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Surviving the Amazon, Episode 7: Hey Hey Hey, Goodbye!by David Bloomberg -- 03/27/2003
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It's night 18 in Jaburu, just after Tribal Council. Deena says it was awful and they already miss Shawna's extra spark. Rob feels physically, emotionally, and mentally exhausted. He says Alex seems upset that Shawna is gone - maybe it's not the same without a 23-year-old girl in a bikini around, but perhaps he can get his head out of his ass and think about the game like he should. Ouch.
Later, Rob presents an idea to the rest of the tribe. Since he feels there will soon be a merge, he suggests the three guys go back to the other three guys and say they are all together, just as planned - that's why they got rid of Shawna. Meanwhile, Deena and Jenna get the two women over to their side and they all vote off Dave. Jenna says she knows she can trust Heidi, but she's not sure about Christy. Oh please, get out of your wicked step-sister mode already. Privately Rob says he doesn't like talking about strategy out in the open, but he wants to make sure these knuckleheads know what the plan is.
Deena says they should indeed go after Dave since he is physically the strongest. They don't want to give him a chance to win immunity. Rob wants Dave to go so Roger can see it coming and Rob can effectively tell him to just shut up.
The next day, treemail provides the key to the locked box that has been tormenting them these long days. They all run home to unlock it and find that it contains a note saying it's time for the merge. Rather anti-climactic. They will have to move to a new home, so they take what they're allowed and they're off.
Before Jaburu goes, Deena reinforces the order for voting people off: Dave, Roger, Butch. Rob says they shouldn't even let the others see them all talking together.
The two tribes meet at a small island, where they are told by host Jeff Probst that they will live as one tribe. Yes, it's a real merge this time. They get new red buffs, will have to make a new home, new name, and new flag. Christy seems very happy and Dave is excited because they have all made it this far.
They arrive at their new campsite and find a feast for all. Hot dogs, beer (Coors Light, of course), and much much more. Dave says it's time for new friendships and excitement, and nobody is thinking now about who's next. Heh. Yeah, right, Dave. You just keep thinking that.
Deena comes up with the name Jacaret (or something like that), which is Portugese for alligator. Nobody opposes it, so that's who they are. Roger wants to quickly end the feast so they can build shelter. He also focuses on how to keep the food cold while the other guys are concerned about keeping the beer nice and icy. He admits he was getting ticked off.
Alex says the problem with Roger is that he's an ass. He's loud. He's obnoxious. He's bossy. He thinks he knows everything and he wants to be the dictator, yelling at everybody. Yo, Alex, don't hold back - tell us what you really think!
The group begins discussing location for their shelter. Deena and some others are concerned that they are too close to the water and alligators could come up to visit. Roger says no, it's not a problem. Deena says her training said yes it is. Still, it appears Roger wins out in the end. After all, she's a woman, so what does she know?
Rob says Deena is a strong woman who can argue her way out of any situation; Roger just wants to hear himself talk. Roger thinks women are stupid; Deena thinks women are better than men. Meanwhile, Deena is privately making fun of Roger ordering people around. For that matter, Christy is griping in a joking manner to the camera about how it's a "man thing" to work on the shelter and it pisses her off. She wants to be part of the team doing the shelter work.
Rob finds it interesting to see what people are doing. Some are building the shelter, some - like him - are building alliances and looking towards the end of the game. He'll see if those building the shelter are there to use it in six to nine days.
Originally, as discussed above, the plan had been to get rid of Dave. But now that the women are getting some direct experience with Roger, they want him out. Heidi, who has had the most, says they can't let Roger on the jury because if he's there, it's an automatic vote against any woman if they're up against a guy. Deena agrees. She says because they have breasts and estrogen, they must be so far inferior to him in his view. Screw him.
Oblivious Roger, meanwhile, says the original game plan was for the six guys to go against the girls, and it almost seems too easy - something will probably happen. Yet he doesn't seem to actually do anything about it. Dave agrees that the plan is for the six guys to eliminate the four girls. They will vote off Christy first because that's the way the old alliance voting was going. Huh? That totally lost me. I'm guessing it came from Heidi. Anyway, he also notes that Deena should worry because she's always butting heads with Roger.
Alex talks about how Roger believes all the guys are together, but Roger is first on the list now. Matt says this is a tough game and you have to identify the people you can trust and stick with 'em. He is comfortable with his alliance and thinks it will hold to the end. Alex says once it gets down to the five of them, they'll sort it all out at that time.
Night comes and much more beer is consumed. Rob notes that everybody is festive except the one guy snoring away - Roger. He is also disappointed that the girls aren't drinking more because that's his only chance to score with them.1 2 3 Next-->
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