|Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am|
After a nail-biting 4-3 vote at Tribal Council, Patricia Jackson, nicknamed "momma," the 49-year-old truck assembler from Lugoff, South Carolina, became the second person voted out of the Maraamu tribe. Sarah Jones narrowly escaped, with three votes against her. Assertive as a "momma" may be, Patricia proved that, on Survivor, it is sometimes best to follow and not to lead. Patricia summed up her time on the island: "I know why I got voted off tonight and I have no ill feelings. I had a great time and I would do it again."
The Love Tribe
Night 3 found the Rotu tribe bonding, as they formed a massage line and rubbed each other's backs. "I love being in this tribe. I love how they decide to interact with each other in positive ways," voiced Gabriel Cade, the 23-year-old bartender from Celo, North Carolina. Huddled in the newly built "Love Shack," and continuing the compliments, Paschal English, the judge from Thomaston, Georgia, chimed, "I tell you what, anyone in this group could win and it would tickle the hell out of me." As the group gathered in the hut, Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, the 47-year-old real estate agent from Burlington, Vermont, separated herself from the others and slept next to the fire, leading John to believe, "Kathy isn't trying to be one of us."
Day 4 found the Rotu tribe in need of food. As the tribe made weapons to hunt, Kathy set out on her own food quest, alone. Not accustomed to the lack of protein in his diet, a sick Robert DeCanio, the 38-year-old limo driver from Queens, NY, found himself struggling early in the day. Concerned about Robert, Gabriel added, "Being a big guy comes with eating a lot of food. I think Robert is taking the lack of food the hardest." Recognizing the need for food, John Carroll, the 36-year-old nurse from Omaha, Nebraska, constructed a pig trap and confidently expressed, "If I catch a pig, I might as well set my table at the final four."
The Morning Show
With emotions still running high from the previous night's vote, the Maraamu tribe added levity to the otherwise tense morning by performing a mock radio show. Hunter Ellis, the 33-year-old Federal Express pilot from La Jolla, California, gave the morning weather report; Rob delivered the day's menu; and Sean added his own entertaining rendition of "Ain't Too Proud to Beg." As spirits lifted, the tribe sang and danced. Rob explained, "The Morning Show is basically our break from the day. It's a little comic relief from the tolling world of Survivor here in the Marquesas."
Gina CrewsAs one torch was extinguished at Tribal Council, another had been lit, and it was underneath Patricia Jackson, as she began the day by taking charge, building and organizing camp. Observing the new attitude, Gina Crews, the 28-year-old nature guide from Gainesville, Florida, remarked, "Miss Tricia has definitely changed since last Tribal Council. In fact, the next morning she was up, she was collecting firewood, she won't rest. I think she is being herself now. She is comfortable." But Patricia's abrasive take-charge attitude led Sean Rector, the 30-year-old teacher from Harlem, NY, to state, "She is doing too much talking to me. At first it was endearing but now she won't stop working. Quite frankly I am getting sick of it."
The Quest for Food
As Rotu's hunt progressed, John began thinking about the politics of finding food. After catching one tiny prawn, he stated, "Within the tribe I am trying to develop a hierarchy. I want to be as high as possible. To do that I need to provide food, specifically protein." Meanwhile, a lone Kathy excitedly whistled to her fellow tribe members when she came across a cache of sea creatures. She explained, "It was so exciting to see food. Even though it was minute, I started losing it." The tribe collected the muscles, clams and crabs that Kathy had found under the rocks of the shallow water. With mixed emotions, John later stated, "Inside it was like a mixed blessing. I am happy to have the protein, but I just wish I was the one to find it." As the tribe ate, Kathy searched for compliments for her discovery, but to her dismay none were offered.
A Common Bond
Chatting on the shoreline while the others swam, Sean and Vecepia Towery, the 36-year-old office manager from Portland, Oregon, realized that they had quite a bit in common. Vecepia explained, "What I call Sean is Malcom-Farrakahn. He's that MalcomX-militant-type-brother and the intelligent outspoken type." Sean later voiced, "She believes in God and I believe in God and we are bound by that, and that is a stronger bond than race could ever be."
All Work and No Play
As the day grew longer and tasks around camp needed to be completed, the Maraamu tribe realized that Sean had been resting while the others worked. Reiterating what the others were saying, Gina complained, "Sean seems so strong physically, you look at him and you think - man, he is going to help us, but he's lazy." Running out of water, the tribe demanded that Sean trek to the water source to fill the empty container. Annoyed with his task, Sean later noted, "Everybody is gravitating towards Hunter, who is the leader, and wants to make sure he sees what they do and their value to him. I know it's part of the game, but I'm not going to do it. I ain't kissing nobody's butt."
Emotions Take Over
Feeling ostracized, Kathy attempted to redeem herself with a basket of food she found in the jungle. She called her tribe over to discuss what she had found and then strongly suggested they build a shelter. Her demand was a problem for several tribe members, who were dismayed by her demanding style. As emotions grew and tears swelled in Kathy's eyes, Gabriel coolly stated, "If having a shelter over your head is most important to you, then I will do my best to assuage your worries." Realizing that shelter was a priority for Kathy, the tribe worked as one to construct their new home. Paschal added a final touch as his luxury item, the American flag, was draped over the top of the shelter.
Reward Challenge: Do or Dive
The two tribes met host Jeff Probst along the shoreline of Challenge Beach, where he explained the rules of the first Reward Challenge. Each tribe was to dive down and remove stones, which had been piled up in boats sunk many feet beneath the surface of the ocean. Once the stones were removed and the boat had surfaced, they were to tow it to the dock and bail the remaining water out. Once completed, they were to paddle the boat to shore and across the finish line. The challenge began and the tribes dived beneath the water to unload the heavy rocks. It was Gabriel who gave Rotu the early advantage as he unloaded a remarkable 19 rocks in one dive. Having their boat surface first was all Rotu needed, as they never relinquished the lead, winning the challenge and desperately needed fishing gear.
A Difficult Task
With the unpredictable weather of the South Pacific, finishing the shelter was of utmost importance for the Maraamu tribe. Sarah Jones, the 24-year-old account manager from Newport Beach, California, complained, "I have been saying for the last two days that we need to put the palms on the roof to make it waterproof, and no one has been listening. Now all of a sudden Hunter has came up with this bright idea to do it and now it's going to get done." As the others either ignored or rolled their eyes at Sarah's suggestions, her frustration grew as her efforts went unnoticed.
Immunity Challenge: Marquesan Menu
The tribes reconvened with host Jeff Probst at the Immunity Challenge, where he explained the rules. Each person on both tribes had to eat a Marquesan delicacy called Fafaru, which is raw fish, fish bones, crab legs and lobster legs marinated in sea water, then left out in the sun for three days. "Smells worse than a public toilet on a hot summer day!" host Jeff Probst proclaimed. One at a time, each person was to eat their portion of fafaru, no hands allowed. The first tribe to have a member fail to eat, would lose. Each castaway, some more hesitant than others, stepped up and ate the Marquesan delicacy, which led to a tiebreaker in which Maraamu's Rob Mariano, the 26-year-old construction worker from Canton, Massachusetts, and Rotu's Neleh Dennis, the 21-year-old student from Layton, Utah, faced off in downing a bowl of fafaru. Neleh proved to have the stronger stomach as she scarfed down the fish. Rob just couldn't handle the foul odor, and coughed up the fish. Rotu was victorious and would be safe for another three days.
Preparing for the Vote
Back at camp, paranoia set in as the Maraamu tribe prepared for the impending night's vote. Knowing he let his team down at the challenge, Rob believed he could be the next to go. Having secured a bond with Sarah, and knowing she was also vulnerable to the vote, Rob had to rethink his strategy as he explained, "If Sarah goes tonight, then I have to decide if I am going to join Hunter and be the worker again, or go with Sean and risk looking stupid." In the end, it was Patricia who received four out of seven votes and was sent packing. She became the second person voted out of the Maraamu tribe and off the island.