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NIGHT 18/DAY 19
- REDEMPTION ISLAND: A LONG TIME COMING
Two-and-a-half weeks ago, that big
softie Rupert kept her AWAY from Redemption Island. Now, Laura B.
is where she belonged to begin with: Redemption Island. She still
can't believe she got picked over Vytas. John and Laura M. thought
it would be the lone guy on Galang as well. And what happens if
the Merge occurs tomorrow and Vytas joins Aras? They'll be unstoppable!
So, after a WTF-night's sleep, The
Lauras and John get this message:
THE DAY IS
HERE; DO OR DIE.
THE WINNER WILL RE-ENTER THE GAME
THE LOSERS WILL LEAVE THE GAME FOR GOOD!
Wait, WHAT? "Winner"? As
in SINGULAR? And "Losers"...as in PLURAL?! Only ONE will
get Redemption?! John has been training for this for the last 12
days on RI...and Laura M. made a promise to her daughter she'd return!
But only one WILL return from...
DAY 17 - REDEMPTION DUEL: GET A GRIP
One more time, we're live at RI Arena.
Tadhana sees that Galang (surprisingly) kept Vytas and ditch Laura
B...who now comes in with fellow duelists Laura M. and John. Uncle
Jeff welcomes them to their final Duel...which surprises the Tribes
as they obviously didn't know what the Duelists knew. The inner
of this Duel...FINALLY gets REDEMPTION and returns to the game!
Ciera is...ambivalent; she's afraid her mom returning will screw
things up strategically...and, yet,...it's her MOM, for crying out
The final Duel...is kinda like a final
Immunity Challenge, fittingly: climb a square wooden pole...and
hang on. Last Duelist on the pole goes back to the game and continues
the prusuit for the million buck. The other two...become victims
#8 and #9 of S:BvW. And the winner, again, gets to choose
who gets the precious 3I clue...which will more than likely be burned
up as the last couple have..
They climb the posts (with grooves
for footholds), they lock their arms...and the Redemption Duel is
Laura B. struggles immediately to get
in a good position. She goes to a lower foothold and stretches out
whereas John and Laura M. are in tuck positions. John's familiar
with this Duel; wife Candice went through it in Heroes vs. Villans.
Laura M. uses good strategy; her Buff(TM) is entwined with her wrists
to stay locked.
20 minutes...the heat pours down...John
slips a bit...but kicks off his shoes and uses his toes to hang
on. But the socks ain't helping either. Laura M. hasn't moved an
inch...and Laura B. is hugging the post like it was a thin Rupert.
John struggles some more...and his shoeless strategy fails him;
he slides to the bottom and he's out of the game. He gets polite
applause for holding out this long.
So,...which Laura will be Redeemed?
Well, Laura M. is still rooted on the top...but Laura B. starts
to slip again, down to the final foothold. She hugs the post TIGHT.
"I'm not letting go," says Ciera's mum. Uncle Jeff gives
POSITIVE advice (for a change) and tells Laura B. to think herself
as GLUED to, not SLIDING off, that post.
Laura M moves to stretch her sore arms...and
then starts to slide a bit. Laura B.'s tuckus is inching close and
closer to the sand. Laura M. regains a foothold...and Laura B. plants
her feet! She's out! LAURA M. WINS REDEMPTION!!!!
So...what will Mrs. Rupert take away
from this 19-day excursion into Survivor? She came in as
relatively anti-social...but will leave, in her words, "the
strongest woman I've ever been in my life". But that time is
over now; she gets her stuff and burns her Buff before heading back
to Indy and to her hero (her hubby).
As for John, he feels it's tough to
end HIS trek this way, failing after four straight successful Duels.
He compares the show to his first year at West Point; he was always
on edge. But at least he stayed with his wife, if only for two days.
With a wave to Tadhana, he also burns his Buff and heads back to
Laura M. (and I can drop the "M"
now) is psyched to be back...but Uncle Jeff has ONE more thing to
say to the Tribes:
"Drop your Buffs!"
THE TRIBES ARE MERGED!!
aOff go the red and yellow multi-purpose
cloths, on goes the blue ones. A little primary...but it works.
Laura hugs Ciera, saying she kept her promise. Next bit of business:
who gets the 3I clue? The clue can now go to ANYONE...including
Laura herself should she decide. Without a word, Laura grabs the
clue out of Uncle Jeff's hand...and tosses it with the other burnt
Buffs and clues.
I guess they already know where to
go because Uncle Jeff doesn't say which beach to head to. Aras and
Vytas hug, happy to be playing together at last. Aras strategy now
is "Galang Strong": all the Vets plus Vytas and Katie.
The seven-on-four will be more than enough!
19: "TRIBUTES ARE INVITED TO A FEAST..."
At the as-yet-unnamed camp, the Feast
Chest is there! The blue Tribal Flag and paint to create it...and,
of course, FOOD! Fruits, veggies, bread, wine, cheese, salami, cold
cuts...yummy! Hayden has more on his mind than stuffing his face,
though; he wonders how he can stay around. Will Ciera make it three
strong pairs with him on the outs...or can he draw her and Laura
in? Well, Laura is DEFINITELY thinking the "couples" (she/Ciera,
Vytas/Aras, Katie/Tina) should stick together...but it's a lot of
work to do.
And the new name for the Tribe is...KASAMA.
As Laura and Ciera stroll to the beach,
Hayden talks to Gervase about the No-Loved-One Alliance hinging
on Ciera's decision. Ciera knows that being the Loved One of a Redeemed
player equals a massive target on her. She admits this to her mom
as well as the NLOA, asking her not to talk strategy with them.
Laura is PSYCHED that she and her daughter will be the "Gamemakers"
now, deciding who goes and who stays!
Tyson has other ideas. As Kasama relaxes
from the Feast, he goes scrambling for the 3I, since he and Hayden
are the only ones who knew about the general location of it. He
thinks it's at a large vine-entwined tree (the "Seprent Tree"
from the clue) midway between the camp and the waterfall (which
tells me we're at the old Tadhana camp). He pokes around the roots
of the tree...and, lo and behold, he finds his savior: the Hidden
Indivdual Immunity Idol! The jade coin on a necklace will spare
him (or anyone he wishes to give it to) up to Day 36! He's loving
As for Vytas and Aras, the Super Baskauskas
Bros. are happy to finally be playing together. The two seem to
agree on the "Galang Strong" Alliance...but agrue about
Tyson's involvement, worrying he might "go on a run" of
Immunity wins. Still, he DOES have a busted arm so...maybe it's
all right. They think that Laura is the most dangerous...and that,
in the end, Blood vs. Water will soon be Vytas vs. Aras
(vs. someone else in the Final Three)!
ARE YOU SURE? ARE YOU REALLY SURE?! ARE YOU REALLY, REALLY,
While everyone in Kasama settles for
the evening, Monica is nervous and tells Tyson as much. Tyson assures
Monica that it's just Tina rabble-rousing and that the NLOA is still
solid. Monica still thinks Gervase may flip, but Tyson thinks that,
once Aras is history, the GSA won't have a leg to stand on. Monica
just keeps going on and on about "what if this " or "what
if that"...and it's starting to bug Tyson. I mean, REALLY bug
Tyson! Like "jam rusty spoon in eye socket and scoop out brain"
bugging! But Monica knows...this is Survivor...so relaxing
is NOT an option!
DAY 21 - IMMUNITY CHALLENGE:
Say good-bye to Mr. Immuni-Ugly on
Challenge Beach...the Tribal Immunity Idol is no longer in play.
In its place, the Individual Immunity Necklace! A shiny silver feathery
thingy that protects one person - und prezizely VON perzon - at
This Challenge is another "Survivor
Memory Quiz Show"! Uncle Jeff will show a sequence of images
and then, one-by-one, the Survivors need to show the SAME images
on their Quiz Blocks. Get it wrong, you're out. Last Survivor Standing
has a 10% chance of getting the million...which is twice the odds
they had when they first arrived. Oh, and, by the way, Redemption
Island is STILL open for business; the one voted out tonight gets
sent there to wallow in self pity and hope to get back in the game.
Our first sequence: barrel, crate,
cannon, ship, compass, lantern. Everyone gets barrel, but Monica
thinks "cannon" one too soon; she's out. Caleb and Katie
say "compass" instead of "cannon"; they're out.
Tyson and Tina choose "compass" over "ship"...and
we're down to six. Hayden gets KOed thinking "lantern"
over "compass"...and they all get lantern right. One round
down, five Survivors left.
Second sequence: barrel, lantern, cannon,
lantern, compass, barrell, cannon. Barrel is right for all. Laura
flubs with "cannon"; we're down to four. Ciera says "compass"
next"...and it's all males left with the Super Baskauskas Bros
and Gervase. The three get lantern right. Gervase second-guesses
himself with "crate"...and he's wrong. The bros both get
barrel. Vytas shows "cannon", Aras shows "lantern"...
It's cannon!! VYTAS WINS REWARD!!!
The "Mario" of the brothers
is safe from the wrath of...well, EVERYONE. And everyone ELSE has
an important decision to make.
WHO'S YOUR ALLY?
Vytas says he doesn't NEED Immunity...but
he needed to beat his bro...so he did. He and Aras tell the GSA
that Laura needs to go BACK to RI...and they seem to all readily
agree. But, to be safe, they will have the girls vote for Ciera
(in case Laura has the 3I). Katie says it best, "It's a game,
Laura, however, is telling Ciera she's
worried about Aras having the 3I. She decides she wants to join
the NLOA in a 4-3 split of Tina and Aras. Ciera WANTS to listen
to her mother...but how CAN she?
Geravse, however, seems to be playing
BOTH alliances. He THINKS he has an idea of what will happen...but
he ALSO knows that ANYthing can happen at...
Uncle Jeff welcomes us all back to
the Beachfront Circle of Doom. After giving Tyson the geneal idea
of the alliances (GSA, NLOA and the blood-ties), Tyson agrees. Vytas
agrees...but, no matter what, six people HAVE to band together tonight...which
means he and his bro need four more. When asked about blood-lines
counting towards the redeemed Laura since, traditionally, the redeemed
Survivor is sent RIGHT back, Hayden agrees this is a problem and
makes the mother/daughter team swing votes. Katie's not sure about
that duo making it a 7-4 swing. Tyson knows the blood-lines are
threatening...but one couls ALSO make a case for GENDER lines (6-5
males). He says it all comes down to who you trust the most...and
he hopes he gets the largest share of the "trust pie".
Laura's best play...is filtering animosity
through her daughter...and it's cool that the student of the game
has overtaken the master in this twosome. Ciera agrees that this
role reversal is fine. Gervase thinks things will change a lot...but
only for those not schooled. One needs to stay calm and roll with
It is time to vote! The eleven Kasamas
march to the alcove and scratch down names. We see Katie writing
down "Ciera" (blaming it on the alliance), Gervase making
a "power move" by writing down "Aras" and Aras
writing "Laura". Laura and Ciera are the last to vote.
Uncle Jeff tallies, asks for 3Is, gets no reply from Tyson and reads
The NLOA strikes in a 7-2-2 vote...and
Aras gets to say hello to Redemption Island for the first time!
With a "well played" to the other players and a "have
fun" to his bro, the "Luigi" of the two gets sent
down the warp pipe to the lonliness of RI. Uncle Jeff says that
there's SOME clarity now...and hopes Kasama can help clear even
more before the next time.
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