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"Operation Thunder Dome"
A crate idea gotaThe new Gota tribe demolishes the new Bikal at the Immunity Challenge.
Episode Information
Season: Caramoan
Episode Number: 6/14 (363)
Original Release: March 20, 2013
Episode Chronology
Previous: Persona Non Grata
Next: Tubby Lunchbox
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Operation Thunder Dome is the sixth episode of Survivor: Caramoan.

Story

Day 14

On Day 14, when the tribes arrived at what looked like a challenge, they were instead surprised by a tribal swap. With a smashing of paint filled eggs, the new Gota became Andrea, Brenda, Eddie, Erik, Malcolm, Reynold, and Sherri. The new Bikal was Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, Julia, Matt, Michael, and Phillip. Both tribes had a favorites majority. The new tribes did not partake in a challenge, but instead returned to their campsites.

New Bikal Tribe
S26 cochran t
Cochran
S26 corinne t
Corinne
S26 dawn t
Dawn
S26 julia t
Julia
S26 matt t
Matt
S26 michael t
Michael
S26 phillip t
Phillip
New Gota Tribe
S26 andrea t
Andrea
S26 brenda t
Brenda
S26 eddie t
Eddie
S26 erik t
Erik
S26 malcolm t
Malcolm
S26 reynold t
Reynold
S26 sherri t
Sherri

At the new Gota, Eddie and Reynold told Erik and Malcolm that Sherri had been gunning for them from Day 1 and they would be happy to join the Favorites in voting her out. Meanwhile, Sherri told her side of the story to Andrea and Brenda. Andrea and Malcolm later shared notes about the factions within the former Gota. Over at the new Bikal, Phillip approached Julia about flipping to the Favorites after the tribal merge. Corinne and Dawn were not happy that Phillip was talking possible alliances with Julia because they were already in an alliance with him.

Day 15

Day 16

The Immunity Challenge was thoroughly dominated by Gota. With Brandon gone, Phillip and Corinne wanted to turn their attention to voting the other out, but they were stuck with each other, as they had to keep the Favorites alliance in the majority. Phillip told Matt and Michael that he was voting for Julia and that they could join the Stealth R Us alliance if they followed one of his orders some time in the future. Matt and Michael told Julia that they would join her in voting for Dawn, but were really going to vote for Julia. The Favorites discussed voting out Julia or Matt, who was suggested to be a target by Cochran to break up his alliance with Michael. When the voting came at Tribal Council, the Favorites decided to vote out Matt, and he was sent home by a vote of 4-2-1.

Challenges

Immunity

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 that spelled "Fans vs. Favorites". The whole tribe then had to climb the staircase. The first tribe to climb the staircase after it is finished wins immunity.
Winner: Gota

Immunity Challenge: Crate Outdoors
Result Tribe Competitors
Won Gota S26 andrea tS26 brenda tS26 eddie tS26 erik tS26 malcolm tS26 reynold tS26 sherri t
Andrea, Brenda, Eddie, Erik, Malcolm, Reynold, & Sherri
Lost Bikal S26 cochran tS26 corinne tS26 dawn tS26 julia tS26 matt tS26 michael tS26 phillip t
Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, Julia, Matt, Michael, & Phillip

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 6:
Bikal
Voted
Against
Voter
S26 matt t
Matt (4 votes)
S26 cochran tS26 corinne tS26 dawn tS26 phillip t
Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, & Phillip
S26 julia t
Julia (2 votes)
S26 matt tS26 michael t
Matt & Michael
S26 dawn t
Dawn (1 vote)
S26 julia t
Julia
VOTED OFF:
S26 matt bw
Matt Bischoff

Voting Confessionals

Julia was shown writing Dawn's name down on the parchment.

(voting for Julia) My vote is for you, Julia. I hope it's you and not me tonight.

Matt


(voting for Julia) Darling, you know I think you're great. I'm just trying to live to see one more day.

Michael



Final Words

You know, I came into this game knowing that my social game would be my strong point. I got along with everybody. No one thought, "Oh, this guy's crazy or too gnarly 'cause you got a beard and tattoos." Everyone accepted me for who I was. I played to win. I put all the cards out on the table, and I got voted out, but I really don't regret anything.

Matt Bischoff



Still in the Running

Bikal
S26 andrea t
Andrea
S26 brandon bw
Brandon
S26 brenda t
Brenda
S26 cochran t
Cochran
S26 corinne t
Corinne
S26 dawn t
Dawn
S26 erik t
Erik
S26 francesca bw
Francesca
S26 malcolm t
Malcolm
S26 phillip t
Phillip
Gota
S26 allie bw
Allie
S26 eddie t
Eddie
S26 hope bw
Hope
S26 julia t
Julia
S26 laura bw
Laura
S26 matt bw
Matt
S26 michael t
Michael
S26 reynold t
Reynold
S26 shamar bw
Shamar
S26 sherri t
Sherri

Trivia

Behind the Scenes

  • This Immunity Challenge was used first in Survivor: Tocantins and later in Survivor: Heroes vs. Villains.
    • This challenge seems to be identical to the challenge that was supposed to be started in the previous episode “Persona Non Grata”, but the former favorites tribe decided to forfeit the challenge in order to vote off Brandon Hantz. However, in episode 5, there was no instructions aired to the challenge to confirm this.
  • This is the first episode ever to show the castaways returning in the midday instead of at night after Tribal Council. This was due to the previous vote-off being held during the daytime. 

Other

  • After the Tribe Switch, each tribe had one female Fan, two male Fans, two female Favorites, and two male Favorites. This made each tribe have 4 Favorites and 3 Fans, and also 4 male and 3 female members.
  • This marks the first time a male contestant was eliminated at the regular setting for exiting the game this season, as Shamar was medically evacuated and Brandon was voted off at an Impromptu Tribal Council at the challenge site.

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