Little Miss Perfect
NIGHT 22: RETURNER RETURNING
To say that Michael is
relieved...gross understatement. Lisa made a move at Tribal Council
and helped throw Jeff Kent out at home. Jeff and Pete are the most
outspoken against "returning players". Jonathan KNEW he
was gonna be safe...but he was mad at Abi-Maria for the "Plan
B" crap she spread. So he voted for her...when he SHOULD have
voted for Pete. But...there was no plan, according to Jonathan.
And, even if he HAD voted for Pete, it would've been a tie. So...we'll
see how that goes.
Lisa, however, is having
a battle of conscience. She felt she betrayed a lot of people...and
that's not her. Fortunately, Malcolm is there with a hug and understanding.
Yet again, Lisa's wondering if she's cut out for this game.
DAY 23: DEAD MAN SCHEMING
Jonathan knows that he's
next if the five Tandang originals vote together. But he's counting
on their varied personalities and the division amid the five. He
decides to play on the "near-Christian" plays of Lisa
and Michael. He talks to Lisa first and convinced her that she did
all right...and that the lifetime of she had of "pleasing"
everyone is what's causing her conflict. She seems to agree and
she hopes she can survive when she's NOT being the "little
miss perfect" she has been most of her life.
REWARD CHALLENGE: MUDDY WATERS
march the nine Dangrayne members. Uncle Jeff explains this messy,
messy Challenge. Two teams of four will compete (red and yellow).
One at a time, members will wade through the muddy water, up and
down an A-frame and into a mud pit to dig up a bag of balls. They
will then crawl through a rice pit to the mat, which will allow
the next member to hit the course. Once all four bags are on the
mat, they can untie them, get out the balls and shoot them into
a tube-basket. First team to get all twelve in the tube gets a VERY
rewarding experience. They will take school supplies and toys to
a local impovershed village...and the villagers will give their
thanks with a feast of local foods. After a "schoolyard pick",
the teams are as follows:
RED - Jonathan, Carter, Denise and Malcolm
YELLOW - Michael, Artis, Lisa and Pete
As Abi wasn't picked, she has no stake in this.
The two returners - Michael
and Jonathan go onto the course, getting absolutely dirty. But when
they get to the pit, Jonathan grabs a bag and goes to the mat...but
MICHAEL stays behind to grab to try to find all FOUR bags so that
his teammates don't HAVE to dig. So, as Lisa hits the mud for Yellow,
Jonathan pulls all the bags out and places the other three in the
corners, yelling that info to his Red teammates before diving into
the rice with HIS bag. Lisa has a time with the mud as Carter hits
the course for Red. Lisa finds her bag as Carter picks up his. But
Carter gets through the rice first, giving RED a slight lead. Third
ones out are Denise and Pete. And the lead lengthens as Denise just
grabs a bag and dives into the rice. As Malcolm hits the course,
Pete digs for his bag. And as Malcolm dives into the rice, Pete
is STILL digging.
Red starts to undo the
knots on the bags as Pete finds his own bag and sends Artis onto
the course for Yellow. Three red balls go into the tube as Artis
hits the pit. It's up to five before Artis hits the mat and Yellow
starts to undo THEIR knots. And it's TEN before Yellow gets THEIR
balls and start shooting. But at 11, Red just cannot seem to get
that last ball in. Yellow gets one in...then two...then three...then
four! But, when Yellow gets to six...Red finally sinks the last
one! By a score of 12-6, JONATHAN, CARTER, DENISE AND MALCOLM WIN
Jonathan gives a "fist-up"
salute to his fellow returner as he leads the others back to camp.
AFTERNOON 23 - RED: CHILDREN
ARE OUR FUTURE
No sooner do the four
Americans hit the beach of that seaside village with the toys and
books then the kids come a-running. The kids lead them into the
village where everyone is happy to see them. Jonathan even takes
part in a Filipino version of "pinata". Malcolm is reminded
of his year of elementary school teaching in Micronesia and wonders
why he gave that up.
The feats was phenominal.
Lobster, chicken, fruit, pork...every food you could imagine. And
cold bottled beer to wash it down. But, of course, the game is still
on...so the four talk strategy. They need to be "gentle"
with Michael and Lisa but to get them into their alliance so that
Tandang doesn't rule the roost. They think that Michael and Lisa
were mistreated and need to abandon their former tribe.
AFTERNOON 23 - YELLOW: BIG
MOUTH AT 12 O'CLOCK!
Pete thinks that losing
the Challenge threw a wrench into things. But now that the original
Tandang are the ones back at camp, it's time for damage control.
Abi says that Jonathan needs to go if he doesn't win Immunity. And
she WARNS Lisa to not be a "double agent" and give info
to non-Tandang members. She calls her "gullible" and "naive".
Artis doesn't like this "know-it-all" attitude. Lisa thinks
Abi's attitude towards her specifically calls for a fliiping of
alliances...but can she actually do that?
DAY 25 - IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
Challenge Cove for us
this time...along with nine colored paddles with six balls apiece.
Jonathan lets Uncle Jeff take the Immunity Necklace off his person
before the Challenge is discussed.
Each person has a long-handled
paddle balanced on a stand with a groove in the handle and six little
divots in the flat. On "GO", each Survivor will take a
ball, put it in the groove, roll it onto the flat and try to get
it into a divot. Once one in divoted, the next one can be rolled.
First one to get all six into their divots gets a one-in-eight shot
at a million. Losers...a one-in-seven shot of joining RC and Jeff
on the Jury..
Ball out of the pit, into
the groove, down the handle, onto the flat...and OFF the flat and
back into the pit. That's the way it rolls for the first few minutes
as the learning curve is reached. Michael is the FIRST to get a
ball divoted and he goes to the second. Pete follows a half-a-minute
later. Michael has the "mo", though, and lands his second
one. Pete lands HIS second...Michael his third. It looks to be a
battle between these two.
Everyone still goes, despite
this being a two-horse race now. Michael lands his fifth...and Pete
actually knocks one of his OFF by rolling the ball too fast down
the groove. Pete knocks himself down to two...which means that Michael's
in the driver's seat. He carefully tilts the paddle...and the last
ball gets divoted! "SKUPIN" WINS IMMUNITY!
Michael gets the Necklace...and
Artis is thinking that Jonathan will be history and everyone can
relax for a while afterwards.
AFTERNOON 25: SCRAMBLED EGOS
Jonathan is panicking.
He has no Immunity now and he needs votes to go AWAY from him. Abi
knows that Michael's annoying but that Jonathan's the bigger threat
right now. Pete tries to calm Abi down as she fears Lisa or Michael
will flip on them. Denise has
Malcolm and Carter aside and talks about who THEY'LL ditch. They're
thinking Artis because Abi STILL has the yellow 3I in her position
and is not likely to give it up to Artis. But, like with Tandang,
it hinges on Michael and Lisa.
Jonathan gets the news
about Artis and works on Lisa, asking her "what the story is"
for this game. Lisa's head is spinning; she knows she's the swing
vote. Does she vote with her loyalties...or with her heart? Jonathan
is "playing his @$$ off" while trying to stay calm. After
talking to Lisa, he turns to Michael and asks HIM to vote off Artis.
Michael and Lisa (allied from Night 1) swim off and discuss this.
It's obvious that Tandang doesn't appear too loyal to Lisa...so
why should Lisa be loyal to THEM? Michael says that you either a)
go with the tribe you're loyal to or b) go with those you WANT to
go with. Lisa's still a little confused as we go to...
TRIBAL COUNCIL: WHICH BIG
The Pagoda of Doom...Uncle
Jeff...RC and Jeff sitting opposite the tribe...watching...judging.
Lisa says the "fallout"
from the LAST Council was internal for her...but she was welcomed
back. She received more grace afterwards from those she was against
than from her own old tribe. They knew she was trying a "big
play", even if the "proverbial poop hit the fan"
and landed on her. Abi says she HAD shown grace to Lisa. Artis isn't
surprised that it's still along tribal lines, as Tandang had the
most dominant tribe this side of Koror. But Denise thinks that thinking
everything will continue to go smoothly like that is not a good
thing. Artis counters that he KNOWS he could be blindsided at any
Jonathan knows that there
are some "fulcrum votes" out there and that who they vote
for will be discovered soon. Michael is happy to FINALLY have Immunity
around his neck and wants to keep going in the game...though not
just for the money like he originally wanted 12 years and 23 season
prior. He also LOVED the "move" Lisa made. Lisa doesn't
know if she can "learn the game" in 39 days...even though
she's such a fan of it. But the 39 days WILL change her more than
39 of her 49 years have.
Denise doesn't think Tandang
believe the numbers will shift...but she hopes. Abi hopes the Tandang
has the numbers themselves. She's not sure about Lisa being loyal...but
Lisa says her ACTIONS have been loyal...but she wonders if that's
It is time to vote! The
nine members in blackish-brown Buffs(TM) walk to the alcove and
scratch down names. The audience sees Pete voting for Jonathan (though
not for being a returner but for being a threat) and Denise voting
for Artis (stating Abi'll NEVER give him her 3I). Uncle Jeff tallies,
brings the urn in, asks for 3Is...and gets none. He reads the votes:
Penner ("Sorry! :(")...
Penner (with hearts surrounding
Penner (double underlined)...
The computer engineer
has been defragged from the game. RC is shocked...and Jonathan breathes
a sigh of relief that can be heard in Vietnam, I'm sure. Abi looks
to Michael and Lisa and wonders who could've done this to her...er,
to the tribe! Uncle Jeff can only say one thing before dismissing
the tribe: "Once again, this game...just turned!"
(For the record, Lisa
was the one who had the hearts surrounding Jonathan's name. It was
Michael who flipped.)
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