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.
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.
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.
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.