"What's the Beef?"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Cambodia
Episode Number: 4/15 (460)
Original Release: October 14, 2015
Viewership (in millions): 9.07[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 2.2/8
Episode Chronology
Previous: "We Got a Rat"
Next: "A Snake in the Grass"

What's the Beef? is the fourth episode of Survivor: Cambodia.


Day 9

Jeff Varner is thrilled that he didn't get one vote at Tribal Council even though he thought he was going home after the challenge. He tells the tribe he's loyal to them and knows he's got to get on Angkor's good side to stick around. Tasha Fox tells Woo Hwang that Jeff Varner, not Peih-Gee Law, should have been sent home. She says Jeff Varner is the source of all the contention around camp and tells Woo he's not going to be sent home. Abi-Maria Gomes tells Tasha she has a problem with her talking in private to Woo after he just voted against her.

Jeff Varner says that he can't trust Abi-Maria and she's very unpredictable and paranoid. Woo says he's sorry to Abi-Maria that he wrote her name down and she tells him she's taking this personally since he's voted for her twice. Abi-Maria wants him to go home next.

Day 10

At Bayon, Jeremy Collins finally gets to look at his Hidden Immunity Idol he picked up at the last Immunity Challenge. Jeremy and Stephen Fishbach talk about where to find the idol. Jeremy doesn't want to tell him he already has it so he plays along and acts like he's still looking for it.

Over at Angkor, everyone talks about the camp being a hell hole because they have no shelter or anything. Jeff Varner goes to try and fish. He says it's a Survivor ghetto that he found one snail. Then they get Tree Mail about a Reward Challenge and hope they can win some food but Woo says they are all so hungry they may not be able to compete well. Jeff Probst greets the three tribes and announces the Reward Challenge. The castaways have to race into the water, get a sandbag and race back.

They will launch these into the net, they have to get three into the net. First tribe to finish gets a BBQ set including meat and veggies. Second tribe to finish gets a smaller set. Last tribe to finish gets nothing. Jeff says each tribe has to pick one person to do the challenge. Angkor puts up Andrew Savage. Jeremy does it for Bayon. Ta Keo puts up Terry Deitz. The challenge starts and they all make it back with their first one and Terry lands one bag in the net. Andrew overshoots it as does Jeremy. Jeremy scores one bag.

Andrew lands one bag and he heads back out. Everyone is after the second bag. Andrew is lagging way behind. Terry misses by a lot and has to reset. Jeremy is back and misses too. Andrew gets back as the other two miss again. Andrew lands his second bag and heads back for the third followed by Terry then Jeremy lands a second bag too. Andrew heads back with the third bag. Terry starts to panic. Terry misses the bag. Andrew lands it and his hungry tribe is thrilled. They hug him and Andrew's exhausted.

Jeremy is back and now it's a struggle for second. Jeremy misses a bag. Terry tries and lands the final bag for Ta Keo. That leaves Bayon with no food from the Reward Challenge. Jeff asks what this means and Tasha cries and says they haven't eaten in days and Andrew did this for them with pure love. They had back with their BBQ set. Ta Keo gets their smaller consolation prize and Bayon is sent back empty-handed. Andrew says he feels very vindicated having won that for his tribe.

Back at Angkor, the tribe all salutes Andrew as they set up their dinner. Woo cooks the meat and Andrew says he's so happy he could deliver for them. They eat and Abi-Maria says they are winning immunity after this. Andrew says after this, they can win and avoid going back to Tribal Council.

Day 11

At Ta Keo, the tribe is lazing about and Kass McQuillen says you have to do something different when you come back. She says she didn't play a good social game back then and focused too much on strategy.

Kass says she read ''How to Win Friends and Influence People'' and says she doesn't want to be the Kass from Cagayan. Kelley Wentworth sees Kass cutting beads off her bag and wonders what she's up to – then later she sees her on the beach and Kass waves her away. She thinks she's being sneaky and making a fake idol. But what Kass was doing was making her a birthday present. Kass says she's really trying to embrace her second chance and says if she can make an idol, she can make a gift.

Over at Ta Keo, Spencer knows he and Kelly Wiglesworth are in trouble. Stephen asks if he would vote her out and he says yes and tells Jeremy and Stephen that she has a tight bond with Woo and several others. Monica Padilla thinks he may be lying and she thinks he's sneaky. She wants to stick together with the women to consider a girl's alliance. He says he has trouble trusting Kelly Wiglesworth. Monica wants Spencer to go home first but she plays along with what he's saying.

At the Immunity Challenge Jeff welcomes them and takes back the two idols. One tribe member calls while the others are blindfolded and they have to collect large, heavy puzzle pieces. Once they have them all, they take off the blindfolds and put the puzzle together. Bayon sits out Monica. Ta Keo sits out Ciera Eastin. They start. Ta Keo pulls ahead with three pieces. Angkor also has three then Bayon too. Angkor pulls into the lead. Bayon gets their fourth. They have 16 pieces to find.

Joe Anglim grabs one on his own and staggers back without Kass' help. Ta Keo is falling behind but Joe keeps on grabbing things. Andrew is worn out. People are getting hit, poked, tripping and injured all around. Joe gets Ta Keo into the lead. They are all on their last piece. Joe and Terry bring back their last piece. Angkor is back too. They both start the puzzle. Bayon also has theirs. They start building the giant puzzles. The pieces are large and heavy and it's exhausting them as the sun glares down on them.

Jeff Varner drops a piece on his feet and curses. Angkor has fallen behind. Bayon is getting close and they put the last piece in and win it. Now it's a second place race. Ta Keo slides their last piece in and that sends Angkor back to Tribal Council for the second time in a row. Bayon and Ta Keo get their Immunity Idols and are sent back to camp. Jeff asks Andrew if they gave out and he says they were all just exhausted. He says it's scary and he's ready to fall over and just can't think.

Jeff says he'll see Angkor tonight at Tribal Council. Back at Angkor camp, they stagger in tired and wounded. They all agree they did their best. Andrew says the good feeling from the full belly of food is gone. Andrew says it's the most physical challenge he's ever been in. Jeff Varner says his pinky toe is killing him. Tasha is worried about Abi-Maria being unpredictable in their alliance. Andrew and Tasha don't want Jeff Varner talking to Abi-Maria. Jeff Varner and Woo talk about who will go home. Jeff Varner says he thinks it's him.

Jeff Varner says Abi-Maria has turned on him but he has saved Abi-Maria twice and has never voted for her so he hopes he can get her to keep him. Woo talks to Abi-Maria and she says she's glad to be wanted and the others make her feel comfortable. Woo says they need her and says they can take out Jeff Varner. She says he hasn't voted against her but Woo has. She says she understands the numbers but won't listen to him. Woo says she has a thing against him. Abi-Maria talks to Tasha who tells her Jeff Varner should have been gone already.

Tasha is annoyed that Abi-Maria is fixated on Woo when he can help them win challenges and Jeff Varner can't. Tasha tells her that Jeff Varner is a big liability but Abi-Maria says Jeff Varner has proven his loyalty to her. Abi-Maria tells her she's thinking. Abi-Maria says Woo isn't loyal to her. Tasha says Jeff Varner is very manipulative. Jeff Varner tells Abi-Maria he loves her and misses her and says he misses his 'AbiTime'. Tasha talks to Andrew about Abi-Maria wanting to get rid of Woo. Abi-Maria says she has to decide winning challenges, keeping Woo, or over trust and loyalty, keeping Jeff Varner.

The Angkor tribe shows up at Tribal Council with their torches. Jeff asks Jeff Varner about the cane. He says a big puzzle piece slammed down on his foot, so he's walking with a cane. He says it drains him but he wants to play for the fans who voted him there. Woo says Jeff Varner know they are on the bottom and says he can outlast Jeff Varner. Abi-Maria agrees it's those two. She says she hasn't made her mind yet because Jeff Varner has been loyal. Andrew says Jeff Varner hasn't helped with challenges and Woo is a threat at the merge.

Woo says he's an asset now and Jeff Varner is not. Then Jeff Varner says he's not a physical challenge to them. Woo says he will stay loyal with the alliance. Jeff Varner says he voted for Abi-Maria twice. Jeff Varner says he's been loyal and says Tasha has been closed off because she thinks he's crafty but says he trusts her and is loyal. He tells Andrew they are both old school and has been loyal to Abi-Maria and adores her. He says he hopes she repays that to him. Jeff Varner says it was a good pitch and she agrees.

Tasha says in order to win, they need strong people and that's Woo. She says it's loyalty (Jeff Varner) vs physical ability (Woo). Abi-Maria says he voted against her. Woo says he's willing to get on board and says Varner can flip on them because of his ties at Ta Keo. He says he's playing the game hard and he's looking out for the better good of the group. Varner says he's proven he's loyal. Woo promises he will stick to them. Jeff says he loves the fight and that no one wants to give up. Jeff Varner asks if they can vote, which Jeff obliges.

Woo tells Abi-Maria he promises that he will stay loyal. He asks her not to vote him out. She tells him not to write her name down. Woo writes down Jeff Varner's name. Jeff Varner votes Woo but says he rocks. In the end, Abi-Maria, Andrew, and Tasha side with Woo, making Jeff Varner the fourth person eliminated from Survivor: Cambodia. Jeff Varner calls Abi-Maria a bitch, but does so affectionately and kisses her cheek.

After Jeff extinguishes Jeff Varner's flame, Woo tells Abi-Maria 'thank you'. She says 'you're welcome'. Jeff says if you make the right vote you can come back to camp stronger and more united. He sends them back to camp.


Challenge: Stomp-ede
The tribes must choose one member each to run the entire challenge. They are going to race out into the water to retrieve a sand bag and then race back. They will then use a plank to launch the bag into the net above them. The first two tribes to get all three of their bags into the net win reward.
Reward: The winning tribe wins a barbecue set with sausages and vegetables, while the runner-up wins a wok and vegetables.
Winners (in order of finish): Angkor and Ta Keo

Challenge: Blind Leading the Blind
One tribe member will be the caller. The rest of the tribe will be blindfolded. Using only verbal commands, the caller will direct the blindfolded tribe members to collect a series of very large and very heavy puzzle pieces. Once they have all the puzzle pieces, they will take off the blindfolds and work together to solve the puzzle. The first two tribes to finish win immunity.
Winners (in order of finish): Bayon and Ta Keo

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 4:
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Jeff (4 votes)
S31 abimaria tS31 andrew tS31 tasha tS31 woo t
Abi-Maria, Andrew, Tasha, Woo
S31 woo t
Woo (1 vote)
S31 jeff t
S31 jeff bw
Jeff Varner

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Jeff) I really hope it's not me today.


(voting for Woo) You rock.


Final Words

I have a passion that's been cooking for fifteen years and all of a sudden this opportunity pops up and it came flying out in all directions. But… in terms of the life adventure, in terms of the charge to move forward with the second half of my life, I absolutely got what I needed and I'm very grateful.

Jeff Varner

Still in the Running

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


  • As with all previous seasons with all Returning Players, this version of Blind Leading the Blind incorporated the Cube Crisis puzzle into the challenge.
    • The Immunity Challenge broke the trend of all of the Immunity Challenges this season being the first challenge of a previous season.
  • This is the second time Ciera has sat out of a challenge this season. It also means that, thus far, Ciera has sat out of a challenge whenever her tribe had to.