"Now That's a Reward: Night 7-Day 9" - October 7
DAY 8: FISH AIN'T BITIN'
Rory's a LITTLE bummed at all the votes he got last
night from his Lopevi Tribe cohorts, but he's taking it
in stride because of his "agreement" with Chad, Travis,
"Sarge" Lea and Chris and, being that it's 5-on-2, it
works for him. John, however, is NOT happy. All the
other "young guns" are gone, leaving him and Brady to
hope the others don't deliberately blow challenges to
get them kicked off.
Brady's already come up with a way to change their
opinion of him around, though. Now that they have the
fishing gear, it's time to become a provider and, thus,
become vital to the tribe's survival. He grabs the mask
and Hawaiian sling and starts his hunt. But... it
doesn't go as he planned, since the fish are so... tiny.
He tosses the fish to the shore where "Bubba" Travis
mutters, "At least wait fer it t' grow up." He improves
with his next shot, but Bubba isn't impressed. Still,
it's protein... and it ain't bugs!
REWARD CHALLENGE: MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS
So you think
you're living like the natives? But are they as
hungry or as cold?
Frustrated by your lack of food? Your shivering must
be getting old.
Well put your minds together, and maybe you'll
Help is on the way, and you'll find it undercover.
Peeling the flaps up of
the Tree Mail reveal words, among them being "Pig",
"Shell" and "Tiki". What the...?!
Well, let's find out as we head to Challenge Cove and
meet with Uncle Jeff and the Mia-less Yasur Tribe. Yasur
lies about how "together" the women are and Lopevi says
the food situation is fine... but could be better. Well,
that's what we're here for.
What we have here is a simple game of "Memory" with 15
pairs of items hidden under cone-shaped baskets. One
member at a time, they'll look for matching pairs. First
one to get five matching pairs wins the reward.
And the reward is... a man?! Uncle Jeff intros us to
Cousin Dah of the Amber Tribe, native to the island. The
reward is 24 hours of expert survival training by Dah.
He'll teach them all the winning tribe needs to know
about how to live better.
Chad starts off for us. His metal leg finds a wooden pig
and a tamtam idol, which isn't a match (obviously).
Lisa's next for Yasur and finds a shrimp trap and a
coconut. Rory finds a tribal drum and a wooden idol,
while Scout finds a gourd and a Nautilus shell. Bubba,
who claims to be "great at this", finds a grapefruit...
and a drum. Ut oh... that means, after some counseling
with the tribe, Ami matches the drums and puts the tribe
Brady finds a palm frond... and a grapefruit. Oh no.
Eliza is quick to pair up the fruit and make it
two-nothing. This is NOT good. Chris finds a pig jaw
and... a shrimp trap! We're just GIVING it to them,
aren't we?! Julie matches THEM up to make it THREE-nil!
Then JOHN finds ANOTHER pig jaw... but he uncovers
another wooden pig instead of the other jaw. Leann finds
both jaws to make it FOUR-nothing. A pissed Sarge stomps
into the grass and finds both wooden pigs to FINALLY put
Lopevi on the board!
But it might not be our day... because Twila find the
other coconut. She hesitates, though, and finds a
Nautilus shell instead. This COULD be a break for us.
Chad goes back out and matches up coconuts to make it
4-2. Lisa then marches out, finds one shell... and
STRUTS confidently to the other one to win the
challenge... and win the services of one good man for
AFTERNOON 8: DE DO DO DO, DE DAH DAH DAH
While Dah rushed the girls around all day showing them
roots, nuts and sugar cane and helped with their
shelter, and then all night getting crabs from him (from
the OCEAN, you pervs), we went back to having our tails
between our legs and stuck with fishing and plantains.
The morale is ultra-low... especially with Bubba. It
seems a week without the family is making him a little
cuckoo because he writes his wife and kids' names on a
staff. Rory tries to snap him out of it before Travis
portrays weakness... but he's tired of Rory's and
DAY 9: BLACK WATER
Rory has NEVER used a Hawaiian sling before... but,
hell, he'll try ANYTHING once. So he walks out to the
shore with the spear... and proceeds to walk around and
around looking for fish in the shallow waters. This does
NOT sit well with Brady and Sarge. Brady tries the stir
the pot with Sarge, saying that Rory's practically got
"immunity" tattooed on his forehead since NOBODY is
going to VOTE for him.
Many hands make
light work, or so the saying goes
Fail to put your minds together and add to your
In a test of mental ability, it's anybody's game
Tribal Council for the losers; one more will lose
Back to the Cove we go.
Uncle Jeff has the Immunity Idol/Spear awaiting us as
it's back to Tribal Immunity. The challenge is a tile
puzzle which must be worked out.
There are 16 tiles, four each of four colors, one of
four symbols on each one. The task is simple enough:
arrange the tiles so that every row and column of four
has a tile of a different color AND a different symbol.
First to do that wins Immunity for the tribe. To help
out, one tribe member will be perched about seven feet
high and guide the others to putting the puzzle
We choose Rory as our "eyes" as Yasur picks Eliza. At
the count of "GO", we start flipping the tiles around.
Rory has a problem with Sarge moving tiles before all of
them are turned and yells at him. He concentrates on the
colors first... and the rest of the tribe WAIT for him
to give orders before DOING anything. They get the
colors worked out... so they work on getting the symbols
right. This, however, is not as easy as it looks.
Then things break apart with us. Rory is SCREAMING
orders but nobody seems to understand them. It doesn't
get through the guys' heads to make sure the colors stay
as they are while they're switching tiles. After a
while, they stop listening to Rory altogether and try to
work it out on their own. This gives Eliza the chance to
rally HER tribe to working the colors out and start to
work on THEIR symbols... PROPERLY, I might add. While
each man tries to work it out on his own, the women
listen to Eliza and, eventually, work the puzzle out and
win Immunity from us... AGAIN!
To say this was a "cluster f***" of a day would be an
understatement. Rory puts the blame on his own
shoulders, basically because he couldn't organize the
group better. As Rory walks by himself, the talk again
turns to who gets booted. Bubba gets the same line from
Brady that Sarge got; Rory's no good for the team and
needs to go. Chris thinks that there's dissention in the
ranks of their alliance, particularly with the "Type
A-plus" personality of Sarge. Sarge thinks that Brady
WOULD be a good person to keep around... and Rory's a
To the Stone Temple O' Doom we go to talk with Uncle
Jeff. The first thing he talks about is Rory getting
zero-point-nada respect during the Immunity
Challenge...and Rory admits to being the leading
vote-getter. Bubba senses that the momentum HAS shifted
to the women but it'll be a "whole new ball game" come
the NEXT challenge. Jeff ain't buying that. Brady thinks
the men have played an individual from the very start
and, because they weren't concentrating on advancing the
tribe, THAT'S why they've been choking.
Chris says that they don't know if the women will
actually play the numbers game against the men once the
merge occurs... and Jeff asks him, "What on Earth makes
you think they would do anything BUT stick together?!"
Chad adds that the tribe MUST come first... but
individuals MUST be a back-up. John is worried about
being voted out since he's one of the stronger ones.
Brady will vote to make sure the tribe doesn't lag
With that, it's time to vote. Once more we head into the
alcove to vote: first Chris, then Bubba, Rory ("Brady,
you caught the first fish and you did climb the pole
[for the Spirit Stone], but sometimes the spirits
dictate that it's time to go."), John, Brady ("Maybe the
third time's the charm" [voted for Rory for the third
time]), Chad and Sarge.
Uncle Jeff comes back with the tub of votes and reads
them off: Brady, Brady, Rory, Brady...and Brady. That
ends the story of the man named Brady, who was
unanimously found guilty of impersonating a tribe
member. His sentence is a one-way ticket out of Vanuatu.
"Based on your first three Tribal Councils," Uncle Jeff
ends the Council on, "you're voting off men who you
think might be an individual threat." But he reminds us
that it's still WAY early in the game. We grab our
torches and leave Brady to wonder "how much does THAT