Cook Islands: Episode 12

Ever since she’d mutinied from the Aitu tribe, Candice had been on the
receiving end of as much wrath as the members of Aitu could dish out. After making her take one more trip to Exile Island, they finally put her out of her misery on this week’s Survivor: Cook Islands.

The
episode began with the castaways returning to camp from the previous
episode’s Tribal Council. After they arrived, the furious members of
the former Raro tribe lashed out at Jonathan for casting the deciding
vote against Nate.

In an interview, Parvati said, “All I wanted
to do was take Jonathan’s face and throw up all over it.” To Jonathan,
she said, “You’ve pissed everyone in this game off, so I hope you’re
happy with second place.”

Jonathan responded that he’d had no
choice but to side with Yul’s group and vote for Nate, because Yul had
the immunity idol. When Jonathan told her that he’d seen Yul with the
idol, Parvati wasn’t buying it. “I don’t believe a word that comes out
of your mouth.”

This week’s Reward Challenge was the Survivor
auction. This season’s auction differed slightly from previous
renditions. Each contestant was given $500 to bid on prizes, and they
were free to lend money to other contestants. However, this season,
food items could not be shared among bidders.

The first item up
for bid was a covered mystery item, which Jonathan won for $100. It
turned out to be a hot dog, fries, and a beer. Jonathan relished the
meal, as the other castaways looked on and licked their chops.

But
Jonathan still had $400 burning a hole in his pocket, and he wasn’t
about to the leave the challenge with any money remaining. Jonathan
placed a bid on nearly every item offered, sometimes driving the price
up out of spite as much as any real desire to win the item in question.

When
Parvati wanted a bubble bath and a piece of chocolate cake, Jonathan
forced her to bid more than twice as much as she would have paid
otherwise. After that, Jonathan bid against Ozzy for unlimited access
to a soft serve ice cream machine for the duration of the auction (Ozzy
won by spending all of his $500). Then, Jonathan outbid Yul to win
another mystery item, which turned out to be a pepperoni pizza.

Not
wanting to miss out on an opportunity, Sundra paid $140 for the next
mystery item up for bid. She was the lucky winner of… a sea cucumber
in a jar.

Next, Jeff Probst held up a note which he said would
give someone power in the game. Desperate for any kind of edge, Candice
bid all of her money. Not wanting to give Candice that edge, Becky
convinced Yul to lend her some money, so she could go over $500.
Candice then borrowed some from Adam. In the end, Becky won the note,
for the price of $640.

After taking the note, Becky read it
aloud. She had to choose one survivor to leave the auction immediately
(pausing only to hand his or her money to Becky) and head to Exile
Island.

Becky sent a very hungry Candice off for a fourth trip to Exile Island. Parvati pouted and splashed sadly in the tub.

Once
Candice had departed, Jeff brought out another item for bid: a tray
with a toothbrush, some toothpaste, toothpicks, and mouthwash. Adam,
Yul, Becky, and Sundra were holding out for more food, so they let
Jonathan have the tray for $100.

As Jonathan gargled away, Yul
muttered, “If that’s the end of the auction, I’m gonna jump off a
bridge.” Of course, Jeff then brought the auction to a close.

Back
at camp, Jonathan strutted about, belching the stinky pepperoni burps
of victory into the faces of friends and foes alike. As soon as he went
out to fish, alliances temporarily broke down and everyone complained
about how obnoxious Jonathan had been at the auction.

The
Immunity Challenge the next day forced competitors to recall some of
the important events from their time on the island. For the first round
of the challenge, each contestant stood at a table with ten small,
numbered boxes, which were knotted shut with rope.

The castaways
were asked four questions with numerical answers (e.g., How many days
had it been since Candice and Jonathan mutinied from Aitu?). Adding,
subtracting and dividing the numbers produced a result that
corresponded with one of the boxes.

The correct box contained a
key to a lock attached to a flag. The first three survivors to unlock
their locks and raise their flags moved on to the next round.

Adam,
Parvati, and Jonathan all made it to round two. Using new questions,
the survivors opened another box which held the key to the entrance of
a “timber tunnel” — the official name for those jungle gym-looking
structures that survivors are always crawling through in challenges.

Once
through the timber tunnel, contestants crossed a floating platform and
raised another flag to win. Adam quickly calculated the correct numbers
for round two, earning him immunity.

Back at camp, the three
remaining members of Raro made their move. They made Yul an offer: get
rid of Jonathan first, and then you can pick us off one at a time. Even
though they knew they had little hope of making it to the end, Adam,
Parvati, and Candice just wanted to outlast Jonathan.

Yul said
that simply being annoyed with Jonathan’s behavior the other day wasn’t
enough motivation for him to stray from his original game plan. He said
that Jonathan was a “selfish, rational player,” which made it easy for
Yul to predict and control his actions.

Adam warned Yul that
they considered him the “ringleader” of the Aitu tribe, and not voting
off Jonathan now could have repercussions with the jury, should Yul
make it to the Final Two.

As the members of Raro went to the
shelter to sleep off a hard day of talking, Jonathan and the members of
Aitu were cooking the fish he’d caught. Jonathan wondered aloud if
there was any ethical problem with not feeding people who hadn’t worked
to earn their meal.

Ozzy quickly cut him off and said, “There’s
no ethical dilemma.” The others agreed. Ozzy, Jonathan, Sundra, Becky,
and Yul packed up their dinner and walked down to the beach — not
inviting Candice, Parvati, and Adam.

After a while, the sleeping
Raros woke up and noticed that things were awfully quiet around the
campfire. Candice went down to the beach to investigate, where she
couldn’t resist confronting the diners.

“Since when do you guys
not share food?” asked Candice. She then went on a tirade against
Jonathan, accusing him of fishing just to curry favor with the member
of Aitu and “weasel” his way into their alliance.

When Jonathan
objected to her name-calling, she clarified, “‘Weasel’ is a verb in
this situation!” She defended the Raro tribe’s laziness by saying,
“Everyone has their days when they lay around in the tent.”

Everyone
else essentially laughed at that seemingly sincere statement, and
Candice was forced to return to the shelter, fishless.

At Tribal
Council that night, Candice made a point of bringing up the incident,
supposedly to give the jury a clearer idea of what the situation was
like at camp.

Parvati seized on the chance to criticize Jonathan, saying, “I’m half his age and I’m twice as mature as he is.”

Jonathan restrained a laugh and accused Parvati and her buddies of sitting around all day, “waiting for the dinner bell.”

When Yul tried to jump in and calm the conversation, Jeff interjected, “I expect that from you. You’re the U.N.”

Parvati informed Jeff and the jury that Yul was the “puppetmaster” behind the Aitu tribe.

Yul came as close to angry as we’ve ever seen him. He told Parvati, “We’re all here trying to win. You can’t fault me for that.”

When it came time to vote, the members of Aitu stuck to their original plan, and Candice was voted out.

On
her way to collect her torch, Adam stood up and laid an uncomfortably
long French kiss on Candice. Parvati laughed uncontrollably, and Nate
pimped his shirt, a la Pimp My Ride‘s Xzibit.

As he snuffed Candice’s torch, Jeff said, “A kiss is nice. Maybe if it was love, he’d have given you the Immunity Necklace.”

Next
time, Parvati’s fingers try to befriend Mr. Machete, with disastrous
results. And power goes to Yul’s head as he starts to feel like “the
Godfather, arranging a hit on somebody.”

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