the Battle Really Begins: Days 19-21" - November 4
Day 19: More anger, more threats, more tears... and
Coming off of a high of a big win, a chipped alliance,
and about four or five fingers worth of coffee, Rory is
hard at work. And for once, he's not the only one, as
Scout is also working hard while the other ladies go
about their business. If, by business, you mean laying
around on their lazy bums.
Rory thinks that Leann,
Ami, and Eliza are dead weight as they wake up to the
smell of coffee and the prospect of basking in whatever
power that is left. Rory, being the gentleman, offers up
breakfast on a pot: plantains and coffee. Any thank yous?
Nope. Just more complaints: the plantain's too watery,
the coffee's too bland, Rory has a Y-chromosome.
Rory has reached a
critical point. Yasur's worthless, Eliza's childish,
Ami's suffering from delusions of grandeur, the rest of
the tribe is stupid, he's outcast, and bottom line from
the last man on earth: "I'm ready to get the hell out of
Yasur. I really, really, really want to be around some
Well here's a chance to
see some men, as we come up to a reward challenge.
First, though, Scout is shocked to see that Twila is
still there. She tells Jeff that she had a dream that
Twila was kicked out.
Fire Storm (for a chocolate cake that shook the heavens,
chocolate chip cookies, and icy cold milk)
One tribe member races
to the ocean, fills a bucket with water and throws it to
a tribemate. Repeat twice, and then throw just the water
to the final tribesman, who will then fill whatever
water is left into a bucket. Repeat the relay until
there is enough water to hoist a flame to a wick. Wick
lights wok, wok secures victory.
Yasur starts with a
commanding lead, thanks to Rory's use of shoes, socks,
and buff to wring out all the water. On the other hand,
Chad and Chris think about strategy, suggesting that
they stay low to the ground to catch the water as it
makes its final descent. And therefore, the water bucket
makes its final descent... for Lopevi. They get cake and
we get... jack nothing.
Next day, while Lopevi
eats way too much cake for just five people, Yasur waits
Day 20: I-CHALLENGE:
Jump, Dive, and Wave
Rory arrives with the
Pike of Power... broken. Just as well, as Jeff informs
us that we will no longer need it. Then comes the
three words: "Drop your buffs." Another switch up? No.
Lopevi and Yasur... have the urge to merge. So the two
tribes are no more. We now have one tribe of orange,
one beach at Lopevi, and one individual Immunity to
win. And here's how it goes... Players must swim to a
spire on the water, retrieve three flags, one at a
time, and then return them to shore. First two in each
heat of five to do so moves onto the final. Succeed
there, and it's immunity for you.
Heat 1: Sarge, Leann,
Eliza, Julie, and Chris. Winners: Sarge and Eliza.
Heat 2: Scout, Twila,
Chad, Rory, and Ami. Winners: Rory and Ami.
Final heat: Sarge, Eliza, Rory, and Ami. Sarge with the
early lead had Rory right behind him. Both ladies tired,
as this became a two-man race. Rory tries to catch up,
but it's all for naught. Sarge wins the first indy
After the Challenge:
Eat, drink, and be merry... for tomorrow, we die.
It's the traditional
post-merger feast. It's your get to know you over the
last piece of chocolate cake party, as Chris gets to
know Ami and Leann, while Twila and Scout were reunited
(and it feels so good). When the players arrive back at
camp there is a feast waiting for them. Chris is glad to
forget about the game for once and just have some fun.
From cake we go to
coffee again, as Sarge and Rory talk about Bubba's
demise and how full of crap he and Rory were treated at
Yasur. Rory explains that Ami is the Yasur queen. She is
the biggest threat. She has to go first. Sarge agrees...
as does Chad, who thinks it would be a good idea to pull
the fringe women onf Yasur to the Lopevi male fold. So
past aggressions are put aside for a Machiavellian
purpose: the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
Rory brings forth the Julie-and-Twila factor, with Chad
& Sarge thinking that they're up with them. True or not?
Rory doesn't know. And after seeing the two together
with Ami, neither does Sarge. But perhaps we're getting
ahead of ourselves.
Day 21: The fire people...
Scout coins the tribal
name: Alinta, meaning "we are the fire". Wow.. Purdy
flag. Eliza misses her girls, as all of the tribesmen
paint their flags... and each other. And from the
spring of Alinta comes the fall of unity in pursuit of
the game... or something to that effect.
Sarge gets nervous over
the prospect that the male-female schism may
rematerialize. Scout meanwhile senses the men are uneasy
around camp. Twila discusses with Julie and Chad taking
Rory out. Chad wants to target Ami, thinking it would be
better as swings to do so. "The numbers is where it's
at, Twila. It's just math."
On the other side, Ami
and Eliza conspire to get rid of one of the guys, and
Ami wants all the women at the end. *Paging mad
feminist*. "Right now, we're at a very critical point.
This is a huge turning point in the game and the first
vote is going to be everything."
Chris tries to convince
Twila to boot Ami. Twila won't bend, mostly insecurity
talking. She talks with Sarge, who says that Ami is
dangerous as a puppetmaster for the women. "I want her
away from Julie." Sarge tries this gambit on on Twila.
Twila agrees that Ami is a threat. "We have a pact, and
we're sticking to the pact." Twila agrees to vote
whichever way Sarge decides.
Chris thinks it's
numbers on his side with the women to be picked off one
by one. Ami doesn't think Twila and Julie ever really
left the Gurl Power Alliance, but could that pact be in
trouble? It's the winner's to lose and the loser's to
win, and, according to Twila, someone's going to be
Night 21: Tribal...
Ami advertises the new
tribe as the Alinta. After a day of body paint and
lobbying to Jeff (Reality rule #15, never appeal to the
host, especially if he's a producer), Leann notes that
the merger signifies getting further in the game. "This
is where it gets fun and interesting and screwing." Rory
struggled to get where he was, and finally he got a
second shot at the game. Ami thought she would make it
to the final part of the game on good attitude. Twila
feels stuck in the middle. It's going to be tough anywho.
Sarge has immunity, and
he's not giving it up no way. Everyone else is in the
Leann: RORY - "You're
just the unfortunate victim of the master plan."
Rory: AMY (sic) :/ - "This is the first time I made a
completely personal vote. You've made for me the last
nine days really horrible. I have little to no respect
for you, and like a bad rash, I hope you're gone."
One up. The rest of the
Mouths are agape at this
So a vote along gender
lines, with six to Ami's three, Rory, THE WOMEN HAVE
SPOKEN. That was unexpected... Well, not really. Seven
of the remaining nine will be on the jury, and the other
two will fight it out for $1 million.
This is it, brothers...
Prepare for war.