"The Brave May Not Live Long, but the
Cautious Don't Live at All: Days 7-8" - September 29|
Day 7: MONKEY!
So here's where we find the difference between
Cindy the Zookeeper and everyone else. Nakum is awakened by the sound of howler
monkeys, a common sight in the Central American brush.
How Cindy takes it: elated at the opportunity to
live so close to nature and pontificated on the monkeys' possible situation,
most likely calling out to family members. People pay good money to hear howler
monkeys. Judd shouldn't complain.
How Judd takes it: miserably, finding it "the
most annoyingest noise I've ever heard in my entire life." The howler monkeys
are driving Judd out of his mind. Cindy thinks she's Doctor Dolittle.
R-CHALLENGE: BLINDSIDE (for pillows,
lanterns, tarps, and rope; Amy
sits out for Yaxha)
Players must reenact a building
of an archaeological tent... blindfolded and bound to each
other. A caller directs each team to pieces of an archaeological
tent. Once all the pieces were gathered, the blindfolds were
removed and the tent built. Whoever finishes first wins.
Gary and Brooke will act as
playcallers. This is a no-brainer for Gary, as he used to be,
say it with me now, and NFL quarterback. Of coruse, it didn't
help ANY matters that Danni kept getting hit on the head all the
time. Yaxha was the first to collect all the items and disrobe
their blindfolds. But Nakum, following Brooke, found their last
item quickly after Yaxha had torn off their blindfolds. Working
together, Nakum figured out how to build their tent faster,
passing Yaxha and winning the comfort items.
Just goes to show you that the
power of teamwork overshadows the accomplishments of one. Gary.
Still Day 7: ROBOT! Okay, it's a crocodile...
It is good times at Nakum. Bobby
Jon is overjoyed. "I'm not used to being on the winning team.
This rocks." Meanwhile, the pyramid's a mess (the rewards fix
that nicely). We go from Survivor to Trading Spaces, as the
tribe thought about different ways to lay out their hard-earned
prizes. Margaret had some ideas... good ideas... but the guys,
being, well.. guys, didn't want to hear them. Judd complained,
"I ain't here to take any orders. The only people to tell me
what to do are my boss and my wife."
But what's probably the bigger
concern... it's damned hot. To this end, Brandon, Judd, and
Bobby Jon head to a nearby body of water and cool off. The only
problem... Crocodiles... Lots... and lots ... of crocodiles.
Cindy tries to warn the guys that the crocs are dangerous like
some sort of Crocodile Hunter reject. She stays behind. Brandon
puts this move in the proper perspective: "The brave may not
live long, but the cautious don't live at all. This is the most
alive I've ever been."
That's about to change, if this mail has anything to say...
Day 8: Mail...
The ancient Maya civilization embraced sports.
The warriors would adorn themselves in ceremonial garb
and body paint.
When a team of warriors would lose, the cost would be a
You will do the same tonight at tribal council.
I-CHALLENGE: BASKETBALL... OLD
OLD OLD SCHOOL STYLE
A challenge based on a Mayan game
that is like basketball except it is played on suspended nets,
the hoops are hanging down instead of laying flat and you can
only pass. No running with the ball. So it's like Ultimate
Frisbee... only with a ball instead of a frisbee. The tribe that
scores 5 points wins.
Round 1: Brian scores for Yaxha,
giving them an early lead, but Amy took a hard crash on the
court, giving Nakum a slight edge. With the score tied, an
all-female round was next. Stephenie had the ball and fought off
Cindy, guarding her closely. Desperately seeking someone to pass
to due to Brianna's inaction, Stephenie found an open Lydia, who
runs with the ball and gets called on it. That's a foul, and
Nakum ball. Steph tries to form a play with Brianna and Lydia
but they don't understand a word she is saying. And Brianna
might as well be a statue, because she is there doing absolutely
nothing for her team.
Final round, Margaret stole the
ball for Nakum and found Danni under the basket. Danni fought
off the coverage and sunk the winning basket, giving Nakum the
Night 6: Tribal Council:
Jamie says that Brianna is a
girly girl, and Stephenie can't stand losing again, so the end
result, Brianna is sent on her way, with the only votes cast
against for Lydia.... Hers, of course.