Times Staff Writer
In case you missed it, Tampa couple Brad and Monica Culpepper made it through their first week on Survivor, no thanks to the former Tampa Bay Buccaneer's opening bonehead comment that he would find it tough to play hard against his wife's tribe at a challenge.
One of the first twists of this Survivor: Blood vs. Water season is that the couples who arrived together to play the game were split up into opposing tribes.
The CBS' reality TV hit featuring contestants stranded on an isolated island had featured Monica as the fifth person ejected last year on its Survivor: One World season. She joined the other veteran players on one tribe, while Brad joined the inexperienced loved ones.
Brad's reluctance to challenge his wife got him the stink-eye from the other players, which he immediately regretted. "Oh my God, the first five seconds of the game, way to go, Brad," he said of himself.
Host Jeff Probst even tweeted about it Wednesday night, "It only takes one mistake … did Culpepper just blow it? Ten minutes in?"
Brad made up for it later when he calls his tribe together to make it clear to them that he is "all in" with his tribe.
He also wastes no time rallying a guy's alliance with John, Hayden, Vytas (Aras's brother), and Caleb (Colton's fiance).
"We've got five guys right now," Brad tells John. "We got four guys and a gay guy."
So now the lawyer's math skills are in question. And the other men may still be wary of him.
But when his tribe loses, his locker room alliance holds and he convinces his crew to punish Gervase for over-celebrating by voting off his niece Marissa.