I'm Not The Only
Actor on This Island (Tandang)
NIGHT 16: POST-TRAUMATIC COUNCIL DISORDER
Everyone feels so sorry
for Denise; between the Matsing Massacre and the two close-but-no-cigar
loses by Kalabaw, she is the only one who has been to EVERY TRIBAL
COUNCIL! Denise wonders if she's cursed or something. Jeff, himself
THOUGHT about voting for Jonathan but felt the veteran could HELP
him keep going in the game. Jonathan is as grateful for that as
Jeff is. Jonathan was a LITTLE surprised his name was written by
the now-ousted katie...but he says he SHOULDN'T have been surprised.
He forgot that Survivor is a game of deception...and that, from
here on, he NEEDS to keep his eyes and ears open to keep from being
DAY 17: PAINFUL MEMORIES AND
Michael relays to Tandang
that this Day 17 was the same day in the Outback a dozen years ago
when he became the first Survivor (of many) to leave the game without
being voted out. It was on Day 17 where he inhaled smoke, passed-out
into the fire and burnt his hands to a crisp. So, as of now, everyone
in Tandang is on equal, uncharted ground. And, yes, he vows to stay
away from fires today.
Suddenly, on the horizon,
a long outrigger canoe approaches. As it comes towards the shore,
Tandang gets a little excited, wondering what's going on. The ladies
greet the canoe riders and one of them hands a scroll to them. The
entire Tribe gets together and read the amazing news:
CONGRATULATIONS! THE TRIBES ARE MERGING!
HAS BEEN SENT TO TAKE YOU TO YOUR NEW HOME. THE DRIVER HAS
BEEN INSTRUCTED TO GIVE YOU TEN MINUTES. COLLECT WHATEVER
YOU FEEL YOU NEED TO START YOUR NEW WORLD.
As soon as they say the
word "NOW", the Tribe hustles to the camp and grabs what
they can. RC grabs the water bottles, Lisa and Michael grab clothing
off the clothesline, Malcolm digs up his Matsing 3I. Food, tarp,
tools...it's a mad dash to get everything important into the canoe.
Over at Kalabaw, they
get a similar boat and the same message. As they gather THEIR gear,
their minds start thinking about how they were going to sway at
LEAST two of the Tandang towards THEIR was of thinking...because
THEY are remaining "four strong". Denise is hoping the
old alliance she had with Malcolm back at Matsing is still valid..
AFTERNOON 17: ...AND WE ARE
ALL TOGETHER...OR ARE WE?
The canoes (which MUST
be motorized by the speed they're travelling) greet each other as
they speed towards a remote island. The eleven remaining castaways
greet each other warmly...although Jeff is wary of both Michael
AND Jonathan and is determined not to let one of these returning
Survivors win. And, of course, there's the traditional Merge Feast:
fruit, bread, cheese, beer, wine. Jeff is also relieved that no
one on Tandang recognizes him as the five-time MLB All-Star and
NL MVP that he was; everyone still thinks he runs a motorcycle shop
owner and a ranch owner. Pete loved the feast and is certain his
ex-Tribe would finish "Tandang strong"...well, except
for RC. Michael...he's just happy as hell that he made the MERGE
this time! But...he does admit that he and RC are "free agents"
as far as alliances go. The girls of the former Tandang ask RC to
go over to Denise and get some info on the ex-Reds...but RC refuses,
saying that TANDANG hasn't been a happy family either and that telling
Denise will just help the ex-Kalabaws in swaying votes.
Once most of the food
is consumed (and the new brownish-black Buffs(TM) were donned),
it's time to build a new shelter and camp. Fortunately, the sun
decided to keep shining today so the collection of bamboo is an
easy (if thirsty) process. Everyone seems to throw in their backs
to help. Well,...everyone except the socially-inept Lisa who is
hanging everyone's clothes up to dry. And guess what she found in
Malcolm's bag while looking for clothes? Ayup, his 3I! When Malcolm
catches wind of this from Denise, he goes to Lisa and...looks at
her. Lisa admits she didn't mean to find the Idol and promises not
to say a word. Malcolm clues her in that Denise ALSO knows, feeling
that him and Denise being "tight" with their feelings
is what lead to the Matsing Massacre to start with. Still, this
"involuntary" alliance between the three makes him uncomfy
as he's CERTAIN he can't beat EITHER of them once it gets to the
Final Three. Lisa accepts the offer...but she inwardly feels she's
not the ONLY actor on the island.
DAY 18: NEVER SEEMS TO BE
LIVING UP TO YOUR DREAMS...
Do you remember that Lisa
was "Blair" from "The Facts of Life"? Well,
Jonathan does! He promises to keep it secret and is not shocked
that no one else has figured it out yet. "They're too young,"
he says to Lisa. Lisa is just glad that she's able to be Lisa and
not some boarding school girl the fans EXPECT her to be. People
liking her for her...it's a wonderful thing for her.
Then Jonathan swims with
Michael and informs him that the numbers are against BOTH of them
for certain now. This is all part of the plan that "Penner"
has: making "Skupin" comfy with him so that he can convince
the fellow "comebacker" to "slit the throats of the
people he's spent 17 days with". After Jonathan leaves, Michael
discusses it with RC. She agrees that they felt "ostricized"
by their former Tribe and thinks that joining the ex-Kalabaws in
decimating the ex-Tandangs is a good idea...though Michael says
they must take "baby steps" as not to arouse suspicion.
Meanwhile, Jeff gathers
the male Tandangs (save Michael, natch) and tells them about wanting
the veterans out in the worst way. He KNOWS Jonathan has the red
3I and wants to force him to play it so that he'll be next to go
afterwards. The decided ousting order is RC, Michael or Jonathan
and then Jonathan or Michael. Jeff is sure he can get Carter and
Denise to side with them. Pete then suggests spliting the votes
4-4 between RC and Jonathan to flush out the red 3I...and Jeff loves
it. The only wrinkle: will the ex-Kalabaws go along with it?
DAY 19 - IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
Challenge Cove awaits
the new Tribe - who, by the way, still doesn't have a name - on
another sunny day. The Tribal Immunity Idol is returned to Uncle
Jeff one last time and then promptly ditched. The Individual Immunity
Necklace is what everyone is playing for now. Oh, wait, did I say
necklace? I meant NECKLACES! As in TWO of them! Hmmm...
So, here's how one earns
it. It's the standard post-Merge Challenge of endurance. In this
case, the eleven will hold on to a handle which holds a spooled
rope tied to a bucket. In each bucket is weights equal to one-fourth
of the member's body weight. The object is to hold the horizontal
handle to keep the bucket from hitting and shattering a tile ten
feet below. If the bucket smashes the tile, you're out. And, for
the first time ever (far as I know), the Challenge is gender-split.
Last man and last woman to have their buckets still high wins a
Necklace and can't be voted out tonight when EVERYONE (including
the original Tandang for the first time) goes to Tribal Council
Everyone gets in position...and
the Challenge is on!
This Challenge take strong
wrists. I'm talking ping-pong champion wrists. Already Jonathan
says, "This ain't gonna work." But Uncle is assured that,
with a 1-in-10 shot at a million bucks on the line, they'll dig
deep to FIND that strength. Five minutes into the Challenge, Michael
proves Uncle Jeff wrong; his rope un-spools, his tile shatters and
he is out. Pete quickly follows suit. Jonathan gets his rop nearly
completely unwound before he decides to give it up, leaving just
four men fighting it out.
Lisa's grip starts to
slip...and she lets go, the first woman to be eliminated. Malcolm
grunts and lets go. Three men and three women remain. RC re-winds
her rope a bit and pants heavily afterwards. Abi slips a bit...Denise
looks solid...and RC drops. And Abi drops! DENISE WINS IMMUNITY!
This leaves Artis, Jeff
and Carter fighting for the male Immunity Necklace. Artis GRUNTS
as he re-winds his rope close to full height, kissing his biceps
once he finishes. But 15 minutes into the Challenge, he starts to
wear down a bit. Jeff gives him some encouragement...but he just
can't handle it. He lets it drop. So...Jeff
or Carter? Jeff's bucket is lower...but he inches it back up as
if to teach the "youngun" a lesson. But Carter evens things
25 minutes in...the buckets
are about even again and neither one seems to be letting up. But
the Jeff whispers to Carter that whoever drops will be "owed
one" by the winner. Carter says that's fine...but who will
drop? Jeff says it's up to Carter. When UNCLE Jeff asks what's going
on, Carter just says he's trying to win here. Jeff takes that as
a sign...and lets go. CARTER WINS IMMUNITY!
So, with Denise (for the
first time EVER) and Carter safe from the vote, everyone heads back
to the beach to strategize and scramble.
AFTERNOON 19: EV'RY DAY I'M
(Oh, the Tribe is named
RC is confident despite
not winning the Immunity Necklace. She believes that Michael and
Kalabaw will stand firm with her and take out the rest of the Tandangs.
Michael, for the first time, is feeling threatened as a "comebacker"
by a former tribe that seemed to hate him and RC royally from Day
1. He confides with Jeff about this and Jeff tells him he wants
Jonathan gone. Michael assure Jeff he'll go along with them...but
is worried that Carter and Jeff will ally with the old Tandang while
he and RC ally with Kalabaw...hence nothing is gained.
Jeff and Carter discuss
that they are, in fact, the swing votes tonight. Jeff tells of the
conversation with Michael and the assurance that the one vet would
vote against the other vet. They can't stay with the others because
they'd be the low men on that totem pole. They clam up when Jonathan
shows up, saying to them that he's by their side. Jonathan truly
believes that Jeff, Carter, RC, Michael and Denise will vote with
him. After Jonathan gets assurance and departs, Jeff and Carter
go to the OTHER alliance and says all is well...except Jeff's not
sure which alliance to stick with: the one that keeps the veterans...or
the one that wants them out? He'll have to decide at the Pagoda
of Doom and...
OK...it's been a while...let's
see if I remember how this works. The six members of the original
Tandang dip their torches into the fire for the first time. Fire
equals life in this game. If your fire goes out, you go home. Malcolm,
Denise and the three original Kalabaw members know this too well.
This is unprecedented:
one Tribe surviving completely intact up to the Merge. Not so unprecedented?
Denise beong a part of EVERY Tribal Council so far. Michael says
that them winning and staying together has caused some animosity
and RC agrees but still thinks they're a family. Abi knows, however,
that families don't win at this game. And, though she felt close
to RC at the start, she felt betrayed by her when she dug up the
3I clue without informing her (see Tandang recap of Oct. 17). RC
denies it venomously.
Lisa talks Tribal politics,
"switching" tribes and alliance trust, but Jeff argues
that a potential "game-changer" could emerge from it.
Pete then talk about a "mutiny feeling" towards returning
players. Lisa adds that the two ex-Matsings being back together
is a little upsetting but she hopes that she can stay around.
Pete thinks there are
two 3Is in the game right now as Matsing's is gone (this gets a
sly look by Malcolm) and that he's a target, being someone who could
win Challenges. Abi agrees that this is a concern. Jeff admits that
it is "very likely" there will be a blindside tonight...and
that people are scrambling, even now, because they don't who the
hell's going home tonight (aside from Denise & Carter, of course).
All right, it is time
to vote! One by one, the Dangrayne tribe scrathes names on parchment.
The ones we see are Abi's (Jonathan), Jonathan's and RC's (both
Pete), Pete's and Artis' (both RC)! With all the votes in, Uncle
Jeff tallies them and brings the urn out. He then asks for any 3Is...
...and Jonathan brings
out the red one from Kalabaw Beach. Uncle Jeff confirms it, meaning
that any and all votes for "Penner" will be null and void.
He then reads the votes:
Penner (not counted)...
Penner (not counted)...
Penner (not counted)...
It's not too bad for the
New York banker. Uncle Jeff sprung the surprise that RC will be
the first member of the Jury. Still, I can't say I won't miss her
parading in that leopard bikini of hers. She hugs Michael before
getting her torch snuffed. Uncle Jeff doesn't mention that Jonathan
would've been history had he not played his 3I. All he says is that
it is anybody's game.
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