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"Blindside Time"
S26 E8 PI Gota arrives at Bikal beach for the merge.
Episode Information
Season: Caramoan
Episode Number: 8/14 (365)
Original Release: April 3, 2013
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Tubby Lunchbox"
Next: "Cut Off the Head of the Snake"

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 backwards. 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 & 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 2.0's 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.



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

Immunity Challenge: Caramoan Catering
1st 2nd 3rd 4th 7th
S26 cochran t
S26 malcolm t
S26 eddie t
S26 andrea tS26 michael tS26 phillip t
Andrea, Michael, & Phillip
S26 brenda tS26 corinne tS26 dawn tS26 erik tS26 reynold tS26 sherri t
Brenda, Corinne, Dawn, Erik, Reynold, & Sherri
Round Breakdown
Round Winners Eliminated Food
Round 1 S26 andrea tS26 eddie tS26 malcolm t S26 corinne tS26 erik tS26 sherri t 2 Beetle Larvae
Round 2 S26 cochran tS26 michael tS26 phillip t S26 brenda tS26 dawn tS26 reynold t
Round 3 S26 cochran tS26 eddie tS26 malcolm t S26 andrea tS26 michael tS26 phillip t Shipworms
Round 4 S26 cochran tS26 malcolm t S26 eddie t 1 Balut
Round 5 S26 cochran t S26 malcolm t Pig Brains

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

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


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


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


(voting for 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

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.

Corinne Kaplan

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 is the first season where the tribe that has the majority of castaways left had to move to the minorities' beach.
  • This episode marks the first time that John Cochran has won an individual challenge in any of his two seasons.
  • This episode marks the first time since "An Emerging Plan" where the first person voted out of a Merged tribe isn't a member of the jury.
    • However, it marks the first time since "The Strongest Man Alive" 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 episode marked Corinne Kaplan as the first contestant to be voted out from a merged tribe of twelve that did not make the jury.
  • This was the first Tribal Council post-tribal swap where the person voted out hadn't switched tribes.
    • This was also the first post-swap episode where a favorite was voted out in favor of a fan
  • As of this episode, every member of the original Gota has received at least one vote at Tribal Council (although Laura Alexander's vote for Reynold Toepfer was not counted due to his Hidden Immunity Idol).
  • With Corinne's elimination, Dawn Meehan is the only woman left from the post-switch Bikal.

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