One World Is Out
the Window (Manono)
TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT SALANI
NIGHT 5/DAY 6: BABY, IT'S
Aww, ain't that nice?
Manono have asked the Nina-less Salani over to their place because
a storm's coming. They say they'll see how tough it gets before
deciding. It gets SUPER tough...but we don't see the ladies. They're
either brave or stubborn...or BOTH!
But, come morning, the
girls call Troyzan over, who drags Coulton and Tarzan over, and
BEG for relief. So, kind that they are, they allow the seven ladies
to warm themselves up. This does NOT suit Matt well when he comes
back with water. He allows it...but he's not going to let the girls
mooch off them when there's barely enough room for the nine guys,
let alone seven others.
REWARD CHALLENGE: SHUT YOUR
No DIY deal this time.
We meet Uncle Jeff at Challenge Clearing...though it's STILL raining
and blowing a bit. The Challenge is a one-vs.-one memory test. Uncle
Jeff will lift a curtain and show a series of items. When one tribe
member thinks they have it down pat, they pull a lever closing the
curtain and then run to a box of items and replicate the items exactly
as shown. First to get the sequence right gets a point. First to
five points gets Reward. And the Reward is fishing gear and a canoe
with paddles. More importantly, they're playing for momentum...which
the girls need DESPERATELY! Manono sit out Tarzan and Leif for this
Round 1 is Matt vs. Sabrina.
The order: skull, chain, bottle, bag and two shells. After a few
seconds, BOTH reach for the lever and race for the item boxes. They
both put the items up fast...but Matt makes it to his mat first
so his is checked first. No dice. Sabrina has it right and Salani
is up one-nil. Round 2: Coulton v. Monica. About a second after
seeing it, Coulton pulls the lever and starts to arrange. But he
doesn't even have the right NUMBER of items, let alone the right
order. Monica, however, gets it right. Two-zilch.
Jay vs. Alicia for Round
3. Alicia pulls the curtain down after a second or two...and then
takes time to make SURE it's right before hitting the mat first.
And she's RIGHT! Three-nada. Round 4: Troyzan vs. Kat. EIGHT items
this time around. The curtain goes UP...and Troyzan IMMEDIATELY
drops it down! He then casually puts the items up on his box while
Kat struggles. But is he even RIGHT? Not even CLOSE! But neither
is Kat so...they both go back to the start. But Troyzan...he backs
away before Kat pulls the lever...but neither is right AGAIN. It
takes SEVEN RE-RACKS to get a winner...and it's Kat at last! One
point away from a shutout!
Round 5: Bill vs. Christina.
Order: two bags, cattle skull, bottle, two shells, bottle, cattle
skull. Christina pulls the lever...but Bill is already half-way
to the box when she does. Bill pulls back...but then goes back with
his mind changed. Christina is first on the mat and gets it checked...and
you can almost here Uncle Jeff muttering, "FINISH HIM!"
as he proclaims Christina right! SALANI WINS REWARD! FLAWLESS VICTORY!
Uncle Jeff tells the ladies
they need not share the canoe as they head back to One World. And
the men? Uncle Jeff tells them that Salani now KNOWS Manono can
AFTERNOON 6: CAN YOU CANOE?
OK, so we lost...not a
big deal. We still have the better shelter AND a fire going. But
here come the girls begging for an ember since all their coconut
shards are too wet to light up. Jay tries to bargain for permission
to use the canoe...and, though nothing is finalized, they let them
have an ember. Matt says this HAS to END...and, oddly enough, conservative
Coulton agrees. The guys start to argue about what to give without
getting when some of the girls arrive AGAIN, wanting to warm and
dry out. And when they say they don't know about the men using the
canoe, Manono starts to bicker with them Bill is ESPECIALLY ticked,
thinking the women are using the men's sense of chivalry to get
what they want for nothing! Tarzan has the cooler head, though,
and asks the ladies to get a concensus from the rest of the Salanis
about letting them use the canoe in place of giving them everything
they had recently. Even Coulton, who is SO not "one of the
guys", can't seem to understand what the girls are thinking.
(I'm guessing nothing
of import happen the next day...so we shoot straight to...)
DAY 8: SOMETHING'S FISHY...
At last, the sun comes
out...and, at last, Salani uses the canoe and fishing gear. (And,
at last, I see some underwater bikini shots...sweet!) They come
back with a few small fish...but it seems enough to worry Troyzan
a bit, thinking Salani is back on their feet and ready to win again.
And Manono just CANNOT let that happen!
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: OWE PAIRS
Challenge Clearing has
another obstacle-course-like structure built in it. We hand the
Tribal Immunity Idol back to Uncle Jeff and get our instructions
for the Challenge. It's another loud-leading-the-blind Challenge
(that my tribes are SO good at performing!). One caller leads three
blindfolded pairs of tethered tribe members through the course,
dumping water and puzzle pieces from water towers along the way.
Once all five bags are collected, the caller uses the pieces inside
to solve a 3-D tree puzzle. First tribe to get the puzzle right
gets the Idol and kicks back at One World while the other tribe
drags their buts to Tribal Council to send somebody home. Manono
sits out Coulton and Jay, Bill will call and the tethered pairs
are Mike/Matt, Jonas/Leif and the two -zans.
The tethered women seem
to be sans clue...but they do seem to be bypassing the obstacles.
Doesn't matter, though, 'cause Bill gets Mike and Matt to the first
tower and gets them soaked for the first bag of pieces. Sabrina
is just shouting and not helping much as Jonas and Leif get bag
#2. Tarzan and Troyzan get to THEIR tower...but have a hard time
finding the handle. They do...and Alicia and Kat get THEIR first
bag at last. Quickly after that, Matt and Mike get #4...and Chelsea
and Kim get #2. Manono gets their fifth bag as Salani returns with
Now it's all on Bill to
finish the job. As the ladies go off course, Bill starts untying
the bags and dumping out the pieces. As Salani gets bag #4, Bill
slowly tries to work out where the pieces go on the tree. And by
time Salani gets #5 and Sabrina starts working, Bill's about half-way
Fortunately for BOTH teams,
the others are allowed to remove their blindfolds and help the callers
work things out. So Sabrina starts to inch closer to Bill, though
Bill gets good advice as well. Both teams are relatively quiet,
not shouting instructions but just easily egging them on. Sabrina
starts to catch up to Bill and eventually ties. It's neck-and-neck
as the last of the ten pieces fall into place.
Bill gets his seventh...Sabrina
gets her seventh. Bill gets his eighth...Sabrina gets her eighth.
Sabrina gets her NINTH...Bill gets HIS ninth...and the one that
gets the final piece in place first....
...is SABRINA! SALANI
FINALLY WINS IMMUNITY!
In an AMAZING comeback,
the ladies finally get their hands on the precious Immunity Idol...while
the men get to go to Tribal for the first time. Matt, for one, cannot
wait to use the power he's been building up over the past eight
days and kick someone to the curb.
AFTERNOON 8: FRAT BOYS OR
We wave to the ladies
en route to our camp and thank Bill for doing a great job, not blaming
him for losing the Challenge per se. Coulton, however, DOES blame
Bill for blowing a HUGE lead...and, besides, he didn't like Bill
from the start with his "Yo, yo" talk and his butting-in
on things constantly. He gathers the Misfit Alliance together. But
Tarzan minds them that Bill is their "floater"...but Coulton
adamantly states he wants Bill gone yesterday at earliest and an
hour ago at latest. Tarzan thinks it's MATT that's the real danger
and should be the one who goes.
Up walks Jay from the
Fraternity Alliance...and suddenly the conversation halts. Jay thinks
this is a bad sign, but Coulton states that Jay is safe. Tarzan
asks Jay if he wants to join them. Jay quickly decides that he'd
rather play it safe than have a target on his backside so...he says
he'll vote for whoever they want to. But as they're discussing whether
Bill or Matt gets to go home, up walks Matt...and, again, things
go silent. Tarzan says they're talking strategy (obviously)...and
that Matt's presence is spoiling that talk. (Geez, why not just
say, "You're first, power monger!" and get it over with?!)
After the talk, though,
Matt pulls Troyzan aside and says that while taking out the strong
guys is an easy thing to do, the OPTIMUM thing to do is to have
a core of guys wanting to go DEEP into this game. He suggests the
two of them along with Jay, Jonas and maybe Mike and one other person.
Troyzan claims to like the idea as Matt goes into a "rooster
and chickens" analogy for their tribe and alliances. Matt wants
it clear that HE'S in charge...and that Coulton has to go (not knowing,
of course, about Coulton having a hidden 3I). And, of course, Troyzan
was lying about how he supports Matt. According to Troyzan, "It
ain't Survivor unless you're lyin'!" He tells the Misfit
Alliance about this...and they go back to flip-flopping betwixt
Matt and Bill. Coulton wishes he could get rid of about FIVE Manonos
before things would be right for him.
TRIBAL COUNCIL: ME TARZAN,
YOU OUTTA HERE
Ah, the Council Hutch
of Doom...never thought we'd be seeing you until the Merge...or,
at least, the annual "Dual Council" where one from both
tribes are voted out. Uncle Jeff puts us through the primary stages.
Torch...fire...life. No fire on torch, no life in this game; you
go home without even the THOUGHT of Redemption.
Mike states that while
he and Matt clicked quickly, there are quite a few alliances and
it's hard to keep track of them. Tarzan only knows of an alliance
of five...and that's who he's putting his faith in. Coulton is not
uncomfortable; he's sure he's not going home tonight because he
has a 3I. The look on Matt's face at that point: priceless. Coulton
won't be a "James", having an Idol and yet being voted
Mike says that Coulton
has always been of two tribes, spending more time with Salani than
Manono. When Uncle Jeff confronts Coulton about that, Coulton says
it's not all that much of a shock...but Jeff says Coulton has become
a HUGE target. Bill thinks Coulton judged the others and assumed
Manono would never take him in and, thus, turned his back on them.
Tarzan thinks a different way, though: Coulton is smart, he already
has alligences with some of Salani and Manono NEEDS them. Matt disagrees,
thinking Tarzan's crying out for help.
Matt is agitated that
Tarzan jokes around and it's hard to take him seriously...whereas
Matt talks like he WANTS to be taken seriously. He thinks tonights
vote is a crucial one, since "you always have to re-assess"
in this game. Bill smiles and says it's intense being at Council...but
he's "jacked-up" and ready to see who goes home.
Apparantly, Uncle Jeff
feels the same way. It is time to vote. One by one, the nine men
walk to the alcove, scribble a name onto a piece of parchment and
place it in bone-covered urn. When Coulton votes, we don't see it,
but we hear him whisper, "You pissed off the wrong queen"
as he places it in the urn. Uncle Jeff goes to tally the votes,
brings the urn back and asks for 3Is. Coulton hangs on to it, despite
what he said. You know the deal: Jeff reads the votes, the results
being final and the one with the most votes goes home immediately.
Uncle Jeff reads the votes...
...and the rest are for
Matt (though the last two are not shown).
By are 7-1-1 vote, Matt
the lawyer is out...and any objection by him is overruled. Uncle
Jeff has only six words for us as we go back to One World: "First
vote...first blindside...game on!" But...wait...Tarzan wants
to "rabbit hunt" and know the last two votes. Uncle Jeff
says he can't. Coulton laughs and says, "Save those questions
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