SURVIVOR ZAMBALES BACKPACKERS vs GUESTS
EPISODE 9: Roller Coaster
After Mon's meltdown, the five remaining castaways were allowed to stay in one portion of the jury house while the staff deliberated on what sanctions should be given to the infuriated and explosive Mon. In the end, his actions led him to be completely removed from the game. He was not even allowed to be part of the jury where his adversaries Ralph and York were part of.
"We got a free pass for the night, we are allowed to sleep in the comfort of the house while host Ivan and the others deal with the Mon problem," narrated a relieved Aaron. "I personally want to go back to the beach 'cause it's Survivor, but the staff won't be able to get a close spy on us so I'll accept it," he added.
"I was very surprised that Kuya Mon acted that way after he got voted out. Part of me is blaming myself because I totally blindsided him and Nick. I shifted my alliance and voted with my original Pundakit tribemates.. And I did it not to hurt Mon but it was for my own game," Kaye pondered.
The five castaways stood still and shocked while the chaos was happening. They could not believe that their fellow contestant would blow up like that. "Stress of the game," Nick whispered to his remaining tribe mates. "Mon's just being Mon..Do not get scared guys, they (organizers) will handle this," Ghei assured the distressed guests.
"I am not bewildered nor shocked at all. I have seen worse than that. But what I did not agree was when Mon started to hurt even Ivan himself who is the Lead, he does not have any respect for Ivan, the guests and his fellow Backpackers," Aaron complained. During the whole fiasco, host Ivan was trying to pacify Mon and while doing that, he also indirectly hurt Ivan. "He should have taken account the people who were in the tribal council area and jury house. It was already late at night and he just disturbed everybody," Aaron added.
WILL GINO QUIT FOR MON?
"Mon is a sensitive person. He is a nice guy. He has his reasons but the way that he reacts can sometimes shadow these principles no matter how genuine these are," mentioned Gino.
|Will Castaway Gino leave the game?|
"It is going to be a difficult decision. I am loving my stay in this game...I want to reach the finals and head to Potipot Island as a finalist as much as possible..." Gino was put in a bad spot. Should he agree to escort Mon out of the game, he will be forced to remove himself from the Final Five as well.
The dynamics of the game has three guests (Kaye, Aaron and Gino) vs two BACKPACKERS (Ghei and Nick). The guests silently stealthed their way above the totem pole when The BACKPACKERS started to cut each other in a series of blindsides. If Gino escorts Mon home, we will be down to a fierce two by two showdown between the BACKPACKERS and Guests.
In the end, Mon apologized to the guests saying he is just a human being, vulnerable in being hurt and guilty of committing mistakes. And later that night he left the event without Gino. Gino stays and is officially in the Final Five.
THE FINAL FIVE
|Who will become the ultimate sole survivor?|
The castaways woke up early the next day. They rode a boat which brought them to their final destination as finalists: Potipot Island. This is their final battling place where they will play two more immunity challenges and participate in two tribal councils and one final tribal council where the Ultimate Survivor will be crowned.
|Aaron: I really thought I would be joining the jury|
|Nick: This is the time when I am doubting my chances in the game.|
However, it was a different roller coaster ride for former front runner Nick, "This is the time when I am doubting my chances in the game. The numbers speak for themselves. I was top dog, and now I am nervous. The roller coaster element of Survivor is very unpredictable. I did not anticipate Kenji quitting and Mon leaving. It totally screwed my numbers game." Now, he is just as vulnerable as the others.
POTIPOT WAR PAINT
|The Final Five arrived at Potipot Island as finalists|
each had a one in five shot of winning the title of Ultimate Survivor
Before heading to their second to the last immunity challenge, they were given war paint. They maximized this time pondering on their experiences in the game at the same time enjoying each one's company. "After the chaotic mood last night, the vibe this morning is very calm and positive. It's a brand new day. What I like the best is this moment, just sitting in the beach with Aaron, Gino, Nick and Ghei - painting each other's faces... genuinely bonding and not thinking about strategy or tribal councils," says Kaye.
|Kaye and Ghei working on the war paints|
|Tribe continue bonding over the war paint while they go to the confessional one by one|
"I am a backseat driver because I am shy at first, I really do not know many of these people. And I tend to be introvert in this kind of situation. But when someone talks strategy to me, that doesn't mean I am not processing the information. My target is to get to the finals so anything valuable, I'll take it. But I am not doing it aggressively," Gino on explaining his game plan.
IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: A LEGENDARY RACE
|F5 enters challenge arena|
The first part: The host will narrate a story about the Legend of Olongapo to the castaways. Olongapo is a productive city in the province of Zambales. The castaways need to pay attention to the details of the story as it is an important element in the next section.
|Host Ivan narrating the Legend of Olongapo to the castaways|
|SURVIVORS READY... GO!!!|
|Ghei and Kaye going for the same station|
|IVAN: Gino has only ONE correct answer!|
Gino and Aaron sprinted towards Ivan to have him check their answers as they've been to all stations already. However, Gino got only ONE correct answer out of five, and Aaron got NO correct answer at all. They went back to the course to read the questions again carefully.
Ghei and Kaye came to Ivan where they each had four out of five correct answers. They went back running inside the course to check the mistake.
Nick, on the other hand, went way beyond course, missing one station where the question was posted in the ground making it not so obvious to one with a careless eye.
|See Nick (off course) and Ghei (running towards the host)|
WITH GHEI HOLDING THE IMMUNITY NECKLACE,
WHO WILL BE VOTED OUT NEXT
AMONG KAYE, GINO, AARON AND NICK?
PROPS TO GHEI , NERVES FOR NICK
|GHEI: I did not really expect that I'll win especially in an individual challenge.|
Aaron was also proud of his fellow castaway and shared his thoughts on who he thought would win the challenge, "Ghei is nice and a fun co-castaway. And last challenge, we did not expect that Ghei would win. We were expecting Nick to win because he is a juggernaut in individual challenges and he is quick. Gino and I knew that we probably would not win especially we did not really know what we were doing! We were anticipating Ghei or Nick to win, but ultimately predicting a Nick victory but turned out he was outplayed by Ghei. Props to Ghei for that," mentioned Aaron.
|F5 returning to camp|
Stripped off from immunity and his BACKPACKER alliance, Nick was feeling the nerves that afternoon, "I messed up in the challenge. I compared notes with Ghei and found out that I have all the correct answers, but I fell apart when I did not see the last station. If I'd seen it earlier, I should have won. Now I'm not comfortable with my place in the game but I need to talk to my alliance to get a reassurance that despite of what happened last night, we would remain true to the pact that we have created."
|NICK: I'm nervous|
"My alliance talked about the upcoming tribal council. Ghei, Kaye and I..hopefully we are still on the same side. Going into this council, I know that the target is among the three guys so the decision falls under the girls' hands...well particularly Ghei's. I am unsure about Ghei, honestly. With Kaye, I know that she is on my side. So it will all boil down on who Ghei will vote - me or Aaron. I'm nervous but hopefully it will work out," narrated Nick.
Nick was smart to figure out that the inconsistencies during tribal councils were mostly because one person in his alliance was not really going with the plan. And that this person was Ghei. "Last tribal council, I voted for Gino and Mon voted for Aaron, the rest of the votes were Mon. So it means that Kaye and Ghei did not vote with me. Kind of explains why there were one too many useless votes every tribal council. I know that Kaye is on my side. Meaning, it's Ghei who must not be going with the plan after all. If this is her strategy, I'll give her props for that as I did not see it coming until today, and I am still not sure about this though" evaluated Nick.
THE POWER OF KAYE
Kaye was discreetly approached by Aaron telling her that they should vote out Nick. "Nick's a threat in challenges and in strategy, so we should cut him out..now," Aaron said. Kaye, despite saying yes to Nick, also said yes to Aaron. "I am playing my own game now. I'll take all the options, weigh them, and go with which option I think is the best for me," said Kaye.
It was probably the first time that Gino felt power during his whole stint in Survivor Zambales, "we talked about voting a non-original Pundakit castaway. So since Ghei has immunity, we are targeting Backpacker Nick. He has an excellent comradeship skills, great in challenges, and an over all excellent player. We enjoyed hanging out with him and if it wasn't for him, we wouldn't be winning challenges. But this is just how the game goes...we have decided to vote him out later at tribal council," explained Gino.
While the whispers and conversation were spreading at camp, Kaye was just observing her fellow castaways. She knew that Nick ruffled a lot of feathers and it would be logical to keep him as most of the jury are probably upset about him. When she saw Aaron and Gino conversing with each other, she noticed one thing, "Gino and Aaron have played the best game if we talk about who did not really hurt people in the jury, or people while they were still in the game. Aaron and Gino are threats in that sense," she pondered.
|KAYE: I'm thinking long term now|
The Final Five entered tribal council and was greeted by an excited host. He congratulated the five castaways and reminded them that they are almost at the end of the adventure. Everyone responded excitedly as well. Ghei was congratulated for winning immunity, "I did not expect this, and I am so happy that I am secure right now," she replied.
|Tribal council conversation|
Ivan asked how Aaron is voting, "I have people whom I am loyal to...so I will stick to that," Aaron replied. Nick was asked the same thing and basically responded the same thought. Nick said "I am trusting the people that I am aligned with. And hopefully we will all make it this tribal council."
Kaye was asked on whether she is still considering the roots of her original tribe or not. "The game has changed a lot. We have acquired Ghei and Nick during the switch and they have helped us a lot. I think I have my own game to play. I am not considering tribal lines because I have created loyalties outside that line," explained Kaye.
Gino was congratulated in making it to Potipot Island. "I am very happy. This is what I am looking forward to and now I am here. Now the next goal is to make it until the finals," Gino mentioned.
The interview revolved with pretty much the positive morning that the castaways experienced and the promising Final Tribal Council. It was time to vote...
IVAN: Voting is over. Once the votes are read, the decision is final. The person voted out must leave the tribal council area immediately.
FIRST VOTE: Aaron
SECOND VOTE: Nick
THIRD VOTE: Nick
FOURTH VOTE: Nick
The twelfth person voted out of Survivor Zambales: Backpackers vs Guests is NICK.
It was the end of the line for the master strategist Nick and he was voted out. He will return as the fourth member of the jury who will ultimately decide who will win SURVIVOR ZAMBALES: Backpackers vs Guests.
|NICK, the tribe has spoken...|
GHEI voted for NICK
GINO voted for NICK
KAYE voted for NICK
AARON voted for NICK
NICK voted for AARON
IN THE SEASON FINALE OF SURVIVOR ZAMBALES: Backpackers vs Guests:
Only Four are Left!
The FINAL FOUR compete in their Last Immunity Challenge
GHEI: All of them are guests and they have an alliance, so I need to do my best
to win Immunity again. The pressure's all on me.
And vote out one more castaway in tribal council...
IVAN (host): You've come this far, why do you have to think of that?
I guess we need to sort out who here really wants to win???
Three will move forward to the FINAL TRIBAL COUNCIL
where they will face an angry jury!
YORK: We always say, alliance alliance alliance, but we can not deny that there has been some betrayal, backstabbing and deceitfulness that happened during the game.
NICK: You're comparable to a grass here in the island...USELESS!
KENJI: I don't think that any one of you deserves to win, like, honestly speaking.
WHO WILL BECOME THE ULTIMATE SOLE SURVIVOR?
GHEI: I am the last BACKPACKER standing and I am now playing
not for myself only but for the group.
AARON: I am expecting the mother of all challenges! Bring it on!
KAYE: I don't want Gino in the Final Three, because he'll win hands down.
GINO: My answer is MENCHI.
IVAN (host): The name's cute Gino, but you're WRONG.
FIND OUT IN THE EPIC CONCLUSION OF SURVIVOR ZAMBALES: Backpackers vs Guests!
|SURVIVOR ZAMBALES FINALE on OCTOBER 19, 2013|
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Click the following for episode guide:
Episode 1: Welcome to Survivor Zambales!
Episode 2: Hunger, Sweat and Tears
Episode 3: Double Trouble
Episode 4: Drop Your Buffs
Episode 5: Message In A Bottle
Episode 6: Backpackers All The Way?
Episode 7: Who to Trust?
Episode 8: Meltdown
Episode 9: Roller Coaster
Episode 10: And the Winner is...