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Persona Non Grata is the fifth episode of Survivor: Caramoan.

Story

Night 10

Day 11

Day 12

Day 13

Tribal Council was held at the location of the Immunity Challenge due to Bikal forfeiting the challenge. Because of the tension between the tribe (mainly Phillip Sheppard) and Brandon Hantz, Jeff Probst told the castaways that they would hold an impromptu Tribal Council, with their votes being cast verbally.

Challenges

Challenge: Nut Bucket
Two tribe members would each hold on a rope that is holding up large nets above the ground. Members of the rival tribe, one at a time, attempt to toss coconuts into their nets. A winner is determined if the rival tribe has dropped both of their nets.
Reward: Different meats, vegetables, wine, and seasonings.
Winner: Bikal

Challenge: Crate Outdoors
Each tribe sends two members at a time out to a field scattered with crates. Once all six crates were returned, they would be used to build a staircase. The whole tribe then had to climb the staircase.
Winner: Gota (by forfeit)

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 5:
Bikal
Voted
Against
Voter
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Brandon (8 votes)
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Andrea, Brenda, Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, Erik, Malcolm, Phillip
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Phillip (1 vote)
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Brandon
VOTED OUT:
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Brandon Hantz

Voting Confessionals

Due to the nature of the vote, no voting confessionals were made.

Final Words

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Brandon

My exit was nice, it was glorious. I showed them that hey, this guy's not gonna just kneel over and die. If I'm going down in a battle, I'ma throw rocks. And my army, I'm gonna go out Braveheart style. I don't regret none of it because I proved my point. I was the author of my elimination. (spits)


Still in the Running

 Francesca
20th
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 Allie
19th
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 Hope
18th
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 Shamar
17th
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 Laura
16th
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 Brandon
15th
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 Andrea
Bikal
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 Brenda
Bikal
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 Cochran
Bikal
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 Corinne
Bikal
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 Dawn
Bikal
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 Eddie
Gota
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 Erik
Bikal
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 Julia
Gota
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 Malcolm
Bikal
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 Matt
Gota
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 Michael
Gota
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 Phillip
Bikal
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 Reynold
Gota
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 Sherri
Gota
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Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • In an interview with Dalton Ross for Entertainment Weekly, Jeff Probst explains that there was security on standby to ensure the safety of the contestants. The in-game psychologist was also there to debrief Brandon. In the same interview, Jeff states that every contestant undergoes psychological tests before they compete.[2]

Other

  • This episode was voted the 25th best Survivor episode of all time in the "Top 25 Greatest Episodes of all time" poll by Survivor Oz in 2015.
  • This episode marks several records in the Survivor history:
    • This was the first time a tribe forfeited a challenge before it could be played.
    • This was the second impromptu Tribal Council ever held in the series, following "The Ultimate Shock", where Ian Rosenberger was voted out verbally by Tom Westman immediately after the Final Immunity Challenge due to the challenge ending late at night, and it being too late to attend Tribal Council.
      • However, it is the first such Tribal Council where more than one vote was verbally cast.
    • This was the first Tribal Council where the rival tribe witnessed the other tribe cast their votes.
    • This was also the first Tribal Council held in daylight.
  • Brandon was the first man voted out of this season, though not the first man eliminated as Shamar Thomas had earlier been evacuated.

References

Survivor: Caramoan Episodes
"She Annoys Me Greatly" · "Honey Badger" · "There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay" · "Kill or Be Killed" · "Persona Non Grata" · "Operation Thunder Dome" · "Tubby Lunchbox" · "Blindside Time" · "Cut Off the Head of the Snake" · "Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest" · "Come Over to the Dark Side" · "The Beginning of the End" · "Don't Say Anything About My Mom" · "Last Push" · "Reunion"
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