Cook Islands: Episode 8

Flicka was nobody’s friend after all. This week, she became the eighth contestant booted from Survivor: Cook Islands.

Early
in the episode, Jessica (Flicka) made everyone nervous when she
complained about being left out of her tribe’s voting plans for the previous Tribal Council. She got on
her soapbox in front of Nate, the kidnapped member of Raro. He took it
all in, seeking information that might help him later in the game. “My
eyes are open very much.”

Flicka’s loose lips got
Candice, Becky, and Yul talking about their voting plans. They had
originally planned to eliminate (immunity threat) Ozzy next, but now
they wondered whether to get rid of (unpredictable) Flicka first — or
even (untrustworthy) Jonathan.

Along with their summons to the
episode’s Reward Challenge, each tribe received a catalog of possible
prizes, from which they could choose two items as rewards. Aitu chose
jars of peanut butter and a bag of potatoes.

Raro ignored Brad’s
suggestion to choose the same two items, instead opting for peanut
butter and bread. Their folly was revealed soon after they arrived at
the Reward Challenge; it was raining, and the bread was not in a bag.

The
Challenge consisted of two phases. First, three swimmers would take
turns swimming to a floating platform. There, they jumped off of the
platform, breaking a suspended clay box with a baseball bat-like club
while in midair.

The box contained a key on a string, which fell
into the water once the box was broken. The swimmers retrieved the keys
and swam back to shore. Each team needed to retrieve a total of six
keys, one at a time.

For the second phase, two puzzle solvers
used the keys to unlock six boxes of puzzle pieces. First team to
correctly assemble the puzzle — which, when assembled, was a map of
the world — won reward.

Because of their extra players, Aitu
sat out Flicka, Sundra, and Nate, who was still a part of their tribe
through the end of the challenge.

Brad insisted that he was
better at puzzles than he was at swimming, which proved to be the fatal
blow for Raro. Rebecca was the squad’s first swimmer, and she was so
exhausted from her swim to the platform that she wasn’t even able to
retrieve the first key.

Meanwhile, Ozzy dominated the challenge
for Aitu. When Candice wasn’t able to find her key underwater, she swam
back and Ozzy went out. It turned out that Candice’s clay box hadn’t
shattered completely, and the key was still in it. Ozzy didn’t have a
club with him, so he leapt off of the platform and smashed the box with
his fist.

Aitu was one key ahead of Raro for almost the entire
challenge, and the puzzle was pretty simple. As a result, Aitu finished
their puzzle before Raro’s final key made it to shore.

Nate
rejoined Raro, and Aitu selected Adam to spend the night on Exile
Island. It was already windy, cold, and raining during the challenge,
and the addition of intense thunder and lightning made the night almost
unbearable. Adam huddled under a few boards in the fetal position, but
he was still wet and miserable.

Despite the weather, Aitu
savored their victory back at camp. Blissfully snacking on peanut
butter, Candice said, “I’m in love with everybody I can see right now.
If anybody wants a kiss, come on over.”

Flicka took Candice up on the offer, and the two quickly swapped dabs of peanut butter lipstick. Somewhere in the distance, Billy sobbed, “Why couldn’t it have been me?”

Raro
had little else to due but stew over their loss, and Brad took most of
the blame. Nate called Brad a “nancy boy,” and Parvati said, “I wanna
punch him in the mouth.”

Even on Exile Island, Adam had a few
thoughts on his teams loss. He said, “It’s hard to soar like an eagle
when you’re surrounded by turkeys.” Adam gets all his wisdom from
T-shirts.

Adam’s stay on Exile Island ended when it was time for
the Immunity Challenge. Similar to the Reward Challenge, this challenge
also revolved around swimming and puzzle solving.

First, teams
placed heavy logs into holes dug in the ground, in order of height.
These created a stairway to a platform. From there, three swimmers flew
down a zip line into the water, one at a time. Each retrieved a bag of
puzzle pieces and brought it back to shore.

When all three bags
had been retrieved, the swimmers all climbed a rope ladder back up to
the top of the platform, where their remaining three teammates
assembled the puzzle. The first team to complete its puzzle won
Immunity.

Ozzy’s strong swimming skills gave Aitu a decent lead
going into the puzzle phase, and the team seemed to be doing pretty
well with the puzzle. But once Jenny got the pieces to Raro’s puzzle,
she solved it in what seemed like seconds. Her teammates, Adam and
Rebecca, pretty much just stood back and let her work her magic.

At
Aitu’s camp, a paranoid Flicka pestered everyone about their voting
plans, lest she be left out yet again. She tried to focus everyone’s
attention on targeting Jonathan, sensing the growing feeling of
distrust towards him.

Ozzy was concerned that he might be the
target, so he raised a valuable point to Candice. As the teams only
successful hunter, the tribe would go hungry without him. Like Flicka,
Ozzy also thought Jonathan should go. “If nobody trusts him, then why
is he still here?”

But ultimately, it was Flicka’s paranoia that
rubbed her teammates the wrong way. She became the first Caucasian
voted off this season.

Flicka was understanding about her
dismissal: “I guess I wasn’t playing the game as hard as I should’ve.”
She’s rooting for her buddy Ozzy to win the million dollars.

Next time: Brad loses the trust of Raro, and a surprise twist gives Survivors the chance to change their fate.

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