The tribes switched so that most of the Yaxhaís were now Nakumís and most of the Nakumís were now Yaxhaís, which is really good since you really have to work to defeat the curse of StephanIe
Despite that StephanIe, and her new team Nakum, once again found away to loose
Fortunately for StephanIe and the rest of the old Yaxha on the new Nakum, she also found someone dumber than Bobby Jon on her new team, Judd. Thus when it was time to go to tribal council, someone named Brooke who may or not have actually been on the show and if she was it was probably because she looked nice in a bikini or would have had she been able to starve a few more days, was voted off.
Which of course brings us to the opening music and the parade of DAWs.
We begin this day like we always do, the walk in the dark home and the grousing of the people who are now toast post alliance shifting. This time it would be the esteemed Nurse Margret who can heal the sick, but is having a bit of a time trying to remove the tribal cancer that is known collectively as StephanIe. Especially since Judd, who is none to bright, became jealous of all the attention that Marge and her group had heaped upon the former sicker members of her former challenge winning tribe.
Now donít get me wrong I like a little conniving and villainy in my contestants, and it likely was a good idea for someone to work a deal to make things go favorably for their old tribe over their new tribe, however you have to show that you might have a long term strategy at work if you want any kudos from me. Judd did nothing of the sort, and therefore his lame-brained strategy to get rid of Brooke because he didnít really like her made little strategic game sense but then what exactly should we expect from a guy who acts as if he is slightly less evolved than the howler monkeyís he sorta kinda resembles.
In an effort to give you a feel for what happened, without actually having to go back and actually, you know, see what they really said, I give the following snippet of what I remember happening, even though much of it probably didnít.
Steph: I hate hate hate going to tribal council Margaret: Judd why did you do it? Judd: everybody is like playing for a million dollars Steph: Iíve been to every tribal council that I have been in the game for except one, and itís getting real old. Why must I always be surrounded by such losers. Margaret: ... but after I had breastfed you back to life when you were sick Judd: that was Blake Steph: I really dodnít deserve this, after all I am the strongest female player to ever play the game, Jeff said so himself. Margaret: I would have done the same for you Judd: Sorry donít feed the bulldog Steph: I think I need a good confessional, I really need a cry.
Which of course sends us to Yaxha, for morning sunrise with Blake and his alligator, and no this time BJ ainít with him. It is also a perfect opportunity to beat us, the viewing audience, over the head with a healthy dose of irony and foreshadows (hint hint).
Blake: Things couldnít be working better if I had of planned them out, which I didnít because, who needs to plan when everything always falls your way. Looking back the injury on the walk into camp was perfect, it gave me a nice excuse to lay around camp and do nothing, something (along with puking) that Iím extremely good at, while everyone one else gathered firewood and built the shelter. It also didnít hurt that I was able to single-handedly win every challenge for my team since I recovered, and now that Iím well I should be able to cruise into the end game, win all the challenges and at the end who wouldnít vote me to be the winner of the million dollars.
Why they edit these shows like this is a bit beyond me, after all if you hadnít watched the show all season and someone comes out with a proclamation that they are in a great place, it is generally the kiss of death. I guess for all those people who didnít read the spoilers and know that Blake was, in actuality, in trouble itís a heads up so as not to be too surprised later on, but it still feels a bit clumsy if you ask me.
With that note I guess it would be time to see how life at new Yaxha is going.
Amy: I nevah been camping Brandon: In Kansas every day is like camping Blake: When I get home I want to buy a new pair of boots, mine have duct tape on them Amy: So what exactly do you grow on one of them farm things BJ: corn, wheat, Amy: I think Iíve heard of those BJ: sorgum, peanuts.. Amy: but whatís it for? Brian: I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank Jesus for farmers Brandon: and John Deere BJ: yeah, donít forget John Deere All: AMEN
And of course, the confessional with Brian that follows.
Brian: You really have to like go with the flow in this game; I mean I would like totally not be friends with any of these people in real life. I mean come on, they are like so red state and always wanting to give thanks to some dead guy, itís really pathetic how stupid all these people are, but it does so make my gameplan so much easier.
Which of course gives us a perfect opportunity to discuss the place of religion in reality TV... or, maybe weíll just go onto the reward challenge.
Letís see, Jeff asks them about how they like swimming with the gators, and offers them a chance to reduce the likelihood that this season will in fact be the first season where someone actualy dies during the filming of a reality television show (at least until next week). That reduction comes in the form of a gator-proof swimming pool, completed by a feast of margaritas, chips, salsa, and guacamole. In order to win this, they will race up a hill and complete tasks along the way collecting handles to a pulley that will raise a cart that they will ride down the hill to victory in.
The first task on the way up is to cut a rope with a rock, this features a battle royal between Jamie and Brandon, to see which one can cut a rope the quickest. Jamie who appears to think this contest of skill will be judged by the how itís done as much as when it is done, carefully starts using the rock like a knife, a very very very dull one at that. Brandon however takes this opportunity to ďman upĒ and beats the hell out of the ropes with the sharp rock and Yaxha is on to the next task very quickly. On the next leg of the task, BJ does his best psycho lumberjack routine on a poor unsuspecting log pushing Yaxha even further ahead, as Jamie still works on that first rope. The contest mercifully ends as Yaxha, finishes off the task by BJ faux mooning the Nakumís as he and his team roll down to victory and into their pool of dreams.
Before we move over there though, letís take a moment to revisit the Nakum post-loss discussion.
Jamie: You want to finish Cindy: Umm, they already won Jamie: Whatís wrong with you people, are you all a bunch of quitters? Come on we can do this, finish strong... Judd: Give it up dude Steph: I canít believe you people suck so badly
Then back at Nakum camp.
Jamie: <crying> he was an animal, how did he do that? Judd: he manned up dude, you should try it. Cindy: I think you just needed to get some leverage and apply.. Judd: Who asked you?!? Steph: I canít believe how gay Bobby Jon is, did you see him squealing like a little girl at the end of the challenge? I would never do that I would squeal like the man I am. Rafe: Um, Stephanie..
And one more, StephanIe in confessional
Steph: I know I am just gellus of Bobby Jon, I mean why must I always be stuck with the lame ass tribe. Why canít I have Bobby Jonís team, why canít I be the one with some success for once in my miserable existence? Itís like this reoccurring dream and I canít get out of it, Iím stuck in survivor hell.
Were you this whiney last season?!?! Enough with the self-pity StephanIe, we got it, now get over your lame useless ass and do something about it, or get the hell off my TV screen youíre really starting to annoy the crap out of me...