Oh, those wacky Reward Challenges! Yesterday's task required the tribes to race to build a replica of an archaeological-site tent. A "caller" on each team was to direct blindfolded teammates to the necessary building supplies, scattered around a pyramid's base. As the searchers were working in close quarters and were tied together (in pairs, if I recall correctly), it wasn't easy. Once all items were returned to a building site, the Survivors yanked their blindfolds and just raced to assemble the tents; each one included a tarp, ropes, and plenty of interlocking poles. Nakum schooled its foes yet again, picking up the welcome Reward of mats, pillows, and blankets.
I also cheered at the sight of the "court ball" concept getting its due, as last night's Immunity Challenge. (On the other hand, it seemed a little early to unveil such a major, recognizable feature of the game's Mayan theme.) Play was 3v3, with male/female proportions changing after each point scored. True to the Mayan form, the ball had to be launched through one of 3 vertical rings about the size of a basketball hoop; the teams had their own rings to target. Players in each team were chosen randomly, as long as the current sex-composition rule was obeyed. Better still, this game was held on a large mesh net, and the Survivors were tumbling, scrambling, and struggling most of the time. The player holding the ball was not to run with it; Lydia forgot that and was called for traveling, surrendering the ball. Jeff also noted that it was damn hot out there (about 114 degrees, I think). Yaxha couldn't close the deal with its 5-3 loss, and Brianna got owned at Tribal Council in a 7-1 sweep! Stephenie is clearly getting tired of that...
QUICK VICTORY STATS...
...in chronological order:
[Nakum (R1), Yaxha (I1)] [Nakum (R2), Nakum (I1)] [Nakum (R3), Nakum (I3)]...by percentage:
Nakum has won 83.333% of total, 100% of rewards(!), and 66.667% of immunities.As always, you can get the official and richly detailed 3rd-episode recap on the CBS website.
Yaxha has won 16.667% of total, 0% of rewards(!), and 33.333% of immunities.