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February 26 2006

Survivor Exile Island Episode 4

I have come to the conclusion the first 5 – 6 weeks of any Surivior are wasted on me because Survivor Exile Island is only mildly interesting me for now. Oh well, on with the show.

After the Tribal Council outing of Misty, Sally comes back to camp feeling she is a marked woman. She vows to try to save herself, so the next morning she just sits around bemoaning her lot in the tribe. Meanwhile Ruth Marie is thrilled as she has been asked to the fifth in the alliance because Dan has sung her praises as someone he feels will be loyal, while he is sure Sally would turn on them after the merge.

Over at Casaya, Bruce, Shane and Aras spend the morning gathering snails for breakfast, only to come back to the camp to discover that the first has gone out and everyone is just laying around and doing nothing. Aras is fed up and decides to confront the tribe on their lazy attitude when it coems to the camp and the work that needs to be done. Courtney tries to defend herself, and admittadely she was working on the fire when they returned, but it should have never gone out in the first place. The only person happy about all this is Cirie, who knows she is still a marked woman.

The tribes gather for Reward Challange and Jeff Probst explains it all. Oh explain it to us all wise Jeff!

Each tribe gets six floating puzzle pieces. One tribe member at a time will swim out, dive down, unclip a puzzle piece, and bring it back to the puzzle frame. Once the piece is placed in the puzzle frame, the next person can go out. When all six of the puzzle pieces have been collected, the tribe may start assembling the puzzle by matching corresponding symbols on each side of every piece. First tribe to get it together correctly wins the Reward: Casa de Charmin: a full-service bathroom courtesy of Charmin.

Casaya wins and the only notable moments of the competition was how Sally outshined Ruth Marie for La Mina. What a shocker there. As the winners, Casaya got to choose who from La Mina would be going to Exile Island. As they felt Terry was the leader of that tribes alliance, it was best to send him.

Well…it seems they may have been so wise. Everyone will learn at some point that while there, Terry studied the four clues to the hidden immunity idol and found it. Yep, he has the powerful hidden immunity that can used up to, and including the final four. I had a feeling the first clue about “why” would give it away, and sure enough, it did. There was a tree shaped like the letter Y, and it was hidden under some rocks surrounding the tree. As far as we were shown, he did not tell anyone, which is probably wise.

Back at Casaya, the fire had yet again gone out. They decided to move the fire pit closer to the shelter in hopes it would help them keep it sustained. As Danielle just stood there watching the pit being dug, and offering no help, Shane exploded. I know…what a shocker. Again, this did not disappoint Cirie in the least as she saw more cracks forming in the allaince of four that had told her she would be the next to go. They also had a minor meltdown over the bathroom they won. Some of them wanted to use it to store firewood to keep it dry. Bobby wanted to use it right that very minute to go to the bathroom…and he did. You know, considering how much fire wood you could “store” in there…just use it you morons. Who enjoys leaning against a tree?

Things weren’t exactly cheerful over at La Mina as they had gone 11 days with almost no food. Sally worried the lack of nutrition would weaken the team for the coming Immunity Challange as it was her that would be going at the next Tribal Council.

As the teams arrived at the challange, Terry we reunited with his tribed, and Jeff explained the challange:

“…the Challenge will test the tribes’ balance, teamwork and patience. One person is seated in a chair attached to a pulley, while another person is situated directly above them in a crow’s nest, where an empty water drum hangs. The other four remaining tribe members are together in pairs, which will race across a balance beam carrying buckets. Once they reach the water, they must dip their bucket in, get water, race back and empty the water into a larger pail. The person in the crow’s nest will pull that pail up and empty the water into the drum. As the drum takes on water, it will lower, but the person in the chair will rise until they’re high enough to pull a pin releasing their tribe’s flag. First tribe to release their flag wins Immunity.”

Danielle took the seat for Casaya and Ruth Marie for La Mina. The teams remained neck-and-neck, and even finished virtually at the same time, but Austin decided to pour the last water for La Mina slowly so he wouldn’t spill any. His hesitation is what cost them the win, and once again sent them to Tribal Council.

Back at their camp, the politicing was in full swing, and with Dan’s word that she was in the alliance, Ruth Marie felt safe. The twist came from Austin feeling that Sally would do better in challanges and they were better off keeping her. Since everyone seems to listen to Terry, Austin talked to him and convinced him it was for the best. Dan was warned and told it would be fine if he voted for Sally since they didn’t want him to break his word. So, in a vote of 4 – 2, Ruth Marie was sent home.

The lesson here boys and girls, never think you are secure in this game….ever.



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  • Jo

    I know what you mean about the first few shows of the news season. It doesn’t start getting good until the final merge. Same thing with Amazing Race — until they get down to about 6 couples, the rest is just yuck.