Got My Swag Back
TO READ THE HAPPENINGS AT KALABAW AND HERE
AT (WHAT'S LEFT OF) MATSING
DAY 11: REWARD CHALLENGE:
LIVING FROM THE SEA
OFF THE LAND
ALIVE IN THIS GAME
THE IDOL IN YOUR HAND
Uncle Jeff calls us into
Challenge Clearing during an oh-so-temporary break in the rain.
Tandang's bellies are full of steak protein, Kalabaw's intestines
are full of fiberous rice and Matsing's tribal numbers are empty
of Russell who finally got voted out properly. Lisa tells Uncle
Jeff that Matsing can be called a) a decimated Tribe or b) two people
who are still fighting.
Well, it's time for what
I predicted in the last recap (and that Malcolm and Denise predicted
beforehand before finding the 3I in their camp). Uncle Jeff tells
the Matsing Tribe to "drop their Buffs(TM)"...they are
no more! He tosses Malcolm and Denise two wrapped Buffs - one red
and one yellow. Whichever one they pick is the Tribe to which they're
moving. And, yeah, Tandang gets Malcom and his 3I (though, of course,
Tandang doesn't KNOW he has it)! Denise gets sent to Kalabaw.
OK, time for a plain-old
Reward Challenge instead of the combo R/I one. Tribes send one person
into a ring, each holding an idol on a flat stand. Object: knock
your opponent's idol off the stand and to the ground before they
do. Do that, get a point for the Tribe. First Tribe to five points
gets Reward. The Reward is coffee, tea, muffins (which Jeff calls
"biscuits") and cookies. Nobody sitting out this time
as the Tribes are even at seven...but everyone must have one turn
before anyone can return to the ring (if needed).
Round 1: Malcom (TAN)
vs. Jeff (KAL). FIGHT! They juke...they feign...and Jeff actually
shoves his idol up in the air and0, as it flies in the air, Jeff
smacks Malcolm's off and it hits the ground FIRST. That's a win
for Jeff! TAN 0:1 KAL
Round 2: Artis (TAN) vs.
Dana (KAL). FIGHT! Too obvious...Artis has the SERIOUS reach advantage
and Dana is cornered before Artis slaps it off. TAN 1:1 KAL
Round 3: Lisa (TAN) vs.
Katie (KAL). FIGHT! Lisa holds up her forearm to keep Katie at bay.
But Katie manages to reach around it and smack it off. TAN 1:2 KAL
Round 4: The Battle of
the Comebacks - Michael (TAN) vs. Jonathan (KAL). FIGHT! And, immediately,
Michael employs Jeff's strategy of sending his OWN idol high into
the air and running to knock Jonathan's to the ground first! TAN
2:2 KAL. Down to a best-of-5.
Round 5: RC (TAN) vs.
Denise (KAL). FIGHT! And the same strategy is employed by Denis
and it works. TAN 2:3 KAL. Back-and-forth, back-and-forth...
Round 6: Pete (TAN) vs.
Carter (KAL). FIGHT! Pete, oddly enough, doesn't keep his idol back
but rather close to the chest. Good thing, too; as Carter reaches
in, Pete swats his off. TAN 3:3 KAL. Down to a best-of-3
Round 7: Abi-Maria (TAN)
vs. Dawson (KAL). FIGHT! They both grab for the face and hair...and,
when Dawson pulls Abi up by the hair, her own idol slips off. TAN
4:3 KAL. Dawson says she didn't mean to grab the hair, Abi replies
"Play like a man, don't play like a b*tch."
Round 8: Malcom (TAN)
vs. Jeff (KAL) II. FIGHT! Will Jeff employ the same strategy as
before? No...but MALCOLM does! He beats Jeff at his own game! TAN
5:3 KAL! TANDANG WINS REWARD!! And Malcolm wins a LOT of love from
his new Tribe!.
AFTERNOON 11: WELCOME HOME... BE MY BFF?
Malcolm is SO happy to
be in a proper camp with tarps, warmth and, most importantly, six
people he can bond with and, inevitably, vote out. And, with the
blue 3I in hand, HE can dictate the power in this Tribe. Lisa's
glad to have more physical strength in the Tribe...but he's also
a great personality that doesn't seem to lend ANY "negative
energy" to Tandang.
Yeah, well, RC gives a
negative to THAT. She felt that she had a better chance to get Denise
to her side than Malcolm. As soon as Malcolm started talking to
Pete, she knew that chances were QUITE slim in that respect; he
would be loved by the whole Tribe and getting him to HATE someone
enough to kick out is something RC can't hope for right now. Hopefully,
though, she can find the time to "flirt" with the new
kid and win him over.
Pete - "Mr. Chaos
Maker" - is likewise "flirting" with Malcolm...but
not in the same sense, of course. He tells Malcolm HIS view of the
Tribe: Michael is annoying, Pete has the 3I, we can rule. Malcolm
feels it best to align with Pete since, hey, two 3Is are better
than one, right? He's enjoying being like "the stud quarterback"
with everyone wanting to be his friend...and him playing along although,
secretly, he wants to tackle them all!
Speaking of, what's that
slip of paper under the blankets? Why, it's the 3I clue! Now EVERYBODY
knows that the 3I is "right under their nose". Or...it
WOULD be if it wasn't taken and hidden. Abi thinks RC brought it
out of hiding...though wether it was by accident or on purpose she
doesn't quite know yet. But the fact that RC took the clue out of
hiding in the FIRST place proves to Abi that RC has not been 100%
honest with her at all. RC, however, doesn't know HOW the clue got
out. Truth be told, it was Pete who stuck it there. See, his plan
is to play a non-lethal version of the Joker in "The Dark Knight"
and cause some chaos in camp. More specifically, he causes chaos
beneficial to himself and his secondary alliance with Abi (and,
hopefully, Artis as well). He doesn't want ANYBODY to play their
own game. Well,...no telling if this chaos is "fair" like
the Joker claimed...but, in this game, more-or-less everything IS
(IRONY CAN BE PRETTY IRONIC
It's at this point that
Dana of Kalabaw gets sick in the intestines and Uncle Jeff and the
Med Squad show up. Seems strange that, in a game where those who
were medically lifted from the game come back to try again, someone
MIGHT have to be medically lifted. Dana is told she can go on while
getting more liquids in her...but, ultimately, she decides to take
herself out of the game. The Tribe (including Jonathan) surround
her and give her encouragement before she's sent off on the medical
So...no Immunity Challenge,
There's the sunny Challenge
Clearing...There's Uncle Jeff...but where's Dana? Uncle Jeff gives
us the bad news: Dana has left the game on her own due to being
unable to deal with the sickness. But, still, the Immunity Challange
is STILL ON!!.
DAY 13: IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
THRASH, SPLASH & BASH
One of the Tribal Immunity
Idols is scrapped as only one is needed. First part is an obstacle
course that the whole tribe must complete: down a ramp, over (or
through) a wtaer ditch, up a cargo net. Then you untie multiple
knots to release a drawbridge for everyone to go over. Then one
member uses an axe to cut through a square log to release a LOT
of bamboo puzzle pieces. The Tribe then searches through the mess
for pieces with letters on them. You USE said pieces to solve a
word puzzle (of 4-2-4-7-3 letter words). First Tribe to get it right
is safe from Tribal Council tonight. As Kalabaw is now one member
short, Tandang sits out Abi-Maria...again! This is the fourth time
in six Challenges that she's sat out. Something for Tandang to think
about should they lose, ne?
All tribes run down the
ramp (except for one or two who SLIDE down). both Michael and Jonathan
fly OVER the water pit, staying to help others OUT of said pit that
couldn't make the leap. All Tribe members must get on the mat before
going up the cargo net and Tandang is the first to do so. Katie
is slowing Kalabaw down and, as the red tribe finally gets out of
the pit, the yellow tribe starts on the drawbridge, hefting RC and
Artis up on their shoulders to get to the higher knots. Katie limps
to the mat so that Kalabaw can start on THEIR drawbridge, Denise
and Carter yanking those ropes.
The untying is where Kalabaw
makes up time, with the nimble fingers of Denise and Carter undoing
the knots at just about the same time RC and Artis undo theirs.
But Tandang is first to take care of the bottom ropes and drop the
drawbridge. Malcolm picks up an axe and gets to lumberjack-ing.
By the time Kalabaw gets through the drawbridge (and Uncle Jeff
blames Katie for them lagging behind), the yellow bamboo pieces
are dumped. Jeff's not doing as good a job chopping one-handed giving
Tandang plenty of time to seperare the blanks from the letters.
As we scramble to find
the 19 pieces, Jeff tags out to Jonathan who starts to chop hard
and fast. Jonathan gets through the rope and releases the red bamboo.
Lisa and Pete think that the first word is "HAVE" while
Jonathan and Dawson start to work out theirs. It's still anybody's
Around and around the
pieces go on both puzzles. Both teams have a "Eureka"
moment where they figure out something. Both Katie and Abi are picked-on
by Uncle Jeff...and then Lisa BLURTS out the correct phrase, "LIVE
TO PLAY ANOTHER DAY". This shifts BOTH teams into overdirve
to get the pieces in the right order...
..and by less than two
seconds...TANDANG WINS IMMUNITY...AGAIN!!!.
(Did I pick a winner or
did I pick a winner?!?)
Once again, Tandang takes
the seabird shaped Immunity Idol back to THEIR camp. And, for the
FIRST time, Kalabaw gets to light their torches at the Pagoda of
Doom to lead to a two-member disadvantage.
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