Utahn voted off tribe, sent to Redemption Island on 'Survivor: Blood vs. Water'

Published: Thursday, Sept. 26 2013 2:55 p.m. MDT

Jeff Probst extinguishes Utahn Rachel Foulger's torch at Tribal Council during the second episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water," on Wednesday, Sept. 25.

Monty Brinton, CBS Broadcasting

Utahn Rachel Foulger was voted off the Tadhana Tribe and sent to Redemption Island on Wednesday evening’s episode of "Survivor: Blood vs. Water" on CBS.

The 33-year-old graphic designer and waitress from Provo looked back at her tribe and said, “Peace, guys” as she left.

On Redemption Island, Foulger has to individually battle the other voted-off castaways for a spot back in the game starting with next week's episode. Or her boyfriend, Tyson Apostol, 34, a former pro cyclist who was on "Survivor: Tocantins" and "Heroes vs. Villains," can switch places with her — which is what Foulger’s tribemates want to happen to weaken the opposing Galang Tribe of returning players.

This season of “Survivor” has unexpected twists that make each vote complicated.

“There are probably more layers to votes this season than we’ve ever had before,” host Jeff Probst said.

“Survivor” is a 39-day reality series that puts castaways in a primitive yet picturesque area — this season they are in the Filippino Caramoan Islands — as they try to outwit, outlast and outplay each other to win $1 million and be named that season’s “sole survivor.”

This season, 10 previous players are back with a loved one — including siblings, spouses, significant others, children and relatives.

During last week’s season premiere, the 10 pairs spent the night in the jungle alone, and that first morning on the beach, Probst announced they would divide into tribes of returning players and loved ones.

And immediately, each tribe had to vote someone off to be sent to Redemption Island.

The returning players, or Galang Tribe, voted off 30-year-old Candice Cody, who was on “Survivor: Cook Islands” and “Heroes vs. Villains,” and the tribe of loved ones called the Tadhana Tribe voted off 44-year-old Laura Boneham, wife of Rupert Boneham, 49, who competed on “Survivor: Pearl Island,” “All Stars” and “Heroes vs. Villains.”

In the twist of Redemption Island, if a castaway’s loved one is voted out, he or she has the option to switch spots with the loved one on Redemption Island and compete in the individual duels.

Rupert Boneham switched with his wife and she joined the returning players’ tribe, but Candice Cody didn’t switch with her husband, John, 30.

The returning players won the immunity challenge, sending the tribe of loved ones to Tribal Council. They voted out 21-year-old Marissa Peterson, niece of returning player Gervase Peterson, 43, of “Survivor: Borneo,” in part for Gervase’s excessive celebrating when he just barely made it through the swimming part of the challenge that including swimming, climbing, rowing and a puzzle.

On Wednesday’s episode, Candice Cody won the first Redemption Island duel on day 4 and Marissa Peterson was safe, sending Rupert Boneham home. The challenge was to use a pole to thread 10 spools through channels in a metal structure sitting on a spring and stack the spools on top of the swaying structure.

Rupert Boneham said he had no regrets.

“This is a great game and I love ‘Survivor,'” he said before leaving. “But I love my wife more.”

Candice also won a clue to the hidden Immunity Idol that she gave to her husband, which he didn’t share with anyone.

Many of the players on both tribes got emotional as they saw if their loved one was safe or not.

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