Survivor Micronesia: Fans Vs. Favorites

Stir the Pot!, Part 1

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

May 14, 2008

Smile with your teeth if you're not going to vote for Amanda.

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Probst sighting!!! Today's challenge is a long one. Each player will have to clink to the top of a pole out in the ocean. They'll drop a bucket into the water and will pull it up to their hands. They'll pour the water into a bamboo chute. As the chute fills up with water, it will raise a set of keys. Once they are able to reach the keys, they will jump off the pole and head to shore. Once there, they'll use the key to unlock a chest. In the chest will be 16 ladder puzzle pieces. They will only fit in the ladder one way. First person to get all 16 rungs in place, climb the ladder and raise their flag will win immunity and a guaranteed spot in the final three. Survivors ready?

The challenge pretty much stays even for a while, but Natalie starts to pull away from the pack on the filling up the bamboo chute portion. She's the first to reach her keys. Parvati is right behind her. As Natalie gets to shore, Parvati is right behind. They are both opening their chests as Amanda gets her keys. Cirie is right behind Amanda and now everyone is in this challenge. Natalie is building her ladder as Amanda and Cirie unlock their boxes. Within seconds, all four ladies are working on their ladders. Amanda, with a distinct height advantage here, seems to be making good progress. Amanda starts to pull away from the pack and as she gets to the top, she realizes that the last rung she has does not fit into the last space. So she gets down and starts wiggling the other rungs. She finally finds the loose rung and switches the two. As she makes her way to the top of the platform, Natalie can only watch as Amanda raises her flag and guarantees herself a final three appearance.


And now it's time to play, "It's Anyone But Natalie!" As the girls sit around the fire, Amanda is very excited to make the final three twice in a row. She feels like she played a different game that she feels much better about it. Natalie tells us that she knows her back's against it. She says she won't give in, but she realizes that she has an uphill battle ahead of her. As Natalie and Cirie are by themselves, Cirie takes this time to ask Nat if she's promised anyone her jury vote. WOW! Talk about cart in front of the horse. Naturally, Natalie plans to take it to Parvati and see if she can work something. Meanwhile, Amanda tells us that she thinks Cirie is going to be a tough competitor at the final tribal. She has reasons to dump Nat and reasons to dump Cirie. She can't decide what to do. As she and Parvati talk, they both say they hate to dump Natalie and that Cirie was lucky to hook up with them. Next up is Natalie telling Parvati about Cirie asking about jury votes. Parvati is having a tough time deciding because Cirie could be the toughest player left and getting rid of her would be getting rid of a big threat. Cirie is paranoid and tells us how they could very easily be planning on booting her this time. They've done it to so many people; they could be doing it to her as well.

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