I think today we're just a little bit down because another person is gone, of course. And we can see that the group's getting a little bit smaller. Even if it's only two people smaller, it's still getting a little bit smaller and, uh, we're starting to see that a little bit.
For some reason, the last two to three days we've just been really down. I think it's got a lot to do with just, uh, we lost two in a row. We lost a member of the group and one of... who I consider one of our male leaders, Greg, was really feeling terrible. He's got an ear infection He's really sick.
I think the camp looks trashy. I think stuff's all over the place. I think the flag should be up. I mean, there's a lot we can do to make this camp look really nice. I mean, something's going to have to change. Something's going to have to happen to make everybody decide to pitch in.
At Tagi, the tribe was annoyed by Sean and Dirk's laziness, where they pretentiously tried to catch fish, even though everyone knew that few fish thrive in the sea. They did it to claim they work around camp. Sue then confronted both of them over meal time. Rudy showed disappointment over Dirk, who was reading the Bible all day instead of helping around camp.
That is the parachute that they dropped the cargo with the other day that, uh, contained some goodies and, uh, right now, they want to hang the parachute up for shade.
Me, personally, I was a little irritated with, um, Sean and Dirk's effort around camp. I mean, they try to go out fishing when they know they're not gonna catch anything and I think, personally, it's just so they can say, "Hey, well, we did something."
Kelly thinks that failure to catch fish is failure to try. You know, I think she's equating those two, which is not true. The fish are not biting hooks out here for some reason. Either we got the wrong bait, or we're going the wrong time.
Later, Tagi saw Jeff nailing the instructions for their next Reward Challenge, a target-shooting competition to be held the next day. They were given the challenge materials to practice. After Jeff left, Tagi immediately went to target practice, using coconuts. Sean, who never really used a blowgun before, impressively performed well during practice, thus making the representative for the blowgun round. Richard, on the other hand, showed prowess in using a slingshot, therefore making him compete in the second round, while Sue became the spears master for Tagi.
We had a little visit from Jeff, our host, today, and he came by and told us that tomorrow's going to be a competition, a Reward Challenge. So we've been practicing all day at that. Turns out that I'm pretty good with the blowgun. And I never really... never shot a blowgun before in my life. Turns out Rich is an expert marksman. Something we didn't know about him until today, so, uh... he has excellent aim when it comes to a slingshot. And Sue throws that spear much better than any of the guys in our tribe. She's a wild woman with the spear.
And I was kind of hoping that I'd be good at nothing so that I could just, like, hang back and let the pressure go on somebody else. Turns out I throw the javelin the best. I'm thinking the other team's going to have a guy throwing the spear. So if there is, there's a good chance that I can dog some guy on national TV. Even if we lost and I at least dogged the guy in the spear throwing, they'd be happy.
Pagong's representatives were Jenna, Gretchen, and Joel for the first, second, and third rounds, respectively.
I never really threw a spear in my life. Except, you know... anything serious. It's kind of hard to keep it straight. That's a good distance, especially a little thing like this, and you don't know if you can take a running start or how you should do it, or what the thing is, so this looks like it's going to be our weakest event for sure because the other girls have the blowgun down really well. The slingshot looks good. So it'd be nice to win it today. A lot of these Reward Challenges we haven't really been after, but I think we're all really determined for this one. Looks good.
At the Reward Challenge, Sean won the first round for Tagi, but Pagong rebounded when Gretchen won the second round. But in the final round, Sue's hit was two inches short from Joel's closer hit, making Pagong's the victors of the challenge, winning them fresh fruit and a surprise additional prize of three live chickens.
After winning, Pagong immediately feasted by eating their fruits, even having a seed-spitting competition.
I don't know what brought us down, but it seems like winning that challenge just brought everybody right back up. I can't speak for the rest of the tribe, but I really wanted to win 'cause it was fruit. I wanted to win that more than any of the other reward thus far. Unexpectedly, we came back with three live chickens, which was absolutely wonderful.
They're not going to be around long. Everybody's waiting for them to lay eggs but I think they're under a lot of stress and there's three of them in that box, and so they have a very short time to produce before they're slaughtered.
I think we were down just because we lost. I mean, no matter how you look at it, losing hurts and we had to vote somebody off. So we just had to get out of that, and then, when we won the Reward Challenge, that was our momentum right there.
While at Tagi, Sue felt disappointed for the loss, while Richard, on the other hand, returned back to sea to catch fish. Rich returned with a large eel, but much to the tribe's dismay, the eel's taste was not satisfying.
As far as losing the challenge today, I was a little irritated. Here's my dream come true. I can stomp a guy on national television, and I miss by two inches. It was a bummer, but then when they pulled the chickens out, I started laughing. Cutting off a chicken's head? No, it's not what I would want to do for food. I can live without the chicken right now.
So that was all right. The other team won some live chickens with some eggs. So we came back here, and I went spearfishing and got us a nice eel. That's the first eel. If I'd seen others, I'd have gotten others.
Over at Pagong, Gretchen noticed that Greg's work ethic made him unwittingly become the de facto leader of the tribe, in which Greg did not agree. That night, Gervase noticed Greg and Colleen's undeniable closeness when they slept together.
My feelings on who the leader is, has always been Greg. He's just really good at it.
I may be slipping into some sort of leadership position. I'm attempting to avoid it. I don't want to be the leader of anything. I go play by myself, help out the tribe as much as I can and try and recharge my batteries so I can be there fully with them.
My psychological comfort does not come from sleeping with the group in a hut. In fact, they kind of make me nervous, 'cause there are a lot of people doing a lot of different things, and it's a lot of energy in a very small space while I'm trying to clear my head of energy. Sleeping in the forest is comfortable for me. I'm making a little sleeping pad. Sleeping pad, sleeping bag − depending on how big it gets. I just used some bedding of debris or whatever I can find − palm or the leaves that are around − and pile up a bunch of debris. It's all a nesting instinct. As with everything, make yourself a nest. I nest like a mama bird. Papa bird − more like a papa bird than a mama bird. A single... like a bachelor bird, I guess. Colleen has joined me in the forest to sleep. She apparently finds it more comfortable, as well.
The next morning, Jenna also became suspicious of Greg and Colleen being together for most of the time. In a confessional, Colleen revealed that Greg reminded her of her friends back home, while in another confessional, Greg announced that it was not romance, just special friendship.
I noticed they seem to be spending their nights out under the stars and cuddling up. I think it's stepped up a notch − maybe a little romance going on.
At the Tagi camp, Richard stumbled upon a snake and decided to playfully throw it to the ocean, though knowing it's lethal consequences.
This is a yellow-banded sea krait. We find a number of them in the jungle. I haven't seen one down here on the beach. I'm hoping he goes for a swim. I might help him. He's awake now. Oh, I'm not afraid of snakes. I mean, I don't want to be bitten by something that's deadly, but, no, I used to play with garter snakes, when I was a kid and feed them frogs, and... You know, they're not... They are quick, and it's... they can move fast, but you can see when he's about to coil up and strike, and you can prepare yourself, and you can get ready to move before it does. I want to put him in the water 'cause I want to watch him swim. We've been told they're extremely deadly − immediately deadly, within six hours deadly. Horseflies bother me more.
Meanwhile, Sean admitted that he had his best sleep so far the previous night. The tribe became worried about Dirk getting skinnier in the past days. Later, Sean and Dirk, at last, proved their worth at camp by doing camp chores, but Susan felt that it was too little too late.
I knew today was going to be a good day when I woke up. I haven't had a bowel movement in nearly two weeks. This morning, I had my first bowel movement − felt fantastic. I'm getting thinner and thinner. I think I'm using most of the rice I make 'cause I'm not bloated and my pants are getting skinnier. Very excited about it − it's the way to start the day off, with a little bit of a bowel movement. Nice work, Sean. Go, New York, go! We were concerned about Dirk and his eating a while ago because he was really disappearing into nothing. We're all losing a little bit of weight, but Dirk was really losing a lot of weight.
I definitely lost a lot of mass, a lot of muscle mass, a lot of strength. It's not going to help me but, as long as I conserve my energy − don't waste it on things that we don't need − as long as I'm smart about it, I think I'll be okay.
We've noticed Dirk kind of getting a little skinny. Um, there was a few days where we were all kind of concerned about him and, uh, he was just kind of... I think, you know, mentally, he was a little bummed out, and all of us were, like "Eat more rice, eat more rice."
Well, we all kind of try and keep an eye on him, 'cause he was real skinny to begin with, you know. The labor thing, it's actually better now. Sean and Dirk started to realize that they better, you know, do something. Otherwise, they're out of here. (laughs)
Maybe I am on thin ice with this team now. I don't know. I feel like I'm pulling my weight and I think the group sees that and I'm just going to find tapioca, and I'm just going to let it work itself out.
Kelly, Sue and I − we need to decide cohesively who we're going to reject and it's between Sean and Dirk, and Sean − yesterday, he was talking about how he doesn't want to form an alliance because... you know, "do unto others" and... What? You're in the midst of a game. So, we're thinking, "Boy, Sean, it's time for you to go, bud."
I'm a commercial white-water raft guide, so obviously, I'm the rower today. Feeling a little pressure, but I'm not too worried about it. I know Gervase can't swim, so my guess is that they're going to put him in the boat rowing, which is cool for me because I can beat him any day of the week.
Today's Immunity Challenge is called "Shipwrecked." Five members from each tribe are stranded on items of floating debris simulating a sunken ship disaster. The remaining two castaways must rescue the members of their own tribe by using outrigger canoes. Kelly was chosen to row by Tagi and Gervase was chosen by Pagong.
During the challenge, Kelly became overconfident about her boating skills, but unexpectedly, Gervase managed to get a large lead from Kelly, and eventually winning the challenge for Pagong, thus sending Tagi back to Tribal Council.
Tonight we have to take the suckfest hike to the Tribal Council, and we get to vote somebody off tonight, unfortunately. You know, despite everything, I was the best choice to put in that boat today, and, you know, like I said, sometimes your best just isn't good enough and life just wouldn't be life if everybody didn't get their little embarrassments from time to time, so...
Oh yeah, it's always in the back of my mind whether or not anyone's going to vote against me, you know. I don't have a vote against me yet, and now we're losing numbers so I'm sure one's coming, just like the other people who don't have a vote against them, one's coming in their direction, too. I suspect it might be Rudy. That's how I'll probably cast my vote at this point.
I think I'm vulnerable. I've tried my hardest and put as much effort if not more into everything, but I haven't been successful in any areas so maybe some people will look at that and say, "Dirk doesn't know what he's doing. He's being lazy." Whatever. But I think they realize that I'm a valuable member of this team, so I'm not worried about being voted off. I think I'll be here tomorrow.
Before Tribal, Sean approached Kelly and campaigned for Rudy's ouster. But in the end, Richard's alliance of himself, Rudy, Kelly, and Sue feared about Dirk's health (in addition to being perturbed at his religious ways), and voted him out in a 4-1-1 vote.
Challenge:Choose Your Weapon Only three members from both teams would compete for this challenge. One person for each round. First to win two rounds wins.
For the first round, representatives will use blowguns. In two minutes, shooters must knock down as many fruits as they can. Then the knocked fruits will be weighed. The heavier load wins the first round.
For the second round, a slingshot. Players must knock down hanging fruits from a wall. Then the knocked fruits will be weighed. The owner of the heavier load wins this round for their tribe.
And for the final round, the contestants will use spears. Both tribe representatives will be given three shots. The shot closest to the bull's eye wins.
Reward: All the fruits knocked down during the challenge, and three live chickens. Winner:Pagong
Both tribes must select one rower before they convene for the challenge. Then the rest of the cast will be sent to the ocean, wearing life vests. Mimicking a true shipwreck, the rowers must rescue all their tribemates. Then the rescued teammates can help the rower in gathering up their other tribemates. The first team to rescue all their tribemates, wins immunity.
(voting for Rudy) For the first time, I'm voting for Rudy, only because there's probably an athletic competition coming up that we're going to have to win and that's the only reason I would cast a vote against him. He's a phenomenal person.
I guess I want to start by just thanking the Lord just for this unbelievable blessing. I mean, this whole thing has just been one wild trip. He had 15 days planned for me on this island. I believe I kicked it as hard as I could. Completely surprised to be taken out this early and I thank the Lord for that, 'cause I know he's got a plan for me to move on somewhere else.
After winning the Reward Challenge, two men are seen running out of the jungle carrying a box with chickens. After that, when the camera shows Jeff Probst, we can see that there is no box under the shooting target, which was there during the competition.
After winning the Reward Challenge, Gervase Peterson named their three chickens "Breakfast," "Lunch," and "Dinner."