Monty Brinton, CBS Broadcasting Inc.
Provo resident Angie Layton drew the ire of a fellow Matsing castaway during Wednesday night's episode of "Survivor: Philippines." Their tribe ended up at tribal council for the second time in the row, but it was Roxanne “Roxy” Morris who went home and 20-year-old Layton is still in the race for the $1 million prize.
It was raining during most of days four, five and six on the island. Layton, who was the 2010 Miss Teen Utah and the third runner-up in the 2010 Miss Teen USA competition, and 25-year-old Malcolm Freberg, a bartender, ended up snuggling at night. Morris noticed this and assumed there was a stronger alliance or relationship between the two.
"If me and Malcolm wouldn't have cuddled, I would have froze to death," Layton said. "There is nothing going on between us. It's just, you know, when it's cold, you need to cuddle up with someone."
Morris also raised her concern to the two other tribe mates and was set on seeing that Layton went home. In past "Survivor" episodes, a couple pairing up is seen as a threat to their tribe. "A pair in this game is very dangerous," Morris said.
"I know that I shouldn't be cuddling with Angie, but it's cold at night," Freberg said, adding that he isn't going to push away a "good-looking blonde girl."
Freberg also noticed that Morris isn't doing much around camp to help, while the rest of them were trying to keep the fire going and keep their shelter from leaking.
The castaways are divided into three tribes and each includes a former "Survivor" season competitor who had to be evacuated for medical reasons.
The rain stopped on day six before their immunity challenge, which the Matsing tribe narrowly lost.
The immunity challenge included pulling bundles of puzzle pieces on a sled back to a large puzzle board. It took three trips to get the bundles back to the board and then a caller helped the two putting together the puzzle.
The Tandang tribe won immunity and the reward of blankets, pillows and a tarp, and the Kalabaw tribe came in second, winning immunity and a tarp.
At tribal council, host Jeff Probst asked several of the Matsing tribe members questions, including finishing this sentence: "If there is one thing that could change about this tribe, it would be ."
Morris said that her tribe mates put too much energy in working around camp.
And Layton answered: "That we could have cookies."
Her answer was greeted with surprise from Probst and several of her fellow castaways. Also during the tribal council discussion, both Freberg and Layton had to defend their actions.
Layton received one vote at the tribal council and it was the four votes for Morris that got her torch snuffed.
On the Kalabow tribe, 44-year-old Jeff Kent helped pull the sled twice during the immunity challenge, and it didn't appear that his knee was bothering him.
Kent, who like Layton is Mormon, thought he might have torn his MCL when he slipped as they were untying their rafts when they were heading off to their beaches on their first day.
Kent, a retired Major League Baseball player, said he was struggling due to the constant rain and cold, but said that his experiences playing baseball will help him during the 39-day contest.
"I'm up for the challenge. I know how to wait people out," Kent said. "In baseball, we play for six months. If you don't have anything left in the tank in October, then you're not going to be a champion."
Kent hasn't told anyone on his tribe about his knee or his past as a baseball player. The rainy weather could also be a good thing for Kent, as he saw it as a chance to be off of his knee.
Jonathan Penner, 50, who was previously evacuated from “Survivor: Micronesia” because of a knee infection, was focused on and nearly obsessed with finding the personal immunity idol around their camp and did. But his Kalabow tribe mates have noticed his searching and aren't too pleased with him.
On the Tandang tribe, the quiet ways of 49-year-old Lisa Whelchel, who played Blair on "The Facts of Life," drew notice of the rest of her tribe, who figured she was looking for the tribe's hidden immunity idol. They have essentially decided that if they went to tribal council, then it's Whelchel who is going home.
"Survivor: Philippines" airs Wednesday nights on CBS at 7 p.m.
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