|"Eruptions of a Volcanic Magnitude!: Night 33-Day 36
" - December 9|
Night 33: The Witch is Dead.
That sound you hear is me letting out a sigh of relief. I really didn't want Ami
to win. That said...
If you remember just a few hours ago, Eliza used the "swear on your son"
defense against Twila. Then Ami was voted off. Would that mean quiet around the
camp? Of course not, as Twila goes after Eliza for the aforementioned "swear on
your son" defense, and she's not happy about it. Having been given a verbal
smackdown, Eliza stammers an apology but Twila is on the warpath. "You just keep
rubbing salt in the wound. The only one I want to worry about it with is my son
when I go home. I'm tired of hearing about it, period!" Next target,
Julie, as she says that Twila is really insecure. Will she use the outburst
against her later? Time, and bitching to Eliza about it, can only tell for sure. "If you can't live with your past,
don't do it."
And I'm guessing that Chris is in prime position to capitalize on the
bickering. Him and Scout. But Chris, more so than Scout. Alright, enough
Day 34: Dr. Berry.
Twila awakes as she still harbors angst from last night's tirade. Julie
offers some insight. Something to the tune of Twila being angry with herself and
projecting the displaced anger at everyone else. Unless you're Scout or Chris.
Speaking of which, Chris says that Twila isn't doing herself any favors by insulting Julie and Eliza. It is
important that the "Final Four" stay strong and focused. The bickering has
to cease. Twila needs to think long term.
Switch to the jungle, as Julie and Eliza talk about why Twila should be the
next one to go. Eliza's only answer to Julie's riddle: "I don't know." But she
would agree to the plan if and only if Julie can convince Chris that it's a game
move. Quoth Eliza: "Sometimes when it's in your best interest to abandon
an alliance, you have to do that to get yourself further in the game." Quoth
Julie: "Chris is my only hope, but I need to approach him about it
at the right time." This, my friends, is why Survivor has STORY EDITORS, because
it's time for...
R-CHALLENGE: Second Chances (horseback ride to and picnic atop Mt. Yasur)
It's your standard mix of previous Survivor challenges: crawl under hurdles
in the mud, pokey a pig, assemble a tiki, cross a balance beam and break three
tiles with a slingshot to release a wick that will light a wok, signalizing
victory. The last person to complete a given task is eliminated. The last one
Stage 1: The Eliminator. Scout, as expected, is eliminated.
Stage 2: Whiplash. Eliza, as expected, is eliminated.
Stage 3: Pyramid. Chris finishes his puzzle first... but loses one of his pieces
on the ground and is eliminated, leaving the race between Julie and Twila.
Stage 4: Breakthrough & Conquer. Twila makes it over the balance beam, but takes
a hard fall, opening the floodgates for Julie who goes one, two, three on the
Julie wins the picnic, replete with BEER! COCOA! HOT DOGS! CHRIS! That's who
she chooses, by the way, as she reasons that anyone else would not have chosen
Still Day 34: Julie and Chris... and Joe.
Julie says that she needed to talk to Chris alone, so it was only natural to choose him.
He is her door to progressing in the game. "It didn't surprise me
that she picked me. She wants to go further in the game, and she knows her
name's coming up for elimination." The player and her shill meet Joe, a native guide,
who gets the two to cowboy up, so to speak. Chris cowboys out of alignment, as
his horse veers off to the side. Julie and Joe, on the other hand, have no
problem. While the motley crew cook up a storm thanks to some volcanic
vents, Chris notes that he isn't shocked to see Julie bring him along for the
trip. Because we all know how close Julie and Chris have been. Julie, who up
until now has been a mole for Chris, asks if he is tight with Twila. Chris says he isn't. Julie tells
Chris about the plan to oust Twila and that Eliza directed her to speak to him.
Chris replies that he will consider his options. "If they teamed up now they could turn the game upside
Eliza and Twila argue about, of all the things to argue about... bananas. Twila buried some
allegedly so they would ripen
faster (Scout confirms the trivia), but she refuses to tell Eliza where they are. Both Twila
and Eliza accuse each other of being childish about the whole thing. "It's just
gotten to a point where we cannot hold back anymore. Especially Twila. She's just so childish
Back atop Mt. Yasur, Julie, Chris, and Joe watch the eruptions. Chris
compares the experience to the Fourth of July. "How often do you get to sit at
the mouth of a volcano and watch it explode?" Julie echoes that. "It is
one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen."
And noticing the order of challenges, yes, volcanoes exploding ranks above
Day 35: The only non-constant is non-change.
Julie and Chris are welcomed back into the tribe with open arms. Chris
assures a harried Scout that nothing has changed and that Julie is next on the
block. Scout is glad to hear the news. Feeling he has to reassure the "basket
case" Twila, Chris hunts her down and pulls the same game. A few moments later, Chris and Eliza discuss ditching Twila. Chris says they
must do whatever benefits them the most. Eliza believes if Julie stays, then they are
guaranteed Final Three. Chris will keep an open mind about it, thinking ahead to
immunity instead. Eliza laughingly notes, "Imagine if we screwed Twila now?"
Chris laughingly notes, "I don't trust Scout, I don't trust Twila, I don't trust
Eliza and I don't trust Julie. And they don't trust each other. And the most
screwed up thing about it is, I think they all trust me."
Richard Hatch would be proud.
I-CHALLENGE: The Legend of Roy Mata.
Roy Mata was an indigenous chief who united the tribes of Vanuatu. In true
Hit Man fashion, the winner of this contest will be judged on memory and speed.
After Jeff tells the story, the tribesmen will have to search for puzzles to
solve in random huts. The puzzles, once solved, will reveal a question. Answer
it correctly, and you'll receive a white tusk and get to move on. Answer it
incorrectly and you'll receive a black tusk which has to be burned before you
can continue. First Survivor to ring five white tusks wins.
What starts as a race between Eliza and Julie ends... as a race between Eliza
and Julie, as in the end, it all comes down to... well, Twila. As soon as she
exits her question hut, she realizes that her pieces are still together, as
Julie is forced to wait. This gives Eliza time to grab the final tusk... and the
win. So barring any change of heart in Tribal Council, Eliza will sit at the
Day 36: You always hurt the ones you love...
This will be the first Tribal Council that Eliza will not bring her bag to, and
of course, no one is more elated than Eliza. She would be even more elated if
she were to shock everyone by voting off Twila.
But the real man of the hour is Chris, who is now in a power position to take
control of the game. To Scout: "We are three, they are two." What does that
mean? Well, it could mean that Chris and the Scout-Twila alliance are one, while
Julie and Eliza, who are watching with bated breath, are still chummy chummy
with each other. To Twila: "Don't doubt it, Julie is the next to go." The game
plan all along. To Eliza: if Julie is voted off,
he hopes that it won't change Eliza's alliance he has with Eliza. Eliza believes
that in her tachycardiac heart of hearts that the next Immunity is must-win.
Chris assures that it puts them at risk. Twila
interrupts the conversation, wanting to know what's going on, and yet another
catfight ensues. "You have been plotting against me
since day 1," shouts Eliza. "You have Immunity for one night so why not enjoy it?"
shouts Twila, who asks Chris was was going on with Eliza. Chris says he was
feeling the girl out. But we know better. Chris is a middleman, and doesn't
really trust anyone. To Julie: his friendship means much more than
the bond he has with Twila. He agrees to keep Julie, which she can only hope
comes to fruition.
To us: he must choose to put himself in a position to win first and foremost,
but now that he's promised votes to both Julie and Twila, what could happen on
Night 36: Tribal council
Twila believes that there is one person who doesn't deserve to win, but she ain't calling that person out.
Eliza calls herself out, "It
is me by the way." Eliza thinks they all deserve to win. Julie believes she is
good at sizing people up and knowing who to trust. Chris believes that tonight's vote will be the toughest yet. He is caught in the middle of something
and would rather not cast a ballot at all. Eliza is keeping Immunity. Scout
jokes that Eliza should surrender it to Twila. Now the vote:
Scout: JULIE - Julie should go back to her roots.
Eliza: TWILA - been waiting so long to send her packing.
Chris: (???) - it is a hard decision but he has to play the game.
Now to the other votes:
And the swinger swings... in Julie's direction. The TRIBE HAS SPOKEN and with
that, "Final Four" becomes Final Four. But in the end, there can only be one,
and the end is in sight.