|"Stand Up And Shut It Down"|
|Episode Number||3/13 (055)|
|First Broadcast||December 17, 2017|
|Previous||No Light At The End Of This Tunnel|
Stand Up And Shut It Down is the third episode of Survivor: Thailand.
Day 6 (Night)
Sook Jai return to camp having just voted Joan out at their first tribal council, with the vote split drastically between three sects of the tribe. Having voted for Karen along with now eliminated Joan, Ricardo struggles to hide his disappointment with the result, standing with a glum look on his face whilst others make small talk around the shelter.
|“||So... Joan was voted out tonight by the tribe. A very small group of the tribe... I think it was four people? Based on what I heard I'm guessing that Melissa, Phillip, Rick and... maybe Karen? That's who voted together. It's crazy because half these people openly dislike each other, but they found the agreement to vote out my closest friend. Of the six others left on the tribe I feel I have a good relationship with everyone... especially the girls, but evidently when it came down to voting I wasn't in the fold. I just hope that whatever this was isn't permanent... and there's still time for me to form an alliance so that the next time I cast a vote, its for the person that goes home.||”|
- Well... I didn't expect it to be so split.- Phillip
- I did... the amount of names being thrown around it made sense.- Kanda
- Wonder which of y'all voted me. I mean Karen I'm guessin' you was one?- Rick
- I did vote you yeah...- Karen
- Because you think I'm rude...- Rick
- I just think that the last few days you haven't given me much other choice...- Karen
- Well, I'll just agree to stop talkin' to ya'. Seein' as I offend you so much.- Rick
- Perfect...- Karen
|“||I feel like an idiot. Tonight I thought I had set things up so that Rick would be voted out, and that both Joan and Karen would stay. Evidently my plan was pathetic because Joan went home, and no one listened to me. Maybe being the young mastermind is going to be tougher than I originally anticipated. The only positive that came out of all this is that Melissa, Rick, Karen and Phillip are all still here... making it easy to narrow down the next vote to one of them.||”|
The group head into their shelter, all getting ready to sleep and forget the awkwardness of their first tribal council. Karen makes an effort to sleep away from Rick, whilst Melissa is seen trying to comfort Ricardo after his closest friend on the tribe was sent home.
The tribe begins the day in high spirits despite the downpour of rain, still on a high from their previous two challenge wins. Vince and Rachel brave the rain and head down to the ocean in order to attempt to catch fish with their newly obtained net, leaving the other five tribe members under shelter in the caves.
|“||Today the weather was pretty rough, and you can see the physical toll that seven days out here is taking on everyone. I'm already a bag of wrinkled scrawny bones, so its not so daunting to see the state of myself as it is these younger individuals. Gypsy who always looks fabulous is really looking frail, but she's keeping a smile on her face as is everyone else. I think winning has given us a greater sense of optimism around camp. We're all feeling that one of us could potentially win this thing now, rather than being the tribe that started out losing and was going to make a habit of such things.||”|
- I can't imagine how Sook Jai are feeling in this weather...- Aaron
- I know... poor guys really drew the short straw if they have a basic shelter.- Harper
- No need to thank me guys... call it a writers intuition.- Salma
- (laughs) Taking credit for the caves in a random draw.- Aaron
- Listen, I'll take whatever credit I can find in this game! (laughs)- Salma
|“||Salma is continuing to rub me the wrong way. I don't know what it is about her... she never shuts up, she goes on about herself and her writing all the time. I mean I've never heard of any of her books? I mean I guess it could be an age thing and I was born twenty-years after they stopped publishing her work...? As the oldest person out here its only natural that she should be an outcast, and I think if we are to lose again she'll struggle to come up with an argument as to why anyone else should go home.||”|
In contrast to their rivals, Sook Jai start Day 7 in a less than positive mood, having suffered all morning due to the rainstorm. Ricardo sits between a shivering Melissa and Karen, putting his arms around them to try and keep the trio warm. Rick fans the fire with his hat, whilst Kanda attempts to shelter it from the dampness, knowing that to lose the fire at this stage would have drastic consequences for the tribe.
|“||After a week out here you can see certain people are failing, and the last two losses haven't helped this situation for Sook Jai. Myself and Rick spend hours today trying to keep the fire going, but at this stage its falling apart.||”|
- Thanks for doing this guys...- Phillip
- No problem.- Kanda
- Not sure how much of it is countin'... darn thing isn't staying lit...- Rick
- (sighs) This isn't what we need right now. Have any of you seen Estan?- Phillip
- He ain't in the shelter moaning with the girlies?- Rick
- Nope...- Phillip
- He's down the beach somewhere...- Kanda
|“||I want a fresh start for this group... especially after the issues we've had over the last three days. Losing Joan was suppose to signal a new beginning for Sook Jai, but all we've seen so far is disheartened campers because of the rain. Some of us are keeping the priorities straight, whilst others have just given up... this next challenge our desperation better give us a boost of energy, or else I think my tribe is stuck in a bad spot we wont get out of.||”|
Challenge: Pilfering Pirates
The tribes had to race along a narrow bamboo course over water. At the center of the course was an "Attack Zone" where the Survivors could physically knock each other off the course. At the end of the course were two boats, one for each tribe, filled with baskets. Their goal was to negotiate the course, steal a basket from the opposing team's boat and return it to their own team's starting boat. If at any point a tribe member was not in the "Attack Zone" when they made contact with their opponent, they will be disqualified and the tribe will lose a basket to their opposing tribe. First tribe to steal ten baskets would win.
Reward: A visit from the Thai Red Beret Special Forces Soldiers, who would help improve living conditions back at camp for twenty-four hours.
Winner: Sook Jai
|Reward Challenge Pilfering Pirates|
|Won||Sook Jai|| |
Estan, Kanda, Karen, Melissa, Phillip, Ricardo, Rick
|Lost||Chuay Gahn|| |
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper, Julius, Rachel, Salma, Vince
The Chuay Gahn tribe reach their cave after losing the reward challenge, somewhat breaking their spirits after a two day high. The group realise their loss is primarily down to the poor performances of several individuals, namely Gypsy, who got herself disqualified during the challenge after pushing Melissa whilst out of the attack zone.
|“||It's frustrating to feel you're someone who always performs well in challenges, only to be let down by the failure of others. Today no one else was physically able to take down the Sook Jai, and we have Gypsy screw up by getting herself disqualified and losing a point. I don't want to cause a scene about this, but its not the standard we should be at when we're fighting for such a pivotal reward.||”|
- Tough loss there guys...- Vince
- Red berets... imagine what they'd have shown us. I mean we'd be getting such vital information from these guys and instead... (she shakes her head and walks off)- Harper
- I feel like maybe I should be apologising here... guys honestly I screwed up, and I'm sorry...- Gypsy
- Let's just leave it. Close this wound and make sure it doesn't happen again.- Julius
|“||My challenge performance today wasn't acceptable. I don't think the loss was totally down to me, but I contributed to the point that its hard for anyone else to scapegoat someone but me for this result. Harper likes to win... she's an athlete of some sorts... so her tantrum kind of makes sense because I get that she's not use to losing.||”|
Aaron walks after an upset Harper to make sure she is okay, not wanting to leave her alone after the loss. He finds her sitting alone collecting snails, joining her to help fill the tribes food bucket. He comforts her by letting her know the result is simply a one off loss, and that they'll be able to come back from it at the immunity challenge, which he claims is "far more important". Harper decides to voice her frustrations with particular members to Aaron, feeling as though they need to start planning in case another loss takes place at the upcoming immunity challenge.
|“||There's yet to be any solid alliances made on this tribe yet. At least no one has approached me to make any deals, and I don't think this group is savvy enough to have thought that far ahead. I want to make sure that if we lose again, I'm the one deciding who we cut loose from this tribe... and as I've been saying these past few days I want it to be Salma. She's not strong in challenges as we saw today, and she does my head in. Aaron is an straight talker and good guy, and other than myself he's one of the few people who brings something positive to this tribe. So I think that he's the best person to approach about what we need to do to sort out this tribe...||”|
- My frustration isn't so much at losing... its that this group has too much dead weight.- Harper
- In what sense? Gypsy today?- Aaron
- Not even her... we have Salma, who as tough as she is... she's a sixty-year old woman! She can't go up against anyone on that tribe... anyone in this whole game. Everyone will beat her in anything because she just isn't up to things. It's the sad reality... and I think if we lose tomorrow we need to consider the possibility that Salma leaving will strengthen us immensely.- Harper
- Right... have you spoken about this with anyone else?- Aaron
- You're the first person... I think we can easily speak to Vince and Julius about this... Gypsy and Rachel are both under Salma's wing at this point and view her as the benevolent mother figure... I can't see how we'll convince them. But we don't need to... if the rest of us agree that's four.- Harper
Aaron agrees with Harper's analysis, agreeing that both Vince and Julius would vote Salma out if it was a realistic option. He tells Harper to wait before approaching others about the plan, as he doesn't want them to come off too keen to vote an individual out.
|“||After the challenge I went to check on Harper because she seemed upset and I'm not the kind of person who likes to see people feeling down, and to isolate yourself in a situation like this isn't good for your own well-being and that of the wider tribe. Rather than to have a standard conversation about the challenge it turned into a witch hunt against Salma. It was a pretty awkward moment because Harper spoke of Salma's weakness... and how she being an athlete has this challenge prowess... but the truth of the matter is that in the four challenges we've had so far, Salma has been a stronger performer than triathlete. I don't have any interest in getting rid of Salma going next, and it had crossed my mind that in terms of tribe strength Gypsy might need to go... I'll hope this desire is short lived in Harper's mind, but if she tries to spread it to others then I think I'll have to stand up and shut it down.||”|
The Sook Jai tribe return to camp having won the reward challenge, lifting the tribes spirits after a dreary two days. The group eagerly await the arrival of the red berets, knowing that the knowledge they provide will be invaluable for the remainder of the tribes time in Thailand.
|“||Today was a masterclass in how to win a challenge in Survivor. Chuay Gahn didn't have a hope in hell when it came to facing off against our members. The simple fact is they're weaker than we are, and they got lucky last time winning those challenges. Everyone stepped up today, and I can't fault a single one of them because we dominated. It's tough being the leader when you lose, but when you win you remember why you stepped up into the position to begin with.||”|
The group see a boat approaching the shoreline, with the two red beret soldiers on board. All seven Sook Jai members wave them in, helping the men off the boat and hugging them to show their immediate gratitude. Without wasting any times, the red beret get to work in grabbing different flora, introducing the tribe to new sources of nutrition that they were unaware was located on their beach.
|“||I have tremendous respect for any servicemen. I've served my country and I know how much it takes out of you, and I know how much work goes in to get to where these two men have got. Their knowledge and skill came across clearly the second they jumped off the boat... and we were strugglin' to keep up, because they was grabbing one plant, then eating another, then rippin' roots out the ground and making spoons with their machetes (laughs)... it was like a race against time and they'd only been here thirty-minutes... so I'm thinkin' how much more can they possibly show us in twenty-four hours!?||”|
- So we can eat this?- Karen
- (nods)- Red Beret member
- Eat? (gestures to her mouth)- Karen
- Yes...- Red Beret member
- Amazing..- Karen
|“||It's a huge benefit having these men here to show us what we've been sitting on this whole time. We've had about twenty different food sources just on our beach that we thought were plain old plants... but they're amazing sources of nutrition. I'm just in awe of it all... this reward is really a major advantage, and I feel so bad that Chuay Gahn don't even know what they're missing.||”|
The group spend their day helping the Red Beret whilst also learning what they can utilise for the remainder of their time. Very little conversation happens between the tribe members, with everyone bonding over the shared experience. Estan however doesn't stop thinking about the game, knowing that in the last vote his attempted removal of Rick failed, leaving his position in the tribe unknown.
|“||With everyone distracted by the Red Beret there's been no discussion on alliances or future votes, and its awkward because I still haven't had a chance to discuss things with those who went against my plan, or even speak to Karen about why Rick is still here. I'm smiling and nodding and making a bowl of... some Thai stuff... but all I can think is how I'm going to get the power I crave in this group. Right now Phillip is the supposed leader, and there's two routes that present themselves as logical in my head. The first is to use Phillip's status as the Richard Nixon-esque leader we've been so sadly plagued with as an easy vote off... get Ricardo, Melissa and Karen together and vote him out next. The other is to be the leader behind the leader... and use Phillip as a puppet whilst I call the shots behind him. It wouldn't be difficult... because Phillip is easily swayed and he'll take the heat for me... he's already got certain people on his side too as per the last vote... I don't need to make a decision as to which route to take, not until we lose... if last tribal showed me anything its that this group don't finalise decisions until the last minute, meaning whatever I decide can be slipped in with ten minutes to go and still be as effective as a two day old plan.||”|
The group continue to follow the guidance of the Red Berets, taking them into the evening where they get an early night after their first substantial meal in days, hoping that the tribe has found its way back to a winning mentality.
The tribe has a slow start to the morning, feeling the effects of losing the previous days reward challenge, knowing how much was at stake in gaining the guidance of two Red Beret soldiers. Harper, Salma and Rachel lay down in the cave, having very little energy to spend doing camp chores.
- Even thinking about fish isn't making me want to do anything...- Rachel
- I know... its like I'm now ungrateful for the net...- Salma
- Just think about how much could've been added had we got that reward.- Rachel
- You guys worried about tomorrows challenge?- Harper
- Immunity? Uh, I'm not. I mean no point worrying now... we've just got to try our best when we get there.- Salma
- Absolutely...- Rachel
- Well, sometimes our best isn't good enough.- Harper
|“||Today is a slow day, and its one that we normally have one of when there's no challenge, tribal or reward to keep us busy. These days are by far the worst out here. I'd much prefer to be deliberating a vote off right now (laughs). If I hear my tribe say 'try your best' again when referring to a challenge I might have to dunk their heads into the sea and hope it wakes them up to the reality that 'our best' doesn't compete on the same tier as Sook Jai.||”|
Collecting the tribes fishing net, Julius and Aaron take the opportunity to talk privately between themselves. Julius opts to take a risk and pitch the idea of teaming up, admitting to Aaron that since he voted against Gypsy the previous tribal, he is concerned that he may be outside an alliance of five.
|“||I've been meaning to talk game with someone else on my tribe since the first tribal council, and today felt like a good chance to speak with Aaron who seems to be one of the central figures in our group. I uh, I feel I have proven myself in challenges and around camp, so there's no real reason for me to be ostracised this early on. You know, I'm a metrosexual man who has eyeliner as his personal item ... I don't scream macho alpha... but somehow in this group I'm one of the most valuable assets. If I can pitch myself to someone like Aaron and get involved in a core group, there's nothing that should hold me back from going deep in this game.||”|
- I understand your concerns... you know I really respect you coming to uh, speak to me about this.- Aaron
- I just don't want to be one of the next to go. Not when there's no legitimate excuse to be writing my name down at this early stage.- Julius
- Well, I personally know there's no alliance of five between those of us that voted for West. I get on with them all... I like them all... but I recognise the strength of this group lays outside that group.- Aaron
- Absolutely. Without me, you and Vince... this group is going to have no hope going up against the others.- Julius
- Well, I don't see any of us going next. Between us... the girls are targeting each other. Yesterday... uh, after I went to see Harper... she laid out her desire to get us together to go after Salma.- Aaron
- Salma?- Julius
- Because she's the oldest... and weakest in Harper's mind.- Aaron
|“||Well, a huge change of events has developed over the past few days. It seems my fears are inaccurate, and that the girls are already looking to stick the knives in to each others back. Gypsy and Rachel's strength in challenges has come under question, Harper is looking to get rid of Salma for age-related reasons... I don't know what to think. I mean of all the girls I like Salma the most. She helps at camp when she has to, she hasn't given an indication that she's struggling in challenges... its worrying to think Harper is looking to get out an older member, because if Salma goes who is the new pensioner of the group? Me!||”|
- Have you put any thought into this? As in who you'd vote?- Julius
- Personally, no. For me its all about strength, and if we lose again we've got to look at everyone on an equal playing field and determine who is the dead weight.- Aaron
- Right... right. I mean I'll be honest, that's my feelings too. But Salma isn't who I'd consider... not if we're looking at overall ability and contribution.- Julius
- That has crossed my mind. Rachel, Gypsy and Harper have all been on par in some ways... its just Gypsy does seem like the biggest liability of the three.- Aaron
- Either way, please just keep me in the know of what is going on, and I'll do the same for you. I just need someone to watch my back for now and I can watch theirs...- Julius
- I'm one hundred percent behind you... don't even worry about that. I've got you bud, honestly.- Aaron
|“||I decided to tell Julius about Harper's plans to me because I think if I'm to strengthen the tribe whilst keeping my comfortable position on the tribe, I need to pull strong individuals into the alliance. I do have somewhat of a deal with Rachel, Gypsy and more loosely Salma... and now both Harper and Julius individually trust me. The only person I've got no deals with is Vince... but I don't see Vince going anywhere right now if I'm having a significant say in group decisions. If we sadly lose again tomorrow then a decision will have to be made between the girls... and I'll be breaking my word to someone before I've had a chance to solidify trust with them.||”|
Aaron and Julius head back to the group with two fish, which Salma prepares for the tribe. Vince and Gypsy return with some coconuts, joining the tribe in a lazy day spent predominantly in the shelter, hoping that their winning streak will return by the next immunity challenge.
Sook Jai arise early in order to get as much information from their Red Beret guests before they depart later in the afternoon. Ricardo jokes with one of the Beret's, although the language barrier means very little laughter occurs. Ricardo remains in high spirits despite this, filling in much of the intended laughter himself, glad to have new faces around the camp, albeit for a short time.
|“||I loved having the two gentlemen here. Other than the fact I do love a man in uniform it was just nice to have some new company. Granted this company didn't speak much... if any English, but it was still nice company nevertheless... It is almost like we got a break from the game and just concentrated on survival. For twenty-four hours I didn't have to think how I might be the next one out of this tribe, or how my friend just went home... but I thought about how we can all stay fed and how we are living so naturally off the land for once in our lives! Its one of the best days of my life... and I can't thank these men enough for making it happen.||”|
Kanda and Ricardo sit with one of the Red Beret members and continue to work, whilst Rick and Phillip sit with the other, leaving Estan, Melissa and Karen alone in the shelter to sort through some freshly stripped bamboo.
- I honestly can't imagine what we'd have done without these guys...- Melissa
- I know. I know. The shelter got fixed up... the food... the fact they've shut Rick up and got him useful.- Karen
- His whole personality has lightened up with them here... Maybe he should enrol in the Thai army after this...- Melissa
- Or do us a favour and head off with them today (laughs)- Karen
- (laughs) Come on lets lay off him today. He's acting better and we need everyone we can get.- Estan
|“||To try and put the whole myself and Karen versus Rick story behind myself, I'm going to be this peaceful mediator that wants to prevent any disdain towards people from here on out. At least, that's how I want to present myself in the faces of my tribe mates.||”|
|“||What I like about Estan is even though he's very young, he has a great sense of maturity about him. He doesn't want to get involved in any petty drama, and that's the kind of good energy we need around camp. Especially with all the other s**t we've got going on.||”|
Phillip and Rick sit with the Red Berets, finishing up the final tasks of the day before the pair depart, leaving the tribe in a much stronger position than when they had arrived. After finishing up, the tribe come down to hug the soldiers, thanking them immensely for their help the past two days. The soldiers get aboard their boat, waving goodbye to the tribe as they leave.
|“||To think where this tribe was two days ago is a world away from where we're at now. I think Sook Jai is stronger than we've ever been, and we're in a really strong position heading forward into tomorrows challenge. This reward boosted us so much that I don't see anything happening other than a victory... this seven is sticking around for a while, and I don't think those words will make me look stupid tomorrow. We WILL beat Chuay Gahn... they're finished.||”|
The tribes receive tree mail directing them to their next challenge, leaving both groups nervous at the prospect of returning to tribal council to vote out their second member.
|“||Losing today would be horrendous for my game. I'm in an uncomfortable spot right now, and I worry that if we lose again the group will just team up against me as an easy vote. Its frustrating because lots of our potential rests upon the shoulders of people who have proven they can't hack the challenges... and their weakness could be what costs me the game.||”|
|“||This challenge is a big 'un. We've got this fire burning inside Sook Jai right now, and we don't want to see it go out. I want to see all seven of us sleepin' sound tonight... even the people that don't like me (laughs).||”|
Challenge: Temple Transfer
Each tribe was given three stations and one temple made up of six pieces. The goal was to transfer one piece of the temple at a time from the first to the third platform and reconstruct the temple identically. The catch was that they could never place a larger piece over a smaller piece. First tribe to successfully rebuild their temple would win.
Winner: Sook Jai
Information: Both tribes somewhat struggle during the challenge, with Salma and Gypsy struggling to move the pieces for Chuay Gahn, forcing Julius and Vince to try and take the lead whilst Rachel, Harper and Aaron follow their commands. For Sook Jai, Rick attempts to step up, making a wrong call in guiding the group, with Melissa and Phillip also proving mediocre. However, Ricardo, Estan, Kanda and Karen take control as a group of four, making the right suggestions to rectify their initial mistakes, leading their tribe to their second immunity win.
|Immunity Challenge Temple Transfer|
|Won||Sook Jai|| |
Estan, Kanda, Karen, Melissa, Phillip, Ricardo, Rick
|Lost||Chuay Gahn|| |
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper, Julius, Rachel, Salma, Vince
The Chuay Gahn tribe return after another loss, meaning the tribe will be forced to vote out their second member, bringing their number down to six. Gypsy lays down in the shelter, feeling bad for performing badly in her second straight challenge, whilst Salma also apologises for her unusually poor performance.
|“||Uh, well. Not good, right? (laughs) I was shocking today... I think this environment is just killing my slowly, and the further we go on the worse I am in these challenges. It sucks because I'm so out of my element and I felt I was starting to prove myself to these people... but now uh, I think my name will come up again. I just hope that Aaron, Rachel and Salma pull through for me and we send someone like Vince home...||”|
Harper moves over to Vince, who is unknowingly giving an irritated look in Gypsy's direction, frustrated due to her second bad challenge performance in a row. Harper asks Vince to give her a hand in collecting some firewood, which he reluctantly agrees to.
- So uh, tonight...- Haprer
- If its me just say now... I don't want to play this whole back and forth lying if its my last day.- Vince
- No, no, no. I'm not voting you... I've spoken with Aaron already. Salma has to be the vote...- Harper
- She did suck today...- Vince
- Exactly!- Harper
- But... Gypsy is so much weaker. She doesn't really do much around camp, she doesn't help in challenges.- Vince
- I know... I know. I just feel that between them both, Gypsy wants to try more. Gypsy fights to be here... Salma just has this go with the flow attitude and I don't think we'll get her to step it up. Gypsy we can at least train to push harder.- Harper
|“||I know that this situation isn't good for me. We've lost another challenge and someone else has to go home, and I think that between the entire group my name will be coming up. Thankfully, an alternative has come up... and Harper has made out that Salma is in trouble tonight. My only issue with this is voting Salma goes against my personal philosophy... and no one on this tribe deserves to go more than Gypsy right now. I don't want to reach a position where I'm voting off those who work harder just to save myself, leaving others around that are going to cause future losses.||”|
Back at camp, the group scatter around to carry out chores, trying to find ways to engage in conversations about the looming tribal council vote. Julius decides to approach Salma, wanting to hear her thoughts for the evening before coming to any decisions of his own.
|“||Speaking to Salma feels important for my game right now, because I want to make a decision that keeps me in a strong position once tribal council is over. I don't want to find myself at the bottom again, and my worry right now is that if I target someone like Salma... I'll be one of the next on the chopping block. It may be a risk that backfires... but I decided to inform Salma about the plan to vote her out... because I think with her strong social connections she'll be a safer number to side with, and one that'll ensure I'm not going regardless of whether we lose the next two immunity challenges.||”|
- Any thought on your vote?- Julius
- Honestly? No. I mean... I feel there may be a small obvious bond between those of us that voted together before... which puts yourself and Vince in mind. I feel you work hard... and I don't want to write your name down. Vince, he just doesn't try as hard to talk to people... and I think he may be a safer option.- Salma
- I understand that... its just... I wanted to bring something to your attention... this is something that I was told in confidentiality, but it worries me as I feel if I go along with this I'll find myself in trouble come tomorrow. Harper... approached Aaron, and voiced her desire to get you out...- Julius
- (stares blankly)- Salma
|“||Well. I love a plot twist... not so much when the twist is my undoing. I've always sensed that myself and Harper were very different individuals, but I wasn't aware how strong her feelings against me were. According to Julius, she has been going around telling a few people to get me out tonight. Now I understand the argument if it came after today's challenge, but this was information Julius received yesterday. That really personifies that Harper's desire to rid me from this game is irrational. I think Julius said something about my age 'worrying' her... which is funny because as someone who is thirty years younger than me and a professional athlete... let's just say that you could've fooled me.||”|
- Right... and how did Aaron take all this?- Salma
- He seemed against the idea. He's going with the notion that Gypsy is the weak link here and needs to be cut loose.- Julius
- (sighs) ... I mean I love Gypsy. I adore her... but she has been a liability these last two challenges. I don't want to have her stick around only to lose again and vote her out, which means we lose two individuals rather than just her tonight...- Salma
- Which is why... I think maybe it needs to be her. Personal feelings aside, this is currently a tribe effort, and with her we're a weaker tribe.- Julius
- ... But I can't now shake the thought that Gypsy isn't the one trying to shove a knife in my back.- Salma
|“||Julius and I's chat showed the real necessity to think this vote through. On one hand we have Vince as someone who has been outside of our initial group... on the other we've got Gypsy, who has been a major catalyst in us losing challenges these last few days. But she's one of my closest friends here, and I know she'll have my back going forward. So whilst my hands are full, we've also got a knife pressed to my back courtesy of Harper. Its almost like a good murder mystery... we've discovered Harper is the killer... and the evidence is all lined up. If you were to ask some people they'd say give her a slap on the wrist and she can be rehabilitated... not to act too impulsively. But I've always advocated capital punishment for such unscrupulous individuals. God that's horrible... (cackles)||”|
Salma takes Aaron to one side to quiz him about the discussion he had with Harper. He seems somewhat nervous, admitting he wanted to approach Salma himself, rather than to have Julius reach her first. He confirms the comments are true, and that he feels he could potentially get Harper away from the idea of voting her, as Gypsy's poor performance will make unifying the vote against her easier.
- The thing is... I can't feel comfortable keeping someone in the game who has been campaigning against me, and rather to vote for a friend...- Salma
- A friend who got us all in this position by losing us the challenge.- Aaron
- Now, come on! I was just as bad today... and Gypsy didn't tell Harper to start drafting the troops against me.- Salma
- That is true... I just... I know Vince wants Gypsy gone, and I think Julius and I would rather lean that way too. If we can all do this together you still have my absolute assurance that if we lose again you'll be safe with us... Harper has no way to pull it off...- Aaron
- Well I'm glad you're confident in being my protector Aaron, but I'd like to protect myself by removing the threat.- Salma
|“||I'm trying to hold everything together on this tribe before it boils over and creates an even bigger mess. Julius went against what I wanted and told Salma about Harper's plans, which I had already made clear to him I wasn't about to let happen. My concern now is that Salma is on this search for revenge, and is dead set on getting Harper out. I'm worried that Salma acting in this manner is a sign for how she'll be down the line, which to me just seems like the makings of a loose cannon. Either I need to convince her to join me and others in voting Gypsy and keeping the tribe strong... or maybe Harper will get her wish.||”|
Later in the day, Salma is seen in the shelter talking to Gypsy and Rachel, letting them know about Harper's plans against her. Whilst this goes on, Harper speaks to a separated Aaron, telling him that she has spoken to the others, and feels their best bet is to keep the boys together to target Salma, with her vote giving them a majority.
- I still feel that... Gypsy is just the best thing.- Aaron
- Why?- Harper
- Vince and Julius are more dead set on voting Gypsy than they are Salma... and if we want it to happen we don't get to call the shots...- Aaron
|“||Aaron hasn't shown me that he's got a spine right now. Vince and Julius have both mentioned their reservations in voting Salma, just as I have mentioned my reservations in voting Gypsy. What we all have in common is we're willing to vote our second choice, but its a question of which duo will budge first... and I'm going to make sure that I hold my ground, and that Vince and Julius realise to get themselves into a majority for this vote that they'll join us in voting Salma out of the tribe. I don't want to settle for second best... its not in my nature to pander to someone else's goals.||”|
The group head to tribal council, sitting down in a manner that reveals the tension within the tribe. Jeff asks the group about their two consecutive losses, wanting them to identify why they failed to hold onto their short lived winning streak. Aaron answers that certain individuals have struggled in challenges, which Gypsy openly admits to be herself. She apologises for her performances, feeling as though she is mainly responsible for the loss, but notes that she isn't willing to give up and promises to put her all into future competitions. When asked who has faith in Gypsy, only Salma and Rachel raise their hands, defending her as a passionate individual who had a slip up. Vince is seen smiling at this comment, feeling as though the tribe is understating poor performances and finding excuses "other than blaming the individual that screwed up". Harper agrees with Vince, claiming the group needs to look at strength in order to stay away from future tribal councils. Salma decides to impulsively call out Harper, clearly riled up by the information she was given over the past few days.
- So do you see me as a weak player?- Salma
- What?- Harper
- You said we need to keep strength... I'm asking if you see me as weak then, because from what I've heard you've been telling people to vote me out.- Salma
- Uh... (she blushes)... I uh, I don't think you're one of the strongest here.- Harper
- Really? I mean I've performed on par with you if we average it out... yet I'm, as you so kindly pointed out to Aaron, an old woman... thirty-years older just in case anyone needed that clarifying. So what I'm saying here Jeff, is that if a sixty year old can perform on par with a twenty-something year old "triathlete"... does this not suggest perhaps I'm actually the one with more ability?- Salma
Gypsy smiles and nods during Salma's speech, whilst Harper looks completely frazzled. Julius and Vince are both seen looking round uncertain, trying to get eye contact with Aaron who himself looks nervous. Harper turns to Aaron, asking him what he's been claiming to Salma. The two somewhat bicker, with Harper claiming that Aaron has twisted her words, whilst Aaron defends himself by saying Harper has been targeting Salma for several days.
- You are a complete liar! Alright, Salma... I mentioned concerns with your age, but I never advocated voting you out because of it... In fact I was just going along with the plan to vote out Gypsy tonight.- Harper
- (shrugs and laughs)- Gypsy
- But... I can see things have been twisted against me, and as much as I was on board with "keeping the tribe strong" as Aaron put it, I want to break free of the obvious liar in the group. Aaron has tried controlling this group since Day 1, and felt he could control us girls, and now wants to get the boys under his control and turn us all on each other...- Harper
- So, Harper... you're now saying Aaron is the biggest liability of this tribe?- Jeff Probst
- Absolutely Jeff! I wanted to vote on strength, and it's now obvious Aaron is the weakest member of this tribe because he stirs up fights through deceit. I'm voting Aaron tonight, and I think... I hope that all you girls and you guys can see how this tribal has exposed him. I'm actually thankful Salma brought this all up... because without it I'd have been blinded and followed his plan to vote Gypsy.- Harper
- ... Well, you're welcome.- Salma
- You want us to vote Aaron?- Gypsy
- Yes... all six of us.- Harper
- Aaron, anything to say in response to that?- Jeff Probst
Julius heads up to vote, somewhat hesitating as he writes his name down, shaking his head as he places it into the urn. Everyone else confidently writes their votes, eager to release the tribe tension by ousting one of its members. Jeff collects the urn, bringing it back to put someone out of their misery.
- First vote... Harper.- Jeff Probst
- Second vote... Gypsy.- Jeff Probst
- Third vote... Aaron.- Jeff Probst
- Fourth vote... Harper. That's two votes Harper, one vote Gypsy, one vote Aaron.- Jeff Probst
- Fifth vote... Harper.- Jeff Probst
- Sixth vote... Third person voted out of Survivor Thailand... Harper, you'll need to bring me your torch.- Jeff Probst
- Wow... (scoffs)... I hope you guys don't let him keep fooling you all...- Harper
Harper shakes her head in anger as she takes her torch over to Jeff, glaring back at Aaron before she departs the tribal council area. Salma sits looking somewhat smug, winking at Gypsy who looks at her with a big grin on her face. Julius and Vince both look disheartened, unsure what the decision will mean for the future of Chuay Gahn.
Harper (5 votes)
Aaron, Gypsy, Julius,
Rachel & Salma
Aaron (1 vote)
Gypsy (1 vote)
|“||We came in here with a plan, and you let Salma rattle you... I hope you and I can talk after this, but I can't say I'm sorry to write your name down after how you behaved tonight.||”|
|“||You just had to turn on us girls...||”|
|“||Aaron, you lied to me, you took my trust and threw it in my face! You convinced me to go against my decision tonight... and thanks to Salma its clear to me that you've been playing me this whole time. If they keep you, they're idiots.||”|
|“||... Uh, no idea if this is the right choice... but I think after proclaiming you were voting Aaron you've swayed his vote against you... I'm going with the majority.||”|
|“||Sorry Harper... I can see you wanted this, but you just played it wrong.||”|
|“||Harper, you came after me without good reason, and I hope my impromptu exposé was enough to take you down.||”|
|“||I don't know whether the plan is still in play... but I'm voting with my gut. You've screwed up in the challenges, haven't shown yourself useful in camp...||”|
|“||I'm in shock. I came in tonight thinking it was Gypsy after abandoning my original plan to target Salma, only to have everything thrown at me... and Aaron being shown to be an absolute manipulator. Unfortunately the others would rather play his game, and now I'm the one sat here because of him. I didn't expect to be out this early, and I really don't want to wish the group any luck. They were a nightmare to live with, and they're all too eager to lie just to get three days further in the game. I'll get over it, because I can go back with my head held high and know my heart was in the right place.||”|
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