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DAY 14 - REDEMPTION DUEL: A NUMBERS GAME
Redemption Island Arena awaits the
twelve remaining Survivors...and John and Brad enter with Laura
M...much to the shock of daughter Ciera. Ciera had the feeling her
mum would be the one voted out. Laura M.'s not surprised, as they
are one. Uncle Jeff asks Ciera if she wants to swap...but Laura
M. shuts her down immediately, confident she can get back in.
For today's Duel (a rehash from
Redemption Island), the Duelists race across a balance beam
to collect bags of numbered tiles. Slip off beam, start over. Take
the bag, bring it to the end of the beam, open it and then put the
tiles in order in a 10x10 grid. then go back for the next bag. First
two to put all 100 in order stay around, while the other is sent
home in 15th place. And, of course, the 3I clue is given to the
winner to give to whoever.
Laura undoes her first 10-tile bag
quickly and gets to work on it, John in second, Brad in third. Laura
numbers 1 to 10 and heads back for the next bag. John heads back
for his second...while Brad must be piss-lousy with numbers and
lags behind. Next bag has #11 though #30 and Laura gets it quick.
John nearly falls off (and later does) as Laura starts on her tiles...and
only THEN does Brad finish the Sesame Street portion of the
John drops the second bag (and must
stay on the beam to retrieve it) and then trips at the end of the
beam, helping Brad pass him. But Laura "laps" them both,
opening her 30-piece bag before the men finsh their SECOND. John
is a few seconds ahead as they go back for the third. And no sooner
do they start counting to 60...than Laura GETS to 60 and goes back
for the final 40-piece bag!
John and Brad remain seconds apart
as Laura digs into the bag with #61 to #100. Laura at 90...John
at 75...Brad at 68...Laura at 100! LAURA M. STAYS ALIVE!
She said she "got this" and "got it" she did!
But which guy will join her back on
RI? John at 90...Brad at 87...John at 95...Brad at 93...#100! JOHN
Two weeks in and Emperor Brad has been
ousted! Brad says he'd rather be playing football...and tells Monica,
"“I came on here as a shield. Through my fault, or no fault
of my own, I probably became an anchor. You’re free." After
a hug from Monica, Brad takes his red Buff(TM) and tosses it in
the urn. The former football is going to the showers...and then
to talk to Pavrati on the After Show.
So...who gets the 3I clue THIS time
(to burn or whatever)? Laura M., after some thought, gives it to
Vytas...solely because it's a "target". Vytas takes it,
follows Uncle Jeff back down the steps and, like Monica beforehand,
tosses it in the urn. Seems everyone would rather avoid being a
target than hunt for Immunity from BEING said target. Ah, well...back
to RI, back to their beaches...
...but WAIT a minute! Unlce Jeff says
those infamous words: "Drop your Buffs!"
Yeah, yeah, yeah...we're doing the
So...it is no longer Vets vs. Loved
Ones. Uncle Jeff mounts the stairs with covered Buffs in yellow
tubes. Tyson asks for the last one, wanting "fate" to
decide. Everyone else takes one, Tyson gets the last one. And, when
the Buffs are removed from the tubes, the new Tribes are as follows:
So not only are Loved Ones and Vets
co-mingled...but the new Tribes are EVEN again! It's a whole new
(Great...Chico gets "Vault 69"
and I get "Vault 68". Read the Fallout wiki if
you don't get it.)
Ciera thinks being the only XX-chromosone
could be good or bad. Katie's glad to WITH her mom instead of AGAINST
her. And Vytas? He considers himself a "ladies man" so...he
thinks he'll be fine.
OK, NOW back to the beaches.)
14: MAKE YOURSELVES AT HOME...WHETHER WE WANT IT OR NOT
Gervase's first comment is that Tadhana
Beach is WAY cooler than Galang Beach. Caleb is wary, though; he's
no longer a "swing vote" and that it's three Vets vs.
three Loved Ones in the Tribe. The ex-Galangs started asking about
Tadhana over the last 13 days (per paln, according to Gervase) and
the Loved Ones gave and gave. They even gave what little bits of
the clues to the 3I they knew...which Tyson felt was stupid.
What bugs Hayden is that the Vets are
now rummaging through what was left of their steak dinner from last
night and chomping away. Tyson admits that's a "social faux
pas"...but that's his goal; to drain Tadhana dry until the
Merge...WHILE doing work to not come off as a "lazy guy".
But...why would Tyson ANNOUNCE to the Tribe that he would "hit
that food like a one-man wrecking ball"? Huh...
Later, Tyson puts ANOTHER ploy into
action: he acts (in a passive-aggresive way) like Aras is being
bossy. Every chance he could get to "apologize" for Aras'
behavior is, to him, a chance to "shift the frame" and
stay around until Day 39.
DAY 16 - REWARD/IMMUNITY
Challenge Beach...and a BRAND NEW CHALLENGE!
(About TIME!) Tadhana reluctantly gives back Mr. Immuni-Ugly to
Unjcle Jeff and gives the rundown:
Two members at a time, the Tribes will
swim out and dive down to a cage at the sea bottom. There, they
will untie a gate and bring a fish trap from the cage before swimming
back to let the next pair go. Once all three traps are collected,
two will open the traps and use the twenty pieces inside to solve
a vertical puzzle (two Koi fish surrounding a yin-yang symbol).
First Tribe to do that is Immune from Tribal Council tonight. PLUS,
the winning Tribe will have a picnic on Uncle Jeff: baskets and
mats, fruits and veggies, cold cuts and bread, cheeses and sodas,
condiments and brownies. No sit-outs this time; as stated, the Tribes
are equal again.
First pairs are Aras/Gervase for Tadhana
and Tina/Laura B. for Galang. And Gervase's swimming has improved
ENORMOUSLY. Down the boys go to untie the gate, with the girls behind
by about ten seconds. Aras grabs the trap and swims back. Tina and
Laura releases the gate...but then swims back WITHOUT the TRAP!
They can't hear Uncle Jeff stating the obvious...nor their other
Tribemates. When they get out of the water...they realize their
mistake and, as the second Tadhana duo (Tyson/Caleb), start to swim
At this point it seems moot to continue
the play-by-play. Tadhana get their second trap up as Vytas and
Monica head out...and, as they swim back, Hayden and Ciera are swimming
back with their third. As Kat and Katie look for #3, Tadhana starts
to undo their traps.
Now the question is: will Tadhana blow
yet ANOTHER big lead over a puzzle? The twenty slats are removed
by Aras and Tyson and they get to solving. They seem half-done when
Galang finally get their third trap back and allowing Tina and Monica
to work on it. With work almost completed...Tyson and Aras realize
their puzzle's a bit off. Ut oh...not a good thing to realize when
against the Puzzle Master in Tina. And, sure enough, she gets Galang
neck-and-neck with Tadhana.
Tina and Monica start screaming that
they solved the puzzle. Uncle Jeff looks...and GALANG DOES
NOT WINS IMMUNITY AND REWARD!!! The tails on the fish
are off!! As the girls scramble to find and correct the mistake,
the guys scramble to catch up!
Galang cheers again to have solved
it...but, again, Uncle Jeff shoots them down!
Tyson and Aras think they have it...and
they DO! TADHANA WINS IMMUNITY AND REWARD!!!
Uncle Jeff syas it best: "Wow!"
After being decimated time and again, the crimson Tribe takes back
Mr. Immuni-Ugly for the second straight time consecutively in a
row. And they also get to have a nice picnic of sammiches, fruits,
veggies and brwonies. Yum-yum.
PUTTING THE KAT OUT
Vytas managed to charm his way past
the ladies' alliance and get Kat kicked to Redemption Island. Trust
was a problem...and Kat's begging doesn't help. It was unanimous.
See ya at the Duel, babe.
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