“Survivor: Winners at War” Episode 11 Recap – The Tony Show Starring Tony Vlachos

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Last Week: Everyone’s family came to visit, then Jeremy was like, “I’m  leaving,” and Sarah was like “Gimme that vote,” and Kim was like, “I’m playing this idol for Denise,” and then Tyson went home.

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Alright, let’s take a look at the tribe as it currently stands.

The Koru Tribe (wearing black)

  • Ben, 36 – “Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers”
  • Denise, 48 – “Philippines”
  • Jeremy, 41 – “Second Chance”
  • Kim, 36 – “One World”
  • Michele, 29 – “Kaôh Rōng”
  • Nick, 28 – “David vs. Goliath”
  • Sarah, 34 – “Game Changers”
  • Sophie, 29 – “South Pacific”
  • Tony, 45 – “Cagayan”

We kick things off with poor Jeremy back at camp all by his lonesome waiting for the others to return. This is hilarious to me. The whole process of getting to and from camp takes forever. So, if they actually took him back separately, that was quite an undertaking.

When the others finally arrive, Jeremy is bummed that Tyson is gone because he was one of his meat shields. Then, everyone is shifty about telling Jeremy what actually happened. Although, in their defense, they’d need a freaking white board to draw out the thirty advantages that were played.

Actually, I’d love for them to explain what happened with that vote, because I’m still confused.

Later on, Ben confirms to us that Jeremy was their actual target, and he, Tony, Nick, Sophie, and Sarah will go after him again.

Tony’s Morning Adventure

While everyone’s sleeping, Tony sneaks out to have himself a little idol hunt. He’s unsuccessful at first, and to make matters worse, Nick wakes up and joins him. So, Tony sends Nick to the water well to search. However, Tony’s already combed that area and he knows that it’s clear. Once Nick is gone, Tony manages to uncover the rehidden idol.

Tony: 1, The Field: 0

The Sarah Lacina Fiji Line

There’s a lot of downtime around camp, so Sarah decides to make the most of it by launching her own fashion line. This is friggin’ adorable. All of the women put on a fashion show with her cobbled together attire. Everyone thinks this is fun.

Well, everyone except for Tony. He up and leaves the whole scene for some reason.

Later, there’s another fun moment where Nick tells everyone that the Internet called him “Evil Donathan Vampire.” Oh man…that’s gonna stick.

All of this is silly, but personally, I love it. There’s so much of a focus on strategy, that I like it when they show them having fun. Give me Sean Kenniff’s Superpole 2000 or Greg Buis’s coconut phone all day long.

Cutting Edge

Over in Extinctionville, Natalie uncovers a clue that she decides to share with Parvati. This leads them to believe that there is an advantage that’s hidden under the platform at their camp.

Natalie manages to retrieve it without too much trouble. It turns out to be an Extortion Advantage, which allows them to cost a player their place in the immunity challenge and their vote at that night’s Tribal Council if they don’t cough up six fire tokens.

Six?! That’s steep.

Parvati thinks they should give it to someone who will go crazy if they can’t participate. This leads us to…

Tony’s Afternoon Adventure

Our buddy is pretending to extend an olive branch to the minority alliance of Kim, Jeremy, Michele, and Denise. However he still seems pretty solid with his previous group.

Jeremy believes Tony’s pitch, but Kim isn’t buying it.

Tony’s excited when he first receives the Extortion Advantage from Natalie because he thinks he’ll be able to use it on someone else. However, that joy quickly fades when it turns out that he just received a bill for more than double the money he possesses.

Tony is able to pay half of this fine, but he’s gonna need some help paying the rest. Michele, who is broke, tells Tony that she spent her tokens on an advantage that will help her if she ever gets to the Edge of Extinction. That’s actually not bad lie. She won’t have to pretend to have an in-game advantage that doesn’t exist.

Eventually, Nick, Ben, and Jeremy hook Tony up with the required tokens.

Tony: 1, The Field: 6

Immunity Challenge Time: The players will stand on a balance beam, while holding a pole that is propping up an idol. The last person standing with their idol in place wins immunity and two fire tokens.

Result: Tony is able to outlast Jeremy to pick up the win.

Tony: 2, The Field: 6

Pre-Tribal Politicking

Early on, it looks like we’re going to get a split vote with Tony, Sophie, Nick, and Ben voting for Jeremy while Kim and Sarah vote for Michele. Denise is in on this plan too.

Kim and Denise appear to be throwing Jeremy off the scent by saying they’re going to target Ben.

But before we go to Tribal, we’re treated to…

Tony’s Evening Adventure

Since Tony has the safety of the immunity necklace, he decides it’s time to split up Sarah and Sophie. He waits until just before everybody leaves for Tribal and approaches Nick with his plan to partner with Jeremy and Michele to vote out Sophie.


So, the way it will work out is Nick, Tony, Jeremy, and Michele will vote for Sophie, Sarah and Kim will vote for Michele, and Ben, Sophie, and Denise will vote for Jeremy.

Amazingly, Nick immediately agrees. However, Jeremy is a much tougher sell.

Tribal Time

There’s an interesting debate about making big moves for your resume without drawing too much attention to yourself.

Also, everyone feels like it was very quiet around camp.

And fortunately, no whispering. I’m done with the whispering.

Voting Time: No votes are shown.

JPro tallies and returns. He asks if anyone wants to play an idol and…nobody does. We’ve got one vote for Jeremy, one vote for Michele, one vote for Jeremy, one vote for Michele, one vote for Jeremy, three votes for Sophie, and the thirteenth person voted out of “Survivor: Winners at War” is…Sophie.

Tony: 1,000,000, The Field: 6

Poor Sophie is blown away. She lets everyone know that she had an idol in her pocket.

Fire Token Bequeath’n: Sophie leaves one token to Sarah and one token to Kim.

Verdict: Boy…if you missed the classic Cagayan Tony, then this was the episode for you!

Also, it was nice to have a complicated vote that totally made sense due to the editing.

  • Tony – What…an…episode. And now that he has that idol in his pocket, he can diffuse any heat that will come his way next week.
  • Evil Donathan Vampire – He went from the bottom to being Tony’s right hand man. But who can he beat in the end?
  • Jeremy and Michele – Both of these players have been on the wrong side of blindsides this season. Nice to see them on top for once.
  • Sarah – Her social game seems great this season. But I feel like her reaction to Tony’s move is going to decide the rest of your game.
  • Kim and Denise – Oof…rough back-to-back weeks for these two.
  • Ben – I can’t give you a grade if you don’t show your work.

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