September 29, 2005 11:28 PM by Joe Blackmon
Poor Stephenie LaGrossa just can’t catch a break. She might be the strongest woman to ever play the game of Survivor, but she keeps winding up on losing teams. In Survivor Palau, Stephenie LaGrossa was a member of Ulong, the losingest tribe in Survivor history. Despite performing well personally in challenges, Stephenie’s team just couldn’t seem to catch a break and was wiped out by Koror.
In the beginning of Survivor Guatemala, things were looking up for Stephenie LaGrossa when she got placed in tribe Yaxha with a former NFL quarterback. Her tribe even won the first immunity challenge, but things quickly headed downhill from there. Stephenie’s tribe has now lost two consecutive reward challenges and two consecutive immunity challenges.
On the Thursday, September 29, 2005 episode, the reward challenge involves building an archeologist tent. The survivors are blindfolded and tied together in groups, while one tribe member serves as the eyes and directs them to gather the parts for the tent. Tribe Yaxha is the first to gather all the tent parts, but Tribe Nakum winds up passing them by and winning the reward challenge. Nakum wins pillows, lanterns, fuel, tarps, ropes, and blankets.
The immunity challenge involves the Mayan sport of court ball, which is kind of like basketball played on trampolines. The first team to score five points wins. Amy O’Hara, a member of Yaxha, quickly rolls her ankle (bringing back memories for Stephenie of Ulong tribemate Jeff Wilson injuring his ankle in Surivor Palau). After eight contests, the two tribes are all tied up. Then, Stephenie has to face the opposing team with the two least athletic players on her team, Lydia and Brianna. Her two teammates prove to be completely ineffective, and Nakum wins immunity challenge.
After the loss, Stephenie sighs, “Yeah, here we go again. I’m on this tribe that doesn’t seem to be too good at winning in the beginning and someone springs their ankle. It’s horrible. I’ve already been here. I’ve already done this. I can’t do it again.” Stephenie laments “Why? Why just once can’t I just be on a great tribe?”
Tribe Yaxha which now consists of Stephenie LaGrossa, Gary Hogeboom, Amy O’Hara, Jamie Newton, Lydia Morales, Rafe Judkins, Brianna Varela, and Brian Corridan decides to target one of their least athletic players for elimination. Upset over Brianna not giving her all in the immunity challenge, Jamie Newton says “I like them crazy and pretty, she’s neither.” Brianna Varela is voted off Survivor Guatemala.