You Own My Vote (Ometepe)
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DAY 4: COCK OF THE WALK
That's what Ralph seems to
do well aside from building; hop up on logs, flap his elbows and crow
like a rooster (hence his nickname). Russell is NOT impressed, though,
feeling Ralph's the "dumbest person on the face of this Earth" and who
could be easily kicked out by his alliance. Of course, his alliance
current consists of just him and Stephanie...but he's branching out. He
has Krista in his sights and talks to her about the eventual "Individual
Immunity Idol" (or "3I" as I call it) clue coming with the next Reward
Challenge. Russell doesn't want to wait; like Kristina back in Ometepe,
he wants to find the 3I right now! So he, Stephanie and Krista
set out to look for it. He's CERTAIN he'll find it...because it's what
he does well.
So the search goes on...but
finding it is a different story. And it doesn't go unnoticed by Steve
and Mike. Meanwhile, "Rooster" is out picking up rocks for...some
reason. After getting bitten by fire ants, he lifts a rock near a small
tree, looks inside a hole in the root...and pulls out an Individual
Immunity Idol! (Dude, they have GOT to hide those 3Is better!) A crow is
heard...but no one knows if it's because of his discovery or just a
random cock-a-doodle. But Ralph is damned happy to have found it, saying
to the camera, "Eat your heart out, Russell!"
DAY 5 - REWARD/IMMUNITY
CHALLENGE: OUT OF THE TILES
Challenge Cove, Uncle Jeff,
a Francesca-less Ometepe and a fairly interesting set-up as Ralph gives
back the Immunity Idol, saying he'll take it right back soon...and
Phillip gets angry. Let's get to it:
Five members, one at a time,
swim across the Survivor Challenge Pool and break a tile to release a
key. Once all five keys are in place, a sixth member unlocks a trunk to
get a heavy ball. The last two take turns to toss it at five more tiles,
attempting to shatter them. First tribe to break all the tiles gets to
lay back and relax while the other sends someone to duel Francesca to
remain of Redemption Island. Oh, and the winning tribe ALSO gets fishing
gear. Zapatera puts David on the bench to even things out and we get
ready to go.
It starts with Grant vs.
Steve...and Grant pretty much reaches the platform before coming up for
air. And he just SNAGS the key off the tile and swims back, leaving
Steve in his wake (almost literally). Ashley vs. Sarita doesn't help
Zapatera much. Matt goes for Ometepe and gets key #3 before Sarita can
tag for Julie. Andrea belly-flops but holds the lead, Russell trying
hard to catch up. Bahstin Rob runs the anchor and all the keys are in
before Mike is half-way to the platform.
Phase II: unlocking the box.
It's Natalie for Ometepe, working hard while Mike brings back Zapatera's
last key. Stephanie is the lock picker, trying to work out which of the
five keys opens the three locks. Steph lucks out and gets her first lock
undone while Natalie struggles. It's close going to the final locks, but
Steph manages to open Zapatera's box (not releasing evil like Pandora)
and handing the ball the Ralph and Krista. A few seconds later, Phillip
and Ashley get THEIR ball.
Phase III seems to be all
guys; they won't relinquish control of the balls to the ladies...and the
ladies seem all right with it. Phillip shatters first, with Ralph right
behind. Ralph feels like he's at a carnival midway, tossing like a pro
two break the second...and then third tile. Phillip aims for the upper
tiles, figuring they'd be harder and best to get done with. A fourth
purple tile is shattered and Ralph is close to winning that kewpie
doll...er, Idol and gear. But the upper tile IS hard to break. Phillip
FINALLY gets HIS upper tile...then cracks another as Ralph's ball HITS
the final tile...but doesn't BREAK it. ANOTHER upper tile is broken and
Ometepe has caught up. At four tiles apiece, who will break the tile,
the tie and the other tribe's collective heart?
It's RALPH! Phillip was
CLOSE, but the "Rooster" crows and ZAPATERA WINS IMMUNITY AND REWARD!
Awkward moment...Matt comes
over and shakes hands with the conquerors...and Bahstin Rob don't LIKE
it! Anyway, Ralph SAID he'd be taking the Idol back...and so he has. We
take the gear and skeedaddle, leaving Ometepe wondering who they're
going to send to face Francesca!
AFTERNOON 5: GET RUSSELL A
As a T-storm starts to roll
in, so does Zapatera back into camp. Russell has the basket of fishing
stuff...because he KNOWS there must be a clue to the 3I amidst it. Sure
enough, it's in a flipper and he snags it right away. The tribe cheer
for "Rooster"...and Ralph sees the Alliance King with the clue and
inwardly laughs. He tells the others...and they agree not to let Russell
touch a Reward again. Meanwhile, Russell meets with Stephanie and Krista
and opens the clue:
Clue to hidden immunity
If the looming vote,
Has you in a scary spot...
Then I'd look where something is alive
Next to something that's not.
As they discuss the clue,
along comes Mike (who is secretly disgusted by Russell's lies). They
change the discussion to how bad a swimmer Sarita was. But then enters
Ralph who asks up front if there was a 3I clue. "Maybe there was,"
replies Russell. "You're either WITH me...or AGAINST me!". And the
shouting match betwixt "Rooster" and Russell erupts from there...but
Ralph seems to be calmed when Russell admits not having it...yet.
Ohhhhhhh, if he ONLY knew...
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