Friday, March 29, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 07)

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Episode 7: "Tubby Lunchbox"
Reward Challenge: The tribes would be clipped together by a rope carrying 20 pounds (9.1 kg) sand bags each. They would start on opposite sides of the course, racing through knee-deep water to catch the other tribe. If a tribe member drops out they must give their sandbag to someone from their tribe. The first tribe to tag a member from the other tribe would win.
Reward: A trip to another island where they would be a coffee bar, cookies, croissants, and brownies.

Immunity Challenge: Three tribe members from each tribe would paddle out in a boat and then dive into the ocean to retrieve a statue. Once the statue is returned to the beach, it would be placed as the bottom of a tower. Three other tribe members would then use a grappling hook to retrieve five keys. Once all five keys were retrieved, the three would use them to unlock the tower. All of the tribe members would then pull on a rope to raise the statue to the top of the tower. The first tribe to have their statue at the top of the tower would win.
After Tribal Council, Phillip and Corinne still wanted to vote each other out as soon as possible. Cochran told Phillip that now was not the time to turn on a fellow alliance member and to wait until the merge. When tree mail arrived and announced that the challenge would be one of physical strength, Phillip boasted that he could beat anybody at feats of strength. However, when the Reward Challenge came, Phillip faltered, dragging his tribe to a decisive defeat. Back at camp, Cochran was concerned about Julia's ties to Phillip and wanted to make sure that one of the Fans was voted out. Phillip thought he had managed to get Julia to flip alliances and to keep that agreement to herself. However, she felt bullied by Phillip and she told Dawn that she felt she had to go along with Phillip's orders. Dawn told Phillip about this and he now wanted to vote Julia out since she had disobeyed his orders to keep it quiet. Over at Gota, Malcolm approached Reynold about setting up an alliance between them, Eddie, and Erik after the merge. Feeling that he could trust Malcolm, Reynold told Malcolm that he had the Hidden Immunity Idol. At the Immunity Challenge, Bikal gave Gota a better fight than at the Reward Challenge, but Gota again prevailed. The division between Corinne and Phillip reared up again when Corinne didn't want to go with her alliance's split vote plan to guard against the Hidden Immunity Idol. Corinne preferred to vote out Julia immediately. Phillip preferred to vote out Michael. At Tribal Council, the vote came out a split between Michael and Julia. On the revote, Julia was sent home by a vote of 4–0.

Monday, March 25, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 06)

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Leg 6 (Vietnam → Botswana)
While in Botswana, teams experienced the cultural practices of the Bushmen, including the traditional method of making fire.

  • Hanoi (Hair of the Dog Bar) (unaired)[Note 2]
  •  Hanoi (Noi Bai International Airport) to Maun, Botswana  (Maun Airport)
  •  Maun (Maun Airport) to Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Xhumaga Airstrip)
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Old Xhumaga Road)  
  • Makgadikgadi Pans National Park (Meno A Kwena Safari Camp) 

At the start of the Roadblock, the team member performing the Roadblock selected a group of Kalahari Bushmen who would accompany the team throughout the Leg. The Roadblock required racers to follow the Bushmen to a hole where they would have to dig up a scorpion. After one of the Bushmen put the scorpion into the jar that held the Roadblock clue, he would lead the racer to a stump that held their next clue. The Detour was a choice between Fire and Fowl. Both Detour tasks required teams to mimic the animal sounds and mimicry made by their group of Bushmen while walking to the Detour sites. In Fire, teams traveled with their Bushmen to a nearby village where they had to learn how to properly make fire using two sticks, zebra manure, and grass. Once they had a flame, they had to use it to light the elder Bushman's pipe in order to receive their next clue. In Fowl, teams had to learn how to set up a trap in order to catch a guineafowl, utilizing a series of sticks, string, and eggs. After setting up the trap properly, teams had to act as a guineafowl and trip the trap before receiving their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • At the start of the leg, teams were instructed to travel to "the city of Maun in the Kalahari Desert". They would have to figure out on their own that Maun was in Botswana and tell this to a security guard at a designated travel agency before he would allow them inside to purchase their tickets.
  • After arriving in Maun, teams signed up for several charter flights that would take them to the Xhumaga Airstrip in Makgadikgadi Pans National Park.
  • After the Roadblock, teams drove their group of Bushmen to the Detour clue box.
  • After the Detour, teams traveled with their group of Bushmen on foot to the Pit Stop.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 06)

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Episode 6: "Operation Thunder Dome"
Immunity Challenge: In pairs, the castaways would race across a field to retrieve six large crates painted in their tribe's colors. Once all six crates were retrieved, the tribes would have to stack the crates into a staircase with "Fans vs. Favorites" properly aligned along the sides. The first tribe to complete the staircase and get all of their members up the staircase to the top of a platform would win.

On day 14, when the tribes arrived at what looked like a challenge, they were instead surprised by a tribal swap. With a smashing of paint filled eggs, the new Gota became Andrea, Brenda, Eddie, Erik, Malcolm, Reynold, and Sherri. The new Bikal was Cochran, Corinne, Dawn, Julia, Matt, Michael, and Phillip. The new tribes did not partake in a challenge, but instead returned to their camp sites. At the new Gota, Eddie and Reynold told Erik and Malcolm that Sherri had been gunning for them from day 1 and they would be happy to join the Favorites in voting her out. Meanwhile, Sherri told her side of the story to Andrea and Brenda. Andrea and Malcolm later shared notes about the factions within the former Gota. Over at the new Bikal, Phillip approached Julia about flipping to the Favorites after the tribal merge. Corinne and Dawn were not happy that Phillip was talking possible alliances with Julia. The Immunity Challenge was thoroughly dominated by Gota. With Brandon gone, Phillip and Corinne wanted to turn their attention to voting the other out, but they were stuck with each other as they had to keep the Favorites alliance in the majority. Phillip told Matt and Michael that he was voting for Julia and that they could join the Stealth R Us alliance if they followed one of his orders some time in the future. Matt and Michael told Julia that they would join her in voting for Dawn, but were really going to vote for Julia. The Favorites discussed voting out Julia or Matt, who was suggested to be a target by Cochran to break up his alliance with Michael. When the voting came at Tribal Council, the Favorites decided to vote out Matt and he was voted out by a vote of 4–2–1.

Monday, March 18, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 05)

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Leg 5 (Indonesia → Vietnam)
In Hanoi, teams took part in the múa sạp, a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance.

  •  Denpasar (Ngurah Rai International Airport) to Hanoi, Vietnam  (Noi Bai International Airport)
  • Hanoi (Rạp Công nhân Theater Gallery 42) 
  • Hanoi (Công viên Thống Nhất)
  •  Hanoi (Temple of Literature or Ngoc Son Temple and Hoan Kiem District)
  • Hanoi (Downed B-52 at Hữu Tiệp Lake) 
  • Hanoi (National Museum of Vietnamese History) 

In the Roadblock, teams watched a patriotic Vietnamese song performance. At the end of the performance, a phrase ("Vinh quang thay thế hệ thanh niên chúng ta"; "Glory to our young generation") was displayed on the stage. Without being allowed to take any notes, racers had five minutes to search the nearby gallery for one of several political posters featuring the phrase. If they picked a poster with the correct quote, the judge would give them their next clue. If the racers did not find the correct quote within the allotted time, they had to watch the performance again before being allowed to continue searching. The Detour was a choice between Make Your Move and Make Your Meal. In Make Your Move, teams went to the Temple of Literature where they had to set up a human chess board. Using a nearby cờ tướng board as a guide, teams had to find four human chess pieces that had symbols matching the pieces on the board and then set them up with four staffs in position on the human chess board. After putting each piece in the right position, the chess master would hand them their next clue. In Make Your Meal, teams had to prepare Vietnam's national dish phở. After picking up two empty baskets and two baskets of live chickens at the Ngoc Son Temple, teams had to navigate through a street market to pick up the rest of the ingredients on a shopping list, all with specific weights and amounts, and then find a cooking station to cook the soup. After preparing two bowls of phở gà, the chef would do a taste test and if it was cooked properly he would give teams their next clue.

Additional tasks

  • At Công viên Thống Nhất, teams had to participate in a traditional Vietnamese bamboo dance known as múa sạp before receiving their next clue.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 05)

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Episode 5: "Persona Non Grata"
Reward Challenge: Two members from each tribe would hold on to a rope that would suspend a net. The castaways from the other tribe would attempt to toss coconuts into the net which would weigh it down. The castaway who held on to the rope the longest without letting the net touch the ground would win for their tribe.
Reward: Steaks, sausages, vegetables, condiments, and wine.

Immunity Challenge: Bikal forfeited the Challenge before it was introduced.

On the night of day 10, Brandon told his tribe that he was volunteering to be voted out because he felt he was being selfish for leaving his family at home without him. He told the tribe that he considered sabotaging the camp as a way to get them to vote him out, but instead decided to tell them upfront to vote him out. However, by the next morning, Brandon had changed his mind and was back to staying in the game for his family. At the Reward Challenge, Phillip was the last one holding up his net, giving his tribe the win. When Gota returned to camp, everybody went looking for the new Hidden Immunity Idol. Reynold found it and told Eddie that he had it. Over at Bikal, Brandon became upset that Phillip was taking credit for the win at the Reward Challenge and the two argued over what Brandon called Phillip's dictatorial attitude. The two tried to smooth things over and shook hands, but Phillip wanted Brandon voted out as soon as possible. The tension continued to simmer between them until day 13 when things came to a boil. Phillip told Andrea that he was considering throwing the challenge. Andrea passed this along to Brandon. Phillip and Brandon stepped away from camp to again try to settle things between them. Phillip told Brandon that he was not sure he could trust him. Brandon told Phillip that the Stealth R Us nicknames were demeaning and nobody liked him. Phillip said that if that was true, the tribe would vote him out. Brandon then told Phillip "let me give you a reason to vote me out" and then proceeded to dump the tribe's rice and beans onto the ground. When the tribes gathered for the Immunity Challenge, Jeff asked several castaways how they were coping with the conditions. Brandon asked to step off the tribe mat to address Gota. He told them that he was going to give them a second chance and to not let Phillip get to the end of the game. Corinne raised her hand and spoke for the tribe stating that they wanted to forfeit the challenge and give up Tribal Immunity. This sent Brandon over the edge and he went off on his tribe. To ease tensions, Jeff called over Brandon to his side to let him have his say, but the meltdown continued. With things not settling down, Jeff had Erik hand the Tribal Immunity to Julia from Gota and stated that they will have a Tribal Council immediately without torches and fire at the Immunity Challenge site. Voting was done verbally. Brandon voted for Phillip, while the others unanimously vote for Brandon and he was sent home by a vote of 8–1.

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Game of Thrones E210 (Valar Morghulis)

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The aftermath of the Battle of the Blackwater sees Joffrey set Sansa aside in favor of marrying Margaery Tyrell while Tyrion fears for his and Shae's safety now that his father has replaced him as Hand of the King. Melisandre gives a defeated Stannis a new hope. Brienne runs into trouble while escorting Jaime to King's Landing. Catelyn tries to convince Robb that his romance with Talisa is dangerous, but he defies her and the two are married. In Qarth, Daenerys ventures into the House of the Undying and successfully retrieves her dragons. She then seals the traitor Xaro Xhoan Daxos inside his own vault and claims his riches for herself to buy a ship. In Winterfell, Theon is betrayed by his own men in the face of an inevitable siege while Winterfell is put to the torch. Osha and Hodor sneak brothers Bran and Rickon away from the smoldering ruins and take them North toward the Wall. Arya, having escaped Harrenhal with Hot Pie and Gendry, receives the gift of a valuable coin from Jaqen. North of the Wall, Qhorin Halfhand forces Jon to kill him to prove his loyalty to the Wildlings and an army of White Walkers surrounds the Fist of the First Men. 

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Monday, March 11, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 04)

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Leg 4 (New Zealand → Indonesia)
In Bali, teams visited the Ubud Monkey Forest where the monkeys would help them get their next clue.

  •  Christchurch (Christchurch International Airport) to Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia  (Ngurah Rai International Airport)
  • Ubud (Ubud Monkey Forest)
  •  Ayung River or Batuan (Pura Desa Puseh Temple)
  • Badung Regency (Uluwatu Surf Beach)  

The Detour was a choice between Sandy Bottom and Fruity Top. In Sandy Bottom, teams dredged volcanic sand from the bottom of the Ayung River, placed the sand into baskets atop their heads, then transported it 200 yards (180 m) uphill and emptied their baskets into a larger container. Once they filled their container to a designated line, the brick maker would give them their next clue. In Fruity Top, after donning sarongs, teams had to prepare a traditional Balinese religious offering known as a gebogan (Indonesian), made from various arranged fruits. It would then be carried in a procession to the Pura Desa Puseh Temple in Batuan where it would be blessed before it would be placed on an altar. Once complete, the local priest would give them their next clue. For the Roadblock, one team member had to go to Ketut's Surf Shop and search amongst several surfboards for one that had the image of someone they had all previously seen on the race, and left them to figure out that they were meant to look for an image of the Tahitian priest from Leg 2. After taking a surfboard, teams had to search for their partner and then meet Phil at the Pit Stop. Phil would only check teams in if they had the correct surfboard; they would be turned back otherwise

Additional tasks
Upon arriving at the Ubud Monkey Forest, teams had to get a coconut and leave it for one of the crab-eating macaques to open. Once the coconut was cracked open, a "monkey expert" would retrieve the canister inside that held their next clue, the Detour.

Game of Thrones E209 (Blackwater)

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Stannis Baratheon's fleet assaults King's Landing in the Battle of Blackwater Bay. Leading the defense, Tyrion Lannister destroys many of the attacking craft with an exploding ship full of wildfire, and is forced to lead a counterattack as King Joffrey and his bodyguard Sandor Clegane each desert the battlefield. Stannis' forces make it inside the castle, but Tyrion leads his men behind the Baratheon forces via underground tunnels and attacks. Meanwhile, Queen Regent Cersei, holed up in the fortress with Sansa Stark and the other ladies of the court, succumbs to wine and despondency as she believes the battle lost. In the nick of time, as she is about to poison her son Tommen, Tywin Lannister's forces, joined by Loras Tyrell, the lover of Renly Baratheon, arrive to dispatch the attackers. 

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Sunday, March 10, 2013

Game of Thrones E208 (The Prince of Winterfell)

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Robb Stark learns that his mother Catelyn has secretly freed Jaime Lannister, now escorted by Brienne of Tarth, in order to ransom her daughters Sansa and Arya; he also enters into a romantic relationship with Talisa. Yara Greyjoy arrives at Winterfell to bring Theon back to Pyke, after his botched attempt to recapture the Stark boys. Tywin Lannister leaves Harrenhal to attack Robb, which leads Arya Stark, Gendry and Hot Pie to attempt an escape with Jaqen H'ghar's help. In King's Landing, Cersei Lannister attempts to blackmail Tyrion by abducting the whore, Ros, whom Cersei believes to be his secret lover. The capital prepares for assault by Stannis, who, underway to King's Landing, promises to make Davos Seaworth his Hand of the King. Beyond the Wall, the Wildling leader "Rattleshirt" leads the captured Jon Snow and Qhorin Halfhand to his king, Mance Rayder. In Qarth, Jorah Mormont agrees to accompany Daenerys into the House of the Undying to retrieve her dragons. 

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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Game of Thrones E207 (A Man Without Honor)

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Theon tries to track Bran and Rickon with hounds. After an assassination attempt, Tywin Lannister begins searching Harrenhal for his potential murderer. Ygritte continues her attempts to seduce Jon and, after a momentary lapse in Jon's concentration, she escapes and leads him into a trap. Still shaken from the riot, Sansa is horrified when she awakens to find that she has had her first period, and can thus bear Joffrey's children. In Robb's camp, a failed escape attempt by Jaime leaves a guard dead, and Catelyn worries about the camp's desire for retribution. In Qarth, the warlock Pyat Pree reveals to Daenerys that he stole her dragons, but gives her the opportunity to reunite with them before slaughtering the Council of Thirteen and establishing Xaro Xhoan Daxos as king of Qarth.  

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Friday, March 8, 2013

FHM Philippines March 2013 (Empress)

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Game of Thrones E206 (The Old Gods and the New)

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Princess Myrcella is sent away from King's Landing. Theon Greyjoy's plans to take Winterfell succeed as he continues to try to prove his Ironborn status. Robb reunites with the healer Talisa. At the Fist of the First Men, the ranger Qhorin Halfhand gives Jon Snow the opportunity to prove his worth. While out on patrol, Jon takes prisoner a Wildling named Ygritte. Joffrey incites a riot at King's Landing. At Qarth, Daenerys tries to procure a ship to take her people to Westeros. Taken in by Tywin Lannister, Arya attempts to hide that she is Ned Stark's daughter, as Jaqen H'ghar helps her conceal her identity. Robb receives news of Theon's plans and sends men to retake Winterfell, while inside the city there are plans to get Bran and Rickon out. Daenerys' dragons are stolen. 

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Survivor Caramoan (Episode 04)

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Episode 4: "Kill or Be Killed"
Reward Challenge: The tribes would use planks to transport two tribe members from one platform above water to another platform a short length away. Once both tribe members were across, all eight tribe members will climb up and over the platform, swimming out to a smaller tower. The first tribe to climb the last tower and get all eight tribe members on or above the top deck would win.

Reward: A visit by a local bushman who would show them how to improve their camp and cook a feast.

Immunity Challenge: Five tribe members would swim out one at a time to a platform, climb a tower and leap off it to smash a tile that releases a key. The castaway would then retrieve the key and return to the beach, allowing the next tribe member to go. Once all five keys were collected, two tribe members would use the keys to unlock a chest full of sandbags. They would then use the sandbags to knock off blocks stacked on a wall. The first tribe to knock off all their blocks would win.
At Bikal, Phillip told Brandon, Erik, and Brenda that they were part of his alliance in an effort to contain them, though in reality they were not truly part of the alliance. The Reward Challenge was closely fought with the Favorites just edging out the Fans. After Gota returned to camp, Shamar continued to annoy his tribe with his laziness around camp. During the afternoon, some sand scratched his eye. After a storm rolled in overnight and pounded the tribe, Shamar's condition worsened and the Survivor Medical Team was called in. The Medical Team determined that Shamar had scratched his cornea and he needed to be pulled from the game to be looked at by a specialist. The Fans lost the Immunity Challenge even though Reynold's accurate throwing during the sandbag throwing stage nearly gave them a huge come from behind victory. Back at camp, Matt suggested that Gota should keep the tribe physically strong and vote out Laura instead of voting out Eddie or Reynold. At Tribal Council, Gota discussed voting for being physically strong at challenges versus staying loyal to alliances. When the vote came, Reynold played his Hidden Immunity Idol, but it was not needed as the majority alliance decided to keep the tribe physically strong and sent Laura home by a vote of 6–0.

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Game of Thrones E205 (The Ghost of Harrenhal)

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In Harrenhal, Arya Stark is promised help by the mysterious Jaqen H’ghar, one of the three caged prisoners during her trip to the Wall. After Renly's sudden death at the hands of Melisandre's shadowy assassin, Catelyn and Brienne are forced to flee from Renly's camp. Theon sails from Pyke prepared to prove that he is a true Ironborn, with plans to overtake Winterfell while Robb is out fighting the war. The Night's Watch arrive at an ancient fortress called the Fist of the First Men, where they intend to make a stand. 

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Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Game of Thrones E204 (Garden of Bones)

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Catelyn tries to convince the Baratheon brothers to abandon their quarrel and unite against the Lannisters, while Sansa is abused by Joffrey in revenge for her brother's victories. Tyrion intervenes and in return, Joffrey is cruel to his "gifts". Arya and Gendry are taken captives to the castle of Harrenhal. After her exhausting journey through the desert, Daenerys arrives at the gates of the prosperous city of Qarth. Melisandre gives birth to a shadow creature. 

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Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Game of Thrones E203 (What Is Dead May Never Die)

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Catelyn Stark arrives at King Renly's camp to negotiate an alliance, and the woman warrior Brienne of Tarth wins the right to join Renly's guard. Tyrion crafts a plan to find who is in Cercei's confidence by proposing three different marriages to the members of the Small Council. At Winterfell, Bran Stark needs help to decipher his dreams. On the road to the wall, the band of Night's Watch recruits are attacked by Lannister soldiers. 
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Monday, March 4, 2013

The Amazing Race 22 (Leg 03)

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Leg 3 (French Polynesia, France → New Zealand)
Teams visited the valley below New Zealand's Mount Hutt for the tasks on this Leg of the Race.

  •  Motu Mute (Bora Bora Airport) to Christchurch, New Zealand  (Christchurch International Airport)
  • Windwhistle (Rakaia River Gorge) (Overnight rest) 
  • Methven (Mount Hutt Station) 
  • Windwhistle (Terrace Downs) 

The Detour was a choice between Rev It Up and Reel It In. Both Detour choices required teams to use all-terrain vehicles to reach the Detour tasks. In Rev It Up, both team members had to drive a modified vintage car through a set of cones in under a combined 83 seconds. Once both racers completed the course within the time limit, they would receive their next clue from race car driver "Flash". In Reel It In, each team member had to use a rod and reel to catch one fish that was at least 12 inches (30 cm) long. Once both fish were caught, champion fisherman Dirk would give them their next clue. In the Roadblock, one racer ran a muddy obstacle course known as a "Shemozzle". After dressing in gum boots, stubbies shorts, and a burlap sack, racers picked a shepherd and farm dog and then ran through the course where they would be covered in molasses and feathers, climbed over hay bales, then finally rode an inner tube down a slide into a manure pond, all while collecting chicken eggs along the way, that they put in a basket at the end of the course. Once they had 12 unbroken eggs in their basket, a task that could take multiple runs of the course, a shepherd would give them their next clue.

Additional tasks
Upon arriving in Christchurch, teams had to find marked Ford Focuses and drive themselves to the Rakaia River Gorge. At the gorge, they picked a number for a jet boat that would take them up river for their next clue the following day.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Survivor Caramoan (Episode 03)

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Episode 3: "There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay"
Reward/Immunity Challenge: The tribe would race out into the ocean and climb over and into a bamboo cage. The tribe would then have to untie a door on the cage and drag a heavy chest through the door and back to the beach. Once back onto the beach, the chest would be placed on top of a track. The tribe would then have to use a ring tied to the end of rope to snag three segment of the track to complete the track. The first tribe to place the chest on their finish platform would win.

Reward: Two chairs, pillows, a blanket, a tarp, and rope.

Tensions were high at the Gota camp after Tribal Council as neither Reynold nor Shamar were happy about how the voting went. Shamar was unhappy with his standing in the game and considered quitting, but decided against it due to the loyalty his alliance showed him. Over at Bikal, Corinne and Malcolm went looking for the Hidden Immunity Idol and found it. The combined Reward/Immunity Challenge was a closely fought contest won by the Favorites. Worried that her poor performance during the challenge would put a target on her back, Laura suggested to her alliance that they split the vote between Eddie and Hope to flush the Hidden Immunity Idol. This would force a three-way tied vote between Eddie, Hope, and Shamar, and the alliance would then vote out Hope during the revote. Shamar hinted to Hope that she should vote for Eddie and save herself, but she went to Julia instead and told her that Shamar had revealed the alliance's plans. Again concerned about being voted out, Laura told Reynold that she could secure Julia's vote and vote out Shamar. But when the vote came at Tribal Council, the alliance of six stuck to their original plan, resulting in a three-way tie before eventually voting out Hope with a re-vote of 5–1–0.