Blog Entry, 02/22/2008
Authored by: Laura Dean, sensitivenakedgirl
This season's definitely getting good. The bitch is gone, my girl's winning, and it looks like we have a battle for control of Ta'aroa. Paula's cooler than I thought she was, what with finding that idol and using it to help Maria out. If everything holds up, Maria should have the target off her back for a while now and sneak her way back into the top 10.
That immunity challenge was almost as much fun to watch as the reward challenge. Charlie kills me every time, and the only thing better than keeping that weirdo Terry out of the challenge would be if he had to participate. Even if Maria's tribe lost the challenge, it's OK; she still looks good dirty.
Good going on Parvati's part, though. Before the show, I told Maria to go flirt-crazy on the show. I wanted her to have as much fun as she could. And I'm glad she's doing it, even if she had to flirt across tribal lines. Charlie was right about Parvati being dumb, but I don't think Maria or I mind one bit. I might be Maria's girlfriend, but with all the talking they did, I am waiting for a tribe switch. I want to see them together.
Maria? Go wild. Go nuts. Play the whole game naked if you want to. Kiss everyone out there. I love seeing it. But keep your eye on the big prize; you're there to win. You went there because you thought you could do it twice. Prove us all right.
Back from commercial.
Angakauitai Island, neutral camp, Day 9. The Fati tribe arrives for the first time since leaving on Day 3.
Terry: Well, I see the other tribe hasn't made any improvements around here.
Harriet: Not one bit. Our place is way nicer.
Twila: Hey, they left us flint and a machete. At least we can make fire.
(confessional) Twila: At least we have fire here. I'm not going without fire any longer than I have to.
Danni (from idol clue): A pace from a tree that's a pace around. Look at the setting sun and then look down.
Parvati: Just one clue doesn't mean anything. I wonder if the other tribe found it.
(confessional) Danni: I wonder if the idol was found on the other tribe and that's why we don't have more clues. Either way, I don't have time to measure one pace around and find the stupid thing.
Tom (to Cirie): So who goes first?
Cirie: Well, you can't go, but there's a few people around here who screwed us.
Tom: Yeah, I should have let it go, but come on; I want Chris gone after that.
Cirie: Fine with me.
(confessional) Tom: Chris tripped me at the challenge. I hurt my knee when he did. If anyone needs to go, it's him.
The camera shows Chris talking to Harriet and Yul.
Chris: That challenge was a joke. I tripped Tom on accident, and we weren't winning anyway. I want Parvati out.
Yul: She's nuts. She goes and takes her clothes off at challenges. Trust me, I saw her antics on my season, and it's not fun.
Harriet: As long as it's not me or one of us going, that's fine with me.
(confessional) Chris: I think the consensus is Parvati. She's just so aggravating and useless. Plus, she helped lose the challenge.
The camera shows Charlie talking to Danni and Parvati.
Charlie: So we have five. Who's six?
Parvati: I don't care as long as someone outside the alliance goes. Should I flirt my way into a sixth?
Charlie: Maybe. Don't try it on Terry, Chris, or Harriet...in fact, don't try it at all. I'll send Danni.
(confessional) Charlie: Here comes Parvati wanting to charm a sixth voter. As if this shouldn't be a slam-dunk anyway.
The camera shows Terry talking to Tom and Cirie.
Terry: Parvati needs to go. Plain and simple.
Tom: Well, with all due respect, you did the same thing.
Terry: I didn't take my clothes off and hand them to the other tribe. I swear, she wants to be over there.
Tom: She just wants to bring Maria over here. Flirting is what she does, and she found a willing target.
Terry: Well, it's a problem. She needs to go.
(confessional) Cirie: I was thinking about it, sure. But I can't say it's a sure thing by any stretch of the imagination.
Charlie (to Danni): Parvati's solid with us. Chris needs to go. Chris was almost voted out first on his season, so he needs to know what that feels like.
Danni: He's tough. We need to squash him now. Don't give him a second chance; he'll use it any way he can.
(confessional) Danni: It's no secret that the winners are under attack, and it's no secret that people who don't do their jobs are under attack. That would hurt me if I didn't have an alliance. I'm not about to give that security up. I'm voting Chris.
The camera shows a setting sun and ten Fati members walking into Tribal Council. They all gather around the flame.
Jeff: Behind each of you is a torch; take it and dip it in the fire to get flame. This is part of the ritual at Tribal Council. Fire represents your life in this game. As long as you have fire, you're still in the game; when your fire is gone, so are you.
Everyone puts their torches behind them and takes a seat.
Jeff: Charlie, you're part of a tribe that wins four challenges in a row, and all of a sudden, you lose. And you lose badly. What happened?
Charlie: We played catch-up the entire challenge, and when we thought we had them, we didn't.
Jeff: Chris and Tom, it looks like Chris dragged Tom into the water there. What happened?
Chris: I lost my footing and I grabbed the first thing I could find. That turned out to be Tom's ankle.
Tom: I fell and I banged my knee. Even if I hadn't been thrown out of the challenge, I wouldn't have been very useful.
Chris: It was a complete accident; I acted on reflex.
Tom: You need to be more careful. You don't get to the end by grabbing people and taking them down when they're on your team.
Jeff: Why were you guys on the course arguing afterward? I asked you guys to clear the course three times and I had to throw you out.
Tom: I was just getting carried away. That's kind of my bad, though I don't know how much it would have mattered.
Chris: I had a lot of energy and needed to blow off some steam.
Jeff: You could have argued just as much at the platform or after the challenge.
Chris: Yes, I see that now, but I didn't then.
Jeff: Parvati, I have to ask about the reward challenge. I've seen people get naked before, but I've never seen anyone give their clothes to the other tribe.
Parvati: I'm just having fun. I wanted to be crazy out there.
Jeff: That was the craziest I've ever seen. You almost had to go naked because you gave Maria your bikini!
Parvati: I would have done it, too.
Jeff: You would have had to sit out the next challenge, you know.
Parvati: I probably should have.
Jeff: Yeah, one minute you're kissing Maria and giving her your clothes; the next, you're punching her in the arm. What gives?
Parvati: I did what the situation called for. I tried to distract the other tribe and joke about tribe switches during an easy-going challenge. At the immunity challenge, I wanted to fight.
Jeff: That punch was against the rules.
Parvati: I know, but it was a reflex. I'm a boxer, you know.
Danni: Well, at least she isn't going on into a speech about her encounter with Maria being love at first sight.
Parvati: Oh, but it was, Danni.
Jeff's expression is one of shock.
Jeff: Are you for real or are you playing around?
Parvati: I'm playing, Jeff. There's no love at first sight. As I said, I'm having fun and I'm trying to help my tribe.
Jeff: So how are you trying to help your tribe tonight?
Parvati: My vote is based on who caused the most problems for us.
Jeff: Twila, is that a fair assessment?
Twila: I am voting the same way.
Jeff: Harriet, what about you?
Harriet: I am voting in the same way. I want to make sure I don't go anywhere.
Jeff: Yul, what are you basing your vote on?
Yul: Whatever helps the tribe the most. Come on; is there any other correct answer?
Jeff: What if what helps the tribe most is for you to be out?
Yul: That's their decision as much as it is mine.
Jeff: Cirie, are there any alliances?
Cirie: I think so, but there's no big alliance. Right now, the weak have to go before the threats.
Jeff: Terry, is there any reason to believe you're on the block right now?
Terry: A few days ago, I had a heated argument with Charlie that really shouldn't have gone anywhere. I brought up some things that really should have been kept quiet.
Charlie: That's dead and buried, Terry; give it a rest.
Jeff: What happened?
Charlie: Oh, we got into it over fishing duties, and somehow, our positions on the war got into it.
Jeff: The war? The war in Iraq?
Terry: That war, Jeff. I'm in favor of it and always have been; I accused Charlie of some pretty unpleasant things because he's not.
Charlie: And I called him some names, too. It's resolved; we didn't talk for a couple of days, but it's worked out.
Jeff: So there's no reason for any animosity over this?
Parvati: There better not be. Terry ripped me for what I did during the reward.
Terry: Oh, come on. What is this, bash Terry day? It's like everyone has a problem with me.
Charlie: I even said I didn't have a problem and that the issue was buried. Don't go digging up old bones, man; it's not good for you. The last time I got into it like that, I ended up in the hospital.
Jeff: There are a lot of old bones to be dug up. What you do with them is your decision. That said, it is time to vote. Yul, you're up.
Yul gets up to vote; he goes behind the curtain, but his vote is not shown.
After Yul, the next to vote is Parvati; she writes down Terry's name.
Parvati (to voting camera): Just trying to get the bad apples out while I can.
After Parvati votes, the next to vote is Charlie. His vote is not shown.
Charlie sits back down and the next to vote is Harriet. Her vote is not shown.
After Harriet, next up is Twila; she votes Chris.
Twila (to voting camera): Just getting you back for the finale of our season.
Twila sits back down; next to vote is Terry, who writes down Parvati's name.
Terry (to voting camera): I know you're writing my name down. Just canceling your vote out.
Terry sits back down, and up goes Tom, whose vote is not shown.
After Tom sits back down, Danni votes; her vote is not shown.
The next to vote is Chris; he writes down Terry's name.
Chris (to voting camera): It's either you or me at this point.
The last to vote is Cirie; her vote is not shown.
After Chris sits down, the camera focuses on Jeff.
Jeff: I'll go tally the votes.
A few shots of the contestants are shown as Jeff arrives back with the urn.
Jeff: Once the votes are read, the decision is final; the person voted out will be asked to leave the Tribal Council area immediately, unless someone plays an idol on their behalf. I'll read the votes.
Jeff opens the lid and takes out a vote.
Jeff: First vote...Terry.
Clearly Parvati's handwriting.
Jeff: ...Chris. One vote Chris, one vote Terry.
Jeff: ...Parvati. One vote each for Parvati, Chris, and Terry.
The vote is in Terry's handwriting.
Jeff: ...Terry. That's two votes Terry.
That vote is in Chris' handwriting.
Jeff: ...Terry. Three votes Terry.
The screen focuses on Harriet, who nods slightly.
The handwriting is hard to make out.
Jeff: ...Chris. We have three votes each for Chris and Terry and one for Parvati.
Again, no one knows whose handwriting.
Jeff: ...Chris. Four votes Chris.
Chris starts shaking nervously.
Jeff: ...third person voted out of Survivor: Japan...Chris. That's five votes; that's enough. I'll check for idols now.
Jeff opens the side pouch of the urn after turning it toward the contestants...
...he lets the side flap drop...
...and there are no idols in it.
Jeff: No one played an idol; Chris, you need to bring me your torch.
Chris silently walks up and places the torch in the holster.
Jeff: Chris, the tribe has spoken.
Jeff snuffs Chris' torch.
Chris: Come on, people; what did I ever do to you?
The tribe enjoys a laugh as Chris departs.
Jeff: It's hard to say if Chris saw his departure coming. One thing's for sure, though - this loss was hard to swallow for a lot of you. If you want to start winning again, you need to get your act together. Grab your torches; head back to camp. Goodnight.
The nine remaining Fati file out of Tribal Council, torches in hand, and the credits roll.
Jeff (voice-over): Stay tuned for scenes from our next episode.
The screen cuts to commercial.
SURVIVORS STRIKE BACK
Candice: Finally! Ta'aroa wins a challenge! We've seen enough of one tribe dominating to get too excited about any underdogs. My own Raros in Cook Islands got our butts handed to us seven rounds in a row by those machine-like Aitus, and then comes Fiji, where the season was practically designed to have one team own the other. Then comes Japan, and Minamoto, or should I say Charlie, ran that season. Charlie was even controlling things from behind the curtain. He kicked off Kevin for waffling, Paula for being too sure of herself, Billy for losing focus, and Becky for backstabbing. He was the invisible hand of justice. His number one ally even won despite having no apparent clue how to win the game.
Hopefully, this season becomes the first since...well, ever...to be more balanced. Ta'aroa might bet their act together and pull something off. I don't know what the next challenge will be, but Ta'aroa looked more fired up than I've ever seen any tribe ever. Aitu had some of that spark, and I think Ozzy was part of it. He's pulling it together more than in the Cook Islands, though, and if he does that, he's virtually invincible.
I voted for Ozzy to win in his season. I know that he didn't win simply because his opponent was also a Superman. Honestly, if you put him in the final vote with almost anyone who ever played this game, including the majority of winners, Ozzy walks out with a million-dollar check. And I would extend a million-dollar endorsement his way if he could find a way to make up for that boneheaded move in Episode 2. It's as if Ozzy needs an entire week on the islands to find his game.
Scout: The people from my season are dropping like flies. If Fati loses next week, I fear for Twila because she doesn't fit into anyone's plans. She's smart by staying under the radar and not ruffling feathers, but there's an alliance of five on her tribe, and they can pretty much vote off whomever they please.
My guess is that things stay pretty much normal, and the rivalry between the tribes probably puts us merging at 10 after both tribes go to Tribal once. That so-called spoiler was obviously completely wrong; no one knows what's going on out there, including us. I had Ami going far as well, but one little mistake puts her out and an unknown from Japan in.
If I were Fati, I would watch out for Harriet. I can't imagine playing the game against someone as ruthless and sneaky as she is. She has the potential to go far if they don't snuff her out right now. Concentrating on voting off the winners is the best thing that could happen for someone like her, and I have a feeling it will propel her to the top.
Abdullah: I was initially asked to All-Stars and I almost made it. But seeing Harriet out there makes me glad I didn't go. She has a score to settle with me, and I have one to settle with her. It would have ended badly; I guarantee it.
Right now, I'm not quite sure what to make of the last episode. I have to admire Maria's seemingly newfound professional attitude. Maybe Princeton talked some sense into her. Don't get me wrong; I'm not a prude and I don't think she needs to be covered up completely out there, but the whole naked thing from her first time out got old after a while. She was a one-trick pony. Now, she's at least being creative and not feeling the need to show her assets just to get ahead. She actually sounds like someone who's fun to hang out with. I like that.
I can't say the same for Parvati, though. All she brought was that bikini, and she almost gave it to another girl on the other tribe? Come on. Although I liked her cracks about "love at first sight" at Tribal. If she shows she can have fun without getting naked and in-your-face about it, she might be a force to be reckoned with. Of course, I lost to the naked girl on my season, so what do I know?
Brian: I'm going out on a limb here. I really am. I am endorsing Tom Westman as my favorite to win the game. But he's a winner and he hasn't been able to be voted for? Yes, I know this. I also know that he should have been voted off twice last season, and those boneheads didn't. He has a way of making people keep him around. And he will find a way to make sure the others have to give him the million dollars.
He basically played the Palau season wearing body armor. He was only eligible to be voted out three times. The first time, his name didn't come up once. The second time, it was all misdirection. The third time, his tribemates decided that Caryn was a bigger threat than he was...and they couldn't even get rid of her. He actually took a page out of a rival's book and talked his biggest threat into quitting. There's only one man who could equal him in thta game, and he hasn't shown his mettle yet.
If Tom doesn't win, Charlie will. Mark my words.
Back from commercial.
Jeff (voice-over): Next time on Survivor...Parvati turns up the heat in more ways that one.
Parvati (shouting): I'm taking you guys down one-on-one, and the cute one's coming back with me. Right, Ozzy?
Jeff (voice-over): The players get to take out their frustrations.
Jeff: This challenge is all new, and it's perfect for you guys.
Jeff (voice-over): And Charlie makes it clear he's over Paula.
The screen shows Charlie getting very close to Danni.
Voice-over: Stay tuned for a new episode of CSI coming up next.
Chris (final words): I have to believe that getting me out felt really good for my tribe because of my reputation, and that's why they did it. I can't blame my tribemates a bit for it, and I don't have any hard feelings. I hope my guys get back on track and start winning challenges again. If there's anyone I don't want to see soon, it's Twila, and that's because I hope she lasts a long time in the game and carries the Vanuatu banner for the rest of us.
6 votes Chris: Charlie, Cirie, Danni, Tom, Twila, Yul
3 votes Terry: Chris, Harriet, Parvati
1 vote Parvati: Terry