The Princess is the eleventh episode of Survivor: Marquesas.
At Soliantu, Sean said that there really was no love tribe and wondered how a love tribe could even exist in this game. It was Vecepia's birthday and while bringing some wood to the fire, Paschal said at one point to her "Why are you working on your birthday?" and the tribe threw a small party for her. Sean said he thought that her birthday was subdued by the dire conditions and that he tried to make her feel better as she wasn't with her husband.
Paschal said that his energy was running low, and that he didn't have much fight left. Sean talked about how they didn't have many food options. Tammy said that people were trying to catch wildlife or seafood, but as time went on, the hopes of them catching fish were low. Kathy saw some fish in the water and was determined to catch some. Tammy said that she just wanted the reward to be food. She, Sean, and Neleh fantasized about Oreos, Snickers, and other instances of confectionery. Kathy said that she didn't think it was healthy for their mental stability and that it was a distraction. Paschal described the Marquesas as the worst place on Earth he had ever been.
When Vecepia and Sean went to get Tree Mail, Sean sang Happy Birthday to Vecepia, which brought on tears of joy. She said no one wanted to be away from home on their birthday, and she tried not to think of Leander, her fiancé, so the song was special and saddening as well. She thanked Sean and said she wanted to see Leander really bad. The Tree Mail said that the winner of the Reward Challenge would receive several luxuries, and that the challenge would be conducted underwater. Sean said he didn't feel strong in water, and Kathy tried to help him.
At the challenge, Vecepia was eliminated first, followed by Sean and Neleh, making the final round a showdown between Tammy, Kathy, Paschal, and Robert. Paschal surprisingly won the challenge by a long shot, winning a night on a cruise ship with food, a shower, and clean clothes. Paschal was given the option to bring a fellow tribemate with him - he chose Neleh. Afterwards, Sean thought Paschal should have chosen Vecepia as it was her birthday.
Paschal and Neleh had the opportunity to freshen up and to have a sumptuous dinner while on board the cruise ship. However, unlike the past few rewards, they did not bring back any food for the rest of the tribe.
Meanwhile, back at camp, Kathy was feeling envious of Neleh and Paschal. Later, Paschal and Neleh returned. Neleh accidentally annoyed Kathy, Sean, and Tammy by telling the tribe of the cruise trip, before irritating Sean even further by offering them a mint from her mouth. While Vecepia politely declined the mint, everybody else (excluding Paschal) was openly annoyed with her offering them a chewed mint.
In the morning, Sean got really mad at Neleh for her princessy behavior while at camp. He also said that she was one of those people who could make it look as if she were working when she really wasn't. Paschal and Neleh were laughing about how they had good food yesterday and were back to poridge today. Sean said he thought Neleh was playing the game harder than anyone left by playing the innocent sweet girl. Kathy said that she thought Neleh was 70% sweetness and 30% working it, and it was a little too much. She thought Neleh was hovering under Paschal's wings for protection.
Robert said he had seen a pig every night around camp, so he created a snare and was determined to get it. Tammy thought that, although Robert wanted to catch a pig, he was trying to secure his place in the tribe, because if he didn't win immunity next time, there was a good chance he would be the next to go. Later, Robert told Tammy that he thought that if she secured immunity and he caught a pig, they would both be safe.
Tree Mail hinted a fire-making challenge later that night. Robert said he was working too hard today, and he thought he wouldn't be as strong for tonight's challenge. The Immunity Challenge was held at Tribal Council beach. During the challenge, Vecepia was the first to get fire, followed closely by Robert. Everyone else but Paschal managed to get fire and Paschal had run out of matches thus Paschal had no chance of winning. Robert and Vecepia's popcorn started popping and moved on to the final station. It was a close race between Vecepia and Robert, but in the end, Robert won. After the challenge, Robert told Tammy he was going to make sure Tammy wouldn't be voted out.
The next day, Robert said that the immunity win brought his spirits up, but he was bummed to see that it was probably Tammy who would be going home next. Kathy said she thought Tammy had a plan for tonight, that would bring the five-way alliance down. Paschal, Kathy, and Neleh discussed their fears of Vecepia and Sean voting with Tammy and Robert. Neleh said that Vecepia had been extremely volatile and could possibly join Tammy and Robert.
Vecepia and Sean had a conversation and Sean told Vecepia it was important for them to vote Neleh off, since she was playing the sweet, innocent girl and had the most potential of winning. Sean said that they could join forces with Tammy and Robert, but then they risked being tattled on by the latter duo, thus risking their position in the game.
At Tribal Council, Jeff asked the contestants what they were tired of. Neleh was tired of being covered in dirt, Kathy was tired of the beach, and Paschal complained about the same food and terrible living conditions. He also said that the reward was amazing. Kathy said that she was envious of Neleh and Paschal, but Paschal deserved it. Robert chose to keep immunity to himself. Although Sean and Vecepia discussed siding with Robert and Tammy and voting against Neleh, they eventually stuck with their five-person alliance and voted Tammy out in a 5-2 vote.
Challenge: Rock Bottom
For the first three rounds, contestants would dive under water to find a shell and bring it back. The last contestant to do so would be eliminated. For the fourth and final round, the four remaining contestants would dive into the water, grab a rock and swim back to shore with it. The first contestant with the rock at Jeff's feet wins.
Reward: A dinner and shower on a cruise ship.
Winner: Paschal English (shared with Neleh Dennis)
Challenge: Virtues of Fire
In the dark, the contestants would gather supplies to make a fire. They would make their fire under a stove with oil and popcorn kernels on it. Once a contestant popped a popcorn kernel, they would take burning embers to a brush pile, and light the pile on fire. The first contestant to have their fire reach the top of the brush pile would win immunity.
Winner: Robert DeCanio
| Tribal Council 10:|
Tammy (5 votes)
Kathy, Neleh, Paschal, Sean, Vecepia
Vecepia (2 votes)
| VOTED OFF:|
Tammy's vote was not shown during her voting confessional.
|“||(voting for Tammy) Tammy, you're one cool chick but lethal competition. Take it easy.||”|
|“||(voting for Vecepia) You don't seem to pull your weight as much as everybody else pulls theirs. So that's why I'm voting for you tonight.||”|
|“||Even though I knew tonight was coming, and it was my turn, it still sucks to be voted off. I've played this game exactly the way I said I was going to play it and I'm proud of the way I played it. This is the game of Survivor, the people that are left, I hope that they have it in 'em to, uh, last the rest of the time, 'cause I'm not sure they do.||”|
Still in the Running
- Day 28 was Vecepia's birthday. This makes Vecepia the second Sole Survivor to celebrate her birthday on Survivor, after Richard.
- This is the only episode in Marquesas where a female does not win an individual challenge.
- The episode title was said by Sean Rector when describing how Neleh Dennis was acting like a "princess".
|Survivor: Marquesas Episodes|
"Back to the Beach" · "Nacho Momma" · "No Pain, No Gain" · "The Winds Twist" · "The End of Innocence" · "The Underdogs" · "True Lies" · "Jury's Out" · "Look Closer: The First 24 Days" · "Two Peas in a Pod" · "The Princess" · "Marquesan Vacation" · "A Tale of Two Cities" · "The Sole Survivor" · "Reunion"