|"A Bitter Pill To Swallow"|
|Episode Number||9/13 (035)|
|First Broadcast||March 30, 2015|
|Previous||Every Woman For Herself|
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A Bitter Pill To Swallow is the ninth episode of Survivor: Africa.
Day 24 (Night)
The final eight return to camp having just blindsided Phillis from the game, with Abbas, Don and Soledad now the ones on the outs, with the tribal dynamics completely shifting from the previous tribal.
- Possibly the best tribal council ever?- Ingrid
- Definately my favorite so far.- Marsha
- You guys got us good.- Abbas
- Why did you split your votes? When Phillis said it to me I thought she was joking... I didn't think you guys would be so idiotic (laughs)- David
- Yeah... No clue.- Abbas
|“||Tonight my fears became a reality, we lost Phillis because of her desire to shake things up even when they could have run smoothly. I'm pretty pissed at Don because he says he voted with Phillis, when he should have had enough sense to tell her not to go forward with her plan. Nevertheless I'm aware of the mistakes that were made, and I don't need David calling other people idiots.||”|
- I suppose we cant blame the vote splitting. Considering you guys had five votes anyway... Clear majority there.- Don
- That's what I was thinking. I guess our vote splitting just makes it more embarrassing, it wasn't the reason we lost Phillis.- Soledad
- Either way I'm thankful you guys did it... I needed a good laugh.- David
|“||David is pretty arrogant. It rubs me the wrong way and I know Don and Abbas feel the same. He'll suffer the same fate as all the other individuals like him unless he gets to grip with how he's playing.||”|
|“||Myself and Marsha survived tonight's vote. I guess this means we successfully worked our way back into a majority, and hopefully when we get down to five us two plus Ingrid can take out Luigino and David. I think I have a great chance to win the game if I can make it to the end... if I make it to the end (laughs)||”|
After all sleeping in on day twenty five, the majority of the tribe begin to worry for Don, who appears to be shutting down, no longer holding an interest in the game.
|“||Its been twenty five long days out here. Being the old age that I am I cant take being out here for another three, six... nine days. My body is shutting itself down to the point where I barely have enough strength to get out of my bed in the morning. You know the group tell me to sit and relax, and I watch them bustin' their asses doing the work I should be doing... Its hard. Its a bitter pill to swallow. Working is all I like to do and if I cant do that them... Pfft, send me home.||”|
- You sure you guys don't want any help?- Don
- We're fine Don. You just stay right there you here?- David
- Can I get you some water Don?- Soledad
- I can get my own damn water I'm not a cripple.- Don
|“||Don has reached a stage where he really cant go on out here. He's a small thin guy as it is... after all this time he's really just withered away and now he's just a shell. I mean his temple is completely sunken... His eyes are just bulged out and his cheeks... It isnt easy to be around because we cant help him. I suppose if there's no way we can get one of the ex-Samburu members out next then the best thing to do would be send Don home.||”|
Adela, Ingrid and Marsha walk together outside the shelter under the rouse that they are collecting water. The three gloat somewhat at being firmly in the majority, knowing that they now hold power over David and Luigino. The girls discuss the fact that David is playing hard, knowing that if he suspects anything he will flip to the ex-Boran alliance along with Luigino.
- We need to keep things on the down low for now.- Adela
- Mmmhm. If he knows then it could be another shakey tribal. I cant imagine him staying loyal to us though. I mean is he really dumb enough to not know three girls are going to team up at the end?- Marsha
- Not if I convince him that I'll vote one of you guys out.- Adela
- Perfect...- Ingrid
- Dont let Luingo know either.- Adela
- I wont say a word to that crusty old b*****d- Ingrid
- (laughs)- Adela & Marsha
- Oi mama mia! Where is a David!? I ah need to make'ah alliance!- Ingrid
Adela and Marsha fall on the floor laughing at Ingrid's sudden impressions of Luigino, both finding it extremely amusing.
|“||We've got our plans set up for the final five. There is a concern that David will work things out, but hopefully I can work my own magic on him, and lure him into our trap. Girls need to stick together in this thing, we cant have another guy winning.||”|
|“||All girl final three alliance baby! You know I'm already getting excited about this. But.... There is a but. I have extreme concerns about going to the end with Adela and Ingrid. Adela is bound to win this game if she makes it to the final two because she's the golden girl and everyone loves her, she plays hard and really knows how to manipulate others. Then with Ingrid she's the grandma who kicked ass out here, who wouldn't award her the million dollars?! Maybe it would be wiser to go with someone like Luigino... I mean he's not liked by anyone.||”|
The other five members of the tribe hear the three girls laughing outside the shelter.
|“||I don't like Adela, Ingrid or Marsha really. They bug the hell out of me. They're loud, annoying... They don't pull their weight around camp. I feel with each day I find someone else to hate out here, but I'm not sleeping at night, so I've got my excuses. I think they're all giddy because of last nights tribal... I mean I hated Phillis but you don't hear me squealing about it. Maybe I'll amuse myself and vote one of them out next.||”|
- They probably just made their final three deal and find it hilarious...- Abbas
- Yeah... maybe (laughs nervously)- David
|“||I've had my suspicions about Adela as a player for a long time out here, and its only now that I'm worried she could be a lot safer then I assumed. I feel like I'm the one calling the shots out here... But I don't have the same kind of bond with Marsha and Ingrid that Adela has... I feel like I need to watch my back a lot more then I have been. I need to make sure I've got more allies then just Luigino.||”|
David pulls Abbas off to one side, deciding that he should make a deal with one of the three Boran members. With Don incapable of playing the game, and Soledad fickle with her loyalty, David has selected Abbas as the member he'd like to work with.
- You're a smart guy. You know what is going on here, and you know that you guys need any lifeline you can get.- David
- Of course.- Abbas
- I feel its smart in this game to be ready for shake ups at any point. I cant guarantee you anything like a final two deal, but maybe... I could offer you safety... I could make sure you outlast Don and Soledad, and that you'll outlast Marsha.- David
- Right... ok no I follow what you're trying to say. And I suppose you'll dispose of me when you're done?- Abbas
- If you don't want three extra days then go ahead and say no... You can always find ways to save yourself after that, but this is better than nothing.- David
|“||David is an interesting character. He plays the role of the strategic mastermind, but really his paranoia is what runs him. I made a throw away comment about the girls having an alliance, and his immediate response is to offer me three extra days out here. I accepted his deal of course, because three days could be the key to winning this thing. If I can outstay Marsha, then I'm sure both Adela and Ingrid will be bitter enough to want to take a revenge hit against David as opposed to viewing me as the threat that I am. Maybe this is where things turn around for me and I control my own fate in the game... after twenty five days of waiting. God I've been patient (laughs)||”|
Abbas and David shake hands, both smiling at their new deal, hopeful that it will prevent the girls from taking over the game at the final five.
The tribe is informed that they will be facing their next reward challenge, and that they must all pair up as the challenge will be a reward for two individuals. After discussing the fairest way to form the pairs, the group unanimously agree to pull names from a hat. The final pairs are David and Ingrid, Adela and Don, Abbas and Soledad, and Luigino and Marsha.
|“||So I got paired with Don for the reward challenge. I pretty much know this means I can kiss the reward goodbye. The guy can barely move yet alone win a challenge.||”|
|“||I am so stoked to have been paired with Abbas. Looking at the other pairs I know we're the strongest. Abbas is also someone who I'd like to share a reward with, so I can be comfortable winning this, as opposed to dreading spending a reward in the company of someone like... Luigino.||”|
Challenge: Obstacle Course
The castaways will compete in an two-round, double-elimination obstacle course in four teams of two. The two leading teams will go to the final round. First pair to finish wins.
Reward: A movie night-out, with an eat-all-you can feast
Winner: Abbas and Soledad
After winning the reward, Abbas and Soledad are taken off to enjoy a movie and a feast, leaving the remaining six members at camp alone. All having expected Abbas and Soledad to win the reward, the tribe remain in high spirits, with the exception of Don, who immediately goes to lie down, continuing to feel unwell in the conditions. Luigino offers to make the tribe a dinner of rice and beans, with Ingrid helping him add seasoning left over from a previous reward.
|“||Not winning the challenge doesn't bother me in the slightest. I wouldn't want to go and watch a film with Marsha anyway. She's probably one of those people who talk all the way through the damn movie.||”|
- Oh them beans smell good...- Marsha
- I'm starving...- Ingrid
- Aint we all.- Marsha
- Guys, I was thinking tonight we should do something fun for once. They're watching a film so maybe we should play a game or... I don't know... Just lighten up a bit. We're got about ten days left out here and we could all use the boost.- Adela
|“||For the last few days everyone's looked pretty gloomy and down, so I thought I'd take the role of fun organizer and I'd get us actually doing something rather than sulking like we normally do every evening.||”|
- We could do charades.- Ingrid
- Oh that'd be fun.- Marsha
- You guys gonna play? David? Lui?- Adela
- Uh, yeah sure.- David
- ... (sighs) Yeah.- Luigino
|“||I have to admit when someone says do you want to do something fun and its getting dark, a game of charades isn't what comes into my mind first.||”|
Ingrid goes first, attempting to act out "The Grinch who stole Christmas", pointing at Luigino for the word "Grinch", much to everyone's amusement.
|“||I like that we finally had an evening where we didn't think about the game, and we all got together and bonded through a stupid game. I forgot for an hour that most of these people hate me, and I actually felt that... Maybe I am appreciated.||”|
|“||I had a great time tonight with the old Samburu members. We laughed, we joked around... I got to find out things about them that I wouldn't have even spoken about with my old Boran tribe. I do feel that myself and Mary may have ended up on the wrong tribe, because these people are more like me. They don't take themselves too seriously, and they're less game savvy, which I suppose I like.||”|
Despite the tribe getting together and having fun, Don decides to opt out, remaining alone for the entire evening.
|“||I've reached the end of my adventure. I don't want to get close to any of these people because they just aint my preference. I get on with Soledad and Abbas, but they aint here right now... The most enjoyable thing for me to do is sleep or sit alone with my thoughts. I'm trying to communicate with my wife telepathically (laughs, then begins to cry) ... I uh... I don't believe in that mumbo jumbo but I guess the thought of her is what keeps me going out here. Hopefully tomorrow they give me my wish and send me home.||”|
At the reward challenge, Abbas and Soledad eat their fill, enjoying the array of food laid out before them, before settling down to watch a movie. The two stay silent throughout the film, enjoying the release from the game and their paranoia, feeling relaxed for the first time in twenty six days.
|“||This reward was what I needed. I already feel that I've somewhat sorted myself out strategically by making a deal with David, which hopefully he'll stay true to because it means I lost valuable time which could have been used looking for cracks in the Samburu alliance. I do feel bad that myself, Soledad and Don are so screwed that it guarantees one of them is going next... But I cant do anything to stop that... I just have to let them go, and try and work this thing on my own. It'll be a lot easier to slide under the radar without two other votes on my side, because that way I'm no longer a threat.||”|
|“||I had a great time tonight with Abbas, he's such a great guy and he's so laid back its comforting to be around him. I know that myself, Don and Abbas are on the outs of the game... But I feel that the group will spare me because I have a connection with Adela and Marsha, so they'll fight my corner... Don wants out, and Abbas is a physical threat... So I like my chances, even though they are c**p.||”|
The final eight get ready to face their next individual immunity challenge, with Soledad and Abbas both desperate to win in order to keep themselves safe, knowing that they are both on the chopping block after the previous tribal council.
|“||Tonight I want to win immunity just to confirm my safety. As I said before I don't feel as if I'm the one who will be going, but I don't want to be the fool who got comfortable in an uncomfortable position... resulting in his embarrassing elimination. I've already got this reputation for being a challenge threat... But I suppose that isn't hard when the only other men out here are Luigino, Don and David... I think anyone under the age of thirty on this tribe is a challenge threat (laughs). I would hate to make these assumptions grow because I won a challenge at a tribal where I might not even go home...||”|
|“||I haven't had much luck in challenges so far... But I've never felt as vulnerable as I do now. Hopefully this fear lights the fire underneath me, and I come back wearing the pretty necklace around my neck... If I don't then I suppose I've got Abbas and Don to throw dirty on.||”|
Challenge: Light it Up
Castaways must create fire using a magnifying glass and some twigs. If the fire that grew high enough would burn a thin cord strung across each firepit. When the cord snapped, it would drop a weight, which hoisted a flag announcing the winner. There was only one rule: if anything other than the flame touched the cord, that person would be disqualified.
|Immunity Challenge: Light it Up|
Abbas, Adela, Don, Ingrid, Luigino, Marsha, Soledad
The tribe return to camp with David wearing the immunity necklace, once again safe at tribal council. Both Soledad and Abbas, although disappointed at not winning immunity, feel some confidence knowing that the other is as vulnerable as they are, giving them a better shot at staying in the game. Before anyone can break up to strategize, Don calls the group together in order to make an announcement.
- Before everyone starts the whole strategy talks and messing around... I want to ask you guys... Vote me out tonight... You've seen how I've been these last few days, and you know for health reasons I need to go next. That's all I'm going to say. No messing around, vote me out.- Don
- ... Wow Don- Soledad
- It's what needs to happen. I'm concerned if I stay out here any longer I could fall ill, and I cant have that. Not at my age. I need to get out of here.- Don
|“||Don has basically laid down on the sword for myself and Abbas tonight. He knows that we've got a better chance at winning the game, and I think his move is really admirable. It shows what kind of a man he is, and that he really puts others before himself.||”|
- Don, I cant believe you did that.- Soledad
- I cant keep going out here sweetie. Look at me... I feel horrible... My hands shake, I cant sleep... It's just torment.- Don
- (hugs him) I'll try and win this for you.- Soledad
- You do that. You or Abbas better take this thing.- Don
David pulls the Samburu alliance together, with the group feeling somewhat weary about following Don's request so eagerly.
|“||Don made a very honest request to the group today, and I think my alliance were just going to accept that and vote him out. I feel like the evil one who is saying "wait, can we think about this!?". Don isn't a threat whatsoever... We can easily pick him off whenever we want to. Abbas has the deal with me, so I'm not going to send him home. Then there's Soledad. She's supposedly someone who can play this game hard according to what Phillis said back on Boran. Soledad was also on a tribe with Adela and Marsha, and that gives her the potential to join with them in this girls alliance I'm nervous about. It might be safer to send home Soledad, and make Don endure another few days out here. I doubt he's going to fall down dead... and if he does then I guess that's someone else out the way (laughs)||”|
- Cutting right to it. I don't want to vote Don out tonight.- David
- What?!- Ingrid
- Why not?- Adela
- He's not a threat at all...- David
- I don't think its a case of someone being a threat David... The guy is done... He cant do anything.- Adela
- Exactly why we keep him- David
- I was thinking the same thing. He wont stir the pot. You tell me that you believe Don could do damage here... as opposed to someone like Soledad?!- Luigino
- Well no but...- Adela
- But nothing. If you guys want to do Don then lets do it. But then Soledad could easily shake this game up and then we could all fall apart. We want to play this thing safe and smart... and to do that we keep Don tonight. If we're lucky he'll quit in a fit of rage right after anyway.- David
|“||Tonight could have been such a simple vote. Things could have run smoothly and we sent Don home without anyone making a move. David had to overcomplicate things by saying to get rid of Soledad. I personally don't care about sending Soledad home, she jumped ship and screwed herself... but I think we should respect Don's decision to send him home and honor that. David gets more paranoid as the game goes on, and he makes decisions that aren't rational. If I was the same kind of player as David I'd write his name down tonight...||”|
|“||I wanted to vote Don out just because he looks like he's about to keel over and pass on to the spirit world if he stays any longer. We'd need to bring Mary back to summon him for tribal council so he can cast his vote... I'm noticing this group falling apart, and I think after tonight I'll need to reconsider who I go forward with, because the group is going to start cannibalizing itself.||”|
Before tribal council David goes and speaks with Abbas, telling him that he has made sure he will be safe at the vote, and that tonight he doesn't need him to vote any way, as he isn't planning on shaking up the game, but promises to do so at a future tribal council.
|“||David told me he kept me safe at tribal council, and that I could vote whoever I wanted to... He said something about me and him changing the game next round... I find it pretty odd that David asks me for help... then says he doesn't really need my help but he's going to keep me around anyway. Pretty poor gameplay on his part (laughs) ... But if he wants to "keep me safe", then he is most certainly welcome to.||”|
At tribal council the group discuss the clear divide since the previous tribal council, with everyone speaking as if the groups wont shift, and that Abbas, Soledad and Don will be the next three out of the game. Abbas tells Jeff that he did warn his tribe members that the Samburu members would team up if they didn't take one of them out, and that he is displeased to learn his worries were correct. Don tells Jeff that he is going home, and that he asked the group to send him on his way, not having the will to continue playing the game. With a seemingly easy vote ahead, Jeff ends tribal council early, having the tribe vote after Don finishes speaking. However, the vote is far from simple, with David convincing his alliance to keep the weakened Don in the game, instead blindsiding Soledad out of fear that she could join the "all girl alliance" that Abbas had warned David about. Soledad seems shocked as she leaves the tribal council area, with Don muttering swears at the ex-Samburu members, telling the group that they're "scum". Phillis laughs at the site, winking at Abbas and Don as they head back to camp with the dominant Samburu alliance still holding a firm majority.
Soledad (5 votes)
Adela, David, Ingrid, Luigino & Marsha
Ingrid (3 votes)
Abbas, Don & Soledad
|“||Voting you. No reason, good luck.||”|
|“||Soledad, you and I were close for a while then you decided to abandon our alliance. It backfired and that's why you're the one to go.||”|
|“||You're smarter than Don, and you're a girl who could easily sway Adela, Marsha and Ingrid. I'm protecting myself by getting rid of you tonight.||”|
|“||You've done good to get this far, but I just feel that you don't deserve to win.||”|
|“||Soledad, you caused the girls alliance to fail, then you tried to join back with your old buddies. Karma has come back to get you.||”|
|“||Goodbye Soledad... Lets see you stir up the game now.||”|
|“||I voiced to you my disappointment in your decision to change allegiances after you screwed Adela, Mary and myself. Well this is a payback vote.||”|
|“||You blamed us not coming to you for the reason Mary went home. If you want to make moves out here you need to be the one to get the ball rolling, not waiting around for other people to approach you.||”|
|“||Disappointment. The group had the chance to let a very tired man go home and instead they decided to shock us all by sending me home. I hope they're proud of themselves. They act like they're on the moral high ground but they're really not... Abbas and Don are the only good people left in that game. I've had a great experience. I didn't expect it to end this early but life is such.||”|
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