His time on Survivor was cut short, but Caleb Reynolds says he will be back on the beach for an upcoming season.
Just moments after his frightening medical emergency splashed across the airwaves, Caleb Reynolds held a Facebook live stream in which he told his fans he will play the game again.
“You guys will see me again sooner or later on that show,” he said. “I don’t know what I’m gonna have to do to do it, but I’m gonna be jumping right back in on that bad boy and going at it again for a second chance.”
CBS even hinted at his potential return twice in the episode. The first tease came in an onscreen message updating viewers on Caleb’s condition: “Caleb has fully recovered, is 100% healthy… and hopes to play again.” The second came at the end of the episode when Caleb gave his final words. “It’s one of them (sic) experiences that I would honestly do again,” he declared.
Make no mistake about it, Caleb will be back. So will last season’s Joe Anglim. When CBS has a castaway so beloved by fans, they find ways to have those people play again. That’s why people like Boston Rob Mariano, Ozzy Lusth and Rupert Boneham have become Survivor staples.
“I’m sure it’s gonna be soon,” Caleb predicts of his anticipated return to the game before adding that it’s not a question of if he will be back, but a question of when.
The medical evacuation itself was one of the most frightening moments in Survivor‘s 32 seasons. It happened in an extremely hot Reward challenge in which three castaways collapsed, including Debbie and Cydney. Although those women quickly recovered, Caleb’s body heat was so excessive that he became unresponsive. During his post-episode Facebook live stream, he said it had been the hottest day in Survivor history at 121 degrees F.
Host Jeff Probst sat at Caleb’s side as the medical team doused his chest, neck and head with cold bottled water. Big pieces of ice were also placed on his body as an IV was inserted in his arm. But it wasn’t enough. Moments later, the doctor told Probst it was time to bring in a chopper because Caleb needed to be medically evacuated.
His tribemates were absolutely distraught, especially Tai, his bromance buddy. It was also an emotional moment for many viewers who expressed their sadness on Twitter.
This is just the latest in a series of medical concerns from this season, which has been consistently labeled as the toughest ever. Rumor has it, there will be more medical evacuations this season.
Brutal Tribal Council
The heat didn’t simmer down after the dramatic challenge. Back at the Brawn tribe, Alecia went toe to toe with Scot and Jason about the way they treat her. Although we did get to see a softer side of Jason as he cradled Cydney’s quivering body after she collapsed in the exhausting challenge, his fangs unfurled once again, sending venom into Alecia. He and Scot berated her, basically saying she isn’t good for much other than being a cheerleader.
With Alecia being the obvious target, Jason suggested to Probst that they hold Tribal Council right there on the beach after losing the Immunity challenge for the third time in four episodes. Alecia refused to agree to the on-the-spot vote, forcing one of the shortest, and most predictable, Tribal Councils we’ve ever seen. Alecia, who has dodged being booted for a number of episodes now, had her torch snuffed out.