|"The Godzilla Tribe"|
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This is the fifth episode of Survivor: Japan.
Previously on Survivor
The story remained the same for Kagawa as Ehime continued to dominate the game in every possible way. With Ethan gone, Kagawa struggled worse than they had with Ethan in the game. After struggling and being dominated in the challenges again, Kagawa was sent back to tribal council four the fourth straight time and Olivia was sent home.
Twelve are left. Who will be eliminated next?
Reward Challenge: Log Jam
There is a revolving log over a pit of water. All castaways will compete against each other in one-on-one matches. Whoever outlasts their opponents scores a point for their tribe. First tribe to four points wins reward.
Reward: Complete fishing kit
Immunity Challenge: Chimney Sweep
The castaways from each tribe would brace themselves with their arms between two walls while standing barefoot on two foot pegs. Every 15 minutes, they would move down to smaller foot pegs. When they reach the third set of foot pegs, they would try to remain on them as long as they could. The last castaway to remain on their pegs wins immunity for their tribe.
Ravenna, Shakti, Burt, and Oscar returned to camp, beaten down from another loss and one less person. The losses were taking their toll on the tribe's morale. Oscar was silent. He wanted to be here in this game, but not in a situation like this. He was done. This was no longer fun for him. He slipped into the shelter to get some rest.
"I think we should follow his lead," Shakti said, "There's nothing we can do right now. There is no point in talking. We're beaten down. At least for me, I need some quiet time."
|“||Everyone around here is down. Morale is low. I can sense it. Actually, I it's less of sensing it. It's more tangible around here. The depression is more prevalent tonight more then any other night after tribal council. We are not motivated. Even me. I am having trouble keeping my head up. There is a breaking point. Shakti and Oscar are there already. I don't know about Burt. Burt seems to be like he always is so I can't tell. I'm guessing the merge is a couple immunity challenges away. If we lose...excuse me...when we lose the next immunity challenge, we will be down in number for the rest of the game. We are done. We are toast. I can see the writing on the wall. The highest place anyone from this tribe will get will be 9th place. I hope it's me, but who knows. I could be gone three nights from now. I don't know. As I said, we are all down. Anything can happen.||”|
Ravenna went to shelter to get her rest as well. Burt stayed outside of the shelter for a couple more hours in total silence except for the natural sounds of a forest around him. Eventually he crawled into the shelter to join his three tribemates.
"Come on in, guys!" Jeff called out. Ehime walked in and they were soon followed by the dwindling Kagawa. Jeff said, "Ehime, getting your first look at the new Kagawa tribe. Olivia was voted out at the last tribal council."
Kagawa settled in their place on the mat. The look they had on their faces showed they had little to no confidence that they could win this challenge. Jeff went on to explain the challenge anyway, "Are you ready to get to today's reward challenge? For today's challenge, there is a revolving log over a pit of water. You will compete against each other in one-on-one matches. Whoever outlasts their opponents scores a point for their tribe. First tribe to four points wins reward. And the winners of this challenge will get this...a complete fishing kit."
Jeff turned to address only Ehime, "Ehime, you have four extra members. Who are you going to sit out? Remember when choosing the four to compete, the four who sit out have to play in the next immunity challenge. Who is going to sit out?"
Ehime conversed for a couple of minutes. Greg told Jeff, "Mark, Erin, Heather, and myself will sit out. Colton, Alice, Zoe, and Peter will compete in this challenge."
"Very well. Mark, Heather, Greg, Erin, take a seat on the bench. You other four, we'll draw for matches and get started," Jeff said.
The matches were drawn. The first match was between Burt and Colton. Colton easily stepped up to his spot on the log. Burt had troubling keeping his balance on the rounded surface. When Jeff gave the signal, Colton took advantage of the Burt's terrible balance. Colton turned to face Burt. He had one foot on either side of the log. With a smirk, Colton rocked the log back and forth. Burt tried to keep his balance, but fell off the log quickly.
"Ehime scores the first point. Next match up," Jeff said.
The second match was between Zoe and Oscar. Both of them had surprisingly good balance. When Jeff told them to begin, both of them started to run. They kept pace with each other for a couple of minutes. Zoe wondered where this part of Oscar was in the other challenges. Maybe Oscar just wanted the win more than he ever had before. Sometimes the desire to win causes people to push further than what they would normally do. Zoe was going to have no part of that. She sped up to end Oscar's hope of scoring a point. Oscar couldn't keep us the pace and fell into the water.
"Ehime scores again, but Oscar put up a fight that time. Next is Peter vs Ravenna!" Jeff announced.
Peter and Ravenna stared each other down as Jeff gave the signal to go. No one moved for a good two minutes. Jeff made a comment about how the two of them were having a stand off. Suddenly, Peter winked. He yelled, jarred the log, and jumped off. Because he startled her, Ravenna fell into the water before Peter landed in the water. Peter raised his fists in the air and yelled before he swam back to the shore.
"Peter scores for Ehime in a unique way. This is game point for Ehime. Kagawa has no points. Alice can win it right here for Ehime if she can knock off Shakti," Jeff commentated.
Alice and Shakti took their places on the log. Alice was ready to go. Shakti on the other hand looked rather out of it. Alice took advantage. She moved the log around. Shakti lost her balance. She fell into the water and ended the challenge.
"Ehime wins reward!" Jeff announced. The tribes returned to their mats. Jeff went on, "This kit is yours, Ehime. Once again Kagawa, I have nothing for you."
The tribe's headed out towards their campsites.
Ehime returned to camp. Unlike when a tribe normally wins, they didn't celebrate. They were unusually solemn. Colton was the first one to speak, "I am actually starting to pity them. Did you see the way their faces were? It was depressing."
"I know what you mean," Heather said.
"But this is the deal we made. We are one force. The eight of us will be the top eight we all agreed to that. There has to be casualties to achieve that," Mark reminded them.
"He's right. We need to keep our heads up. We are winning. We didn't lose. We can't be depressed about it," Erin told them.
"It's not that we are depressed. It's more that we are bored. I hated going into every challenge knowing we will win. It's a challenge. It should be more challenging. Instead it's like playing a game with a cheat code. There is no fun in this," Peter corrected Erin.
The only one who was not feeling pity for the other tribe was Greg. Greg told the rest of them, "I don't know the big deal is. They are losing well boo hoo. That's what we want. We don't need to feel pity for them. It's not our fault that they suck and we don't. That's just how it is. We can't bee sad about that. There is no point."
"Greg, please shut up. You're being a dick," Heather told him.
"Oh I'm an asshole? Forgive me for stating the truth. We are many times better than those people over there. They can't win no matter what. I'm sorry if what I believe and feel offends you. It's the truth..."
"Greg, stop," Heather interrupted.
"No, I'm going to finish," Greg started to rant, "And since we are in Japan, I'll use this analogy. This tribe is like Godzilla. We are the Godzilla tribe. Kagawa is the army. The army never wins. Kagawa will never win. That is the truth. The sooner you realize that, the easier this game will go until they are all gone. So don't pity them. Accept the fact they suck. Sure it is boring now, but when they are all gone, this game will change. It will be fun. If that belief makes me a dick, so be it. I'm fine with that."
Greg stormed off leaving the other seven on the beach.
"He has become a little angry I see," Colton said.
"Although he could have handled it better, he is right," Erin said, "We have to keep our heads on straight. If we begin to pity them, we could lose all we accomplished. How? Because it is dividing us already. We have to stay united like we always have been."
|“||Greg can get a little intense about things. He isn't wrong however. If we start to feel sorry for them, our defenses will fall. Then we will lose. As I told the tribe, Greg could have handled it better, but then again that is just Greg.||”|
Returning to camp, Kagawa split up to do their own things. Burt grabbed a fallen branch. He was angry at the constant losing. He angrily said, "I don't need a damned fishing kit to get fish. I going to beat them in the water until they float up dead!"
Ravenna heard Burt, "Wait, what?" Ravenna turned to see Burt heading to the water with the branch.
"What's he doing?" asked Oscar, sitting up in the shelter.
"He said he was going to beat the water until fish float up dead," Ravenna said.
"I'm pretty sure that's not how fishing works," Oscar said.
"It's not. He's blowing off steam. If he kills some fish in the process, that's good," Ravenna said. She looked around. She asked, "Have you seen Shakti?"
"No. She went off to the well I think. I'm not sure," Oscar replied.
Ravenna accepted that and watch as Burt beat the water in frustration.
At the well, Shakti just stood there staring at the water. Her face was blank. She acted like she cared about this game for several days now, but the truth was the opposite. Deep down, she hated this game. It was nothing like she thought it would be. All she wanted to do was go home and never do anything like this again. Even though she didn't want to be here, she was not going to quit. At least verbally quit. She stared at the water and knew what she had to do. The water was still. Even though it was clear, she knew of the things that were in the water. Fifteen minutes passed before she knew what she had to do. She was going to pull herself from this game, but in a way that she would tell herself she didn't quit. Shakti took the bucket out of the well and drank the water right out of the bucket. It was going to be miserable for the next two weeks, but she didn't care. She wanted to leave this game no matter what. She hoped she had planned this out correctly. Shakti dropped the bucket back into the well and left.
"Come on in, guys!" Jeff called out. The tribes walked in and settle on their mats. Jeff went on, "Are you ready to get to today's immunity challenge? First things first. Heather, I'll take it back....Immunity is back up for grabs. For today's challenge, you will brace yourselves with your arms between two walls while standing barefoot on two foot pegs. Every 15 minutes, you will move down to smaller foot pegs. When you reach the third set of foot pegs, you will try to remain on them as long as you can. The last tribe to have a member left, wins immunity.
"Based on the last challenge, Erin, Mark, Greg, and Heather have to compete in this challenge. We'll draw for spots and get started," Jeff said.
Several minutes later, the castaways were ready and got up in their chutes. Jeff gave the signal to go. As soon as he said go, Shakti wanted to jump down, but chose to continue to act like she cared. She was friends with Ravenna and Burt. She didn't want to make it seem like she didn't care for their sakes. Once someone else falls, she will follow them shortly. At the first fifteen minute mark, Jeff told them to step down to the next level of pegs. Everyone moved down with ease, except for Oscar who slipped and became the first person out of the challenge. Shakti smiled. She would wait for a few more minutes then end it. Surprisingly, Mark was having trouble. His large muscular body was heavy and hard to hold up. So he dropped out.
Ten minutes later, Shakti decided it was time. She fell out as well. Silently she sat on the bench. She could feel her stomach starting to ache. She had been nauseous for the last day. She knew here plan was working. Hopefully by tomorrow she would be gone, but for now she was concentrating on the challenge.
Jeff told the others to step down to the final foot pegs. They all stepped down. Greg's feet started to hurt. He was done. He could go on but he was not going to hurt his foot. He jumped out. The same thing was happening to Burt. He wasn't the smallest guy. He couldn't take it anymore. Burt stepped down leaving only Ravenna for Kagawa. Heather and Erin were stones. Ravenna shifted a bit. Forty minutes later, Ravenna's calf started to spasm. Grimacing, she tried to overcome the pain, but she couldn't. Telling her tribemates she was sorry, Ravenna jumped down and limped to the mat.
"Ehime wins immunity!" Jeff called out. The tribes went to their mats. Jeff said, "I don't think I've seen a tribe as dominant as you, Ehime. As for you Kagawa, I will see you again for the fifth straight time tonight. You know the drill. I'll see you tonight."
|“||I guess we will finish what we started. Oscar goes home. He as the first one out today.||”|
Kagawa returned to camp. There was no running around today. Oscar knew his time was up. Ravenna and Burt were settled in. Shakti was as well. For her however, she was feeling the effects of the contaminated water she drank two days earlier. She was sick and knew it. She had trouble holding water and the limited food they find down. It was miserable as she predicted. Soon her Survivor ride would be over. That kept her head up. She was losing the color in her face. Burt was the one who noticed it first.
"Are you alright? You look sick," he said.
"I'm fine. Just a little nauseous is all. Don't worry. It'll pass," Shakti.
"Are you sure?" asked Burt.
"Yes," Shakti told him.
The interview before the votes got boring fast. Nothing had happened since the last tribal council so Jeff told them to vote.
|“||Next time, it is me.||”|
|“||Really have nothing to say.||”|
Jeff left and returned with the urn. He said, "The person with the highest number of votes will be asked to leave the tribal council area immediately. I'll read the votes."
First vote: Oscar.
Second vote: Oscar.
"The fifth person voted off of Survivor: Japan: Oscar. That's three. That's enough. Oscar, please bring me your torch."
Oscar grabbed his torch and sat it in front of Jeff. Jeff said, "Oscar, the tribe has spoken."
Oscar left tribal council in silence. Jeff turned to Kagawa. He said, "You are down 8 to 3. You now face staggering odds. Go ahead and head out."
As the three of them left, Shakti started to feel weak and dizzy as she walked out of tribal council. She knew she would be going home soon.
|Tribal Council 5:|
Oscar (3 votes)
Burt, Ravenna, Shakti
Burt (1 vote)
|“||This wasn't what I thought it would be like, but it was just how it turned out.||”|
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