Ben Driebergen is in the hot seat on this week’s penultimate episode of “Survivor” after receiving all six votes for elimination from his competitors at last week’s tribal council. Luckily Ben was able to whip out a hidden immunity idol to save himself, but now he’s without such protection and will need an immunity win or some very good strategic moves to avoid elimination. Earlier in the season he was a favorite to win the whole thing — tonight, can he switch his fate in the game once again and find a path to next week’s final tribal council?
Below, check out our minute-by-minute “Survivor” recap of Season 35, Episode 13, titled “The Survivor Devil” to find out how it all unfolds. Then be sure to sound off in the comments section about your favorite castaways and who you think can go the distance to win the $1 million cash prize. Keep refreshing/reloading this page as we’ll be updating live.
7:59 p.m. – I’ve noticed in the comments of a few of our recent “Survivor” items that some fans don’t think Devon Pinto is a viable contender to win. He leads our prediction center odds right now, but the argument is that he hasn’t done enough strategizing to deserve it. I disagree (he was the mastermind behind Ben’s double-agent scheme, wasn’t he?), but hopefully tonight’s episode will shine some more light on not only Devon’s low key smart play and also his superb social game.
8:00 p.m. – Back at camp after last week’s tribal, everyone seems pretty shocked that all of their votes for Ben were for nothing though Ben is very proud of himself. He says there’s no hard feelings, but he has to say that if he hopes to make any moves this week. When he walks away, the remaining five scurry to try and agree to voting him out next no matter what.
8:03 p.m. – Devon tells Ben that he voted the wrong person out because now Devon is going to be the one to beat him at immunity. Devon has made some pretty bold statements recently–I wonder if they’ll bite him in the butt eventually.
8:04 p.m. – The next morning while everyone else still sleeps, Ben is up early and already looking for another idol, assuming that his used idol is now hidden again. Before he can find it, Chrissy and Mike wake up and knows that he’s probably out looking for an idol. Instead of going after him, they hope that he just doesn’t find it. That’s an… interesting strategy!
8:09 p.m. – Jumping right into the reward challenge and they’ll be competing in three teams of two: red is Ben/Ashley, blue is Ryan/Mike and yellow is Devon/Chrissy. Each pair will be attached via rope and must traverse an obstacle course and at the end they’ll have to hook five rings on a post. The winners will be a helicopter ride to a private island resort where they’ll have a meat and seafood dinner with cocktails and dessert as well as an overnight stay.
8:11 p.m. – The first obstacle is jumping over and under posts in the water and Ben and Ashley move quickly through it as the first pair to get to the beach where the are more posts but closer to the sand. Chrissy and Devon make it to the beach next, leaving Ryan and Mike way behind.
8:13 p.m. – In the third stage, Ben and Ashley get tangled in their rope, opening room for Devon and Chrissy to make up ground. Both teams make it to the final stage where they’ll throw the rings at the same time.
8:14 p.m. – Devon is the first to get a ring hooked, followed by Mike who gets one as well. Then Ben gets three in a row as Devon catches up to get his third as well. Then Devon gets his fourth and as Ben just misses his, Devon throws again and makes his fifth, winning reward for him and Chrissy!
8:15 p.m. – Oooh! Jeff gives them the chance to invite only one other player along with them and to Ashley’s surprise they decide on Ryan. Ashley seems to think that Devon would have chosen her and she honestly looks really upset, much to Ben’s delight because it gives him a chance to stir some drama up and switch the alliances around in his favor.
8:19 p.m. – Back at camp while the other three are at their reward, Mike is also pissed that he wasn’t chosen to go on the reward and says that Ryan was the least deserving to go on the reward. Ben, on the other hand, doesn’t mind as much and asks Ashley and Mike who they want to vote for next. Mike and Ashley both tell Ben that they’ll be voting him out because he’s the biggest threat. Ben says Mike is his next target and perhaps he’ll be able to work with Ashley.
8:21 p.m. – When Ben tries to talk to Ashley about voting Mike out, she stands her ground and doesn’t give Ben much room to work her. She knows that he’s just saying what he needs to in order to save himself. Hitting a wall with both of them, Ben goes off to look for the idol again. Mike says he looked all over the island for the idol so he’s not going to follow Ben around while he looks for it.
8:24 p.m. – Meanwhile, on the reward, Ryan is thrilled to have been chosen on one of the best rewards of the season. Devon uses the meal as an opportunity to confirm with the other two that Ben has to go first and then warns them against Mike who could be working both sides of things as well as being the one that pissed the jury off the least. Chrissy gives Devon the option of going to the end with her and Ryan and Devon actually seems open to it. Both Devon and Ryan seem eager to reignite the friendship they had from the beginning of the game. Ryan and Chrissy both seem to think that Devon would be beatable in the finals.
8:26 p.m. – Chrissy’s conundrum is whether she uses this newfound alliance with Devon to take Ashley out now instead of Ben. The benefits of that would be completely severing Devon’s ties to her so that he’s truly aligned with them, but the downside is leaving such a big threat like Ben in the game for another round of play.
8:30 p.m. – And now for the immunity challenge! In this one it’ll be another obstacle course, but involving stages of ladders and then ending with a cog puzzle at the top of the tower. Both Ben and Devon make it through the first couple of obstacles quickly, leaving everyone else behind.
8:32 p.m. – At the sandbag toss, Ashley makes hers first, but everyone else makes theirs right after her, keeping the race pretty even heading into the next stage. At that stage, Ben takes the lead followed by Chrissy, Mike, Ryan and Ashley. But shortly after Devon finishes it, too, and all six are at the cog puzzle together.
8:34 p.m. – Chrissy and Ben both get to a point where they look near the end, but just like that Chrissy starts spinning her cogs and drops her flag to win immunity! That means Ben is vulnerable to elimination, but Ashley is also vulnerable, giving Chrissy the chance to decide which of the two she wants to send home.
8:40 p.m. – Upon their return to camp, Ben is obviously bummed that he lost because he knows he “needed” it to stay in the game. He offers to get water for everyone and uses the time to look, yet again, for the idol. And, yet again, everyone is too lazy and too cocky to follow him. With him gone, everyone agrees, yet again, to vote for Ben.
8:42 p.m. – In order to prevent one of themselves going home, Chrissy gets the group of four to agree to split the votes between Ben and Mike so that Mike will go home if Ben plays an idol. That creates an opportunity for Chrissy and Ryan to instead use Mike to send Ashley home. Mike, however, stands his ground and suggests that they stick with getting rid of Ben right now. Chrissy makes the mistake of pitching the Ashley vote to Devon as well, but he sees that as a crazy move.
8:44 p.m. – Left on his own, Ben finds a clue to another idol that says the idol is tied underneath their shelter. He’ll have to grab it when everyone is away from camp, or right under their noses while they’re there. With the other boys at the fire, Ben retreats to the shelter and begins to reach through the cracks in the shelter to look for the idol. Unfortunately for us the producers don’t let us see if he finds it and we go straight to tribal council instead!
8:46 p.m. – At tribal, Jeff asks Ben if it’s as clear as it was last time that everyone wants Ben to go home. He says yes and points out the tight couples of Devon/Ashley and Ryan/Chrissy. Jeff uses that as an in to ask Ashley about Devon not choosing her for the reward which sets off a petty fight between Ashley and Chrissy.
8:48 p.m. – Jeff asks everyone whether or not they have a “final three,” but only Ben answers that he does not and is willing to go to the end with any combination of two people. Mike doubles down on thinking that Ben needs to go home because he’s tricky. Later, Ben challenges Devon as a player that hasn’t made many big moves in the game and based on the looks of the jury they might actually agree with him. Devon seems confident and says that Ben is definitely going home, but Ben whips out the idol and puts it around his neck!
8:51 p.m. – Chrissy calls him out as being ridiculous for being so dramatic about it! Ben makes a pitch to Ashley that she vote with him and eliminate Mike. He then pitches Devon and he says he doesn’t think Ben will use it, but then Ben gets up and gives the idol to Jeff to play it. That leaves the vote unsettled as it is time to vote.
8:54 p.m. – Jeff reads the votes, confirming that votes for Ben will not count: Mike, Ashley, Ashley, Ashley, Ashley. Looks like all five of them voted for Ashley and Ashley voted for Mike. On her way out she brushes off Devon’s attempts to say bye. Perhaps a bitter juror?! That’s exciting. But I have to say, Ashley deserved better.
9:00 p.m. – Next Wednesday is the finale, where the final five will be (I’m assuming) whittled down to a final three. And in the previews we see Jeff present “one final advantage” up for grabs. Wonder what it could be! Take your guesses in the comments and see you next week!
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