"Tiny Little Shanks to the Heart"
Cambodia Castaways and Loved Ones Head to Camp
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Cambodia
Episode Number: 12/15 (
Original Release: December 2, 2015
Viewership (in millions): 9.42[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.1/7
Episode Chronology
Previous: "My Wheels Are Spinning"
Next: "Villains Have More Fun"

Tiny Little Shanks to the Heart is the twelfth episode of Survivor: Cambodia.


Night 29Edit

Jeremy and Spencer talking about strategy after Stephen's blindside. Spencer is pleased he blindsided Stephen and now knows he needs to keep Jeremy aligned with him. Jeremy didn't want Stephen gone and doesn't like this situation.

Kimmi suggests to Kelley Wentworth they get rid of Joe if he doesn't win immunity which would set up an all-girls alliance. Kelley Wentworth loves this. Kimmi then tells the plan to Tasha who agrees to go after Joe. Kimmi wants to make a move to win.

Day 30Edit

At the Reward Challenge, Jeff says it's family visit time and Jeremy's wife and Survivor: San Juan del Sur contestant Val Collins is there. He runs to hug her. She's pregnant and tells him it's a boy. Tasha's cousin Christina is there. They are thrilled and giggly to see each other.

Spencer's girlfriend Marcella is there and he tells her he loves her. He's so happy. Abi-Maria's mom Vera is there and they embrace warmly. Keith's wife Dana is there and he bear hugs her and picks her up. He says this will get him through.

Kelley's dad and fellow Survivor: San Juan del Sur contestant Dale Wentworth is there and runs to hug her. Dale says it hurts because he knows what this game does to you. Joe's dad Pat is there. They hug tight.

Kimmi's dad is there and she runs screaming to him. Jeff says it's time for the challenge. They have to dig up bags in the stand, spin around a post to get another bag then cross a balance beam for one more. Then they solve a word puzzle.

The answer is "nourishment" and the prize is BBQ at camp with their loved one. They are off and running digging in the sand. Kimmi and Joe take an early lead. Keith moves into the lead then Kimmi overtakes him again.

Kimmi is at the post spinning around. Keith starts spinning. Joe and Tasha catch up. Keith and Kimmi get their bags. Keith heads to the balance beam but falls off. He tries again. Keith is off and working on untying his bags in the lead.

Abi-Maria falls and has to go back. Spencer is lagging too. Jeremy is working on his puzzle and so is Joe. Kimmi is in last place and the others are all working on their puzzle.

Kelley Wentworth gets it and she runs to hug her dad. They get to pick three people to join them. Kelley chooses Keith and his wife, Abi-Maria and her mother, and Kimmi and her father. Then Jeff tells her to choose one more and she goes with Joe and his dad as well. Spencer, Jeremy, and Tasha's loved ones have to leave.

The survivors head back to camp with the loved ones that got to stay. The BBQ starts with beer, meat and more. Keith says he would have been happy with a 5th cousin but is thrilled that it's his wife. Joe shows his dad some art he made.

Joe's dad tells him he's a great friend to him and he never had a friend like Joe his whole life. He tells him he's a really good son and his hero. Joe talks about how his dad wasn't affectionate growing up. Joe says this is so special.

Spencer, Jeremy, and Tasha talk strategy and how it felt that they weren't chosen for the reward. Spencer tells Tasha that the thing with Fish wasn't about her. He proposes a final three deal and they all agree.

Tasha now knows she has two good options – this deal or the all-girl. Then they talk about taking Joe out next. Tasha says he has a physical and social game so he's a huge threat. Spencer says there may not be a lot of chances to get Joe out.

Day 31-32Edit

At the Immunity Challenge, the castaways have to balance a statue on a pole and the pole will get gradually higher. Jeff reveals there are two necklaces today, one for a man, one for a woman.

They take positions and it starts. They have to add more to their pole and they are all still in it. They are all 10 feet on the poles. Kimmi is out. Abi-Maria's falls and she's out. Kelley and Tasha are the only women left. Tasha is out and Kelley gets immunity.

Spencer is out next and Jeremy too. Keith and Joe are left in it. The guys have to put their last section of pole in now. The wind picks up. Joe's pole is bending but he recovers. Keith's starts moving then recovers.

It's now one hour and 20 minutes into the challenge. Joe's falls and he's down. Everyone runs over and Jeff calls for medical. It looks like Joe collapsed. Everyone is shocked. The medics try to revive him. His hands are twitching.

The others wonder what's wrong. They put a BP cuff on him and Joe starts to come around. Jeff asks what it is and the medic says his blood sugar is too low. Joe says his legs went numb. The medic says he used up all his energy stores.

Joe's hands are shaking and he says he just wanted it so bad and says he loves the game. Jeff says he is playing hard. The medic says you collapse because your body wants more blood to your brain. Jeff says he's not in danger and can play on.

They work to stand him up. Joe knows he's vulnerable to get voted out and says there's no safety in Survivor. Keith wins a necklace and so does Kelley Wentworth. Jeff says Survivor is all about pushing yourself farther than you would back home.

Back at camp, the tribe talks and they tell Joe to rest. He says he remembers seeing stars then he was going down. Abi-Maria says it was like a crazy soccer match and to see Joe the Amazing lose to a 52-year-old man was amazing.

Abi-Maria says it's time for Joe to go home. Kelley Wentworth tells Abi-Maria they can get rid of Joe tonight. Kelley say Joe pushing himself shows that he has to go. Joe goes to talk to Jeremy. He says Abi-Maria is the most dangerous to take to the end.

He says everyone wants to sit next to her because she's easy money to compete with. Joe says players should go to the end not someone like her. He hopes he made a dent with Jeremy. Jeremy then talks to Spencer and Tasha.

He proposes going after Abi-Maria. Tasha tells the guys that the women want to go all-girls alliance but says she will stick with them. That gives Jeremy food for thought. Tasha asks if they're nervous and they tell her no.

Tasha says she told them so they didn't hear about it from someone else but now she worries that was a mistake. Spencer and Jeremy talk about the all-girl thing but Spencer is also worried about Joe. They talk about Keith and Joe.

But they also need a fifth. Tasha doesn't want to vote for Abi-Maria and keep Joe. Later, they head to Tribal Council. The jury of comes in of Kass, Andrew, Kelly Wiglesworth, Ciera, and Stephen. Jeff asks Joe how he feels and he says not great.

Kimmi says it was an epic battle between Keith and Joe and it was scary for Joe to go down. Kelley Wentworth says it crosses your mind it's the time to take him out since he stood there until he passed out and can beat them to the end.

Jeremy says the next few votes are crucial. Jeremy says now it moves more to alliances and away from voting blocs. Jeremy says people know who is on the block. Joe and Abi-Maria both say they're on the chopping block.

Joe says Abi-Maria is in a spot to make it past vote after vote. Spencer says if you can't get to the final three, taking Abi-Maria wouldn't matter if she blocks your spot. Abi-Maria says they need to get rid of the bad apple. Joe says he hopes the plan moves forward. He says the big threats down the line will fall. He says if you don't have four people after this vote, you will be gone. Jeff calls for the vote. Kelley Wentworth, and Abi-Maria vote for Joe. Joe votes for Abi-Maria. Spencer whispers this is either a winning or losing vote.

Jeff goes to count the votes and calls for an Immunity Idol. Jeremy and Kelley don't play them. The votes are: Joe, Abi-Maria, Tasha, Joe, Joe, and the final vote is for Joe. Joe is out and headed to the jury. Stephen gives Jeremy a thumbs up. Jeff says "the tribe has spoken" and extinguishes Joe's torch, and Joe becomes the 12th person voted out of Survivor: Cambodia and the 6th member of the jury. Joe wishes everyone luck as he leaves. Jeff wonders if an alliance did this or if Joe was just a big threat.

Joe says he has no regrets. It is later revealed Keith cast the sole vote against Tasha, while Tasha, Spencer, and Jeremy caved and voted against Joe. Joe also thanks the fans.


Challenge: Jungle Love
They will each race to dig up bags in the sand. They will then spin around a post to retrieve another bag. This will make them dizzy. They will then have to make their way across a balance beam where they will collect their last bag. They will then use the pieces inside the bags to solve a word puzzle. The first person to get it right wins.
Reward: Survivor barbecue with their loved ones.
Winner: Kelley Wentworth (shared with Abi-Maria Gomes, Joe Anglim, Keith Nale, and Kimmi Kappenberg)

Challenge: Over-Extended
They will each balance a wooden statue on a pole. At regular intervals, they'll add another section of pole making it more difficult. If their statue drops, then they're out of the challenge. The last man and last woman left standing both win immunity.
Winners:Keith Nale and Kelley Wentworth

Tribal CouncilEdit

Tribal Council 12:
S31 joe t
Joe (6 votes)
S31 abimaria tS31 jeremy tS31 kelley t
S31 kimmi tS31 spencer tS31 tasha t
Abi-Maria, Jeremy, Kelley, Kimmi, Spencer, Tasha
S31 abimaria t
Abi-Maria (1 vote)
S31 joe t
S31 tasha t
Tasha (1 vote)
S31 keith t
S31 joe bw
Joe Anglim

Voting ConfessionalsEdit

Joe was shown writing Abi-Maria's name down on the parchment. Spencer's vote was not revealed during his confessional.

(voting for Joe) You're moldy. You gotta go. And please, get a haircut. You look like a clown.


(voting for Joe) I have the terrifying feeling that this is either a winning or a losing vote.


Final WordsEdit

I have no regrets. I don't leave anything back behind me and say, "I could have done this better, that better." I tried to play the best game that I knew how and I had so much fun. And I was able to reach so many goals, and just getting my dad out here… that alone, for me, was a million-dollar experience, and I have the fans to thank for it.

Joe Anglim

Still in the RunningEdit

S31 vytas bw
S31 shirin bw
S31 peihgee bw
S31 jeff bw
S31 monica bw
S31 terry bw
S31 woo bw
S31 kass bw
S31 andrew bw
S31 kelly bw
S31 ciera bw
S31 stephen bw
S31 joe bw
S31 abimaria t
S31 jeremy t
S31 keith t
S31 kelley t
S31 kimmi t
S31 spencer t
S31 tasha t


Life at PonderosaEdit

Joe Anglim was emotional and stated he was disappointed he lost Immunity, but was happy to have made the family visit. He gets his customary post-game weigh-in where he lost 22 lbs. When he arrives at Ponderosa, everybody gives him a warm welcome and tell him that they're glad to have Joe at Ponderosa over Abi. Joe reveals his dad grew up with a rough life and felt he didn't have any friends until he told Joe he considered his son to be his best friend when Joe asked him to come out as his loved one.

The next day, he relaxes at the beach with the others and plays Frisbee. Later that day, he does some drawing and painting and reveals he has been doing it since he was really young.[2]

Behind the ScenesEdit

  • According to Joe, he tried to make the Immunity Challenge harder so it could be over sooner by asking Jeff Probst if they could "go down to one hand or add more lengths of pole". Jeff accepted the offer as Keith agreed to, but he had collapsed before Jeff could give them more lengths of pole.[3]


  • This episode marks the first time that previous Survivor castaways return as loved ones for a castaway on the current season.
  • The reason why there was separate immunity for men and women was because of the weight of the poles.[4]
  • Joe becomes the first castaway to be voted out this season after improving on his previous finish.
  • The three castaways that were not chosen to go on the reward ended up being this season's final three (Jeremy Collins, Tasha Fox, and Spencer Bledsoe).