Running the Camp
NIGHT 22/DAY 23: SICK OF MARTY'S CRAFT?
After having blind-sided
Alina to the Jury, everyone relaxes by the fire. NaOnka thinks Marty was
a little too rough on Jane and claims SHE wouldn't put up with his crap
like Jane did. Jane herself thinks that "Farty" is "grasping at straws",
knowing he's THIS CLOSE to ultimately regretting giving up that Immunity
The next morning at the ol'
waterring hole...er, barrel, Marty and Sash talk about who wrote Marty's
name down at Tribal. Sash suspects Holly...and Marty is getting
frustrated as to how "stupid" people are, not realizing how dangerous
Jane is. He DOES know his backside has HUGE concentric red and white
circles on it and he needs a plan to dodge the incoming mortar shot at
Marty talks to Benry and Dan
at camp while getting their rice ration. He says they should let
everyone know that they'll be voting NaOnka out and, once it GETS to
NaOnka, make her sweat a bit and flush her 3I out...but then blindside
Jane! It doesn't seem to phase him that Jane is in the shelter RIGHT
THERE NEAR Marty! Jane knows he's trying to poison everyone's mind about
her...and would prefer to just take Marty behind the woodshed for a good
REWARD CHALLENGE: BREAK ON
THROUGH TO THE OTHER SIDE
Jeff...a dreaded obstacle course of hay, nets...and brick walls? Hmm.
Here's the deal-io: teams of five will go through and around the
obstacles and, at three spots, work together to gather a key. After
busting through the brick walls, the team must then use the keys to
unlock and unbolt three bolts. First to do that will raise their flag
and win Reward. And the Reward is a nice afternoon of roaming through
the Nicaraguan canopy and a zip-line tour of the forests. And,
afterwards, a MASSIVE barbecue of chicken, steaks, soft drinks, beer,
potato chips, salads...and apple pie for dessert.
Now...Uncle Jeff SAYS it was
a random draw for teams...but I have to wonder when it ends up men vs.
women. Chase is the odd one out and gets to choose which one will win.
He chooses right, he joins the team on Reward. Otherwise, he's back to
camp. He gets crazy and chooses the women to win.
The women get through the
hay first but it's neck-and-neck as Jane stands on Holly's shoulders and
Fabio on Marty's to spin the key around and off the spring. The women
have a slight lead as they crawl under the rope table. But then they
reach the bamboo barrier...and while the men plow through, the women
bounce back (Brenda actually taking a stick to the throat). Uncle Jeff
seems to be encouraging the women more as they finally get through the
sticks, but the men are still well on their way to unwinding the second
key before the women can ever start.
Then it gets worse; the net
maze seems too gruelling for Jane (for Dan, too, but the other guys help
him up). As Uncle Jeff still eggs the women on, the men do their best
Lou Ferrigino/Eric Bana/Edward Norton/soon-to-be Mark Ruffalo
impersonations and HULK SMASH through the loosely-stacked brick walls.
As Jane finally exits the net maze, the men get to work on the locks.
It's a difficult task, as it turns out, as they try to unlock all three
at once. NaOnka takes Jane's place in getting the third key, but they
hit the brick wall (literally) as the men unlock the locks (and Uncle
Jeff helps discarding the keys) and raise the blue banner high. MEN WIN
REWARD! The men find Chase's lack of faith in them disturbing and mock
him about it. (Marty would even call Chase and Jane, "Dumb and Dumber".)
Kelly's about to cry 'cause
(despite the merge feast four day ago) she's so HUNGRY! Holly says
Kelly'll be fine and Kelly reiterates that, happy to be spending time
with the girls...oh, and Chase. Uncle Jeff offers any man to trade
places in this Reward with any woman...or Chase. This is to get crucial
votes come Jury time. But none of the men budge, and Jeff calls them out
on this, saying alliances are out the window when BBQed meat is on the
line. The men head off to zip and feast...the women head back to camp.
Oh, and Chase goes to camp, too.
AFTERNOON 23: ZIP-SLIDING AWAY!
The men have a blast on the
zip lines, Benry happy for the "boys' day out". Even the decrepid Dan
seemed to enjoy himself. Marty felt great to take a much needed break
from the game and get his head back in the game..
At the end of the aerial
road came the feast. They cooked their meat, raised bottles of
label-less beer (so much for the show being ALL "product
placement)...and, most importantly, talk strategy. Actually, it's Marty
talking about HIS say-NaOnka-vote-Jane strategy. Fabio says he's all for
it and Benry admits Marty's a smart cookie. As they chow down, they
discuss Brenda and Chase's situations and Fabio tells Sash to let Brenda
know they want her to stay in the game. Sash says Brenda trusts him
100%...and the trust is reciprocated on 95%. Secretly, Sash thinks he
and Brenda are the two smart ones in camp and can send anyone home that
MEANWHILE, BACK AT THE CAMP...
Chase got kudos for choosing
the girls. But Brenda thinks Chase is not the sharpest knife in the
survival kit and made a bad choice. Still, the ladies and Chase seem to
agree on one thing; if Marty doesn't get an Immunity Necklace or Idol in
the next 36 hours, he's out at the next Tribal. Holly's a bit concerned
about the men and Brenda joining Marty's alliance...but NaOnka, who
hears the conversation, assures Chase that Brenda's a good egg...as long
as you don't step on her until she cracks (her nerves, that is).
Apparantly, Chase didn't hear that last part because, out of sheer
paranoia, he talks to Brenda about voting Marty out. And, with each "you
seem really unsure" that Chase spews, Brenda seems to get more and more
peeved...on the INSIDE, anyway; outside she just does her nails with a
piece of smoothed rock. She and NaOnka think Chase has dug his own grave
with his panic attack.
DAY 24: TREE-MAIL!
This next challenge is a
test of strength...
That is; your memory better be strong.
Know what came first and what came last...
Or be the next to say, "So long".
And it comes with a block
with six different pictures on it. Ooooooo.
Jane is hoping and praying
to God that the evil is flushed out of the camp...and by "evil", she
means "Marty". She thinks that SHE has the target on HER backside and
that, if Marty gets Immunity,...she's toast.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: MEMORY BLOCK
In the woods, Uncle Jeff
looks like he's back on "Rock 'N' Roll Jeopardy!", standing behind a
podium as eleven "contestants" get podia of their own. Fabio and Jane
return their Immunity Necklaces. Uncle Jeff ditches one and puts the
other up for grabs for Tribal tonight. He will flash a sequence of
pictures (from six possible ones) and the contesti must show,
one-by-one, the pictures back to Jeff using a cube. One slip and you're
out. Last one standing gets a 1-in-10 shot at a million.
First sequence: ship,
musket, anchor, ship's wheel, musket, ship. First symbol is hit by
all...as is the second. But Jane and NaOnka say "ship's wheel" instead
of "anchor" for the third one and they're out...and Jane must be
Dan slips on the fourth
symbol, showing "coins" instead of "wheel"; he's out. Fifth symbol
knocks out Holly, Kelly and Sash as they all said "ship". The final
symbol of the round is got by all. We're down to five.
Next sequence: musket, ship,
coins, anchor, dagger, musket, ship's wheel. Everyone gets the first
musket right. Fabio says "anchor" is next...and we're down to four.
Chase misplaces "musket" for coins...and down to three (Chase KNOWS he's
wrong and starts to walk off, but Uncle Jeff teases him into staying to
get it confirmed). Benry says "dagger" instead of "anchor" for the next
one...and it's Marty vs. Brenda for Immunity. Jeff says the two haven't
been the best of friends and, though Marty denies it, Jeff says, "Just
saying what I see."
Next symbol...Marty says
"dagger"...Brenda says "dagger"...they're both right. Next symboll...Marty
says "ship's wheel"...Brenda says "musket"...and it's a musket shot to
Marty's chances at Tribal! BRENDA WINS IMMUNITY! And Jane breathes a
HEAVY sigh of relief!
AFTERNOON 24: WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU
Fabio and Benry agree that
Marty's plan to flush out NaOnka's 3I and vote off Jane is solid. And
Fabio says the most ironic thing EVER heard on "Survivor": "I hate
playing stupid so much...but it's like the smartest thing to do right
now." Wait, WHAT? Fabio was only PLAYING stupid?!? Yeah, I can't believe
that, either. The point is that Fabio doesn't want to tick anybody off
and have votes come HIS way.
Marty and Dan enact the plan
and tell Chase that NaOnka's on the chopping block, claiming she can't
be trusted after what she did a few days ago. Chase agrees...to THEM,
anyway. But he figures out the REAL plan and tells Holly about it. He's
REALLY gonna vote for Marty...and wonders if Brenda get any of his
nagging through her head. Marty gets to Brenda first, though, and tells
of the plan...though he says it was SASH'S idea and not his own. This
got Brenda on board, feeling she and Sash are running the camp, not her
Speaking of which, the two
"runners" meet up and discuss strategy. It's obvious to them that they
are the swing votes...and whoever they vote for, whether Marty or Jane,
will be gone. They don't think Marty should go, since it gives THEM an
advantage with Marty's "foot-in-mouth disease"... but they say they'll
decide it all at...
TRIBAL COUNCIL: DON'T HATE THE
PLAYAS...HATE THE REALITY GAME SHOW
In comes Libertad...in comes
a fresh and clean Alina, sitting in the Jury Pool, not to speak to or
acknowledge the tribe and just to listen. Jane talks about the Reward
Challenge and how the ladies "bounced off" the obstacles they should've
gone through. Sash admits to the men strategizing and Fabio felt that,
though he was nervous at the girls and Chase strategizing behind their
backs, at least he got fed.
Marty is called out for the
last Tribal and he says it's a "compliment" to Jane that he says she's a
threat...and his own bags are packed just in case. Brenda casts the
first ring of doubt on NaOnka by calling her a "troublemaker" and that
she'd rather take Jane than NaOnka. Jane admits to the target on her
back just like Marty seems to have. Once the talk about the food theft
leaves Jeff's maw, NaOnka laughs it off and tries to dismiss it. And,
yet, she still lives in the game. Marty says this will ALWAYS be a black
mark on her record.
Aaaaand THIS is when NaOnka
releases the verbal diarrhea. She's not perfect, she says...but neither
is Marty. And, more to the point, she don't like him...AT ALL! She
essentially tells Fabio to shaddap and says she's hyped up about facing
Marty and putting him down. Marty counters by saying his instinct was
right and that NaOnka's a liar and a thief...and her father would NOT be
proud of her. "Oh, yes, he WOULD be," NaOnka retorts, "because I'm still
here and you probably WON'T be!" Fabio tries to keep the peace and fails
miserably, muttering out loud, "This is crazy!". NaOnka is CERTAIN the
men talked smack about her but she doesn't care. Fabio thinks she DOES
care about SOMETHING because she's annoying him. "Well," says NaOnka,
"you annoy the (expletive) outta me!"
Uncle Jeff is SPEECHLESS!
How can NaOnka go off like this at EVERY TRIBAL and STILL stay in the
game?! She says it's who she is...and, if you don't like it, tough luck!
Time to vote. Brenda stays
immune as the tribe marches to the confessional. We see Jane's vote for
Marty and Marty's vote for Jane...and NaOnka's middle-finger at Marty
upon returning. Jeff tallies the votes...and asks for 3Is...and gets
nothing (much as Marty wanted NaOnka to cough it up). The votes:
Jane...(Marty's vote with
the dead fish on it)
The ultimate player got
PLAYED with a 7-4 vote! And Jane, NaOnka AND Alina look pleased. He
wishes everyone good luck as he marches through the cemetery. But he'll
be back...by Alina's side in the Jury.
Uncle Jeff says it's no
longer a group mentality...and things are gonna get REALLY
interesting...and REALLY complicated.
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