Survivor: Marquesas Winner

Sean’s elimination in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 13 brought us down to the final four: Kathy Vavrick-O’Brien, Neleh Dennis, Paschal English, and Vecepia Towery. What a terrible final four. Three people who didn’t do much and Kathy.

Kathy’s still not sure if she made the right decision. She’ll discover whether or not it was right in two days.

Vecepia’s tired of these people. She assumes she’s gone unless she wins immunity.

The immunity challenge is the lame remember your ex-castaways challenge. Since this challenge doesn’t require a great deal of skill, Vecepia’s confident she may win for a change.

What was the first immunity challenge that Rotu lost? Who did they vote out for an extra point?
SOS. Gabe. Neleh gets both right for two points. Paschal, Vecepia, and Kathy get who was voted out right for 1 point.

What is the name of Sean’s girlfriend?
Ingrid. Paschal, Vecepia, and Kathy get a point.

Whose dream job is it to work for the New York Times?
Tammy. Everybody gets it right.

What was Boston Rob’s explanation for his absence while he competed on Survivor?
Army training. Paschal, Vecepia, and Neleh get a point.

Who was the 1997 national watermelon seed spitting champion?
Gina. Everybody is right.

Who does this necklace belong to?
Tammy. Everybody is right.

How many siblings does Sean have?
0. Kathy, Neleh, and Vecepia are correct.

Whose American flag belly ring is this?
John. Everybody is right.

What is the name of Tammy’s fiance?
Mike. Everybody is right.

In which branch of the armed services did John train to be a nurse?
Air Force. Vecepia is correct and wins immunity.

Kathy has an offer. Now she would like to ally with Vecepia for the next two votes. Kathy suggests voting out Paschal. Vecepia would like to vote off Neleh instead. That’s fine with Kathy. If it comes down to a tie, Kathy’s willing to take the heat, whatever it may be. Probst interjects: they haven’t discussed how a tiebreaker will work yet. Somebody’s not gonna like the answer either.

Votes
Neleh
Kathy
Kathy
Neleh

Here’s how the tiebreaker works. Previous votes don’t count. There is no Q&A. They have two minutes to unanimously decide who’s going to get voted out. If there’s no consensus, it will come down to what’s in the bag. There are three rocks. Yellow rocks are safe. The purple rock is out. They realize they’re not going to do unanimous because it won’t work. In addition to Kathy and Neleh, now Paschal’s vulnerable. After they pull their rocks, they reveal. Paschal has purple and has been eliminated.

Very early the next morning, Probst wakes them up to have them build an outrigger canoe that they will paddle out to go paint themselves with Marquesan style tattoos. As they’re finishing up their tattooing, Vecepia and Kathy are discussing how they’re going to make it to the final two. Neleh reminds them they haven’t won yet. From there, they hike to a purification area. Unlike the pig blood of the past season, they get baptized in something that smells good, which contains monoi oils, ginger, and other ingredients that they do not reveal.

When they’re done with their celebration, it’s time for a test of endurance for the final immunity challenge. Their feet must stay touching the logs, and one hand must stay touching the idol. After 2 hours in the sun, Jeff lights some torches. This one will continue into the night. After 4 hours and 30 minutes, Neleh tells Kathy to watch her blouse, as if it matters since if she shows anything it will be blurred out. Kathy listens to her, goes to adjust, and falls. Immediately after, Vecepia agrees to jump off and give immunity to Neleh if she takes her to the finals. Neleh agrees to the deal and wins immunity.

When they arrive at tribal council, they’re told that Paschal collapsed, so he won’t be joining them. He’s fine but dehydrated.

Vecepia’s weak defense of herself is that their agreement did not entail her carrying Kathy.

Vote
Kathy

Well, that pretty much screws over the season. Perhaps the weakest final two in history. The jury’s choice is between two people who really haven’t done much at all.

I’ll give Neleh credit for making a couple bold moves throughout the season (after she was beat over the head with the obvious). As for Vecepia, well, I have to look harder to find a way to give her credit. I guess she didn’t make any enemies along the way.

Tammy doesn’t want to reward either of them. John considers them both creeps and hypocrites.

Neleh starts off with an attempt to turn this into a lovefest. Vecepia claims she had a strategy but is just leaving it up to God, as if he cares who wins.

Tammy starts off the jury’s ranting. She was an honest liar, whereas they are just hypocrites. Vecepia played all sides and was confused which side she was on, but that all didn’t matter because she would just ask for forgiveness when she did something wrong. As for Neleh, she should have been content with just being on the jury and let the other four go to the end. Neither of them deserve the money. Kathy does.

Sean’s question is whether there’s something morally they’ve gained from the game. Neleh has learned to follow her heart. Vecepia feels she acted too quickly sometimes. As much as he wants to pretend there’s a chance he’ll vote for Neleh, it ain’t happening.

Paschal is well enough to return for the final tribal council. He has nothing but ridiculously positive things to say.

Robert asks what they regret. This guy believes he’s all powerful. Although the two women would like to explain themselves in more detail, he just wants a quick answer and cuts both of them off for no good reason. Vecepia’s answer is what she did to Kathy. Neleh’s answer is going with Vecepia and Sean instead of Zoe and Robert.

Zoe merely offers her congratulations.

Kathy asks Neleh what her most strategic move was. Day 24, when she finally started playing the game, and decided to get rid of the Rotu 4. The question for Vecepia is about her strategy of just waiting to be approached rather than doing anything on her own. Vecepia’s response is aimless rambling that really doesn’t answer anything, let alone the question that was posed to her.

John calls them both liars. Why the hell should he give them his vote? Neleh’s response is that she took him out, which was a good move. Vecepia responds that she had a strategy, whatever it was. John expected an apology from Neleh, when no apology was warranted. She got the best of him, and he got what he deserved for his excessive display of arrogance.

Votes
Vecepia
Vecepia
Neleh
Neleh
Neleh
Vecepia
Vecepia

By a vote of 4-3, the Survivor: Marquesas winner is Vecepia Towery. Oh my heck. The difference: Neleh not apologizing to John. While he didn’t deserve an apology, she should have known him well enough to know he felt he deserved one. Ultimately, Zoe notwithstanding, old Rotu voted for Vecepia, unable to get over the fact that she caused them to lose.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 13

There was a lot of talk about someone flipping sides to improve their odds in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 12, but ultimately they all kept going the same way they were going and voted out the final remaining Rotu alliance member, Robert. That leaves a pair on either side of Kathy.

Vecepia’s playing the race card. She doesn’t get that she and Sean are linked because they’re an alliance, not because they’re African American. Well, she probably gets it, but this is a nice way to try to make Kathy feel guilty if she goes with Paschal and Neleh instead. Vecepia and Sean have been together from the beginning, except for a few days in the middle when she thought she had a better chance if she distanced herself from him. While Sean was tighter with Boston Rob, once Rob was eliminated, Sean gravitated toward V. Whether it’s more of an alliance of convenience or not, it’s obvious these two are allies who will vote as a block.

The reward challenge is a combination of previous challenges: they will assemble a tiki, break coconuts and fill a chute with juice, untie stilts and walk 10 feet, and open a box with a slingshot in it that they will use to break a tile over their own tiki. Reward will be a Saturn Vue, an SUV that’s likely soon to be phased out under Saturn’s new owners. Vecepia is the first one to complete her tiki. Neleh is next. Sean has his built next. Kathy is fourth. Paschal’s out of it and has no apparent chance of getting past the first station. Sean is the first to fill his chute with coconut juice. Then he’s the first to get his stilts, and nobody else is even going to challenge him. Then he walks on stilts and gets his slingshot. Everybody else has been forgotten. Sean wins reward, which if we’re to believe him happened as a result of divine intervention.

Paschal is discussing how he’s too weak to do much of anything. That makes him an ideal person to take along further because he’s not a challenge threat.

Because she doesn’t want to be the only one wasting energy getting food, Kathy plans to teach everyone how to get it. Sean has managed to get his first trocha shell. It’s been over a month.

Vecepia approaches Paschal because he looks down. His concern is that he and Neleh are targets because they’re a pair. They agree to discuss it with the group later that night. He gives them some new information, which wouldn’t have been hard to guess. He has no intention of voting for Neleh, even if it costs him the game, which is news to Kathy. Unlike Paschal and Neleh who are being honest, perhaps too honest, Sean and Vecepia continue to deny they have anything going. Nobody’s dumb enough to believe that blatant lie. Paschal’s tired of hearing this crap.

The immunity challenge will be based on a story about the local history. As Kathy suspected, anybody should be able to win this. Jeff will tell them a story, and from that story, they will have to answer questions. The first person to answer 5 out of 6 and cross the finish line with 5 tikis will win. Kathy, Neleh, and Paschal get the first one right. As time goes by, it comes down to a battle between Neleh and Kathy. Around this time, Paschal trips, showing how much of an advantage they will have over him in even the remotest of physical challenges. Kathy is the first to 5, and she’s just ahead of Neleh. One falls off of Kathy’s necklace as she’s running back to the finish line. As Neleh begins to celebrate, Probst informs her she, too, lost a tiki. Kathy finds hers first and wins immunity.

Now Kathy has her full choice of options. Does she vote out Sean, or does she vote out Neleh? Or does she force a tie and let the tiebreaker decide?

Probst points out the obvious. As strongly as it may be denied by some, Kathy is the swing vote. She doesn’t really need immunity, and she thinks immunity is up for negotiation… if somebody were to come to her. Nobody did. So now Sean agrees to make a deal with her. A cryptic deal. When Kathy presses him, he offers a final three with himself and Vecepia. Vecepia agrees to that alliance deal. Oh, so now they do have an alliance? Regardless, this is a stupid deal. She’s not going to give up immunity just so she can get a final three deal with somebody because she could get that anyway and still keep immunity.

Votes
Neleh
Sean
Neleh
Sean
Sean

By a vote of 3-2, Sean has been voted off the island. He’s certainly the biggest physical challenge threat, but unlike Pappy and Neleh who will never break, he may have possibly (albeit not likely) broken from Vecepia to save his own skin.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 14 The Sole Survivor, where we will find out who the Survivor: Marquesas winner is.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 12

Tammy kept fighting to the end but ultimately was voted out in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 11 as the others remained more or less together.

Everybody’s talking about missing home. As we see the waterworks start to flow, it becomes obvious that a visit from home is coming. Unlike the rest of the tribe, The General is there to win the game, and that’s it. His family will still be there when he’s done. Paschal realizes he’s got himself a second family. Other than their immediate families, they spend more time with these people than they have with anybody else.

When they get to Probst, he asks how they would react if he offered them a phone call home. After getting their reactions, he tells them it’s not going to happen today. He’ll do them one better. Their families are there. The challenge is the puzzle to flip over colors and keep going until you have no more room to move. The added twist is that there are 6 skip a turn tiles and 1 wild card, the latter of which is hidden and will allow the person who lands on it to vote one person out of the game. The contestants won’t be playing, though. Their loved ones will. No verbal communication is allowed throughout the challenge, but they can communicate nonverbally. Paschal’s wife Beverly is the first one out. Sean’s buddy has landed on the wild card. He now has to vote somebody out, from a group of people he doesn’t know. sean is not offering any advice, so he tosses his hat and hits Vecepia’s husband Leander. Shortly thereafter, Sean’s friend Daryl runs out of room and is eliminated. Neleh’s mom Becky is the next out. Robert’s sister Diana has been eliminated by one move, so Kathy’s son Pat wins. For one night, he’s a member of their tribe and will head back to camp.

Everybody takes time to reflect how much they take for granted in their daily lives. They say that when they get home they need to change their ways and think twice about what they’re doing.

Kathy wants to discuss her dilemma with her son. Either way she’s pretty well screwed, staring down the barrel of third place. Maybe she should ally with Rob, Vecepia, and Sean to get rid of Paschal and Neleh. He doesn’t appear to be of any use in her decision making process.

Robert tells Kathy that Sean and V are getting upset with Neleh. This may present a saving grace for him and a solution to her concerns. They, or more specifically Sean, are growing tired of Neleh riding Paschal’s coattails. Not that he’s got much in the way coattails to ride because he hasn’t played the game very much either. Vecepia, the one who’s been praying and kissing butt in every episode, doesn’t think that Neleh being a nice sweet Mormon girl has anything to do with this game.

The immunity challenge is to use slingshots to target other players. Last time we had a challenge like this, it was the beginning of the end for Robert’s alliance. Sean gets nicked. Robert takes some damage. On the second move, Robert nails Paschal and eliminates him. Kathy eliminates Sean. Vecepia eliminates Robert, bringing it down to all the ladies left. Neleh and Vecepia unite to eliminate Kathy. After the two who remain miss a few times, Vecepia beats Neleh to win immunity. Unlike the last time, this game really doesn’t show how anybody’s thinking. Granted, this time seems to be more luck based than the last one.

Despite all her talk earlier, Kathy says it’s Rob’s turn to go, apparently because she’s just sticking with the majority. She realizes that Paschal and Neleh need to be split. So how exactly does she intend to do that if she doesn’t plan to make a move?

Sean makes sure to bring up his point at tribal council that Neleh’s a threat. Nonetheless, he, too, will maintain the status quo.

Votes
Robert
Sean
Robert
Robert
Robert

By a unanimous vote, Robert makes it 4 in a row for the alliance that at one point assumed they were in charge.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 13 A Tale of Two Cities.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 11

Since Tammy had immunity, the elimination process was carried down the line with Zoe instead in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 10. By voting out the individual who had strayed from the alliance, the rest of the tribe still left a pair intact.

It’s the let’s talk about food and how tired we are episode. While the others talk about food, Kathy’s diving for shells, but she hopes to kill a baby shark.

We know where all this is leading. The reward challenge is the food/bed/shower challenge. It’s an island version of musical chairs. Scattered on the bottom of the ocean are shells. Whoever dives down and comes up without a shell is eliminated. The final four will compete in a sprint from the dock to the shore carrying a 40 pound rock. Their reward will be a room on a luxury cruise ship for the evening. Vecepia quits on the first leg. At least pretend to try. Neleh lags behind but grabs one. Sean, despite his original fear of the swimming challenge, pulls it together to get one as well. Sean is eliminated in the second leg, but at least he tried. The final four is as obvious as it originally appeared, as Neleh gets eliminated. 40 pounds in the water is not very heavy, but it’s probably enough to weigh down the women and make it a race between Paschal and Robert. Paschal wins reward pretty easily. He is not forced to make a choice of who to bring with him. Not at the challenge anyway. Probst will clearly make him pick when he arrives with the boat. It goes without saying he invites Neleh. Sean points out that it’s Vecepia’s birthday, and he should have picked her like he would have if he won (granted, V is also Sean’s closest ally, so it’s pretty easy for him to say that).

After Neleh and Paschal have their multiple course meal, utilizing Jeff Probst’s Visa to leave a $200 tip, they return to a tribe expecting smuggled food. Neleh’s not shy to tell them about her adventures in excessive detail. So what has she brought back for them? A used mint. No takers. The next morning, Sean’s using the reward as a reason to complain about Neleh. He says she’s lazy. Ironic. That’s what people said about him the first 21 days or so of the game.

Tired of being taunted by a pig, Robert has decided to make himself a snare. He believes that catching a pig will save him. A little late for that.

The immunity challenge is to make fire and pop one kernel of popcorn. Then they will move to the final station to make another fire. Unlike most seasons where they’re given flint or matches, this year they’ve had a magnifying glass, so this challenge using magnesium, flint, and steel will be new to all of them. Vecepia is the first one to get a flame. The General is right behind her, and he knows he has to win. Kathy is next to get fire, followed closely by Sean. Neleh is next. Paschal is just hoping for some matches. Robert is the first to move on to the next station. Vecepia is in second. Nobody else has a chance here. Robert wins immunity. Oddly, Vecepia actually held her own this time.

With that win, Robert assumes that Tammy is going. Kathy is afraid that Tammy has something up her sleeve, though. She’s worried that Vecepia and Sean will flip. That would make them a foursome rather than a fivesome, theoretically improving their odds. Granted, they also run the risk that one of the others, likely Kathy, would see this betrayal as an opportunity to make herself a final three pact with Rob and Tammy.

Votes
Tammy
Tammy
Vecepia
Vecepia
Tammy
Tammy

By a vote of 5-2, Tammy has been voted off the island. I didn’t care for the rest of her alliance, but Tammy actually seemed to be a competent player.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 12 Marquesan Vacation.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 10

The tide turned on the Rotu 4, and John was voted off the island in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 8.

It’s a new day. A brand new day. That brand new day includes the beginning of the end for the three who remain in the minority. Tammy blames John. She was dumb enough to go along with it, and she’s still dumb enough to remain loyal to them. When she aproaches Zoe, the response she gets is that it was a pretty loose friendship, and there was no alliance. Worse yet, Zoe says that, from the beginning, she didn’t really like Tammy. Well, they’re over.

The reward challenge is divided into four teams of two: Sean and Paschal, Tammy and Vecepia, Kathy and Robert, and Neleh and Zoe. Their goal is to fill their three foot tall bamboo chute to the top with coconut juice. They can either stick around on shore or head into the water to gather coconuts. Reward is a helicopter ride to an authentic Marquesan feast. Most people head for the bundles in the water, while Neleh and Vecepia opt for the individual ones on shore. Sean and Paschal strike first. The General is on vacation apparently. Zoe and Neleh get on the board. The others follow. It’s largely a matter of luck. The amount of milk in each coconut is critical. Sean and Paschal win reward. This presents a chance for them to bond, a surprise to Pappy, who two days ago counted Sean down and out. While they’re eating more than they can likely keep down, they stuff their pants full of food for the others. Kathy, Neleh, and Vecepia run right up to them upon their return, as the divide in the tribe becomes more and more evident.

Tammy hopes to bring Paschal and Neleh back into the fold with herself and Robert. What would they have to gain by trusting these guys who tried to stab them in the backs? They play dumb about John’s alliance plans, but their pleas fall on deaf ears. General just gets up and walks away, an attitude that may well cause him to get voted off next.

Unlike the grumpy general, Zoe’s maing an effort to fit in with the majority. They probably won’t end up trusting her, but she’s playing wisely enough that she should theoretically at least be able to outlast the rest of her alliance.

The survivors get stilts to practice for the immunity challenge. Tammy enjoys this because everybody else sucks. She heads down to the beach to practice in private, knowing she’s probably gone if she doesn’t win. The challenge is Marquesan stilt fighting. Two people enter a ring, and the first one to fall loses. Vecepia beats Robert. Paschal beats Kathy with limited effort. Tammy and Neleh both do pretty well, but Tammy beats Neleh. Zoe beats Sean within about a second. Vecepia beats Paschal to make it to the finals. Tammy beats Zoe. In the final round, Tammy beats Vecepia to win immunity, then gets extremely vocal about it.

With Tammy’s win, it’s between Robert and Zoe. There’s no apparent chance of anything else.

Votes
Zoe
Robert
Zoe
Zoe
Zoe
Zoe

Despite Robert’s unwinning personality, Zoe has been voted out because she’s considered a bigger challenge threat. Her former allies voted against her as well, as the alliance imploded.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 11 The Princess.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 8

He scrambled to turn his fate around, but with Kathy holding immunity, time was up for Boston Rob, as he was voted out in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 7.

Now the other 5 have one shot (and only one shot) at preventing the same thing from happening to them.

Kathy assumes Sean will be the next one gone. He doesn’t work hard, complains a lot, and then there’s his issue with flatulence.

Not content with the previous answer she got, Kathy confronts Zoe again. Zoe again denies there was any plan, saying that Rotu wants to get them back together. Kathy again considers this a lie.

Although Kathy would like to get rid of some of the power players, she’s not sure if she can get Paschal to listen. She pretty much can’t. He doesn’t care if they are used for others to get to the top.

The contestants are given kites to build and fly for the reward challenge. As a teaser for the reward, they each get a piece of a Snickers bar. The actual reward is deep sea diving. What exactly is the relationship between Snickers and deep sea diving? Most of these people have apparently never flown a kite before. Kathy, however, has good luck getting her kite to soar. Unusually, she is not forced to pick one person to go with her.

The Rotu 4 plus Paschal and Neleh have decided to vote the same for the next three votes, after which Paschal and Neleh will be voted out. Sean is their next target.

When she’s done diving, Kathy returns to give them each a piece of her Snickers. It’s not going to buy her any friends, but they’re happy to have some chocolate.

Sean talks to Kathy, who’s on the same wavelength. She goes to Neleh. Like Paschal, she doesn’t care either. John is quite thoroughly amazed that Neleh and Paschal are so stupid. He’s happy to have two free passes.

Sean knows he’s gone unless he wins immunity. The bad news for him is that it’s a pecking order challenge. Not only will he not win, but he will be eliminated first. There’s nothing he can do about it. Each correct answer in the challenge allows that person to chop a rope tied to coconut bundles. Three chops to eliminate someone.

In a prolonged survival situation, drinking large quantities of coconut milk will help combat dehydration. True of false?
False. It has a laxative effect. Robert, Sean, and Tammy are correct. Sean chops John. Tammy chops Sean. Robert follows suit.

Cannibalism was common in the Marquesas for what reason?
To seize the power of the person being eaten. John, Vecepia, Zoe, Sean, and Neleh are correct. Vecepia chops Kathy. Sean chops John. John chops and eliminates Sean. Neleh chops Vecepia. Zoe chops Vecepia.

When in a survival situation at sea without fresh water, you should refrain from eating. True or false?
True. John, Robert, Paschal, Zoe, and Tammy are right. Paschal chops and eliminates Vecepia. He’ll get his. Tammy chops Kathy. Robert chops and eliminates Kathy. Zoe chops Paschal. John chops Neleh. Paschal chops Zoe.

After some more questions, John is eliminated by Robert, then John eliminates Paschal.

In the Marquesas islands, what is a horse?
A horse like any other found all over the world. Robert, Tammy, and Neleh are correct. Robert chops Zoe. Neleh chops Robert. Tammy chops Zoe. Robert chops Neleh. Tammy chops and eliminates Neleh.

The sea cucumber can actually be deadly to human beings. True or false?
False. It can cause burns but is not deadly. Tammy is correct. She eliminates Robert to win immunity.

Are Paschal and Neleh finally starting to wake up now that they know what the pecking order is? Neleh has no intention of going down fifth or sixth.

Paschal acknowledges he started playing the game late. Actually, he thinks he started playing today.

Votes
Sean
Sean
John
John
John
Sean
John
John

By a vote of 5-4, John has been voted off the island, a lucky reversal for those who almost handed him the check.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 10 Two Peas in a Pod.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 7

Following another Maraamu challenge loss, Gina was voted off the island in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 6.

The Maraamu tribe find the skull of a man. Friend or foe? That island may be uninhabited now, but at one point there were apparently people living and killing each other there.

Vecepia continues to kiss butt and pretend she’s friends with the Rotu 4.

The tribes get treemail, which is a map to send one person on a quest. Since nobody else is volunteering, Boston Rob agrees to go. He doesn’t wanna be with these people any longer than he has to. Obviously, Paschal and Neleh aren’t splitting up, so Kathy will go for Maraamu. They arrive to beds and food and will be ambassadors for the merge. Rob feels bad that the other people are missing this. Honest. Rob tells Kathy that she’s the next target. She informs him that Gina called him a lazy two-faced mean bum. They make a pact to stick together. This is quick. Too quick for Kathy. The two of them in the end would be the best showdown ever, though.

When they return to Maraamu beach, they’ve got 5 minutes to gather everything. So long crabs and fruit. From there they go to Rotu beach, described by those who have lived at both beaches as being the worst of the two.

Kathy doesn’t trust anyone when she returns, and she shouldn’t. She warns Paschal that she’s about to get axed, and he and Neleh are being played, too.

They have named their new tribe Soliantu, sacred allegiance to the sun. The new tribe will wear pink buffs. The General denies that real men wear pink.

Tammy realizes that the let’s not lie ever strategy isn’t realistic. She’s fully willing to do whatever she needs to do to win the game.

With Kathy present, Rob confronts Zoe about the agreement they made to pick off the other island. Risky strategy, but it’s not like he has anything to lose. Zoe denies any knowledge of any such plan. She pauses, then she lies. Kathy just walks away but ultimately has decided that Rob is telling the truth and she’d better win immunity to stick around.

The immunity challenge is to remain standing on a platform in the water. Neleh is eliminated. The General follows her. Paschal is next. Vecepia follows. Some of the others are getting a little too comfortable, dancing around out there. Sean is the next one out. Zoe appeared quite comfortable but has been eliminated. John’s been wobbling for quite some time. Boston Rob reaches into the water to splash (it was later revealed that Probst dared him to do so), and his hands touch the platform in the process. Tammy takes a header. John just barely touches, or so it appears. Kathy wins immunity.

Rob still plans to take John down. Within the next two tribal councils, he will be exposed. Better sooner than later.

John’s not sure who’s going. What happened to “my word is my bond”? That went away when Rob blabbed to Kathy. This very loud conversation is overheard by the entire tribe. If there were any secrets, they’re going to be a lot harder to keep now.

Boston Rob admits to lying. Then he admits that others are lying, too, particularly those who are pretending they’re honest.

Votes
Rob
Rob
John
John
Rob
Zoe
Rob
Rob
Rob

With 7 votes, Boston Rob has been voted off the island. He didn’t go down without a fight, though, so it’s just a question of whether the rest of the tribe wakes up in time. Rob’s buddy Sean stuck by him. The Zoe vote came from Kathy.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Marquesas Episode 8 Jury’s Out.

Survivor: Marquesas Episode 6

Maraamu finally won something in Survivor: Marquesas Episode 5 (it was weird), and after revealing he “not there to play the game,” Gabe’s own tribe turned on him to vote him out.

John believes he’s in control now. He’s completely willing to throw the immunity challenge. Robert is okay with John making the decisions because that makes him the target.

Vecepia is trying to make it clear that she’s not with Rob or Sean any more.

The little Maraamu tribe doesn’t have to work at finding food. It’s just sitting there at their feet. On the contrary, Rotu is just eating one meal a day.

Maraamu assumes that either Rob or Sean has been voted off. Wait until they find out it’s really Gabe. Jaws drop.

The reward challenge is a relay challenge. On the first leg, one member will race through the jungle to untie a paddle. That person will tag another tribemate and find another paddle tied up. The second leg is to break a pile of coconuts and find a key. The other two members will then use the key to unlock the canoe, paddle out to grab a flag, and return to the beach. Reward is Sierra Mist, chicken, quiche, bean salad, and cookies. Vecepia, Sean, and Tammy sit out for Rotu. Leg 1 is Rob against Paschal. It’s obvious how this ends. Rob tags Zoe to grab the next paddle. Pappy tags Neleh. Rob and Zoe find the key, as the other tribe is still trying to get their paddles. Robert forgets his paddle, which costs them a little time, but it looks like a moot issue. Robert and John are paddling for Rotu. Well, that’s what they’re supposed to be doing. They are completely clueless. By some miracle, Kathy and Gina still have a chance to win this. Rob and Zoe did their part, but John and Robert are turning out to be idiots. Kathy and Gina are the first to get their flag, but it’s now a close race to the finish. By this point, it looks like Robert and John have figured things out to an extent, but they’re still quite a ways behind. Now it’s time for Maraamu to make a time wasting mistake. They forget the flag. Rotu returns with their flag first. They win reward. Maraamu protests. Both paddlers have to be at the post. Robert is not there. He’s sitting elsewhere resting. Additionally, their boat is not within the chain length. Scratch that. Reverse it. Maraamu wins reward.

John refuses to apologize for screwing up the challenge, and he claims it’s not that big a deal. He further pretends that it would not be worth winning. Tammy joins him to make him feel better.

Paschal views Gabe as a son, and he was bitterly disappointed to see him voted out. This is an element John failed to consider when he put together his four.

Although the Maraamu tribe all say they’re a family, they know that there’s a good chance they could lose again. In that event, Paschal and Neleh would vote together, so it’s a question of who they vote for. Kathy is worried it may be her.

Boston Rob knows there’s an alliance. So he asks because he wants to see them lie to his face. Zoe tells him there is no alliance. He tells her he won’t forget her lying. Then he asks John, who responds you’d have to be blind not to see they have an alliance. They give each other their words that ex-Rotu will go first. John may possibly be able to be believed. As for the Robfather, well, we know better.

John hopes to throw the challenge because Rob is dangerous and desperate to do something to flip the game on its head. He should have thought of this yesterday. Sean and Vecepia both sat out yesterday, so they will definitely be in the next one. Tammy’s the other one who sat out, and she says she can’t throw the challenge. So that’s 3 out of the 4 who will be trying as hard as they can. It’s the maze challenge. In addition to Vecepia, Sean, and Tammy, Rob will be leading the charge for Rotu. Tammy will be lumped somewhere in the middle of the three ex-Maraamu. She can drag her feet a bit, but this is going to be hard to throw convincingly even if she wants to. Rotu takes the lead with their first step. Then they get their second. Then they get their third. Maraamu finally gets their first. Then they get their second. Rotu has 4. And 5. Rotu wins immunity. For all John’s talk, it would have been nearly impossible for Tammy to single handedly throw this challenge.

Kathy is worried. Her leadership was not very good on the maze, and now the fire’s out because she put sand on it, which they used to do at Rotu. She wants to talk to Gina about the vote, but Gina doesn’t want to talk.

When they get to tribal council, Neleh says she hasn’t yet decided yet who she’s going to vote for. That’s a hard statement to swallow. The four of them say they’re all one tribe and would be going four strong together, which is a good thing because the Rotu 4 have already forgotten about them.

Votes
Gina
Kathy
Gina
Gina

Tribal lines hold, and by a vote of 3-1, Gina has been voted off the island.

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