By Beth Aaltonen
8:05 AM EDT, October 25, 2012
We start out with Kalabaw after Tribal Council, and Katie realizing how precarious her position is. She lost the other two members of her alliance at practically the same time.
She starts out by trying to get Denise on her side. Methinks she's a little outmatched if Katie thinks she can manipulate Denise, and by the look on her face, Denise agrees with me.
At Tangdang (wow, things are so much easier with only two tribes) Mike's been eating all of the rice, dry, and along with other bad decisions, that is making the rest of the tribe crazy. Yeah, I can see how eating more than your fair share, plus bleeding multiple times a day (seems like it, anyway) would get old real fast.
Reward Challenge time! This is the mudball challenge they previewed at the end of last week, so things should be getting really rough. The reward is going to a dry hut and eating sandwiches. You know it's been raining a lot when the reward is just being able to be dry.
The challenge starts, and people are full-out mud wrestling right from the start. There's a whole lot of pushing, with the ball not really going anywhere. Lisa's strategy is to hold on to Denise's legs and not let go. Everyone is so covered in mud, it's hard to tell who's doing what.
Things come to a standstill, every person on Tangdang and Kalabaw equally blocking each other ... and they stay that way ... for an hour. Mike and Jonathan start negotiating, and everyone lets go and starts talking. I would take this opportunity to start running with the ball, but that's just me.
But no, Tangdang gives Kalabaw the win in exchange for all of their rice (since Mike ate all of Tandgang's). That was bizarre, and I don't think I would have done it. Now Kalabaw has no carb base to fill them up, and will have to expend more energy to get food.
Kalabaw goes to their rewards, and it's some big ol' hoagies and brownies, which sounds (and looks) pretty good. Also at reward are envelopes with letters from home. It seems early for that, but I guess we're almost halfway done. Do they get to take the leftovers with them? Are there any leftovers? That might make up for not having any rice left.
Back at Tangdang, Artie is pissed. He didn't like Mike making decisions for the whole tribe. Abbi is pissed as well, but she's usually pissed about something; this week it’s the rice.
They only have two days of rice, even with what they got from Kalabaw? How much rice has Mike been eating?
RC knows she's on the outs with her former alliance, but her strategy is to let Abbi be Abbi, continually blowing up until she digs her own grave. That's actually a pretty good strategy.
Now it's time for Jonathan to put his money where his mouth is, and catch some food for his tribe. The first few attempts don’t go so well. Carter is not pleased with the whole plan, and is proven right when Jonathan catches two tiny, tiny fish. It looks like they are eating coconut as well, so at least they have that.
Immunity Challenge time! Let's see if no food will affect Kalabaw's performance. This challenge looks like a slingshot/lacrosse type thing. Abbi sits out again, along with Mike who lost a rock-paper-scissors challenge with Malcolm. Jeff is pretty good at catching, as he should be. But Malcolm is better (and Lisa starts just aiming for him) and Tangdang pulls out another win.
Katie is most likely going home, unless she can pull out a miracle. I really don't care who goes home from Kalabaw, as long as it's not Denise. Ooh, it might be Carter.
Back at camp, Jeff is telling Carter that he might be ready to get rid of Jonathan. I can see why he wouldn't be popular this week after agreeing to give all their rice away and then not providing any fish. The lack of carbs is affecting Carter, as he asks Jonathan to his face if it should be him or Katie. Luckily, Jonathan seems to think that is was just a slip of the tongue.
Tribal Council time! Jeff asks right away who feels threatened, and Denise and Katie put up their hands. Jeff then asks Jonathan about blindsides. Don't ruin it, Jeff! It would be awesome if Jonathan was taken unawares and doesn't use his Immunity Idol.
Jonathan claims he won't hold it against anyone who manages to take him out. We'll see. Both Jeff and Carter flash looks at Jonathan when Jeff Probst asks if anyone is going to play the Immunity Idol. Does this mean Jonathan is going home?
Nope. Katie is out. I can see why they might want to keep Jonathan around a little bit more. He's stronger in challenges, and although he didn't catch much fish, he's bound to be better at it than Katie.
Next week: Lisa and Malcolm seem to bond, and, given that Tangdang seems to be scrambling to pack, it seems like the merge might happen.
Credits: Katie is gracious about being blindsided, but that could be the beauty queen in her taking over.