Episode four of this season’s Survivor Samoa didn’t have a lot of surprises with the exception that the outmanned Foa Foa tribe finally won an immunity challenge. Unlike the past couple of episodes, last night there were two separate challenges. One for reward, the other for immunity. This gave Foa Foa more opportunities to finally get on the board.
In a way, this challenge proved that without some sort of governing body or direction a society would slip into total anarchy. Both tribes received the notice of the challenge but it wasn’t clear on what they were to do to earn it. Three people from each tribe ventured to a large circle on the beach where a wooden chest and a cage with chickens were present. Since Jeff never showed to explain anything they all assumed it was a grab-and-dash.
Foa Foa grabbed the chickens and dashed for the chest only to discover, as Galu did at the same time, that instructions on the challenge were in the chest along with a bunch of colored balls (yellow and blue) which were to be used in a game of Bocce ball. So, back into the cage the chickens go and the combatants figured out from the instructions that they were to each have 3 balls to toss at a post in the middle of the circle. At the end of the challenge, the closest ball to the stick won reward. Which, by the way, WAS the chickens.
Mick and Russell successfully got their shots closest to the post and had even gotten lucky enough to have a couple of balls protecting their potential winning shot. This challenge came down to Galu’s last hope which was Dave. One ball left, one impossible chance. Could Foa Foa finally win something?! Well, no. Dave tossed the magic ball and somehow it muscled its way right up to the stick. Bingo. Challenge over, Foa Foa loooooooooooses! Again.
Back At Camp
Since most people wouldn’t know what to do with a live chicken, the Galu tribe contemplated just eating them instead of having the eggs come on a regular basis. This is rather typical when you’re starving and chicken, no matter how it’s prepared, tastes mighty good. Well, somehow Shambo managed to allow one of the chickens to escape while she was either gathering eggs or trying to pet the dang things. Now, one thing you learn about chickens is they are really hard to catch. And, their futile attempts proved that as the chicken bolted for freedom and roosted in a tree way out of their reach. Stay tuned on the chicken’s destiny.
Shambo got the dirty looks which gave indication that the tribe was ready to speak via the mighty axe of eviction. But, along comes the immunity challenge to make them forget about Shambo’s lack of chicken skills and divert the attention to other tribe members needing a little discipline.
The Immunity Challenge
This one was fun to watch since it required total team effort. Basically it consisted of two phases. First, carry a group of wooden blocks across a netted maze. Once all tribe members successfully crossed the maze they would begin building a tower with the blocks. One single column straight up. The catch is, the tower would be much taller than any of the players. Which means they’d have to figure a way to build a human ladder to place the final pieces on the top. So, up on the shoulders the girls go! Surprisingly both teams successfully built the first tower without the whole thing coming down as the rules stated that the tower has to stand for a 5 count without anyone touching or supporting it. Ever tried to stack blocks straight up? Trickier than it looks!
Phase two was similar but instead of the netted maze they had to cross a rope bridge where the blocks were waiting on the other end tied up in cargo nets. This is where the drama starts for Galu as Monica all but gave up the entire lead they had built with their teammates getting across that bridge. She seemed to take an eternity to navigate it as Foa Foa tribes kept passing her up which eventually got Foa Foa into the lead.
Once everyone is across then the teams can begin untying and building the block tower. However, this tower was even taller than the first. So, more height was needed which proved to be the ultimate downfall of Galu. As both tribes raced to build their tower, Galu went for the 3 block move to cap it off. As they were being put into place, the top two blocks being lifted fell. Meanwhile, Foa Foa was doing things one block at a time and was able to put the final block into place and receive the 5 count before Galu could recover. Foa Foa wins!
Once back at camp the blame-game starts with Galu. Many felt that Monica was a total waste of blood since she blew their big lead on the rope bridge portion of the challenge. And, as a result, most of the conversation around camp about who to vote for was pretty much about her. But, there’s always someone that just irritates the group and causes some dissension amongst the voting public. That person turned out to be Yasmin. Just about everyone had had enough of her laziness around camp and her incredibly annoying personality. In an overwhelmingly one-sided vote, Yasmin was booted off the island.
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Dude, you're outta here!
Every now and then one of the contestants on Survivor has a moment that defines their entire personality. Ben had such a moment when he and Yasmin had their discussion in front of the Foa Foa tribe members where he did everything but call her the dreaded ‘N’ word. Let’s fast forward to the challenge for that week where Ben was unremorsefully booted from the challenge (first time in the history of the game for a contestant to be booted from a challenge) and now add this week’s comments at tribal council and you pretty much get the idea of what an ignorant redneck racist looks like. The funny part is he continually defends his stances in some lame attempt to justify his point of view. Anyway, Ben is gone. Exiled for good. But, don’t think he didn’t get his parting shots. Oh no! He threw a few more zingers at his tribe mates before exiting the show including just how valuable he was to their survival and they’re all going to starve. Ho hum.
So, Let’s Get The Recap
The battered Foa Foa just can’t do anything right. Once again they lose the challenge which consisted of a bit of swimming, retrieving crates and assembling a puzzle onshore. Galu won handily and received both immunity and reward which consisted of a choice between blankets and comfort items vs. fishing and camping gear. They chose the comforts in an attempt to make all the ladies of the tribe happy. Sounds like typical male shopping gratuities to me. (Yes, honey, I love to go to the mall with you).
It wasn’t that Ben didn’t do anything in this challenge, it’s just his big redneck mouth that got him into trouble when the tribe got back to camp. He has his personal vendetta’s against various members that he deems even less sophisticated than he. This, most notably, would be Ashley who he felt was the weakest link and should go.
Russell, who has secretly been running the show, wanted Ashley to go in an attempt to get the female numbers into a manageable figure where they could not have any edge over the men in the diminishing ranks of Foa Foa. But, Jaison was so fed up with Ben and his racist redneckedness (if that’s a word) that he claimed (although a bluff for sure) that he would quit the game if Ben wasn’t voted out. Despite Russell’s efforts to have them vote Ashley first then Ben, he followed the group and cast his vote for Ben to head back to Rednecksville, USA. For Russell this was a moment of clarity since it’s the first time that everyone didn’t just follow his lead. And, since he feels he’s the top dog of the game, this was a bit of a shock to him.
Shambo Visits Foa Foa
After the challenge, a member of Galu was chosen (Shambo) to go spend the night at Foa Foa. Shambo was well received, treated everyone like a friend and had the tribe members wondering if there was a way they could have her permanently. She even showed them a few tricks for surviving the conditions that, if known by her tribe members, would surely get her voted off. Helping the enemy? She’d be drawn and quartered!
Shambo has a target on her back as she’s viewed as one of the ‘annoying ones’ in her tribe because she’s more work focused while others in the tribe are sitting around doing Yoga instead of taking care of camp essentials. As she puts it, “I’m in the 90210 tribe!”. The best thing that could happen to Galu is to lose a couple of challenges and face the harsh reality of losing their yoga instructor and pedicurist. The tribe is drunk in their own success and may need a quick rehab to get them back to reality. Expect Shambo to be next to go if Galu loses the challenge since she interrupts the karma of the camp with her work ethic.
The Immunity Idol
In an odd move, Russell decided to expose he had the hidden immunity idol to Mick in order to solidfy one of his ‘secret alliances’ for further manipulation. Mick just may be the smart guy who figures out Russell’s true motives and sneakery and eventually turns the others against him.
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Luckily for us the fate of mankind doesn’t reside on the shoulders of the Galu tribe as they haven’t a clue how to get along and work together as a society. Hence the reason they continue to lose challenges, suffer from infighting, and most importanly, get manipulated by Russell’s game tactics. This episode seemed to reveal more personality conflicts and poor choices than episode one. Here’s a recap.
It appears that this seasons villain has aleady surfaced as Russell thinks he has the whole thing figured out. And, he just might! He immediately went to all the women and set up secret alliances with each. (more…)
There’s just a handful of world events that are so ingrained into our memories that we remember where we were and who we were with for those fateful moments. I recall where I was when JFK was assasinated, on the soccer field during recess during my 5th grade year. The teacher making her way out to inform us while wiping the tears away as she walked. And, on this horrendous day, receiving an early morning call from my father to inform me of the events. (more…)
A REAL American Hero
Answer: They both died June 25th, 2009.
One has been covered 24/7 by the media the other has been forgotten.
Travel back with me 44 years…..
You’re a 19-year-old kid. You’re critically wounded and dying in the jungle in the Ia Drang Valley , 11-14-1965, LZ X-ray, Vietnam . Your infantry unit is outnumbered 8-1 and the enemy fire is so intense, from 100 or 200 yards away, that your own Infantry Commander has ordered the MediVac helicopters to stop coming in.