|"The Hidden Immunity Doll: Days
NIGHT 18: WAKEY, WAKEY,
Ah, Camp Nakum. Nestled in the
moon-shadow of a Mayan pyramid sleeps Stephenie, Cindy, Rafe,
Lydia, Jamie and Judd. They're still in the afterglow of
kicking Yaxha's butt in the last Immunity Challenge. And, even
with the howler monkeys screaming, they're sleeping soundly.
"We have some new Buffs for
Rise and shine, Nakums! You have company! It's
the Yaxhas...namely Gary, Brandon, Gary and Bobby Jon! And
they brought presents...like them or not! It's new Buffs(TM),
as they said. Nakum and Yaxha are no more!
is a shocker, ain't it? But the ex-Nakums seem to be taking it
in stride...except for Steph, whose head is spinning from THIS
twist. Jamie makes a smart-ass comment about the ex-Yaxhas
"sleeping outside"...and Bobby Jon, who has a history with
Jamie (if you'll recall), mutters to himself about knocking
Jamie's teeth out.
Little do the ex-Nakums know that
the ex-Yaxhas have sworn to be - to a point, of course -
"servants" of the ex-Nakums to get on their good side so that
ONE of them could make the Final Four at least. Whether that
strategy will work...well, I guess we'll
DAY 19: AMERICANS,
With the dawn, the tribe is able to
distinctly see that the new Buffs(TM) are of a purpleish hue.
Brandon, while gathering logs, doesn't feel that this tribe is
"one big happy". Even Danni feels like an outsider in her own
But, after gathering enough firewood to burn for
a week or so, it's time for Pot-Mail. And it's a basket with a
note in it. It's a LONG one...but here are some parts of
Congratulations. You are now one tribe. Here is
your new flag and paint for you to add to your new tribe
If you are feeling bored around camp or
could use some piece of mind in this game, there is a
small Individual Immunity Idol hidden in the woods. This
is in addition to any Individual Immunity you win at
Challenges. It is about six inches tall and is made of
Find it and you have power! You can use it
at any time to save yourself. You DON'T have to tell
anyone you have it. But, if you are going to USE it, you
HAVE to present it at Tribal Council before the
BUT...the Idol's power expires when you are
down to the Final Four.
And Steph thought her head was
spinning LAST NIGHT! Best BELIEVE that girl wants to make the
Final Four! But...finding a six-inch piece of stone in a
jungle is like...well, YOU know the old axiom.
search is on. Cindy is looking amid the pyramid itself for the
Idol while the others fan out from camp. When it starts to
rain, though, some of the campers return to think up a name
for the tribe. Others continue the search, though.
Among them are Steph and Bobby Jon. They fought TOO
hard to have a chance to BOTH make the jury...and they ain't
about to give up. Their plan in the "Pulau Alliance": ditch
Brandon! Of course, they "ally" is a roundabout way. Brandon
says he doesn't really WANT an alliance...and Steph says she
can't gaurentee that BJ would be DOA by Day 21.
way, the CAMERAMAN found the Idol. You'd think the tribe would
stick with THEM in finding it. But, then again, that clip was
probably filmed before the Pot-Mail came.)
20: NAME THAT TRIBE!
Needless to say, the
Idol is not found on the first day. So the first order of
business is to, at LAST, name the new merged tribe.
Well,...actually, it seems Lydia is the only one excited about
naming the tribe. They finally relent on an old standby:
merging the tribal NAMES to go along with merging the TRIBE.
The result: Xhakum. O....kay. Lydia is put in charge of
painting the new flag, which she adds the names of the Final
Ten onto with a LITTLE help from Steph.
The flag hung,
the quest for the Idol continues. Jamie missed out on the
whole naming to search some more. He knows the Idol could be
worth a million. Bobby Jon does it to get the target removed
from his ass. But, after a time, BJ is going nuts looking for
Rafe's looking, too...even though he considers
himself the worst "finder" in the world. And, y'know, he may
have a point. He actually trips and sticks his hand in a tree
hole...which just so happens to be a nest for some hornets.
Now, I'm no bug expert but...disturbing hornets...I'm PRETTY
sure is not a good thing. Rafe takes this as a sign to give up
All Steph is wondering is...where's the
post-merge feast?! Well, Gary ain't waiting around for it;
he's making a fishing fly on a hook to catch some big fish.
And Danni...she's just wondering when the COMPLAINING about
the lack of a feast will all stop!
The ex-Yaxhas all go
out to fish...leaving the ex-Nakums to TALK about them. The
only one that doesn't seem all that comfy with the prospect of
master/slave is Rafe. But the others are FINE with it. And
Steph agrees that, barring Immunities, the first three to go
are Brandon, BJ and Danni.
DAY 21: SINKERS AND
One of the items that
was sent to Camp Nakum from Yaxha was the croc-proof floating
swim dock, which is now anchored in the MIDDLE of the river.
See, the beach is like quicksand so it HAD to be out there.
Xhakum is just hanging around. waiting on
When it DOES appear...wellllll...
Former Survivors have
"Carrying a pot
On top of my
So if you feel safe...
And be prepared
To cast your next vote.
Well, it seems that NOBODY feels
safe. They ALL seem to be practicing their best "posture
walk". Steph says her "dome-shaped head" makes her "S.O.L." in
this Challenge...but anything is possible.
CHALLENGE: WHO'S THE BIGGEST POT-HEAD?
welcomes Xhakum to Challenge Cove. And it is THERE where the
post-merge feast is prepared. Chicken, wine, fruits, fresh
bread...da WORKS! Uncle Jeff then retrieves the Tribal
Immunity Idol from one of the ex-Nakums and shows us the
Immunity Necklace. From here on, all Challenges are for
Then he talks to us about the
merge. Jamie retells the joke about the ex-Yaxha sleeping
outside the shelter...and Bobby Jon spits about this. Cindi
talks about not getting a meal.
Ah, and that's what the
"feel safe" part is about. See, Uncle Jeff says that the feast
before them...are for those who DO feel safe enough in this
game to SKIP the Challenge altogether! So it's a choice: eat
OK, everyone grab a nut and a piece of
jade. You'll show the jade if you want to balance a pot on
your head, a nut if you want a pot-belly after gorging. Rafe,
Jamie, Steph and Lydia all want to eat...the rest want to
balance for Immunity.
The Challenge is the typical
first post-merge Challenge of endurance and balance. Each of
the six Survivors will balance a pot on a towel on their heads
while standing on a small cube. They cannot touch the pot with
their hands or step off the cube or they're eliminated. Last
pot-head standing gets Immunity. Unlike the usual Challenges
of this nature, though, there IS a time limit. After an hour,
those who are still standing will take part in a
The Challengers start balancing...and the
feasters start...well...feasting. Talk about a distraction;
all the Challengers wince while watching their tribemates moan
and mmmm at the food. What's WORSE is that Uncle Jeff ASKS
them about the food! Jamie flat-out tells everyone that they
are NOT one tribe...and that BJ and Brandon are pretty much
the ones targeted. BJ is not surprised in the
Half an hour passes and all six are still
balancing well. Jamie eggs Bobby Jon on...and Rafe is trying
to stop him from doing so. He whispers to Steph that he's VERY
uncomfy with the tribal lines drawn. Steph tries to convince
Rafe that this is not the case. CRASH! Danni's pot drops.
She's out of the running...and also starving.
comes and goes...and only Danni has been eliminated. So it's
time for the tie-breaker. In this, they will balance the pots
on their heads and race up the pyramid. Again, no touching the
pot with hands. First to the top or the one who gets the
furthest up before dropping the pot wins
Brandon take the early lead and Cindy is far behind. Cindy,
seeing the boys blow her away, actually stops. As Gary and
Bobby Jon near the top, Brandon drops HIS pot. BJ is getting
close...but HE slips and grabs his pot, eliminating him. That
leaves Gary and Judd...and Judd's about a flight of step
behind. Gary wins the first true Individual Immunity of the
Before sending us out, Uncle Jeff reminds us that
the Individual Immunity Idol is still out there...or maybe
someone ALREADY has it. Either way, whoever grabs it CAN make
themselves safe, along WITH Gary, at tonight's Tribal Council
AFTERNOON 21: OPEN MOUTH,
Now, for all of
Jamie's talk about old tribal lines, it seems he's one of the
FEW who believe it. Judd did NOT like Jamie's chattering
during the Challenge. In fact, NOBODY liked it. They felt (if
I may quote from "Fat Albert here) that Jamie is like school
during the summer: NO CLASS! Even Cindy is thinking so....and
SHE was a Nakum!
Rafe and Danni talk it over en route
to getting water. Rafe feels crappy about these "lines". And
he's growing something that somebody really shouldn't in this
game: a conscience. Judd, Steph and Bobby Jon are ALSO talking
about Jamie...and they say they KNOW who they are voting off
tonight. BJ says it was all he could do to keep from taking
the pot off his head and smashing it over
Later, Jamie and Brandon talk about who is on
the "chopping block". Brandon says he's not THINKING about the
vote right now...but Jamie INSISTS on getting into his head
about his vote. Jamie says, "If I go out, I'd want y'all to
say something to me."
(Careful what you wish for,
As Jamie leaves, BJ tells Brandon about
everyone ELSE being pissed at Jamie. But, for some reason,
Brandon REFUSES to believe that Jamie's going home. He just
can't get around the idea of "tribal lines". As, such, he
decides to go look for the hidden Idol one more time. He
doesn't succeed...and it makes him nervous.
TEN LITTLE XHAKUM-ANS
The Ancient Pyramid O' Doom
awaits the ten members of Xhakum. As does Uncle Jeff. Rafe
admits that it was hard for him to listen to Jamie talking
about "protecting the lead" during the Challenge. Bobby Jon
talks about the lack of class on Jamie's part...and that
sparks an argument between the two (who are thankfully on
opposite ends of the upper bench). Uncle Jeff can only shake
his head as Steph stops the banter. But...what about Cindy?
SHE was ex-Nakum...and SHE took part in the Challenge as well.
She says she can eat when she gets home...but she's HERE to
PLAY! And she notes to everyone that SHE went as long as JUDD
did...without ANY of the accolades from her
When asked if the six Challengers today
deserve to be in the game more than those who feasted, Gary
says that he hopes they vote with their HEARTS and not their
HEADS. Cindy agrees that it's IMPOSSIBLE to block out morals
completely in this game (*cough*JonnyFairplay*cough*) and that
her heart is important in making a decision.
choosing to hold on to the Immunity Necklace and nobody
presenting the Individual Immunity Idol, it's time to vote..
Judd, Danni, Lydia, Jamie (votes for Brandon and says he's
sorry he has to go), Gary, Rafe, Steph, Bobby Jon (votes for
Jamie and berates him for not being a "Southern gentleman"),
Brandon and Cindy write down the name of the one they want OUT
of Central America and NOT in the Jury. Ucle Jeff tallies the
votes...and reads them
Well...so much for voting
with your heart. It seems the tribal alliances ARE still
intact! Brandon's going back to the farm in
Manhattan...Kansas, that is.
Uncle Jeff informs us (as
if we didn't know) that seven of us will form the Jury...and
everything we did and will do matters when time comes to vote
for the million bucks.
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
October 20 - Nakum
October 20 - Yaxha
October 27 - Nakum
October 27 - Yaxha
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
Host: Jeff Probst
EP: Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons, Tom
Packager: Mark Burnett Prods., Survivor
Prods., Castaway TV Prods.
Origin: Ancient Maya
ruins in Guatemala
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