Redemption Island Challenge:
Christine our resident duel winner on Redemption Island and Mikayla both voted out of the Upolu tribe, face off in the Redemption Island arena. The challenge is to dislodge boards from a crate and use those boards to build a bridge. After your bridge is built you must then disassemble your bridge and flip the boards over to find a design. All boards with a design are then pieces of your puzzle which you must put together to resemble the Redemption Island arena logo. Christine is slightly ahead during the bridge building. Mikayla catches up and believes she has finished her puzzle. “NO” Jeff says, “it’s not right!”. This gives Christine a chance to complete her puzzle and win her fifth challenge in a row! Mikayla throws her buff in the fire and her Survivor experience is over.
Walking back to Savaii camp Ozzy tells Cochran that he thinks he needs to go to Redemption Island and beat Christine in a duel so that their tribe has the numbers in the merge which they feel is coming extremely soon. Cochran is thrilled to hear this because it gives him one more life in his nine lives.
Back at Upolu camp Coach is praying and meditating saying that his tribe “Needs a boost.” He’s decided to lie to his tribemates and tell them that they must find the idol before going into the merge. He gathers his tribemates for a prayer asking the Lord’s help in finding the idol (umm he has had the idol for quite some time now), and the Lord’s guidance in helping his tribe win the upcoming challenge. Coach’s plan is to go get the idol and let some of his unknowing tribemates think that the Lord led them to it. Okay this is creeping me out. First of all how many times have I said that I don’t believe God watches Survivor! He’s kind of busy! Coach is also making God an accessory to his lie in my opinion. Yeah, Coach, think you’ve past the point of no return with me.
Everyone scatters to look for the idol and Coach and Sophie go off to actually obtain the idol where Coach has stashed it. They also check tree mail and see that they have a challenge today. Coach and Sophie rejoin their tribe and say they have two pieces of great news! They’ve found the idol! Surprise! Brandon is elated that the Lord has led them to the idol. This is going to do additional damage to his psyche when he finds out the truth, I’m quite sure. Brandon is sure happy to be on a tribe that is being protected and led by the Lord. Really? Really? I’m ready for a season of atheists thank you very much. Coach and Sophie then read the clues to the immunity challenge.
Immunity Challenge:[singlepic id=673 w=320 h=240 float=left]Both tribes must pair up as twins. They must paint themselves as warriors and dress alike. The challenge will be completed in pairs. There is an obstacle course that each pair must go through blindfolded while one pair is the caller. The calling pair will direct their tribe pairs through the obstacle course to obtain bags of masks. After retrieving all of the bags the last pair must then put the masks in pairs by feel. The tribe that completes this first wins immunity and a special reward. The reward is a trip to the Survivor Cinema where they will see a sneak preview of the new Adam Sandler movie “Jack and Jill” and have all the movie treats their hearts desire. The competition is close until there’s literally a snag. Cochran has hooked Ozzy and Whitney to the rope the wrong way. They become tangled and it impedes them from being able to retrieve their bag of masks. They must stop and Ozzy has to unhook and rehook themselves to the rope while blindfolded. Savaai loses the challenge to Upolu because of Cochrans error. Was this really an error on Cochrans part or did Cochran sabotage his own tribe because Ozzy said he’d go to Redemption Island? Coach who has been praying to the Lord during this challenge immediately demands that his tribemates get on their knees and pray to God to thank him for leading them to victory. Ok, I’m uncomfortable at this point, seriously. He’s lucky I’m not on his tribe! Ozzy is furious at Cochran’s error or sabotage and starts throwing karate kicks at the wall. Jeff asks Ozzy what all the high emotion is about. Ozzy says it’s just so frustrating that they lost the challenge when they were so close because of Cochran’s stupid mistake. [singlepic id=674 w=320 h=240 float=right]Upolu heads off to enjoy their evening at the movies and Savaii returns to camp. Everyone points the finger at Cochran for losing the challenge. Cochran says he’s sorry and he feels terrible about his mistake. They all decide that Cochran is the weakest link and tell him that he must go to Redemption Island to beat Christine and redeem himself. Cochran has no interest in Redemption. He feels that if he goes, Christine will beat him in the duel. He wonders what happened to Ozzy’s idea about going to Redemption Island. They give Cochran a “see ya later” pep talk and tell him he has to believe in himself and basically atone for his sin of screwing up the challenge. The next morning Ozzy wakes up and says he has a headache. He’s decided sometime during the night that he will take a bullet for his tribe and go to Redemption Island in the hopes of beating Christine and tying up the numbers for the merge. Apparently Savaii has no idea that Christine has little or no interest in re-merging with the Upolu tribe. She’s made it quite clear that she doesn’t like her tribemates. Ozzy puts on the immunity necklace and joins his tribemates where he tells them his plan. He wants them to vote him off so that he can go to Redemption and tell Christine that Cochrane was going to be voted off but pulled out the immunity necklace and bye bye Ozzy. He says this will throw everyone off at the merge. He then plans to beat her at the challenge and return to the game the next day assuming there will be a merge. His tribemates consider this and Keith, Whitney and Jim don’t like the idea because they are worried that the merge is no guarantee and they know they are at a disadvantage in a team challenge with no Ozzy.
Jeff asks what happened back at camp after the challenge and everyone tells Jeff exactly what is going on and Ozzy’s plan. Jeff is dumbfounded and asks, “what if the merge doesn’t happen?” They agree it’s a chance Ozzy is willing to take. Jeff asks Ozzy if he loses to Christine will he look like an even bigger fool than he did his last season when he didn’t use his immunity idol? Ozzy says yes, but again he wants to make big bold moves in Survivor and this has never been done before. It is definitely a first! Ozzy gives his immunity necklace to Cochran of all people and Cochrane agrees to save it for Ozzy. Are you kidding me? Has Ozzy ever watched Survivor?? At this point I’m screaming NO, NO to the television but it’s a done deal. The votes are cast and Ozzy readily and happily scoots off to Redemption Island. Is this the coolest Survivor move ever or the dumbest thing Ozzy’s ever done?
Will the merge be next week? Will Christine win her sixth duel or will Ozzy prevail? Will Cochran keep the immunity necklace? Until next week….The tribe has spoken!!