Survivor: Blood vs. Water - Episode 7
Swoop In For The Kill
By Ben Willoughby
October 31, 2013
Rupert’s Laura starts to gush about how wonderful Vytas is, which segues into how comfortable she is with her tribe now and she finally feels like she can be herself. No no no! The rest of your tribe already find you weird and alienating! Under no circumstances, be yourself!
Galang again, on Day 18. There’s tree-mail for a challenge, and it’s about being chained together. Vytas notes to camera that based on gender and age Galang will be the underdogs in any physical challenge. The rest of Galang is already preparing for a loss, with Tina informing everyone that it has to be Vytas when they do. “We’ve been together since the beginning,” says Tina, and then to Rupert’s Laura “Are you OK with this?” “No,” she replies, “but we have to be”. Everyone says “poor Vytas” and Rupert’s Laura goes off to have a cry.
Probst sighting! Immunity challenge! Four members of each tribe will be chained at the ankles, and the two on the outsides will have their wrists attached to a coil. After releasing from the coil, the chain gang make their way through an obstacle course then under a bamboo frame where they will gather bags hanging from the frame and get in each others’ way. Then they’ll do it again. When they have all the bags, they’ll hand them over to a fifth tribe member, who will assemble what is in the bags into bolas and toss them at a frame. First tribe to get three bolas on their frame wins immunity and reward! And Probst really works it when he reveals it is “all the fried chicken you can eat”, as well corn on the cob and mac and cheese. All the Southerners get excited - even Caleb cracks a wide smile.
The chain gangs are Vytas, Monica, Katie and Rupert’s Laura for Galang, and Gervase, Hayden, Caleb and Aras for Tadhana. It’s reasonably close, with Galang clearing out of the first frame just ahead of Tadhana, but Tadhana make it out from under the second frame and would have been further ahead if not for some blocking by Galang.
Both tribes begin at the bola stage at more or less the same time, with Tyson finishing a little in front of Tina. He lands one bola, and just misses another. Tina scores with her first try and Tyson misses again, but then gets a second one on. Tina falls short, Tyson misses, and then Tina scores a second time. There’s more footage of both of them just missing, but eventually Tyson gets a bola to loop on the frame and Tadhana! Win! Immunity! Tribal Council for Galang.
After the break, Tadhana sprint over to the fried chicken. “Prayer, bro” suggests Hayden but Tyson says he doesn’t have time. As they chow down, Hayden says “we got so lucky with the swap” and Tyson says “You guys did”. Caleb asks permission to take ice out of the lemonade with his hands, and Tyson magnanimously grants it, saying “we’re all equal partners in this, so you can do whatever you want. That’s the way I play it”.