"Double Tribal, Double Trouble: Day 7" - September
DAY 7: LEMON TREE
Well, now that the Lopevi Tribe have the fire we need to
boil water and cook whatever food we might catch (if we
ever get AROUND to it), it's time to FINALLY build a
decent shelter. We all work together to lash palm stalks
together before putting the roof on. Everyone, that is,
except Rory...and that's because he found something:
CITRUS! Lea (aka "Sarge") confronts Rory about him not
being a "team player"... until Rory shows the lemons to
the "sourpuss". Rory is his own man and takes orders
Only TWO men seem to be arguing at Lopevi...but we can
practically hear ALL the women shouting at each other
from the other end of the island. The next
challenge should prove VEEEEEEERY interesting!
Then comes the Tree-Mail:
THIS NEXT CHALLENGE IS A TOUGH ONE; BOTH TRIBES
SHOULD FEEL QUITE STRESSED.
THE ISLAND'S AURA DARKENS; TODAY, ALL FRIENDSHIPS
WILL BE PUT TO THE TEST.
A LONG DAY AND NIGHT FOR EVERYONE; YES THERE IS NEED
WITH IMMUNITY ON THE LINE, YOU BETTER FINISH IN A
Whoa! Another Immunity
Challenge?! This quick?! But... what's this jazz about
"all friendships will be put to the test"? Well, there's
only one way to find out...
REWARD CHALLENGE: ANOTHER BRICK (OR STICK OR ROPE) IN
To Challenge Cove we march. We meet Yasur and find out
that the bubble-head Dolly was tossed to the curb (Sarge
comments, "Barbie's gone"). We hand the Immunity Idol to
Uncle Jeff... and he informs us that the Challenge is
for both Reward AND Immunity! But... there's a twist:
both tribes will be going to Tribal Council tonight to
vote off one member! ("WTF?!?" is what we're all
thinking.) See, the two tribes will face off for
Reward... and the WINNING tribe will face off against
each other for INDIVIDUAL IMMUNITY!
The Reward Challenge is a series of three bamboo cage
walls, each with a gate that needs to be opened. The
first gate needs to have ropes and planks untied, the
second needs keys to unlock three chained locks which
can only be grabbed using grappling hooks and the third
needs interlocking poles undone. The first tribe through
all three gates and on the finish mat wins.
The 1-in-8 shot at Immunity is reward enough... but the
REAL Reward for the winning tribe is fishing gear:
swimming mask, Hawaiian sling, hooks, line and sinkers.
So the winners not only get someone to stay for another
two days but also meat on the table!
At the count of "GO", we're off! We spread out amid the
knots in the boards while the girls stay close together.
We each undo about the same amount of knots, though...
for a minute or so. We undo the planks rather quickly
while the girls struggle with theirs. We get all the
planks off and sprint for the second wall. Travis
("Bubba") and J.P. climb the wall and start tossing the
hooks at the rope rings which hold the keys. We reel one
in... but lose it with a few feet to go. Yasur finally
pushes through and runs for THEIR hooks, manned (or is
it "womaned") by Scout and Twila.
We both get our first keys at about the same time. But
J.P. must have thrown some lawn darts in his day because
he hooks the second key dead-on and reels it in like a
pro. But even experts goof from time to time... and J.P.
lets his hook slip out. As we use the other hook to get
that one back (instead of aiming for the final key like
we SHOULD have been), Yasur hooks their second key and
ties it up. Scout's unable to throw far enough to get a
third key... but J.P. hooks it easy! We grab it, unlock
the final chain and run to the final gate, leaving the
girls wondering how they can get their last key.
As we work on the poles, Yasur manages to hook their
last key and tie the Challenge again... but only for a
split second. It takes a few seconds for us to realize
that the window we're supposed to go through is open...
until Brady figures it out and jumps through.
One-by-one, he more-or-less YANKS his tribe through the
window while the girls run to THEIR window. By the time
they even touch one of the poles, Sarge is through and
we have WON! To paraphrase Bruce from "Finding Nemo",
we're having FISH TONIGHT! And the girls are going home
to blame each other and wonder who's going home tonight.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: STEP BY STEP
Now to the IMMUNITY part of this dual Challenge: the
eight men must now dig in the sand in their individual
lanes and find seven ladder rungs, each one which can
only fit in one section of the ladder in front of them.
Once all seven rungs are found, a man can start to
assemble the ladder. The first man to assemble their
ladder completely and reach the top is the only one NOT
going home tonight since he'll receive the Immunity
Necklace to wear to Lopevi's Tribal Council tonight.
Each man seems to have
different strategies when it comes to digging once Uncle
Jeff starts us off. J.P. uses a "bulldozer" method,
thinking all the rungs are shallow. Sarge and Chad
pretty much shove their fists in the sand and see if
their knuckles hit wood. Rory uses his feet to really
dig. And Bubba...well, he's digging himself back to
Tennessee, it appears. Chad takes an early lead, though
Johnny is close behind. While Bubba finally finds his
FIRST piece and Chris and Johnny find their fifth
ones apiece, the Man With The Iron Leg finds number
seven and starts to work on the ladder. Johnny catches
up when he finds #6 and #7... so it's a two-man race to
fit the puzzle-ladder together.
As Chad closes in on fitting the ladder together and
Johnny closes in on Chad, J.P. finds the seventh piece
and works furiously to catch up. Then Chad has some
trouble with his puzzle, feeling he put a piece in the
wrong spot. This gives Johnny ample time to put his
final run in place and sprint up the ladder to win that
oh-so-important Individual Immunity!
But, as Johnny climbs back down, Uncle Jeff says the
three scariest words to be heard on this show: "One
other thing..." There's another "reward" that Johnny
receives for winning Immunity: he gets to go back to
camp... with YASUR! But it's not forever, because he has
decisions to make.
Then Uncle Jeff explains the convoluted set-up for the
Tribal Councils tonight. Johnny will spend the day with
the girls and gather information from Yasur during said
day. Tonight, Lopevi will go to Council first and Johnny
will join them in voting which of the other seven to
kick off. THEN, Johnny will RETURN with Yasur and - get
ready for this - will CHOOSE which one of them gets
Immunity from THEIR Council vote! So one member of each
tribe will go home... and one member of each tribe will
be immune tonight!
AFTERNOON 7: ONE OF US (WILL WEEP TONIGHT)
(Even though Johnny is still a part of Lopevi, I'll let
Chico Marx talk about HIS exploits with the Yasur
While Johnny lets the girls debate on who was wrong and
who was right in ditching Dolly, we are so psyched that
we won the fishing gear... but, at the same time, we are
so BUMMED that one of us is going to go tonight. J.P.
thinks it's... J.P. He thinks he's a dead man walking.
The only thing he can think to do is talk with Brady,
the other "young gun" left in the tribe, about
convincing Sarge to help them kick out Rory. After the
talk (while Rory is out fishing), J.P. approaches Sarge
about that very subject... with which Sarge simply says,
"It's possible." Sarge then approaches Chris about it,
but Chris replies, "This just ISN'T the time!" As they
march to the Council area, Sarge thinks that he HATES
Tribal Council since he built up the team and now must
tear it down (don't ever work for the Florida Marlins,
TRIBAL COUNCIL - LOPEVI: SEVEN WONDER(ER)S
We meet up with Johnny again as we enter the Stone
Temple o' Doom with our Stone Temple Pilot, Uncle Jeff.
He asks Chad about the teamwork of the tribe and he says
they've been comrades "from the very get-go". Brady has
different impressions of Sarge from his first ones,
finding him very personable.
Then Johnny gets asked about how aggressive the women
were in trying to win over his favor for Immunity. He
explains how he divided the Yasur camp into Dolly-voters
and non-Dolly-voters and talked to them each... while,
at the SAME time, working out what THEIR alliances were
so that Lopevi could exploit them after the eventual
merge. Everyone was IMPRESSED with Johnny's thinking and
tell him, "Good job!" Johnny adds that he feels "150%
confident" in his choice for Yasur Immunity.
As for THIS Tribal Council, J.P. says he wants the tribe
to be as strong as possible going into the next
Challenge and the merge. Sarge says he has friendships
but he's here to play the game.
With that, it's time to vote. Into the not-so-isolated
booth go Johnny, Chris ("J.P., I may be weaker than you
physically but I'm stronger than you mentally!"), Rory,
Brady ("Rory, nothing personal, man, I'm just being
consistent."), Travis, J.P. (who writes "Royry"), Chad
("J.P., this is our strategy... sorry, my friend") and
Uncle Jeff tallies the votes and reads them off: Rory...
J.P... J.P... Rory... "Royry"... J.P... J.P. and... John
P.! He couldn't sell himself as a Survivor, so his torch
is snuffed and he heads back to the Hollywood Hills.
Our host ends with saying that, though the consensus for
both Councils was to keep the tribe strong, they voted
off two of the stronger members. Everyone but John picks
up their own torches and marches home... while John
sticks around for Yasur's time.
TRIBAL COUNCIL - YASUR: ONE GOOD WOMAN
Into the temple come the eight Amazons known as Yasur
Tribe. As they sit, they wait with faded breath (not to
mention through a commercial break) to see who is
immune. John stands and proclaims his choice by taking
the Immunity Necklace off and placing it around the neck
AMI?! One of the Dolly-voters?!
But... why?! John explains that, out of everyone, Ami
was not going to be voted out. He also says that the
tribe needs to figure out who THEY want out (and adds
that it's probably who he thinks it'll be anyway).
O..... kay... that straightens everything out... like a
damn PRETZEL! John then marches out with his torch
and lets Yasur wrestle with... his explanation.
(Personally, I think John thinks he can get a "Bahstin
Rob/Amber" thing going with Ami after the merge.)
Whatever John's strategy was, Mia is voted off after a
revealing and talkative Council. But, whatever the
strategy was, the tribes are STILL even... and there's
still 32 days and (certainly) a few more twists to go...