|"Man Down!: Days 4-6" - September 22
Night 3: Goodbye Mr. Chipped...
A few bumps and bruises along the way in almost complete and utter darkness
since Jim was voted off last time, the Nakum tribe finally returns home. Surely
last night did not give Bobby Jon the warm and fuzzies. "It seems like that's
where I live. It seems
like I'm paying rent at Tribal Council. I'm ready for it to change."
Day 4: ... and hello, Mr. Dyspnea.
Thinks are getting worse for the model-come-realtor Blake, as he is wheezing
and gasping for air. This is actually a continuation of an earlier problem (and
by that, I mean he tried - and failed - to sleep it off). Margaret does what she
did best back in round 1, which is comfort the fallen tribesman. Brandon is far
less sympathetic, telling us that he has to "man up".
Well, you know what they say, "if you can't breathe, nothing else matters."
Well, somehow Blake finds the strength to breathe enough to get... tree mail!
Hunger is a burden
You need energy to
You've been caught in a web of
Winning this one will help you
R-CHALLENGE: Oh, What a Tangled Web We Weave... (for fishing supplies; Amy
sits out for Yaxha)
Across a ramp and a mesh walk is a spider's web suspended above the water.
Suspended from the web are bags that must be retrieved. Each tribesman will
attempt the run once before they can start with the picking and choosing. If a
tribesman falls off the web, they must return to the start empty-handed. First
tribe to bring back all eight bags wins fishing supplies.
It starts as a dead heat, and even the wheezing warrior Blake brings back a
pack. Rafe, being scrawny and quite possibly way too effeminate, returns
empty-handed, giving Nakum a big advantage... one that was blown as Judd dropped
into the waters before grabbing his own bag. We have another dead heat, as the
final challenge is set between Brian of the Yaxha and Blake of the Nakum. After
"manning up", Blake sprints to the finish, dropping his bag before Brian does.
Despite Bobby Jon consistently moving slower than hell, Nakum picks up their
Day 5: The best part of waking up apparently didn't sponsor this particular
Early morning, or as Brandon put it, the "butt crack of dawn". The boys of
Nakum are out at Lake Wobegon (no, not really) with their new fishing gear.
Fueled by the previous day's win, Blake managed to catch himself some small
fish. Now, I'm no fisherman (but to my credit, I am a fan of Chuck Woolery), but
wouldn't those fish be better served as bait to catch, you know... bigger fish?
I guess when you're short on protein, any port in a storm, eh?
Sure enough, Lydia is very anxious to get the fish poppin'. Just goes to show
you that even if you managed to catch guppies instead of a nice fat seabass, you
can still have... good eats (cue Alton Brown sounder).
Good enough for Blake's condition, you would think, right? Wrong. Despite
having a much-needed protein fix, Blake finds himself in another fit of dyspnea
(a condition characterized by shallow, if not absent, breaths... so if anyone
asks, you heard it here). This time, it's accompanied by serious cramping. Call
me crazy, but the diagnostician in me senses that Blake may be suffering from a
heat cramp. So screw the protein, the brother needs some water. Once again, it's
Nurse Margaret to the rescue. Blake is very much appreciative. Wish I could say
the same for Judd. "Blake just rests
all day so he's got all his strength and his energy to go into all these
Challenges. I want to be the hero next Challenge." Brandon concurs with
Judd after a heart to heart.
Then comes word of the Immunity Challenge, per
Blood, sweat, tears and...mud
give it all
Stretching, pulling, scraping,
This could be a brawl!
work since you've arrived
Will happen here
You decide how much sweat to give
one more goes
... as Bobby Jon thinks that it's a
tug-of-war of some sort. Danni, remembering seeing one Gary Hogeboom as an
opposing tribesman and linking him to his footballer past, senses danger head.
"None of them are very athletic." Well, you know what they say, it's all about
Pay attention. This is all relevant.
I-CHALLENGE: A Drag Race in the Mud (Brianna sits out for Yaxha)
Good old-fashioned tug-of-war. The objective: grab a flag at the end of your
field. First tribe to three wins Immunity. If no flags have been grabbed at the
end of the 15-minute opening round, we switch to one-on-one combat with the same
objective. Tribesmen can interfere or hamper with progress.
I will be the first to tell you that the opening round is irrelevant, as the
tribes pull to a stalemate.
Individual round 1: Judd vs. Gary. It starts as a stalemate, but Judd summons
the intestinal fortitude to fight forward through the bog. It is at this crucial
moment in the game when Danni, from the sidelines, makes a potential
"Judd, you're a linebacker! Gary's a quarterback!"
At this point, Gary, like the devil after he takes civilian identity and is
outed as the devil, turns and tackles Judd to the ground. Needless to say, Gary
never lets Judd go, and since technically Judd's closer than Gary is, Judd wins.
Nakum leads, 1-0.
Individual round 2: Jamie vs. Brandon. No contest, as Brandon makes like an
ox back at the farm and grabs flag #2 for Nakum, making it 2-0.
Individual round 3: Jamie vs. Judd. With Danni nowhere in sight to make an
off comment about how Jamie was high scorer in Madden NFL back in the day, Judd
would have to win this one on his own. Jamie starts toward his flag with no
slack in the tether... or so it seemed. At the last possible second, Jamie is
taken aback when Judd makes a surprise dash for the flag. End result: one, two,
three... Hot streak! Nakum wins Immunity, and Yaxha is headed to...
Night 6: Tribal Council:
Abracadabra, alakazam. After Steph notes that she's welcomed by her tribe,
and after Jamie tells everyone that she's a threat (he WOULD, see episode 1)
and defends Lydia to the death... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN... Morgan magically
disappears in a 8-1 vote, with the sole dissenting vote - hers - going to