Chapel Hill doctor Alison Raybould had three scary tribal councils in a row before making it to Wednesday’s “Survivor” finale, but being in the finale still meant she had a very long way to go.
Three weeks ago, tribal members conspired to vote Alison out, but a blindside took out Carl instead, and Alison barely hung on. Over the next two weeks, Alison came within one vote of going home in each tribal council.
And barely 20 minutes into Wednesday’s finale, talk once again turned to getting rid of the 28-year-old UNC physician.
Here’s how it all went down (it was a three-hour show, so buckle in).
Bag of bones
Nick won a complicated puzzle challenge and was able to pick two people to go with him to enjoy a spaghetti feast. He did not pick Alison — no one ever picks Alison to go along for rewards — and she was visibly upset.
When host Jeff Probst asked Alison how it felt to never be picked, she answered: “I’m clawing my way through this game. I’m very hungry right now and they know that. I’m a bag of bones, but I’m still here and I’m still smiling.”
Away from the group, the smiles were gone. “It was crushing to lose,” Alison told the camera. “I’m just the person left behind every time. God, it’s hard to constantly be the one in the crossfire.”
‘I just want to get rid of Alison’
At the reward dinner, Nick wasted no time saying he wanted to get rid of Alison.
“I just want to get rid of Alison so freaking bad,” Nick said, adding that he’s wanted to get rid of her for a long time. “It’ll be Alison unless she plays an idol.” She did not have an idol.
Nick’s dining partners Mike and Angelina agreed. Angelina did some back-stabby stuff talking to Alison later, but told the camera, cackling like a comic book villain: “She has wronged me before. I’m eager to get some revenge on Alison.”
Cut to Mike telling Cara that Angelina is “obsessed with Alison” but that he believes Davie is much more of a threat, and that he should go instead. Mike tries to convince Angelina to vote Davie out instead, but she’s so torn. She really wants Alison gone.
At the first tribal council, after some chit-chat about how Alison has nearly been voted out many times and how you really can’t trust anyone, Jeff counted the votes.
When the votes were counted, Davie was out. Alison survived another close call.
A ‘cruel psychopath’ guns for Alison
Alison took an early lead in the second challenge, but she was head-to-head with Nick in the puzzle portion. Nick got into a groove and finished the puzzle first and once again won immunity.
Back at camp, Angelina — who has an immunity idol and can’t be voted out — concocted a complicated strategy to get Alison and Cara to vote for her at tribal council, then she’ll play her idol and let the other votes take out Alison. It’s her “dream” scenario, she says.
“It’s a little catty,” she told Mike. “But it is a little personal with Alison.”
Mike described her strategy as “from outer space. We don’t need the theatrics right now.” Then Angelina decided she wanted to go even further and “fake-idol” Alison — to make Alison think she’s found an idol just to humiliate her more at council. Mike told Cara about the plan and said of Angelina, “She’s like a cruel psychopath. She’s evil.”
Of course, people started to think maybe Mike is the most popular player left in the game, so maybe he should go. Meanwhile, Alison did find the fake idol and Angelina was so excited.
So many twists and turns!
Who went home?
At the next tribal council, Alison said she recognized that she’s a target and she pointed out that Mike is a threat, and he was extremely irritated by that.
Alison did play the fake idol, but she did so saying she was pretty sure it was not real. Angelina giggled, thrilled with herself, but she didn’t get the fireworks and drama she craved.
Then the votes were counted and this time, Alison’s luck ran out.
“Thanks for letting me be part of your dysfunctional family,” she said as she left. I hope they gave her a cheeseburger as she walked off camera.
One thing is for certain ... Angelina is ... not OK.
The final three ended up being Nick (who won immunity for a third time), Angelina (Nick picked her for the final because she is the least popular), and Mike (he won a fire battle against Cara).
The final winner was selected by a jury made up of people previously voted off of the show this season.
At the final vote talley, Kentucky lawyer Nick Wilson was the winner. He’ll receive a $1 million prize.