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NIGHT 27/DAY 28: QUIT WITH THE RAIN,
One of her anchors is gone in Brenda. She's certain that she's next
after how NaOnka, Sash and Chase treated her at Tribal. NaOnka
is...well...she's still PISSED at how Brenda tried to throw her "under
the bus". But she's content that Brenda's bad strategy made NaOnka like
MUCH better in the eyes of the tribe. And Chase...he's feeling all
right, having so many one-person alliances that he thinks he can last.
But...things never seem to work out the way he figures so...who knows
The next morning, they find
their little pond has become a raging river and the rain is coming down
in buckets. Fabio seems to be fine with it, finding a "little happy
place". But two people having issues are NaOnka and Kelly. NaOnka is
anemic and the rain and cold are hurting her joints like nothing else.
Kelly...she's just doesn't know if she has anything left in her
physically to last another 11 days.
At last, the rain lets up
and the tribe members get back to business. Benry and Fabio seem OK with
NaOnka and Kelly splitting. Chase tries to talk NaOnka out of it...but
she gives her Individual Immunity Idol to him, saying her mind and body
just hasn't been in the game lately Jan tells Holly that they, Sash and
Chase need to stick together, ready to vote Dan, Fabio and Benry out of
the two girls actually quit. Sash, however, feels closer TO the two
girls; he thinks of switching...but, he's just hoping the girls will
REWARD CHALLENGE: GULLIBLE'S
Challenge Beach beckons us
to Uncle Jeff. And, since "Gulliver's Travels" starring Jack Black is
coming out this holiday season, the obstacle course is themed after the
movie based on Jonathan Swift's masterpiece. Two teams (again, THIS time
chosen 'playground' style) of four will be tethered together and have to
work to untie an eight-foot stuffed Gulliver doll from a Liliputian-style
trap and then carry it through several obstacles: a high fence, a rope
maze and a tunnel with ropes. Drop Gulliver and you have to start the
obstacle over. First to bring Gulliver across the finish line gets to
actually WATCH 20th Century Fox's "Gulliver's Travels" months before
it's out in theaters (this HAS been taped a good while ago, remember)
and get to chomp down on the usual movie concessions of nachos, popcorn,
hot dogs and candy that would run you even more than the MOVIE would.
Much like Gulliver, it's about their inner "bigness" that will get them
through the last 11 days.
The players choose up sides
like it's the NHL All-Star Game. Blue Team is NaOnka, Benry, Chase and
Holly. Yellow Team is Fabio, Sash, Jane and Kelly. Since Dan was last
picked, he picks a side and waits at the oversized throne; if the Blue
Team wins, HE gets Reward along with the team.
The knots and ropes are
quickly unbound, the Blue Team actually climbing onto the table to pull
the ropes out. But it's the Yellow Team that pick up their giant beanbag
(or whatever-bag) and head to the obstacles. The Blue Team are behind by
a smidge. At the log wall, it's evenly matched, but NaOnka gets Blue
Team's Gulliver's sneaker stuck between the wall and a tree, costing
them precious time.
The ropes and haybales are
the toughest yet. The back players keep getting stuck while struggling
to keep their section of Gulliver untangled. The Yellow Team still owns
a slight lead out of that. But...then comes the rope tunnel. Fabio leads
the team into theirs while Chase leads his team. It's obvious that the
Blue Team leader is much stronger and, thus, able to pull the Gulliver
through the ropes more easily. Dan cheers for the team he's backed as
the Yellow Team get Gulliver all tangled up. With a heave-ho away-we-go,
Chase and Co. yank Gulliver out and jog across the finish line. BLUE
TEAM WINS REWARD! And that means DAN does as well...and he didn't even
AFTER-CHALLENGE: HEROES AND
As Uncle Jeff reestablishes
what the Reward is,...NaOnka announces this to be her last day in the
game. Jeff is shocked...and I suspect he's a bit MORE shocked when,
after asking if anyone ELSE wants to quit, Kelly likewise says so. He's
fairly sure that an afternoon of thinking will change their minds...so
he decides to hold a Tribal Council tonight where the two girls will
make their decisions.
Now...one more piece of
business. Life's been crappy at camp since the fire. With a wrecked tarp
and a spoonful of rice a day,...well, that's no way to live, even on
"Survivor". Uncle Jeff offers the tribe a new tarp and enough rice to
get us through the last eleven days in the rainforest...IF one of the
winning team (except for Dan, of course) will give up their spot. One
WOULD think NaOnka, as she's wanting to quit, would want to give the the
tribe a going-away present. But she stays still. It's HOLLY that
sacrifices her spot for food and shelter. Benry tries to get NaOnka to
step-up instead...but no dice. And Holly gives NaOnka a "how DARE you"
look as she joins the losing team, bucket of rice and tarp in hand. The
nine Libertads go their separate ways for the afternoon.
AFTERNOON 28: SUCK IT UP OR
Everyone back at camp was so
grateful that Holly (who was BEGGING for a hot dog after the Challenge)
forfeited her wiener cravings so that those at camp would have food and
shelter. As Holly and Kelly go to collect firewood, the elder swim coach
tries talking Kelly out of quitting tonight. She tries a similar pep
talk to the one Coach Jimmy Johnson gave to her three weeks ago: you
came for a reason and, as such, you can't just quit. "You need to suck
it up," she tells Kelly, "and play the game!" Kelly can't seem to get
past the freezing weather and the food issue...but Holly says she got
them BOTH for her. There are worse things than this in life, says Holly.
But Kelly's "been sucking it up for 28 days" and now has, in her own
words, "nothing left to suck".
(I'll leave that comment as
MEANWHILE, AT THE MOVIES...
In a makeshift grass hut
(with gas-powered lighting, it sounds like), Benry, NaOnka, Dan and
Chase arrive...and start to load up on goodies before sitting in canvas
lounge chairs to see the re-working of Swift's fabulous opus totally
massacred by the "star" of "Year One" and "Nacho Libre". (Yeah, don't
hold much for Jack Black films, sorry.) Chase is a bit peeved at NaOnka
for her non-actions after the Challenge...but NaOnka says she didn't
work her butt off just to aschew food that is NOT rice. Benry's thoughts
towards NaOnka were easy: "Please leave! Please leave! Please make
things easier for me!"
After the flick, the
foursome head to the Missionary of Doom...and NaOnka seems a bit more
upbeat. Maybe she COULD stay...and maybe she COULD win a million bucks.
But WILL she?
NIGHT 28: RICE IS NICE
Back at camp, the tarp has
been set up and the five other Libertads are enjoying a LOT of rice.
Kelly agrees with Uncle Jeff that the tarp and rice made a difference in
camp; it's nice being fed relatively well and knowing that they'll be
relatively dry should more rain come. Holly takes this as a good sign.
But Kelly still hasn't made up her mind...and probably won't until the
question comes out of Jeff's mouth.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: YOU'RE EITHER IN
OR YOU'RE OUT...RIGHT NOW
Libertad comes in...first
from the camp, then from the Reward. Alina, Marty and Brenda sit in the
Jury Pool. And the rain starts to come down again.
Holly told about her talk
with Coach Jimmy and how it brought her back from the precipice. Jane
says she has the spunk and inner fortitude to get through anything, even
though the last four weeks have been no walk in the park. Benry says,
simply, "Winners never quit, quitters never win." Fabio think it's
mental willpower and would stay even if it was snowing
NaOnka's thoughts of
quitting started this morning and she's proud she's the last
African-American in the game, giving props to "strong black women"
everywhere. Kelly likewise felt her body and mind were breaking down
when the deluge set in that morning. NaOnka felt she had a realistic
shot at winning the million (which makes Marty quietly laugh). Benry
thought the movie personified NaOnka and Kelly's situations; find it in
them to keep going.
And...what about Holly's
sacrifice? Why didn't NaOnka step up and take a last shot for the team?
She wanted to leave with a bang...and she doesn't care if anyone ELSE
thinks she's selfish. Chase and Jane disagree...and Jane says that the
young'uns don't know how tough life is; you can't afford to lack drive
and determination in the job market that exists outside of reality
Time for The Decision (and
not LeBron's, thankfully). NaOnka...says she's gonna quit. Kelly...is
likewise. Marty whispers, "I can't believe it." Uncle Jeff asks what
they should do with the torches...and both girls say they should be
snuffed. Jeff says they will...but they'll be left at Tribal Council to
REMIND the two new members of the Jury about the fact that they quit.
"You wanna go," asks Jeff of
NaOnka as she plants her torch. After snuffing it, Jeff just tells her,
Kelly doesn't even get a
question. Jeff snuffs her torch and says, "Head out."
The two torches are leaned
against the exit to the graveyard in plain sight of the Jury Pool.
To the others, Jeff says
they have ten more days and they have a one-in-seven shot at a million.
"No more excuses," he demands. "It is time to step up and start playing
As Libertad leaves...the
Jury bemoan the fact that THEY could've been higher up the ladder and
may EVEN be still IN the game if not for the two quitters who'll be by
their sides come next Tribal.
(Personally, I don't think
those two a) should've gotten 'last words' or b) should even be ON the
Jury. They should have their sorry asses shipped to LA and Mesa and
brought back only to be humiliated at the reunion.)
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