Witches Coven is the ninth episode of Survivor: Cambodia.
The tribe comes back to camp talking about the Hidden Immunity Idol Kelley played, saving her from going home. They tell Kelley Wentworth that she is bad-ass and she's excited to have sent Andrew out of the game. They start asking her about where she found it but she doesn't answer. Kelley says it's the best feeling ever. Kimmi talks to Joe about how they have to break up the "Witches Coven" and Stephen agrees that Ciera, Abi-Maria, and Kelley are like witches from "Macbeth". Stephen does not want to be like 'King Duncan', who was killed in the night.
At Orkun, Keith, Stephen and Jeremy talk about Tribal Council and how Kelley knew to play the idol. Jeremy is upset that Andrew, his 'shield', is gone. Jeremy is ready to look for another Hidden Immunity Idol and Stephen mentions it's coming back. Tasha, Keith, Joe, and the others are looking for the idol all around camp. Abi-Maria is off and running as well and asks Joe to go away she can use the bathroom. Abi-Maria goes and tells Kelley about how Joe was desperately looking for an idol by Tree Mail.
Kelley talks about the paranoia among the eight and says she wants to have a big move at the next Tribal Council. Rain has started as the tribe shows up for the Reward Challenge. They have to build a staircase of poles and then go up it and raise a flag. The winning five will get a Survivor Spa day including a hot shower, a massage, then sandwiches, salad, and dessert. They break into teams of five and Abi-Maria is not picked for either team so she has no shot at reward. She shivers on the bench.
The teams start with the staircase and it's trickier than it looks. The holes are different depths so the length of the poles doesn't give you all the info you need. Joe, Tasha, Spencer, Stephen, and Ciera are on the purple team and they get the ladder built and Joe skitters up followed by the others. The other team is Keith, Kimmi, Jeremy, Kelley, and Kelly Wiglesworth. Joe gets the key unknotted and purple moves ahead while green flounders. Spencer played this challenge before in Survivor: Cagayan and lost and is doing much better now.
The team of Joe, Spencer, Stephen, Ciera, and Tasha are working on a puzzle to reveal the combination to get their flag up as the other finally gets their ladder together. Jeremy works on the key through the obstacle course. The purple team gets their combination but aren't sure of the order. Spencer works the combo lock. The green team gets to the puzzle but it's too late. Spencer, Tasha, Joe, Ciera, and Stephen win the Survivor Spa. The other six are sent back to camp empty handed and embarrassed at their poor showing.
They show up to the spa and Joe says it's an amazing reward. They dig into the food and lemonade and are super happy to have this competitive edge. Ciera is happy to have some time to work on strategy. She asks the others if they want to talk strategy while Joe is in the shower. Stephen says the three girls are desperate and their votes can matter. Ciera brings up if they go to the end with Jeremy, they won't win sitting beside him. Fish says the old school alliance strategy won't hold.
Ciera says Kelly Wiglesworth has been smart and has a lot of people on her side. Stephen says this game is moving faster than it ever has in the past. Back at camp, the others are looking for seafood. Jeremy is upset that they were crushed in the challenge and he walks off to look for the Hidden Immunity Idol. He digs around Tree Mail and then he goes looking in trees near Tree Mail. Sure enough he finds something. It's the clue and tells him that after everyone goes to sleep, he needs to follow the map to find it. He's thrilled.
The spa winners come back and he's hoping everyone nods off so he can go find the idol but they're all hanging out by the fire and staying up late. Keith lies down and tells them not to stay up too late. Jeremy finally says the food messed up his stomach and he has to go to the bathroom and he's off in the night searching for the Immunity Idol and spots a torch. There's an idol hanging there and he unties it. He says no two idols look the same this season and he shows off his second one to the camera.
Joe talks to Kelly Wiglesworth and Stephen notices them bonding. Stephen sees them both as huge threats and wants to make a big move to take one of them out. He is ready to approach the three witches at the bottom. He goes to talk to them and says he knows they don't trust each other. Stephen says he will work with them.
Ciera tells him to tell him who to write down and they will. He says Kelly Wiglesworth is a big power player too. Abi-Maria says Kelly Wiglesworth social game is great except for them and they are ready to send her home. Ciera is happy that people are coming to them. They head to the Immunity Challenge.
They have to perch on triangle floating on the water with gradually higher and smaller foot props. Jeff says this was last done in Brains, Brawn and Beauty and Tasha and Spencer both lost. They draw for spots and take their places. Rain pours down on them as they take their first stance. Keith says he wishes he had a bigger foot to make it easier. After 8 minutes, they're all hanging in there. Jeff offers them an incentive to quit the challenge.
He pops up buoys and says the first to touch it gets an advantage. Spencer and Stephen jump and swim for it. Fish beats him and wins the advantage. Spencer is out on all counts but it was close. Jeff asks Spencer if that was a million dollar mistake. No one else jumps. Jeff asks Stephen when he knew he wanted it and he says instantly. Spencer says he decided a second too late. The others now have to make it to the top of the triangle and if they fall transitioning, they're out. Kelley, Kimmi, Jeremy, Ciera, and Tasha all fall.
Keith, Abi-Maria, Kelly Wiglesworth, and Joe are still in it. Joe is struggling to regain his balance. Abi-Maria says she feels great and can stay there all day. The others are cuddled up for warmth as the rain falls on them. Keith wobbles a bit as the rain and wind pick up. He falls in after he wobbles and it's down to three. Joe wobbles but recovers. It's 29 minute and they will have to transition to standing with one foot only. They make the move. Kelly Wiglesworth can't get her foot up and falls in.
It's down Joe and Abi-Maria. They are both wobbling. The rain is coming down in buckets, it's cold and they're both cramping. Abi-Maria falls and Joe wins his third individual immunity. Jeff hands Stephen his advantage to open alone and in private. Jeff sends them back to camp. Stephen says it's the next best thing to winning immunity. Back at camp, everyone congratulates Joe. They all huddle shivering in the shelter. Kimmi is happy that Joe won and wants to vote out one of the witches.
Kimmi talks to Tasha and Jeremy about splitting the vote to send one of the witches home. Kelly Wiglesworth says they're going to split the vote but target Kelley Wentworth. There's eight of them so they think they are set. Tasha wants Kelley Wentworth out because she's savvy. Fish goes to read his advantage which says he gets to steal a vote. You get to pick a person who can't vote and then you get to make a second vote. He doesn't plan to use it tonight and thinks he can win tonight with smarts.
Stephen talks to Kelley Wentworth and the other girls about a blindside against Kelly Wiglesworth. He says he needs to get one more vote and they'll have it. He goes to talk to Jeremy and Spencer about going after Kelly Wiglesworth. He says they need to shift the game and move them up. He says the three of them are at the bottom of the alliance right now and can shift things. Spencer says he'd be happy to see Kelly Wiglesworth gone but it's hard to trust the three girls at the bottom.
Spencer worries about destroying his game. He asks how confident is he that the girls will vote Kelly Wiglesworth and he says it's definite. Jeremy is hesitant to go with Stephen instead of the alliance but he trusts him. Stephen says this is a game of voting blocs not long-term alliances. Jeremy says if they take out Kelly Wiglesworth, the four that are blindsided will be mad but he wants to make a big move at the right time. It's raining again when they go to Tribal Council. Kass and Andrew take their jury seats.
Fish says it's cold and hard to think straight. Keith says he's got two hours sleep, no food and it's hard to think straight. Spencer says this is too real. Kelley says she hopes that her playing the idol opened people's eyes that they need to really think about how they're voting and make a move. Ciera says anything can happen and it's play or get played. Joe says if you think someone is coming for you, you have to get them first.
Jeremy says this game is about voting blocs and he's trying to figure it out. Spencer says he agrees but you have to build trust and it won't disappear. Kelly Wiglesworth says the votes tell it and she hopes everyone does what they said they would and says she's pretty confident. Fish says the game is evolving and alliances aren't as defined as they have been in the past. He says sometimes you have to be flexible. Tasha says you still need people you can trust to dominate the game.
Jeff asks who is worried it might be them. Abi-Maria, Tasha, Stephen, Spencer, Kelley Wentworth and Ciera raise their hands. Spencer says it's bold to admit it. Jeff calls for the vote. Tasha votes Ciera as part of the split vote plan. Keith votes Kelley Wentworth as part of the split. Kelley Wentworth votes for Kelly Wiglesworth. Jeff goes to count the votes and Andrew tells Kass this is the warmest the others will be tonight. Jeremy does not play either of his idols, and Jeff reads the votes: Ciera, Kelley Wentworth, Kelly Wiglesworth, Ciera, Kelley Wentworth, Kelly Wiglesworth, Ciera, Kelly Wiglesworth, Kelly Wiglesworth, Kelly Wiglesworth. Kelly, in a huge, stunning blindside became the 9th person voted out of Survivor: Cambodia and the 3rd member of the jury. Kimmi and Joe are shocked. Kelly is stunned. Jeff says to Kelly "the tribe has spoken" and extinguishes Kelly's torch.
Jeff says this confirms that there is an evolution in game play and says he can't wait to see where it goes. Kelly Wiglesworth says she didn't want to go out this early and knew the other girls would vote against her. She says this game is not her style and they can have at it. At the end of the episode, it is revealed Jeremy and Spencer both turned on Kelly Wiglesworth.
Teams have to place poles of varying lengths into their holders to form a staircase, and then run up it. Then, they would then make their way through a multistory wooden maze. Once every team member had made it through the maze, one member would have to retrieve a key and use it to unlock a box of puzzle pieces. Two other team members would then have to use the puzzle pieces to solve a puzzle, which displayed three numbers. They then have to use the three numbers to unlock a combination that would enable them to raise their flag. The first team to raise their flag wins.
Reward: A spa trip.
Winner: Purple Team (Ciera Eastin, Joe Anglim, Spencer Bledsoe, Stephen Fishbach, and Tasha Fox)
Challenge: Bermuda Triangles
The castaways would stand on slanted slats on a podium over the water. At regular intervals, they would move up to a higher set of slats, making it harder to balance. After 30 minutes, the castaways would move to the top of the podium. After another 20 minutes, any remaining castaways will have to balance on one foot, where the last person left standing wins immunity.
Additional Stipulation: At some point during the challenge, castaways will have the opportunity to have an advantage in the game, by forfeiting the challenge and jumping off their pedestals in order to race to their buoys. The first to reach their buoy gets the advantage, which is secret (later revealed as the ability to "steal a vote" at any Tribal Council up to the Final Five).
Winner: Joe Anglim (Stephen Fishbach won the advantage)
| Tribal Council 9:|
Kelly (6 votes)
Abi-Maria, Ciera, Jeremy, Kelley, Spencer, Stephen
Ciera (3 votes)
Kelly, Kimmi, Tasha
Kelley (2 votes)
| VOTED OUT:|
|“||(voting for Ciera) I'm voting for you because it's part of the plan. I just hope it works.||”|
|“||(voting for Kelley) Sorry, girl.||”|
|“||(voting for Kelly) I really hope this plan works. There's only room for one Kell(e)y on this island.||”|
|“||I didn't hope to go out this early. I know I was voted out because I'm a threat. I mean, I figured the three girls were gonna vote for me. It's the two other votes that I kind of suspect. I hope it wasn't Joe. It's a much different game this time than it was last time. It's not really my style, so...they can have at it. (chuckles)||”|
Still in the Running
Life at Ponderosa
Kelly gets her customary post-game weigh-in where she lost 15 lbs. While on her way to Ponderosa, she says just like in her first season Borneo, she came for the experience and not to win the money. When she arrives to Ponderosa, Kass and Andrew warmly welcome her. She takes a shower and than sits down to eat a bacon cheeseburger and fries. She reveals to Kass and Andrew that her birthday will be the next day. Kelly states she is glad that Kass and Andrew are speaking to each other.
The next day, on her birthday, Kelly relaxes on the beach and does some jogging and yoga.
- With Kelly's elimination, Kimmi is the final pre-Survivor: All-Stars returnee remaining and Stephen is the only former finalist remaining.
- Jeremy calling his two Hidden Immunity Idols as "Val's idols" is a possible reference about his wife Val Collins' scheme during "Method to This Madness" in Survivor: San Juan del Sur in a secret scene, where Val tried to save herself by telling some castaways that she had two idols (when in truth, she had none).
- Joe has now broken Marcus Lehman's record for the most number of consecutive days a castaway is immune from the beginning of the game, breaking the previous record of 24 days.
- This is the only time in Kelly Wiglesworth's Survivor career, she received votes against her.
- The episode title is said by Kimmi Kappenberg referring to the alliance of Abi-Maria Gomes, Ciera Eastin, and Kelley Wentworth.
|Survivor: Cambodia Episodes|
"Second Chance" · "Survivor MacGyver" · "We Got a Rat" · "What's the Beef?" · "A Snake in the Grass" · "Bunking with the Devil" · "Play to Win" · "You Call, We'll Haul" · "Witches Coven" · "Like Selling Your Soul to the Devil" · "My Wheels Are Spinning" · "Tiny Little Shanks to the Heart" · "Villains Have More Fun" · "Lie, Cheat and Steal" · "Reunion"