Keep Hope Alive (Zapatera)
HERE TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT OMETEPE AND REDEMPTION ISLAND
DAY 6: TREE MAIL:
Today, you won't be competing
Choose two who'll get a chance to see...
What happens when you let your guard down
At a place you don't want to be.
*If you can't reach a unanimous decision, each of
you will pull a stone out of the bag. If you pull out a
tribe-colored stone, you will go on this adventure.
Ah, so two of us get to see
the goings-on at Redemption Island, eh? We draw the stones, Steve and
David draw the purple stones and head over there. Ometepe's Andrea and
Ashley join us to see Matt vs. Francesca at Redemption Island Arena.
Uncle Jeff Probst plays the part of Commodus as the two former Ometepes
as they do the old sticks-make-pole-to-get-keys-to-unlock-door
Challenge. Francesca rocked at this to start (which I'll let Chico
expound upon if he desires) but Matt catches up quickly and is - duh -
WINNING! With a burning of her Buff(tm), Fran goes home. Uncle Jeff
tells us watchers that it's up to us as to exactly what we tell the rest
of the tribe.
DAY 7: LATE NIGHT...ER,
So what do Steve and David
tell Russell? That "the black girl ended up pulling the thing off...and
the blond dude is gone." Well, hell, he won't know the truth unless HE
gets to Redemption Island so...why NOT bull-ess-ech-eye-tee? When
Russell leaves, Steve tells the truth to the rest of the tribe. Russell
knows it's six-to-three against him and that he NEEDS that Individual
Immunity Idol that he got the clue for the other day. So he, Stephanie
and Krista go searching for it...unaware that it's already been found by
Ralph. Steph has a cunning plan, like poetry in her fingertips. She's
gonna FAKE a 3I and pass it off. Steve seems to believe it as she holds
a bag allegedly holding the 3I. He knows Russell is the cancer for
happening and they have to hold strong until it's removed.
DAY 8: THROWING IT ALL AWAY
You KNOW the puss-filled
pimples on your armpits are disgusting when an Iraq War Veteran says it
is! That's what Mike says about Russell's pits. The men start to think
that about Russell as a WHOLE and they're tired of him pretending he's a
total b****in' rock star from Mars. So Steve comes up with an ingenious:
THROW the next Challenge and vote off Russell before he gets a second
clue to the 3I. Julie's not much for that, not wanting Ometepe to get
out of THEIR funk and go on a roll of their own. They decide to decide
when they get to said Challenge...which, they have to get to right now.
REWARD/IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: WATER
Everyone gets a look at the
Matt-less Ometepe on Challenge Beach, Ralph again hands the Immunity
Idol to Uncle Jeff (though he DOESN'T say it's coming right back) and we
get the Challenge explained to us:
Three members on a water
wheel, three others turning it. As each member goes under, they gulp
some water and then spit it like they used to do at the dentist. Once a
tube is filled with enough water, it'll drop a ball down to the seventh
member, who must arrange a slide puzzle to create a path for the ball to
get through. First to get the ball in the hall at the end wins Immunity.
But that's not ALL: you also get some comfort items like canvas chairs,
a tarp, some blankets and a lantern! Ralph and Sarita sit it out...but
NOT before everyone gives a thumbs-up to Steve...the signal for throwing
the challenge. Julie's STILL not comfy with it...but agrees to it.
The other ladies of Zapatera
are on the wheel with the men sans David turning it. Bahstin Rob is on
the ground for Ometepe. At first, things look even...but Steve looks
pooped...and Russell looks pooped for REAL so that slows them down. As
it is, Ometepe is the first to have their ball drop (that sounds...wrong
somehow) and Rob works on the puzzle. A minute later, the purple ball
goes down and David gets to work.
David seems to hesitate at
times, much to Steve's silent glee and Russell's silent chagrin. Not
that Bahstin Rob is having a field day but he's still moving, wanting
revenge on losing the first Challenge to David. David looks perplexed at
the puzzle...like he wasn't even trying...wasn't even warm. Rob seems to
have it done. He puts the ball in the puzzle, moves the ball down the
path...and you can call it "bi-winning" because OMETEPE WINS IMMUNITY
Rob thinks the win was
overdue as they take the Idol and the comfort goods back to Ometepe. As
for Russell...he SUSPECTS something. He feels he's dealing with fools
and trolls...and that something smells rotten in Zapatera (and not just
AFTERNOON 8: ROCKING THE VOTE
While the tribe knows
they're picking a fight with the Alliance warlock of "Survivor", they
already have the plan: three votes each for Russell and Stephanie. If
Russell DOES have the 3I, it should force a tie and Russell's alliance
is history. Else, it's a three-way tie, and whoever voted for Steph
swings to Russell. It's win-win either way. Russell is almost CERTAIN
the Challenge was thrown and looks to swing ONE vote away from him or
his "girlfriends" to prevent his ousting. Steph is asked to go after
Julie...and the conversation seems to go nowhere until Steph claims to
have the 3I. Julie thinks Steph is making sense about her being #4 in
Russell Alliance III...or so she SAYS. Then Russell himself approaches
Julie...and says they'll be voting for Ralph tonight. Julie says she'll
go with them...but, actually, she's not so sure.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: HOPE SINKS
Grass Missionary of Doom.
Uncle Jeff. Torch...fire...life. Extinguished? Out (unless you're
Redeemed later on). Sit. Let's talk.
Ralph thinks Tribal is good
because they have "two teams in the same team". Steve elaborates that
there's a six-three division...the three being Russell, Steph and
Krista. Salina talks about Russell's "legacy" and how he lied about
playing this game differently than the past. Russell fires back, saying
that he's here to WIN Challenges...not like TODAY.
Mike says they didn't give
100%...and that some fat needs to be trimmed. Julie thinks numbers are
important, wanting to have a larger tribe come the merge. Steph then
plugs Russell like the man could strafe guns in his underwear. David
tries to interject...but Steph shuts him up and says that throwing the
Challenge is "plain stupidity"! But Steve outright says they did NOT
David says that Rob beat
him...and Steph doubts it. David said his MIND was moving even if his
hands weren't...and Steph rolls her eyes. Salina then goes into how
Russell does nothing at camp...and Steph says he DOES things. Ralph then
says Steph doesn't catch fish but will eat it handily...and Steph
believes she's said enough. Uncle Jeff says the tribe's polarized.
Russell talks of the new
tattoo on his bicep that says, "KEEP HOPE ALIVE". It's all he has, he
says. And he adds that what the rest of the tribe THINKS may not be what
it SEEMS...whatever that means.
It is time to vote. Into the
small alcove goes each Zapatera, writing down the name of the one to be
kicked out on a slip of parchment and inserting it into wicker cask. We
see Ralph voting for "Ressell", Salina voting for Stephanie (and calling
her rude) and "Ressell" voting for Ralph (saying, "This is MY game,
sucka!"). Julie is the last...but we don't see if the swing is on.
Uncle Jeff tallies the
votes, arranges them in a dramatic way (and asks for hidden 3Is, I'm
sure, though it was edited out) and reads them to the tribe:
It's a three-way tie. All
but the three involved must re-vote only for one of the three. Steve,
Salina, Krista, Mike, David and Julie write down names and Uncle Jeff
announces them again:
If one of Russell's girls
rolled on him is unsure...but one thing is: Russell's third "Survivor"
experience may only be nine days long unless he is Redeemed. For now,
his torch is snuffed...and I'm sure the rest of Zapatera wishes him
nothing but pain in his silly travels. His last words to the tribe
before his surprise meeting with Matt at Redemption Island: "I'll be
back...be ready!" Rooster Ralph replies, "I'll be ready!"
Uncle Jeff notes that they
have voted out the most successful player in "Survivor" history...but
wonders if that decision won't come back to haunt them. Even Steph
whispers it: "Storm's a comin'."
(Y'know, I didn't care much
for Charlie Sheen going bat-guano crazy...but I must admit that it's
awesome the quotes he spewed! WINNING!)
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