  • Eric Mitchell

     I think the deal was to go final three so to vote Denise out last night or at 4.

  • ChrisBaron42

    I completely agree about this being a really good season, and it may even be one of the best seasons ever.  It is crazy that the two people that were the only survivors of Matsing’s complete failure are in the strongest position going into the finals, and there have been a ton of other great stories this year too.  I was talking to a coworker at DISH who thought that they should have kept Abi around because she would have been easy to beat in the finals, but I can understand why they wanted to get rid of her.  I missed the show last night because of my daughter’s soccer game, but thankfully my DISH Hopper recorded it with PrimeTime Anytime.  I love how it records everything during primetime on the four major networks and saves it for a week, so I never miss any of my favorite shows!

  • Claude Dee

    I think Malcolm will go home next week. He is the biggest threat so far.. so yeah. :) If he doesn’t win the immunity challenge, then buh-bye!