"I Will Not Give Up: Days 22-24" - April 14
NIGHT 21/DAY 22: ALONE AGAIN (NATURALLY)
This has never happened before. An entire tribe torn
asunder, one by one being voted out because the tribe just could
not get it together to even win ONE Immunity Challenge.
And, after the Ulong Holocaust, only Stephenie remains alive.
Steph never imagined she'd by all alone. Well,... she KNEW she'd
be alone when she won the million... but, of course, this wasn't
the time. She's excited... but also a little scary. She's amazed
that she beat the man who TAUGHT her about making fire. She's
afraid... but she will NOT give up.
As she wakes up, she gets to work. Slicing coconuts, getting
water, gathering wood, wondering how long she can keep this up on
her own. Spear fishing is a little difficult since she can't
spot anything. And, when it comes to knocking down coconuts,...
she throws like a girl. She CAN climb, though. If she wins,
however, she knows all the pain and lonliness will be worth it.
OVER AT KOROR: SHINY (UN)HAPPY
Ian realizes it is Day 22. They
are reaching the final phase of the game. They are all
physically feeling it. They are getting thinner, that is for
sure. Ian says that some of the other tribe members are dragging
the others down. Coby is just an annoying pain in the ass and
Janu just lies around all the time like a weird aunt kept locked
in the attic.
But after the last tender moment
of Koror, after celebrating the domination over Ulong, you would
expect that to just be the editing talking. And in reality,
they're as united and as happy as ever, right?
Coby: "Heh, yeah right."
Segueing into the Coby rant, he sounds off as Caryn listens.
Coby is sick of Koror. He is very cranky but is trying to
maintain his composure. He thinks he will stay away from the
"boys" (Ian, Gregg and Tom) today just to be safe. He mocks them
for sitting around and talking about fishing when they should
just off their butts and do it. "Let us run out of firewood. Let
us run out of food. I don't care."
Coby then starts to parade
around the scene like the queen of the queens... Well... not
BACK AT ULONG: MAIL CALL!
So... what does Vicious Uncle Jeff have for Steph THIS
time? Another puzzle? A tape of Chicago's "You're Not Alone" to
make her feel MORE scared?
No... it's some some sort of package that says, "DO NOT OPEN;
GIVE TO KOROR". And a message for her:
Dirty, hungry and all alone;
This is no way to be.
Pack your canoe with all you want,
And paddle out to sea.
The lone Ulong Survivor.
You're the only to endure.
The next phase of your adventure,
Starts with a trip to Koror.
we have a merge?!?! GREAT @#$%ING TIMING, JEFF!)
Steph reads the note through excited tears. She thinks she's
finally going to have new people talking down to her, new people
to feed her while planning to stab her in the back, new people
for which she'll spend the next three days with before being
tossed. But, what the hell, it's PEOPLE!
She packs her clothes, the flint, the Home Depot(TM) tool chest,
the Hawai'ian sling and the Ulong tribal flag (which she's sure
will become obselete) and paddles her long canoe, following the
map to her new home...
AFTERNOON 22: WELCOME TO THE NEIGHBORHOOD
No word if Koror got the word that the last Ulong member was
coming to town, but they're a little shocked to see Steph march
into camp. Hugs all around... except for Janu. The package gets
opened and read by Coby:
has been conquered;
So enjoy the spoils of war.
The blue Buff gets retired,
And one more now joins Koror.
In honor of your victory,
You deserve some help at least.
Visitors will be arriving shortly,
But you'll have to work to get a feast.
O......kay. So... no new flag?
No new Buffs? No tribal name change? Just... KOROR?! (Gee, does
that mean I can stop making recaps? Just kiddin',
Chico.) And what the hell is all this about "working to get a
feast"? Against WHOM?!
Well, in any case, the blue Buff of the conquered Ulong is
slipped off Steph's chest (relax, she has a bra underneath) and
replaced with the brown Buff of Koror included in the package.
Steph is SO damned happy to be rid of Ulong. "This is a new
chapter in my life," she says. "I'm ready to start winning!"
As the girls give Steph the 50-cent tour (Pulau uses American
currency, y'know), Jenn immediately makes a like/hate
relationship with her; she likes that she's where they thought
she belonged... but hates the kind of competitor she is
(translation: Steph's tougher than Jenn could EVER be). Jenn
thinks Steph needs to go.
Coby has DIFFERENT plans for Steph. No, not THOSE kind of plans!
He's gay, remember?! He plans to get her alone and tell her all
the dirty little secrets about Koror... and show that they are
NOT the happy little community everyone else tells her they are.
DAY 23: TEACH A MAN TO FISH...AND HE WILL SIT IN A BOAT
AND DRINK HIMSELF STUPID
Well, here come the aforementioned visitors; two natives in a
raft. Thehead man's name is "Joe"... and we find out why we have
to "work": "Joe" is there to teach us how to fish, Palauan
style! See, according to "Joe", we take small bits of clam to
catch small fish... which will then be used to catch BIG fish.
Then "Joe" says that two of the tribespeople needs to stay and
catch bait. Coby jumps up an volunteers... and suggests that Ian
join him. But MVP Tom has other ideas... and said ideas don't
wash too well with Coby. Eventually, they agree that Coby will
help the girls while MVP takes Ian and Gregg out with "Joe" to
catch fish. While they're out there, they catch HUGE fish (I
mean, not marlin or sailfish huge, but huge by Survivor
standards to be certain). Of course, Tom is the first to catch
As night starts to fall, the men come in with a baker's dozen of
fish as well as a lobster. "Joe" also produces (yo-ho-ho and) a
bottle of rum. They put the rum in the coconuts and drank it all
up. And the partying lasted into the night with seafood and rum
and talking and rum and welcoming Steph to her former enemy's
camp and... did I mention rum? Tom... he got wasted. Thank God
there's no phone, no lights and no motor car because the MVP
needs to hit AA ASAP, dude.
All the while, as they settle in for the night, Steph is
thinking. It's nice that she's been so welcome into the tribe
but she knows damn well that she's still the outcast in a solid
tribe. And she knows for certain that she's odds-on favorite to
be the first in the Jury.
DAY 24: THERE'S GOT TO BE A MORNING AFTER...
Tom claims to have "blacked-out" during the night...
but he's up and at 'em the next morning, catching bait and
helping the tribe say "aloha" to "Joe".
The only one who's claiming to be still playing the game is Coby.
He's sick of Tom, he's a little scared of Steph and he wants to
shake things up. Coby takes Steph's arm and brings her aside (a
bit TOO obviously for the rest of the tribe NOT to notice). Then
he tells her he did this on purpose because he WANTS them to
know he's so through with them. He then gives the Koror Alliance
as he knows it: MVP Tom, Ian, Katie, Jenn and Gregg. He claims
Katie and Gregg want to turn on the Alliance... and he tossed in
a bunch of other stuff about Steph's chances.
And when she came BACK, Jenn and Katie dragged her off for a
"sand bath" and a debriefing. Steph gives the girls all the poop
that the "girl" told her... and Jenn and Katie tell HER that
they're on the same side. Steph then talks MVP Tom, who tells
HER that the Alliance "will protect her". (Yeah, like the police
guards protected Lee Harvey Oswald, right?)
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: STAND THE STORM
The new Koror tribe arrives untied at Challenge Cove... right by
a WWII cannon. Uncle Jeff (now that Ulong is history, my
antipathy towards him wanes... a little) takes back the Koror
Idol (allowing Steph to touch it just ONCE) and ditches it. The
OFFICIAL Immunity Necklace is shown: beads and baubles... and a
shark's jawbone. Nice. All Immunity Challenges will be
individual from here on out... and Jeff warns all but Steph that
it might mean trouble for some of them since they sat out many a
challenge while the others destroyed Ulong.
OK, enough editorializing. To the Challenge at hand. It's the
usual "Last Person Standing" Challenge: go to perch in water,
stand on perch in water, do not jump off, fall off or sit on
perch in water or you're out, last one on perch in water gets
Immunity. Right after the Challenge, they will trek directly to
the Ulong Memorial Supply Dump O' Doom to vote someone out of
the tribe and onto the Jury.
The nine Korors swim out to the perches and stand straight and
tall... while Sadistic Uncle Jeff relaxes and watches. Jeff ALSO
starts up a conversation with the players, as if they were
ALREADY at Tribal Council. He asks Tom if Steph's arrival
affects strategy... and Tom evades the question deftly. Coby
won't, however, saying everybody KNOWS who they want out.
One hour later, the mandatory bribery begins. Jeff brings out a
plate of donuts, saying that whosoever bails out now gets to
chomp on these fattening pasteries. Coby starts to bargain with
the others to join him, since he "can't resist a donut". When
Jeff says he can promise up to two donuts each, Coby gayly jumps
in, swims in and chomps away! Janu likewise joins him, claiming
her back is aching. (This from a showgirl who makes a living
wearing large and heavy feathered hats on her head?!) Gregg
suffers as Coby eats it s-l-o-w-l-y in front of his eyes. When
Jeff asks the group WHY someone would voluntarily give up
Immunity for donuts, Steph says, "Either they WANT to go home or
they don't think they're in DANGER of going home."
90 minutes in, Coby asks what the others would "jump for". The
answers vary from chocolate to peanut butter to... baluts? Yes,
MVP Tom wants those half-formed chickens he gulped down nine of
a few days ago. Ian says he'd strip naked (like two girls in
another series [forgive me for not knowing which]) for peanut
butter... and Jeff says plainly, "Nobody wants to see that!"
The sun starts to set, torches are lit and the Challenge goes
on. At 2:30 in, Jeff comes out with 15 chocolate-chip cookies
and a glass of milk to those who jump in the next 15 seconds.
Jenn and Katie IMMEDIATELY jump off, with Gregg and Ian not that
far behind! Steph, MVP Tom and Caryn are all that left.
The (perpetually full) moon rises... and Caryn and Tom talk
about who's gonna make it. At three hours into the challenge,
the next temptation comes out on a tray. Jeff says that, once he
uncovers the tray, if nobody jumps in within five seconds,
whatever's there goes to the six who had jumped already. And it
is... PIZZA! 5... 4... and the LADIES JUMP! (DAMMIT, STEPH! NO
WONDER YOUR TRIBE SUCKED!) MVP Tom wins the first true
Individual Immunity! (Like there was any doubt, right?) Caryn
and Steph share the pizza... and Tom is the only one left
starving... but, at least it won't be his LAST meal on the
TRIBAL COUNCIL: A MILLION-DOLLAR PLATE OF DONUTS
After the losers eat and digest, we all head to the Ulong
Memorial Supply Dump O' Doom. Steph knows she is a "free vote"
and thinks she'd be stupid to think she wasn't dead meat. Jenn
likes Steph and admits she's good at everything. Coby likes
Steph as well, saying this is a game of popularity. Janu admits
to not pulling her weight as of late and she thinks it IS her
tonight... but she's not worried. Steph says she's "not good at
temptation", hence why she gave up Immunity for pizza when she's
PRETTY sure she's history. But, if she's gone, it'll be the
biggest regret of her entire life.
With MVP Tom holding on to Immunity when given the opportunity
to hand it off, it is time to vote (and, again, I'm predicting a
tie). Tom, Ian ("Coby, it's like the Mafia; it's business"),
Steph, Jenn, Janu ("Stephenie"), Caryn, Katie, Gregg and Coby
scratch down names (and I'm sure Steph is getting writer's
Uncle Jeff tallies and reads the votes: Steph, Janu, Coby, Coby,
Coby, Coby... COBY! By a seven-to-one-to-one vote, the
has been shaved from this game! But he'll be back with a
vengeance as Juror # 1. Thank Uncle Jeff for the million-dollar
donuts and get out.
Uncle Jeff tells us that we are not "one big, happy tribe" but
eight individuals fighting for the million bucks.
(My God,.... Steph's still IN?!?!? *faints dead away*)