A Castaway... Any Castaway"
Filmed July 2-4,
Airs October 9, 2003
- Andrew and Ryan go in search of a good fishing spot, but instead
they find themselves in a dangerous situation: lost in the jungle
- One tribe recovers a buried treasure. But will it have been worth
- The Immunity Challenge shocks the tribes with an unexpected reward.
- Lubricated by whiskey, one Survivor creates a spectacle at a Tribal
Council that is not to be missed.
CHALLENGE/ Some sort of swimming/diving event - Drake wins
possible Drake might find their treasure with only two pieces
of the map. But given their ham-fisted attempts in Ep3, a third
piece seems likely to be needed. Since the Morgans probably couldn't
figure out that their map piece contains directions to the location,
we'll guess they're not the ones to find it. This suggests Drake
might win yet another challenge here. gmrose
at EZ suggests that the chest's contents might be the other tribe's
personal items, which for Drake would include Osten's whiskey.
Not a bad guess, especially since ETonline
says that "One man's treasure is another man's trash."
As for the challenge, since Probst kindly changes his outfit this
week, Osten's swimming adventure appears to occur during the RC.
The challenge seems to be another version of retrieving stuff
from the ocean and bringing back to shore, although at some point,
Tijuana and Trish are shown digging in the sand for color-coded
items. But presumably, if Osten requires rescuing, the chances
of Morgan winning this event are close to zero. Seems like a slam-dunk
Drake win. (We're well aware that TV
Gal on Zap2It says otherwise. But that's almost inconceivable,
if Osten requires rescuing. Maybe she's unclear on which tribe
CHALLENGE/ King of the floating grid - Morgan wins, steals Rupert
appears to be a redux of the "pirate challenge" from Thailand
(in which Robb tried to strangle Clay). With five people on each
tribe, the single-elimination-by-falling aspect should make it move
fairly quickly. Players appear to be trying to cross the grid, presumably
to steal things, and are challenged by the other tribe physically.
If they fall in, they return to their tribal boat (Christa and Michelle
can be seen in the bobbing boat with Rupert, for example). Drake's
relatively huge tribal numbers will start to work against them here,
because they have to sit out six members of their tribe over the
two challenges. On the other hand, that still means that two Drakes
can compete in both challenges. Strangely, they elect not to let
immovable object Rupert participate in this one. As such, the"whiskey-fueled
TC" web bullet suggests a Drake loss here, which means Burton's
plan may have come to fruition - Morgan wins? As
for the "reward," see Boot discussion, below.
issue: The "twist". This is the spot that was used for
the twist in S4, and several lines of evidence seem to suggest some
variation might occur here:
think this sounds like the twist will be the winning tribe in the
IC getting to steal Drake's most valuable possession: Rupert.
Oh, the irony that Rupert's objections to Burton's "treason"
ends up with Rupert fighting for the other side. This could be where
the black-and-white images from the web promo
come in (unless they're reaction shots to Osten's rescue in the
title: "Pick A Castaway... Any Castaway" - sounds
a lot like previous tribal-switching schemes, and doesn't
obviously refer to anything else in the episode.
web bullet: "The Immunity Challenge shocks the tribes
with an unexpected reward," coupled with the web promo's
in a new twist, one tribe will steal the other's most valuable
possession... but you won't believe what it is." This
can't be simple pillaging.
emphasis on Rupert and his tribe in the promos, coupled with
Rupert accusing Burton of treason for contemplating throwing
Since one castaway has already made a spectacle of himself while
drunk, and only one tribe has liquor (barring a stupid pillaging
attempt by Morgan), Jon seems to be a good candidate
for the "not to be missed" performance. Is it enough to
get him booted? Well, since strength and usefulness are both generally
valued, you might posit that he'd already qualified. There is, however,
the sticky problem of his alliance with three other people (most
likely Shawn, Burton and Michelle), not to mention that we have
reason to believe he makes it through this episode. On the other
hand, Jon's drunken ravings could spill the beans to the uninformed
that it was Burton's dumb idea to throw the IC, losing them Rupert
in the process.
That would shift the focus to Burton. Since we
think Jon is safe, somebody else on Drake has to be the scapegoat
this episode, and Burton seems to be in the lead for this distinction.
It seems a bit odd that a strong person would be a target, but we
note that Nicole was the first boot from Morgan because of loyalty,
despite her swimming skills. And while Burton did have a seeming
four-person alliance, the other three members of that alliance (including
Jon) all competed in the IC, so they might take (legitimate) offense
at the notion that they lost it on purpose. Besides, we're pretty
sure it's him, regardless of the reasoning.
If not Burton or Jon, three other Drakes are possible targets: Sandra,
Trish (the oldest member of the tribe), and Michelle
(the youngest and smallest, although perhaps stronger than
Jon). Sandra gets consideration, due to her fight with Jon in Ep3,
but as with Jon, we have reason to believe she lasts through this
episode as well. Trish is a possibility, if only because of her
sudden rise in screen time (going from "invisible" to
"Who is that, again?"). Michelle is gaining in screen
time as well, but perhaps that was so we could remember which tribe
she and Darrah were on for the Ep3 IC (luckily, most of their bodies
were covered by color-coded buffs, which helped). Neither seems
to have done anything wrong, however, unlike Burton and Jon.
suggests on EZ, another possibility is Ryan O.,
a move that would probably require a switch (unless the IC losers
get whiskey to drown their sorrows). A couple of weeks ago, Los
Gatos resident and EZ poster vic
vega 00 posted that "I have UNcorroborated info that ryan
o. is a victim of a switching of tribes..pure heresay/speculation."
He later followed it up with "'Buddy' says the rumor is Ryan
O. gets axed ala Silas and is not to fond of the Drake women."
While vic vega didn't seem too sold on the info at the time, he
has since gone back and edited them out (although Butterfly
at Realiiity.com has the foresight to archive them). This also fits
with a tip to SurvivorBlows
that Ryan O. goes early.
But, at least for this episode, that would probably require a two-way
switch (or trade) of Rupert for somebody on Morgan. This is theoretically
possible, but it doesn't seem like much of a "reward,"
and goes against the whole piracy/stealing concept. Alternatively,
Ryan O. could get drafted by a winning Drake tribe in a future episode,
then booted even later, or there could still be an actual switch/shuffling
in future episodes. For now, though, we'll put this on the back