|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
Stunned at Tribal Council, Gregg Carey, the 28-year-old business consultant from Chicago, Illinois, realized he was the victim of a broken alliance and that his days on Koror were at an end. In what they viewed as a defensive move, key members of Gregg's core alliance turned the tables and recruited the pact's next target. Blindsided and thunderstruck, Gregg could only say "My hat's off to them. They got me. They got me good!"
FIVE FOR LIFE
As day thirty-one dawned, Tom Westman, the 41-year-old NYC firefighter from Sayville, New York, was relieved to remain a member of Koror, as his strength has clearly made him a target. As Tom stole away with Caryn Groedel, the 46-year-old civil rights attorney from Solon, Ohio, he explained that he needed to stay loyal to his five-person alliance and that she would have to win Immunity if she intended to stay in the game. "I am definitely the most vulnerable of the six remaining, no question about it," Caryn confessed.REWARD CHALLENGE: FIRST QUENCHER Q&A As the tribe convened for the Reward Challenge, host Jeff Probst explained that this would be a Q&A game. Each player would be assigned a fire wok suspended over the water. Each time a Survivor correctly answers a question about Palauan culture/history, they may lower an opponent's wok. The last person with their flame still burning would win. The Survivors were elated when an incredible sea vessel sailed into view: the Reward was to be a night spent on this luxury yacht, complete with a hot shower, delectable feast and rejuvenating massage for the winner and two friends.
A Koror pecking order was established immediately as the castaways conspired to oust Caryn from the competition first. After Tom correctly answered a question about Palauan currency, he gave his friend Ian Rosenberger, the 23-year-old dolphin trainer from Key Largo, Florida, a hit. Ian returned the favor by sending Tom out of the Challenge.
After Ian and Katie Mullen, the 25-year-old graduate student from Huber Heights, Ohio, were eliminated, the competition came down to lovebirds Gregg and Jennifer Lyon, the 32-year-old nanny from Encino, California. When Gregg correctly answered a question about the Palauan coconut crab, he sent his sweetheart Jennifer out of the game, securing the Reward for himself. Gregg chose Katie and Jennifer to join him on the yacht, promising to pay back the other members of Koror. Tom sent him off with an ominous reply: "Oh no, we'll pay you back."
TURN IN THE TIDE
As Ian, Tom and Caryn returned to camp, Ian expressed concerns about how the Challenge had unfolded. Sensing Katie's loyalty to Gregg, Ian proposed a shift in the long-standing five-person alliance. Being a clear target of this alliance, Caryn welcomed Ian's mutinous plan with open arms. As she put it, "Those five had an alliance, and luckily, that alliance is breaking down now."
After boarding the opulent yacht, Gregg, Katie and Jennifer each enjoyed a refreshing shower, then lay down for an invigorating massage. During his massage, Gregg was stunned to realize that his best friend was the masseur. It was a surprise visit from a loved one. The surprises kept coming as the castaways sat down for a feast: they were greeted by Katie's brother-in-law and Jennifer's sister. "I couldn't have asked for a better Reward. It was the most phenomenal experience of my life," gushed Katie.
SWIMMING WITH THE DOLPHINS
As the Reward winners and their loved ones sailed an open bay, they were elated to see dolphins swimming about. In a once-in-a-lifetime experience, the three frolicked with the sea's most intelligent and lovable mammals. "It's the most surreal experience I've ever had. I never wanted it to end. It was unbelievable," Jennifer smiled.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: SECOND CHANCE
As the Tribe assembled for the Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst explained they would compete through a series of obstacles they have already seen in previous Challenges: navigating a net maze, solving sea star puzzles, eating balutes, unleashing lock-boxes, target shooting. One player would be eliminated at each round, and the last castaway standing wins Immunity.
Caryn struggled through the net maze and found herself eliminated first. The five remaining worked the sea star puzzle diligently, but Tom and Ian completed it first, leaving Gregg, Katie and Jennifer to fight it out on the losing end. All the castaways found the balute eggs difficult to swallow, especially Gregg, who couldn't down them quickly enough and was ousted. The three remaining scurried to untie their lock-boxes. Tom and Ian made quick work of the knots, then raised their flags in order to send Jennifer out of the Challenge. Finally, it was Tom vs. Ian in a battle of marksmanship. It was no contest: Ian hit all three targets in rapid succession to retain the Immunity Necklace and guarantee himself three more days in Palau.
CARYN'S PRIZEWORTHY PERFORMANCE Returning to camp from the Immunity Challenge, Caryn did a good job acting depressed about going home. Feeling safe, Gregg didn't notice any signs of mutiny within his alliance. Promising he'd have her back, Ian took Katie aside and explained the new plan, much to her shock and chagrin. As Katie explained, "I'm going to have to make a decision so I can have a better chance of winning."
In the end, Katie's decision was to avoid a tie by sending Gregg home in a four-to-two decision. Gregg became the thirteenth castaway voted out of SURVIVOR: PALAU and will serve on the Jury that ultimately decides who wins the $1 million and the title of Sole Survivor.