I Wanna See If I Can Make a Deal
By Jim Van Nest
May 13, 2007
Immunity challenge! Each person will get on a rig in the water. They'll have a rope with a metal ball on the end of it. They have to hook this ball through a hoop that will pull down a balance beam for them to cross to the next platform. The first four to do this will move on to the next round. The second round will be just the same, with the top two finishers moving onto the final round. The final round will be different, once they pull down the beam, they'll cross to a post. Attached to that post is a hook that they'll use to grab a buoy. Once the buoy is brought in, that person will win immunity and have a one in five chance of winning a million dollars. Survivors ready?
Dreamz connects on his first toss, while everyone else struggles. Cassandra throws her rope and lets go of it, throwing the rope and ball about 20 feet away into the water. Meanwhile Boo and then Earl join Dreamz in the next round. Yau Man finally connects and our semifinal is set. This time around, Yau is the first to connect and moves on to the finals. Boo is right behind him and we have a final of Yau vs. Boo for immunity. Boo connects first and easily crosses the balance beam and seconds later, he's grabbed his buoy and claimed immunity for a second time in a row. With the obvious choice eliminated from conversation, it'll be fun watching the rest of the alliance scramble to find their place.
And now it's time to play...well, I'm not sure what to play. Stacy seems to be the most obvious choice, but then you have Dreamz pushing for Yau Man's ouster. Boo is feeling pretty good about the win. He says that he can tell everyone was bummed that he won and that the rest would have to go to Plan B. Earl and Yau get away real quick and discuss the clues. Yau gives the clue and Earl goes off to find the other idol. After quite a while looking, Earl finally digs into a tree stump and whaddaya know? There's the idol. Talk about having all the power. If Earl and Yau can make it through the next Tribal with idols intact...they can both play them at the next Tribal Council and guarantee themselves a spot in the final four. Yau's feeling pound of himself and is already counting himself in the Final Three.
We come back to camp to see Dreamz and Stacy talking about how to get rid of Yau Man. He convinces Stacy that the two of them are left out and they need to boot Yau now. With Stacy on board, Dreamz brings it up to Cassandra. He tells her that he needs her help and if she ever wanted to help him, now is the time. She agrees to do it. She tells us that there's a huge risk in voting Yau Man, but if Yau makes it to the final, he has a good chance of winning. She is also worried that Yau may play the idol and save himself, which will then have her burning two bridges with Earl and Yau. As we get back to the group, Stacy comes over to Earl and asks if she can talk with him in private. NOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! You can't tell Earl, he has to be blindsided by this too. You need to talk to Boo. Well, color me surprised, Stacy isn't letting Earl in on the plan, she's setting the hook. In a brilliant move she asks Earl if she's going. She says she was so bummed Boo won immunity and knows that it's her time. Earl tells us and her how much he respects her and that she's going down with dignity. This is one of the best plays of the season right here. Earl is eating out of the palm of her hand and is taking the bait hook, line and sinker.
We then join Dreamz and Yau confirming that Stacy is the vote. Yau tells us how in tune he is with what's going on. Well, except for that whole "everyone is plotting to take him out in a couple hours" thing. He does tell us that some people are starting to see him as a threat, so he's not sure what's gonna happen. Right before they head out, he sits down next to Earl and says that he has bad vibes. And Earl just shakes his head as if to say, "Dude, we're good. You have nothing to worry about." Looks like Stacy's little speech to Earl has worked. Earl is confident and he just made Yau Man confident. I can't believe it, but as long as Cassandra stays with them, this might actually work!