|"Earthquakes and Shakeups!: Days 11-12" - October 14
Day 11: For those taking score at home, this is
mysterious stranger #2.
I call this man "Koala",
because he eats shoots and leaves.
He goes on the island,
starts spouting God knows what, then asks for "One
chief." We all agree that Scout is the chief of the
Yasur, because she's the oldest, the wisest, and the
most obvious. Koala gives Scout a stick and a pendant,
and then goes on his merry way.
"We're not really sure what
this is all about, but we have a feeling that the tribes
are going to get mixed up." No sooner than that comes
out of Leann's mouth, that I look down... and the center
of the earth's looking back. Now, if you'll excuse me, I
have to panic...
Deep Sea Diving (for Pringles and beer; Bubba, who can't
swim, takes a seat)
The tribes arrive at the
cove for today's challenge, but first, Jeff has some
news. First, he separates the "chiefs" from the rest of
the tribes. Then as for the rest of the tribes, it's the
three words that they've been dreading since coming into
this game and playing the hackneyed game that they've
"Drop your buffs."
It's that time again.
SWITCH! This time, Scout (as determined by a game of
janken) has to pick new tribes, while Sarge will pick
which tribe he'll become part of.
The tribes picked:
Lopevi - Julie, Chad,
Chris, Twila, John
Yasur - Ami, Lisa (last person standing who got to
choose), Eliza, Leann, Bubba, Rory
Sarge elects to stay at
Lopevi, leaving Scout to join her tribesmates in Yasur.
Now to the challenge. The survivors will dive down deep
under a buoy and collect chips. The deepest of which is
30 feet below the surface. After ten minutes, the most
chips wins reward. Pringles and beer. Also the name of
Ludacris' new album.
In a dead-even race to
the end, Ami tries to tie it up at seven. She'll do that
if she comes up with a chip. At time called... she
doesn't. So 7-6 for Lopevi, as they get to enjoy...
Pringles and beer.
Back at camp: Yeah,
we lost... So?
Yasur doesn't feel too
bad about the loss because they are excited to have new
members. So says Eliza as they have dinner of their own,
with sugar cane as a dessert. "I'm sweatin' like a
prostitute in church" over the prospect of the women
having to vote them out, while Ami cites the men as
"whatever it takes to get it done." Someone has male
Rory and Bubba assume their roles as Ami's little
disposable henchmen, and Lisa wants to show the guys how
to properly crack open a coconut. Ami stops Lisa in her
tracks, saying that we have to keep some secrets to
ourselves. "I don't need to be showing them stuff to be
cool." Far be it for me to say anything, but anyone
who's watched an episode of Iron Chef that involves
coconuts knows how to do it.
And apparently this is only the beginning. Ami is
irritated that the bond amongst the "five women strong"
might be disappearing already. "I'm sticking by the
ladies. [Rory and Bubba] really need to prove themselves
or else *raspberry* They're outta here!"
And I thought I had some
insecurities with the opposite sex.
Day 12: I-CHALLENGE:
As Jeff is collecting
his Pike of Power (TM Chico Alexander), Bubba turns to
Chris and says "Think about the merge." There's Ami with
that look again.
Onto the challenge.
Knotted deep within the jungle are parts of an outrigger
canoe, first the boat, then the frame, the paddle, and
the rigger. Then they must put them together and row out
to the buoy and back. First taem to do so wins immunity.
The race starts as a dead heat but Lopevi breaks into a
groove and doesn't look back. Of course, it doesn't help
matters ANY that Rory is having more than his fair share
of difficulties with his rigger knots. That enables John
to get the rigger out to the beach and Lopevi to start
assembling and rowing.
By the time we get our
canoe assemble ready, Lopevi is seaworthy. way out in
front. And then we get out canoe ready to sail, hoping
to catch up, but a) a terrible pushoff and b) the wrong
direction equals c) Tribal Council tonight. As much as
we try to close the gap, the Lopevi eventually find
their way around the rowing and win the Immunity Idol.
Probst comments on
Rory's failure at the knots and says that Ami and
Bubba's paddling was the worst he has ever seen.
Later that day: Hail
Rory: "One of the two of
us has to go. The women of Yasur are going to vote as a
block. The only thing I can do is assume the worst, hope
for the best, and pray to God that I'm here tomorrow."
Ami says that she and
Bubba looked like two idiots. Bubba more so for his play
call at the challenge. She has her mind made up. Bubba
is not part of the team.
Bubba is worried that
his play call, a smart move if you happen to have a Y
chromosome, may cost him. Alone with Ami, Bubba asks her
to warn him if he is being voted out. He just doesn't
want to be blindsided. Ami tells Bubba to "check with
the boss". "I don't do that whole 'y'all' thing." Yes
she does. The other tribespeople don't know it, but
yeah... she does.
Meanwhile, it's a conference with the ladies, as Eliza
doesn't think that a Pagonging of the men is in order,
because the next few challenges may be physical in
Before heading off to Tribal Council, Rory and Travis
say a prayer and share a hug.
Night 12: Tribal
Lisa likes having the
two new men around. She enjoys it a lot. Leann thinks
she hasn't made the switch. Ami cites the signal. Bubba
was hoping to get a sign. It was a big play... and he
blew it. Rory is still worried that it will be him or
Bubba tonight, as the only thing that would change that
is the outcome of Immunity. Ami once again carries the
dirt on her shoulder, saying that she's glad that Twila
or Jules isn't going home tonight.
"paging mad feminist..."
Travis says that she
busted his butt trying to win, even though he isn't a
good swimmer. Rory says that if the women outsmart him,
he's going to go down with his ship and take his loss
like a man. Scout states she selected Rory and Travis
because she really wanted to play the game with them. It
ain't over until the fat lady sings.
"Paging fat lady on
standby..." It's time to vote.
Rory: BUBBA - "You know
you're my brother. We were just put in an awkward
situation, where it was just going to be you or I."
Bubba: RORY - "We'll get the girls."
Ami: BUBBA :( - "Sorry, but you know why."
Rest of the votes:
Lisa: BUBBA :(
Eliza: BUBBA :(
By a count of six to
one, Bubba, THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. Or should I say...