Survivor Season 40 Winners at War Week 12 Recap and Live Blog

A new episode of Survivor: Winners at War airs tonight on CBS. Read a live recap and join the discussion here.

The episode begins with the tribe returning to camp after tribal council. Tony explains voting out Sophie was a last minute decision. Sarah says it was a grimy move, and Tony asks to talk to Sarah alone. They walk away from the others, and Sarah lets her displeasure be known. “You just sunk my game!” Sarah tells Tony. Sarah says they were fine, but now she doesn’t think they have the numbers since she wrote down Michele’s name and Jeremy won’t want to work with her. She says she will let it go until she is voted out. Tony thought people would understand, so he is surprised people felt hurt. In his confessional, he says people need to stop crying and realize it’s war. Tony talks to Ben next, and he explains he just wanted to make a move. He didn’t want to exclude Ben, and he tells Ben he has an idol. Ben says in a confessional that he does not trust Tony despite Tony sharing the information that he has an idol. Ben still wants Jeremy out. He also has no plans to talk to Jeremy.

The next morning Tony goes up in a tree to spy. He calls it a spy nest. Only Sarah walks by, and she’s the only one who knows about it too. Sarah lets Tony know it’s only her there, and she tells him that his spy nest is effective since she can’t see him up there. Sarah says in her confessional that Tony is back to his old ways with his antics. She thinks he’s going to get himself voted out. Meanwhile, Jeremy asks Ben if he wants to talk, but Ben says no. “He’s a child,” Jeremy says to Kim. In her confessional Kim says last night was emotional and crazy, but she does not want Jeremy to go next. She says Tony and Sarah are an issue, and they need to be split up. She still has a good relationship with Sarah, so Tony is her preference on who should go. Kim is done sitting around and hoping to be on the right side of the vote. She approaches Ben, Nick, and Michele about voting out Tony. Michele is on board, and Nick admits she makes valid points.

Back on the Edge of Extinction, they learn they have a task to earn more fire tokens. On the other side of the island, there is a large pile of coconuts. They each must retrieve one coconut at a time and bring it back to the shelter. The first six people to collect twenty coconuts will earn two fire tokens. The other five inhabitants will get nothing. They all get to work on the task, and Rob gets an early lead. Tyson doesn’t think he can outrun the women on the tribe, and Adam is trailing behind in last place. While running, Rob slipped on the rocks and cracked his elbow. Blood is running down his arm, and he knows he’s out of the running to win fire tokens. Natalie and Sophie take the lead, and they are the first two to collect twenty coconuts. They are followed by Yul, Tyson, and Parvati. Only one more person can win fire tokens, and it’s apparently down between Danni and Wendell. Danni is unable to catch up by the time Wendell collects his last coconut. And despite the challenge being over, Rob continues to collect his twenty coconuts. He refused to give up and didn’t want to be a quitter.

Meanwhile, Nick is noticing the arguing going around camp. Jeremy and Ben don’t like each other, and Sarah is still unhappy about Tony’s move to blindside Sophie. He thinks he has different options where to go, and he talks to Michele and Denise about the game. They agree to be in a four-person alliance with the three of them and Kim. Nick believes the three people that can beat him in the Final 3 are Jeremy, Sarah, and Tony. Kim still wants Tony gone, and Nick agrees that Tony has to go. Later, we see various tribe members go searching for a hidden immunity idol. Since Sophie was voted out with an idol in her pocket, they speculate that another hidden immunity idol was replanted into the game. While Ben and Tony are talking game, Ben finds the idol in a tree. He tries to hide it from Tony, but Tony sees it. He noticed how Ben tried to hide it from him, and he calls Ben out on it. Ben apologizes, and he tells Tony to not be paranoid. In his confessional, Ben says he needs to make a decision on whether to work with Tony or join Kim in voting him out.

It’s time for the immunity challenge. They must stand on a narrow perch while one arm is above them. They each will have a wrist attached to the bucket. If they lose their balance and their bucket drops, then they are eliminated from the challenge. In addition, the last man and last woman standing will each win immunity tonight. The challenge begins, and Ben starts asking for food five minutes in. Jeff tells him not this early. Jeremy loses his balance, and he is the first one eliminated. Ben touches the structure with his other arm, which is against the rules. Ben is the second to be eliminated, and he is followed by Sarah after she loses her balance. Nick offers Tony fire tokens to let him win, but Tony wants three immunity wins in a row. 15 minutes into the challenge, Jeff starts to tempt them with food. He offers peanut butter, chocolate, and milk to whomever quits the challenge. Kim volunteers to drop out for the food, and Michele agrees to quit for food too. After Kim and Michele step off their perch, Denise wins immunity by default. Nicks asks Tony for a fire token if he steps off, and Tony agrees. Nick steps off, and Tony wins immunity. Tony and Denise also get two fire tokens each.

The tribe returns to camp, and Kim says her plan to blindside Tony has been foiled. Her alliance agrees to vote out Jeremy tonight since Tony is immune. However, Michele does not feel good about voting out Jeremy since she has been close to him since early in the game. Meanwhile, Ben spills the beans to Tony that Kim was leading the charge to vote out Tony. Tony says this is new information, and he asks Nick about this later. Nick tries to lie about his knowledge of this plan, but Tony tells him that Ben already told him he knew. Nick eventually comes clean that Kim did present this idea. Afterwards, Nick goes running to Kim and reveals to her that Ben told Tony that she was gunning for him. Kim is unhappy to hear this. In addition, Tony and Sarah talk about the vote tonight. Tony wants Kim gone now, but Sarah still would rather see Jeremy go first. Tony then approaches Ben about voting for Kim tonight, but he is torn since he wants Jeremy gone tonight. Tony still wants to get the votes to eliminate Kim, and he later tells Jeremy that he could be spared if he votes for Kim tonight. Lastly, Michele shares the information about her 50/50 advantage with Jeremy. She says the coin will work as an immunity idol if it lands on the right side, and she even gives it to Jeremy to hopefully save himself with it tonight.

It’s time for tribal council. Jeff asks about the vibe at camp after the last tribal council. Denise says it was like bad family therapy. She says there was arguing and the feeling of betrayal. Jeff asks about the state of the game, and Kim says everything changes every day. After every vote, they all get a clean slate. Tony believes it’s more fluid than that. He thinks things change by the hour and the minute. Jeff asks about people quitting the challenge for food, and Michele explains that she and Kim thought they couldn’t win. Kim says she felt shaky on the perch and thought she should just accept food, but she admits that she regrets her decision. As the discussion continues, Jeremy and Tony whisper about being solid on voting for Kim tonight. Tony whispers to Ben to tell Nick to vote for Kim. Kim is aware of all the whispering, so she stands up and talks to Jeremy. Kim whispers to him that Sarah, Tony, and Ben are trying to take control. More whispering commences as people reconfirm plans with one another. Nick and Sarah say it’s Jeremy going tonight. Kim senses she is in danger tonight, and she wants to come up with a new plan. Kim asks Sarah what the plan is, but she says she doesn’t know what Tony is doing. Tony whispers that he thinks Sarah is now the target, and Nick and Denise say they are still voting the same despite what has been said now. Jeremy wants to ask Denise something, but she refuses to talk to him. Denise says out loud that she is done with the whispering and is ready to vote. Afterwards, after Jeff asks if they are all ready, it’s time for the vote.

Before Jeff reads the votes, he asks if anyone wants to play a hidden immunity idol. Tony asks Sarah if she feels good. She doesn’t respond, so Tony tells Jeff he’ll play an idol for her. However, Sarah tells him not to play it, so he sits back down. Afterwards, Jeremy pulls out the 50/50 advantage he has wrapped in a bundle. He contemplates his decision, but he ultimately chooses not to play it.

Jeff reads the votes. The first vote is for…

Jeremy

Kim

Jeremy

Jeremy

Kim

Kim

Kim

Kim

Kim is the fourteenth person voted out of Survivor: Winners at WarAfter she gets her torch snuffed and walks away, she bequeaths a fire token to Michele, Denise, and Sarah.

And that wraps up tonight’s episode of Survivor: Winners at War. Thanks for reading, post your thoughts in the comment section below, and come back next week for another live recap.

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