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Targets continue shifting on 'Survivor'

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The competitors vie for Immunity in Wednesday’s “Friendly Fire” episode of “Survivor: Winners at War.” They are (from left) Denise Stapley of Marion (mostly hidden), Jeremy Collins, Ben Driebergen, Kim Spradlin, Michele Fitzgerald, Nick Wilson, Sarah Lacina of Cedar Rapids and Tony Vlachos. The test of strength, stamina and strategy continues with a two-hour episode next Wednesday on CBS-TV and CBS All Access. (CBS Entertainment)

Talk is cheap on “Survivor: Winners at War.”

All the strategizing that takes place at camp seems to fly out the window at Tribal Council, and Wednesday night’s episode, dubbed “Friendly Fire,” was no exception.

Going into Day 29 on the CBS-TV test of strength, stamina and strategy, Tony Vlachos again had a target on his back. But once again, he won the day’s Immunity Challenge, meaning he couldn’t be voted off the island that night.

He wasn’t the only one safe from the vote.

Denise Stapley of Marion also won Immunity, in the day’s competition to see what man and what woman could last the longest standing on a narrow beam with one arm held straight up, tethered to a bucket of colored liquid. When their hand dropped, they were doused and knocked out of competition.

Three competitors chose to step down and feast on chocolate, peanut butter, cookies and milk. That’s a tempting prize on a deserted Fiji island where the competitors have to scrounge for nearly everything but rice.

Sarah Lacina of Cedar Rapids was worried that her game was in jeopardy, but like Stapley, she survived to play another day.

Whispering and last-minute change-ups are becoming commonplace at Tribal Council.

“It’s a tribe of crazy, paranoid players, and it’s driving me nuts,” Stapley told host Jeff Probst as other players circled around, plotting and scheming for votes and the use of Immunity Idols to save each other from being booted to the Edge of Extinction island.

“Everything changes every day,” Kim Spradlin said. “The person on the bottom one day can be calling the shots the next day.”

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“It’s mentally and emotionally exhausting,” Lacina added. “It’s ridiculous.”

Vlachos offered to give his Immunity Idol to Lacina before Probst started tallying the votes, but Lacina refused his offer. It was a gutsy move. But even though Lacina’s name had been brought up during the day, no one cast any votes to send her packing.

It was Spradlin’s maneuvers to control the votes that earned her a trip to the Edge of Extinction, where everyone voted off the main island focuses on trying to win their way back into play for the $2 million prize.

The action continues with a two-hour episode next Wednesday on CBS-TV and CBS All Access.

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