At camp, Andrea’s already working on whom next to blindside. She tells Cochran they have to remember that if they don’t take out someone, they themselves will be taken out. She thinks they should either target Brenda, who’s strong at challenges and personable, or Dawn, who’ll turn on anybody.
Although Cochran agrees a big move is necessary, he’s not happy that Andrea wants to get rid of Dawn, with whom he’s been close throughout the game. When Brenda and Dawn try to talk strategy with Cochran, he tells them that Andrea has the two of them in her sights. Brenda is furious, and decides its Andrea who’s going home. If they get everyone to vote Andrea, they can take her out, idol or not.
Cochran thinks that Andrea, as one of the few remaining independent thinkers, is dangerous. If Andrea doesn’t win the next Immunity challenge or play her idol, it could be her time to go home.
Speaking of which, it’s Day 33, and time for the second Immunity Challenge. They will be pushing a buoy through a series of obstacles, to a post holding a key. The key unlocks a chest containing ladder rungs, which they’ll use to complete a ladder puzzle. First person to climb the ladder to the top and raise their flag, wins immunity. Survivors ready?
Erik is first to finish the obstacle course, and then struggles with multiple knots to get the key. Sherri falls behind quickly, as Cochran and Brenda join Erik. Erik is also first to begin the ladder puzzle, with Andrea right behind him. Erik flies through the puzzle, leaving everyone still puzzling, and wins Immunity!
Jeff reminds Erik that the last time he won immunity, he gave it away and was voted off. Any chance he’d do the same again? Erik says he’s way too scared to give the necklace to anyone; he’ll keep it.
Erik’s happy to have the necklace, considering it a sort of safety blanket. Andrea, meanwhile, continues her campaign against Brenda, determined to blindside her that evening. She feels a little bit bad about the move, saying that she knows what it’s like to feel completely safe, and suddenly find you are out of the game. She tells Cochran and Dawn that she’ll bring her idol to the Council, but probably won’t use it.
Andrea takes Cochran aside and says that they should take Eddie to the Final Three. Cochran thinks they’d lose against Eddie, but Andrea says that Dawn or Brenda would be worse choices. Cochran suddenly realizes that slipping Eddie into the finals has always been Andrea’s plan, and that he may not be part of Andrea’s plan at all. Cochran rallies the others, and they decide to split their votes between Andrea and Eddie. Should Andrea play her idol, Eddie will be the one to go.
Cochran advises Erik to keep Andrea in the dark about their plans. Andrea approaches Erik, and tells him that they’re going after Brenda, and also says that she’d like to go to the end with Erik. He thinks he might believe her, as he helped her find the Hidden Immunity Idol. Erik’s in the middle of both alliances, with both thinking he’s on their side. But Cochran hasn’t promised him Final Three. Erik feels confident and safe. He feels in control at this point, and will do whatever is best for him.
The Jury looks handsome as they file in to Tribal Council; Michael, Phillip, Malcolm and Reynold all look clean and relaxed. Jeff immediately asks Eddie how it feels to be the last one outside of the group of six allies. Eddie says he knows it’s all about timing, and this would be a perfect night to blindside someone, as they can take him out at any time.
Probst asks Brenda what will happen if Eddie is voted out, and the six have to eliminate one of their own at the next council. She says that the alliance will start lying to each other. Sherri says she knows people are already lying to each other, and Cochran agrees, adding that he’s given and heard promises that will not be honored in the end.
Andrea says that Cochran’s words make her nervous, as they are dealing with several people who have promised “Final Three” alliances. She also admits that she has the Hidden Immunity Idol. Cochran notes that the idol can usually only be played up until the Final Five, so there are limited opportunities left for Andrea’s idol. Andrea tells Jeff that if she ever feels paranoid or threatened, she’ll play the idol.
When they vote, Andrea confesses that she realized Brenda was a huge threat during the balancing challenge, and says that it’s time for her to go. Brenda’s vote confessional notes that Andrea is a sneaky, sneaky little girl, always ready to blindside someone. But she doesn’t think Andrea’s ready for this one.
Before the votes are read, Jeff asks them if anyone wants to play a hidden idol. Everyone looks at Andrea, but she says nothing. Brenda and Cochran grin.
So the votes are tallied. There are two votes for Eddie, two votes for Brenda, and three for Andrea. Andrea becomes the 14th person voted out, and the 5th member of the jury. She is indeed blindsided, and leaves, still holding the idol. On the Jury, Malcolm and Reynold high five each other.
Jeff says that they’ve been talking about a “big move” for weeks, and have finally made one. The question is, “Now what?”
Andrea’s exit interview: “Unfortunately, I was confident with this plan that I set up, that I wasn’t even thinking about playing the idol. I should have learned my lesson the first time that when the day’s really calm, people are napping and comfortable, you’re probably gonna get blindsided. And it happened again. But I’ll always have this beautiful necklace souvenir that will remind me about trusting people too much.
Next time on, Survivor: Cochran’s in trouble. “Do I have an expiration date that’s rapidly approaching?” Erik’s withering away. (“I just want FOOOD!) And a surprise visit from home changes everything.