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NIGHT 8 - REDEMPTION ISLAND: "HI,
HONEY! I'M HO-O-O-OME!"
As John meets his wife again and hugs, he regrets having trusted
Brad and his Four and a Half Men Alliance implicitly. He says it's
good that he and veteran Candice are together...but Candice wishes
she had been there to give Brad pointers on how to play this game.
And, now, there's a fair chance that one of them (thanks to Marissa)
will be out of the game for good!
NIGHT 8 - TADHANA BEACH: BRAD THE IMPALER
Brad congratulates the Tribe on a blindside
well done. He admits that, were things arranged differently, the
4.5MA would still be intact. But, since it's Vets vs. Loved Ones,
he needs to think about unifying the couples at the Merge. And,
since John's "couple-mate" is already AT Redemption Island,
it was easy to send him there. This bothers Caleb...because since
Coulton QUIT(!) yesterday (no, I will NOT let him forget that),
he doesn't HAVE a "loved one" left on the other Tribe
and, as such, is the most-likely candidate for the next kick-out.
DAY 9 - REDEMPTION DUEL: ODD SHAPED BOTTOMS
We are LIVE at Redemption Island Arena.
The Galangs see that John has been booted from Tadhana and everyone
and Uncle Jeff watch him enter the ring with Candace and Marissa.
Candice gives Brad the "one-finger salute" as she passes
by. She tells Uncle Jeff that she was "really upset" that
her hubby got the boot. She'd've rather somebody she HATES had made
it to RI..."like Brad Culpepper". This makes both Brad
AND Monica a little uncomfy. Brad stays quiet...but Monica defends
her hubby, saying that it takes more than ONE vote to kick someone
out. Candice says Brad doesn't respect the women of the tribe. While
Brad denies it, John says that EVERY vote has been Brad's idea...and
that MAYBE Tadhana should consider turning the tables on the Emperor.
Brad admits, "He made a wrong decision in trusting me."
(Obviously, since Candice is ALREADY
on RI, she can't swap places with John so...never mind that part...)
All right, enough of the accusations...on
with the Duel (a Challenge from One World). On Uncle Jeff's
"go", the three will traverse a ladder bridge while moving
a bouy with keys on it down a twisting rope. The key unlocks a bag
of puzzle pieces which the Duelists will then use to solve a Cube
Puzzle (turning a bunch of jagged edges into a smooth cube). First
two to finish gets to stick around RI while the third is sent home.
First ONE to finish gets to give a 3I clue to...whoever. (Candice
cannot give it to John THIS time.)
All three start out quick, with John
taking an early lead and Candice lagging slightly behind. It's Marissa
who hits the bag first and starts to try to unlock it. John gets
there a few seconds later...and unlocks his first...just as Candice
starts to work on HER lock. Marissa unlocks second, Candice last.
Sprint is done...now time for the marathon
of the Cube Puzzle. John looks for the pieces with parts of the
yin yang symbol on top and fits them into the puzzle. Marissa seems
to be doing the same...while Candice goes slow and steady to put
the pieces in order BEFORE fitting them in. John starts to pull
away...and Gervase eggs Marissa on. Uncle Jeff says to Brad, "Cut
my baby, I cut you!"
Then BRAD starts cheering John on and
giving hints. Whether it helps or not is up to debate...but John
fits the last few pieces in and asks Jeff for a ruling. And it's
good! JOHN STAYS ALIVE!
Marissa is still fairly ahead of Candice...but
Marissa's getting panicky in the near-120F heat and Candice starts
to make headway. A minute or so later, Candice passes Marissa, keeping
her slow but methodical approach. Gervase tells Melissa to look
at the finished puzzle for guidance...but it isn't helping. It seems
too little too late, though. Candice fits the last of the 64 pieces
into place and asks for a ruling...and she does it! CANDICE
STAYS ALIVE! THE CODYS SURVIVE!
The married couple live on...and the
niece of the most-veteran of Survivors is #4 out of the game. But
Gervase, though sad to see Marissa go, says her spirit has given
him the "oomph" he needs to continue rocking this game.
She grabs her dtuff, tosses her Buff(TM) in the earn and heads back
to Heel Country to continue her studies.
But...who gets the 3I clue? Candice
"suggests" giving the clue to Monica Culpepper...and by
"suggests", I mean more-or-less TELLS John to do it. John
acquiesces and hands it to Monica. Uncle Jeff wonders if this is
a ploy to take at least ONE Culpepper down...and John shrugs, saying,
"It's a game...it's nothing personal." Monica, however
(under Brad's insistance), tosses it in the SAME urn in which Melissa's
Buff is currently sauteeing! Aras would later say she was smart
to burn it and remove the target. So, for the first time, a clue
to Immunity is outright REFUSED! The Codys go back to have some
alone time on Redemption Island...and the other Tribes return to
9 - REDEMPTION ISLAND: ALONE AT LAST!
Ah...so the RI inhabitants get a mask
and Hawai'ian Sling as well...and the Codys take advantage of it.
John IS glad to be with Candice and "play the game" with
her as she had hoped to all along. Candice says this is something
to tell the grandkids about. "Oh, yes, me and Grandpa were
stranded on an island alone because Grandpa wouldn't trade places
with me and then he got too trusting!"
9 - TADHANA BEACH: DE-THRONE AT LAST?
Back at Loved Ones Retreat, everyone
seems to be more concerned about John doing what Candice says than
Tadhana doing what BRAD says...and that's exactly how Brad wants
it...though he can do WITHOUT the villian moniker he's been stuck
with. But, as Caleb feared, Brad's next target is the "unconnected"
Caleb. He hopes that Galang will get it through their heads that
he's keeping the "teams" together and, with any luck,
that will get the target off his carcass.
As Brad goes out to fish (as always),
what remains of the 4.5MA talk about how unfair everyone seems to
be at Brad. Still, despite the blindsiding of John, Caleb, Vytas
and Hayden should work hard to hold on to Brad. That way, when the
Merge comes, EVERYONE will be after Brad and not the OTHER men.
So...they decide they should ditch either Katie or Ciera and keep
the 4.5...er, the 3.5MA intact.
DAY 10 - REWARD/IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
BOATS, BRAINS AND BRAWN
"C'mon in, guys!" Uncle Jeff
welcomes everyone to Challenge Beach where, obvious, a water Challenge
has been set up with rowing and boxes. Mr. Immuni-Ugly is taken
from Galang (for prehaps, only the next half-hour or so) and here's
the Challenge: Teams will row out to criss-crossed crates in the
water and untie them from below the surface. After all crates are
in the boat, row back. Then you use the five to build a staircase
(with "BLOOD vs. WATER" visible on both sides).
Then two Tribespeople will work out a jigsaw puzzle which has a
combination to one of eight keys (a repeat from the first Challenge
at Fiji...can't these guys come up with UNIQUE Challenges?!?).
First Tribe to find the right key, climb said staircase, unlock
a lever and pull said lever to raise their flag is safe from Tribal
Council. In addition, the winners get the spoils, aka a tea and
coffee set complete with croissants, sugar and cream. If Tadhana
(finally) wins, they can trade it for the fishing gear that has
eluded them the last two times. Galang sits out Tina and Kat (after
asking Tyson if his arm is OK to do this) and we get set.
Aaaaaand ONCE again, Galang can't paddle
of their lives in the game depended on it...which...it kinda does.
They go off course and Tadhana rows out to their flag, around it
and back to their furthest crate. Hayden dives in to undo the crate.
They get it in the boat just as Galang gets around their flag and
Laura B. dives in with swim mask to get that crate undone.
Now, this would be the part where someone
would pull a D-Day from "Animal House" and shout "RRRRRAMMING
SPEEEEED!"...but, as Tadhana is well ahead, no collision bells
needed to be rung. Brad dives in for the second crate...just as
Laura B. gets Galang's FIRST crate undone. As Monica gets #2, Brad
dives again for #3. He gets it in...but the boat nearly capsizes,
losing some time. Laura B. gets yellow crate #3 as Brad tries to
do it all himself. He gets red #4 and #5 just as Monica gets #4.
But...as Laura B. dives in for the
last,...Tadhana DOES tip over! As the rules state all Tribe members
and all crates MUST be in the boat, the red team scramble to get
the crates and themselves back in as Galang hauls in their fifth.
Before they can get back to the beach, Galang is already there,
unloading the crates (with a one-armed Tyson doing the final hauling)
and getting them on the platform.
It's about a twenty-second lead for
the Vets (Plus One Loved One) as they start to undo the ropes on
the crates. But, as the crates are undone, Tadhana races back, getting
three crates in poisition at the same time that Galang does. And,
by a second or two, Tadhana gets the staircase to say "BLOOD
vs. WATER" first and Vytas and Ciera start on the combo
puzzle. Tyson and Laura M. start to work on their puzzle shortly
Wait...Ciera vs. Laura M....in a puzzle...AGAIN?
Oh, poo. Galang works hard to get all the pieces in...and Tadhana
struggles. Laura M. gets the last piece in...and it says, "THRITY-FIVE,
THIRTEEN, TWENTY TWO" with rotation marks. Even before Tadhana
can finish the puzzle, Tyson undoes a key. He climbs up...he unlocks
the lever...he pulls...and the yellow flag is raised! GALANG
WINS IMMUNITY AND REWARD...AGAIN!!!
Yeah, yeah...Galang takes the coffee
and tea...they take the fugly Immunity Idol...and they leave Tadhana
to, ONCE AGAIN, send a Loved one to Redemption Island.
(I'm beginning to wonder if I should
even DO the recap of the Challenges anymore...).
AFTERNOON 10: THE EMPEROR'S NEW PROSE
"We suck!" Hayden
best sums up how the Tribe is doing. And Ciera knows the routine
by now: the 3.5MA go "get water" (plot against the girls),
and the girls "make rice" (find a way to save their asses).
Except...Brad stays behind and tells said ladies that Caleb will
be the one to go tonight. Ciera...is skeptical...but she plays along.
Before he can say who's NEXT on the list, the other guys egg him
to come "get water".
At the watering hole, Caleb says that,
while he admires Ciera, she's USELESS in puzzle Challenges. But,
now, he's wary of Brad lagging behind., thinking that it could be
down to TWO and a Half Men. Brad, however, agrees with Caleb: Ciera
needs to go. Caleb may not trust Brad...but he DOES trust Vytas
and Hayden and will go with them.
Brad seems to be, oddly enough, the
swing vote. Do they ditch Caleb and keep the "family dynamic"
going for the eventual merge? Oh do they ditch Ciera who blows their
Challenges? He's leaning Ciera (despite being CERTAIN Laura M. will
send the next middle digit his way)...but we'll only know at...
METHINKS HE DOTH PROTEST TOO MUCH...
Not "Tadhana Memorial" yet...but
the Beachfront Circle of Doom is having its fourth straight visit
by the Loved Ones. And Uncle Jeff is ready for another therapy session.
Brad says this is NOT how he envisioned
this game turning out so far. He says that Ciera's to blame for
losing the puzzle parts of the Challenges. Ciera admits she may
not be as good at puzzles as she though...but she's not going to
whine a b*tch about it; she's going to find a way to BENEIFT the
What about the grief Brad gets at the
RI Duels? Brad says that Galang doesn't know the truth...and to
stay silent won;t work when a loved one is on the other Tribe. Uncle
Jeff then states that voting out someone WITHOUT a loved one on
Galang would be a good idea as well. After a long silence, Brad
says, "Yeah." The Tribe looks at Brad with apprehension...especially
Caleb who, while he LIKES blindsides, does NOT wish to be the VICTIM
Brad then tries to convince Caleb he's
not as low on the totem pole as Caleb thinks...but Caleb knows he's
been talked about BY Brad. Hayden adds that distrust makes RE-trusting
a person difficult. Caleb says he's flip-flopping about Brad...but
he tells Ciera outright that he will write "Brad" on his
parchment. This throws the Alliance into shock mode. Ciera thinks
this should make EVERYONE on edge in this game. BRAD then says he
WON'T write Caleb's name down...and Caleb more-or-less says, "Whatever...".
Hayden and Vytal are still stupified.
It is time to vote! There they march
again to the alcove. Caleb makes good on his promise and writes
"Brad" on his parchment. And Brad, without a word, keeps
up HIS promise and writes "Ciera". Vytas seems to take
his time thinking about HIS vote. Uncle Jeff tallies the votes,
asks for 3Is, gets no takers, and reads the votes::
It's a tie! Haven't had that in a GOOD
while! So...it's time to RE-vote! Katie, Vytal, Hayden and Caleb
(him being first, he takes the casket with him) march BACK to the
alcove to vote for either Brad or Ciera. As Ciera has more votes
against her in the last three TCs than Brad, if another tie occurs,
she's gone. Katie writes "Brad". Vytas AGAIN deliberates...STARTS
to write "Ciera"...but then crosses it out. The re-votes
are tallied...and read:
Ciera (that was Vytas' vote)...
The strongest player in the Tribe -
if not the whole game - has been the victim of a blindsided coup.
It's going to be MONICA who is most likely to middle-finger somebody
as the Emperor gets his torch snuffed and drags it with him to Redemption
Island...where the Cobys, I'm sure would be awaiting him with sticks
and stones if they only knew. Before he goes, though, he tells Caleb,
"I'm not mad at you." He repeats that to everyone before
"What just happened," asks
a stunned Ciera. Uncle Jeff says that it was a HUGE shift of power...which
is, with any luck at all, what the Tribe desperately needed!.
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