"Who's Really in Control Here?"
Season Survivor: Japan - Civil War
Author User:UltimateGambit
Episode Number 9/14
Episode Chronology
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This is the ninth episode of Survivor: Japan - Civil War

Previously On Survivor...

After tribal council, Kyle confronted Bryce over his vote for Hannah, reasoning that he should stay loyal to the original Ashikaga members due to their disadvantage in votes come the merge. Initially defending his actions, Bryce soon understood Kyle's logic, and the two men agreed that if Kamakura goes back to tribal council before the merge, Patrick would be the next to go.

The next day, the daimyo of each tribe was sent to a designated spot, where Jeff presented them with two crates; one filled with new buffs for a merge tribe, and another filled with new buffs for a second tribe swap. Not knowing which one held which, the daimyos choose the crate on the left, which turned out to be the one filled with merged tribe buffs. Chuck chose to name the merged tribe Kasai, the Japanese word for fire.

The remaining castaways gathered at the Kamakura camp to celebrate the merge. During the celebratory feast, Bryce found a clue to a special hidden immunity idol, which could only be played before the voting process, in a basket of dinner rolls. Dave surprised the majority of his tribemates by revealing that he had run for a government position in California, which instantly invoked Kyle's mistrust due to the latter's disdain for politicians.

The next morning, Bryce went looking for the idol at sunrise and found it. He then pretended that his search has been fruitless and got into Phoebe and Shannon's alliance, although Phoebe was not convinced that he was trustworthy. She told Shannon about her idea of aligning with Dave, Chuck, and whoever had Tokugawa's idol, but Shannon deemed it too risky.

Kyle convinced his old tribemates to stick together. The original Kamakura tribe also formed a voting bloc, which held a slight advantage due to Donna having the right to cast two votes due to her status as the tribe's daimyo. This alliance, however, remained undecided as to whether to get rid of physical threat Bryce or strategic threat Kyle first.

After Chuck and Reyna won individual immunity, the Kamakura alliance agreed to vote out Bryce, fearing that if they didn't, their opportunities to do so in the future would be limited. Emma then approached Landon about the Ashikaga alliance's plans. Landon initially lied about their target being Donna, but then decided to take a bold gamble by informing her that they were targeting Dave, who was seen as a more versatile threat than Donna, as well as a less obvious target. He tasked her with convincing Chuck and Dave to give their idol to Donna.

At tribal council, as insurance in cast Emma hadn't done her job, Landon openly, and dishonestly, announced that the Ashikaga tribe was voting Donna. Spooked, Donna subtly asked Chuck and Dave for their idol, and got it. Before the voting, Bryce shocked everyone by playing his idol, making him immune from the vote and forcing the Kamakura alliance to switch to Plan B: Kyle. After the votes were cast, Donna played the idol. However, as Emma betrayed her alliance, it turned out to be Dave who needed it, as he was blindsided in a 7-6 vote.

Eleven are left. Who will be voted out next?


Reward Challenge: The castaways will be divided into two teams. In a series of one-on-one matchups, they will try to keep their balance on a revolving log situated over the ocean. The castaway who outlasts his or her opponent scores a point for his or her team. The first team to three points wins.

Reward: Pizza and beer (Soft drinks for the underage Landon should his team win).

Immunity Challenge: The castaways would have to go through an obstacle course of digging underneath a log, crossing a balance beam, and under a rope crawl. The castaways would then run across a field to where a spinning series of ten mathematical symbols would be displayed. The castaways would have to memorize the sequence of symbols, run back to starting line through the obstacles, and use the symbols in the correct order to solve a math equation. The first castaway to solve the math problem would win.


Night 21


Upon returning to camp, Shannon and Hannah congratulate Landon on his plan's success at tribal council.

Shannon: I can't believe that worked! How'd you convince one of them to flip?

Hannah: Yeah, getting Donna to waste Chuck and Dave's idol was one thing, but that would have meant little if you hadn't secured that one vote we still needed.

Landon: Quite frankly, I don't know how I convinced Emma to flip. I'm kinda surprised that it worked, too.

I knew that there was the possibility that Emma wouldn't follow through, so I announced that we were targeting Donna at tribal council as a failsafe. Apparently it scared her alliance enough to give her their idol, and it scared her enough to convince her to play it when it wasn't needed. And now we're facing a deadlock in votes, and the Kamakura alliance will probably turn on Emma next. It's amazing how fortunes change in this game.


Hannah: That was amazing, but don't get cocky. We may still be facing a tied vote next time.

Landon: You're right. I'll take care of that, don't worry.

Landon is very confident. Sometimes, such as right now, that borders on arrogance. He's gotta be careful about that.


It's kinda scary how easily Landon was able to get the desired result in this vote. He's a strategic powerhouse and a physical threat, so Phoebe and I may have to cut him loose once we have enough of a numbers advantage over the original Kamakura.


Meanwhile, Donna confronts Patrick and Reyna about the switched vote.

Donna: Did either of you switch your votes to Dave?

Patrick: No, I didn't switch my vote. Getting rid of Kyle was my idea, remember?

Donna: Reyna, was it you?

Reyna: Why would I vote for Dave? I thought he and Chuck had the idol.

Patrick: It must have been Emma.

I don't think I've ever seen Donna this angry before. I don't blame her, but I don't appreciate being confronted about my vote when I stayed loyal, either. I hope Donna doesn't target Emma next, because she's probably my best friend out here.


Donna is quick to seek out Emma.

Donna: Did you switch your vote?

Emma: No. And I have no idea who did.

Donna: It wasn't me, and it couldn't have been Chuck or Dave. Patrick and Reyna said they didn't do it, either. And frankly, I'm more inclined to believe them than you.

Turns out I'm not a very good liar. I wish Donna would understand that I'm just playing my game. I thought Dave was a bigger threat than Kyle. Besides, I'm at the bottom of the Kamakura alliance as it is, if I'm even still in it, so what do I have to lose?


Emma: If you get rid of me now, you'll be at a numbers disadvantage, and then you'd probably be the first to go after me.

Donna: We'll see.

I am furious right now. Emma lied to my face about having not flipped her vote, and then she mentioned that Kamakura will be at a disadvantage if I vote her out next. The frustrating thing is that she may be right about that. If I can swing a couple members of the Ashikaga alliance to my side, she's gone. Mark my words.


Day 22

Reward Challenge

Jeff Probst: Come on in, guys!

The eleven remaining castaways enter the challenge area at the beach. Jeff explains the rules of the challenge and reveals the reward, which the tribe unanimously agrees is worth playing for. He clarifies that if Landon's team wins, he'll receive soft drinks instead of beer, due to the fact that he's underage. He then instructs Chuck and Donna, the two oldest castaways still in the game, to step forward as team captains, and are told that they must conduct a schoolyard pick to determine the teams. They rock-paper-scissors to determine who gets the first pick, with Chuck choosing paper and Donna selecting rock. The teams are as follows in order of where they were picked:

Team Chuck: Chuck, Patrick, Reyna, Hannah, Kyle

Team Donna: Donna, Bryce, Landon, Emma, Phoebe

Shannon, who was not picked, is instructed to predict which team will win, and is informed that if her prediction is correct, she will also participate in the reward. She picks Team Donna.

Round 1: Reyna vs. Phoebe

Reyna starts running fast to throw Phoebe off-balance. It works well as Phoebe quickly falls into the ocean, scoring the first point for Team Chuck.

Team Chuck: 1. Team Donna: 0.

Round 2: Patrick vs. Landon

The second round begins more timidly, with Landon and Patrick both moving more slowly in opposite directions on the log. However, Landon soon picks up the pace and suddenly changes direction, surprising Patrick, who takes a spill into the ocean.

Team Chuck: 1. Team Donna: 1.

Round 3: Kyle vs. Bryce

Kyle surprises many by starting quickly, almost immediately throwing the younger and more athletic Bryce into the water.

Team Chuck: 2. Team Donna: 1.

Round 4: Chuck vs. Donna

This round also plays out in a surprising fashion, as Donna had actually done something similar several times before. Chuck, having gotten cocky, falls into the water within fifteen seconds.

Team Chuck: 2. Team Donna: 2.

Round 5: Emma vs. Hannah

Out of all the rounds, this one lasts the longest, as Emma and Hannah both almost fall twice before regaining balance. However, Hannah soon manages to knock Emma into the water, winning the challenge for Team Chuck.

Jeff Probst: Team Chuck wins reward!

Team Chuck celebrates while reactions among Team Donna vary. Landon congratulates Kyle and Hannah on their win, while Bryce still looks shocked that Kyle beat him.

Jeff gives Team Chuck a map with directions to their reward, then sends Team Donna, plus Shannon, back to camp.


Chuck, Hannah, Kyle, Patrick, and Reyna all arrive at a remote gazebo, where there is a table with two pizzas and a cooler full of beer. Chuck and Kyle both have one beer each before even touching the pizza. Patrick begins ravenously devouring a slice of pepperoni pizza, while Reyna takes her time. Hannah eyes the cooler timidly, and surprises the others by revealing that she's never had beer before.

What better time to try your first beer than on a Survivor reward?


Chuck hands her a beer, and Kyle jokingly encourages her to chug it. Hannah takes a sip of the beer and makes a sour face.

Hannah: It tastes like moose pee!

The others exchange good-natured laughs at Hannah's reaction. Hannah also laughs, then takes a slice of pizza and strikes up a conversation with Patrick and Reyna. As the three younger castaways present , start to bond, Chuck eyes them suspiciously.

Hannah's a sweetheart. A social butterfly. But she's also pretty underrated in challenges. If she gets to the end, she'll probably have a lot of friends on the jury, so I should consider cutting her loose soon. I just want to know what Dave would do.


While everyone enjoys the reward, Chuck isn't the only one who's also still thinking about the game. Kyle keeps his eyes peeled for a hidden immunity idol clue, believing that the idol Donna played was re-hidden.

My alliance is gaining momentum, but we may still need an idol to ensure that we get a numbers advantage. There should be a clue around here somewhere.


Suspicious, Chuck conducts a more thorough search for clues, with Reyna following suit. However, they find nothing.

It looks like Bryce's idol wasn't re-hidden. Clues weren't given for the regular idols, so maybe Donna's was re-hidden, but I don't know. I guess I'll just have to take a look when I get back to camp.



Team Donna, plus Shannon, returns to camp, discussing the reward they lost.

Bryce: Man, we should have won that challenge. We got three of the most athletic people left in the game. It was practicaly tailor made for us, man. We should have won.

The outcome of the challenge was a bit disappointing, but I think that Bryce complaining about how we should have won is just bad sportsmanship.


Donna takes the machete and goes to collect firewood (in truth, looking for the hidden immunity idol, which she believes was re-hidden). Landon heads out to the ocean for a swim, and soon Emma follows him.

Emma: So last night, Donna figured out that I flipped.

Landon: Yeah?

Emma: I'm not even at the bottom of their alliance anymore. I think I might be the next to go.

Landon: Vote with us to get rid of Donna, and you won't be. I can at least get you to the final four with Hannah and Kyle. I don't intend for it to be Ashikaga all the way to the end.

It looks like Emma's partnership with the Ashikaga alliance is going to be permanent. That more or less guarantees that Donna will go home next, unless, by divine intervention, she wins immunity.


Emma: Once Donna's gone, who do you think would be the next daimyo?

Landon: I'd say Bryce to inflate his ego, but frankly, I think he's got a big enough target on his back as it is. I'd probably say Phoebe. I think she understands this game better than Shannon does, so I want her to think she's in control. Even though in reality I'm the one pulling the strings.

I think Landon has a pretty clever game plan. Basically, he wants to regularly put people in power and vote them out. He's figured out how to use the daimyo twist to his advantage, and that's pretty impressive.


Meanwhile, in the shelter, Phoebe and Shannon have a similar discussion about strategy.

Shannon: Who's really in control here?

Phoebe: I'd say probably Donna just earlier, but now that the Kamakura alliance no longer has a majority, I think it's us. Landon's going to have a bigger target on his back than we will because he's good at challenges. I don't think anyone suspects us of being strategic threats right now, and that's a good thing.

Shannon and I are able to fly relatively under the radar since we don't do too great in challenges. We have the element of surprise on our side.


Shannon: Who's next to go?

Phoebe: I'm not entirely sure yet. Donna and Chuck are probably the biggest threats out of the remaining Kamakura members, but they're also one-dimensional. Donna's strictly strategic, and Chuck is more physical. Emma may be useful in the future, so I don't want her gone just yet. That leaves Patrick and Reyna, neither of whom I think are all that threatening.

Shannon: You think we should vote out one of our own? I mean, we don't have to get rid of all the remaining Kamakuras one by one, right?

Phoebe: We may have to consider that. I think that at this point in the game, we need to vote based on who we think is the biggest threat.

I'm glad tribal council isn't tonight, because Phoebe and I aren't sure who should go home next. We might have to take a gamble by voting out one of our own because the threatening players left on the Kamakura alliance are all one-dimensional. That's not necessarily the case with the Ashikaga alliance, and it's probable that a more diverse game would earn more respect from the jury. Guess we'll just have to lay low for a day or two and see what happens.


Day 23


While Chuck and the others do chores around camp, Patrick, Reyna, Emma, and Hannah stay in the shelter, chatting about their lives outside the game. Donna notices this, too, and instantly pulls Chuck aside to discuss the development.

Donna: Have you noticed that?

Chuck: Hannah bonding with the younger remaining people from our tribe? Yeah. She's trying to get in good with us, probably for jury votes.

Donna: I was thinking the same thing. Do you think she should be the next to go?

Chuck: Perhaps not right away, but definitely soon. Bryce is a threat in challenges, and Emma's untrustworthy. Also, we can't forget that Landon tricked us into wasting our idol.

There are several ways we can go about this next vote when it comes. We can get rid of Hannah, who's a social threat, Landon, who's a strategic threat, Emma, who's untrustworthy, or Bryce, who's a physical threat. The problem is figuring out which one is the biggest threat, which is no simple feat when they're all threatening in different ways.


Donna: Those four absolutely have to be the next four to go, not necessarily in any particular order. I want to get rid of Emma now, but that'll put the original Kamakura at a disadvantage, so we could easily be playing into the Ashikaga alliance's hands. Landon's probably the brains of the operation, so the sooner we get him out, the easier it'll be to take care of the rest.

Chuck: So it's Landon next?

Donna: It's Landon next.

It's important that we get the most threatening players out of the way sooner. That's just common sense. Landon's the biggest threat right now, so logically, he needs to be the next to go.


Chuck: Don't you think he might have a hidden immunity idol?

Donna: You've got a point; powerful players in this game usually have one of those. We could split the votes between him and Bryce in case he has it. But if he doesn't play it and the votes end up tied, we'll all vote for Landon.

Chuck: Okay, that sounds good.

Donna thinks it's decided that Landon's going home next, but I'm not so sure. I'm guessing the Ashikaga alliance voted out Dave because he was a less obvious target than Donna, so I want to apply that same principle to the upcoming vote, but with my own alliance. That means I'm leaning toward Hannah.


Meanwhile, Landon and Kyle discuss their options while fishing in the canoe.

Landon: I told Emma yesterday that we were going to get rid of Donna at the next tribal council. For real, this time.

Kyle: She's definitely a threat, and she doesn't have a hidden immunity idol, so now's as good a time as any to get rid of her. But are you sure you don't want to get rid of Chuck? He's the strongest member of that alliance.

Landon: He'll be sitting with the jury in due time. But Donna's in a critical position, and Chuck isn't. We can vote out Donna with help from somebody who wants to be the new daimyo, then get rid of them when they become too threatening. At the final six, either you, me, or Hannah will become the daimyo, which would all but guarantee us the final three.

Kyle: Where does Emma figure into the equation if we and Hannah are going to the end.

Landon: At some point, we'll have no choice but to cut her loose. But for now, she's a useful ally.

I want to bring Emma to the final four along with Kyle and Hannah, but I'm worried that she may be too much of a threat in challenges for that. I'm not entirely certain when I'm going to get rid of her, to be completely honest. But it won't be for a while. Not as long as she's needed.


Landon seems to have most of the rest of his game already mapped out. What's even better is that he still plans to stick to our alliance. He's one of the few people out here that I think I can trust.


Day 24

Immunity Challenge

Jeff Probst: Come on in, guys!

The eleven remaining castaways enter the challenge area in the forest. Jeff welcomes them to the immunity challenge and takes back the immunity necklaces, discarding one of them as only one person will win. After explaining the rules, the castaways draw for spots.

Jeff Probst: For immunity! Survivors ready...go!

The castaways all start digging under their first obstacle, the log, with Bryce taking an early lead. Patrick maintains a close second, and the two of them soon begin to pull away from the rest of the pack, especially when they're the first two to get past the log. Bryce, a gymnastics coach, has no trouble with the balance beam, while Patrick falls off it the first time, losing much of the distance between himself and the rest of the pack behind him, as Hannah and Emma both threaten to take his place in second. Aside from Landon holding down fifth place, nearly everyone else seems to be already out of the running by the time they reach the balance beam.

Bryce is easily the first to go through the obstacle course, and begins to observe the spinning signs. However, he has a slightly difficult time memorizing the signs, and Hannah and Patrick soon catches up to him. As soon as she arrives, Bryce runs back to his post, blowing through the obstacle course. He begins to arrange the math signs and ends up with the following equation: 4 + 3 x 2 - 5 / (2 + 2)^2 - 3 x 2.

While he starts working on the equation, Emma, who was quick to memorize the signs, arrives at her post, beating Hannah and Patrick there, and starts working on arranging her symbols. She gets a very similar equation to Bryce's, except the addition sign in the parentheses is a multiplication sign. Now that the challenge is effectively a two-person contest, both begin to work on solving their equation. Bryce is the first to announce that he's solved it, but is told that he got one of the signs wrong and ends up having to run the course again to make sure he gets the correct sequence. This opens the door for Emma, who quickly solves her equation and, thanks to her knowledge of the mathematical order of operations, arrives at 0.5 as her answer.

Jeff Probst: Emma wins immunity!

Emma smiles triumphantly, while everyone else except Donna and Chuck congratulates her politely. Jeff gives Emma the immunity necklace, reminding her that she is now guaranteed a one in ten shot at winning the title of Sole Survivor. He reminds the tribe that they have tribal council that night before sending them back to camp.


As soon as the tribe returns from the challenge, Landon gets Emma and the rest of the original Ashikaga members to gather at the beach.

Landon: Right now, the plan is to vote out Donna. Do any of you have another idea?

Bryce: Yeah, why don't we get rid of Patrick? He's doing well in challenges.

Phoebe: Patrick isn't as much of a strategic threat as Donna is.

Shannon: We could also vote out Chuck while he doesn't have immunity. He's one of the strongest people out here, so he won't be as easy to get rid of later on as Donna.

So the Ashikaga alliance, plus Emma, is having a discussion about who to vote for. Problem is, we're still not certain as to whether or not we want to proceed with Landon's plan. Truth be told, I don't entirely trust Landon, and I still think voting out one of our own should be considered.


Kyle: I think we should just vote for Donna. The idol she played isn't being re-hidden, so now she's pretty much defenseless. We can guarantee ourselves a majority here then just roll over Chuck, Patrick, and Reyna.

Emma: I agree. We should go ahead and vote Donna.

Bryce: So it's decided then?

Landon: I guess so. Donna it is.

Everyone then splits up. However, Phoebe quickly pulls Shannon and Bryce aside.

Phoebe: I don't think we need to vote out Donna quite yet. Strategy is her whole game. She won't win any immunities and she doesn't have a strong enough social game.

Bryce: Who've you got in mind? Patrick? Because he's more dangerous than you guys think.

Phoebe: Actually, I'm thinking Hannah. She's friendly, she was in control of the old Ashikaga tribe, and she's deceptively strong in challenges. If we're not careful, she could easily win this thing.

Shannon: Sounds like a plan. But it's just the three of us. Who from Kamakura do you think would be the easiest to sway to our side?

Phoebe: We can just temporarily join up with them. If we stick together, we can flip between alliances according to our needs. We can just pick off the biggest threats one by one until it's just us.

So now my alliance is planning to vote off Hannah. I ain't even mad to be honest. I never intended to play Ashikaga vs. Kamakura. I just have to do what's best for me in this game.


Meanwhile, the Kamakura alliance gathers to discuss their options.

Donna: Here's the thing: Landon's our biggest threat at the moment, but I'm afraid that he might have the idol.

Chuck: So why don't we just vote out Bryce or Hannah instead?

Patrick: Bryce isn't smart enough to win, and I don't think Hannah's strategic enough. She couldn't make up her mind on whether to vote out me or Lisa earlier.

Donna: He's right. We need to find a way to flush out Landon's idol. Or at least send him home with it.

Reyna: We don't have enough votes to split, though. Do you think we should just all vote for him and hope he plays it for somebody else, or doesn't play it at all?

I'm feeling uneasy about voting for Landon if he really does have the idol. This may go without saying, but it could really backfire.


Bryce then finds his way into the group.

Bryce: Landon's plannin' to vote for Donna. This time for real.

Donna: Who else is on board with his plan?

Bryce: Just Kyle, Hannah, and Emma. But me, Phoebe, and Shannon are plannin' to get rid of Hannah for the same reasons we voted out Dave last time. She's threatenin' in more different ways, and she's a less obvious target than Landon.

The Kamakura alliance looks around at each other. Donna smiles, knowing that if Bryce is telling the truth, they can now split the votes.

Bryce telling me about his alliance wanting to get rid of Hannah rather than voting along with Landon and his alliance feels like divine intervention. This couldn't have come at a better time! It's exactly what we needed!


Donna: Alright, so Hannah it is. We're on board one hundred percent.

Bryce: Awesome. Thanks, Donna.

Donna waits for Bryce to leave before once again addressing her alliance.

Donna: Now we can split our votes. The three of you vote for Landon. The three of them will vote for Hannah if Bryce is telling the truth. I'll cast one vote for each of them. If Landon doesn't play it, we'll all vote him out the second time around. Sound good?

Patrick: Yeah, it sounds pretty foolproof to me. Let's do it.

Reyna: Yes, absolutely.

Chuck: Sure.

I'm not sure how I feel about this plan. For one thing, I think Hannah's more of a threat because she's more social than Landon. Second of all, Donna totally lied to Bryce, and I'm not sure I want to act along with a lie. I want to play with integrity. But if I stick to my guns and vote out Hannah to prove to Bryce and his alliance that I'm trustworthy, I lose the trust of the allies I already have, and my ass will be on the jury bench the very next time I don't win immunity. It's a tough choice. Not sure what I'm going to do.


At sunset, the eleven remaining castaways gather their torches and head out to Tribal Council.

Tribal Council

Jeff greets the castaways as they all enter the Tribal Council area and take their seats.

Jeff Probst: We now bring in the members of our jury. Dave, voted out at the last tribal council.

Dave enters the tribal council area, greeting the castaways politely as he takes his seat at the far side of the jury bench.

Jeff Probst: Donna, going into the tribe swap, you clearly had the dominant tribe. Now, you're at a six to five disadvantage. What happened?

Donna: Well Jeff, I'd say it was a combination of volatile personalities and untrustworthy individuals.

For emphasis, Donna glares at Emma.

Jeff Probst: Emma, she's looking at you.

Emma: I know that. I'm the one who flipped last time.

From his spot on the jury bench, Dave raises his eyebrows.

Jeff Probst: Kyle, taking into account Donna's title as the daimyo, and her second vote, would you say that the alliances are even? Or that yours has an edge?

Kyle: I think we've got an edge. I hope we've got an edge, anyway. You can never be certain in the game of Survivor.

Jeff Probst: Who do you not trust?

Kyle: Bryce.

Bryce nods, maintaining a poker face.

Jeff Probst: Bryce, do you have anything to say about that?

Bryce: Not really, Jeff. I mean, it's kind of insulting after I stuck with them in the last vote, but other than that, that's all. I don't think Kyle really understands that we playin' an individual game.

Kyle: We're not having this conversation right now.

Bryce: Whatever you say, man. Whatever you say.

Jeff allows a brief silence to linger before continuing with his questions.

Jeff Probst: Donna, clearly there is some tension in the Ashikaga alliance. Does that make you feel better about your chances tonight?

Donna: Oh, absolutely. I think that we can take this game back very soon.

Jeff Probst: Chuck, how do you feel about tonight's vote?

Chuck: I really regret giving Donna my idol. We could really use it tonight. I'm not feeling too confident, even with the slight tension between Bryce and Kyle. They don't need to be friends. They just need a common enemy. And that common enemy appears to be us.

Jeff Probst: Emma, you won immunity. I'm assuming you want to keep it?

Emma: I'm keeping it.

Jeff Probst: You cannot vote for Emma. Everyone else is fair game. It is time to vote. Hannah, you're up.

One by one, the castaways go up to the voting booth.

Hannah, my vote for you is just an insurance policy. Landon's the one I want gone. You can wait.

–Donna (voting for Hannah and Landon)

I'm pretty sure it's going to be you tonight. Good (bleep)ing riddance.

–Emma (voting for Donna)

Jeff goes to collect the voting urn once everyone has voted. Minutes later, he returns.

Jeff Probst: If anyone has a hidden immunity idol and would like to play it, now would be the time to do so.

To Donna's smug delight, nobody plays an idol, or even gives any indication that they have one.

Jeff Probst: Once the votes are read, the decision is final. The person voted out will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. I'll read the votes.

First vote...Donna.

Second vote...Landon. One vote Donna, one vote Landon.

...Donna. That's two votes Donna, one vote Landon.

...Hannah. That's two votes Donna, one vote Landon, one vote Hannah.

Landon frowns, wondering why the rival alliance would even consider splitting votes when they're in the minority.

Jeff Probst: ...Hannah. We are tied. Two votes Donna, two votes Hannah, one vote Landon.

...Landon. We are tied. Two votes Donna, two votes Hannah, two votes Landon.

...Landon. Three votes Landon. Two votes Donna, two votes Hannah.


Landon: The hell?

Jeff Probst:We are tied. Three votes Landon, three votes Hannah, two votes Donna.

...Donna. We are tied. Three votes Donna, three votes Hannah, three votes Landon.

...Donna. Four votes Donna, three votes Hannah, three votes Landon.

...Hannah. We are tied. Four votes Donna, four votes Hannah, three votes Landon, one vote left.

Jeff takes the final vote out of the urn, but refrains from reading it aloud or revealing it for a while to create suspense. Everyone, especially Chuck, Hannah, Donna, and Landon, looks on nervously.

Jeff Probst: Ninth person voted out, and the second member of our jury...

...Hannah. That's five. Tonight, that's enough. Please bring me your torch.

Everyone remains seated, in a state of stunned silence. After a short while, Hannah gets up, gives Kyle and Landon a hug, then brings her torch to Jeff.

Jeff Probst: Hannah, the tribe has spoken.

Jeff snuffs Hannah's torch, officially eliminating her from the game.

Jeff Probst: It's time for you to go.

Hannah: Good luck, guys.

Hannah leaves the tribal council area and disappears into the forest.

Jeff Probst: First it was Lisa. Then it was Dave. And now Hannah is the next victim. This just might be the most treacherous Survivor season yet. Grab your stuff. Head back to camp. Good night.

Donna: Which one of you flipped? It was supposed to be a three way tie. And then we were supposed to vote out Landon.

Nobody answers her as the castaways pick up their torches and leave the tribal council area.

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 9:
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Bryce, Chuck, Donna, Phoebe, Shannon

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(4 votes)
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Emma, Hannah, Kyle, Landon
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(3 votes)
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Donna, Patrick, Reyna
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Voting Confessionals

Kyle's gonna kill me for this. I just hope you don't take it personally. It's just strategy.

–Bryce (voting for Hannah)

You seem to have a fairly well-rounded game. You're too much of a threat to keep around.

–Chuck (voting for Hannah)

Hannah, my vote for you is just an insurance policy. Landon's the one I want gone. You can wait.

–Donna (voting for Hannah and Landon)

I'm pretty sure it's going to be you tonight. Good (bleep)ing riddance.

–Emma (voting for Donna)

Most middle-aged women don't get very far in the game unless they're coasting. You've already gotten pretty far, and you're hardly coasting. We have to vote you out before it's too late.

–Hannah (voting for Donna)

With you out of the way, it should just be smooth sailing ahead for Ashikaga.

–Kyle (voting for Donna)

Thanks for playing, but you're outnumbered, and you're our biggest threat, so time's up.

–Landon (voting for Donna)

You're a scary good strategic player, and you're good at challenges, too. That combination makes you too dangerous to keep around.

–Patrick (voting for Landon)

I'm voting for you because you're a dark horse. you could easily go all the way to the end with Landon and end up winning because you're more social than he is.

–Phoebe (voting for Hannah)

An answer to your question: No. I'm not interested in any of your plans to make me the daimyo.

–Reyna (voting for Landon)

It was really nice getting to know you, but this is a game, and in this game, sometimes you have to vote out people you like.

–Shannon (voting for Hannah)

Final Words

Well crap. I thought Landon, Kyle, and I were all in the clear, but apparently not. It's disappointing to only make the jury, but I've made a lot of friends out here and had an amazing experience, and I wouldn't trade it in for anything. I just hope Kyle and Landon make it to the end.


Still in the Running

Beth voted out
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Jasmine Voted Out
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Lawrence Voted Out
Patton voted Out
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Dave Voted Out
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John Voted Out
Katie Crockett
Lisa Voted Out
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Tyler Voted Out

Next Time on Survivor...

In the wake of Hannah's blindside, the remaining castaways are at each other's throats.

One castway's flirtations make the rest of the tribe nervous.

Kyle finds a new ally.


The title of this episode was spoken by Shannon.