Welcome back Castaways.. Last week, the retread crowd lost the immunity challenge and paid their first visit to tribal council. In a bit of a slick move, they sent LauraM to R.I. instead of the easy target, newbie, LauraB, Rupert’s wife. Back at camp, LauraB is fascinated by the tribal council process, Aras knows he now has emerged as the tribe leader and as such, will have a target on his back. The next day (14), the coconut bandits. Gervace and Tyson are tight with each other but they are concerned about how and when to dethrone King Aras. They believe there might be at best one more challenge before the merge. Come On, fellas, you know there is always a mix up of the tribes before the merge…
Everyone learns that LauraM is the new player. Her daughter Cierra has survived four tribal councils but she didn’t survive one. Cierra had a feeling that her mother would be there. LauraM says, not surprising, she came from me and is a part of me. Probst reminds the two of the twist that someone (Cierra) can replace a loved one if they choose to do so. LauraM says no way, she has this, no need and she won’t hear of her daughter taking her place (because she sucks at puzzles). So, to the challenge.
The object of this game is to walk the balance beam collecting bags of numbered tiles. There are 4 bags total and as they collect each one, they must finish that part of the puzzle before they can get the next bag. The pieces are numbered and the puzzle is they have to put them in order. They must be on the beam to get the bags and they can only get one per trip. If they fall off, they have to go back and take the walk again. The first bag contains 10 pieces, the second, 20, third contains 30, and the fourth contains 40. No trickery here, just dump the pieces and put them in order. Laura gets off to a fast start followed closely by John. Brad doesn’t fare so well at first but manages to get his game going and give John a run for his money. Laura never fell behind and if John hadn’t fallen off of the beam, nearly crotching himself, Brad never would have had a chance. In the end, Laura won and second place came down to the last few tiles as John and Brad raced for that middle spot. Mission accomplished for Galang. They sent Laura in hopes she could help take out Brad and thank you Jesus, that’s exactly what happened. John took second place and what I have been hoping for all season has finally happened. Brad is gone. Well, second best. The bigot quitting was the best thing, still, that has happened so far. So, Laura gets to give away the next clue to the idol and guess what else kiddies… We will get to that in a second. TH Monica is now all by her lonesome in the game. She doesn’t have her hubby to act as her shield anymore. Funny that he didn’t run his mouth on the way out. Laura gives the idol clue to Vytas. Not her daughter because everyone knows by now, it’s a target, not an advantage. As Monica has in the previous two RI games, Vytas tosses the clue in the fire.
Now.. After 14, time to mix things up. It’s done by luck of the draw and Tyson wants to take the last one available. Aras, Gervace, and Tyson move to Tadhana. Katie and Vytas moves to Galang. The two tribes are opposites of each other. Vytas is the only man on his tribe, Galang, Cierra is the only woman on hers, Tadhana. They both also now have 6 members each. Vytas and Katie won the goodies lottery as Galang is the tribe that has been winning reward all along. So now, for now, this is basically men vs women when it comes to the immunity challenges. We also have a loved one pair playing together now.. Tina and Katie, mother and daughter.
Back at the camps…
Tadhang.. The three new guys are making their presence known. This is a 3/3 split, make no mistake. They begin to ask questions about stuff like what really happened at tribal, did John ever share the clues that he has about the idol, things like that. These other three are talking like grannies at a quilting bee about what they know and have done. Tyson is happy to eat all the food leaving only scraps for the others. Every chance he gets, he’s talking up Aras as he still wants the guy gone. My actual concern for this tribe is that Cierra is going to become the maid in order to survive in the game.
Galang.. Vytas knows he’s definitely the odd man out. What little he knows, he says, about women is in order to get them on his side, he’s going to have to expose his vulnerable side. So he starts to spill about his life, his jail time, and how badly he wants his relationship with his brother to improve. Laura B appreciates that but she’s no fool. She knows that having that pair of brothers in the game is dangerous. Monica wants to keep an alliance of 4/2 which I am sure will rub Tina the wrong way. She is running her mouth just like her husband about what should happen, painting a target on her own back.
One pair from each team, swims out to a cage at the bottom, where they have to retrieve a fish trap and bring it back to shore. Then the next pair goes and then the third pair. Once they have all three traps, they can begin building their puzzle using the pieces from within the traps. First team to finish, wins immunity and reward.
The reward is fixings for a campsite picnic. Cold cuts, turkey, ham, etc.. Bread, toppings, brownies, and drinks. Loser goes to council. On go, Gervace and Aras vs Tina and Laura. Remember here, they have to bring the fish traps back to the beach. Gervace has suddenly learned to swim since day one (he was flopping around like a half dead herring on day one) and the two of them make short work of getting their first trap and getting back to the beach. Tina and Laura on the other hand are steady swimmers but they didn’t listen to the instructions. They got the gate opened but began to swim back without the fish trap. Ladies, ladies, ladies.. Bless your hearts. As they get back to the beach, trapless, and finally hear their tribe telling them of the mistake they just made, Tyson and Caleb take off for Tadhana.. Laura and Tina have to go back and get the trap, giving Tadhana a HUGE lead. When Laura and Tina get back with the trap, Vytas and Monica go. By now, Heyden and Cierra are on the way out for the third one. Monica, doesn’t appear to be a very strong swimmer. That’s okay, neither is Cierra. As the two of them get back, Kat and Katie go out for the third trap. Puzzle makers for Tadhana are Aras and Tyson. By the time Kat and Katie get back to the beach with their trap, Aras and Tyson are half done with the Tadhana puzzle. Only divine intervention will change the likely outcome at this point and I don’t think God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, Alah, or Budda have ever played or care about Survivor so….. Tina and Monica are building the puzzle for Galang and while Tadhana kind of struggles, Galang finish getting the pieces in theirs a few times. They never got it quite right though so Tadhana does win immunity and reward..
Clearly, Tina and Laura cost the team any chance at the win. I think if she had a little more time, Tina would have been able to concentrate a little more on the puzzle and they may have won. TH Vytas says he should have gone first because he never would have made a mistake like that. Tina is apologizing to the tribe for the mistake and says, if it’s her, she’ll respect the decision and that’s that. Vytas wants to say something but he knows where he is. In a room full of women and if they decide to send him packing, then that’s it. Right now, he’s at their mercy in this game. Kat, while she knows the obvious choice, wants to take out the one who won’t stop talking. The other Culpepper, Monica. I think Kat may finally be playing the game (but I still don’t like her), let’s see what happens.
This could get good… Kat clearly wants Monica gone, and begins to talk up Tina about the idea. Tina wants to stay girl strong and get rid of Vytas. Now that Kat has shown that she will flip on the women, Tina is concerned about post merge shenanigans from Kat and begins to campaign for Kat. Tina tells Monica and Vytas, about what Kat said. Monica says she was fine with voting Vytas (and apologizes to him) but if Kat is gunning for a woman already, then maybe She should go. Monica wants to play Monica’s game, not Kat’s. She confronts Kat about her conversation was with Tina and Kat says, that she was wondering if they should tell Vytas to get ready to have his torch snuffed. Monica TELLS Kat that she knows her name has been brought up. Kat gives the liar dead giveaway, “I don’t know what you’re talking about..”.. Monica gave Kat a chance to come clean and tell the truth but, she wouldn’t do it. TH Monica has finally figured out how to play this game. “Do on to others, before they do it to you”. Now she is gunning for Kat. Let’s see how this all shakes out because we all know, rarely do these pretribal edits matter. I just thought it was interesting.
The Probsting begins. He wants to talk about the switch and asks Kat, who is not getting along. She answers that it’s her and Monica. She says she went to Monica to ask her what’s wrong because she sensed something. I think Kat still has a lot of growing up to do. Monica says she has trust issues with Kat, that it’s difficult because she really is cheering for Kat. Kat can’t take her own game advice and shut her mouth “Monica, this shouldn’t be about us right now… “. Vytas is just sitting there in amazement at what is happening (that doesn’t mean he’s safe, Tina still likes the original plan of sending him to RI). Kat says that she wants to keep the alliance because when they get to the merge, they are going to have to be able to trust one another. Vytas, knows Kat will write his name down but he feels like he’s built a few good relationships within the tribe, in two whole days. I’ll keep my thoughts on that to myself. Oh, Kat, you are showing once again why I cannot stand you.. Monica gave her a chance again, to come clean about saying her name and she still won’t own up to it. Monica knows that Kat cannot be trusted, even Vytas has picked up on this and he begins chirping about trusting Kat, not to do it. Kat won’t shut her mouth about staying girl strong but I think she’s digging her hole deeper. Kat was given a chance to make her case but she just can’t put that shovel down. She keeps on with the I love you guys and you can trust me (when she has clearly shown they cannot). Vytas is allowed to make his case, and all he has is, Kat has shown she can’t be trusted, all he can do is show them the real Vytas and hope it’s enough. I think the only solid alliance on that team right now, is Tina and Katie, Mother and Daughter. Let’s vote. They do, Probst collects them and puts them in order for the reading, My wish for the episode is granted again. See the picture for the new occupant of Redemption Island.
See you next week my friends. MTH (SkinnyHound, WTFIJeff).
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