We Hate Our Tribe (Zapatera)
HERE TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT OMETEPE AND REDEMPTION ISLAND
DAY 12: SIX PLUS TWO EQUALS...
Things couldn't be better
for the boys and girls in purple. There's an upbeat attitude, the fish
are riding the waves into the nets (well, a FEW are) and we keep winning
Challenges that we don't throw. The only two not enjoying it as much as
others are, of course, Russell's girls Stephanie and Krista. Steve wants
to integrate them with the Alliance of Six and show they're not
back-stabbers. He would like a unified tribe come merge-time. Julie,
however, could care less about the two; their joining with the Allaince
King makes them the next to go in her mind.
But, first, Tree Mail Time!
Another duel is happening at the arena.
course, you know the score.
It doesn't matter how you choose them,
It's time to send two more.
This time the four who
haven't gone yet draw cards. And, as luck would have it, it's Steph and
Krista. They get to watch (along with Ometepe's Bahstin Rob and Grant)
as Matt wins his third duel in a row and Kristina is gone for good. But,
more than that, they get to TELL the Ometepes what a God-awful
experience Zapatera is. And they let Rob, Grant and Matt know that,
should they make the merge, they are more than willing to side with the
orange crew. (I'll let Chico talk about the duel itself.)
"I don't wanna go back,"
says Stephanie as she and Krista march back to Zapatera. They decide to
tell everything that happened at the duel save, of course, for them
yammering about betrayal. They just need to keep winning Challenges.
Otherwise,...they're certain they won't MAKE it to the merge.
DAY 13: STRATEGY? WHO CARES!
Krista makes an interesting
point; there's been no talk of strategy among the tribe...as if they are
destined to win all the Challenges up to the merge. Mike doesn't think
Russell's girls have too much influence in the tribe. After all, THEY
certainly can't throw the Challenge or else THEY'LL be gone. They don't
need to strategize about who leaves; they just need to win. Julie is
STILL worried about karma biting them in the backside.
REWARD/IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: TOOLS
OF THE TRADE
To Challenge Beach again
with Uncle Jeff. And the Challenge is another loud-leading-the-blind
Challenges that my tribe are USUALLY good at doing. One caller leads
blindfolded others around a maze, collecting bags of coffee beans filled
with letter tiles and returning them to the caller. Once all four bags
are back, the caller rearranges the tiles to form a message ("THE SWEET
TASTE OF VICTORY"). First caller to do that wins Immunity for his/her
tribe. And, since there are coffee beans, a Reward of a coffee grinder,
coffee condiments, mugs, tea set and a basket of pastries go along with
it. Ralph's mouth is already watering. We sit out Steve and Julie, the
tribes select Steph and Rob as callers (after much debate) and place
fresh Buffs(tm) over everyone else's eyes.
Steph seems to be doing well
for Zapatera, getting the first bag via Mike. Sarita and Krista snag two
others as Ometepe gets their first one. But getting the bags is one
thing; getting said bags back to home base is quite the other. While Rob
seems to take things one bag at a time while Steph gets the girls' bags
back while Ralph is screaming for instructions for himself. Rob is a
brilliant caller...Steph just wants everyone but HER to shut up! As
such, it's three-to-three in bags returned over time.
Steph tries to herd Ralph
towards the final bag...but Grant already HAS it. Ralph finally grabs
his...and it's a scramble to the end. Rob is the first to open his bags
(coffee beans falling all over the place) and get to the tiles. Ralph
eventually gets there and Steph starts untying the bags and getting out
the tiles. Rob has the advantage, ebing such a great puzzle solver...but
it's hard to solve a puzzle without all the pieces...and Rob dropped one
tile off the side. Steph opens all her bags before Rob and gets to work.
She has "THE"...working on "VICTORY"...thinks "OF" is "TO", though. Rob
puts out all the pieces and THEN finds the dropped one.
Steph moves tiles around,
looking for something that makes sense. Rob just stands there for a
minute...and then rapidly rearranges tiles. Suddenly, we start to wish
that David had called as Rob asks for a judgment...and Ometepe will have
THE SWEET TASTE OF VICTORY as they WIN IMMUNITY AND REWARD! Well, time
for strategy...but, according to Julie, the tribe being slammed by karma
equals one of Russell's girls being sent to RI (and not Rhode Island,
though that may not be better)!
AFTERNOON 13: TWO OF THESE
THINGS ARE NOT LIKE THE OTHERS...
While Rob does his clue
swapping for a 3I that's already taken, things are much less cheery back
at Zapatera than they were 48 hours ago. Especially with the Allaince of
Six. They think David should have been the caller as he's the "puzzle
guy" of the tribe. But Sarita defended her choice by saying David is not
good under pressure...which, of course, pisses David off. The argument
that ensues could probably be heard back at camp.
Mike knows exactly who's
going this time: the one who floundered at the Challenge, Stephanie
(like a whole baseball team blaming their loss on a pitcher who let the
other team hit a grand slam, I guess). Julie, however, would rather
Krista get tanked because she seems a hopeless case. Sarite would rather
chuck David after their squabble, but she'll stick with the Ao6. And
Russell's girls? They're resigned to their fate. All they can hope is
for whoever is voted out to stay strong at Redemption Island...and the
other to stay strong at Zapatera. Krista believes that, deep down, NONE
of the Ao6 will make it after the merge.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: ...ONE OF THESE
THINGS DOESN'T BELONG
Well, hey, Uncle Jeff. Time
for a tongue-lashing again? OK, let's get at it.
Krista tells her suspicions
that the Ao6 have stopped "playing the game" once Russell was gone and
that it'll hurt them in the end. Sarita says they're just still stoked
about kicking out Russell that they want to stick it out. But Krista
says that "playing the game" doesn't mean sticking with six because,
evenutally, you'll have to vote your alliance-mates out. Mike counters
saying Krista has been abbrassive with the tribe from the start and that
she never trusted anyone else but Steph and Russell.
When asked about
"sub-alliances" within the Ao6, Krista thinks one of them is Mike and
Steve (with Julie dragging along) and Sarita and Ralph...leaving David
by himself. Mike agrees with Uncle Jeff that there may have been some
"outing"...but there has been a LOT of strategy-talk amid the six.
And the Challenge? Steve
says he bowed to the tribal choice of Stephanie but he himself would've
rather David had called and solved. Steph is hoping on her otherwise
good record in other Challenges and around the camp to keep her on.
Russell's girls then say they hope to stay strong on Zapatera AND
Redemption Island and hope for the best once Redemption is found.
It is time to vote...but do
we really need to go through the drama? Nah, let's just get to the tally
and see which girl is gone:
In an obvious 6-2 vote, the
blond will have to have more fun on RI and HOPE she can be the
unstoppable Matt in the next duel. She gets a BIG hug and a "don't be
scared" from Steph as she hikes to her second chance. But Uncle Jeff
wonders what kind of damage has been done to the Ao6 by Krista not going
quietly into the night.
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