At the start of “Survivor: Blood Vs. Water” on Wednesday, John Cody issued a challenge to his former Tadhana tribemates: “You might start thinking about knocking the king off his throne.”
At the end of the show, that is exactly what happened – Tampa attorney Brad Culpeppper got kicked to Redemption Island.
The former Tampa Bay Buccaneer -- who started this season strong, taking a leadership role, catching fish and deciding who would be ejected -- found those things also put a target on his back.
Before the tribal council, Culpepper got some grief at the Redemption Island duel, when Candice Cody flipped a bird at him for blindsiding her husband last week.
Monica Culpepper defended her husband’s actions but was clearly upset with others dislike of him.
“Am I ever going to go to a duel where my husband isn’t accosted?” she asked.
Also at the Redemption duel, which sent Marissa Peterson home, Monica received a clue to where the hidden immunity idol is located. She promptly threw it into the fire without reading it. “I don’t need it,” she said.
At the immunity challenge, Galang kept up their winning ways, sending Tadhana back to tribal council when they again ruled the physical part of the challenge but failed to solve the puzzle.
Before heading to the final vote, Culpepper told the women of his tribe they were safe and that Caleb Bankston was the target because he had no loved one in the Galang tribe. His partner Colton Cumbie quit “Survivor” last week. But the other men of Tadhana convinced Culpepper that Ciera Eastin, who has failed twice at puzzles challenges, should be the one to go.
Before the vote, Bankston, knowing he was initially the target, threw down the gauntlet and told the group he was voting for Culpepper to be ejected. The tribe looked confused as to what to do.
But in two rounds of voting (the first ended in a tie), it was Culpepper – not Eastin – that was sent packing.
“Well played,” Culpepper told Bankston. “I’m not mad at you .. I made a bad move”
Host Jeff Probst called the vote “shocking” saying it was “potentially the biggest shift of power that ever happened at tribal council.”
When Culpepper arrived at Redemption Island and woke up the sleeping Codys, Candice called his arrival “the sweetest voice I ever wanted to hear on Redemption Island. Now I have my chance to put him out of the game for good.”