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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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|"Crocs, Cowboys and City Slickers: Days 12-14" -
DAY 12: PRAISE THE LORD AND PASS THE BEETLES
Sunrise. Blake is in a state of calm all alone.
Well,...alone except for the cameraman...and the croc swimming
in the lake. He thinks he has a pretty good chance with this
tribe, what with there being three other ex-Nakums in the
fold. And he knows that Gary, Brian and Amy know they are
marks for elimination.
Now remember how "tough" Amy was
when she discovered the Nakums in her tribe? Well, she pulls a
180 and screwams like a little girl when a beetle shows up.
And, of course, her tribemates have to rib her about it.
Brandon is not sure about being with a "city slicker" like
Amy. But at least she has an interest in his crops. Wheat,
milo and soy fascinates her, as well as everyone
Well, not QUITE everyone. Brian is a LITTLE
uncomfortable being a "red-state" man in with a bunch of
"hicks". Worse is that the tribe is rather religious, saying
grace and praying before each Challenge. But he'll be darned
if he's gonna reveal his agnostic beliefs to the tribe. That's
pretty much a ticket off the island!
REWARD CHALLENGE: HITCH YOUR WAGON
beckons us yet again. And we get to see Nakum sans Brooke.
Uncle Jeff seems SHOCKED to hear of crocs in what he called
"croc-infested waters" at the START. Ah, well...on to the
This Challenge is in stations. At
the first, a tribe member will cut through two ropes with a
sharpened stone, releasing two handles to be untied. At the
second, a DIFFERENT member will cut a log with a sharpened
oar, cutting through a another rope with two MORE handles. At
the final station - a high platform - four OTHER members will
put the handles in a turnstile and crank it, pulling a cart up
the hill. Once the cart is up, the six who have worked will
get INTO the cart...and the seventh will simply take a
machete, cut the rope connecting the cart to the turnstile and
let the cart FLY down the hill like a pinewood derby entry in
the Cub Scouts. Firs tribe to hit bottom wins.
Reward for winning...is ALSO in parts. The first is margaritas
with tortilla chips and guacamole. And the second part is a
way to enjoy that AND cool off in the lake without fear of a
Pitfall Harry-esque fate: a floating croc-proof swim cage
replete with decking, lounge chairs and umbrella! Ohhhhhhh,
yeah...heaven in Central America!
It's Jamie vs. Brandon at the first
station. Brandon hacks while Jamie slices. Brandon stretches
the ropes across the edge of the table for leverage and just
hacks and hacks and hacks while Jamie slices at the rope
slowly. Needless to say, it ain't even close. Brandon's
handles are down before Jamie even gets half-way through the
At the second station, it's Bobby Jon
chopping at the log. He seems to have all the honkin' time in
the world as Jamie struggles with the rope at the first
station. Steph has pretty much given up already, almost
certainly feeling her jinxing status has struck yet again! Her
counterpart, Bobby Jon, has an EASY go with the log and puts
Yaxha WAY ahead!
Jamie FINALLY gets through the first
rope while Gary, Amy, Blake and Brian turn into cranks on the
turnstile. The cart passes a frustrated Jamie STILL hacking at
the first station's ropes. Up the hill...up the platform...
and in position goes the cart. Six people get in...leaving
Danni to do the honors of sending them flying down the hill.
In the biggest blow-out in Survivor: Guatemala
history, YAXHA WINS REWARD!
(And only NOW does Jamie
release the first handles. Guess who's odds-on fave to be
dumped should Nakum lose the Immunity Challenge?)
AFTERNOON 12: SWIMMING WITH THE FISHE...ER,
If you like pena coladas and getting
caught in the lake,... well, substitute the coladas for
margaritas and we got a HECK of an escape for ya. It's a
lovely decked area of about a ten-foot square entrance to the
lake. And below the entrance is a metal cage designed to keep
out even the hungriest croc. Oh, and we got chips, dip and
Brandon humbly proclaims himself the MVP of
the Challenge... and Gary couldn't be happier about it. At
least the focus is off of HIM for a while. Brian is on Cloud
Numero Nueve right about now. One by one, the triumphant tribe
slips into the "pool" just laughing it up, happy to be in the
water and cooling off from the hot, hot sun. We are just
wasting away in Magaritavill South, baby!
13: GOLDEN SHOWERS (wait...that doesn't sound right...)
I guess it can't ALL be Margaritas and
skittles. The floodgates open again and five of us huddle
under the umbrella (which we drag from the dockside "pool" to
the camp-proper) as the rain fails and the thunder booms. I
say "five of us" because, for some odd reason, Brian and Blake
are still sound asleep in the shelter.
Amy has a
nickname for Blake: "Golden Boy". That's because, no matter
what, Blake always seems to come out of everything smelling
like a rose. On TOP of that, he comes up with the best stories
DAY 14: GO FOR THE GOLDEN BOY
Case in point... when he gets up after being
one of the few to sleep last night, Blake goes into a story
about how he likes the older women and how her girlfriend got
bigger "knockers" after taking "the pill". Gary seems
hooked...but it seems the others cannot WAIT for him to STOP!
Brandon hates this self-endulgements...and Brian invents a new
game called "Bait Blake". He asks Blake questions about stuff
like the best thing that happened when Blake was drunk. The
object is to make Blake slip and say something bad about the
other tribemates. Brian seems to be doing a decent job forcing
Blake to dig a hole for himself.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: THE OL'
Half your bodies, half your minds
Will have to
move as one.
Communicate or fall apart
together; this could be fun.
Race around, push
Will old friends be respected?
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?
Back to Challenge Beach. We return the
Immunity Idol to Uncle Jeff...and look at a rather
surly-looking Nakum. Hmmm...this COULD be trouble. And they
say they ain't smiling til they win.
It looks like
we'll be playing a game of catch...Mayan style. One member of
each tribe will be launching balls from a catapult. Two teams
of three will hold triangular nets to try to catch said balls.
A caught ball - no matter WHICH tribe member released it - is
a point for the tribe. First to five gets to relax a little
Yaxha has Brian as launcher, Nakum has Lydia.
Bobby Jon, Gary and Danni make up one group of catchers for
Yaxha and Blake, Amy, Brandon the other. Brian's first launch
is into deep right field...and Gary's squad catches it with
ease for a 1-0 lead. Lydia's first fling is deep center. Yaxha
tries to move over while Nakum's Steph, Judd and Rafe lose it
in the sun...but it drops untouched (much to Steph's
displeasure). Brian launches a blooper in shallow center. The
four nets converge...and Steph's group ties the
Lydia aims to the same place as before and sends
one deep. Nakum looks for it...but Brandon pulls his group to
block them. They don't catch it (and Brandon nearly gets
clocked) but neither does Nakum. Another deep right shot by
Brian is nearly caught by Gary's group...but Steph plows into
Bobby Jon and prevents them from the catch. Lydia stays
consistant with where she aims. It's deep...it's far...it's at
the warning track...and Steph's group nails it! 2-1,
Another deep right shot by Brian is caught by
Gary's group, tying the score again. Lydia aims deep left and
Steph's net gets it to pull them ahead 3-2. Brain goes deep
right again...but THIS time Jamie, Cindy and Margaret
INTERCEPT the ball as it was about to fall into Gary's group's
net. 4-2 Nakum.
It's all up to Lydia now. She aims in
the same exactly place...and fires it deep. Amy's group tries
to copy what just happened...but Steph group will NOT be
denied. It is...CAUGHT! Final score for Immunity is Nakum: 5,
Yaxha: 2. Thank you and drive (or paddle) home safely. Oh, and
Yaxha? Coach Jeff wants to meet with you...and bring your
AFTERNOON 14: SULTANS (AND SULTANAS)
OF SWING VOTES
And now it's time for nobody's
favorite post-Challenge debate show... WHO'S TO BLAME?!
Well,...actually, they DON'T blame each other much. They
figure that all of Jamie's frustration from two days prior
finally came out when he whooped and hollered after
But, now, the old tribal alliances are out in
the open. With four ex-Nakums in Yaxha, it seems like either
Gary, Amy or Brian is history. And Brian is all but FREAKED
about it. He talks to Gary about TRYING to kick "Golden Boy"
Blake out. The plan is to try to turn ONE of the ex-Nakums to
their way of thinking and, thus, swing the vote away from the
Gary aims for Bobby Jon. Now BJ
originally gave his word to Blake that the Palau vet wouldn't
vote for Blake. But, after listening to Gary and knowing how
much he likes tribal unity, BJ's honestly thinking of going
back on his word one of these times. (I know...shocking, ain't
it?) Although... he's pretty sure this is NOT "one of these
times". OK, so he's out.
So Gary goes to the girls and
uses Amy to try to convince Danni to get it through her KC
Chiefs cowboy hat to get Blake outta here. Well, THAT was a
mistake. Danni goes to Brandon to tell about Gary's
"pitch"...and Brandon flat-out says he's not voting for
But...when "Golden Boy" goes into yet another
"frat-boy" story, Danni starts to have second thoughts. And,
with that, she KNOWS that she's the swing vote now...and she
ain't liking it one bit.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: UP A
PADDLE WITHOUT A BROOKE
Ah, Uncle Jeff's
Pyramid of Doom, just as we left it last time: tall, dark and
frickin' SPOOKY! Uncle Jeff gets Gary to admit about the
sleepers through last night's storm. Brian and Blake defend
themselves...which forces Amy to give a "o/~ Golden Booooy
o/~" comment. Blake admits that he found his second wind.
Brandon says that the social aspect of the game is at full
Gary was scared about the numbers game but
is more comfortable with the Nakums now. Amy agrees, saying
that you just have to do the best you can under the
circumstances. Blake...not so much. To him, they're a
tribe...but he DOES hold a bond to the ex-Nakums. Brian is
sorry if their plan involves picking original Yaxhas off and
hopes not to become a "victim". Bobby Jon says every Council's
a "tough vote" for him, since he doesn't want to end someone's
But the dream is over for SOMEONE. It's time to
vote. BJ, Brian (votes for Blake, saying, "You may be Golden
Boy...but I'm PLATINUM!"), Brandon ("Brian"), Amy, Gary
("Blake"), Blake ("Brian, I just think the... original Yaxha
is weakest right now") and swinger Danni scrawl on the
parchment and stick in the pot.
Uncle Jeff tallies,
arranges and reads the
Bobby Jon changed his vote, too!)
Blake, the tribe has
spoken. Time to walk that runway back to Dallas...and Brian is
MORE than a little relieved!
Still got some work to do,
says Uncle Jeff. But, hell, at least "Golden Boy" won't hinder
it with his inane stories!
September 15 - Nakum
September 15 - Yaxha
September 22 - Nakum
September 22 - Yaxha
September 29 - Nakum
September 29 - Yaxha
October 6 - Nakum
October 6 - Yaxha
October 13 - Nakum
October 13 - Yaxha