This Is Going To Hurt
NIGHT 32: AS DUMB AS HE LOOKS?
Sash tells Fabio that Benry
was targetting him...but, secretly, Sash is ready to boot Fabio out
next. Fabio brings this up around the campfire, but it's dismissed as
just "part of the game". Fabio's fine with that; everyone thinks he's
dumb (hence why he's not called by his real name 'Jud') but he'll show
DAY 33: TREE-MAIL!
Hey, a Sprint(TM) EVO 4G
cell phone. And a message on the screen:
To fill your belly and
quench your thirst,
Today you'll have to BE THE FIRST.
This reward today is a major score,
It will take you places you've never seen before.
Go to "VIDEOS"; a surprise awaits.
And the videos (natch) are
of the Survivors' loved ones...and the boo-hoos begin. "Miss you", "love
you", "can't wait to see you", etc. It puts the run for the million in
perspective, don't it?
After the vids, though,
strategy comes into play. Fabio asks Chase who he'll take on this final
Reward of the game. Fabio states that, if HE wins, it'll be him, Chase
and Sash going, leaving the old coots behind. Chase promises it WILL be
those three regardless of which one of them wins.
REWARD CHALLENGE: HERE COME THE
Uncle Jeff meets Libertad at
Challenge Cove and retrieves the phone. He explains the Reward first
before the Challenge: the winner takes the phone and rides a boat down
the coast of Nicaragua, see the beautiful foliage and eat heartily of
sandwiches, cookies, beer and champagne.
Oh,...and you'll have
company, too: a loved one like the ones you've seen on the phone! And
herrrrre they are! Chase's mother Connie, Fabio's mother Anne (who LIKES
Jud's nickname), Sash's mother Leigh, Dan's son Matt, Jane's daughter
Ashley and Holly's husband Charlie (on their 25th anniversary, no less).
And the tears roll down like Angel Falls. Don't get comfy, loved ones;
YOU'RE in this Challenge as well!
The Survivors will jump into
the makeshift pool and retrieve one of two bags of letter tiles. Then
they'll dive for the other one. Once both bags are retrieved, the Loved
Ones must open the bags and rearrange the tiles to form a well-known
three-word phrase (the Survivors can help). First to get it right wins
Reward and goes on the boat trip with their Survivor. Hella worth
(Huh...no car Challenge this
season? I've been away from the show since China; has it been this way
for a while?)
And the Survivors run and
jump...well, not ALL of them; Dan still has that gimp leg. Fabio's first
out with a bag, Chase and Sash right behind. The ladies bring up the
rear...and Dan is the tortoise to these hares. Fabio's the first back
with the other bag and Anne gets to work on the puzzle. Chase and Sash
pass off to Connie and Leigh. The Jumble part of the Challenge begins.
As Dan brings up the rear
(with Matt cheering on) the other males' Loved Ones spill out the tiles.
The phrase is made of a 6-, 5- and 5-letter word; two "F"s, two "S", two
"I"s and ten single tiles need to be arranged. They don't want to yell
out any possible clues; everybody has ears, after all. The six Loved
Ones work frantically, with the Survivors whispering assistance. Anne is
slipping, Ashley is working well on it, Leigh seems to have the first
word right, Charlie is on her tail, Connie is all right but needs some
help, Matt's it the rear but still fighting just like his dad.
Connie and Chase put their
hands up and ask Uncle Jeff for confirmation. Jeff goes over...and
"FAMILY COMES FIRST" is right! CHASE & CONNIE WIN REWARD!
Chase, of course, now gets
to choose two Survivors and THEIR Loved Ones on the cruise...and he
chooses Sash & Leigh and Holly & Charlie to go with him. And that breaks
Fabio into absolute tears. He all but yells tearfully at Chase that
Chase promised HE'D be taken along! But Anne calms her little boy down,
telling him to keep his head in the game and that they can spend a lot
of time together back home. With that, Anne, Ashley and Matt head back
home. Fabio, Jane and Dan head back to camp. And Chase, Sash and Holly
take their Loved Ones (and the phone) to the awaiting boat.
DAY 33: ROCKING THE BOAT
Dan thinks Chase is through
with him, Fabio and Jane. Fabio's still mad at Chase lying to him. DAN's
mad at him lying to JANE, who has spent her summer at this game while
her only other helper on the farm, her daughter, would be going to
college in the autumn. Jan is starting to regret being part of the
alliance she's in. The three agree on one thing: Chase just made a
Out on the boat, Chase,
Sash, Holly and the Loved Ones arrive and start noshing on meat
sandwiches, cookies, nuts, and watermelon. Holly says she NEEDS the food
since this'll probably be the last food-related Challenge of the game.
Chase announces that the Survivors on this boat WILL make the Final
Three and that Fabio, barring Immunity, will be next to go. No word from
the Loved Ones how this strategy feels to them.
Oh...and another clue to an
Individual Immunity Idol...but the two have already been taken. Chase
asks who HAS them...and then answers it's him and Sash. NOW Connie
speaks up, wondering if it's these three vs. those at camp. Holly
explains that Jane's in their Alliance...but she'll be out of the loop
once it gets down to the Final Four. The champagne is popped and Connie
wishes the three of them the best of luck and has a two-word demand for
her son: "Chase, win!". Pics are taken with the EVO as the sun goes
down. Hugs all around as the Loved Ones stay on the boat and the
Survivors get ferried back to camp...and, as Chase puts it, "the wrath".
NIGHT 33: HOPE IT GIVES YOU HELL
The cold shoulder back at
camp...OK, more like the cold BODIES back at camp greet the returning
Rewarded...especially Chase. "How was it," says Fabio. When Chase
answers, Fabio states it was rhetorical; he KNOWS it was a great
time...and one Fabio SHOULD have had. Fabio's ticked...but he refuses to
hold a grudge since it'll come around to bite you if you do. The best
thing for him is to try to win Immunity and throw a wrench into
DAY 36 - IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
BLIND MAN'S SHIELD.
After three days of no
Challenges (no doubt thanks to the pair of quitters), Uncle Jeff
welcomes us back to Challenge Beach. Benry gives back the Immunity
Necklace and we get to the Challenge.
Blindfolded, the Survivors
will follow a rope over and under some hurdles to a station with a
shield on it. They must use their fingers and brains to figure out the
embossments on the shield, then go back with sacks of embossments over
and under the hurdles to another station. At the other, they must take
the loose embossments and place them on the near-blank shield (still
blindfolded, mind you). There are MORE embossments than are needed to
make the shield and the Survivors need to put the right ones in the
right place (to make things easier for Jeff, the "extra" embossments are
red). First Survivor to have the right shield has a one-in-five chance
at the million.
They go under, over and
under the hurdles. Fabio takes the lead...and, oddly enough, it's SASH
in the rear, being overly cautious it seems. Holly bangs her head into a
post as Fabio and Chase reach their sheilds first. The ladies come
behind with Sash and Dan bringing up the rear. The young men do their
Braille-like work...but it's Jane first out and heading for the black
station. Fabio and Holly on on her tail...and, once Jane gets lost (how
it happened, I'll never know), Fabio reaches his station first.
Out come the embossments for
Fabio. The ladies are close behind...except for one bag that slipped out
of Jane's grasp as Fabio fits some symbols in place. Chase studies hard
at the full shield as Sash gets to his empty one. Jane finally grabs her
last bag as Chase arrives back, leaving Dan (as always) in the back of
the pack. Fabio works hard, getting all the pieces in place...except one
red piece. He calls for confirmation...and gets a negative responce from
Uncle Jeff. He then realizes one of the daggers is incorrect and
replaces it. Chase seems to be getting things right easily...but who
will finish first?
Fabio asks first...and this
time he's right!! FABIO WINS IMMUNITY!
AFTERNOON 36: TAR HEEL PRIDE
GOING BEFORE THE FALL
Sash figures this is the
worst that could happen. Chase and Fabio argue about who's going, Jane
or Dan. Chase and Holly wants to hold the alliance, but Sash wants Jane
out. Holly then swings her vote to Jane...and Chase is left with his
hands tied. When Jane joins the group, they flat-out tell her that she's
going to be next on the block...and she FLIPS them off! She even tells
Sash not to even LOOK at her! And the campfire? She dumps two buckets of
water onto it before they leave, saying that she STARTED it...and she'll
damn well FINISH it!
TRIBAL COUNCIL: JIHADED JANE
Libertad comes in...Alina,
Marty, Brenda, quitter NaOnka, quitter Kelly and Benry sit in the Jury
Dan tells about the dousing
of the fire...and that's when Jane comes out and says she's the one who
will be voted out tonight. Now it's time for her to exact revenge on
those who stabbed her in the back. Holly stole Dan's $1400 shoes, Benry
got booted BECAUSE of the alliance, and Dan and Fabio are next to go.
Chase states that Jane WAS in their alliance...but it was in the others'
best interest to lose her. Jeff asks who's next and Chase says Fabio or
Dan...but Holly and Sash keep their traps shut when asked to agree until
Jeff makes them spit out a "yes" each.
Well, THERE'S a ballsy move.
Chase, Sash and Holly have flat-out said that Fabio and Dan are the next
to go unless they win Immunity. Fabio can't believe it...and Jane says
it's the "writing on the wall". Jeff wonders why Dan, Fabio and Jane
don't have their OWN alliance to counter the Big Three? Jane suggests
voting Holly out since the young men have 3Is. Dan says it would make
sense to ally against...but Fabio doesn't commit. Holly's a bit
nervous...and Chase has clue zero what's going on with his best laid
It is time to vote! Dan,
Holly, Jane, Sash, Chase and Fabio scratch down on the parchment and
place them in the cistern. Jeff tallies...and asks one last time to use
the Individual Immunity Idols. Both Chase and Sash cash in theirs; votes
for them will be null and void. The votes:
Unanimously, Jane is out of
the game...and tells the backstabbers, "Y'all have fun." (For the
record, Jane wasted her vote on Sash.)
And Uncle Jeff makes the
understatement of the season about the last three days: they should be
the craziest ones yet.
Well, Chico will take it
home: 5 Survivors, 4 "runners-up", 3 days, 2 votes, 1 million bucks!
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