|"Question Of Trust"|
|Episode Number||1/13 (027)|
|First Broadcast||November 23, 2014|
|Previous||Tonight I Will Soar|
Question Of Trust is the first episode of Survivor: Africa.
|“||We are carving a path along the equator, through the scorching desert of Kenya in eastern Africa, where these sixteen Americans are about to begin the adventure of a lifetime. They are about to be abandoned in the heart of one of the most diverse and dangerous collection of animals anywhere on the continent; zebras, elephants, giraffes, lions are just a sample of the wildlife here that calls this place home. Temperatures here can reach one-hundred and twenty degrees, water is scare, it is virtually a land untouched by the modern world. For the next thirty nine days, these sixteen strangers will be left to fend for themselves. Forced to create a new society, while battling the elements and each other. They must learn to adapt or they'll be voted out of the tribe. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize. Thirty nine days, sixteen people, one Survivor!||”|
The sixteen survivors are seen inside a truck-like safari vehicle, having already been designated to one of the two tribes. The truck pulls up in the middle of the Kenyan desert, with a pile of supplies visible outside. The man driving the truck gets out, before frantically shouting "Down, down, down! Faster, faster! Hurry up! Down, down, down!", causing all sixteen contestants to get out of the vehicle as quickly as possible. After they all group together outside the bus, the man wishes them a "nice day", before driving off into the distance. The contestants share a group cheer, before moving over to their pile of supplies, reading aloud a message informing them that they can take whatever they want from the pile, but it will simply add more weight to the load they must carry across the desert to their new homes. For Samburu, Phoebe reads the note aloud, whilst Renato instructs the tribe what to carry, and what to leave behind. For Boran, Phillis reads the note aloud, whilst Abbas and Kris take over, proving to be the physical assets of the tribe. Both tribes depart the drop off point, heading towards their new homes.
The Boran tribe make their way through the desert, being led by Abbas and Kris, who seem to have become de facto leaders due to their athletic ability. The group seem to walk in pairs, with Soledad and Don behind the two boys, Phillis and Neville behind them, with Mary and Marsha bringing up the rear. Each individual talks to whoever is walking beside them, taking the opportunity to get to know a potential ally or enemy.
|“||I didn't want to be the leader coming out here, and I don't think I am. Not yet anyway. It was just that the tribe needed someone to step up in this early moments, and I felt confident enough to do so.||”|
- So how old are you Don? If you don't mind me asking...- Soledad
- I knew this would come up eventually. Do I really look older then fifty? Well it has been fourteen years...- Don
- You're sixty-four? Are you kidding me?- Soledad
- Not kidding.- Don
- You're incredible... You're actually incredible Don. My uncle is younger then you and he can barely go for a jog...- Soledad
|“||Don is just someone who deserves massive props... He's a sixty four year old man... He's not in tip top shape at all... Yet he's out here doing this! I've seen the past two seasons and I've seen people half his age go down quickly. It'll really be a test of whether Don deserves to stay for the achievement he's made by simply coming out here, or whether he will be a liability down the line.||”|
|“||I retired several years ago... and since then I felt I'd lost my purpose. I'm someone who loves being busy, I don't like freeloaders or lazy people... I saw the first season and there were some people over fifty and they seemed to have the ability which I knew I also had. There's concerns back home whether my health will keep up enough to allow me to last out here... Hopefully I wont be carried away on a stretcher. I'm going to show that age doesn't matter... You can win this game and be an oldie!||”|
Mary and Marsha both begin to fall behind on the walk, calling ahead to the others, stating that they have too much to carry. The group come together, placing all their items down, trying to decide what to do in order to get moving.
- I honestly don't think its wise we carry this much.- Mary
- You want me to take some of it?- Abbas
- No, honestly you've got a lot as it is... You're doing great... Its just I think we need to dump some of this stuff, that way we can maybe get moving a bit quicker.- Mary
- How about you Marsha? You struggling a bit too?- Soledad
- Um... yeah honestly. Sucks to admit it this early... I just don't see how carrying all this stuff is beneficial in the long run.- Marsha
|“||I am not a weak person. In no way am I weak. But don't get me wrong, there was no way in hell I was carrying all that stuff for ... however long left in the journey there was. I didn't want to single myself and Mary out as the weak ones, because I don't think we are... But you know some people don't do hikes, and I'm one of those people. I take lifts and buses everywhere I go (laughs)||”|
- So what do you guys think? Dump some of the water?- Soledad
- No... (laughs) No way are you dumping the water. You guys cant be serious?- Neville
- What's wrong with that?- Soledad
- Water... Do you know where we are sweetie? We're in the freakin' like... Sahara or something. Dumping water in a place like this is basically checking yourself out on day one!- Neville
|“||Oh Neville... he isn't the brightest spark.||”|
|“||It annoys me to know that I'm on a tribe of people who cant even make it through the first task. They cant carry necessary supplies to camp, so decided the 'rational' thing to do was dump the water. I don't know how many times they were dropped as babies... but I tell you what it was more then ten.||”|
After a vote, a majority of the group decide to dump some of the water, meaning they can spread the rest of their weight out evenly, allowing the group to move quicker on the journey to their camp. Whilst Abbas and Kris pour out the water, Neville makes his disdain towards the idea clear, not hiding any disappointment from his tribe members. Abbas and Kris pass around some of their weight to Marsha and Mary, making sure everyone is carrying a somewhat even amount. The group head off again, with Abbas continuing to lead the group, using Don's map reading skills to get them on the right path. The dumping of the water appears to pay off for the tribe, as they are able to move much quicker, reaching camp in enough time to utilize the daylight remaining to make their shelter more habitable.
|“||When we reached camp we were all a little stunned to see that... well... camp was more of a prison. We have no shelter as such, rather a perimeter. There's very little out here to make shelter with, so all we have is this boma, which is entangled acacia branches. They're quite sharp and thorny, but they serve their purpose... to keep predators out. Once we saw that it became clear that this was real... the reality was there.||”|
The tribe come together upon reaching their camp, with Phillis exclaiming "We made it!", before going off into a cheering frenzy. The group decide that they will not waste any energy building the shelter, as fire is their main priority. Marsha and Mary are chosen to go and search for the watering hole, which they willingly do. Abbas, Kris and Neville sit to work on their fire, leaving Soledad, Don and Phillis to sort through the tribes belongings. Whilst looking for the watering hole, Marsha and Mary appear to bond well, both appearing to hold the same sense of humor.
- You're definitely someone I know I will connect with out here.- Mary
- I know, I feel exactly the same. My biggest worry was that I wouldn't have anyone here to really... bond with.- Marsha
- Same here. Kept saying to my husband "I cant do it... I'll be on my own"... but no... Now that I know you're here I feel ok.- Mary
- (smiles and hugs Mary) Have we just made our little alliance?- Marsha
- I think we have (laughs) I wont write you're name down... and you don't write mine down.- Mary
- Of course. Its about time the girls came together out here! (laughs)- Marsha
|“||Myself and Marsha just clicked instantly. It wasn't a case of getting to know her... We both just knew we'd get on. So far I like my tribe, there's no one here who really stands out as the trouble maker... I think we'll do good as a group, and now that I've got an ally here I feel confident in my chances.||”|
Mary and Marsha locate the water source, both shocked to find that it is a small dirty hole, with water that clearly isn't safe lurking inside. The two agree to leave the water be, unsure as to what the tribes reactions would be if they were to carry brown water back with them.
|“||With all the little nasties living inside that water, and without fire... We felt it was best to just leave it be... I don't think myself and Mary returning with mud would put smiles on anyone's faces.||”|
Back at camp, the three boys continue to try and get fire, but to no avail. Soledad, Phillis and Don neatly lay out the tribes supplies, making sure that everything is easy to locate, with little chance of losing anything. Abbas and Kris both role their eyes at Neville, who is sitting back, doing very little to help get fire. Soledad shrugs to Abbas, mouthing to him to keep calm, hoping to avoid any conflict on the first day.
|“||Neville just kind of sat back and watched everyone else working. He isn't giving off the best first impressions out here, which isn't good... especially in a game where first impressions are critical. He's a nicely dressed guy, he looks good... but when he's put to work... he's quite useless. I don't want to be quick to judge, but I don't know if I'll perceive him any other way.||”|
Marsha and Mary return to camp, seeing that no fire has been made, but remaining in high spirits, not wanting to dampen the tribes mood. Marsha informs the group that the water is in a bad state, and that they shouldn't risk drinking any until they have fire, which Soledad agrees with, citing it as the smartest option, not wanting anyone to pick up bad bacteria from the water. The tribe eventually give up on trying to get fire, agreeing to wait until the morning before attempting anything else. Soledad and Kris stay up whilst the others all attempt to sleep, keeping watch over the tribe, making sure nothing dangerous approaches during the night.
|“||We've yet to get fire, and yet to have any water. I can feel my lips cracking and splitting right now... My mouth is incredibly dry. Its tough because there's very little we can do right now... Then there's the worry of predators coming in the night, and without a fire the chances of that coming increase dramatically... Its a bit of a cr***y spot right now. But I think we'll pull through.||”|
The Samburu tribe make their way to camp, carrying a lot less then their rivals had taken. The decision to carry less was made by Renato, who already appears to be in the leadership position for the tribe. Despite appearing as an effective leader, Renato is challenged by David, the youngest member of the tribe, who wishes to prove his worth early on in the game.
|“||I know physically I'm not the best, socially I'm particularly awkward... Strategically I'll most likely end up failing. I'm coming into this game expecting to be voted out first, but I want to do all in my power to prevent this from occurring. The first opportunity I saw to make a good name for myself was during the hike, in which I wanted to establish myself as an asset to the tribe.||”|
|“||Poor David, bless his heart. He is just such an awkward person, and I can tell he's going to struggle out here. Renato was doing a fine job of leading our tribe, only to be pestered by young David. I'm an annoying person, but its nice to know there's someone more annoying then myself out here.||”|
Similarly to their competitors, the Samburu tribe get to know one another during the walk, all appearing to bond well, with only Roland sticking out as the tribe irritant. David, Adela and Phoebe appear to bond well, with their ages being similar, giving them a reason to group together.
|“||Its nice to be surrounded by fine looking ladies... I'm not adverse to good looks at all. I can tell we're clicking as a threesome right now, and that has to do with several factors. I did notice others in our tribe spotting this, which could be an issue because no one wants to be the victim of the early alliance witch hunts that go on.||”|
- What I wouldn't give to be your age right now. This wouldn't be such a trek!- Ingrid
- Oh c'mon you're coping fine. You're not even old!- Adela
- How old do you think I am?- Ingrid
- I don't want to guess (nervously laughs)- Adela
- Come on have a guess. Honestly I don't mind. I am a dried up old thing (cackles)- Ingrid
|“||When someone says "guess how old I am" I immediately s**t myself. If I get it wrong, and badly wrong... then I've made an enemy. I don't want to make an enemy of someone during the first hour! I thought she looked about sixty, so I thought I'd guess down... Just to play it safe...||”|
- No idea... Fifty five?- Adela
- Oh... well lets just stick with that! (laughs) No I'm sixty...- Ingrid
- No way, really?- Adela
- Sadly... Make the most of being young because you'll miss it sweetie, trust me. Take it from someone who knows.- Ingrid
- We've got a good mix of ages here...- Phoebe
- We do actually. A load of young pups, and us oldies... Right Luigino?- Ingrid
- (sighs and doesn't answer)- Luigino
|“||Luigino... miserable old bastard (laughs). He reminds me of my ex-husband, also an Italian... They have fiery tempers so I know not to get on the wrong side of him. I'm sure he and I will get on fine though... We're close in age, and we'll have that to bond us when the younglings start to grate on us in a weeks time.||”|
|“||People might perceive me as moody or unkind, when really I just want to get things done without saying too much. Talking is for the weak. You talk too much and you end up in s**t... That's my motto. When I cook food for forty plus people I'm not unnecessarily talking to my team... I'm getting the job done and giving out orders. I'm going to struggle with the social aspects of this game... my wife often tells me I have the manners of a donkey... I don't care though... Maybe that'll be my saving grace.||”|
The tribe continue, reaching their camp with a good amount of daylight left. All seven members thank Renato, who successfully guided them through the entire hike, proving himself to be a likely candidate for a leader. Renato gives the group instructions, realizing that his tribe members are waiting on him to tell them what to do. Renato decides that the tribe should get to know one another before working, as their shelter doesn't need too much work. The group sit down together, in a getting to know you session, with Renato and David trying to get a fire going during the session.
- So you're the chef?- Phoebe
- I am yes.- Luigino
- Well that's a plus so far.- Phoebe
- I don't specialize in plain rice though... So don't expect gourmet food from me out here.- Luigino
- You're useless then (laughs)- Roland
|“||Roland continued to rub people the wrong way. He tried to make a joke about Luigino being useless? Its ironic because Roland is the individual who offers the least out here.||”|
Roland eventually realizes his joke has been taken the wrong way, leading to him shutting himself down, sitting quietly whilst the others successfully bond. Renato and David fail to get a fire going, but are commended for their efforts. The tribe begin to pack it in for their first night, all beginning to feel the effects of dehydration, leaving Renato and Briallen awake to keep watch during the night. Renato and Briallen discuss their tribe dynamics, agreeing that it would be best to find close connections early on, making a somewhat alliance-like bond between the two of them. Briallen eventually goes to sleep, leaving Renato alone to gather his thoughts.
|“||I don't know how I feel about being a leader in this game. In my family I am the guy who calls the shots, but that's just my role as a husband and a father. I run several clubs... I'm use to keeping things running... But its different when you're working with strangers who at the end of the day are all out to get you. I do like Briallen, she's cool... She's a laid back girl and that's something I like because I don't have to worry about her being a thick airhead. If I was to point out a bad egg so far... it would be Luigino... He's old and admitted to adding little value today... We'll have to see how things go tomorrow, but as of now he's my first target.||”|
Abbas, Don and Soledad are the first three up for the tribe, getting to work on the fire immediately. Although Abbas isn't able to get a fire going, he perseveres, not wanting to let his tribe down. Soledad sits and talks with new found idol Don, whom she continues to admire for his bravery in coming on the show. Both Mary and Marsha arise from their beds, having barely slept throughout the night. Marsha collects some dry husk for Abbas, hoping to help him get a fire going, knowing that without water they will be weak going into the immunity challenge.
- So what did you do before you retired?- Soledad
- I was a New York lawyer... Sadly not the big shot I was hoping to be...- Don
- You were a lawyer?- Soledad
- Yeah, why?- Don
- I'm a barrister...- Soledad
- So you're more successful then me? (laughs)- Don
|“||There is definitely a friendship forming between myself and Soledad. She is a tough young girl and someone I greatly admire, whilst she seems to have this profound respect for myself. Its nice because these days there are very few young people who have the same initiative and ability that she has.||”|
- My dad was from Jersey... he was a lawyer... He was the reason I wanted to go into the business... Happy I did...- Soledad
- Will he be as proud of me as you are?- Don
- He passed several years ago sadly...- Soledad
- Oh God... I'm so sorry sweetie.- Don
- No its fine, its not your fault (she laughs, clearly getting emotional)- Soledad
|“||I didn't want to come out here and cry this early on (laughs). I just find myself full of emotion right now... I think the lack of water has sent me loopy. I'm a tough person and I don't want to be viewed as soft, but I think you have to open yourself up to others out here, especially when you find a connection with someone like I have with Don. There's no official alliance there... but he and I both know where we stand, and will know where the other stands going into tribal councils.||”|
The rest of the camp join the others in sitting round the currently useless fireplace, with the exception of Neville, who remains in bed despite being asked to join the group. Soledad decides to openly talk about Neville, hoping that he will overhear her, causing him to pull his act together. However, her efforts are proven to be in vain, as Neville continues to lay in his bed. The tribe become concerned for Kris, who is clearly suffering already, with the back of his neck severely burnt as a result of the hike on day one. Mary begins rubbing natural resources on the burn, claiming that it will help reduce the pain, and will cover it from burning any further.
- You're sure it will help? This isn't a joke?- Don
- Hand on heart this will help...- Mary
- You sure? That stuff looks a lil' dirty.- Marsha
- It's fine guys... I'll be fine... Thanks Mary. (he slightly winces as she applies the paste like remedy)- Kris
|“||It's only the second day out here and already I've come down with an issue... on the back of my neck. Yesterday I didn't wear a shirt whilst walking, and now I'm paying the price. Mary was kind enough to help me... Although I'm not sure if what she did really helped... My neck is cold, which I guess is the opposite of burning? Maybe it did work...||”|
|“||We get up this morning and find one of our young guys is already done. I've seen it last season with the red head girl... You come down with something bad out here and you just don't recover. Maybe I'm wrong and I hope I am... But if Kris loses his ability to perform... He's about as useful as Neville.||”|
After another hour of failing to get fire, the tribe accept that getting water is unlikely until they receive a flint or matches. Soledad makes the decision that the tribe will open two of the canned fruits, which they can share as a tribe, giving them some nutrients going forward in the game.
|“||Soledad made the decision and we all went with it. It really does speak volumes about who is leading us right now.||”|
- (passing round the pots) Everyone take two pieces each. We'll save the juice and drink that after, or we can keep it for tonight.- Soledad
- Oh God this is good... I might need that juice right after...- Mary
- There's gonna be no stoppin' us now we started on this (laughs)- Marsha
|“||Those cherries and sliced peaches were just... Mmmmmm... I would have ate the whole can if no one was lookin'! But you've got to play this game smart, and eating a whole can of food when we're all starving isn't smart.||”|
- (shouting from his bed) Can someone bring some of that over here?- Neville
- Oh you're going to get up now there's food?- Soledad
- (mutters) Don't give him any...- Kris
- Neville if you want something come over here and get it... Sit with the group y'know.- Soledad
- Why cant you just bring it here?- Neville
- Because we're not waiting on you Neville... No one else gets food brought to them so why should you?- Soledad
- Because... I'm not feeling well.- Neville
|“||Neville is the problem right now. He's continuing to be lazy despite our best efforts to snap him out of it. It just seems crazy to me that anyone would act this way in a game where you're playing to win... If we were stranded then maybe you'd be a lazy six year old in a fifty year olds body... But this is Survivor... We're all here to win! Apart from Neville apparently.||”|
- Well maybe you shouldn't eat if you're not feeling well...- Kris
- But I need food and drink! That's why I'm not feeling too good. This may surprise you but I don't starve for a living, this is new to me...- Neville
- (Mary stands slowly, taking over some fruit for Neville) ... Here.- Mary
- Mary that empathy isn't going to get you far... He'd have left you.- Don
- Oh hush guys, c'mon we're here to work together. This wont become a routine but just this once we can let things slide.- Mary
|“||Mary has a good heart and she's clearly a lovely lady. But in a situation like this that will count against her when we reach the later stages of the game.||”|
|“||I hate confrontation with a passion! You can ask anyone that knows me... I'm the spiritual pacifist from an Irish Catholic background... I'm a walking contradiction, but I love it. I don't agree with what Neville did this morning, but starving him wont get us anywhere.||”|
- Thank you Mary... I appreciate it. And guys once I'm feeling better I promise to get up and help some more.- Neville
- Ok, thank you Neville... (rolls eyes)- Phillis
|“||I'm out here to play a game, and I'll make sure to work my way to the end by any means necessary. I wont waste my energy working around camp... We've practically got our shelter built... We don't need water right now, we've got canned goods. I don't see the need to work our asses off when we can sit back and conserve our energy for the challenges... Maybe I'm looking at things from a better perspective then the others, and that's why they want to clash with me. That doesn't bother me... as I'll be the one at the end raking in another million dollar check.||”|
The Samburu tribe awaken, all suffering from the same dehydrated state as their rivals. Renato frantically tries to get a fire going, not stopping for a break, resulting in him sweating profusely. David walks over, offering to take over, claiming that Renato will overwork himself. Renato agrees, lying down in the shade in order to catch his breath. The rest of the tribe all look at their supplies, hoping that someone will recommend they use some of it up, doubting that David will be successful in getting fire.
|“||It's tough out here. Today is extremely hot, none of us have had anything to drink since we got here... I'm counting down the minutes before one of us collapses due to the dehydration. Phoebe and Roland seem to be struggling quite a bit this morning... Stating that they feel weak... Us older folk are doing ok... I'm coping... Ingrid seems to be as energetic as she was yesterday... Luigino is still sitting silently so I assume he's still breathing. I just hope that we can get a fire soon because if we don't then we may not have to wait until tribal to lose someone.||”|
David gives up on the fire, not wanting to overwork himself. He walks over, joining the others in the shade. After Roland continues to complain about the lack of water, the group decide to take a vote on whether they should or shouldn't consume one of the canned goods. The majority of Renato, Roland, Phoebe, Briallen and Adela vote to open one of the cans, leaving David, Luigino and Ingrid disappointed at the result. Renato opens a can of sliced pears, rationing it up for the tribe.
- I think we could have gone without guys. We wont die... I'm about as dried up as you can get and I still feel some moisture in my mouth...- Ingrid
- (laughs)- David
- I agree. I mean we're not dying here. Why do, uh... why do you have to give up so easily?- Luigino
- It isn't giving up... How is it giving up?- Briallen
- Just seems a bit weak... But that's just my input.- Luigino
|“||I don't like Luigino... I don't. He's just a crabby old man who wants to make situations difficult. He complains about the pears... But he happily ate his share... He didn't say "Oh no, leave it for later"... He was happy to have it now even though he is 'fine'.||”|
The group finish the can of pears, all having one and a half slices each. Before anyone can check if there are any left overs, Roland is spotted gulping down the remaining juice in the can, not considering his tribe members before doing so. Luigino stares down Roland, not making any comments, feeling that his silence is more effective. Roland puts his head down, placing the empty can on the ground before reluctantly walking over to Renato. David, who also spotted Roland's actions, decides that the group needs to get to work on maintaining their fencing. David invites Luigino and Adela to help him, both of whom happily accept the task. Renato, Briallen, Roland, Phoebe and Ingrid stay behind to work on the camp interior. Whilst walking outside the shelter, Luigino begins complaining about Roland's behavior, calling him a "greedy bastard", claiming that his behavior will cost the tribe if it continues. David and Adela both appear to agree with Luigino, feeling as though Roland is the tribes only weak link.
- I just want you both to know that I think you're stand up people... hard workers... strong workers as well. Maybe its wrong to talk about this so early in the game, but I'd like the opportunity to work with you both.- Luigino
- You asking us to join an alliance?- David
- Sort of...- Luigino
- Well I'm happy with that. I like you both... Luiginino you seem to share the same values that I do... Adela you're one of the strongest out here... We're a good little group...- David
- You happy with this then Adela?- Luigino
- Yeah... Perfectly.- Adela
|“||Fixing the tribe barrier ended up being an opportunity for others to try to get me to align with them, which wasn't too shocking because when someone drags you off alone they're bound to attempt something strategic with you. At this point I know I'm supported by two others, but that doesn't mean I cant broaden my horizon by making deals with others on this tribe... That way when it comes down to voting I'm not constricted to a small group of individuals.||”|
|“||I think I'm smart... I hope I am (laughs). I feel I'll be underestimated because so far we haven't seen many... young... black guys... who really have much going on in their head. I don't mind these stereotypes as long as they'll play to my advantage out here. Being partnered with others this early in the game is really going to come in handy going into our first tribal council, which in my opinion will be soon. Looking at our group as it is... I cant see us winning anything.||”|
The three all put their hands in together, sealing their alliance together, agreeing to move forward in the game as one. David suggests that they recruit more to join their group, as working with three wont get them total control. Luigino questions who would be a suitable fourth, to which David and Adela reply "Phoebe", both clearly feeling as though they have bonded with her due to their similar ages. Luigino, David and Adela then get to work, speaking no more about their agreement, not wanting any of the others to catch on to their plans. Back in the shelter, Renato seizes the opportunity to turn the others on his first target; Luigino. Whilst the group are working, Renato tries to discretely bring up the issue of Luigino's attitude, which creates a series of negative comments from the others concerning Luigino, particularly Briallen and Roland, who feel as though he is likely to get worse as time goes on. Ingrid stands and listens to the others, oblivious to the strategy that is going on around her. Phoebe admits that she too feels Luigino needs to cool it off, which leads Renato to make a brave mood, stating that he feels the tribe needs "to deal with him (Luigino) quickly". Before the conversations can go any further, David, Adela and Luigino return to camp, causing all strategy to halt for the rest of the day. The tribe manages to work well, finishing all the minor tasks they intended to complete, with Renato, David, Luigino and Adela being praised for their work ethic, whilst Roland continues to get berated for doing minimal amounts to help the entire group.
|“||I do feel its slightly unfair that the tribe keep picking me out as this costly person who is ruining all their experiences. It's really disheartening to know that Luigino isn't getting the same amount of abuse as I am... considering he's someone who rubs everyone up the wrong way. I am however pleased to know that Renato, Phoebe, Ingrid and Briallen agreed with my views... and that Luigino really does need to be dealt with, as Renato so boldly put it.||”|
|“||Today was tough on all of us... You can already smell the panic amongst the body odor (cackles)... I love it though. I'm having an absolute blast out here. I like everyone so far... No one has called me a bat or a hag yet... But that's probably just around the corner... Give them another few days of starving and they'll be ripping into me. I do sense some divisions in the tribe... On one side we have Renato who is doing a very good job at leading us... and on the other we have Luigino who is becoming this outcast, although he does have support from David it seems... (shrugs) I'm comfortably in the middle of all this... Eventually I'll take a side, but that can be left until tomorrow.||”|
As night falls, David and Phoebe remain awake to keep watch, giving David a chance to invite Phoebe into his alliance with Luigino and Adela. David tells Phoebe that Luigino is a good and loyal man, and that his moody antics aren't hurtful to the group, where as Roland's weakness definitely is. Phoebe nods along to what David is saying, informing him that Renato had attempted to bring the others together to turn them on Luigino. David takes this information as Phoebe proving her loyalty to him and his alliance, shaking her hand whilst giving her his word that he wont turn on her, before the two head off to bed, giving the 'night watch' over to Ingrid and Adela.
|“||David invited me into an alliance of sorts that was created today between Luigino, Adela and himself. I feel good about joining these guys because I get on well with David and Adela, we have a lot in common... They're fun people... Luigino I really have no bond with, but I do feel he is somewhat misunderstood. There is still a part of me that wonders whether joining Renato would be better... he is our overall leader... he does seem to have the numbers on his side...||”|
|“||The alliance we made today just gained its fourth member in Phoebe. All we have to do now is recruit one more member and we're solid. It does upset me to know that Renato was trying to get an alliance of his own going because I felt if he was going to do that he would have included myself, as he and I have gotten on quite well thus far. Maybe he wants to align with the weaker people to help himself... I don't know... If that's his game then good on him, but he's just been caught out.||”|
Both tribes are informed that they will be facing their first immunity challenge, knowing that whoever loses will be forced to vote out the first person of the game. The tribes are also informed that whoever wins the challenge will be given waterproof matches, guaranteeing them an advantage when it comes to being able to get fire, and therefore drinking water.
|“||We've had a tough few days so far, and I think our main concern... or at least my main concern, is winning those waterproof matches. Fire is essential out here, and if we go another day without any water I think we're in serious trouble. Whoever wins the challenge today will win the following few... That's my opinion at least.||”|
|“||I'm not feeling too good going into the challenge today. I woke up this morning and spewed up my guts... My hands are shaking right now... I feel light headed when I stand... I just hope its not something too physical... I want to show the tribe I am the asset they perceive me to be.||”|
Challenge: Trail Blazer
Each team is given a chariot which contained four lit torches and a fire cauldron at the center. They must pull or push the cart through difficult terrain while lighting a series of fire towers along the way. The first tribe to successfully light their towers, cross the finish line, and ignite the final bonfire wins.
Reward: Tribal Immunity, matches and a cart for them to use to transport supplies to their camp.
Information (Boran): Abbas, Don, Kris, Marsha, Mary, Neville and Phillis all perform well, leading the tribe to victory. Soledad performs poorly, but is not to blame for this, as the other tribes boulder collided with her mid-challenge, injuring her slightly, causing her to move slowly during the second part of the challenge.
Information (Samburu): Adela, Briallen, Ingrid, Luigino and Phoebe all perform well, trying to keep up with Boran. David and Roland perform averagely, with David slowing down after his tribes own boulder rolled over him, twisting his ankle badly, whilst Roland proved his best was only average. Renato performs poorly, panting and struggling during the entire challenge, before collapsing at the very end, with his eyes rolling back, causing medical attention to rush over to him.
|Immunity Challenge: Trail Blazer|
Abbas, Don, Kris, Marsha, Mary, Neville, Phillis, Soledad
Adela, Briallen, David, Ingrid, Luigino, Phoebe, Renato, Roland
Boran heads back to camp with their winnings, leaving a nervous Samburu tribe standing around their unconscious leader, hoping to see that he'll pull through. Renato soon regains consciousness, slowly being brought back to his feet. Renato mumbles "I cant leave", before being assured by the medical team that this wont have to happen, and that he'll be able to continue the game as long as he rests and doesn't overwork himself, as his low blood pressure could see him faint again if he continues to push himself too hard. The group head back to camp, knowing that one of them will soon be leaving the game. Upon returning back to camp, Renato is taken over to the shade by David and Adela, who give him some canned food, hoping to see his health go back up, worried what his departure could mean for tribe morale.
|“||In the challenge I took a pretty hard fall... I... I uh, I guess I pushed myself too hard too early and now this has happened. I saw the concern on all their faces, and I do realize this could be my downfall. If I am voted out for this I'll be so let down... I came here for an experience taking me at least to the merge... to go out this early would be devastating.||”|
- (mumbling) I just wanted to say sorry about this guys... I... I hope this doesn't... Y'know... Worry you. I can keep going.- Renato
- You're feeling better? I don't want you to push yourself too hard Ren... at the end of the day your health is what matters...- Adela
- I honestly feel better. It was just the heat and intensity of the challenge.- Renato
- Can we get you anything else?- David
- The assurance I'll be here tomorrow (laughs)- Renato
- You'll be fine... trust me.- Adela
- (nods in agreement)- David
|“||I don't like lying to people, especially not this early in the game. But we're at this path right now... One way leads to Roland's exit... the other leads to Renato's exit... there is a third path but I'll be avoiding that one. Renato is a good guy, he means well... and he is an asset up to this point... But if he cant pull himself together... If he no longer has the strength to keep going... Then for his and our benefit he might have to go home.||”|
The tribe get strategizing, with no one wanting to leave at the first vote. Roland approaches a resting Renato, worried that he is on the chopping block, but Renato assures him that things will go smoothly, and that they should keep to their plan and to vote out Luigino. Roland nods, suggesting he talks to some of the others, but Renato tries to deter him from this, believing scrambling could backfire on them. At the same time, David, Phoebe and Adela talk, with David suggesting either Roland or Renato, hoping to pick their first target. Phoebe seems hesitant to make a decision, whilst Adela seems to be leaning towards Roland on a personal basis, but feels that it may be kinder to vote Renato from the game in order to prevent any further damage to his health.
|“||I want myself and my alliance to vote for Roland tonight, but things may have to go towards Renato because of what happened at the challenge today. My fear is that we keep Roland and regret it because we know he cant do much... but then again if we keep Renato we might regret it because he ends up collapsing at tomorrows challenge... either way we're taking a risk tonight. I just hope when we reach our decision its the right one.||”|
Roland sits with Briallen, who is trying to get some sleep, having failed to get much since arriving in Africa. With no one to talk to, Roland goes over tribal outcomes in his head, making him nervous as he knows the possibility of him going is high. Roland decides to approach others, going against Renato's warning, feeling as though more reassurance may calm him down. Ingrid assures Roland that she is still going to vote for Luigino, stating that no one else has approached her in the game so far, giving Roland hope that things may go his way. Roland then approaches Phoebe and Adela, trying to work out who they will be voting, but is met coldly by the two, who clearly don't want to give away information freely. Adela asks Roland who he intends to vote, to which he replies "one of the oldies", leaning more towards Luigino, which Adela and Phoebe agree with, feeling as though he isolates himself from the main group.
|“||I did go against my allies advice, but I feel I'm playing my own game and don't want to go home regretting that I didn't make more of an effort to keep myself safe... I feel like I'm a big target tonight, and if I go I'll be mad... But I tried my best, and hopefully the others will realize I'm a valuable member of this society.||”|
David and Luigino stand outside the shelter, deliberating amongst themselves who to vote, leaving Adela and Phoebe alone for a substantial amount of time. The girls weigh up all their options, narrowing it down to Luigino, Renato or Roland. Before the girls can talk any further, they are joined by Ingrid, who is feeling somewhat left out by the entire group. During their conversation, Phoebe lets slip that Roland has been going round to everyone, which Ingrid admits she had noticed. Phoebe goes on to tell Ingrid that he had suggested they vote for "one of the oldies", which sends Ingrid into a panic, knowing full well that she is included in that group. The girls continue talking, before David and Luigino return, feeling as though they have come to a decision. The group gather their things for tribal, with the three main targets all packing bags, knowing they are on the chopping block. Ingrid also packs a bag, not wanting to ever feel too safe in the game, knowing that when one becomes too safe, they let their guard down.
|“||Roland wants to vote out one of my species...? (wags finger)||”|
|“||We're going into tribal tonight with lots of outcomes likely... I believe a man is going... I feel things might just go my way, and that my alliance will succeed in getting out our main target. If they don't then I feel its because I haven't bonded with everyone expected to vote with me tonight... Maybe that's something I need to learn in life... Bonding is important, even if you don't particularly want to bond with that person.||”|
At tribal council the tribe discuss their disdain at having to vote out the first member of the game, before moving onto the hot topic of Renato's blackout at the challenge. Renato assures Jeff and his tribe that he has recovered, and that once they get some water he'll be as good as new. The main topics brought up are the survival aspects of the game, with Phoebe and Roland both admitting they are particularly struggling with the lack of hydration. The tribe are questioned on their decision to eat canned food, which Ingrid, David and Luigino mention they opposed. Briallen becomes annoyed by this, stating that had they not opened any food "more people would have collapsed at the challenge". The tribe then discuss the rift that is forming, with one side opposing Luigino, and the other opposing Roland, which is no secret to anyone. Luigino states that he is disliked for "something petty, and something that isn't a liability", whilst Roland is disliked for "his general inability in the game of survivor". Roland becomes annoyed by this comment, fighting back, claiming that Luigino isolates himself and others with his attitude, and that this will continue to drive everyone apart. Luigino responds to this by claiming that Roland is more likely to do this, as he is the one "stealing supplies". Jeff questions Luigino as to what he means, leaving David to step in, explaining what Luigino is referring to. Roland states that he didn't steal supplies, but simply took more then his share, but that this was a "one off mistake". Jeff commends the tribe on bringing up their issues, stating that tribal is a place to let things come out into the open, and that if their problems are dealt with at tribal, they will return as a stronger and happier tribe. David commences the voting, whilst Ingrid closes it out, somewhat pausing before she casts her vote. As Jeff reads the votes, the split in the tribe is made clear, with 4 voting for Roland, and 3 voting for Luigino. Jeff pulls the last vote from the urn, revealing that it has been cast against Roland, sending the 19 year old student out of the game first. As Roland leaves he seems disappointed, but wishes his tribe luck. Before the seven remaining Samburu members return to camp, Jeff announces that because they have attended tribal council they will receive fire, before passing over a few matches. The entire tribe scream with joy, placing the events at tribal council to the back of their mind, finding a new positivity in knowing they will be able to make fire, and ultimately boil drinking water.
Roland (5 votes)
Adela, David, Ingrid, Luigino & Phoebe
Luigino (3 votes)
Briallen, Renato & Roland
|“||I'm glad that we settled on you tonight, as you really are the weak link.||”|
|“||Luigino... You're moody... You haven't really tried to speak to me... That's why I'm casting this vote for you.||”|
|“||Sometimes you win, sometimes you don't... Sorry man, you tried, but a little too hard.||”|
|“||When you approached me I was with you... But you threatened this oldie behind her back. With maturity comes intelligence I guess.||”|
|“||You mentioned your mistake was a one off... Hopefully five votes against you tonight guarantee that.||”|
|“||I was going to vote with you guys on day two... But by the night I was pretty much on the opposite side of you. I never really got on with you... You're just not the kind of guy I'd hang with.||”|
|“||I decided early on that I'd be voting for you... I just feel you don't fit into this group. Hopefully its you tonight and not me, because I feel I'm enjoying this experience one-hundred times more then you are...||”|
|“||Tried to get most people against you tonight... Whether or not I succeeded, I don't know... Lets hope I did.||”|
|“||From day one I was on the outs of my tribe. I did all I could to get them to accept me, just like I have done all through my life. In the end I guess I was never apart of this team. I don't even like the color red! I do wish them luck even though they voted me out, because I don't want to hold a grudge. Renato and Briallen were the two who stuck by me I suppose? They're kind of loners just like me, so I'd like to see one of them go on to win it. If I could go back and change one thing, it might be applying (laughs), I wasn't cut out for this at all... That showed by my big list of mistakes in only three days.||”|
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