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Surviving the Pearl Islands, Episode 7: Return of the Outcastsby David Bloomberg -- 10/31/2003
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It’s the first day of November sweeps and we’ve been promised the biggest twist in Survivor history. We’ve also been told that this is the first of a two-part episode, which makes me wonder if it’s going to be the first episode without a person going home. If you’ve watched the commercials (forget even about reading the spoilers), you know that the formerly voted-off people are returning – we just don’t know how. Well, we’re about to find out.
Drake, night 18. And Rupert is mad. Furious. Screaming raging mad. He’s yelling and asking who the hell voted for him. As if he didn’t know. Jon admits it was him, claiming he did it for Drake. Rupert gets in his face, swearing at him and screaming loud enough that I’m pretty sure we could have heard him even without the microphones.
Privately Rupert says he dodged biggest cannonball at Tribal Council the night before and he’s ready to kill Jon, literally. Oh, come on Rupert – there’s not enough meat on those bones to feed the tribe for a day. Stick with fishing.
Back to the two of them, where Rupert is continuing to scream at Jon about how he’s working to provide food and Jon turned the tribe against him. Jon says no, Trish was the one trying to turn them on Rupert. Off to the side, Sandra, Shawn, and Christa talk. Sandra says Trish was deceiving people, telling them different stories, etc. Back to the main event, Rupert repeats that Jon f***ed him. Jon says again that he made the decision based on the whole tribe. But Rupert says Drake made the decision, and Jon f***ed him.
Jon tries to defend himself by saying that Rupert is a threat and could jump to Morgan in the event of a merge. It pissed Jon off that Rupert helped Morgan win the reward challenge. And also, he claims Rupert even said something about how he could jump to Morgan. Rupert can’t believe what he’s hearing and says there is no freaking way he said that. Jon says, somewhat apologetically, that he was under the impression that Rupert had indeed said it.
Once Jon appears a bit apologetic, Rupert calms down somewhat. They talk some more and eventually say they will start fresh to create a five-strong Drake tribe. And they hug. Oh, you’ve got to be kidding me. Well, okay, privately Rupert says he doesn’t really know if he believes Jon and that Jonny Fairplay is Jonny Pain-in-the-ass to him.
As we shift to the next morning over on Morgan tribe, we begin with a shot of a pelican. Oh no! Run, Osten, run! It might breathe on you or something!!
It’s raining and windy, and Ryan says he can’t even go into the ocean to spear fish because he gets pounded around by the waves. Andrew says they are all suffering from a lack of protein and energy. They had a dramatic increase of both with Rupert and the fish he brought in, and he’d give anything to have Rupert over here right now. Could this be foreshadowing for a merge? Hmmm.
Ryan tries to spear a stingray that comes too close to shore, but it gets away in part because he doesn’t use the spear correctly. Ryan, did you learn nothing from Rupert?!
So instead of fish, they are eating beans. Lots of beans. Osten says it’s imperative that they merge; he’s bigger than the others and losing weight. Oh please. Andrew says if they had as much fish as Drake, they would party and sing every night. He can’t even imagine having his own fish – it’s just depressing.
Ryan says Skinny Ryan and Lill would have perished if they were still around. OK, is that foreshadowing now? Hmmmm again.
Anyway, Andrew says it’s mentally draining to have to think about what you need to do to survive. Osten is having another bad day – Andrew can see it in eyes. He’s checked out. He didn’t sleep at all last night. But he’ll rally if they need him for something… hopefully. OK, which of these things is foreshadowing?! Dammit, I want an answer!
But nothing is forthcoming immediately. We’ll have to wait a few minutes for that. For now, we’re back at Drake, with Jon saying this will be their most important mail. It seems everybody but Rupert is assuming there will be a merge right now, even though Rupert has tried to tell them that it’s not a foregone conclusion. He says if it happens, fine, but he’s not looking for it. He doesn’t want to merge – they have a strong team now.
Mail is a lock and keys on a ring. The note says it’s the most important reward – better than steak and lobster – and it will require them to work together. If somebody else gets it, it could be a painful blow.
Heading back to camp, most of them decide they want coconut popcorn before heading out. Shawn starts to cut it up and then seems to decide there isn’t time. Jon says there is plenty of time and the two of them start bickering again. Jon calls Shawn an ass. Shawn tells him to stop it. Jon doesn’t. Shawn calls Jon a crybaby and gives him the equivalent of a “let’s take it outside.” Jon calls Shawn a Neanderthal who just wants to fight people. Etc. Sandra comments that they are always fighting, but that’s fine with her – let them duke it out and vote each other out, as long as it’s not her. Heh.
Time for the challenge. Probst begins by talking about how people have been voted out and the only thing all of those people have in common is that they aren’t in the game anymore. But that may soon change. The past has come back to haunt them.
With that, he brings back the six people who have been voted out as a third tribe – Nicole, Skinny Ryan, Lill, Burton, Michelle, and Trish. Their new tribe is named The Outcasts (a name they picked out themselves, apparently) and they wear a plain purple buff. Well, plain except for whatever they have written on it. For example, Skinny Ryan has written, “Die Jerks” on his. Heh. Anyway, Probst rattles on about how pirates would send their outcasts floating away on rafts or something, and they usually died. But sometimes they would survive and come back, and they had only one thing on their minds. Michelle says that one thing is revenge.
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