The Beauty in a Merge
Colton went down, but not in
the way that he was expecting, as a case of appendicitis took him out of
the game. As a result, the 12 castaways that remain are now officially
one tribe. But they're far from one happy family, because now it's every
man for themselves.
NIGHT 17: EAT YOUR FOOD AND
DRANK YOUR DRANK
Alicia thinks that Christina
thinks that she's still in the game. Meanwhile, she thinks that Colton
leaving really screwed her game over. Now it's about to start all over.
And of course, the tribe
returns to a veritable banquet.
NIGHT 18: AND THEY CALLED IT...
A young coconut, lightly
caramelized, is breakfast. Helps to have a chef on the island. Jonas.
Tarzan thought it was community breakfast. Obviously not, and he's
slowly becoming a burden to the rest of the tribe. Jay thinks that
Manono has the numbers.
... six men... six women...
Tarzan frets that it'll be
the guys against the girls... Not so. But Tarzan has an ace: Alicia. If
the guys stick together and use Alicia, it'll be the men at the end.
Michael doesn't trust any of the guys... Least of all Tarzan. I mean,
would YOU trust Tarzan if the shoe was on the other...
R-CHALLENGE: CAN YOU DIG IT? (for
pizza, beer, and a secret message)
The castaways are split into
two teams. One at a time, four members of each team would race through
an obstacle course of digging and crossing underneath a log and crawling
under a wooden rack. They must then dig up a bag of puzzle pieces buried
in the sand and race back through the obstacle course. Once all four
bags are retrieved, the two remaining team members use the pieces to
assemble a puzzle of a turtle. The first team to assemble their puzzle
Leif/Kat/Mike/Kim/Jonas/Tarzan for pizza and beer.
WINNERS... Alicia, Jay,
Sabrina, et al!
everyone's drunk. Now there's a note. It says to open when you finish
eating before you get back to camp. Wonder what's inside...
Immunity is the
only way to guarantee your safety in this game.
As part of your
reward for winning today's challenge, only you 6 will know that
there is yet another Idol hidden back at camp.
As always it is
up to you whether or not you want to tell anyone else this secret.
Chelsea's biggest concern,
someone on Manono finding the idol going into the next vote.
Back at camp, Leif tries to
soak up his loss. Jonas and Mike talk about Tarzan's plan... which Jonas
isn't even aware of. "He's a loose cannon. He does whatever we want. We
can't have that." Jonas tells Tarzan that the time for this sort of talk
is BEFORE the vote, not two days before, and then Loose Cannon goes
loose.... ultimate deciding to "drop out of the tribe". Or at least quit
Jonas. Tarzan says that he's willing to fall on the sword just to be rid
DAY 19: IDOL TASKS
Troyzan's the first up, and
he decides that he's gotta start looking for the Idol before anyone else
can get a chance.
And... after a few
misses.... JACKPOT! The early bird gets the Idol.
I-CHALLENGE: BALL BALANCE
Stand on a small wooden log
while balancing a ball on a wooden disk. At regular intervals, a ball
would be added until the castaway is balancing three balls. If a ball
drops... or if you drop... you're out. Last one standing wins.
First one to lose balance...
Tarzan, stepping off the perch. Next ball is on... And Christina is out,
followed by Michael, Chelsea, and Kim. That's another ball... And the
final round is on. Alicia's out, and so are Jay, Jonas, Sabrina, Leif,
So he has individual AND
hidden immunity and is holding all of the cards.
Chelsea suggests sticking to
the post-switch Salani Alliance, putting Manono's strongest on blast.
Jonas could be the first one gone. We all hate to vote the chef out, we
really really do, but this move gives Kim TWO options: the old Salanis
and the new Salanis. Troyzan sees him as a threat, but at the same time,
it's like, "Why now?"
Jonas immediately thinks
that he's out of the loop and going home. "I'm like the least
threatening guy here." He's wondering why him instead of Mike?
Tarzan and Jonas take a
moment to bury the hatchet before Tribal, with Jonas earning a lot more
of Tarzan's respect. The last minute scramble results in Kat being
brought up for elimination. It's a last-ditch move, but will it work?
Meanwhile, Tarzan doesn't
know the difference between dirt and Hershey squirts. This is relevant.
Chelsea is doing her laundry, and Tarzan throws HIS into the pot with
hers. Umm... first of all... EW?! Second of all... you don't mix your
laundry with a woman's laundry. That's just bad ju-ju. Yeah, now Chelsea
wants Tarzan to go home. I can totally understand that. She goes to the
post Salani Alliance... and Jay says that he hates to see dead weight.
But any plan broken can mean chaos.
NIGHT 20: TRIBAL COUNCIL
It's inevitable that people
are now thinking about who they want to sit next to in the final. Jonas
makes a veiled reference to himself being a target. Mike picks up on it.
And Jonas... decides that he's voting for Mike tonight. Meanwhile Tarzan
says he's taking back his respect. Jonas counters that the guys don't
have the votes to eliminate Kat. "What'd I do?" You opened your mouth,
Tarzan says that, hey, while
we're throwing everyone under the bus, let's vote Jonas out! Chelsea
says that more people have issues with Tarzan than anyone else. Sabrina
agrees. But she's had zero issues with Jonas. Tarzan says he's better
suited for being the captain in the operating room. So everyone likes
the straw that stirs the drink, but will Tarzan bring out the worst in
him enough to get people to vote his way?
Chelsea makes another veiled
defense of Jonas. Tarzan... senses that everyone's fallen apart, and if
they vote him out tonight, it's fine.
Rest of the votes fall
The rest.... are for Jonas.
By a count of 10 to 2, Jonas... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. "Good luck with
that food situation." Enjoy your seat on the Jury, brother. Voting out
someone who's likeable and a provider only means one thing... NO ONE is
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