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Survivor recap: Culpeppers meet the wrecking ball

Redemption Island is once a grudge match as Tampa attorney Brad Culpepper faces off against John Cody and Laura Morett, who appears to have been sent there because her mad puzzle skills may be the ticket of finally boot Brad from the island.

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Redemption Island is once a grudge match as Tampa attorney Brad Culpepper faces off against John Cody and Laura Morett, who appears to have been sent there because her mad puzzle skills may be the ticket of finally boot Brad from the island.

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Uh-oh, another puzzle for Brad. And this time, the puzzle got the best of Brad Culpepper in a grudge match on Redemption Island. The Tampa lawyer and former Tampa Bay Buccaneer is off Survivor: Blood vs. Water after 14 days. He couldn’t walk a balance beam and complete a number puzzle faster than rivals John and Laura M, who had been sent there specifically with the hope that she could finally knock off Brad with her mad puzzle skills. It worked. That leaves Brad’s wife, Monica, to make her own way on the game, which this season shakes up the the strategy by featuring pairs of loved ones. How far can Monica go?

The ex-Buccaneer has been a lightning rod both in the game and among fans, even prompting this essay that takes Survivor to task for "the most distastefully bro-worshiping, wife-fearing season yet." What do you think of how Culpepper was portrayed, readers? And how do you score Monica's chances now? I suspect she's better off with him off the island because that solidfies her alliance with Gervase and Tyson, who also no longer have a loved one to play with.

That is she HAD an alliance until Survivor shook up the teams on them. In a blind draw, players drew for new buffs and Monica ended up on the mostly-female tribe while her alliance mates ended up in Dudeville with only one woman there.

At the immunity challenge, Tina and Laura B. showed a shocking lack of attention to detail and forgot the all-important fish trap filled with puzzle pieces, putting their team way behind. They might have made up for it since Dudeville once again has no puzzle skills. They came within a hair of taking it but their loss of time gave Dudeville just enough to put it all together.

The women had planned to stick together until one woman, Kat, committed the fatal error of dissing a Culpepper. She floated the idea of getting rid of Monica because she's an obviously shrewed player. And what did that shrewd player do? She called her on it, tortured her for it and had her voted out. That's how Culpeppers roll, people. It reminded me of Brad, back in the day when he wore pewter, with a quarterback in his sights. It was a total sack by Monica, female alliance be damned.

My guess is these shook-up teams will go forward at least one more week and then at the merger, we'll see some interesting alliances as loved ones are joined up with players who have only their wits and alliances to help them through. I am going to bet having a loved one will actually be a liability when the tribes merge as the players look to shake up rock-solid alliances.

[Last modified: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 11:10pm]

    

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