Whiners are Weiners
Pete & Abi ruled the
game with an iron-fist, going into the merge with the numbers, but
when Skupin got tired of being at the bottom of the totem pole,
everyone was put on notice with Artis' ouster. Now only eight
NIGHT 25: "I feel bad for Artis"
With Artis' vote-out,
Abi struggles to think of another game plan. Skupin's organization
of his voteout was his first game move, and he's going to need a
little more to ensure his survival. He needs to control the game as
much as he can.
DAY 26: "I could walk away
having never broken my word"
It's hard for Lisa to be
in an alliance with Pete and Abi... and part of it stems from being
the kind of person who can't break up normally. Lisa would feel
better being sixth than being someone who is being used. With this,
Lisa thinks she has taken control of her own destiny.
REWARD CHALLENGE: DRUM
CIRCLES (for a spa day off island)
Teams will flip their
drums to reveal symbols while flipping other teams' drums back to
blanks. Team who keeps theirs flipped on a symbol first gets a
point. Three points wins. The teams:
RED: Abi, Carter,
BLUE: Penner, Denise, Lisa, Skupin
Carter vs. Penner: RED
(Red lead, 1-0)
Malcolm vs. Skupin: YELLOW (tied, 1-1)
Abi vs. Lisa: YELLOW (thanks Abi! Yellow lead, 2-1)
Pete vs. Denise: RED (tied, 2-2)
Malcolm vs. Skupin: RED (thanks, Skupin! RED WINS, 3-2)
AFTERNOON 26 - RED: Spa day
The kids are welcomed
onto a beach spa, entering into an agreement that they're just going
to enjoy this... no drama, no strategy... except for Malcolm, who
suggests this to suggest that the final teammates he wants to vet
are back on the game.
AFTERNOON 26 - YELLOW: Well
that was quick.
It was a quiet day until
Abi decided to start back up on the jammering and the flaunting.
Obviously not one for people skills, that Abi. Hey Carter, what was
your favorite part? Yeah, that's nice, let's get back to Abi for a
second... Obviously, Abi has zero off switch. "And I'm leaving soon,
so I'm just enjoying my final moments." She doesn't want to cook,
but she does want to eat.
DAY 27: "I'm out of the
kitchen... No more cooking for me."
Everyone wants Pete to
stay and Abi to go, but how do you break up a team like that and get
rid of the toxic weight? Malcolm decides to start building his final
four right now. Malcolm, Lisa, Denise, and Skupin... sounds like a
winner there. Strategically, it's a good plan, because if you say
no, then you're on the outs. We're at a point where you need to
trust somebody. Lisa trusts Penner more than Skupin at the moment.
Lisa wants to go to the
end with Penner and Skupin. Penner says he's more than comfortable
taking care of business. He says it's "too early to say" who he's
comfortable taking to the final three. Let's get rid of Pete & Abi
first. Lisa says it's an opportunity missed.
Malcolm swears on his
family that he, Lisa, Denise, and Skupin are the final four. Skupin
is not comfortable with it, but at the same thing, he doesn't really
have much of a choice in the matter.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: BUOYS ON
Maneuver a buoy around a
tethered rope. First five move to the next stage, a buoy on a rope
around a balance beam. Three go to the final stage, a buoy around a
series of obstacles in the water. First one to cross the finish line
Round 1 Survivors:
Denise, Carter, Penner, Skupin, and Malcolm
Round 2: Survivors:
Denise, Carter, Skupin
AFTERNOON 27: "An alliance
Abi thinks it's an
alliance of three: her, Pete, and the hidden Idol. They don't have
the numbers. Their ship has sailed. Penner believes that his
alliance of six will stay strong. But there's a chance to make a
Pete's not going to roll
over and accept his fate, telling us that Malcolm is next to go. All
he needs is one of the big six to flip, and it's a new ballgame.
Lisa... may be that one, but she's not going to just flip and not
let somebody know about it. She's just too goody-goody.
Penner is not going to
trust anyone in this game, but people are going to trust him.
The game plan: splitting
the vote in case Abi plays the Idol. Malcolm is the biggest player
in the game right now. Would Skupin be up for it? Strategically,
it's a gutsy move. But then again, it's coming from Pete. Malcolm's
a threat in challenges, he's strategic, and everyone likes him.
Skupin doesn't say no to Pete's deal. Malcolm decides that the
easiest way to flip a player is to throw his name out. This is going
to be the trickiest play yet...
TRIBAL COUNCIL: FLIP FLOP?
Malcolm is more
concerned with staying in the game than working the jury, as Abi
just did with Artis. It's not hard to put the pieces together as to
what's going on. Skupin always thinks about the Idol, thinking about
who's going home when. Nobody really and truly knows how it'll fall.
Pete says that being slated for execution is not a good feeling. Abi
says she has regrets about how she handled the last Tribal, saying
that her attitudes can be perceived as "not the most gentle". Denise
calls BS. Lisa forgives Abi for her transgressions, but she needs to
find people who will trust her. Denise says that it's an easy win if
you want to play the game that way... to take Abi to the final. Jeff
thinks that it is cultural, because she couldn't pick up that people
laughing at you means that you're full of it. She's weathering a
storm, thinking that it's all hatred. It's not hatred, but
frustration on the part of Denise.
Abi: MALCOLM - "This is
for you. I hope you go home tonight."
And ABI plays the Hidden
Idol! The one, two, three votes cast against her will not count. The
votes that do count...
By a vote of 3 to 2,
Pete... THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN.
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