|"Thunder Storms & Sacrifice/Reunion: Days 37-39"
- December 11 |
4-3-2-1 time for Survivor: Guatemala! Four members of
Xhakum left, three days left to strategize, two Immunity
Challenges and Tribal Councils to endure...and ONE MILLION
DOLLARS at the end! Will Stephenie avenge her loss in Palau?
Can Rafe pull a "Chris from Vanuatu" and beat the ladies? Can
Danni show some spunk enough to make the final touchdown? Can
Lydia show the grit and determination to beat 'em all? Let's
DAY 37: GOOOOOOOD MORNIN', FINAL
Though it's certain that EVERYONE is happy to be in the
Final Four, Lydia seems to be the happiest. She feels that
SOMEONE up there likes her, despite her initial thoughts of
being the odd one out. Danni compares HER appearance to her
beloved Kansas Jayhawks making the Final Four of NCAA
Basketball and blowing it. Rafe is glad to be among the final
combatants. Steph...well, I'm sure you know HER
You've got Tree Mail:
Thirty-seven days living
among over 2000 years of ruins. These ancestral grounds
are still considered sacred, still temples, still
altars; As you will soon see, the spirit and the culture
of the Maya is still alive today...and you are now a
part of this history. Embrace it. Enjoy it. Appreciate
Lydia comes running up with it, screaming like it was
another car or something. It's a BIT of a let-down to the
others. It seems that Lydia is the ONLY one really excited
about this. She's thinking some Mayans were going to join
them, just as the natives of OTHER cultures have touch OTHER
AFTERNOON 37: WHO DO THAT
VOODOO THEY DO SO WELL?
Well, Lydia was right.
Out of the jungle comes a family of Mayans with baskets and
boxes of...well, stuff. There is also incense burning. Since
none of the Mayans spoke English, they went right to work.
They created a ring of sugar and herbs and honey (which Steph
was a LITTLE upset about them wasting) in front of the large
pyramid and started a ritual of praying.
the chicken. As in a LIVE chicken, people. As the fire in the
ring started to blaze, the family took the chicken, ripped its
head off and tossed said head into the fire! The rest of the
body was tossed in as well...and, though Rafe says he got a
lot out of it, the only thing that nearly got out of ME was my
Speaking of dinner, after the "sacrifice" came
a meal of tamales and herbal water. Lydia is loving this,
being of Hispanic heritage herself. But all STEPH could wonder
is if they could chomp on the char-broiled chicken still
stoking in the fire. But the Mayans say they will do no such
thing as the fowl was an offering to the Mayan gods in thanks
to the earth, sky and ancestors.
1: THE A-MAZE-ING RACE
OK, enough of the
chicken-worship. Time for the first Immunity Challenge of the
episode. Uncle Jeff welcomes us and Steph surrenders the
Necklace (huh...the only time she's ever worn it and it's just
for a day...yeah, THAT'S fair!). The most complex maze in
Survivor history has been created in the shape of the "Seven
Macaw", a large Mayan bird deity. On the count of "go", the
Survivors will race into the maze and collect eight puzzle
pieces from six stations. Once a piece (or pieces) is (or are)
collected from a station, they must get to the center of the
maze, cross a pontoon bridge, climb a steep ladder and place
it in their basket before crossing a rope bridge and going
DOWN a ladder to re-enter the maze. Once all eight pieces are
collected, they must put the pieces side-by-side to make
either a jaguar, a monkey or a croc. First to do that goes to
the Final Three after Tribal tonight.
The ladies take the early lead over Rafe
as they each find their pair and get up to the platform in the
middle of the maze. Rafe catches up, though, as both he and
Danni get their second sets. Lydia and Steph are right behind
them. Rafe then pulls ahead with his fourth while Lydia
struggles. Everyone is already winded as the race
It comes down between Rafe and Steph as they
seem to find pieces and return them at roughly the same time.
Danni is third...and Lydia is lost (here's a clue, Lydia;
don't try to open the hatch). But, at the end, Steph turns the
wrong way towards the platform and Rafe returns with his final
pieces with Steph not so much on he heels.
the HARD part; putting a puzle together while your legs beg
for more oxygenated blood from your lungs. Rafe and Steph
struggle to get the pieces in place while Danni returns with
HER last pieces. As Lydia grabs her last piece and races to
find the pontoons, Rafe gets close...Steph gets
close...Danni...not so much.
"Jeff, I got it!" says
Rafe. Sure enough, he has a jaguar. But he doesn't WIN a
Jaguar...just Immunity. But, hey, he'll take it.
CHOKING ON CHICKEN?
Everyone seems to be
congratulating Rafe for his killer win and his one more day of
survival. But Steph...she wants to make the Final Two in the
worst possibile way...and that's exactly how she's going about
it by almost BEGGING Rafe. Steph feels they played a very
similar game together and never lied to each other. And they
feel that Lydia is the strongest link that prevents them from
at least 100 grand. Thus, it's best to keep HER in the Final
Three and THEN kick her out. One problem, though: Rafe
promised Danni a seat in the Final Three. Not only that, but
Rafe feels a bit of debt to Danni because she's part of why he
MADE it this far.
Uh, Steph,...are you STILL obsessing
over that chicken carcass?! Well, I guess protein is protein.
She and Lydia go over to the ritual fire and find the meat
within the chicken. As they gather it (which shocks me that
LYDIA is OK with it), Lydia asks Steph about her getting into
the Final Three. Steph says she's all for it...but Rafe hasn't
Returning with the chicken, Steph
suggests a prayer in the place of violating sacred ground.
Afterwards, they chow down...well...everyone but Rafe, that
is. He doesn't want to think that the experience earlier today
was for naught. So the girls chomp on the chicken.
then, a bolt of lightning struck all three ladies!
just fooling ya. But a massive thunderstorm DOES appear a
little later. And...well...it gets them to wondering if they
did something horribly wrong. Fortunately for them, it DOES
break up just in time for...
NIGHT 37: TRIBAL COUNCIL 1: ADAM AND EVE...AND
Jeff re-welcomes us to his Ancient Pyramid O' Doom and hauls
in the five-member Jury to listen in on their sins. Rafe talks
about the ceremony and how it has effected him as a person.
Lydia talks about the storm that seemed to had swamped the
entire area...and the possibility that they were directly
responcible for it because of the chicken they ate (and Rafe
pled innocent since he DIDN'T eat). Steph respected the
ritual...but it's @#$%ing MEAT, Jeff! Uncle Jeff says they'll
talk about this later.
So...who's feeling vulnerable?
Lydia doesn't think she's a physical threat for the (obvious)
final physical Challenge so...why NOT the Final Three? Danni
thinks that Survivor has turned into Everybody
Loves Lydia. Steph thinks Danni's as much of a threat
because she hasn't had to backstab anybody.
keeping Immunity, it's time to vote. Rafe, Danni, Lydia and
Steph write their votes (none which are revealed to the camera
after editing). Uncle Jeff tallies them, re-arranges them, and
the tribe has spoken. You WERE the biggest threat...g'bye! See
ya in the Jury.
Uncle Jeff leaves us with a cryptic
message: "I hope the gods have forgiven you."
38: THE WALK OF SHAME
Apparantly, the gods have NOT forgiven them completely
as it rained all night and into the next morning. And
EVERYTHING is soaked...especially all the firewood. Not only
that, but the gods have set the howler monkeys' volume up to
11 this morning, meaning an earlier start for all. The corn is
moldy and the chicken is fully digested...so no food. But,
hey, Steph ain't complaining. She's lasted WAY longer than the
One more piece o' Pot-Mail:
Three. Today you will venture on a quest to pay tribute
to your fifteen fallen comrades. Hike from camp to the
temple ruins where you will find the torches and images
of the Survivors who played this game but were
out-witted, out-played and out-lasted.
images of your former tribe members and immortalize
their memory by sacrificing them to the Fire. Reflect
upon the time you have spent with them.
end of the journey, you will compete in one final
Immunity Challenge. Tonight, one of you will join the
fifteen who are already
Ah, the old "Walk Through Fallen Comrades"
that's a staple of all
Survivor shows. Just...don't eat the images after
you've sacrificed them, Steph.
At the top of the
pyramids/temples sits the Fire - a cauldron ablaze - and the
threesome walk clockwise around each one and reflect on those
that had passed before them: Jim, the man who helped Nakum win
their home during the first two days; Morgan, the fighter who
was socially challenged; Brianna, who couldn't survive the
culture shock; Brooke, who wouldn't stop despite the
challenges; Blake, the "Golden Boy" (nuff said); Margaret, the
mother nurse of the tribe; Brian, who was blind-sided but not
unbowed; Amy, the @#$%ing @#$% who left by a @#$%ing bad
ankle; Brandon, who couldn't cut the rope...or the mustard;
Bobby Jon, who, for the second straight time, couldn't make
it; Jamie, the guy who faced Bobby Jon man-to-man; Gary, the
guy who hid his football days to the end; Judd, the loudmouth
who called them "scumbags";Cindy, who has zero regrets for 36
days ('cause, y'know, she DOES have a new car); and Lydia, the
little lady with the big heart.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE 2: ACHIEVE
PERFECT BALANCE... Uncle Jeff meets us at our final Immunity
Challenge...which, of course, is unofficially entitled "Who
Wants It Most". Each of the Final Three will balance on a
small platform with a ball-and-socket joint which makes it WAY
wobbly. They'll each hang on to two ropes for stability. After
an hour, one rope is released. After 90 minutes, the other is.
Last one standing gets to choose who goes to the Final Tribal
Council with him/her and a shot at that cool
twenty minutes of swaying, Rafe fights hard to remove his
glasses and does so, much to Danni's amusement. 40
minutes...and the howlers say hello as they review that Rafe
has had Individual Immunity four times to Steph's and Danni's
one apiece. At 59 minutes, Jeff reminds them that they can
each let go of either rope...and that they're not out until
their feet hit the ground.
One hour...one rope
released...one platform that slipped! Steph is hanging by a
thred (literally) as she tries to get back on the pedastal.
Then DANNI slips and holds on tight to the rope to try to get
properly situated. Then RAFE slips! It's a test of strength
now...who can hang on the longest?
Well, it doesn't
come to that. Steph leans against one of the rigging poles the
rope she's hanging on to is attached to and plants her feet on
the platform. It's stable...but not by much. Rafe tries to
duplicate it but his lanky legs just aren't cutting it. Danni
mimicks Steph and hangs in tight. Rafe finally
stabilizes...and it's a game again.
Aching arms, aching
legs...and one minute until there's no support but the
rigging. Danni and Steph each put their hats under the small
of their backs to support them. And Jeff says that if they use
their hands at all from 90 minutes on, they're done.
3...2...1...let go. They all do...and they all stay put. Steph
rubs her thighs, Rafe covers his nether-region for some reason
and Rafe tries to stretch a leg or two. But...at 95 minutes,
he reaches back to grab the post to get in a better
position..and, with that, Rafe will NOT get his fifth
2 hours and 5 minutes...Steph has sunk lower
and lower on the post so that her hat is now at the back of
her neck. Danni...is cleaning her nails, it
2:38...Danni is feeling fine...but Steph seems
to have entrophied. She tries to push up...but the hat drops
and that makes it MORE painful on her back. She tries again to
inch her way up...but she falls to her backside and her feet
slide off. Danni wins Final Immunity!
getting rid of Lydia WASN'T such a bad idea after all. Ah,
As Steph bawls in pain and anguish,
Danni comes over to comfort her...but RAFE comes over to end
the Alliance with Danni. He doesn't want Danni to vote for him
if she doesn't want to. Uh,...yeah, that's nice and all, Rafe,
but we have a HURT TRIBE MEMBER HERE!
AFTERNOON 38: OH, DA PAIN! DA
PAIN! Danni, as you may
have guessed, loves that she's in the Final Two...but HATES
having to decide between either Steph or Rafe to TAKE there.
Rafe re-affirms that Danni shouldn't keep her promise to him
if she doesn't want to. And that just puts MORE pressure on
Danni! But Rafe feels that it's been Rafe v. Steph since Day 1
and that she deserves a chance.
Steph tells Danni that,
had they KEPT Lydia, it definitely wouldn't have been LYDIA
with the one-in-two chance...so Danni doesn't owe STEPH
anything either. She played her best and got further than she
EVER thought she could on her second time around. All she can
say to Danni is, "go with your heart".
NIGHT 38: TRIBAL COUNCIL 2: THREE IS A
Bobby Jon, Jamie, Gary, Judd, Cindy
and Lydia sit opposite Steph, Danni and Rafe as Uncle Jeff
starts the grilling again. First question: why the hell didn't
they get rid of the stronger of the two? Steph felt the Final
Challenge could've gone either way...and that HER only hope
was to tie the last Tribal Vote since Rafe and given his word
to Danni. Danni beat her fair-and-square...so no
Danni STILL can't believe she actually WON
today...and Steph was emotional. Rafe tells about the promises
and why he broke it. How does Danni feel about a decision that
could cost her 900 grand? Nervous as all hell! She says Rafe's
been a friend and helped her get in...and Steph got most of
the Jury mad at her so...EITHER one was a good choice. Steph
actually AGREES with Danni about her being disliked. And Rafe
thinks it's even since they screwed the same people over
during the game.
OK, you know the drill. Steph and
Rafe can't vote for Danni or themselves so their votes cancel
out. Danni's sole vote will decide the final member of the
Jury...and who goes with her into the Million-Dollar Tribal
Council. She trudges to the "voting booth", takes the
parchment and scratches a name on it. Uncle Jeff retrieves it
and reads it aloud:
see THAT coming! Rafe has fought the good fight...but Danni
has spoken...and she wants a lady to win this
(And, BTW, Rafe didn't mean all that mumbo
jumbo earlier today. He WANTED to be in the Final Two...so I
guess that's ONE vote for Steph right there!)
DAY 39: THE FINAL
The Howler Monkey Alarm Clock goes
off one more time for Stephenie and Danni, the Final Two
Survivors in Guatemala. One will get $100,000...the other, a
million AND a car! Steph mentions that only THEIR names on in
yellow on the Xhakum tribal flag. Steph (like everybody else)
couldn't BELIEVE she got this far after failing so miserably
in the South Pacific islands. Danni can't believe it that much
herself...but she's proud of Steph.
remains cordial between the two because, really, there's
nothing more that can be done by them. Just lounge in the
croc-proof pool and look back on 39 days of trials and
tribulations, guts and glory. They both agree that this time
in Central America was wonderful and unforgettable.
time to burn down the shelter. It seems that the gods have
FINALLY forgiven them for the whole chicken deal and they let
the bonfire burn. They boil more water to drink before packing
up their ditty bags and torches and marching toward their
final destiny. Steph is confident that her words will speak
above her actions while Danni will just be
NIGHT 39: FINAL TRIBAL
Once more, the two ladies march into
the Ancient Pyramid O' Doom to face Uncle Jeff...and, more
IMPORTANTLY, face the Jury: Bobby Jon, Jamie, Gary, Judd,
Cindy, Lydia and the recently-departed Rafe. Uncle Jeff goes
through the format. Opening statements by the Final Two,
grilling and/or questions by each of the seven Jury members,
closing arguments and Final Vote.
For her opening,
Danni feels honored to have made it because she didn't think
she'd survive the switch from Nakum to Yaxha. She surprised
that she wasn't a threat and that endurance was her strong
point. She played good and honest...and bribes the Jury with
Kansas City barbequing one day.
Steph thanks everyone
for making it a great experience. She's HUMBLED that she's in
the Final Two...since SHE thought she'd be one of the FIRST
two...to get voted off, that is. She also says that she'll be
honest with her answers...especially to those she's pissed
Time for Jury Questions. First up is BJ, who
congrats the girls for making it no matter WHO won. He asks
Steph how proud she is about how she played. She is quite
proud...although she'd take two votes back if she could
(though she doesn't name who). BJ then asks Danni the same
question and she says she's happy and grateful...and just
wished they had won more Immunity Challenges so that the
numbers going into the merge would've been
HUT-HUT! Gary is next and says he'll base his
vote on who gives the most honest answer. So, ladies,... why
should Gary NOT vote for you tonight? Steph said it was
because of the blown alliance from the first day...and the
fact that the alliance she made LATER didn't INCLUDE Gary.
Danni says that aligning with Rafe was a selfish faux
pax on her part , especially when she HAD one WITH Gary
from near the start.
Jamie comes up and asks Danni who
her top five would have been had she had the choice to MAKE a
Final Five. BJ, Gary and Brandon made the list because of
their bonds...but she didn't mention Jamie or ANY fifth
member. Jamie then tells Steph he didn't talk to those he
voted out beforehand...but Steph backstabbed a lot of the
Jury...so...how does she think the Jury FEELS about that?
Steph said Jamie was NOT a full decision by her...but she
played this game the best it could be and thinks she deserves
Little Lydia takes the stand next. She is
MAD at Steph for being friends with her from Day 6 and then
being voted out by her. Why SHOULD she vote for a backstabber?
Steph thanks Lydia for being loyal and says she based her
decision on who was the toughest to beat in the Final Three.
She's mad at Danni, too, for trusting her...so why should she
vote for HER? Danni says the line of communication between
them was wide open...but, to win a million, you HAVE to break
trust sometimes. She closes by saying, "It's a
Next up is Cindy and she asks which Jury member
the girls would eliminate and why? Danni would rather it be
Rafe since she KNOWS he'll vote for Steph...and Steph picks
BJ...just because he was first IN the Jury.
congrats (between clenched teeth, I'm sure) and is proud of
them. He wonders WHY Danni changed her vote last night. Danni
says Steph fought to the very end with every ounce of her
being...and she thought Steph was most deserving of a chance
at the million. He then says Steph dominated and respected
that...but what was the best strategic move she made but did
NOT tell Rafe about? Steph says she was totally honest with
Rafe...so there was nothing she did that he didn't know
Finally is Big Bad Judd. He congrats them...and
he asks Danni if she's ever been ice-skating or roller-blading
before...because, to HIM, Danni's one of the best
"ice-skaters" in the game because that's what she did:
"skated" through the game. He ALSO asks if she was
deceitful...and she admits that she told Jamie she was putting
Gary's name down...and it was Jamie's instead. Judd doesn't
believe it, feeling she lied all the way through the game. Not
that STEPH was a Girl Scout, either. He asks Steph if sheh is
starving...because Steph's been eating a LOT during these 39
days. He claims that Steph backstabbed almost everyone on the
Jury...and he's MAD that Steph lied to his wife about how
strong an alliance was between them...and then voted him out
the very next night! The shouting match goes back and forth
between the twosome before Judd finally ends it and heads back
to the Jury Box.
After Uncle Jeff compliments that this
is the best...Jury...EVER, colsing statements are made. Steph
thanks them for the questions and wants to PROVE why she's
worthy of the million. She thinks this is the hardest game and
brings out the hardest qualities...but she IS a good girl and
she heartfully apologizes. She allied herself with strong
people and had to take the leadership role after a while...
but the fact is that she outplayed, outwitted and
outlasted...which was the sole purpose of the game!
for Danni, she played the waiting game. She hoped against the
alliances standing firm and waited to FIND the leader. She
likewise aligned with Steph and the rest...but then became
friends, so the voting became more and more tough leading up
to this. She ends by saying that, if she DOES win the million,
it'll "go to good use".
And, with that, it is time to
vote. This time, the girls WANT to see their names on the
parchment. Bobby Jon...Gary...Judd (votes for "Dani" because
he promised Steph "I ain't votin' for ya")...Cindy...Lydia...
Rafe (votes for Steph, saying "Your character is your
strategy")...and Jamie march up the steps, write down the
names...and march back.
So...will it be montage or fade
to live this time? Last time it was NEITHER as Jeff just
WALKED from Palau to the stage in record time. Well...it's a
quickie montage this time. A chopper picks him up...and
APPARANTLY has enough gas to get him to...
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The chopper lands on the rooftop and
Jeff takes the stairway to the studio, Mayan urn in hands.
There's Steph and there's Danni, awaiting the vote. There's
the Jury, certain as to who has won...and there's the crowd,
who just won't STOP CLAPPING! They finally do and tells what's
a stake. The one who gets four votes out of seven wins a big
fat check for a million bucks...AND a Pontiac Torrent. The
loser...a measely $100,000.
Let's read the
(OK, got the
KNOWN votes out of the
have to say
By an 8-1 vote,
DANNI BOATWRIGHT IS THE WINNER OF SURVIVOR:
GUATEMALA - THE MAYA
EPILOUGE: REUNIONS ARE
After about a two-minute
applause break and a few commercials, we meet and greet all
eighteen Survivors. Jeff thinks Danni got a 5000% return on
her $200 investment for the Immunity Challenge "advantage"
during the auction...and she agrees whole-heartedly. Rafe's
not angry at Danni for the decision she made on Day 38. Gary
agrees that sDanni was a "stealth bomber", not hitting anyone
until the very end. Lydia lasted as long as she did as a
provider and a positive attitude.
Next talk is to the
returning Survivors, Bobby Jon and Stephenie. Steph was the
"sweetheart" of Palau who had absolutely NO expectations of
passing the first Tribal Council...and she changed her
attitude for THIS game to keep from being stuck in seventh.
She admits that the way she played was quite opposite of what
she did in Palau...but Rafe played it the same way...so no
regrets. Gary thinks the twosome used their "celebrity" to
their advantage...which was smart. And Steph's voting out of
Judd lead to the "scumbags" line as Judd departed. Judd claims
he was just angry to have lost. (Oh, and the tirade to
Margaret by Judd...just strategy.) Now, BJ talks about the
two-day trek that nearly destroyed me. He, likewise, shifted
gears for this version and prospered because of it, making the
Jury that he missed out on last time. They then talk about BJ
and Jamie's rivalry...and Jamie, paranoia and all, says
they've made up.
And, now, the moment many have waited
for: "Gary Hawkins" fesses up to being Gary Hogeboom and says
he WAS a former NFL QB. Danni outed him immediately as a
former Dallas Cowboy thatnks to her sports talk radio days.
Gary was freaking from day 1 to keep it a secret. And
Amy...upon hearing the news beforehand, she SO wanted to
thrash him like a rented QB...but she's cool know, and just
LOVES the publicity it got her from the crooks she busted. Oh,
and Cindy...she wants to go BACK to the jungle. As for the
"Car Curse", Rafe doesn't think she would've made the Final
Back to Guatemala for a sec, Margaret says
she's going back as part of the relief effort along with
Brian. As for "Golden Boy" Blake...what did his girlfriend
feel about his...um...semi-explicit description of her? Blake
says she laughed...and her FATHER can't believe her "breasts
got him kicked off".
Going into the home stretch, we
talk about GRUELING this version was, starting with the first
trek. Brandon talks about how tough that was. Jim, the first
one out, STILL thinks the experience was worth it, even if it
only last three days. Brian attributes sheer luck for HIS
failure. Brookke got labeled as the smartie early on and THAT
cost her. Brianna was overwhelmed out of the game but had an
awesome time. Morgan didn't have enough time there...but she's
proud of what she accomplished.
Oh, yeah, there WILL be
a twelveth Survivor. They're headed BACK to Panama
for the third time...but, specifically, to a lonely island
dubbed "Exile Island"! Every episode, at LEAST one Survivor
will have to spend an interminate amount of time there, cut
off from everybody. But...there's something there that can
give THEM a million...if they can find it. How will the 16
Survivors be split? How will exile help strategy? Who will be
the TWELVETH Ultimate Survivor?!
How the hell should
I know?! I'm just a recapper, for criminy's
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
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EP: Mark Burnett, Charlie Parsons, Tom
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