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How will Monica Culpepper survive on 'Survivor?' Just fine

From left, Katie, Vytas,  Laura B, Monica Culpepper, and Tina are stone-faced at Tribal Council when they ousted Laura.

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From left, Katie, Vytas, Laura B, Monica Culpepper, and Tina are stone-faced at Tribal Council when they ousted Laura.

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As we head into tonight's episode, teases tell us Survivor is finally going to merge the two tribes. Monica Culpepper is on her own now that Brad has been sent to that training camp off the island. The ex-Buccaneer and Tampa lawyer was a lighting rod that sometimes singed Monica as ousted tribemates blamed him for playing puppet master.

These last two weeks after Brad was ousted and the tribes were mixed up, Monica has shown a new side. My friend Kate called her the Queen of Hearts. You know, "Off with her head!" Two weeks in a row her team of women players had planned to kick their only male player, Vytas, to the curb to retain Girl Power. And two weeks in a row one of the girls has done something stupid and Monica gave them the squinty-eyed glare of doom. She's playing much more aggressively than she did last time she was on Survivor.

“We decided as four girls that you’re the next to go,” Laura tells Vytas. Geez, Laura! Could you be any more of a clod and tell the guy in front of everyone so he can “have a good afternoon.” To which Vytas says, “So you think that makes me want to have a good afternoon?” Well duh. The other horrified women avoid eye contact and start to give Laura the stink eye.

Off with her head!

So Laura B. is off to Bitterness Island where there will be one last battle and one of those three losers will re-join the game and the tribes will merge.

This is the point that Monica is better off playing alone. While Brad might have blocked some tackles for her and caught her some fish, I think having a loved-one alliance at this point is going to be dangerous. That's likely why Tina went along with saving Vytas. If he's re-joined with his brother it takes the heat off Tina and her daughter.

Monica, meanwhile, is free to focus her death ray on some unsuspecting soul who dared to cross her. Have you seen that woman's biceps? *shiver*

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