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castaways, along with two OLD ones from Palau, head for the
land of the Maya people. In the shadows of the pyramids, they
have to brave the heat, the jungle and each other for a chance
to win $1 million. Eighteen castaways, 39 days... only ONE
Check out GSNN's Tribal Council to see who is left in the
Recaps by Chico Alexander and
Chris Wolvie, GSNN
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|"To Betray or Not to Betray: Days 9-11" - October
LITTLE FISH...BIG REPTILES...NO PROBLEMS
despite not winning the last three Challenges and still
starving, Yaxha tribe seems to be taking it well. It's not
like their starving THAT much, what with the "minnow trap"
working amazingly well. On top of that, Gary and Rafe seem to
be leading the charge by lowering a pot into the water, bating
the minnows with cornmeal and then LIFTING the water-laden jug
out as the minnow swims over it. It works to a point, I
But...remember all that jazz about crocs in the
lake? Well, one of the crocs that had harrassed Nakum as come
to bug US this time. And Stephenie spots well to it. She
doesn't take to look for Captain Hook's hand any time soon.
CHALLENGE: WHO DO YOU LOVE?
Uncle Jeff meets us and Nakum at Challenge
Beach (and Nakum sees us without Brianna). But...he says this
isn't REALLY a Challenge as much as...well, just a chance to
get to know the other tribe better as well as how much the
tribes know themselves. After all, the best way to BEAT your
enemy is to LEARN about them, right? And the one to get their
name written most on the parchment will get a "gift".
(OK...anyone who believes this load, raise your
First question: which member's in most need of
a meal? After some scratching, Jamie and Danni are the winners
of that one...and they each receive an apple from the teacher.
Next is who REEKS the most? And, no, "everybody" is not an
option. Gary smells the most to us while Bobby Jon takes the
noseclip for Nakum. And they....get a shower...TOGETHER...
The third question's a wicked one: which man and
woman deserve to turn their Survivor experience into a tourist
excursion, eating an elaborate picnic lunch atop a Mayan
pyramid? And, no, "myself" is not an option, either! The
reluctant votes go: Gary and Amy for Yaxha and Maggie and Judd
for Nakum. Don't worry, though; it's not anything disgusting.
It's fried chicken, potato salad, icea tea and cohocolate chip
cookies for dessert. Mmmmmm. So the foursome head on out to
the pyramid to party hearty.
OK, the last question is:
Which member has the most tribal pride? After some debate,
Brian gets the nod for Yaxha and Cindy for Yakum. And what's
THEIR prize? Why, they get to stay ON their tribe! WHAT THE...
Ah, yes, it seems that Uncle Jeff forgot to tell
them that it is time for the EARLIEST mix-up of tribes in
Survivor history. Those that haven't been picked in
the Yaxha tribe in the last two questions - Rafe, Stephenie,
Lydia and Jamie - will join Cindy in Nakum...and Nakum will
have one other member staying - namely Brooke in a blind draw
- and the others going to Yaxha with Brian. That means that
Steph has gone away from us...and my tribe is stuck with the
killer "B"s of Bobby Jon, Brandon and Blake as well as Danni.
Those on the picnic will stay with their respective
AFTERNOON 9: TOP OF THE ANCIENT WORLD,
Oooo, it's a BEAUTY of a site atop of a
tall Mayan pyramid for Gary, Amy, Maggie and Judd. And the
food...well, it ain't cornmeal mush by ANY stretch! They could
see their camps from here!
Maggie then brings up the
topic: IS Gary an ex-quarterback for the NFL? They talk about
him "looking familiar" to a member or two of Nakum (or what
USED to be Nakum, anyway)...but Gary, as always, denies any
knowledge of passing and play-calling. All AMY wants is for
Gary not to already HAVE the money.
AFTERNOON 9: SURPRISE PARTY
Back at Yaxha camp, Bobby Jon, Brandon, Danni
and Blake are tailing Brian...and "WE HAVE FRUITS!" is yelled
by Brian. Yup, a basket of fruit has been left for the boys
and the girl. Not exactly a "merge" feast...but they'll take
it over starving to death, I'm sure.
Brian, however, is
thinking that death might not be that bad an option since,
with four former Nakums in their camp now, the tribe formerly
known as Yaxha are going to be picked off one-by-one if the
ex-Nakums stick together.
"WHAT THE @#$% IS GOING ON
HERE?!?" Yeah, that was sweet little Amy as she and Gary
return to camp to find four Nakums feasting on fruit by OUR
fireplace. Gary's not too happy himself...especially when
Danni gets on his case about Gary possibly being a footballer.
Gary absolutely denies it, of course. It's a damn good thing
that he didn't say, "May I be struck by lightning if I'm not
telling the truth"...because a thunderstorm is rolling
DAY 11: PISS AND
Bobby Jon and Blake use the urinal
(aka the bushes) and conspire to do exactly what Brian feared:
keeping Nakum together even on Yaxha's turf. And their first
target: Amy. And why not? Since that flubbed "basketball
challenge, she's been walking in pain with that twisted ankle.
Survival of the fittest and all that rot, right? Amy's doing
what she can to hide her injury from the others by NOT walking
with a noticable limp. But, DAMN, does it hurt...and she KNOWS
she's a target.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: IN THE FINAL
THROWS OF VICTORY
Back to Challenge Beach where everyone sees who's on
which tribe...and Uncle Jeff simply CANNOT hide his sadistic
grin! Nakum hands in the Immunity Idol...which many believe
will be back in their possession in no time flat. Nakum even
took the liberty of decorating it with a yellow feather from
the LAST Immunity Challenge.
It's a biathlon of sorts
today. The first half is rowing out to three buoys each and
retrieving a bag from each, then rowing back. Inside each bag
are Mayan war clubs. Once back to shore, the tribes will empty
the bags into a basket and, one-by-one, toss the clubs at
three clay tiles 30, 40 and 50 feet away. No one tribe member
can break more than one tile apiece and tagging out to another
tribe member is permitted at any time. First tribe to bust all
three tiles gets to lounge in Central America for a few more
days. After Nakum sits out Lydia, we get ready to
We sprint down the
beach to our canoes and paddle out almost neck-and-neck. Amy
uses her teeth to untie the first bag while Rafe tries the
strong-arm approach to HIS tribe's bag. Nakum has a slight
lead moving on to the second bag.
No, it's not "D-Day" putting the Deathmobile into the parade
grandstand. It's Nakum and Yaxha striking each others' boat.
(That's what happens when the buoys make the tribes
criss-cross each other, I guess.) Rafe pushes us away and off
course, allowing Nakum to untie the second bag before we can
even straighten out. We get our second bag untied... just as
Nakum gets their THIRD bag undone. They row back...we row out
Nakum hits the beach and Steph grabs the bags,
unloading them into her basket. As she prepares for her first
throw, Yaxha hits the beach. Steph takes a few throws to
shatter the first tile before we even unpack. Brian is our
first thrower while Judd aims for the 50-foot target.
Brian...he sucks. So he tags in Danni. As Judd JUST misses,
Danni does, too. The difference is...Danni HITS it the next
time, tying the game up at one.
In comes Blake, aiming
for the 40-footer. Nakum wants Judd to switch out...but he
waves it off. As such, Blake hits the second tile, leaving the
third to Brandon. FINALLY, Judd breaks the 50-footer, leaving
Jamie to try for the win. Clubs are thrown around like a
marked deck in a crooked poker room. Brandon clips the
50-footer...but it doesn't break enough to lower the flag
connected to it. Jamie is as close, though the tile refuses to
CRASH! Brandon shatters the tile with an
overhead throw! Yaxha wins Immunity! And Steph...she's going
to Tribal Council YET AGAIN!
TRIBAL COUNCIL: UP A
PADDLE WITHOUT A BROOKE
I'm sure Steph is as
nervous as she was the LAST two Councils...but she needn't
worry. After a lot of scheming and a lot of talk about tribal
alliances, Brooke has to go back to law school. At least the
tribes (even if they're NOT cohesive) are evened up
again...just about in time for the Reward/Immunity Challenge
coming next week, I'm sure.
September 15 - Nakum
September 15 - Yaxha
September 22 - Nakum
September 22 - Yaxha
September 29 - Nakum
September 29 - Yaxha
October 6 - Nakum
October 6 - Yaxha