Survivor contestants' plans get ruined and schadenfreude takes hold
SPOILERS FOLLOW. Survivor New Zealand, episode six:
Plans and strategies are up in the air for most Survivor contestants after a few unexpected curve balls changed the game 11 days in.
After medics evacuated Louisa McClintock from the beach, it was confirmed she would not be returning to the game.
The 19-year-old had fallen ill with a debilitating virus that entered her bloodstream via an infected cut in her foot. McClintock was pulled out of the game on day 10, after she started slipping in and out of consciousness and was unable to walk.
Doctors said it was too dangerous for her to return to the game. A TVNZ spokeswoman said McClintock was flown back to New Zealand where she received further medical care, but had since returned to her family farm in good health.
In the Hermosa tribe, the two non-millenial members have accepted their fate. They're waiting to be thrown. Auckland mother, Barbara Raos, 53, said they've been dead meat floating as their five younger team mates made their plans obvious.
"I'm happy to go home at this point. To me it's been a waste of time. I've got better things to do than waffle around, waiting to be offloaded by my tribe," she said.
Her only ally, Nathan Davis, 45, agreed, saying they had about a week left, max. "Barb and I have been dead in the water for days," he said.
But Survivor is a game of disruptions. And their opposition tribe, Mogoton, was a man down.
It was time for new tribes, host Matt Chisholm announced. To pick the tribes, it was a lucky dip from a bag. For three players though, the draw may have been the start of their ends.
Hunger had struck the Hermosa tribe hard as they whittled away without fishing equipment. Their most vocal tribesman, Jak Thomas stood gazing into the ocean, saying "when I look out to the pelicans, I see a big crispy piece of chicken ready to be eaten." He was yet to catch any pelican.
Luckily for Thomas, and all of his Hermosa boys, they switched side. The tight three of Mike, Jak and Lee moved over to Mogoton, where food is plentiful. They were joined by original members, Shayna and Tom.
Shayna Tapusoa called the switch the worst thing that could have happened. She ended up in tears, alone, and lying in the cold waves with a cut in her foot. Her only company was a cameraman, who she confided in, saying her head was on the block.
In comparison, the two older players, Raos and Davis found themselves in a tribe of allies. They had the upper hand against Georgia Bergerson and Shannon Quinn who had planned to throw challenges in order to eliminate the older players.
Speaking about the switch, Mike, who had been the defacto leader of the tight five, said "the only problem was Georgia is all alone. She looked at me pretty horrified. If she doesn't hustle and try and get something sorted, she's going to be on the chopping block."
And indeed, she got the chop.
She rallied hard to gather support, but none was to be found.
For Davis and Raos, it was a day filled with pure schadenfreude. Their newly formed tribe was sent to Tribal Council, but it didn't matter.
"It's very pleasing to see Georgia scrambling for her part in the game. A little part of me, a vindictive part of me, says well times that by 11 - that's what it's been like for Barb and I," he said.
In a last-ditch attempt to gather support, Bergerson promised to burn her alliance with the "tight five" but it was too late.
Louisa McClintock talks to Stuff on Tuesday about the illness that got her evacuated from the Survivor.