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Culpepper watch: A night of firsts on 'Survivor'

Brad Culpepper, sporting a Plant High School ball cap where his son is a quarterback, has been targeted as a tribe leader

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Brad Culpepper, sporting a Plant High School ball cap where his son is a quarterback, has been targeted as a tribe leader

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October

For the first time ever, a Redemption Island battle pits husband against wife. And in another series first, a castaway refuses to accept an immunity clue. Yes, the rules are definitely different this time around on Survivor: Blood vs. Water, which airs tonight at 8 p.m. on CBS.

The castaways, which include ex-Tampa Bay Buccaneer Brad Culpepper and his Survivor alum wife, Monica, this time around are playing a version of 3D chess because booting a tribe member off can have a ripple effect for their loved one on the other tribe. That's why as Monica tweeted last week, Brad engineered the eviction of John, one of his closest allies. Since John's wife, Candice, is already on Redemption Island, none of the other loved ones on the Galang tribe would hold it against Monica if her husband voted off their loved one. "He is playing with me in mind," she tweeted. "Voting John doesn't hurt me on Galang."

That means tonight's "duel" of three evicted castaways will pit John and Candice against each other, as well as Marissa, a Survivor first. So far, Candice has been rocking the challenges so the tease from CBS that another first, a castaway refuses to accept an immunity clue, sounds like Candice might think her handing two clues to her husband put a target on his back. Maybe the clues are starting to look like TNT to the players.

Who would refuse a clue? Rupert's already been voted out so I can't think of another player dumb enough for that. What are your guesses? Can there be an advantage to sacrificing your game in the name of team unity?

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 2:38pm]

    

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