Survivor: South Pacific 23.13 “Ticking Time Bomb” Recap

If you missed the “everybody saw it coming, except for Cochran, who should have drawn rocks instead of flipping on Savaii” vote last week, catch up with my recap here.

The episode begins at Redemption Island on Night 30. Cochran rues the fact that he may have been played by Upolu. Ozzy says the way to get back at them is to vote for him (Ozzy) in the Final Tribal Council. But what if Cochran can beat him in a Duel? “He doesn’t stand a chance,” is Ozzy’s quick rejoinder.

The next morning at Te Tuna, Rick toasts his socks. Brandon wants to say a morning prayer, but Edna excuses herself as she’s “not really part of the tribe.” She feels duped by her tribe, like she’s a second class citizen. She continues her rant to Coach, but she’s interrupted by Brandon bringing back a Sprint phone (Blatant Product Placement!!) with videos from home. Rick hears from his wife, Edna her sister, Sophie her dad, Albert his mom, Coach his brother, and Brandon his dad. There is no time to cry, though Brandon would like to, because it is time for the…

…Duel. Jeff first takes the Sprint Evo 3D (BPP!!) before announcing a twist…to be announced later. For the Duel, the guys will use a grappling hook to grab bags of balls. They then take one ball and negotiate it through a maze using an overhead pulley system. Survivors ready…go! Ozzy gets his first and second bags while Cochran receives tips from the onlookers. Cochran scores his first bag as Ozzy gets his final one and starts the maze. Cochran eventually retrieves all his bags. Ozzy gets to the final ring of the maze, but his ball falls into the final hole and he has to start over. Cochran moves very fast and is close to the end, but he too falls into the hole and must restart. Cochran again maneuvers to the inner circle, where he is joined by Ozzy. Ozzy stops in the inner ring, giving Cochran time to quickly force his ball into the final ring. His ball, however, is unsteady, and falls into the final hole. Ozzy gets his ball into the center hole. Ozzy survives! Cochran talks about how great it was to play the game: this was the most incredible moment of his life. He’s not the guy he thought going into the game, he’s more. Jeff says a new part of him was born out there, but his adventure has come to an end.

Ozzy stays alive, and as a result, he is going to make a decision that will effect the others. With that, Jeff brings in the Loved Ones, and the highlights include Sophie placing a food order for the airport, and Rick grabbing his wife’s ass! Ozzy has to decide one person to spend time with his or her loved one, and he picks Albert. Ozzy apologizes to the others, but gets to pick one more, and he picks Coach. Then he can pick one more person, and Ozzy chooses Brandon. Sophie, Edna and Rick head back to camp; everyone else goes back to Redemption Island.

Over on RI, the guys and their Loved Ones take pictures of themselves. Coach tells Ozzy that he’s going to be straight with him and has a perfect Final Three scenario: the two of them and a third player. He gives his word as a “Christian man” he will take Ozzy to the end. Coach confesses that that is an unbreakable vow. Brandon tells his dad that he isn’t there to win the million dollars or be sole survivor. Here’s there to set an example for Christ. His dad is flabbergasted. When he tries to suggest that Brandon make a move to win, Brandon completely shuts him down. Dad confesses that he is shocked Brandon hasn’t been voted out already. He asks Coach what his intentions are with Brandon. When Coach doesn’t directly answer, Dad tells him to do whatever Coach tells him. Coach tells the camera that he won’t be bullied by the Hantz family. Brandon is a ticking time bomb, and he won’t be holding it when it goes off, likely after the next…

…Immunity Challenge. The object of the Challenge is to keep moving across the pineapple puzzle board. Once the player can’t move anymore, the player is out. The players begin their moves and it is clear early that Edna is getting squeezed out. Coach makes a “Dragon Slayer move” (per Probst) as he’s cut out a huge swath of the board for himself. Albert goes out, as does Brandon. Brandon tells Albert, and Jeff overhears, how Brandon was trying to box in Edna. Edna takes offense to this and begins to cry that she’s being targeted. Rick goes out, as does Sophie. Edna makes her last move. Coach wins Immunity! Edna pleads, “Help a sister out, Coach.” Brandon admits to the camera that he stuck his foot in his mouth, but he doesn’t care because he’ll be eating the Final Three feast on Day 39.

Sophie tells the camera that every day she is surprised by the actions of her tribe. Brandon was a bully the way he treated Edna. Rick confesses that Brandon acted like a jerk. Brandon tries to apologize (he’s just honest!), but Edna isn’t hearing it. Sophie says though apologies may get Brandon absolved in church, they won’t on Survivor.

Edna pitches to Albert, Coach and Sophie that Brandon has had no honor, loyalty or integrity during the game. Coach is listening, as she’s put a great argument forward. Edna asks if he will use his Hidden Immunity Idol for her, but he says no as he will be the next one to go if he does that. Coach tells her to tell Albert and Sophie that “everything is cool” and see how they vote. Albert says he is giving Edna’s plan legitimate consideration, but he’s worried about the numbers — he won’t vote out Brandon unless he is assured everyone is voting out Brandon. She assures them that Coach is 100% voting for Brandon, but will he at…

…Tribal Council. Jeff asks Edna if, based on Challenge, she is on the hot seat. “Who do you target?” he asks her. Brandon, she replies, as his actions and words have betrayed the Upolu mantra. Brandon, what is it like to hear that? It’s OK because Edna is misconstruing things. Jeff corrects him that Edna is actually telling the truth: he really did tell lies to Stacey and Christine about Mikayla. He’s never had a negative thing to say about Edna!, Brandon insists. Albert says they need to decide whether early promises will decide how the game plays out.

It’s time to vote. They do, and Jeff collects the ballots. Edna and Brandon alternate the first two votes. The third vote is for Edna, as is the fourth. Jeff reads the fifth ballot, “The fourteenth person voted out of Survivor: South Pacific…Edna!” She hugs Coach, has her torch snuffed and heads off into the Blue Light of Death. Jeff says that from the beginning they said it would be the five of them at the end. “Now what?” he asks, before sending them back to camp.

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