Pulling the Trigger
TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT LA FLOR
NIGHT 8: LIFE WITHOUT COACH
Rainy days and tribals
always get folks down. Jimmy T. doesn't miss Jimmy J. and starts
singing...much to the others' annoyance. Marty thinks Jimmy T. (who
I'll call just "Jimmy" since he's the only one) will hang
himself inevitably as EVERYBODY's patience for him is getting thin.
DAY 9: THE LANDSLIDE BRINGS
Jane and Dan are freaked
that the previous night's rain caused a mudslide that made debris
show up on the beach and their fishing hole had been wiped out.
Marty and Dan TRY to fish using the net...but they're stuck with
just their rice rations...and nothing else for munching on. SO not
good. Jan feels a little lost without Coach...and is waiting for
one of the men to step up and take over the "leader" role.
NIGHT 10: OPTIMISM AND LEADERSHIP?
The tribe feels that they're
doing rather well without much food. Marty calls for a tribe meeting.
He thinks "one voice" is needed for challenges and nominates
Tyrone as tribe strategist, as it were. Of course, Jimmy objects
a little...but not much. He wants his opportunity to shine but he
says he can wait. Marty tells Jimmy to essentially man-up and say
when and where he feels needed...which tells the fisherman that
the techie is "not a Jimmy T. fan". Secretly, he wants
to shake Marty and tell him to "get a clue".
DAY 11: TREE-MAIL!
home and family,
Tribal togetherness and trust,
Only teamwork can win warmth and comfort.
Or your efforts will be a bust.
Blindfolds are also included...so,
obviously, we're playing another loud-leading-the-blind challenge
(which my tribe's ALWAYS good at). We practice on the beach with
Tyrone as the caller. It seems to work out well...but Jimmy seems
to want to make it more difficult. We GET what his directions mean,
J.T.; shut yer yap. Marty thinks Jimmy's delusional if he thinks
he can be leader of Espada.
BLIND MAN'S PICNIC
La Flor is a LITTLE shocked
about us being Coach-less...but it's all good for them. As expected,
one guide will shout instructions to three-pairs of gatherers who
are, of course, blindfolded. Ten objects are scattered throughout
the woods clearing (maybe Challenge Beach was also polluted). The
guides direct the pairs to the objects, get them to gather them
and drop them on the mat. The LAST item is a Sears(TM) treasure
box locked to a chain...which the tribe has to get the keys to unlock.
First with all ten items AND the chest on their mat gets the conquistador
bust, stays home from Tribal...AND gets three nice items of their
choice courtesy of Sears(TM).
Hey, "Younger Tribe",
care to use the Medallion of Power to have two items on the mat
already? THIS time, they accept. The Medallion comes to us. We sit
out Dan, they sit out the Kellys. We have Tyrone as a guide, they
have Brenda as a guide.
Uh,...though Ty is vocal,
the blindfolds must be blocking Espada's ears as well because...they're
not taking to directions well. La Flor gets three items back by
Brenda's calm directions before we even GRAB an item. We get our
rythym going, though and slowly start to trickle in goods. Still
WAY behind, though; 8-3, to be precise.
It turns into 10-5 as
we run into each other a few times. La Flor goes for the keys...and
Ty TRIES to get Jimmy and Holly to just STOP! "Damn, that boy
don't listen," mutters Ty as Sasha and Chase haul the chest
back...and win Immunity AND Reward for the Younger Tribe for the
third out of four times!
(Oh, for the record, Jimmy
claims he couldn't hear Ty with everyone else screaming. Uh huh...)
The Idol goes back to
La Flor...as does a fishing bait kit (with 3I clue inside), a tarp
set and a cooking set with knives. And all Espada gets for giving
Tyrone laryngitis? A trip to Tribal Council and the booting of a
AFTERNOON 11: LET THE MOANING
Well,...good game, everybody.
Not good enough to WIN...but La Flor needed to use the Medalian
to win this one. That's what Marty and Tyrone say back at camp,
anyway. Dan says he's "no good on mud" with his bum knee.
And, again, Jimmy says he wants more playtime! He's tired of being
the Chris Bosh to Tyrone and Marty's apparant LeBron and Dwayne.
Ty thinks he's just digging his
Sea urchins are on the
menu today. Marty doesn't contribute to the tribe's collection,
saying he's already eaten a few of them and they can have the rest.
Jimmy tries to call Marty out as not being a team player. Yve backs
Marty up...and the de facto ruler thinks Jimmy's playing Russian
Roulette with a fully loaded pistol
Holly and Jane decide
that Dan is the weaker player and should be kicked out...mainly
due to Coach being the only one who voted for him last time. Marty
has had it with Jimmy and talks Jill into going his way (as he always
does). Tyrone, again, is a toss-up...though, when Jill speaks to
him, he says he's leaning towards Dan. This is NOT what Marty wants
and he talks to Ty about changing his vote, saying Jimmy is a "cancer".
Jimmy is talking to Yve and Holly about wanting "his one chance"
to show how good he is. Yve doesn't want to coddle Jimmy.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: CH-CH-CH-CH-CHANGES
(TURN AND FACE THE STRAIN)
The Missionary of Doom
and Uncle Jeff welcomes us once again. Tyrone thinks things went
well, even though they lost BIG time. Marty agrees. Dan talks about
his bad knee and how he didn't want to hurt the tribe's chances.
Jill ain't used to losing so much. Jimmy gets vocal again about
being a "squeaky wheel not getting oil". Marty doesn't
think giving Jimmy a leader role is a good idea...and all but calls
out Jimmy's delusions and paranoia. Holly backs-up Jimmy, saying
he SHOULD get his "one chance" before being frowned upon.
Uncle Jeff asks the so-called
leader Tyrone if Jimmy could be a better asset IF he changed his
"let me lead" attitude. Ty says Jimmy'd have MORE value
for certain. When asked if he was willing to do what the tribe asks,...Jimmy
chokes down tears and says he's man enough. He's a man of honor...and
he's willing to be a "worker bee".
A lot's been said...and
it's time to vote. Into the confessional goes Espada again, one
by one - Holly ("Sorry about your shoes, Dan"), Jill,
Dan ("Jimmy T"), Yve, Jimmy ("Dan"), Marty ("See
ya, 'pal'" [Jimmy]) Jane and Tyrone - put their votes on parchment
and place them in the cistern. Uncle Jeff tallies, arranges and
reads the votes:
He vowed to change...but
Jimmy will never get that chance. By a 5-3 vote, he's out...and
Marty is smiling ear-to-ear.
Uncle Jeff sees this is
a vote for the chemistry of the tribe...and notes that something
"has gotta change" for us to get back in the winning stride.
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