Survivor Guatemala:
The Maya Empire
Yaxha Tribe
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Sixteen new 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 Survivor!

Check out GSNN's Tribal Council to see who is left in the game!

Recaps by Chico Alexander and Chris Wolvie, GSNN

Jeff Probst
Creator: Charlie Parsons
EP: Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons, Tom Shelly
Packager: Mark Burnett Prods., Survivor Prods., Castaway TV Prods.
Airs: Thursdays at 8:00pm ET on CBS

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"Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers: Days 12-14" - October 13

Night 11: Welcome to Sleeping With One Eye Open 101. Your Professor... Judd.

In case you haven't figured it out by the tone of the last Tribal Council, Stephenie really really REALLY hates going to the $1,000,000 Pyramid. She is sick of Tribal Council and doesn't want to ever go back there.

Meanwhile, Margaret is reminded of the outcome of the vote... an absent Brooke. Judd reminds her that this is a game of cutthroat (hey, two Dick Clark references in the first night!). Words are said, mainly by Margaret. But Judd counters with this: "I don't care what people think of me in this game. As long as my wife and kids love me, that's all I care about." Margaret's story: "Judd flipped the very first day that the new tribe came to be and he didn't bother to look back. He's a traitor!"

Meanwhile, Judd's preparing to play his cards to exile Margaret as well. So much for the nurse, eh?

Day 12: R-CHALLENGE: THE DAILY GRIND (for a swimming cage and a pool party)

Okay, here's the situation. Waters have crocodiles in them. For one team, that won't be a problem. For the other... well, just say that they don't call this Survivor because "Expedition Robinson" was too namby-pamby.

Here's how to get your hands on that sweet pool. First, get your hands on that wagon. Here's how. Using a stone, cut through two ropes and release two handles. Then use a machete to chop another rope, releasing two more handles. Get up a hill, and place the handles in a turnstile, which will crank a rope pulley, dragging the wagon up the hill. Get inside the wagon, and cut a rope, sending you down the hill to the finish. First one to do that goes swimming safely. Well, as safe as you get when you figure in free margaritas, chips and dip.

No matter how hard he tries, Jamie cannot cut through the ropes at the first station. Meanwhile, Brandon, having some experience in this field, hacks away like Rambo. Nakum falls behind and never gets a chance to catch up. Jamie swears that he'll never give up. Steph says to throw in the towel, as the Yaxha cruise to an EMBARRASSING victory. If I were the Donald, I'd clean house right now.

Back at camp: It's not your fault for losing. It's our fault for believing in you. It's all our fault and we're so so sorry... *pout*

Jamie feels bad. He apologizes to his tribe... profusely. They tell him the obvious response. "You did the best you could." Judd defends Jamie to the others while Lydia hugs Jamie as they walk off together. "You did try your best." Judd gives Cindy a lecture about "stepping up to the plate". Jamie's performance did leave doubt in Stephenie's head as she became frustrated with the prospect of another Palau-like blowout in challenges. "Jamie is a cocky kind of guy and he was like, 'I can cut rope with a rock no problem.' He gets in there and gets his ass kicked by a 22-year-old farm boy who saws through it in 30 seconds! I am pissed and can't go through this again." Someone cut this woman a reality check already?

Meanwhile, Cindy's angry... at Judd. For more than the obvious reasons. She has no idea why some people would go out of their way to act like complete jerks. Stephenie has no idea why Bobby Jon gets all giddy like at challenges.

Day 14: Treemail!

Half your bodies, half your minds
Will have to move as one.
Communicate or fall apart
Work together; this could be fun.

Race around, push and shove,
Will old friends be respected?
Fail to catch Immunity
You may be the next one here ejected!

Catch? Push and shove? What does this have to do with a small ball on a rope? Hmmm... Good question, Chris.... Steph, meanwhile, just wants to shake this curse. Lydia can't take the pressure of having to win, so she starts in an Ashlee Simpson-esque panic jig, which gets a rise out of everyone. Just remember what Reinhold Niebuhr once said... "Laughter is the beginning of prayer..." and prayer is the only hope you have of winning...


So what's going on this time? Designated throwers will launch balls at their tribe. Lydia for us, Brian for them. The tribes, equipped with an oversized lacrosse stick, minus the stick, must catch the balls. Get it, you throw the ball, you catch the ball. A caught ball, no matter who threw it, is a score. Five scores equal immunity.

Yaxha catches one in the first launch, but Nakum scrambles only to get a miss. Second ball caught belongs to Stephenie to tie it up at one. Lydia lobs a high one for no score, and Brian lobs one to Gary... only to have his squad be pushed by Stephenie. Lydia lobs another high one for her squad, giving them the 2-1 lead.

Gary catches Brian's next ball, Steph catches Lydia's next ball, and Jamie, Cindy, and Margaret work together to pick off one of Gary's balls (because he is, after all... an ex-NFL player). Score is 4-2 Nakum.

Give Lydia one thing, she is consistent with her throws, as she launches one high and center... CAUGHT! Final score: Nakum 5, Yaxha 2. Jamie to Bobby Jon: "Who's smilin' now? WHO'S SMILIN' NOW?!"

Night 11: Tribal Council....

So what of the Golden Boy Blake? He said that he was now ready and able to take on the next challenge... Unfortunately, there wouldn't be a next challenge, because by a vote of 5 to 2, the Yaxha determine that the Golden Boy was just lead weight. He's sent back to the States.


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