Turf Wars (Espada)
HERE TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT LA FLOR
NIGHT 11/MORNING 12: WHO'S DA
Holly hadn't a clue that
Jimmy T. had been marked for elimination. She was CERTAIN Dan and his
bum leg were history. So much for the "weakest link" strategy that has
worked until now. Holly feels like she's next on the chopping
block...UNLESS something changes soon.
Marty has a different
outlook: HE's in command of Espada at last! And, with the 3I around his
neck and Dan in his back pocket, they're sure Holly and Jan are next. He
states, "It would take something extraordinary, off-the-charts,
completely whacked-out to disturb my plans."
Careful what you wish for...
DAY 12: SHUFFLE UP AND SQUEAL
It's only been a day since
we last saw Uncle Jeff at Challenge Beach...and the "Younger Tribe" La
Flor sees us without the other Jimmy. Then Jeff says those frightening
words: "Drop your Buffs!"
Oh, @#$%...the tribes are
being switched! Age lines are gone! And Marty...his well-laid plains are
Uncle Jeff gets each tribe
to draw a stone from a different bag. Those that pick the ones with the
tribe color on them become "captains". As such, it's Brenda for La Flor
and Holly for Espada. Now, to make the tribes eight apiece, Brenda
chooses three from Espada and Holly four from La Flor. We lose Jane,
Jill and Marty and gain Alina, Benry, Chase and NaOnka. No more
"younger" and "older" crap as we grab new Buffs; we are now OFFICIALLY
Espada and La Flur!
Oh...one more thing. That
Medallian of Power we have? It's dead! No more advantages to be had in
REWARD CHALLENGE: A PYRAMID
No time to rest...on to the
Challenge. Four pairs will be made for each tribe: two pairs of
throwers, two pair of catchers. The throwers toss balls up a pyramid,
which will then bounce down, hitiing blocks along the way and changing
direction often. The catchers from the OTHER tribe have to - duh - catch
the balls before they hit the bround beneath them. Fail to do that, the
tribe who threw gets a point and the tribes switch to the other pairs.
First to three points gets a live poultry nest of two hens and a
rooster. Save them for the eggs...or roast them on a spit...up to you.
Espada scores first as Sasha
drops the ball chucked by NaOnka and Yve. Tyrone drops a La Flur ball to
even things up while Holly has a hard them getting the ball up the ramp.
Round 3 has Marty dropping, putting us at possible game point...but it's
not to be as Alina drops to send it to a decisive fith round. It's back
and forth, both teams making catches worth of a World Series team. But
it only takes one Buckner to blow it...
...and it's MARTY! He
bobbles but can't catch it! ESPADA WINS REWARD, 3-2!
Yessir, we are the
cock-of-the-walk as we take our cluckers and head back to celebrate as a
AFTERNOON 12: MEET THE NEW
TRIBE...SO NOT THE OLD TRIBE
Tyrone, who was the Medvedev
to Marty's Putin, now has full control over the tribe...so to speak. He
likes that there are new chicks in the camp...as well as the hens and
the rooster. He suggests holding the hens for eggs and gives out the
general ground rules to the younger folks. Alina and NaOnka don't like
that there are now subject to rules. Holly likes the fresh blood...and
PRAYS they like her to keep her around longer. NaOnka think that...well,
this is her "home" now...make the best with it...and go where the
DAY/NIGHT 13: STORM FRONT COMING
A wicked storm springs up on
us, dampening our firewood AND our spirits. Benry doesn't like our
architecture. "It's gotta stop sometime," he says about the rain. Dan
retorts, "That's what Noah said." NaOnka just hates being cold and
wet...and I mean HATES. She's crying in the shelter, not wanting to quit
but feeling VERY strained. Alina comforts her...but, inside, she's
loving this, thinking it's one step closer to NaOnka's departure. Benry
ALSO comforts NaOnka, telling her a story about a rainbow he saw the day
his dad died. "We'll make it through this," he assures her.
The night doesn't seem to
get much better for NaOnka. She sticks her head in a canvas bag and
moans, "Oh, God...I just wanna go home..."
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: SPITBALL
The storm DOES dessipate as
we meet Unlce Jeff on Challenge Beach. We talk about our new sleeping
arrangements and then get to our challenge. Three tribe members get
strapped to a water wheel while three others turn it. The strapped get
water in their mouth which they must spit into a bowl like they used to
do in dentists' rooms. Spit enough, a ball is released and the other two
use the weighted ball to break five tiles. First to break five tiles is
safe from Tribal Council tonight. Alina, Holly and Yve will be our
spitters; NaOnka, Dan and Chase will be the spinners and the two best
shooters in the game - Tyrone and Benry - will be the breakers.
Around and around the ladies
go, gulping in water and spitting it out into the bowl, which leads to
the tube the ball is in. We move slow, hoping the ladies will take more
water in...La Flur moves fast under the hands of Marty, Sash and Jill.
Will the tortoise or the hare drop the ball first?
It's Espada! Now the ballers
get to ballin'. But JUST as we break our first tile, La Flur spits
enough for the ball to get to Jane and Fabio. And Jane breaks a tile on
their first shot...and Fabio connects just as fast. We tie...fall
behind...and tie again...and fall behind again 4-3. Our star shooters
aren't star shooting! But Benry manages to tie it up. Who will break the
tile, break the tie and give their tribe a break tonight?
It's Fabio! LA FLUR WINS
For the fourth time, the
yellow-Buffed tribe take the conquistador bust away...and leave us
singing the blues. Specifically, it's NaOnka feeling blue...and feeling
AFTERNOON 14: TOUGH LUCK...FOR
NaOnka feels Espada's cursed
with bad luck, getting the "pick of the litter" from La Flur and STILL
losing Immunity. If she's voted out tonight, that's fine by her...even
WITH her 3I from La Flur. And as for dinner...well, meat's back on the
menu as the tribe decides to waste a chicken. Tyrone disagrees...but
he'll go along with the tribe...especially after the tribe votes against
it. Benry takes a hen and, with a sweeping motion (thankfully edited
OUT), snaps its neck. A cleaning and a boiling and it's finger slobberin'
go-o-o-o-od. Tyrone stayed aside from the tribe...until the eating. And
he (allegedly) got more than anyone else. Another strike against him.
Benry admits that Tyrone can
help physically...but he's not the best guy to get along with...and the
younger Espadas agree with him. Well,...except NaOnka. Alina thinks
she's looking FORWARD to HER beheading. So...which African-American will
be saying good-bye? Let's go to...
TRIBAL COUNCIL: TURFING AND
TOUGHING IT OUT
The Missionary of Doom
awaits us again. Fourth time for the elders, only the second for the
younguns. Uncle Jeff talks us about the dynamics of the switch. Alina
doesn't like the rules, Benry says Ty's the boss and Ty seems to admit
it and even LIKES it. BUT, he says he does not choose unilaterally; he
listens to the tribe and decides based on the best route. Alina and Ty
talk about the "turf wars" between the young and old...or the young and
NaOnka tells about herself
cold and shaking during the storm. She'd been through a divorce...and
the night of the storm was HARDER for her than that! It freaks Uncle
Jeff out that NaOnka got more support from a bunch of STRANGERS who were
COMPETING with her for the million...than from a personal relationship.
She WANTED to quit...but she seems to have got over it. That jives with
Benry...but Yve wants longevity (the old "weakest link" strategy again).
It's time to vote. Alina,
Tyrone ("Na[Onka], you say to 'keep it 100%'? I keep it 100%!"), Chase,
NaOnka, Benry ("Time to dethrone the King of Espada!"...but we don't see
his vote), Dan, Holly and Yve marker their votes, slip it in the coffer
and hope for the best. Uncle Jeff tallies...and then reads who will be
voted fifth out of the game:
The "King" is dead as the
fire captain has his OWN fire put out by a 6-2 vote. "Good luck, guys,"
are his parting words to the now-younger-tilted tribe.
Uncle Jeff congratulated us
on the tribe's first "blind side" vote, saying that, for all the talk
about communication and nurturing tonight, Tyrone felt neither. But,
again, will losing a leader solidify the tribe...or tear it assunder?
Time will, again, tell...
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