The Survivor Philippines castaways finally did what they should have done weeks ago and sent Abi-Maria off to the jury where she will be forced to vote for one of them.
That means your Survivor 2012 final four are Malcolm, Lisa, Skupin and Denise.
The episode opens on Abi thanking the others for keeping her, as if they did her a favor. That’s not exactly why they did it, but OK, Abi. She says she plans to play her fake idol again at next tribal, but she might not need it if people decide that she is the person to sit next to in the finale because she’s easy to beat.
Abi approaches Lisa and tells her to be careful because she’s on the bottom of her alliance and that Denise, Malcolm and Skupin are going to ditch her as soon as they can.
That leads to Lisa’s wheels turning. She doesn’t really believe Abi, but she does start thinking about what makes the most sense. She says she’d like to vote off Denise and keep Abi.
And then it’s time for the reward challenge. It’s the typical obstacle course/ring toss game. The winner gets a helicopter ride to board a boat for a pizza party and some whale watching. The winner gets to pick two people to join them, meaning two unlucky players will be left behind.
Skupin wins the challenge and he chooses Malcolm and Lisa to go along with him. Denise and Abi have to go back to camp empty-handed. Abi was crushed for some reason. Can someone tell me why she’s surprised she didn’t get picked? I thought she learned no one liked her two episodes ago.
Tonight on Survivor 2012 Philippines, five castaways will fight for the chance to be one of the few remaining finalists. Time to find out who makes the cut to move on to Sunday night’s finale and who just gets cut.
We head right in to the first challenge and it’s for reward. Players have to race down the beach, over an A-frame, collect rings from the water, and then be the first to get five rings on their target. The winner gets a boat ride with two other players to enjoy pizza, soda, and probably some sort of deal making.
The men take off in the challenge and collect up their rings first. Mike is way ahead when it comes to tossing the rings but when he gets down to just one ring left Malcolm makes a comeback. Both men have just one ring left when Mike secures his win.
Mike has to pick two other castaways to go with him on the helicopter ride and boat trip for some pizza. Malcolm is the first pick as a thanks for his reward gift the previous time around. That leaves Mike to pick either Lisa, Denise, or Abi. Obviously Mike goes with Lisa and oh boy is Abi pissed. Get over it, Abi.
The castaways arrive at the Survivor challenge we watched earlier tonight. They’ll have to cross a rope bridge to get to their puzzle waiting to be assembled. Malcolm takes the lead crossing that bridge but falls off at the very last moment. He goes from first to way last.
We’re down to the final two episodes of Survivor 2012 and tonight we’re getting a spoiler preview of the next immunity challenges the few remaining Philippines castaways will be facing.
This Survivor challenge is called “One Track Mind” and this looks fun. Well, fun for us, but maybe not for them. The players will first have to head across a rope bridge using two planks and leap frog each time by bringing the plank behind them around to the front. If they fall off they have to start over.
Next step requires them to assemble a ball maze puzzle and then navigate that puzzle. The first castaway to finish the challenge is guaranteed a spot in the final four! Watch the challenge tested out below:
Tonight on Survivor Philippines, we’ll be one step closer to find out who is going to win this thing during Sunday night’s finale.
In the preview posted below, Lisa continues to get a winners’ edit as it’s once again all about her.
“The power alliance is crumbling,” the announcer says. “And with just two episodes left, can sweet Lisa take out the biggest threat? ”
So that can only mean that Lisa wants to go to the end with Abi and not Malcolm because she knows who she can and cannot beat. So could we see a Malcolm elimination tonight? Let’s hope not, but it sure would make for some interesting television, right?
Be sure to tune into tonight for live coverage of the episode and the next morning for a full recap of the episode. And then we’ll be back on Sunday for the finale and the crowning of the 25th Survivor champion. And as always, we’ll be here for all of your Survivor 2012 news, results and recaps throughout the week. And you can always join us on Facebook and Twitter to get those sent right to you.
Survivor Philippines is down to the final five, but by this Sunday, we’ll have the 25th winner of the Survivor franchise.
On Wednesday, we get to watch the final five fight for those spots in the finale and then on Sunday, we will watch the latest winner be crowned.
So which of the final five — Malcolm, Lisa, Denise, Abi-Maria or Skupin — will go all the way? I have a few thoughts on that, but I want to hear what your think. Please share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.
Host Jeff Probst teases the final two episodes to Entertainment Weekly:
We’re at the point in the show where who you vote out is as important as who you decide to keep. Abi is the wild card. Will she drive people nuts enough to vote her out or can she annoy her way to the final three? It’s a great ending — two more eps!
Be sure to check back here for live coverage of both episodes and stay tuned later for full recaps.