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SURVIVOR INSIDER, Vanuatu: Episode 8
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Alinta Tribal Council
Chris (Votes Ami): Ami, it was great finally meeting ya. Iím playing the game. This is all strategy. I hope I get to talk to you again. Take care.
DC Notes: His first female vote. Aww, heís so sweet (comparatively Ė usually ďIím playing the gameĒ is all he says)
Eliza (Votes Rory): Thereís a hole in your back pocket, dear Rory, dear Rory. I thought you said you had me in your back pocket. I may be 21, but I wasnít born yesterday.
Scout (Votes Rory): Rory, these tears on my face are for you tonight. I wish you had been willing to vote for a different woman than the one that you had to go after. Iíd have backed you otherwise. God bless you, man.
Chad (Votes Ami): Youíre a really cool gal, but I think you took the male-female thing a little too far. Tis my brother Rory over there, so itís your time to go.
Ami (Votes Rory): Rory, I totally felt like you and I were kind of teammates, and I heard you tried to get rid of me, so thatís all I can do. Counteract. Sorry bud.
DC Notes: The manner in which she votes is really sadistic. She takes her time to write, sounds like sheís babytalking, and smiles the whole way through.
Leann (Votes Rory): Youíre just the unfortunate victim of the master plan. But I sure do like you.
Julie (Votes Rory): This is really nothing personal. Youíre the one person I havenít spent any time with. Gotta go with just the group consensus. You seem like a great guy. Sorry I donít have anything bad to say!
Rory (Votes Amy): Ami, this is the first time that Iíve made a completely personal vote. Your treatment of me over the last nine days has been horrible. I have little or no respect for you, and I really hope that like a bad rash, youíre finally gone. Thank you. This one is no business; itís all personal.
Twila (Votes Rory): Rory, I have nothing against you. I really didnít get the chance to know you. But you and Sarge happen to be the strong ones. Thatís the only reason. Sarge had immunity, and you didnít.
Sarge (Votes Ami): This vote goes with much respect to you. Youíre my number one arch rival right now. We both carry one thing we like in common. So long.
Rory: What surprised me the most about my experience in Survivor 9 is the sheer amount of work that itís entailed. You can watch and you can imagine playing, but you cannot imagine the difficulty, the trials, how hard it is to play this game on a daily and a nightly basis. Itís physically grueling. Itís emotionally battering. It takes a lot of faith and stamina to even be able to make it this far.
I learned that I can go way outside my boundaries. I have pushed myself physically beyond Ė waaaaaaaaay beyond what I imagined Iíd be able to do. 26 feet deeper than imagined Iíd be able to do. I learned endurance and stamina are a lot better than I even thought they could be. I learned my wife really adds a lot to my faith and my ability to be able to stand here as a man. And I realize I have grown as a man of god and a man, period. Iíve learned that you gotta work to get anything in this world.
I will never forget the Islands of Fire. I will never forget Vanuatu. The atmosphere, the climate, the edge of magic, custom. The fruit bats in the morning and the beautiful sunrises and sunsets. Iím taking Ė I am by far the biggest winner on Survivor. I may not be a million dollars richer, but no one has enjoyed the experience of being on this land more than I have, and being in this game more than I have. I just wish I could have lasted a little while longer.
The Day After
DC Notes: Rory! What an enigma! He is deliciously intuitive at comprehending others, but horribly incorrect in how he views himself. I love the part in this clip when he talks about the other Survivors and their mistakes and disorders. Love it. He's never even met Julie or Twila, and he has them pegged (of course, he could have been talking to Scout, who is pretty observant herself). For a guy who received votes at EVERY SINGLE TRIBAL COUNCIL he was in, he's very cocky and upbeat.
Rory: My overall experience personally with Survivor 9: Vanuatu is that nobody has enjoyed their experience on this island more than me. I have enjoyed every morning. I have enjoyed every evening. I have grown as a man, spiritually, physically, mentally. The fact of the matter is, I probably needed to be knocked out pretty soon, because while everybody else is complaining about food, and being tired, and having injuries, I am at 110%. I have no injuries. I have lots of joy. And I could easily do another 20 days of this.
I would say, without having any extraordinarily accomplishments on a day, that my best example of a day that I would have that I really enjoyed personally would be to wake up, have a cup of coffee, sit down on the beach when nobody else is there, and drink my cup of coffee. And then do a walkabout through the bush, just looking at the spiders, looking at the fruit, looking at the plants. Having the dew all over you first thing in the morning. Come back, swallow some water, head out and do the same thing on the coral: find a couple crabs, see some seasnakes, some octopus, and then just come back. And just the beauty of being able to take that all in within three or four hours. Being from Iowa, thatís just so foreign to me. That really it was just a slice of heaven. Every moment to me was just a slice of heaven. There was no big drama for me every morning.
There were two points when I literally just bottomed out. One of them was entirely crushing, and the other was entirely infuriating.
The first one when I was bottomed out was the day after Bubba had been voted off, and we went to the hog challenge. And the new Yasur comes in without Bubba, and Lopevi comes in, and Jeff asks, ďWhat do you think of Bubba not being here?Ē Jeff asked Lopevi, ďWhat do you think about Bubba not being here?Ē And Sarge and Chris and Chad, each to a person, said, ďOh, well, I canít believe they didnít vote Rory out of here. Everybody loved Bubba.Ē And here I am, and Iím in the middle of the ladiesí camp, and the only thing Iím looking forward to is the possibility of going back and being with people I have an alliance with and people I have a relationship with, and they just dogged me out. They were just like, I didnít even exist as far as they were concerned. And that just served to completely isolate me out on the island.
But thatís fine. That just told me I had to shift into another gear, and I only had to focus on myself.
The second opportunity that really bottomed me out was the day that I had a conversation with Ami and Leann. We were standing in the banana grove, and I told them, ďIíve been busting my hump. I put in 12 hours to get you guys water, I bring you in food, I bring you in crabs, I bring you firewood. I do ten times as much work as anybody in the Yasur camp. And I just want to know if youíre going to give me a chance to be a member of this team.Ē And Ami quite pointedly told me, ďWeíre a female alliance, and you have a penis, and I donít care what you do, you will never be a part of this team, and as soon as we get an opportunity, we will vote you out of here.Ē
I am extraordinarily disappointed in the men. I thought when Chris and Chad and Sarge and John, when they saw how Lisa got voted out of Yasur, that was a perfect opportunity for them to vote a woman out and go into the merge at 5 men and 5 women. And theyíre so stupid that they didnít even take advantage of it! They kicked John off instead of Twila or Juile! They put all their trust in two women who theyíve known for nine days, ten days, and they kick somebody off that theyíve known for 20 days!
And in so doing that, they knew the women had an alliance, and they automatically doomed every man in this game! Automatically. Straight off the bat. 100%. And not a single one of them, it never occurred to them! Sarge puts on a good game, but heís tired. Chris - Chris has been suffering physically this entire game. We know that speed and agility is not his forte, and if his injuries continue to be as bad as they have been during the 21 days previously, heíll be lucky if he makes it out just based on his own physical abilities! Chad - Iím disappointed probably the most in Chad, because Chad is an extremely smart man, and I would have thought that as well-rounded as he is, he would have seen this ship coming, And seeing their faces last night after I got voted out, and realizing, the sheer shock of realizing that they were bamboozled and hoodwinked by Julie and Twila, ugh.
I am most angry with Ami because I think Ami is not nearly as smart as she seems. I think sheís obviously using some ***ual innuendos, flirtation. Not just towards the guys, which she does constantly, and I think itís disgusting, but obviously towards the girls as well. Some people may say, ďOh, well, sheís a good looking lady,Ē but she has the soul of a troll. She is not appealing to me in any way, shape or form. She obviously has no moral standing, very little moral fiber, and sheís dishonest. She puts on this good game, like sheís all about harmony and everything else, and fact of the matter is, sheís the most manipulative person on the island.
And sheís preying on people. Sheís preying on the weakest people, which is Leann, who is horribly, horribly weak-minded in her current state, and Eliza, who is just naive as all get-out and dumb as a box of rocks. And then youíve got Twila who obviously has some serious, serious emotional issues related to the men in her life, and then youíve got Julie who obviously has some psycho-social-***ual issues of her own. And playing this harmony among all of them is Ami.
I tend to be a fairly observant person. I might seem like Iím not looking in the direction. I might seem like Iím staring at the fire, but the fact of the matter is, I take in a whole lot. And Iím pretty sure there are some ***ual things going on with Ami and some others within the Yasur-Lopevi tribe. I donít know the exact dynamics, but Iím pretty sure itís happening. Some stuff is going on there.
If thereís anything I would have done differently in the game, I would have gone ahead and Iíd have burnt Yasur to the *beep* ground. Just out of sheer statement. Because thatís my personality, and sometimes my wife reins me in, and sometimes I really hate that because I would really, really have enjoyed doing that from the bottom of my soul. I would have really, really enjoyed doing that.
I would take away the fact that I am blessed. That I am 100% standing strong physically, mentally, and spiritually, whereas I thought Survivor might have broke me, it didnít. I am thriving right now! I am still pumped right now! And they needed to knock me out of the game because I could have easily gone the rest this way.
Scout Dissects Rory
Description: In a private moment, Scout tells us exactly what she thinks of Rory and evaluates his chances of staying around.
DC Notes: What a great clip! Scout is not nearly as dumb as I pegged her to be. She seems to have a really good grasp on understanding her tribemates. This clip reveals that Scout is not entirely committed to an all-female alliance, Rory deserved to get the boot for being inflexible, and, IMHO, she was being nice to Rory so she could count on Roryís vote in the jury.
Scout (Confessional): Let me say this. Just about everybody I know, I have at least two minds about. Everybody. Itís relative and itís situational. Itís always just been a trait of mine. What comes up is what Iím noticing at the moment. The two minds of Rory, I tried to be a peacemaker with Rory at the other camp. Tried to keep him chilled and calm and continuing to the play the game. And I think I was very fundamental in saving his ass on the first vote. I just wasnít ready to vote him out.
And I think heís grown, emotionally. I think heís really been forced into a situation of pulling himself together, and demonstrating some skills he didnít even know he had. In terms of coming over here, I wish that heíd have given a little bit, just come on over here and move Eliza out so I can, you know. It would have accomplished the same thing. But he didnít want to give. He, in fact, had established a -supposedly, he has established, at least Chris says, an alliance with Sarge and Chris and Chad. And that heís coming back and playing on that. I donít see them - I donít see the relationship with him that to me equals an alliance. From Sarge, Chad, or Chris, toward Rory that means that there is a relationship. Like Twila and I have a relationship. Julie and I are reestablishing a relationship. Leann and I have a relationship. Even a little one. Iíve got a relationship with her of some sort. I donít see any definable relationship in that supposed alliance.
And I think of the men here and the kind of energy Ė just for today Ė the kind of energy to keep intact, I think itís time for Rory to go home. I would have loved to have helped him get to the jury anyway, because he really wanted to do that, if he could just get to the jury. But itís not going to happen because he has pushed and shoved to have Ami taken out right now and as a result of that, heís going to get taken out, I think.
Rory and I would watch out for each other when we came back over here. And I talked to him, privately about, ďLetís get rid of Eliza.Ē ďNo no no, itís got to be Ami, itís got to be Ami.Ē I just canít go there. I canít do that. So who else? If not Ami then who?
You look around at the energy in the camp and the kind of interplay that goes on with people, and itís Rory. Roryís kind of the odd man out. Iíd write down Roryís name. In some point in time Iíd like to write down Roryís name, and I think tonightís the night. I really wish he would have played along. I feel like Iíve been pretty giving, both to Rory and being supportive of him and being a friend and listening. You know, helping him with his emotional states. I wish he would have been willing to play the game a little bit differently.
Rory Chaps Scout
Description: Rory and Scout bicker about whether heís being helpful or patronizing when he offers to help her. Ever the diplomat, Rory insists that heís not offering to help because Scoutís a woman, but because sheís ďthe elder.Ē
Shots of Scout hauling wood, Rory making a fire. Scout tries to lift a log
Rory: No no no.
Scout: I want to see how heavy it is. Donít patronize me.
Rory: Scout, Youíre patronizing me.
(Scout struggles to lift the log)
Scout: Listen, this thing is not Ė this is half the weight of a bale of hay.
Scout (Confessional): A man coming in and trying to take over work when youíre doing it just totally frosts Ė chaps me.
Rory: Iíll get it, Scout.
Scout (Confessional): Men for some reason believe that it is their divine destiny to take charge of everything. It is the reason that I do not have a man living in my home.
Rory: You take everything as being patronizing, and you know youíre stubborn. If youíre being stubborn, donít call me patronizing.
Scout: I want to give you some advice.
Rory: Whatís that?
Scout: The word ďeverythingĒ is an always kind of thing Ė it includes everything. And it is rarely that I have used the word ďpatronizing.Ē
Rory: You know, hey Ė donít, donít turn away.
Scout: Okay. Are you and I going to have an argument?
Rory: No, youíre being very stubborn.
Scout, Oh, I am!
Rory (Confessional): Scout and I have our normal five minute argument. Every single morning weíve done that, and every single night weíve slept together (HEAVENS!). (Shrugs) Go figure!
Scout: Iíll tell you what Iíve been thinking about.
Scout: This is the first time Ė Itís the first time in my life that Iíve ended up for an extended period of time being the elder.
Rory (Confessional): Scout is having a hard time accepting the mantle of her age, and she takes everything you try to do for her, every sign of kindness that you make towards her, she takes as an affront that you think sheís somehow weak. Hell, how can you think a woman like that is weak?
Rory: Elders are to be revered, and you do anything you can for an elder. And the fact of the matter is Scout, you are my elder, and I will do everything I can for you. I donít care what you want me to do. And thereís never going to be a time when you lift a log, thereís never going to be a time when you come out here and check the fire that Iím not going to feel like thatís my job because you are older than me. And I have the utmost respect for my elders.
Scout (Confessional): Rory is, in his way, pontificating respect. But respect is not to be pontificated. Itís not a speech. Itís an action.
Rory: You are my senior, and you have every right and privilege to ask me to bow down and do anything you want. (OH YEAH? WHAT ABOUT SARGE? HEíS YOUR SENIOR) Thatís the way I was raised. You shouldnít be doing a damn thing in this camp as far as Iím concerned. See, thatís Ė
Scout: Iím not that elder. (Laughs)
DC Notes: Anyone remember ďAnimorphs?Ē Roryís reminding me of Ax Ė ďYes, Prince Jake.Ē ďDonít call me prince!Ē
Scout (Confessional): Pushing his ideas of elder off of an elder, this elderís got something to tell him about that, and thatís a back up jack. I mean, this cowgirlís got a sweet smile, but my branding iron is hot. I mean really. Whoof.
Urge to Merge
Description: Reading the Reward Challenge Tree Mail, both tribes wonder whether a merge is in their future.
Ami: Tree mail!
Leann: Okay guys, ready?
Ami: Hmm, what does that mean?
Sarge: You! It only says you. Thereís nothing about tribal or a get together about that.
Eliza: Do you think itís an individual or a group thing?
Leann: If we lose Rory goes home.
Ami: Letís just Ė
Eliza: No, what if Julie and Twila are with them, and then, you know?
Ami: Julie and Twila are not with them. Have more faith in your girls.
Julie: (Waving flag) Lopevi! Lopevi! Just when we all start to fall in love with each other, weíre going to get split up.
Twila: Donít say that!
Julie (Confessional): Thereís definitely a team unity and everyoneís definitely feeling closer and more comfortable.
Chris: See, thatís a race.
Julie: I love the sound of race and Scout in the same sentence. Is that what it means?
Twila (Confessional): Iím ready. Iím ready to see what happens. Letís go do it. Letís see what unfolds today.
Elizaís Sweet Tooth
Description: Sick of manioc stew, Eliza eagerly anticipates the Reward Challenge, which she assumes will involve goodies.
Eliza (Confessional, yellow buff): So, so far, todayís been great. Iím really glad that we have something going on today, and it sounds like a reward challenge with the reward being something sweet. And thatís like my favorite thing in the entire world, so Iím really excited about that.
Oh my god, I would eat candy, cookies, cake, ice-cream. Iíd eat anything right now.
Food-wise weíre managing, but weíre not eating nearly as much as we would eat in an everyday situation at home. We have usually one big meal a day, which is our manioc stew, so itís manioc and watercress and cabbage in a broth, which isnít even that much and thatís our big meal. And then we have coconut and plantains throughout the day. But Iím hungry all the time. Definitely feel like Iím losing a lot of weight.
Iím never full after I eat. Even if Iím kind of full, itís just, you know, like a full that lasts for 10 minutes and then I feel that I could eat again. Or even the minute I finish - after dinner last night when we were saying that we were full, I still could have eaten a cheeseburger and a steak if youíd have put them in front of me. So full is kind of relative out here.
In our treemail that we received, it said something along the lines of: ďFrom water get flameĒ? So perhaps itís something swimming with a torch of some sort. It sounds physical. Right now everybody seems to think itís tribal, but I still think it could be individual. You never know what to expect.
I think itís going to be a merge prior to the challenge today. I think weíre going to get there and be ready, and then Jeffís going to say, ďAll right, drop your buffs,Ē and pull out a new color and merge us. Iím also prepared for the fact that that might not be the case.
Well, even if there isnít a merge weíll still get to see who Lopevi voted out at the last tribal council. Right now weíre assuming itís either Julie or Twila, so it will be nice to see the other one if theyíre there, or it would be even better to see both of them. But if there were a merge, we would reunite with our long lost tribemate and itíd be nice to get to know the four guys that we havenít gotten to know yet.
I think right now as a group weíre anticipating a merge. Weíre all kind of waiting on that because thatís the supposed next step. Then the game will change and so weíll have to see where we go from there.
Foot Care with Chris
Description: Footsore Chris will go to great lengths to ease his painful condition. Here, he fesses up about exactly how heís been doing that.
Chris (Confessional): Hey, my feet are doing better every day. I just been taking care of them, soaking them in salt water, letting them air out at night. Actually, John got voted of last night, and I was able to collect up a sock of his that he never wore. Little bit more padding.
Actually, John never kept track of anything of his. It was either his bag or his shoes or his underwear or his shirt or his pants. He was always looking for something. And I think he lost his socks like day 2 or 3, and he only found one. And I happen to find one of his socks in our hut, and I pretty much stashed it until he was gone so I could use it for my foot (laughs). I needed it really bad, and he went home last night, so I figured Iíd utilize that sock. Itís made a big difference on my right foot. Thatís where probably my worst sore is. Iím good to go, yeah. Went on a good journey today with Chad and Sarge, so my feet are doing real good.
(Laughs) I swiped Johnís sock about first week. I didnít swipe it! He lost his socks, okay? And he couldnít find them, and then they found one, and it was apparent. He told everybody in the tribe, ďHey, I lost one of my socks. Has anyone seen it?Ē Sarge made the comment he saw a sock in the hut, and John never looked in the hut, so I looked in the hut and there was a sock. It just laid there for so long. So I might have placed it to where it wasnít in sight. He was going home anyway. It was inevitable. I planned it that way (laughs). Okay, I stole the dudeís sock. Itís doing me good now. Itís bad news for everyone else cause my feet are getting better. Cause thatís my only ailment, my feet, and this could turn individual. If it donít, it donít matter, but the challenges are vital. Immunity is important. And the more physical the challenge, the better off I am if I have good feet. Yeah, I stole his sock. Thatís the way it goes.
We took a good long walk. We really didnít talk about Ė we talked about home, visiting each other maybe some day. Actually, we talked a little about if we did merge, what would be in our best interests. Sticking together. Just itís coming back to numbers. You get that pact. You make that alliance and youíre strong. And then the game shifts and you got to rely on something else, and numbers is a factor if we merge. Thatís what we got to work on right now.
I would say the water has reached the top of the glass when it comes to food talk. I am probably eating the least out of everyone at the tribe. Thatís by choice. I just donít like the food. I donít like manioc. I donít like nothing about it. It was seasoning. I donít like anything else that we cook. I donít like the fruits. Nothing tastes good to me here. I need some meat. I need a hamburger, and I canít have one and thereís not one here. They eat it. I donít know how. I mean Chad and Julie and Twila and Sarge are eating it. They eat four bowls of this stuff. I can barely stomach one bowl of the broth. Itís not doing me any good. Itís not making me any stronger. And then the food talk continues, and itís actually got on my nerves, last day and a half. I donít even want to hear about other food right now.
(Laughs) Man, I would love to have some cheeseburgers and bourbon, but thatís not possible! I donít even want to talk about food.
Well, I mean, you look for things to talk about. You talk about the best! You donít talk about your average lunch Ė a ham sandwich and some fritos. When youíre as hungry as we are, youíre talking about chocolate cake. Youíre talking about just delicious dessert food. And thatís what weíve been talking about. Itís just teasing ourselves. Itís not doing us any good to talk about it. Some of them, makes them feel better, but me, it doesnít. Chad Ė I think it bothers him too. Thatís the way it goes. Itís going to continue to be talked about.