Filmed: July 12-14, 2005 || Aired: October 27, 2005 || Re-watched: August 21, 2015
Notes: The outcome here, particularly in the IC, highlights just how much of a factor luck plays in Survivor. Yaxhá had a late-IC advantage of two pieces, only to watch helplessly as Nakúm dug up piece after piece that they needed. And it was particularly frustrating because the pieces that were actually buried could have been for either team, but Nakúm only ever seemed to find their own, going from down 10-8 to completed at 12-10 in seemingly no time. Had Nakúm lost, it would have been an even 5-5 merge, and original tribes might have played more of a factor in post-merge alliances. Instead, the 6-4 advantage Nakúm enjoys plays out almost exactly as expected (except for Danni winning).
It's also a bit galling to watch Gary feign concern over Amy's boot, when Brian's last-ditch pitch for original-Yaxhá unity to Gary went unheeded just three days earlier. Clearly, Gary felt closer to Danni than to Amy. Maybe it was Amy's constant "Gary, if you're really an ex-NFL player, I am gonna BEAT YOU DOWN" refrain. Maybe it was that Gary and Danni bonded over their shared religiosity. Whatever the case, the half-hearted attempt to make Amy seem like she had a shot (prior to Tribal Council) seemed particularly cruel, especially because the four people who voted against her got to merge immediately afterward.
That and all the talk of Amy's being "deserving" (which she obviously was) failed to carry over to her even being eligible to be voted in for Second Chance. Maybe they'll remember her for Second Chance the Second.
One final note of praise: that sequence of Rafe and Lydia (and Stephenie) repeatedly falling over in the RC? It was topped in hilarity only by Bobby Jon trying to catch fish (with his mouth!) using his shoulder scabs as bait. For all the dark hints of looming pathos (Cindy and Jamie not wanting to even visit the Yaxhás), this was a well-balanced episode, leavening the struggle with dark humor.
- Amy received 4 votes, from Danni, Gary, Bobby Jon, and Brandon (voted out, 4-1).
- Bobby Jon received 1 vote, from Amy.