|"He Actually Thinks We Need His Vote"|
|Season||Survivor: Japan - Civil War|
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This is the 6th episode of Survivor: Japan - Civil War.
Previously On Survivor...
Landon, Kyle, and Hannah felt confident about their chances on an improving tribe after Patton was voted out. However, they remained unaware that Phoebe and Shannon had the idol. At Kamakura, Lisa and Katie discussed the future of the women's alliance, and decided that Chuck should be the next to go.
On day 11, the tribes were surprised when they were split into three groups of five. The new tribes were as follows:
|The New Ashikaga Tribe|
|The New Kamakura Tribe|
|The New Tokugawa Tribe|
The new Ashikaga tribe won the reward challenge, with the new Tokugawa tribe coming in a close second.
John attempted to rally the women of his new tribe to his side in order to eliminate Chuck and Dave. At Tokugawa, Landon and Emma both attempted to locate the hidden immunity idol. Donna started leaning toward voting out Katie or Reyna in order to keep the tribe strong to the merge, when more of her alliance would be back together. At Kamakura, Kyle and Hannah, joined by Bryce, still found themselves in the majority.
On night 12, Katie got drunk on the wine that the Tokugawa tribe won at the reward challenge the previous day, annoying her tribemates. Her ensuing hangover resulted in Tokugawa losing the immunity challenge and having to go to tribal council. Emma and Landon formed an alliance, and everyone agreed to vote out Katie. Katie failed to save herself at tribal council and was voted out 5-1. Fourteen are left. Who will be voted out next?
Reward Challenge: Members of each tribe will square off to eat a disgusting food faster than the others. First place wins two points for their tribe, while second place wins one point. Third place wins no points. If a tiebreaker is necessary, the most squeamish member of the tribes tied for the lead will square off.
Reward: First place wins chocolate croissants and éclairs, coffee, and tea. Second place wins tea only.
The Tokugawa tribe returns to camp, simultaneously relieved and disappointed that they had to vote out Katie.
Emma: I know it usually isn't a good thing when you have to vote somebody off before the merge, but I'm glad Katie's gone.
Reyna: I'm with you on that.
|“||Tonight's vote proved to me once and for all that the women's alliance isn't a great long-term option. Now I've got an alliance with Landon. Just one more person on our side and we're good to go.||”|
While Reyna and Donna go into the shelter to discuss strategy, Landon and Emma do the same just out of earshot.
Emma: So if we go back to tribal again, it's Donna
Landon: No doubt about it. She's the weakest one on the tribe, and she's a strategic powerhouse. We can't afford to keep her around much longer. And you'll become the new daimyo.
Emma: Sounds like a plan. All we need is to sway Reyna to our side and we're good to go.
|“||I want Donna gone next, but I won't want to become the daimyo. That title's going to put a target on my back, and I don't want that. I just want to put other people in power just to bring them back down to earth. If we ever go to tribal council again, I may have to give Emma that treatment. But with luck, we'll avoid tribal until the merge.||”|
Reyna: So now that Katie's gone, Landon's next?
Donna: Yes, that's the plan. It would be Emma, since I don't really trust her, but we've already voted out one member of the alliance. I can't make it two before the merge.
|“||I might be playing with fire by keeping Emma around. But she may spill information about Landon's plans, if he has any. So in the short term, she could be useful. She could also be a double agent, but in order to get information, I'll probably have to take that risk.||”|
Jeff Probst: Come on in, guys!
The Tokugawa tribe enters the forest challenge area, where they find Jeff and both of the other tribes waiting for them.
Jeff Probst: Ashikaga, Kamakura, get your first look at the new Tokugawa tribe. Katie was voted out at last night's tribal council.
Kyle and Hannah both look relieved that Landon survived, while Lisa just looks shocked. Nobody else offers much in the way of a reaction to the news. Jeff explains the rules of the challenge to the tribes, all of whom seem repulsed. When he reveals the reward at stake, they all instantly agree that it's worth having to eat disgusting foods.
Emma (whispering): Glad Katie's not around for this one.
Reyna (whispering): Ha-ha, yeah really.
Jeff Probst: Ashikaga, Kamakura, you both have an extra member and will have to sit somebody out. Who's that going to be?
Chuck: Dave will sit this one out.
Kyle: And we're sitting Patrick.
Jeff Probst: Dave, Patrick, take a spot on the bench. I'll give the rest of you all a minute to strategize.
First Round: Shannon vs. Bryce vs. Emma
Food: A Japanese beetle larva.
Bryce puts the whole thing in his mouth and struggles mightily to keep it down, while Shannon eats half of hers. Emma eyes the larva with disgust, but soon notices that Shannon is leading, so she puts the whole thing in her mouth, like Bryce, and nearly spits it out. Shannon eats the other half of her larva, scoring two points for Ashikaga. Emma manages to down all of hers while Bryce still struggles, scoring a point for Tokugawa.
Ashikaga: 2, Tokugawa: 1, Kamakura: 0
Second Round: Phoebe vs. Lisa vs. Donna
Food: Cow brains.
Donna puts a small portion of her serving in her mouth, but is unable to swallow it and ends up spitting it out, disqualifying her from the round. Phoebe and Lisa both struggle mightily to down their servings, but Phoebe finishes first.
Phoebe: You'd make a terrible zombie, Donna.
Donna: I know.
Ashikaga: 4, Tokugawa: 1, Kamakura: 1
Third Round: Chuck vs. Hannah vs. Reyna
Food: A shot of hare blood.
Reyna surprises everyone by downing the whole thing in two seconds, while Chuck finishes half a second later. Hannah still hasn't even raised the glass to her mouth. Now, Ashikaga is guaranteed to at least walk away with tea, while Kamakura will need to win the next round with a last place finish by Tokugawa just to force a tiebreaker for the tea.
Ashikaga: 5, Tokugawa: 3, Kamakura: 1
Fourth Round: John vs. Kyle vs. Landon
Food: Two bat hearts.
Landon pops the entire first heart into his mouth as if it was a piece of popcorn, then, after gagging for a couple of seconds swallows it and devours the second heart the same way, easily winning the round.
Landon: Come on, Kyle! As cliché as it sounds, you can do this!
Despite Landon's encouragement, Kyle struggles to down the first heart, while John starts eating his second. Kyle ultimately fails to swallow the heart, spitting it out as John swallows his second, winning reward for Ashkaga.
Final score: Ashikaga: 6, Tokugawa, 5, Kamakura: 1
Ashikaga celebrates their victory while Tokugawa congratulates itself on a strong comeback attempt. Everyone on Kamakura looks disappointed, especially Patrick and Lisa at the former Ashikaga members. Jeff congratulates Ashikaga on its challenge victory and invites them to claim their reward. He gives the tea to Tokugawa and reminds Kamakura that he's got nothing for them. He then sends the three tribes back to their camps.
|“||This tribe was doing so well until the tribe swap happened. Hopefully Lisa and I can get Bryce to help us vote out Kyle. He's weak.||”|
The Ashikaga tribe returns to camp in high spirits after winning their large reward. Shannon instantly starts to prepare some of the coffee, while John takes a bite out of a croissant.
John: This is so good, guys. Eating the bat hearts and (bleep) like that was so worth it.
|“||My tribes can't loose. It's as simple as that. And even better, I'm in a situation where I'm the swing vote if we do lose an immunity challenge. Both sides need me, so it's smooth sailing to the merge. I like my position right now. I really do.||”|
The tribal unity over the reward does not last very long, however, before strategy once again becomes the main topic of discussion as soon as John leaves to collect more palm fronds for the shelter.
Phoebe: So Dave, who do you think should be the next to go? Assuming we ever have to go to tribal, that is.
Dave: I'm thinking John. He was very volatile around camp back on Kamakura, and he's untrustworthy.
|“||I want to get rid of the women soon so that the tribe can have a majority going into the merge, but if we end up with a split, and Donna makes it to the merge, she'll be the daimyo of the merged tribe by virtue of age. So even if there's six of us and six of them on the merged tribe, we'll still be all set.||”|
Shannon: That sounds good to me.
|“||I'm not so sure that I trust Dave. He could easily be lying about all of this. But he could also be telling the truth. There's really no reason we can't work together just this once.||”|
About an hour later, Chuck and John go fishing while Dave and the women kill boredom by setting up a crude bowling lane on the beach with sticks and a coconut.
John: I know we probably won't have to go to tribal until the merge, but it's always good to have a plan just in case.
Chuck: What are you getting at?
John: I think we should vote out one of the women to ensure that we have a numbers advantage. Then we can easily pick off all the original Ashikaga members one at a time. And from there, may the best man win.
Chuck: We'll probably have to throw a challenge in order to get rid of one of them.
John: Fine by me. But I want that numbers advantage. The old Kamakura tribe is a team, Chuck. And the team needs an advantage in the merge. No more voting out strong people. I mean, Ashikaga almost beat us in both the challenges after we got rid of Tyler.
Chuck: That does make sense. Alright, I'll sleep on it.
John: You're a good man, Chuck.
John and Chuck shake hands.
|“||John's such an idiot. He actually thinks we need his vote. I'd consider throwing the challenge, alright, but it'd be to get rid of HIM! Not one of the women. We can get rid of those girls whenever we want.||”|
Kamakura returns to camp, humiliated at their pathetic performance in the reward challenge. As Kyle, Lisa, and Hannah start work on camp chores, Patrick pulls Bryce aside.
Patrick: What can you tell me about the tribal dynamic at the old Ashikaga?
Bryce: What do you mean?
Patrick: What did the alliances look like?
Bryce: Kyle and Hannah are in an alliance with Landon, and Phoebe and Shannon are working together.
Patrick: So you were the odd man out even though your tribe totally sucked?
Bryce: I wouldn't say that. The tribe wised up over the last few days, so they wouldn't have voted me off. I just didn't have an alliance.
|“||The minute Patrick started asking questions about alliances at the old Ashikaga, I knew he was angling to recruit me. He and Lisa need my vote, and he knows it.||”|
Patrick: Look, this tribe isn't the best at challenges, so it's very possible that we could be the next to go to tribal. Who do you want gone if that's the case?
Bryce: I don't trust Kyle. He made Patton, the biggest liar on the tribe, the daimyo after Lawrence was voted out. He also helped ruin our chances against the old Kamakura tribe by voting out Jasmine before Patton. His game plan is to weaken his tribe to solidify his own position. Besides, he holds us back in challenges.
|“||Bryce turned out to be a very useful informant today. I might ask Donna to keep him around longer than the rest of the Ashikaga tribe as a way of thanking him.||”|
Bryce and Patrick shake hands.
Bryce: I'm not writing your name down. You have my word on that.
Kyle and Hannah have a similar discussion about tribal dynamics with Lisa, but about the old Kamakura instead of the old Ashikaga.
Lisa: I was part of a women's alliance, but now I'm jumping ship. I just don't know where yet.
|“||In a way, I'm glad I ended up staying put while the other women didn't. That way I'm free from all the drama that's probably surrounding the women's alliance, which is clearly in shambles right now, judging by Katie's elimination.||”|
Kyle: What other alliances were there?
Lisa: Chuck and Dave had one, and John strategized with some of the women once. Oh, and Chuck and Dave have the hidden immunity idol, so if I were you, I wouldn't even bother looking for it.
Hannah: Oh really? They have it?
Lisa: At our only tribal council, John announced the fact to everybody present. That's the only way I know.
|“||Lisa's either telling the truth, Lisa's lying, or John lied about Chuck and Dave having the idol. There's only one way to find out.||”|
After the chores are done, Kyle and Hannah thoroughly search the camp for the hidden immunity idol, but return empty-handed around nightfall.
Kyle: She was probably telling us the truth. Now we know the whereabouts of their hidden immunity idol.
Hannah: Yep. Think we should spare her and vote out Patrick next?
Kyle: I dunno. He doesn't seem all that threatening. I think Lisa's a bigger threat in challenges, and we're getting close to the merge at this point, so we'll need to strongly consider voting for the strongest people we can.
Hannah: Then why not vote out Bryce? He's the most athletic person in the game, and now that Patton's gone, there's no telling what he'll do strategically.
Kyle: If we vote out one of our own, they'll pick us off one by one. It's gotta be either Lisa or Patrick.
|“||It may take a while for me and Hannah to decide who we vote for. But the way this tribe is going, we'll have to choose quickly.||”|
Donna goes looking for the hidden immunity idol, unaware that Emma already has it. However, she does spot Emma looking for a place to hide the idol, and notices it in her hand.
|“||When I saw the idol in Emma's hand, I was furious. Not because she beat me to it, but because she didn't tell me about it. The idol should belong to the women's alliance. Not just one person.||”|
Donna: Why didn't you tell me you had the idol?
Emma: Why would I? What would I have to gain by telling people I have it?
Donna: You could have gained trust. But now, there's no chance for that. Once Landon's gone, you're next. You're out of the alliance.
|“||So Donna caught me with the idol, and she was really pissed off. You'd have thought she had me having an affair with her husband. But I'm not worried. I've got the idol and an ally. We just need to sway Reyna to our side and the joke will be on Donna.||”|
Meanwhile, Landon speaks to Reyna while they're collecting more palm fronds for the shelter.
Landon: Katie seemed really blindsided the other night. Are you sure you trust Donna?
Landon: You know, if she turned on Katie so quickly, there's no reason to think she won't turn on you also. She's a good strategic player, so she clearly isn't above betraying allies when she has no further use for them. Just food for thought.
Reyna: She trust me more than she trusted Katie.
|“||Landon's on the outside, and he knows it. I'm not buying into any of his scrambling.||”|
Landon: What if I made you the daimyo? The way this game is going, Donna could be a daimyo throughout the entire game. If you voted her out, you'd take her place. You'd have much more power then. What do you say?
|“||Hopefully Reyna's naïve enough to go accept my offer. By convincing her to flip, I'd kill two birds with one stone; I'd get rid of my biggest strategic threat, and I'd put a target on another potential threat's back.||”|
Reyna: I'll think about it.
|“||Now we may be talking. I like the prospect of becoming the new daimyo. But I'm only going to do it if we end up going to tribal council before the merge. I think it's best to remain loyal once people start getting sent to the jury. But you can get away with more disloyalty before the jury phase begins. We'll just have to wait and see what happens.||”|
In the morning, Chuck and Dave discuss strategy while collecting firewood, as the tribe's supply is dwindling.
Chuck: John talked to me yesterday about possibly throwing the next immunity challenge to get rid of one of the girls.
Dave: I don't think that's such a good idea, Chuck. I've watched this show a lot, and just about every time a tribe throws a challenge, it comes back to haunt them. Besides, we don't really need John's vote.
Chuck: We don't need his vote, and I get the feeling that he's been playing both sides. I don't think we can trust him. He could flip once the merge comes around.
Dave: You think so?
Chuck: I'm positive.
|“||I knew Chuck wasn't that well-versed in the strategy game, but I was very worried when he mentioned John's idea to throw the challenge. I don't know what's going through John's head right now, but if he would suggest throwing a challenge to get rid of one of two people we can get rid of any time we want, that leads me to question his loyalty to the tribe. He could easily be lying about his true motives; I know he dislikes me and Chuck for trying to keep the idol a secret.||”|
Dave: We can't trust him, and even if we vote him out, we'll still have numbers on our side. I'm not saying we should throw the challenge; we absolutely should not. But the next time we go to tribal, it's probably gonna be John.
Just then, John, Phoebe, and Shannon walk into the area and overhear the last part of Dave's statement.
John: Why me, Dave?
Chuck: Oh (bleep), not again.
Dave: You're a loose cannon, and we don't need your vote.
John: Hey! I'm with the old Kamakura all the way! Don't you insinuate that I can't be trusted!
Pleased with the rapidly escalating argument, Phoebe watches happily while Shannon looks on with concern.
Chuck: Then why have you been playing both sides lately? I'd love to hear your explanation.
Agitated, John picks up a rock and throws it at Chuck, who manages to get out of the way. Shannon runs up to John to restrain him before he can seriously injure anyone.
Chuck: What the (bleep) is wrong with you?!
Dave tells a cameraman to get Jeff and a security team. About half an hour later, Jeff arrives on a motorboat with security.
Jeff Probst: What happened?
Chuck: John threw a rock at my head. Could have given me a concussion.
Jeff Probst: John, is this true?
John: He deserved it for bringing my loyalty into question.
Jeff Probst: The rules of Survivor state that during conflicts in between castaways, they are not allowed to purposefully inflict physical harm to each other, or face disqualification and forfeiture of any consolation prize. John, since this isn't the first time you've broken this rule, I have no choice but to remove you from this game. Get your stuff and head over to the motorboat.
John glares and Chuck and Dave, but wishes Phoebe and Shannon luck as he does as he's told.
John: Kick their asses, ladies. And Chuck, Dave, (bleep) you!
Chuck, Dave, Phoebe, and Shannon watch the motorboat, with Jeff and John on it, disappear into the horizon. The medical team arrives to check on Chuck, who assures them that the rock missed him and that he's not injured. Meanwhile, Shannon takes the idol out of her bag and eyes it contemplatively.
Shannon: We might not have a choice anymore.
Patrick and Lisa walk to the shelter, where Kyle, Hannah, and Bryce are lounging around due to a lack of work that needs to be done right then.
Patrick: We got tree mail. Tomorrow's immunity challenge has been cancelled.
Kyle: The hell happened?
Patrick: All the note says is that there was an emergency at Ashikaga. Probably an injury or something like that. Has that happened before on this show?
Hannah: Oh my god...
|“||I don't know what happened at Ashikaga that warranted a challenge being cancelled, but hopefully nobody got hurt. I especially hope Phoebe and Shannon are okay. We're going to need them one we get to the merge.||”|
|Removed From Camp|
Due to the cancellation of the immunity challenge, there was no tribal council in this episode. Therefore, no voting confessionals.
|“||I don't regret what I did. I just regret that it got me disqualified. You don't question my character and get away with it. You just don't. So hopefully one of the Kamakura women will win this. Chuck and Dave can go jump off a cliff for all I care.||”|
Still in the Running
Next Time on Survivor...
Storms hit all three camps.
Phoebe and Shannon take a bold gamble.
And preparation for the merge leaves everyone unsure of their loyalties.
|“||I don't know what the hell is going on anymore.||”|
The title of this episode was spoken by Chuck.
The challenge has been used, albeit in varying variations, in fourteen different Survivor seasons.