As SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS forged ahead, the imbalance between the Morgan and Drake tribes widened. Three times was not a charm for the Morgan tribe as the depleted crew was forced to endure yet another dreadful Tribal Council.
Lillian Morris, the 51-year-old scout troop leader from Cincinnati, Ohio, was voted out of the tribe in a five-to-one vote. Lillian simply proved to be the most dispensable member of the already dwindling tribe, which sent her packing on the ninth night. Upon leaving Tribal Council, Lillian reflected on her time spent on the island: "It does seem to be a game of a lot of deceit and a lot of lyingâ€¦and I'm not really good at that."
MORGAN TAKES INVENTORY
As day seven dawned, the exhausted Morgan tribe quietly pondered their misfortunes. For the wounded crew of castaways, it was a time for reflection, prayer and sleep. "Every tribemate has an obligation to the tribe that you have to check your mental infirmities at the door, get rid of those, and just suck it up and do what you need to do," noted tribe leader Andrew Savage, the 40-year-old attorney from Chicago, Illinois.
DRAKE SEARCHES FOR TREASURE
With the first piece of a treasure map won at the Reward Challenge, the Drake tribe decided to look for the buried treasure. They guessed it was on the shoreline, thus only accessible during low tide. As Drake paddled to a remote part of their island, their spirits were high with possibilities. "I want to find that treasure so bad! It just eats me up that there's a treasure out there with warm clothes or junk food or potato chips or, I don't know, something in there," dreamed Trish Dunn, the 42-year-old sales executive from Annapolis, Maryland.
After much second-guessing, fatigue set in as the search turned fruitless. "Kinda got a little discouraged and decided to take a break and check another time. Hopefully get another piece of the map today so we can get that next clue," explained Shawn Cohen, the 28-year-old advertising sales from New York, New York.
Tensions flared at the Drake camp as Jon Dalton, the 29-year-old art consultant from Danville, Virginia, lobbied the tribe to have Sandra Diaz-Twine, the 29-year-old office assistant from Ft. Lewis, Washington, sit out of the Reward Challenge because he perceived her to be a weak swimmer. Sandra took exception to his claims, causing a trivial argument to grow into a full-fledged shouting match. "I got a mil that says she won't be the final one," laughed Jon about his new nemesis Sandra.
REWARD CHALLENGE: SPRUNG A LEAK
As both tribes converged for the much-anticipated Reward Challenge, Host Jeff Probst explained the rules. Each tribe was given two boats and a fisherman's grappling hook. The Challenge involved a boat war in which the goal was to sink both the other tribe's boats. They could use the hooks to remove plugs that had been inserted into holes along the sides of each boat. Removing the plugs would force water to rush into the boat, ultimately sinking it. The last tribe floating would win a bounty of blankets, mattresses, pillows, a piece of a map to the buried treasure and the right to loot one item from the other tribe's camp.
The four boats converged upon each other, and the battle was underway. When the tribes frantically clashed in a flurry of splashing water, one of Morgan's crafts drifted away. The Drake tribe seized this opportunity to create a two-boat-to-one advantage. The first Morgan boat to sink was Osten's. Drake's strongman, Rupert, exerted his strength on the remaining Morgan craft, thus securing the Drake victory. Yet again, the Drake tribe won.
THE EARLY BIRD LOSES THE HOOK
Licking their wounds, the distraught Morgan tribe returned to camp for an uncomfortable night of sleep. Despite her good intentions, Lillian made matters worse by waking early to go on a solo fishing trip and lost the tribe's last remaining fishing hook. "I'm pissed. She's being a little bit impatient about the whole issue of going fishing. If she waited just that little bit, I would've been willing to go with her, but next thing you know she's gone, and I wasn't too happy about it," noted Ryan Opray, the 31-year-old electrician from Los Gatos, California.
DRAKE LOOTS FROM MORGAN
Deciding not to look for treasure, the debate at Drake camp turned to what item they should loot from the Morgan tribe. Feeling guilty but decisive, the Drake crew decided they should steal Morgan's water pot. Christa Hastie, the 24-year-old computer programmer from Los Angeles, California, went to do the looting.
When she arrived at the Morgan camp, Christa was met with a barrage of questions about the Drake crew. "I didn't tell them anything," Christa exclaimed as she left the Morgan tribe in destitution, "At least, I was trying not to tell them anything. It was just really hard. It was overwhelming. It was overwhelming. I just wanted to get out of there."
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: PULL YOUR WEIGHT
As both tribes reconvened for the third Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst explained that this Challenge would be a test of both strength and endurance. Although most of the tribe members would start the competition, the showdown would eventually come down to just two castaways, one from each tribe. The strongest member of each tribe would have to suspend the smallest member above water via a rope-and-pulley system. The first person to drop the rope, along with the dangling tribe member, would lose the Challenge and Immunity for the tribe.
One by one, members of each tribe were excused from the Challenge, until came down to Morgan's Osten Taylor, the 27-year-old equity trade manager from Boston, Massachusetts, versus Drake's Rupert Boneham, the 39-year-old troubled teens mentor from Indianapolis, Indiana. Both men held strong, grasping those ropes that grew heavier and heavier for over two hours.
Jeff Probst added difficulty to the Challenge, first telling Osten and Rupert that they must stand, then that they had to keep the rope suspended without resting it on the wooden braces in front of them. Finally, a pained Osten couldn't sustain the weight any longer and his smallest tribemate, Darrah Johnson, the 22 year-old mortician from Liberty, Mississippi, splashed into the water, thus handing the Drake tribe another victory.
COUNTDOWN TO TRIBAL COUNCIL
Accustomed to this unfortunate decision, the Morgan tribe returned to camp with the daunting task of sending another tribemate home. The dialogue flowed openly as Andrew decided, "The person that is least valuable to the tribe is the one who should go tonight. And whoever that is shouldn't have any problem with it." As Andrew spoke with Lillian, it was no secret that she was on the chopping block. Saddened, Lillian thanked Andrew for his honesty.
When all the votes were counted, Lillian became the third straight Morgan tribe member voted out of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS.