Blindside Time is the eighth episode of Survivor: Caramoan.


Day 20

On Day 20, a boat arrived at the Gota beach announcing the merge, where it took the Gota tribe to the Bikal beach, where the newly Merged tribe took part in the traditional Merger feast. Malcolm Freberg named the tribe Enil Edam; unbeknownst to the tribe, this was to honor his mother, Madeline, for Enil Edam was her name backward. Phillip Sheppard told Andrea Boehlke that they, along with John Cochran and Dawn Meehan, could take themselves all the way to the Final Four. Corinne Kaplan plotted with Malcolm about blindsiding Phillip, and they planned to gather a majority voting bloc comprising Corinne and Michael Snow, plus Reynold Toepfer and Eddie Fox of the Cool Kids Alliance, with Malcolm and Erik Reichenbach. Their master plan was to vote along with the Favorites in eliminating Sherri Biethman before turning on Phillip at the following Tribal Council.

Day 21

Day 22

At the Immunity Challenge, Andrea, Malcolm, Eddie, Cochran, Phillip, and Michael advanced to the second round. Malcolm, Eddie, and Cochran then downed the shipworms to advance to the third round. Eddie struggled with the balut, giving Malcolm the opportunity to face off against Cochran in the final round. The final round was a close and fast competition, with Cochran barely defeating Malcolm and taking the win, upon which he celebrated giddily. Back at camp, Phillip told Corinne that he wanted to split the vote between Reynold and Eddie, but since she needed both of their votes and wanted to keep them from being nervous, she lobbied to vote out Sherri, aiming to keep the eventual plot to blindside Phillip under the surface. Trying to gather support to blindside Phillip, Corinne talked to Dawn about joining the blindside. Worried about what happened last time she kept serious post-merge information to herself, Dawn decided to relay the information to Cochran, and it traveled through the Stealth R Us' members until it reached Phillip. The core Stealth R Us alliance was concerned that Corinne did have the numbers to blindside Phillip, and went to work to blindside Corinne instead. Phillip told Sherri that she could advance in the game by voting for Corinne. Erik became the swing vote, with Andrea telling him to vote for Corinne, while Malcolm told him to vote for Sherri. At Tribal Council, Erik decided to vote for Corinne, and she was blindsided by a vote of 7–5.


Immunity Challenge: Caramoan Catering
Castaways would have to eat exotic dishes as quickly as they can. They must eat all of it show their empty tongues to finish, after which a certain number of fastest finishers would advance to the next round. The castaway that finishes all stages wins immunity.
Winner: John Cochran

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 8:
Enil Edam
S26 corinne t
Corinne (7 votes)
S26 andrea tS26 brenda tS26 cochran t
S26 dawn tS26 erik tS26 phillip tS26 sherri t
Andrea, Brenda, Cochran, Dawn, Erik, Phillip, Sherri
S26 sherri t
Sherri (5 votes)
S26 corinne tS26 eddie t
S26 malcolm tS26 michael tS26 reynold t
Corinne, Eddie, Malcolm, Michael, Reynold
S26 corinne bw
Corinne Kaplan

Voting Confessionals

S26 phillip t

(voting against Corinne) Corinne, you are one of the most selfish people I have ever met in my life.

S26 corinne t

(voting against Sherri) You played a good game, but unfortunately for you, I wasn't looking for applications for new friends.

S26 andrea t

(voting against Corinne) You're dangerous. I just hope that everyone does what they said they were gonna do. I'm really nervous.

S26 michael t

(voting against Sherri) Hey, lady, I'm sorry to write your name down. I'm just trying to stay alive another day, and I hope you are not too upset.

Final Words

S26 corinne bw

In Gabon, the people I played with were actually very close to my heart. Here, I didn't really like anybody other than Michael and Malcolm. I knew there were problems, which is why I was looking to move out to a different alliance. Unfortunately, I'm out of the game. You just gotta look at it as I got to spend 22 days in an awesome paradise, and I made some new memories.

Still in the Running

S26 francesca bw
S26 allie bw
S26 hope bw
S26 shamar bw
S26 laura bw
S26 brandon bw
S26 matt bw
S26 julia bw
S26 corinne bw
Enil Edam
S26 andrea t
Enil Edam
S26 brenda t
Enil Edam
S26 cochran t
Enil Edam
S26 dawn t
Enil Edam
S26 eddie t
Enil Edam
S26 erik t
Enil Edam
S26 malcolm t
Enil Edam
S26 michael t
Enil Edam
S26 phillip t
Enil Edam
S26 reynold t
Enil Edam
S26 sherri t


Behind the Scenes


  • This episode marks the first time that Cochran has won an individual challenge in any of his two seasons.
  • This episode marks the first time a contestant that is voted out first from a merged tribe of twelve does not make the jury.
    • Furthermore, this episode marks the first time since "The Dragon Slayer" where the first person eliminated from a merged tribe isn't a member of the jury, as Joe Dowdle was evacuated with an infected knee.
  • This was the first Tribal Council post-tribal swap where the person voted out hadn't switched tribes.


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