"Jellyfish 'N Chips: Days 13-15" - March 23
NIGHT 12: IBREHEM, JAMES AND (BOBBY) JON (AND STEPH, TOO).
I tell ya what; if we don't make it to merge with more than
two people, I'll be MORE than a little surprised! And Ibrehem is
still more than surprised that he's still around... and he has
Koror to thank for it. Steph suggests that we listen to each
other at the next Challenge so that we don't have any EXCUSES
when we lose. That sets James off on Ibrehem, blaming him and
him alone for the loss today. Bobby Jon thinks James need to get
DAY 13: WE GOT TO PRAY JUST TO MAKE IT TODAY
Didn't know Ibrehem was Muslim, did ya? Either that or
he does a great impersonation of Azeem from "Robin Hood: Prince
of Thieves". Either way, he's thankful for the grace of God (or
Allah or whoever) for Koror's benevolence.
REWARD CHALLENGE: I KNOW WHAT YOU'RE THINKING...DID I FIRE A
.50-CALIBER OR JUST A .38?
PRODUCT PLACEMENT ALERT! PRODUCT PLACEMENT ALERT!
We receive Stump-Mail... complete with a SINGLE Pringles(TM)
potato chip. The message:
Ready, aim, fire!
You'll each get a shot
Make sure it's a good one
You'll be bummed if it's not.
No strength required
A steady hand to compete
See the wonders of these islands
And give your taste buds a treat.
To Challenge Cove we go to give the dominant Koror a look at
us sans Angie the Braless Wonder. There is a .50-caliber small
class cannon (or a replica anyway) and 16 tiles hanging, half
for each tribe. Mean Uncle Jeff tells us that, one by one, we're
to aim at our tribe's tiles and fire one shot. The first tribe
to shatter all eight of their tribe's tiles wins Reward.
And, as you guessed, the potato chips in the tennis ball holders
are part of it. The winning tribe leaves on a unique Japanese
boat loaded with Pringles(TM) and Mai-Tais. They'll be taken to
sa place called Jellyfish Lake and take part in a snorkeling
expedition with the non-stinging jellies. After Koror sits half
their tribe out, we get ready.
Ulong covers Koro as paper covers rock, so Bobby Jon gets first
shot (literally). He locks and loads...BANG! Low and
inside, ball one. Greg fires high. James, who had EXPERIENCE in
shooting guns (or so Uncle Jeff thinks), fires too high and Coby
goes low. Ibrehem... JUST misses. And MVP Tom... well, you KNOW
he's going to hit it! He's practically perfect in every way (the
big b@#$%rd)! It's one-nil, Koror. Steph's first shot... hits
the mark and ties the game, and Caryn just misses... an ULONG
OK, I won't go shot-for-shot. The same order repeats and Ulong
and Koror stays neck and neck. But Steph and Ibrehem's excellent
marksmanship make up for James' inability to hit a bullet with
the side of a barn... and we get up to 6-5, our lead. Bobby Jon
connects with our seventh... and Greg keeps it close.
It's up the No-Hit James to bring it home for us. Ready...aim...BANG!
And James STAYS "O-fer", giving Coby a chance to tie. And we
know Coby's good under pressure... so it's not a surprise that
he nails the tile.
OK, next tile broken wins. It's Ibrehem's shot.
Ready...aim...(from way downtown...) BANG! Oooooooo...
just missed! So it's up to MVP Tom to win it for Koror. And...
he MISSES! It's up to OUR markswoman, Steph! Ready...aim...(bada-bing,
bada-boom, bada-) BANG! (shatter [sha-doo-be]) We got
our last tile!!
But, like The Joker's Wild, Koror gets a final shot. If
they shatter their last tile, there'll be a tie-breaker.
Otherwise, Ulong goes on to face the Dev... I mean, face the
jellyfish. Caryn steps up...
Ready.... aim..... BANG!!
[Jack Barry]Nope, it's all over! Ulong wins the
Reward![/Jack Barry] (cue TJW win music)
AFTERNOON 13: SWIMMIN' WIT DA (JELLY)FISHES
We paddled to the boat and started chomping on
curved salty goodness. Oh, Uncle Jeff forgot to mention that
these are "Pringles(TM) Prints" chips... with Survivor
trivia on them! So we spend the ride to the lake asking
questions about our favorite reality show.
We reach the shore and kike to a BEAUTIFULLY clear lake... with
jellies up to yin-yang! We put on our masks and fins and swim
among the denizens of the lake, not worrying about anyone
needing to suck the poison out of an unmentionable place. It is
a morale boost of epic proportions... and we HOPE it carries
over to the next Immunity Challenge. (Especially with the
monsoon coming in tonight.)
DAY 14 - IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: CAPTURE THE FLAG
More mail?!? We seriously need to put Uncle Jeff on our
"So Not Write" list! Ah, well. We open the box... and we find a
Koror flag. And a telegram?
THIS FLAG AND BOX BELONG TO
YOUR ENEMY. STOP.
YOUR ENEMY HAS YOUR FLAG AND BOX ALSO. STOP.
YOU MUST SECURE THE FLAG INSIDE THIS BOX USING ONLY THE
ROPE PROVIDED. STOP.
MAKE THIS BOX IMPENETRABLE. STOP.
BRING THE BOX TO THE CHALLENGE. STOP.
James, STOP! At least he knows something about
knots and we work on wrapping the rope around the box and tying
it into this one "unbreakable" knot. The tribe puts all our
trust in James... and time will tell if it is a good decision.
So to Challenge Cove we heft our box and meet Koror with theirs.
The Koror Idol... I mean the IMMUNITY Idol (really the same
thing) is back up for grabs. Uncle Jeff says that we will have
20 minutes to swim out, grab a bundle of lumber and create a
mini-fortress around the box to keep the opposing tribe out.
After 20 minutes, we'll switch sides and try to undo what the
other tribe has done: break down the fortress, untie the knot
and open the box. The first tribe to open the box, grab the
flag, hoist it up the flagpole and sees who salutes wins another
couple days to chill.
At the count of "GO!", Steph, Ibrehem and Bobby Jon swim out to
the lumber, flanked by Ian and . Katie and Janu add more knots
to the rope while James continues to work on ours. Steph and
Bobby Jon swim the first load half-way and hand it off to
Ibrehem before heading back for the other bundles. We return
with three bundles... while James rips his 'skirt' up to make
harder knots. We start on our fortress while Ian comes back with
Koror's final bundle. For the next 15 minutes, we tie and we
stack and we make the place look like a game of Pick-Up Sticks
gone horribly wrong.
Then we switch and, at "GO!", start to undo everything Koror has
done to our box. At first, the knots are easy... but,
eventually, we have ends all over the place and no clear way to
get them unlooped. We pull... we yank... we use our TEETH.
Meanwhile, Koror doesn't seem to have too much trouble with
THEIR box. They get it out of the "fortress" and start on James'
so-called "impenetrable" knot. We FINALLY get our box out and
start on KOROR's knot.
It turns out that the knot isn't as good as James thought it
would be. Koror's knots are easy... but there are a LOT of them.
As such, Koror pulls the rope completely off, open the box, grab
the flag, run it up the flagpole... and we SO want to give them
a "one-fingered salute" as they win Immunity... YET
(C-Note: HA ha!)
DAY 15: THE BLAME GAME
Five straight Immunity Challenges... five straight
loses! The over 24 hours we have to think about who to ditch
does NOT help our sour mood. I'm sure at least ONE of us is
thinking of bringing the machete to Tribal Council and slitting
Mean Uncle Jeff's throat... or something MORE vital about three
But who's the scapegoat THIS time? Ibrehem thinks James has done
the worst overall in this losing challenges. Steph and James
discuss booting Ibrehem... and Steph wants to be SURE that Bobby
Jon doesn't vote for James to tie things up again. Steph then
talks to Bobby Jon... about voting JAMES out. (That little
two-timing... yet excellent player!) Bobby Jon tries to make an
alliance with Steph and Ibrehem.
Steph is torn as to who should leave tonight. Should James leave
first and then Ibrehem? Or the other way around?
TRIBAL COUNCIL: THE FINAL FOUR
As we sit down, Mean Uncle Jeff asks James
what in the hell we have to do to stay AWAY from Tribal Council
for one night! James believes they sabatoged themselves in the
last Challenge... and Jeff turns the knife by saying that James
screwed around with his 'skirt' the whole time his tribemates
were swimming... and while Koror was strengthening their knots.
Ibrehem says he's not feeling too negative about how he'll do
tonight... and James says that this would not be a vote based on
Steph agrees that the tribe's on its last legs but she STILL
wants to win! Bobby Jon says that a tribe MUST be trustworthy
with each other... to a point, anyway. Steph has paranoia that
three guys, all from the same part of the country, are against
her... but she's confident that her hard work will pull her
It is time to vote yet again. Bobby Jon, James (Ibrehem),
Ibrehem (James) and Steph walk to the alcove and scrawl names...
Steph takes a bit of time, though..
Mean Uncle Jeff tallies the votes and reads them: James,...
Ibrehem,... James... and Ibrehem!
Another tie! Damn!
Again, no begging. Steph and Bobby Jon must vote again and, if
they vote differently, a tie-breaker must be instituted. Bobby
Jon and Steph re-vote.
And they are:
The "leader" has his torch snuffed. He's going back to pounding
steel instead of pounding the sand. And Mean Uncle Jeff says
that maybe this Council made the difference for this
tribe-o-trey... and, if not, he'll be seeing us again REAL soon!