Thanks For The Souvenir
TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT SALANI
NIGHT 14: CHRISTINA GETS THE
Alicia was very pleased
as to how Tribal Council went tonight, realizing that the old Salani
Alliance was not worth her while now that the tribes have been switched
around. Christina is stupified and a bit irked; she was the only
one who DIDN'T vote for Monica to be ousted. Coulton flat out TELLS
her that she's next...and that no one can save her now should Salani
fail again. He calls Christina a "hermit crab" and a "cockaroach"
and even says that, even if she DID make it to the Merge, she'd
be quickly gone anyway. Christina says, "Maybe I am an idiot."
She then gets into an argument with Alicia over sleeping arrangments...and
Alicia seems to already be acting as if Christina's gone, not even
acknowledging her. This is Christina's strategy: to show the guys
of the tribe that Alicia is too big an a-hole to keep around.
DAY 15 - REWARD CHALLENGE:
you were still a kid,
You'd play this in your backyard.
And if you're starving for something sweet,
I bet you would play real hard.
Only when we get to Challenge
Clearing (and the cocky Salani gets to see us sans Monica) does
Uncle Jeff explain. I'm not sure WHEN the producers were kids...but
I doubt too many of the Survivors played a game in their backyards
where they toss coconuts off a high stack of crates into a trampoline
in the hopes it breaks one of five paper targets. And I'm PRETTY
sure they didn't play that game in a tag-team format. Well, anyway,
first tribe to bust all five targets wins. And that tribe will be
taken to the Survivor Ice Cream Parlor where they can gorge one
the cool stuff until their brains freeze permanently and their stomachs
sue for abuse! Salani sits out Sabrina as the extra member.
James and Coulton are
first to run up the crates. They both toss...but JUST miss the center
targets. Kat's next for Salani...but she busts it on the SIDE of
the trampoline. And Alicia...she throws like a little girl. Troyzan
and Christina just miss, as do Chelsea and Jonas. The first to bust
a target is Kim for Salani, busting the center target. By ther time
Tarzan gets UP on the crates, Kim gets back and Mike just misses...but
the big lefty that is Tarzan bust the lower left target, tying up
the score. Then Leif scrambles up the crates and busts the lower
RIGHT target, giving Manono the 2-1 lead.
Coulton's second shot
actually rebounds BACK at him...and Kat's HITS the target...but
not hard enough to BREAK it. Alicia falls short again, and Chelsea's
two-handed toss breaks the lower-right, tying it up again. Christina
is short and takes her sweet time getting back. Next to score is
Jay, nailing the upper-right and making it 3-2 Salani. But Tarzan,
though slow, manages to nail the center target and tie it up yet
again. Leif's next throw JUST misses an upper target...giving Kat
the time to make it 4-3 by hitting the lower-left.
Coulton tries again...and
this time JUST misses. Chelsea's shot rebounds on her. Alicia...just
can't seem to get the knack (and gets ALL sorts of grief from Uncle
Jeff). Kim with a shot for the win...OFF the rim of the target!
Jonas just misses...as does Mike. Christina...WAY short (gee...wonder
WHY?). Troyzan shoots...he SCORES!!! SALANI WINS REWARD...AGAIN!
And, of course, Coulton
blames Christina (instead of himself for making Christina no longer
give a Coulton's arse about her tribe!
AFTERNOON 15: TOTAL DRAMA
for giving it all you've got," mutters Coulton when they arrive
back at camp. But, hey, Christina's momma didn't raise her to be
a quitter. And, if she's a cockaroach, she'll make sure to annoy
the HELL out of everyone before she's squashed! Jonas thinks that
Coulton and Alicia love "twisting the knife" in people
before they vote them off. Christina talks to Jonas and Leif while
the others talk among themselves and tries to convince them that
Alicia still has an alliance with the OLD Salani girls.
As she tries to tell the
men that it'll be a numbers game come the Merge...well, you know
the sitcom gag where a person being talked about by other people
approaches said people without their knowledge? Yeah, Alicia is
said person. She gives the "slow clap" and tells Christina
that she sucks at this game. Christina doesn't seem to care that
she overheard, though; she seems to have gotten through to Jonas.
But then Alicia claims Christina's been saying nothing but lies
since the start. The truth is that Alicia DOES have an alliance
with the other girls...but if she treats Christina like a "dead
girl walking", she'll put the doubt back in Jonas' mind and
will be safe...she hopes.
NIGHT 15/DAY 16: THE IMMUNE
KING GETS A BELLYACHE...
That night, Ol' King Coulton
seems to have a tension headache...and a SPLITTING one at that.
And, oddly enough, it's CHRISTINA who comforts him and cradles his
head. Even though she's scheduled to be beheaded by Coulton, she
can't just refuse a person in need of comfort. And, hey, if it helps
Coulton's view towards her, all the better. Not working, though;
Coulton KNOWS that Christina will do ANYTHING to stay around.
The next morning, Jonas
and Tarzan work together to get breadfruit and bring them back to
the home. When they arrive, Tarzan sees Coulton's tongue and knows
he's dehydrated. Being a surgeon, Tarzan KNOWS about this stuff
and tells Coulton to force down water. He claims it could also be
any number of other things: appendicitis, gas in the sectum...you
name it. Aside from the headache, Coulton has abdominal pains, is
dizzy and is weeing brown instead of yellow.
The next we see Coutlon,
he's on his side on the ground and crying. Christina spies him moaning
and helps him back to camp. There's no denying it now: he needs
professional medical help. So in comes Uncle Jeff and the Survivor
Medical Team for the second time this game. Dr. Ramona asks Coulton
about what's hurt and how long it has been. She presses down on
Coulton's belly (near where the appendix is) and the pain jumps,
as does his heart rate (by more than twice his resting rate). Her
initial diagnosis: appendicitis. Coulton gets emotional as he doesn't
want to leave the game. Uncle Jeff tells him that they have no choice;
it's far too risky to keep him in because, if that appendix bursts,
Coulton will be fighting for his LIFE instead of a million dollars.
Before they cart Coulton
out, Uncle Jeff asks him what he wants to do with the 3I in his
possession. Coulton's not sure. The rest of Manono come in to say
their good-byes. Alicia...she thinking she's screwed since her biggest
advocate is out of the game. Jonas is upset that such a big fan
of the show has to go just as he's hitting his stride. Coulton's
last words to the tribe: "Go get 'em!" As for the Individual
Immunity Idol? He's gonna keep it as a souvenir (which cheeses Alicia
off to no end). Jonas thinks Coulton was a victim of karma...and
that it was a whole new game where ALICIA is in trouble instead
- IMMUNITY CHAL...ER,...WAIT A SECOND...
It would seem that, due
to Coulton being sent to the hospital, there'd be no Immunity Challenge
and no Tribal Council. Well,...you'd be HALF right. No Challenge...but
Salani gets a Tree-Mail saying this:
game continues on
So don't give up the fight.
You haven't won, you haven't lost,
but you will go to Tribal tonight.
Eff" doesn't even BEGIN to describe the look on the Tribe's
faces...but I'll let Chico expound on the speculation.
But that's SQUAT compared
to what Manono feels when they get the same message. We had already
LOST someone; why are WE going to Tribal?!? Alicia gets panicky;
she thinks they'll just talk Coulton...but, in case there IS a vote,
she needs to convince people to keep her and ditch Christina.
As the tribe huddles before
going, Christina asks if Jonas would be her friend and he said yes.
Tarzan says he wouldn't, though; he RESPECTS her (though he can't
remember her name) but he doesn't LIKE her. She later tells Jonas
that the plan is to gang up on Alicia with them and Leif...and she
adds that, if she doesn't fly right from here on, they're free to
kick her off. Tarzan tries to convince Leif that Christina should
be the one to go...so Leif is obviously the swing vote, should it
come to that, as we head to...
TRIBAL COUNCIL: TWO TRIBES,
Well, this is an odd set-up,
ain't it? The Council Hutch of Doom and Uncle Jeff welcome both
Manono AND Salani this time. The twelve sit down and Uncle Jeff
gets down to brass tacks: Coulton was pulled from the game due to
acute appendicitis and has been taken in for surgery. Leif explains
that it's quite painful as he had HIS removed as a teenager. Troyzan
is shocked and saddened about Coulton's departure...but Kim can't
deny that it's one more person gone from the game...one step closer
to the million. Oh, and SHE had HER appendix taken out as well (and
Kat looks freaked at the stories of the pain). Alicia then tells
Sabrina that Coulton said, "Thank you for the souvenir",
aka the 3I that Sabrina gave to him two weeks ago. The girls of
Salani, however, don't believe that the 3I is gone.
Jonas refuses to fess
up whether this talk was a ploy...and that leaves Jay wondering
who to trust. Tarzan confirms what Alicia said. Kat doesn't know
what's truth and what's a lie; she's more concerned about NOT getting
appendicitis. Uncle Jeff laughs that, even though Coulton's gone,
he's STILL leaving an impact on the game.
Oh,...and SPEAKING of
the game,..."drop your Buffs(TM)!"
It's MERGE TIME!!!!
The new Buffs are black.
The new tribe...well, they can decide a name tomorrow. The new HOME...is
the OLD home on One World Beach. Troyzan is number-crunching and
notes that the genders are equal again: six men, six women. Kim
notes all the eyeball-shifting and knows everyone is thinking the
same thing: who can be trusted? Tarzan says it best before the tribe
heads home: "The game is afoot!"
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