NIGHT 24/DAY 25:
Well,...looks like the "Galang
Strong" Alliance is still holding. Katie's mom had just been
sent to RI with the Not-So-Super Baskauskas Bros, Laura and Ciera
are the last of the Vet/Loved Ones "couples"...and Tyson
has the rest of the Tribe in his grubby hand (with his OTHER hand
tight around a 3I)! As the heat lightning kabooms in the distance,
Katie has only two choices: get in good with Tyson...or she's doomed!
Meanwhile, the OTHER mother/daughter
team are psyched being the last couple standing...and decide to
vote for Katie or - should Katie get Immunity, Monica. They still
think they are the power players of this Tribe...as long as they
let Tyson do all the work and keep a low profile. Ciera seems to
like that the "master" (Laura) is confiding in the "student"
on how to play this game. Laura doesn't mind; she trusts her daughter's
judgment. Still,...Ciera knows she'll have to ditch dear old mother
if she wants to win.
REDEMPTION DUEL: PUPPET MASTER
Back to RI Arena we go. Kasama comes
in and watches Vytas, Aras and Tina enter. Uncle Jeff gets right
to the Duel: three balls in bags must be "fished" out
with grappling hooks. Once all three bags are taken, one ball must
be used to solve a "table maze" which is tilted by ropes
on pullies. The first two to get their ball in the center stay around
while the other is out of the game...but is the first member of
the Jury who will, inevitably, decide who wins the million bucks.
Once more, Uncle Jeff says the winner gets to decide who gets the
3I clue...saying that, now that it's an individual game, maybe it
would behoove them to actually know where it IS now. Oh, by the
way, the rule that loved ones can swap places is still in effect...but
Tina says, "No way, Jose!" to Katie taking her spot.
Away go the hooks. Tina gets her first
bag on the first toss, leaving the brothers empty. Aras snags one
on his second toss. Vytas is still empty. Tina gets her second bag...and
Aras is looking for some love from his former Tribe. Tina gets her
third bag with ease...and she gets to untying the knots and releasing
the balls. As she goes back to the maze, Vytas FINALLY gets his
first bag and Aras his second.
Tina puts the ball in the maze and
gets to moving it. It's not that easy with the ropes...and the four
or five holes in the maze to evade makes it more difficult. Fortunately,
if a ball falls through a hole, the Duelist can pick it up and start
over again. As Tina starts the movements, the Not-So-Super Baskauskas
Bros. catch-up, with Vytas getting his third bag before Aras. But
Aras soon joins him at the mazes. Tina's face contorts hither and
thither as she works the ropes. Aras drops his ball and has to restart.
Vytas and Tina are at the same spot in the maze...but two holes
stand between them and staying around. Tina...gets around them and
gets the ball in the center area...but the ball needs to stay in
the divot in the dead center for it to be called a win. She tilts...and
it FALLS IN A HOLE! Oh, snap!! And Vytas...he GETS IT IN! VYTAS
So will his bro stay with him or will
Tina show that fortitude that won her Australian Outback
twelve years ago? Well, both work the ball through the maze...but
Tina is a little faster and gets it back in the center section.
Her attempts to get it in the divot are less than successful, though...and
both she and Ciera swear with each failed attempt. Vytas is having
issues of his own so Tina keeps trying....and she NAILS it! TINA
Mama-mia...it's-a game over for "Luigi"!
He may had won on Panama - Exile Island, but a second million
is not in the cards today. Instead, he will be Jury Member #1. But,
make no mistake about it, the sibling rivalry will NEVER end! Oh,
Vytas won't cheap-shot Aras like he did in the Sumo at Sea Challenge
all those weeks ago but...hey, they're brothers. They may not LIKE
each other to much...but they LOVE each other completely. It's been
25 days, but Aras is finally gone. He burns his Buff(TM) and goes
to the Jury sequestering area (wherever that is).
OK, so who gets to play "Burn
the 3I Clue" this time, Vytas? He thinks Katie needs it the
most...and Katie...does NOT burn it! She's gonna KEEP it! Will wonders
NEVER cease on Survivor?!
25: HIDING IDOLS AND BREAKING HEARTS
Katie is thrilled that her mom survived.
And she's JUST as psyched that she now has a clue to the 3I. (I
won't show the clue because, well, Tyson already found it, duh.)
She finds the vine-gnarled tree and looks around. Meanwhile, the
rest of Kasama decide to hide all the sharp objects at camp so she
can't dig. Tyson decides to "take one for the team" and
"be the bad guy" in order to "make a move".
(Yeah, I don't get it, either.)
Tyson gathers Hayden and Caleb in the
water and tells them he wants them and Gervase to vote for Laura...so
that a) Laura doesn't see it coming and b) Ciera doesn't have to
vote for her mom. The b) part is also so that Ciera will join Tyson's
alliance. Hayden likes the idea and feels he can trust Tyson implicitly.
But Ciera already suspicious that there
are four guys and three girls in their alliance. What's to stop
the men from kicking her or her mother out? The relatives talk it
out, wondering if Ciera could actually WIN if Laura was gone. But
Ciera says Laura can only make the Final Three if she won EVERY
Challenge from this point on. Ciera's reminded of the talk they
had when she got pregnant...but she HAS to be honest with her mother.
And, honestly, she feels Laura HAS to go. And, if Laura DOES get
Immunity, Ciera knows that SHE'S gone. It's heartbreaking...but
Laura seems OK with it. The fact that Ciera told her outright and
honestly...makes Laura proud of how she's grown as a woman. !
YOU GOTTA GET UP EARLY TO HUNT
The moon is still in the sky when Katie
wakes up and starts heading to the woods...and specifically to the
tree where the 3I should be hidden. When Laura sees her going, she
quickly gets up and tails her...since she feels this may be her
only chance at staying away from a return trip to RI. Katie catches
her...and so the two decide to both dig and whosoever comes up with
it keeps it.
Back at camp, everyone gets up for
breakfast and talk about the two girls. Tyson thinks that he's like
the "big bad wolf" now that he has power. But he NEEDS
to get Ciera on board in voting Laura back to RI. Tyson tries to
throw the blame for the vote towards his other tribemates...but
Ciera is OK with Laura being gone. But...will she VOTE for her?
SHE doesn't even know.
At Challenge Lagoon, Uncle Jeff takes
back the Immunity Necklace from Katie. The Challenge is a simple
one: stand on small hinged platform, hold on to rope and lean back.
Every five minutes, go down to next knot in rope and lean back.
Let go of rope and lean back too far, into the drink you go and
out of contention. Last person standing gets the Necklace and can't
be kicked out to RI. PLUS, the winner gets a BBQ feast of burgers,
hot dogs, fries and soda. (And I'm certain s/he will get to take
other with him/her...but we'll see about that later.)
On the platforms, hands on ropes, lean
back...and the Challenge is on!.
And Hayden is struggling...or is he
readjusting his grip? No one knows. But, after a minute or so, it's
obvious he's struggling. He lets go and he's out. A few seconds
later, Caleb loses his grip and falls out.
Five minutes have passed and they head
down to the next knot, going from about 30 degrees of tilt to about
45. Gervase's face is ALL kinds of pain-riddled. The eldest Survivor
can't hang on anymore; he's in the drink. Ciera falls seconds later.
Katie's back is curved the wrong way...and that's probably why she
goes swimming next. Tyson, Laura and Monica are still hanging in
After a minute...the next one to fall...is
Laura. Neither of the last couple could pull it off. Now Tyson and
Culpepper struggle it out.
Tyson's rotator cuff is bothering him...Monica
is struggling...and Tyson falls! MONICA WINS IMMUNITY AND
Monica gets the jade Necklace placed
on her. And, as expected, she gets to choose one other person to
attend the BBQ with her. But Monica has a different idea: she'll
head home with Immunity...and the REST of the Tribe gets her Reward!
Is this a gesture of faith...or a political move? Caleb thinks it's
a little of both. So Jeff agrees: Monica goes to the losers' raft
and everyone else comes over and chows down. Everyone thanks the
Tribal "mom" and she replies, "You are more than
After the nosh-fest, Kasama returns
to their camp, praising Monica over and again. The praise only ends
when they see a snake in the shelter. As the guys clear it out,
Ciera tries to figure out how to save her mother from the vote.
On a pinky-swear, she tells Katie that three of the others are voting
out Laura tonight...and they think SHE will, too. Katie shrugs,
saying she'll be playing her 3I to be safe. Ciera says Katie COULDN'T
have...because CIERA has it. And Katie BELIEVES her. That tells
Ciera what she needs to know...and she tells Laura about Ciera NOT
having the 3I. If they can convince Tyson that Katie doesn't have
it, Katie MIGHT be the next to go INSTEAD of Laura!
As a storm brews around the beach,
Ciera lets Tyson know about Katie being Idol-less. She tells him
about her deception and gives the alliance this option: ONE person
votes for Laura and everyone else for Katie. If, somehow, Katie
DOES have the 3I, it'll be a tie between Laura and whoever she votes
for...and Ciera agrees to let them all vote Laura. Tyson, Caleb
and Hayden are cool with it.
Or so they say. Tyson KNOWS a "move"
when he sees it...and he ain't as gullible as Katie seems to be.
He tells Monica and Gervase that Laura is STILL going to the voted
for tonight. But Caleb is still thinking Katie needs to go because
she's the bigger threat.
WHICH WOMAN WEAVES...ER, LEAVES?
Ah, the Beachfront Circle of Doom.
The eight Kasamas sit and face Aras in the Jury Box. Aras, as we
all know, cannot speak to the others; he is there strictly to observe
and use the knowledge gathered into deciding who will get the million
bucks at season's end.
Katie's thinking it most likely will
be her tonight, joining her mother at RI. At least she had the 3I
clue to help things. Caleb knows that the alliance could send someone
to RI if Katie DOES have the 3I...but there are even MORE "maybes"
than that and that one needs to "just plan ahead". Tyson
thinks that Laura and Ciera have minds which will swing the same
way. Caleb thinks the two want it worse than Tina and Katie do.
Hayden takes the Bill Cosby approach concerning Laura towards Ciera:
"I brought you IN the world, and I can take you OUT!"
But their bond is still strong nonetheless.
Laura says having a Loved One was once
a liability but is now a HUGE asset...because BOTH will vote the
same way for whosoever wants them as their ally. Katie tosses in,
saying that they ARE a threat as they'll do ANYTHING to get to the
Final Three with a Loved One. Laura counters that, as long as she's
NOT in the Jury, she won't have to vote for Ciera to take the million...because
loved ones will, more than likely, DO that. She thinks that people
shouldn't bail on an alliance early; otherwise, they'll be in the
Jury wondering what went wrong.
Caleb admits it's a big decision between
the original plan and spliting the couple up. But there's MORE to
it than that: there's four of each gender...and four of each original
Tribe. "I could go either way," he concludes.
"A lot is going to be learned,"
says Uncle Jeff. It is time to vote! Monica is the only one who
can't be voted for. She and the others walk to the alcove and scratch
out their votes. No one's vote is televised this time. Uncle Jeff
tallies and puts them in dramatic order. He then asks for 3Is...but
everyone stays silent. Uncle Jeff reads the votes:
..."Laura (Mom) :("!
The last couple will have to wait to
get Redemption; it seems that everyone (INCLUDING Ciera) has thrown
Momma from the train. Ciera and Laura hug, Ciera saying, "Sorry"
and Laura replying, "It's OK". Uncle Jeff snufs her torch
and sends her BACK to Redemption Island where, once again, she'll
have to fight to get back in the game. Seven individuals now...only
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