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Surviving the Pearl Islands, Episode 13: An Intellectual Advantageby David Bloomberg -- 12/12/2003
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Well, here we are, the second-to-last episode. Our last Thursday together until 2004 (since the finale is this Sunday). Who will make it to the final four? In just an hour, we’ll find out. (Well, presumably it won’t take you an hour to read this recap, but an hour for me as I watch it.)
We begin on Night 33, as the final five are returning from the previous Tribal Council. Jon is telling Sandra that Christa had been asking them to vote Sandra out. Instead, they voted out Christa. So I guess Sandra is supposed to be thankful. I’m sure she believes them. I mean, Jon would never lie to her, right? Excuse me, I have to get a tissue to wipe off that sarcasm that’s dripping down your screen.
Privately, Burton brags about how they can chalk up another blindside vote. He says the beauty of it is that it makes three in a row. Christa was totally surprised.
Meanwhile, Jon says that Sandra thinks she only has three days, but she’s not necessarily right. He figures that Sandra is a much weaker competitor than Darrah, so if Darrah doesn’t win immunity this time, she may well be going.
The next morning, Sandra privately says she knows she’s vulnerable and she’s upset at how the other four have deceived people, so she’s working on her revenge. She’s going to hide water cans, nets, the pick axe, knives, machetes – pretty much everything they need. She’s going to do it little by little, so they won’t see it coming. She’ll also take the spear and masks so they have no way to fish. She says she knows she’s going down, but they’ll feel it more than she will. That is so evil. I know it’s wrong, but I find it funny.
As Burton, Jon, and Lill work on finding mussels, they talk about going after Darrah next instead of Sandra. Lill is not thrilled by this change in plans. But the guys say Darrah is a bigger threat. Lill still says it isn’t right – they made an agreement to have an alliance of four. Privately she says that first Burton promised her final two and now he’s hemming and hawing (for the record, from what we can tell he didn’t necessarily promise her final two, but what’s important is what she thinks). And now they’re talking about voting out Darrah. So she’s thinking that if they can screw Darrah, they can screw L just as easily. Ya think?
Time for the reward challenge. It’s the famous Second Chances challenge, with pieces and parts of previous challenges. They begin tied to a post with two pieces of rope – one on the hands, one ankles. They have to untie themselves, take the pieces of rope with and dig under a bamboo fence. There they find a compass, map, and posts in a circle. They use the directions to place the rope. Where they cross, they are to dig and find a key. That key lets them into a jail cell. There they use sticks and rope to make a pole to grab a key outside the cell. Once they’re out, they have to get a slingshot, which they use to break three plates. There are bags under each plate. When they break all three and get the letters, they have to unscramble a famous pirate phrase. Phew.
The prize? Well, Panama used to be a rich place, until Morgan decided to take it all and burn down the city. That city was never rebuilt, but the ruins still stand. So the winner will take a boat to the ruined city, where they will camp and feast.
Go! Lill unties herself first – hey, she’s with the Boy Scouts. She takes a lead with Burton next. The others get going with Darrah last. Burton is under the bamboo, then Lill and Darrah. Lill and Burton are working on the coordinates, but Lill is having problems. Burton digs but isn’t finding anything. Lill gives up on the coordinates and just starts digging all over the place. Jon has his key and is into the jail cell. Host Jeff Probst suggests that Lill start over. She says she just can’t think.
Burton is into the cell while Jon is working on his pole. Lill still can’t figure it out – back to basic Boy Scout compass training for her. She finally gets it, so Darrah is the only one left digging. Lill starts to work on her pole and is talking to herself about focusing. Darrah finally gets the key, but Burton by now has a pole together and is getting the second key. He lets himself out and starts shooting with the slingshot, breaking a plate right away. Jon tries to reach his second key but his pole is too short. Lill is close but hers breaks.
Burton gets all his letters and starts to unscramble. Jon finally gets his key but it’s too late – Burton has the phrase: “Jolly Roger.”
Of course, there can’t be a reward with just one person – so Burton picks Jon to go along with him – and Jon jumps into his arms. My immediate thought is that this is a bad move for them. How could they leave the three women there to plot without either of them around? Of course, the question is whether the women will make proper use of this time.1 2 3 4 Next-->
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