Survivor 31 Results: Who Won ‘Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance’? – 12/16/2015
Survivor 31 results tonight for Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Who won Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance? The winner was revealed after a dramatic two-hour finale.
Welcome to the live blog and recap for the Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance finale, “Lie, Cheat and Steal”! Tonight, we declare a winner for Season 31, as it all comes down to Kelley Wentworth, Jeremy Collins, Keith Nale, Tasha Fox, Spencer Bledsoe and Kimmi Kappenberg! This has been an amazing season with some incredible, big moves and shocking blindsides. But tonight’s finale promises a Survivor first, and while we don’t know what it is just yet, but the previews suggest it happens at Tribal Council! Could Wentworth and Jeremy BOTH play their idols simultaneously? Could it be a juror speaking up in a non-finale Tribal Council? Could it be a surprise second immunity challenge before the vote? What will it be?
And who will be declared the Sole Survivor? Jeremy and Wentworth have played the best games, respectively. But Spencer is basically the ultimate underdog, at this point, delivering a far stronger social game than I think he even realizes. By the same token, Tasha is positioned to potentially go to the end, provided her allies (namely Jeremy and Spencer) remain true to her. And I wouldn’t count out Keith just yet, considering he’s the biggest challenge threat still in the game. And Kimmi…well, Kimmi is a HUGE long shot, but stranger things have happened in this game.
Keep it locked right here, as I’ll be updating the thread with up-to-the-minute coverage of the finale! So keep refreshing! Let’s get this show on the road!
8:00 PM: We’re live in the CBS Studio, and Jeff Probst welcomes us in front of a roaring crowd. He then throws to the cast backstage, and I’m basically stunned by how well Abi cleans up. She looks like a million bucks in that emerald green dress. Anyway, we get a brief recap of the season so far (and I mean BRIEF, especially relative to past finales, since we have three regular tribal councils plus a Final Tribal Council to get through tonight).
8:05 PM: So Keith is shocked that Abi was voted off, and rants about it back at camp, saying that he’d rather have gone to the end with Abi than with, say, Jeremy. It’s baffling that he’s saying this all to their faces, yet it’s not really all that surprising, considering Keith isn’t exactly the most subtle player out there. Spencer states that Keith pretty much answered his own question as to why Abi had to go home. Of course, little does he know that Kimmi, who’s part of the Jeremy alliance that he’s been working with, is off planning a potential female alliance with Wentworth. Wentworth surmises that Kimmi finally realizes she can’t get to the end with Jeremy, and that they need to start planning for the eventual blindside of either he or Spencer. I’m kind of surprised this moment never came sooner, honestly. Sure, maybe Jeremy has been a target in the past, and we just haven’t seen that footage. But it seems obvious that you wouldn’t want to go to the end with a firefighter with a pregnant wife.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: STEP BY STEP
8:12 PM Probst announces at the start of the challenge that every challenge from here on out will be fresh, meaning there are no Second Chance stories, just first-time challenges. The challenge involves building a giant staircase one step at a time by fitting puzzle pieces over pegs. Once you make it to the top of the tower, there’s a slide puzzle you must solve. First person to complete the puzzle wins immunity. The difficult part is in figuring out if you have the right pieces for the section of stairs you’re trying to complete. Naturally, it gets a lot harder if you’re wrong, since you have to go back down the stairs, grab the right piece, and go all the way back up again, which gets more and more difficult.
Spencer takes a commanding lead, while Wentworth remains hot on his heels. Jeremy keeps getting puzzle pieces wrong, causing him to fall behind, ditto Tasha. Keith lags a bit, but he’s still in the challenge more than Kimmi, at least. Ultimately, everyone gets to the top of the tower (first Spencer, then Wentworth, then Jeremy, Keith, Tasha and Kimmi). It’s neck-and-neck between Spencer and Wentworth, to the point that it becomes a legit nailbiter as Wentworth looks poised to pull off the come-from-behind victory. But Spencer inevitably proves to be the puzzle king once again.
SPENCER WINS INDIVIDUAL IMMUNITY!
8:17 PM: As we head to break, Wentworth states (in a confessional) that she’s pretty much given up on Keith since they had a falling out, so all of her faith is now in Kimmi. She says that if they’re going to make a move, it needs to be now, because if they let Jeremy, Spencer and Tasha make it to the end, they’re done. And she’s not wrong. While it might have been more prudent to make a move sooner than this, I’m trying to think of a time where she realistically could have pulled off the Jeremy/Spencer/Tasha blindside, considering that Abi was never really all that stable an ally, and Joe was a threat that badly needed to be neutralized. It should be interesting to see if Wentworth can pull this off, but I doubt it unless she targets Tasha instead of Jeremy, who has an idol. Granted, it’s not like Wentworth knows Jeremy has an idol, so she’d have to get lucky.
KIMMI THE MOLE?
8:21 PM: Tasha is stoked because she feels her alliance has all the power to make the final four, stating that they NEED to get Wentworth and Keith out. However, Kimmi is quick to break off from the group, immediately going to Keith to help organize a Jeremy blindside, stating that he needs to go. Keith is down with the idea, and Wentworth is also on-board, naturally. Of course, she isn’t exactly subtle about her scheming, going to Jeremy/Tasha/Spencer to try and convince them to split the vote between Keith and Wentworth. They agree, but Kimmi then makes a crucial mistake by immediately running off to go tell Keith and Wentworth the plan, which clues in Spencer and Tasha that Kimmi is the rat. However, Jeremy isn’t convinced. He deeply believes they need to split the vote, which Spencer thinks is a potentially game-losing plot. When Jeremy argues that they need to prepare in case Wentworth has an idol, stating that it’s possible since she found one before, Spencer says that Jeremy found one before, but that doesn’t mean he believes Jeremy has an idol at the moment. Hilarious. Jeremy refuses to believe it, since he believes Kimmi is innocent, particularly after she breaks down in front of him over his accusations. Little does Jeremy know, Kimmi is just acting, as she reveals in an eye-opening confessional. She certainly boasted a lot about that, although I have no idea why, since it wasn’t a particularly convincing break down anyway. Before we head to tribal, Spencer reflects on how tonight’s decision could be the one where they’ll look back on it, and realize they ruined their shot at final three.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: HISTORY IN THE MAKING
8:28 PM: At Tribal Council, we get into some big drama, as Spencer announces right off the bat that his alliance will not be splitting the votes. They’re voting three strong on one target, and the only way to ensure the vote doesn’t go to random rock draw is to vote with them. Probst notes that Kimmi was left out of that discussion, and Kimmi comments on how she doesn’t get why they don’t trust her. Spencer tries to assure Wentworth that she won’t be going home, but Wentworth says she has no idea if she can trust that or not, since she trusted Spencer on the last vote and got screwed. Keith just wants to vote, so that’s basically what we do.
Probst retrieves the votes and asks if anyone would like to play a hidden immunity idol. Naturally, Wentworth stands up and declares that she has no idea what’s going on, so she’ll have to play her hidden immunity idol. Jeremy can’t help but laugh, essentially saying “I told you so” to Spencer. In a twist that you had to know was coming, Jeremy gets up and plays his idol! Everyone seems amused by it, except for Kimmi, who seems downright frustrated by this. We go to the vote…
So for the first time in Survivor history, none of the votes cast at tribal council count!
8:42 PM: Probst says we’re going to revote, but that Spencer, Wentworth and Jeremy are still immune. Since this has never happened before, he’s going to give everyone a moment to talk. Everyone locks in their votes pretty quickly, and as Kimmi goes to collect the voting jar, Jeremy verbally calls her out, saying how disappointed he is in her
We have another tie. Probst says that they have one choice: the remaining castaways have to come to a unanimous decision on whether to send Tasha or Kimmi home. Otherwise, Kimmi and Tasha become safe, and they draw rocks. However, since Kimmi, Tasha, Spencer, Jeremy and Wentworth would all be safe, Keith would be the only one left to draw, so he’d go home by default. Keith is willing to give up his spot to save Kimmi, who’s a single mother with young kids back at home. He feels since he’s going to go home anyway, he might as well give his spot to someone who needs the money. And Keith would certainly understand that the money you earn on the show goes up, the higher you finish, so 6th place and 5th place has a difference of several thousand dollars. It’s the ultimate good guy move, but he admits he doesn’t really want to do it. Wentworth is ultimately the one that decides she wants Keith to stick around, so she agrees to change her vote to Kimmi so Keith can stay. And with that…
KIMMI IS VOTED OUT OF SURVIVOR: CAMBODIA – SECOND CHANCE!
Kimmi says that she did all she could, and…I’m gonna level with you, I didn’t really hear any of this. I’m still in shock and trying to recap this all. Back at camp, Keith and Wentworth are still in shock, even though they’re ultimately still happy to be here. Live in the studio, Probst actually goes over the crazy tribal, breaking it down using a marker and a blown-up photo of the finalists at tribal council. I still can’t believe this happened. Seriously.
AND JUST LIKE THAT, IMMUNITY IS BACK UP FOR GRABS
8:51 PM: So we’re right back for another immunity challenge, which involves the contestants racing across rope-based obstacles (bridge, ladder, giant net) to retrieve bags of puzzle pieces. First person to solve the puzzle wins immunity, and is guaranteed a spot in the final four. Jeremy, Keith and Wentworth are neck-and-neck, while Spencer surprisingly lags behind. It seems like Jeremy is going to retrieve all his bags first, but Wentworth pulls ahead and gets to work on the puzzle first. Jeremy and Keith aren’t far behind though. As if compelled by Probst’s constant commentary on how far behind he’s fallen, Spencer digs deep and works like hell to catch up, getting to the table before even Tasha, who’s last to begin working on the puzzle. The puzzle itself is a board of interlocking pieces. It’s another real nailbiter, but Wentworth is ultimately able to finish the puzzle.
WENTWORTH WINS INDIVIDUAL IMMUNITY!
As we head to break, Keith is upset that Wentworth won, since this pretty much spells his doom. However, he notes that while he has a lot of nails in his coffin, he isn’t six feet under just yet. Could one or both of the idols have been re-hidden? If not, Keith is going to have to SCRAMBLE. Luckily, there’s a case to be made for why the girls should link up with him to vote out one of either Jeremy or Spencer, so not all hope is lost for Jeremy.
ONE LAST TRICK UP THE SLEEVE
9:03 PM: So Spencer is freaking out because the one thing they didn’t want to happen is what happened: Wentworth won immunity. For her part, Wentworth feels the best way to keep Keith out of the vote is for him to fake having a hidden immunity idol. Luckily, since Wentworth has had an idol before, she still has the note, as well as some materials she’s accrued over the course of the game. Coupled with a medallion from a tree mail, Wentworth is able to make a fake idol that should be enough to instill paranoia in the Jeremy/Tasha/Spencer alliance. However, they might not even need the fake idol, since Jeremy is already paranoid. He doesn’t even want to take the chance that someone will play an idol tonight, since he knows the votes are going to come his way. So he decides to take matters into his own hand by working with Keith and Wentworth to blindside Spencer. But not before a hilarious moment in which Jeremy tries like hell to get Keith’s attention while Tasha is asleep behind him. Keith is so delightfully unaware that Jeremy is trying to get his attention, to the point that Jeremy has to loudly snap his fingers to be noticed. But really, Jeremy seems locked into the plot to get rid of Spencer, even if Keith and Wentworth aren’t entirely sold just yet.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: THE LAST “NALE” IN THE COFFIN?
9:07 PM: This might have been the shortest tribal council ever, as Wentworth basically just talks about how it would be her head on the chopping block if she didn’t win immunity, while Spencer states that if one of Keith or Wentworth has an idol, they’ll pretty much decide who goes home. Keith suggests he still has a few tricks up his sleeve, which Tasha feels is an empty threat. In fact, that might have been the tell that gives away to Jeremy/Tasha/Spencer that Keith doesn’t have an idol after all.
KEITH IS VOTED OUT OF SURVIVOR: CAMBODIA – SECOND CHANCE!
Keith admits he wanted to play with integrity, which is why he didn’t want to use “that cheesy idol”. He thanks America for voting him in and giving him a second shot at this. It’s a really classy exit speech, honestly. Keith is a guy I’d like to see play again somewhere down the line, even though I don’t think there’s any way he ever wins this game, since he’s too likable for any clever alliance to ever allow to get to the end.
FINAL IMMUNITY CHALLENGE
9:15 PM: So this is basically the final immunity challenge from Survivor: Tocantins, meaning it would have been even more amusing if Stephen had made it here. Granted, this is a far bigger and more complicated version of that challenge, as it involves dropping a ball into a metal chute. The ball works its way down a spiraling metal track and exit out of one of two different points, at which point the castaway must catch the ball and put it back into the chute. At different intervals, castaways must add a new ball to the chute. You drop a ball, you’re out of the challenge. Oh, and the big catch…each contestant has one hand tied behind his or her back.
The challenge lasts a surprisingly long time before anyone drops out, as we get to four balls before anyone even falls out. In a shocker, the first person eliminated is Wentworth, who is beating herself up for having dropped the ball. Tasha is next out, leaving it down to Spencer and Jeremy. Although he works like hell to get the job done, Spencer ultimately can’t stop the ball from dropping. Right when he needs it the most, Jeremy wins himself the necklace.
JEREMY WINS FINAL IMMUNITY!
Jeremy breaks down in tears, realizing he’s finally done it. Probst comments on how much emotion Jeremy is showing, and it’s a genuinely touching moment as he notes that this is all for Val, Jordan and Cameron. He doesn’t mention his unborn son, and I can only imagine he’s saving that reveal for Final Tribal Council, which is a genius move, if that’s what he’s planning. In an awkward moment, Probst notes the contrast between Jeremy’s joy and Wentworth’s heartbreak, prompting her to comment on how badly she needed to win this, since the Jeremy/Tasha/Spencer trio is nigh impenetrable. The edit makes it seem like nothing is certain, as far as Wentworth being eliminated is concerned. But Jeremy would be insane to take Wentworth to the end, I think. She hasn’t burned as many people on that jury as Jeremy has, if any at all. And she’s the ultimate underdog story. If Jeremy wants to win, Wentworth needs to be the one who goes home.
WELL, IT’S BEEN REAL…
9:28 PM: Jeremy apologizes for getting so emotional at the challenge, while Wentworth basically resigns herself to fourth place, saying “Well, it’s been real.” Once Wentworth excuses herself to go on a walk, Jeremy, Tasha and Spencer celebrate having made it to the final three. All they need to do is survive this one vote intact. In a confessional, Spencer says this is essentially a repeat of his first playthrough: control is out of his hands now, and when control left his hands last time, he lost the game; so now, this will be a test to see if the relationships and bonds he’s forged will be enough to keep him here for Day 39 now that control is once again out of his hands. Spencer makes a bit of a blunder by sweet-talking Wentworth and saying how he wouldn’t want to go up against her at the end, since he wouldn’t have a shot at winning. Wentworth realizes that Spencer thinks he can win, so she decides to take this news to Jeremy, saying that Spencer is so well-spoken that he might be able to spellbind the jury. Jeremy considers possibly giving Wentworth his vote, which would send it to a fire-making tiebreaker. This would be a terrible idea, but Jeremy admittedly doesn’t lock himself into the plan.
SPENCER OR WENTWORTH
9:33 PM: We get the usual chitchat about the immunity challenge, with Spencer noting how disheartening it is when the ball dropped. Wentworth goes over her pitch to Jeremy, noting that Spencer is too articulate to let get to the end. Spencer feels it’s the pot calling the kettle black, since Wentworth has played an all-out game, and possibly the best game for this particular jury. He goes as far as to say that if Wentworth gets to the end, she wins 100%. In fact, he goes a bit further, saying that allowing Wentworth to make it to Day 39 would represent a MAJOR strategic blunder on Jeremy’s part, so much so that he’d not only vote for Wentworth to win, he’d campaign on her behalf in front of the jury! Wentworth starts campaigning hard to argue that she’s not a lock to win, but Spencer keeps arguing that there’s absolutely zero chance Wentworth loses if Jeremy keeps her around. He even threatens that he’d do everything in his power to make sure Wentworth won! Is he a mafia don now? This is madness! Jeremy seems torn, but he’s also ready to vote. In the vote, Spencer says he’s so nervous he can’t see straight. Wentworth, meanwhile, says this will be the last time she’ll ever write Spencer’s name down (oooo, burn!).
Probst tallies the votes…
KELLEY WENTWORTH IS VOTED OUT OF SURVIVOR: CAMBODIA – SECOND CHANCE!
Kelley wishes the finalists luck. In her farewell, she says she wanted to give it her all, and I feel that’s more or less what she did. I don’t know how she could possibly have given more.
9:41 PM: They wake up on Day 39 and enjoy their Day 39 breakfast as each of the castaways go over what making it to the end means to them. Tasha breaks down when talking about how she made it here without immunity wins, without any hidden idols, and without betraying her alliance. And you know, she makes a great point, and could end up being a bigger threat than many realize if she makes that exact case at Final Tribal Council. Spencer has an equally strong case, however, stating that he’s changed his game a lot since the first time he played, forming bonds that he wouldn’t have been able to form when he first played. For his part, Jeremy states that he’s doing this all for his family, breaking down in the process.
Savage: Savage calls out Spencer for his arrogance and asks if he has any regret about using arrogance to get himself to the end. Spencer admits that arrogance is a mask for his insecurities, and states that he slipped up last night in calling out Jeremy and threatening to torpedo his game from the jury. He considers it a mistake on his part, although he states he’s gained a lot of self-awareness. Savage asks Jeremy if he regrets calling out Kimmi at tribal council before voting her out. He gives his point of view on the tribal, saying he was hurt that Kimmi flipped on him, so that’s why he rebuked her so strongly. Seems kind of obvious.
Stephen: Stephen feels Jeremy brought trust, honor and integrity to a game that had none. So he asks Tasha what she feels she brought to the game as someone who is perceived as being the person doing Jeremy’s doing work. Tasha asserts that she’s a strong, independent woman and that no one dictates anything to her. Stephen asks Spencer how he feels about being “colonized” by the voting bloc strategy, and how he had to betray his allies. Spencer states that he had to make some hard choices at the expense of people he cared about.
Ciera: Ciera asks why flipping should be rewarded. Jeremy argues this is the best season of Survivor ever, so everyone was playing their hardest. He didn’t think it’s about flippers flipping, necessarily, it’s just about voting blocs and doing what you need to do to survive. Tasha makes a similar argument, stating she was in minority alliances, and needed to flip to make it through. Spencer says he felt he needed to blindside physical, strategic and social threats to put himself in a position to climb to the top.
Keith: Keith privileges humility, so he wants to see Jeremy and Spencer make the pitch for why the other should win a million dollars. Keith is unimpressed with how Jeremy makes the case for Spencer, while he seems far more satisfied with Spencer’s praise for Jeremy, despite it being more or less the same pitch (played a strong, smart game, etc.).
Abi-Maria: Abi wants to know what subtle moves they’ve made to get here. Tasha says that she let people believe she was tighter with Jeremy whereas she was actually closer with Spencer the whole time. Spencer’s subtle move was to divert attention away from himself and onto Joe. Lastly, Jeremy’s subtle move was finding idols, since having two of them gave him the privilege to play one for Stephen and strengthen the bond they shared.
Kimmi: Kimmi calls out Spencer for being a bully at last night’s tribal, and then asks Jeremy why Spencer replaced her in the pecking order. He states that he never said Spencer replaced her, she did. In fact, Jeremy was the one defending her when the others said she betrayed the alliance. But when he realized that she had flipped, he got angry and called her out, because he felt he’d been “duped by Kimmi Kappenberg”. Bold move, calling her out like that, but I would hope the jury would appreciate the honesty.
Joe: Joe asks Tasha for a specific example of how she maintained control in a situation where she had no power. She argues that she helped convince Jeremy to vote out Joe, which seems like kind of a stretch, honestly.
Wiglesworth: Wiglesworth says she lost Survivor by one vote due to one question, so she asks the final three the question: pick a number between one and ten. Jeremy says 2, Tasha says 3, and Spencer says 4. Interesting.
Kass: Kass asks Spencer how he could say she had no shot at this game, and then turn around and ask for her vote after playing like Chaos Kass. Spencer makes an impassioned plea about how he’s no longer the same Spencer who told her she had no chance of winning, and that he said things that came out of a place of anger and frustration. Kass applauds Spencer for his change, and hopes they could get a beer at the end of this. Spencer really gave a hell of a plea, and he might have just snatched the win from Jeremy with it.
Wentworth: Wentworth asks what each finalist’s second chance story is. Tasha says she wanted to keep her allies feeling like safe in their partnership with her, while Spencer talks about how he wanted to form the relationships he couldn’t form in Cagayan. The music then changes to a heartstring-pulling piano tune, as Jeremy finally reveals that Val is having a baby boy, and he wanted to tell everyone the entire time, but couldn’t for fear of ruining his game. Abi and Stephen seem genuinely moved. Never mind what I said about Spencer, Jeremy might have just won this game.
And now it’s time to vote, and we don’t get any sort of hint on who voted for whom, outside of sound bits from Joe (who notes how hard a decision this was) and Wiglesworth. Probst collects the votes, and then thanks all of the castaways for sharing their second chance. In a funny moment, Kass states how she hopes Probst gets on a jet ski. And awaaaaaay we go!
THE WINNER REVEALED…
10:07 PM: Probst is live in the studio! He thanks the castaways for making this “an electrifying season”, and then says that this season, more than any, illustrates how difficult it is to get to the end. He then gets to reading the votes…
JEREMY COLLINS WINS SURVIVOR: CAMBODIA – SECOND CHANCE!
I guess it was unanimous, since Probst would have read any other votes that had been cast. Congratulations, Jeremy! This was an amazing season, and one of the greatest in Survivor history. His victory roar as he went to embrace Val in the audience is now one of my favorite Survivor moments.
When we return from break for the reunion, Probst reveals that all ten votes were indeed for Jeremy. So yeah, he played an incredible game.
But what did you think of the final results? Did the right castaway win? Sound off in the comments!
And get all the details on next season, complete with Jeff Probst’s official announcement, right here: Survivor: Kaoh Rong Sneak Peek!
Until next season, thank you so much for joining me!