Animation Survivor- Episode Thirteen
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(Tom is sitting at Tribal Council.)
Tom: Thirty-six days ago, sixteen kids were stranded on this island. Every three days, they selected one to leave. Twelve are gone, and only four remain. They struggled to accommodate their basic daily needs, they lasted through the social onslaught, and they did what they had to do to survive. They each accomplished it in different ways. Some used trickery, forming alliances, carefully selected the people to leave. Some used friendship, making themselves so likeable that nobody would vote for them. Some were able to balance the two, using both when the situation called for it. The original sixteen were divided into tribes, eight from American shows, eight from Japanese shows. Now, two from each remain. They were also representing six different shows. Now, it is down to one person for each of four shows. Now comes the final three days, and one character will be crowned as the ultimate survivor. Will it be Bart from The Simpsons? Will it be Bubbles from The Powerpuff Girls? Or maybe Tai from Digimon? Or Pokémons Tracey? In three short days, thirty-nine days of build-up will culminate with one of those four taking home the gold.
Tai: I suppose I should be happy that Im still here, and that my vote last night made the difference in removing Lisa, but its a pretty shallow victory. I didnt do anything special for it to happen; it was probably Bubbles that went against her friend. I dont think I should be happy, or even be glad Bubbles did it. Its nice that I still have a chance at winning now, especially since nobody really has an advantage. Problem is, if I really was going to make a strong run at winning, Id have to do the lowest, most devious thing Ive ever done in my life associate with Tracey.
(Tai is sitting on the beach, quietly watching the ocean when
Tracey arrives. Tracey appears a little more humble. He sits next
to Tai, still quiet. Finally, its Tai who breaks the
Tai: Arent you going to go on about how we succeeded in voting Lisa off or something?
Tai: You arent?!
Tracey: Why? I wasnt at any risk of getting voted off. The next ones the one Im worried about. I suppose you could be happy that I helped vote Lisa off though.
Tai: Look, Im not happy about anything. Im just going to vote whoever I feel like until I get kicked off. Im not helping you win!
(Tai gets up and starts walking away.)
Tracey: No offense, Tai, but you are dense sometimes.
(Tai turns around, angry.)
Tracey: I dont think you realize this, but you have just as much chance to win as anybody else here. You and I have just as much power against Bart and Bubbles, and you have just as much power against me. Im surprised at you. You havent once considered the possibility of winning this yourself.
Tai: Look, Ive thought about it before. Just not as much as some people apparently. Dont get me wrong, it would be awesome to win. Im just not obsessed with it.
Tracey: Ah, good old self-confidence. You know youre a good guy and dont need a trophy to prove it.
Tai: Is something wrong with that?
Tracey: No. Not when youre starting out. This is a great place for a nice little adventure to have fun and stuff. Thats what youre here for right?
Tracey: How are you doing?
Tai: (dimly) Youre still here. That answers it pretty well.
Tracey: Tai, youre in the Final Four. Having fun isnt an option anymore. Youve been through a hell of a lot. You survived the island, you survived Lisa and the Americans youve even survived me so far. Which is more than I can say about some people I used to date.
Tai: What do you want from me?
Tracey: I want you to take this game seriously. Thats all.
Tai: You want me to help you win right?
Tracey: Well yeah, but Id rather have competition from people who care about this.
(Tai walks off, shaking his head. Tracey smiles, then loses his smile and looks to the sea.)
Tracey: You know, Id hate to admit it, but that stuff
that Ash told me yesterday really had an impact on me. Ive
been with him for a little while, and yet as much as Im
turned off by his drive for success, Im now starting to
think that I share that drive. I want to win, I want my win to be
heard around the world, and I want to win against the best. Ash
is the same way. We have different ways of showing it, and Ash
certainly has to do some major re-evaluation of his strategies to
succeed, but were both cut from the same cloth. We fight
hard to get what we want. And not only that, after I vote him
off, hes still right there to cheer from me. He actually
accepted me into his group. I havent even accepted myself
into his group. Im just humbled a bit by that. I guess
Ive taken Ash for granted over the past couple months.
Thats why I have to win this. Not just for me, but for Ash
and Misty as well.
(Bubbles is sitting at the campfire, alone, looking sad. Bart
Bart: Is there something we need to talk about?
Bubbles: (sad) Im sorry.
Bart: Thats it? You vote off my sister, you vote off your friend, and thats all you have to say? Bubbles, I wont get mad at you if you just tell me why you did it!
Bubbles: Because I like you too much for you to vote me off.
(Bubbles floats away, leaving Bart confounded.)
Bubbles: (sad) I didnt want to vote off Tai, but thats not really the reason I did it. I like Bart and Lisa too much. If we did vote off Tai, and then we did voted off Tracey, then what? Bart and Lisa wouldve voted me off next, and I wouldnt be able to do anything about it. I couldnt let that happen. Besides, Im fighting for Blossom and Buttercup too. I cant let them down.
Bart: Im just lost when it comes to Bubbles. There
has to be a good reason why she turned on Lisa. All three of us
were so close, and Bubbles, out of nowhere, votes her off. If she
had a problem with Lisa, why didnt she tell her about it?
If were doing something she doesnt want to do, she
has to let us know about these things. Voting Lisa off was not
the right answer. Its too late in the game for something
like that, and were too close to winning. Or at least we
were. I dont know what well do now. But I wish
Bubbles would just tell me whats going on. Otherwise
I dont know what to think.
["Tree-mail." Tai is taking a bag down from it. He looks inside, then heads back.]
[Back at camp, Tai and Tracey are going through the materials,
with Bart looking over. Tracey pulls out Ashs traditional
Tracey: Hmm. This is Ashs.
[Tai pulls out a harmonica.]
(Tracey pulls out a blue floppy cap, with a red ball on top.)
Bart: Thats Stans.
[Tai pulls out Soras hat, and quickly screams and drops it.]
Tracey: How do they keep getting that thing?
Tom: Sorry, we edited out the immunity challenge because Tai mentioned a gun and the censors wouldnt let us show it. Just kidding, we havent had it yet. Since this is the last three days, and since we have only four left, we here at Animation Survivor will do the obvious thing with this final episode- waste time remembering the first twelve saps. And with that, we have another trivia style challenge. This time the focus is on the 12 that got voted off, in a game we call "Fallen Comrades."
(The four arrive, and sit down in place.)
Tom: Hello. Were going to have the immunity challenge first, and then the official Tribal Council. Since the jury has nowhere to wait well just invite them to attend the challenge.
(Blossom, Izzy, Stan, Sora, and Lisa sit down.)
Izzy: All right, time to watch the final four in action.
Stan: Can we get some popcorn here?
Sora: Lets do the wave!
(Tom hands each of the finalists a sketchpad and pen, then returns to his spot.)
Tom: Okay, in this challenge, I will ask you ten questions related to the twelve castaways that got yanked. Whoever gets the most right wins immunity. Well have the Tribal Council immediately after Tracey, what are you doing?
(Tracey is sketching with the issued pad, with a thumb towards the jury.)
Tracey: Okay, okay, now for this one, everybody close together. Sora, put your arm around Izzy.
Tom: Ahem. Tracey?
Tracey: Okay guys, just hold that pose, Ill be with you in a second.
Tom: Thank you. Now
on to question one
two castaways that were the first ones voted off on each side.
(The four think for a second, then write down their answers, and reveal them to Tom. All but Tracey has "Eric & Matt." Tracey has "Matt & Buttercup.")
Tom: Eric and Matt is correct. Bart, Bubbles, and Tai get a
point. Next- Who were the four diggers in the relay immunity
(All show their answers. Tai and Tracey have the correct answer of "Ash, Tracey, Lisa, and Bubbles." Bart and Bubbles both switched Ash for Izzy.)
Tom: Tai and Tracey are correct. Its Ash, not Izzy.
Izzy: Youre confusing me with Ash? Should I be concerned?
Stan: Be afraid. Be very afraid.
(Tom hands a red and white sneaker to Tracey. He passes it around.)
Tom: This is not a shoe.
Tracey: Who are you, René Magritte?
Tom: Who are you, Dennis Miller? Ill remind you to
please refrain from using references that go far above the
average reader. Its a question. Whose shoe is it anyway?
(Tai and Bart supply the correct answer of "Misty." Tracey says "Serena." Bubbles says "Sora.")
Tom: Point for Tai and Bart. Next- What American state is Bart
and Lisas hometown of Springfield located?
(The four write down their answers. We cant see what they put down.)
Tom: Come on Tai! Thats a gimmee! Question 5- Who was
the Japanese representative for the rowing challenge?
(Tai, Tracey, and Bart correctly answer "Izzy." Bubbles says "Ash.")
Tom: Sorry, Bubbles, its not Ash. Its Izzy.
(Shot of the jury, and Izzy looking somewhat nervous. Stan leans over.)
Stan: (mocking) I choose you Pikachu!
Izzy: I am not Ash!!
Tom: Question 6- Who was the first voted off after the merger?
(Bubbles, Bart and Tai say "Misty." Tracey says "Blossom.")
Tom: Its Misty, and Bart and Tai stay tied. Number 7-
Another prop. Whose is it?
(This time, its a green hat, with earflaps. Bart and Bubbles say "Kyle." Tai and Tracey say "Eric.")
Tom: Its Kyle, giving Bart a 6-5 lead. Next up- Serena
fights the forces of evil under what alias?
(The four look tepidly at each other. None provide the correct answer.)
Tom: Okay none of you have heard of Sailor Moon?
Blossom: She mustve done a good job of keeping her identity secret!
Tom: I guess. Anyway
who received just one vote in the
(Bart and Bubbles say "Buttercup." Tai says "Bart." Tracey says "Blossom.")
Tom: And the correct answer is Buttercup.
Tai: That doesnt seem very fair.
Tom: Well, we didnt plan on it being a clincher. Anyway,
we even it out with the last question- Who received only one vote
in the fourth council, a Japanese one?
(Tai, Tracey and Bubbles put down "Ash." Bart puts down- you guessed it- "Izzy.")
Tom: The correct answer is Ash.
[Izzy gets up, screams, and runs down the path to the beach. Bart laughs.]
Bart: I did that on purpose. I knew I already won.
Tom: Thats right, Bart. Your 7 beats Tai and Bubbles, who had 6. Tracey had 4. You have won immunity. Heads up.
[Tom sloppily throws the immunity talisman at Bart, who manages to lean past Tai and catch it.]
Tom: Okay. Now that thats over, lets cut the chat. Were already running on five pages here, and we got two more counsels to go. Bubbles write down your pick. No hole punches to worry about, so you cant accidentally vote Buchanan!
Lisa: Whats wrong with voting off Buchanan? The sooner hes gone, the better.
(Bubbles heads to the voting booth, voters shot as she
writes down "TRACEY")
Bubbles: I dont like him as much as Bart and Tai. Plus he made me vote off Lisa.
(She leaves. Fade to aerial shot of Tai and Tracey voting.
Fade to voters shot of Tracey holding "BUBBLES".)
Tracey: As much as Tai probably deserves it, Im going to grant him a reprieve. This is his last chance to prove himself.
(He leaves. Fade to aerial of Bart voting. He waits a second, then votes.)
(He returns to the site. Tom takes the box.)
Tom: Okay once the votes are tallied jury take it away!
Blossom/Stan/Sora/Lisa: The decision is final and the person must leave the island immediately!
Tom: Thanks. Whered Izzy run off to?
Stan: I think he went to become a Pokémon master.
Tom: Okay. Thatll take him five minutes. Just as long as hes back for the final.
(Tom reaches in.)
Tom: First vote is for Tracey.
(Tracey looks down, nervous.)
Tom: Second vote for Bubbles.
(Bubbles looks sad for a second.)
Tracey. And the fourth vote
[The four look up in some shock. Tom immediately tries to calm them.]
Tom: (easing) Now, now! Dont panic. Weve planned for this. Its not the end of the world.
[A large tree (actually an aluminum fake) collapses, taking out a table in front of the castaways. Everyone except Tom screams.]
Tom: (somewhat worried) Well it is day 37, this place is starting to fall apart. Anyway, to break this tie, the two tentative finalists have to make a brief argument to the one that voted for them. Then, only those two will vote. Bubbles, why dont you start with your argument for Tai?
Tai: What? I voted for Tracey!
Tom: You did?
Bart: Yeah, I voted Bubbles.
Tom: Fine, fine, whatever. Bubbles. Present case to Bart.
Bubbles: Oh. Um. Well, we had so much fun together. I know its been rough for a little while, but why cant we go back to the way things were? Before the alliances and stuff, before we started ganging up on our other friends?
(Bubbles stops. Shot of Lisa, looking somewhat sad.)
Tom: Okay. Tracey? This should be good.
Tracey: Well, Tai. This is simply a case of loyalty. You cant win without me. The question is whether thats really your goal. And at this point in the game, I think it should be. You know youre strong enough. I know youre strong enough. Might as well work towards getting something to back that up. Although saving the world is a good start. Oh, and thanks for doing that by the way, really helped us all out!
Tom: Okay. Bart, Tai. Go do your thing.
(Bart and Tai go over to vote, one by one. Aerial shot of both
of them voting. They return, one by one, and Tom takes the box
and opens it up.)
Tom: Alright. This should be fun. First vote is for Tracey.
(Tracey shakes his head, somewhat angry.)
Tom: Second vote Bubbles? Guys we have to get up really early for the next challenge, and we cant leave until one of you two switches!
Bart/Tai: I did switch!!
(Tom slaps himself on the forehead.)
Tom: I think Im going to go join Izzy. Anyway Bubbs, Trace, make it snappy.
Tracey: Well, Bart, I admire your cunning. You join the alliance at the right moments, and you leave it at the right moments. Youve definitely earned the right to be this far. The question is whether or not you make the right move tonight to go all the way. I cant say what it is, but remember that that jury over there, as fair as they are, may vote for the most popular.
Bubbles: That wasnt snappy!! Anyway, Tai, I hope you dont let Tracey get to you. Buttercup used to be really demanding like that, but I got over her. Its possible to enjoy yourself and try to win. Ive been having fun since I got here, and Im also really close to winning. Just vote for whats in your heart.
Tom: Oh. Touching. Kamiya? Simpson? Time for votesies!
(Again, Bart and Tai vote one at a time. Again, aerial shot, although both take a little longer. They return and Tom takes the box.)
Tom: Tribal Council- Act 13, Take 3- First vote is for Bubbles. The second vote and if its Tracey Im borrowing Mannys gun.
Blossom: Hey! No gun references! Remember what those censors said!
Tom: (reading the card, happy) Yes! Its Bubbles!! Im free! (serious) Get your torch.
[Bubbles sadly takes her torch over to Tom, who has a snuffer.
He calms down.]
Tom: Anyway even though it went into double overtime the tribe has spoken.
(He snuffs her torch.)
Tom: Its time to go.
(Bubbles floats down the path to the beach. Stay on that shot.)
Izzy: (excited, off screen) Yes! I got Shoe!!
Tom: Dont worry. We have medicine for that. You can head back to camp. As I said, Ill be getting you up early tomorrow. Or rather Barb will! Im sleeping in.
(Shot of Bart, Tai, and Tracey heading back to camp. Follow them, Bubbles speaks.)
Bubbles: Im still not sure whether or not I made a mistake voting for Lisa and Tracey. I dont like alliances, but its strange that as soon as I leave one, I get voted off. I dont hold anything against Bart for voting me off, I could understand that hed get a bit angry for voting his sister off. But itll be good seeing Blossom and Buttercup again, and Im still on the jury, so itll be okay.
[Very early morning. The sun has barely risen when Barb
invades the camp. She first goes over to Tracey, sleeping outside
as usual. She kicks him in the stomach. He wakes up!]
Tracey: (mumbling) Escargo Express, can I help you?
Barb: Yes, Tracey, you have to help me wake up the others.
[Tracey wakes up and looks at Barb, a bit groggy.]
Barb: With style!
[Inside the shelter, Bart and Tai are sleeping peacefully.
Barb and Tracey walk in, and pelt them with coconuts until they
wake up and complain.]
Bart: What was that for?
Tracey: Thats Barbs idea of waking you up with style.
(Tracey is pelted with a coconut by Tai. It hits his head and breaks open. Tracey catches one part of it.)
Tracey: Thanks Tai, I was a bit hungry.
[Barb grabs all three of them and leads them away. Tracey drops the coconut.]
Barb: Oh, youre in trouble then.
[Sand spit. The setup is quite elaborate, Ill explain each part as we get there. The sun has just come up. Manny is on the island, yawning in between sips of coffee. Barb arrives with the three. Manny greets them and yawns again.]
Manny: Hoo welcome to the final immunity challenge. Obviously, this has a huge impact on who wins the game yadda yadda yadda anyone want a sip of this?
[They all approach and each have a swig of the coffee. It helps a little.]
Barb: Manny, are you sure you should be doing that? Tom said
Manny: We got all these kooky ritual doohickys today, Barb, well just say this is the ceremonial coffee sip of spirituality.
Barb: Right. Anyway Tom said all this crap about ceremonies and how you three are the gold, silver, and bronze medal winners here. I didnt remember most of it, so the first thing we do is walk past these natives holding ferns for no good reason.
[Nearby, there are natives (or as most people would call them, cameramen), swinging palm branches up and down. The five walk through them, to an area where thirteen extinguished torches are scattered out. Manny yawns.]
Manny: Okay, next on the tour is the graveyard. These thirteen torches represent the thirteen castaways that were already voted off. You can tell, because it has their names on them. Just take some time to remember all of the people that got yanked.
[The castaways do so, as Manny yawns, then looks at his coffee.]
Manny: God, what is this, decaf?
(Because it is a deserving tribute to the thirteen prior, well go through this part. Cue nostalgic music. First, shot of a torch, with the name Eric written on it.)
(Dissolve to a shot of Eric, getting mad at Bart. All the other American castaways, are laughing, including Bart himself.)
(Next, shot of Matts torch. Shot of Matt playing the harmonica on the beach, overlooking the sunrise.)
(Shot of Buttercups torch. Shot of Buttercup flying to the rescue against the Arbok.)
(Shot of Serenas torch. Shot of Serena helping out Izzy and Sora in piecing together a part of the "Rescue Signal" reward challenge.)
(Shot of Ashs torch. Shot of Ash giving his big pep talk in Episode Three, concluding with him putting his fist in the circle for the rest of the group to follow suit.)
(Shot of Kyles torch. Shot of Kyle walking the beach with Lisa, in his emotional last-ditch effort to get the alliance to change their minds about Stan.)
(Shot of Mistys torch. Shot of Misty relaxing with Bart in lawn chairs, with a glass of tea and sunglasses. They say something and toast glasses.)
(Shot of Blossoms torch. Closeup of Blossom, quietly admiring the sunrise with Lisa.)
(Shot of Izzys torch. Shot of Izzy in the rowing immunity challenge, working hard and helping Sora board the canoe.)
(Shot of Stans torch. Shot of Stan, arriving on the beach with Tracey and a dumpload of fish, smiling.)
(Shot of Soras torch. Shot of Sora, comforting a somewhat distraught Tai in the hot spring. She smiles, and puts a hand on his shoulder.)
(Shot of Lisas torch. Shot of Lisa, talking very frankly with Bart on the beach. She appears emotional, feeling strongly about her opinion)
(Shot of Bubbless torch. Close-up of Bubbles, goofing off on the beach with Bart, Lisa, and Stan, having a perfectly content time.)
(The three still alive now stand in front of a pit of hot coals, Barb and Manny surround them.)
Tai: Let me guess
Bart: So whats this one for?
Manny: Dont have a clue.
Barb: We just like to torture you guys!
(Tracey, Bart, and Tai look a bit disgruntled, then walk across quickly with no hassle. Next, they see the original immunity idol up high on a pedestal. Surrounding it are three lower pedestals.)
Manny: Naturally, the final immunity challenge is the easiest to figure out, but the toughest to win. Each of you, stand on one of the lower pedestals and put a hand on the idol.
(They do so.)
Manny: Last one to keep a hand on it wins. Simple as that.
Tai: Thats it?
(They all stand there, quiet for a few moments.)
Bart: Hey, Tai, bet you cant
Tai: Dont even think about it!
[Way later. Almost 10:00. Tom arrives on the scene, with a
tray with six bowls of gelato.]
Tom: Hey, guys. Hanging in there I see. Barb? Manny?
[Shot of Barb and Manny, asleep on two lower pedestals around the perimeter. Tom looks annoyed, then puts one of the bowls upside down on Mannys head.]
Manny: What the? Hey!
Tom: So kids, who wants gelato?
(The kids start drooling over it.)
(Once Manny moves, he puts a bowl on one pedestal, then a bowl the other two pedestals. He gives one bowl and the tray to Barb, who thankfully has woken up, and he takes the last bowl and tortures the castaways, eating it right in front of them.]
Tom: Oh man gelato de resort. The stuff dreams are made of. Anyway how are you three doing?
Tracey: Guys, this is the deal. Whoever loses first kills Tom.
Barb: Then why would you want to win?
Tom: Its all part of the challenge, Barb. You give them tons of temptation in an effort to get them to leave. Makes the game much more interesting. Wait until lunch rolls around, I bet one of them breaks into tears.
Tracey: The hell with this!
[Tracey steps down, goes over to a pedestal, grabs a bowl and starts digging in.]
Tracey: Mm bet you didnt see that one coming Tom.
Tom: (dry) Tracey. I think there were people on Saturn that saw that one coming.
[Tracey finishes up his gelato, pleased.]
Tracey: Wow, that was good. Got any more?
[Tom glances at the other two, still on the pedestal, somewhat shocked.]
Tom: Eat Tais.
[Tracey does so.]
Bart: So Traceys out of the challenge?
Tom: Yep. Now you and Tai get to suffer for the rest of the day.
Tracey: (OS) Does that mean I can eat Barts too?
Tom: (to Tracey) Yeah sure. (to Bart) And believe me its all guys here, so we have a lot more down the line for temptation.
Tracey: (OS, excited) Woohoo!!
[Its about 12:00. Several Polynesian women (with
traditional clothing) are standing over Tracey, laying down on a
very soft recliner, fanning him with palm leaves. Tracey is
looking through a menu, then hands it to Manny.]
Tracey: Filet mignon, please.
(Manny coughs, and holds out his hand. Tracey slips some money into his hands.)
Tom: Tracey, you didnt need to tip him.
Manny: (cheery) Yes he did!
(Manny walks away. Shot of Tai and Bart, still on the pedestal.)
Tai: Tracey, you realize that whoever wins between Bart and I are going to vote you off for sure now?
Tracey: Hmm I suppose youre right.
Tom: Thats kinda the point of this Tracey it shows that giving in to temptation isnt
Tracey: If thats the case, better make the most of it. Can you get Sora over here?
Tom: Uh Ill see what I can do.
Bart: Trace, you mean with all you did to try to win, you dont care if you go out now?
Tracey: Oh, of course I care. It means the world to me. But Manny was right, this is the toughest challenge weve had so far. And I know my limits. I cant win this. Remember that balancing thing? That was like the same challenge, without the gelato. I was the first one knocked off of that. Throw the gelato in there, and it goes way past my abilities. I figure take myself out now, and simply make it a two-way race for immunity. Meanwhile, Tai was telling us all about trying to enjoy himself on this island trip. Hes right. Might as well live in the lapse of luxury after a month of eating rats. Wheres Sora?
Tom: Barb says she cant come. Sequestered jury. But if those two are going to be at it long enough, I can get Mimi.
Tracey: Eww, no thanks. But just for the sake of annoying Tai how about Kari?
[Tom smiles and looks at Tai. Tai looks hostile for a second, then lightens up and almost breaks into laughter.]
Tai: (to Tracey) You dont know when to quit.
Tracey: Correction Tai
(he holds up a glass of lemonade, with parasol)
Tracey: I do know when to quit!
[Its almost two now. Bart and Tai are seated on the
pedestals, with one hand each still on the idol. Bart is feeling
his chin with his free hand.]
Bart: Im only ten and I think Im getting a five oclock shadow.
Tai: But its only two.
Bart: Two? That means weve been here for
Tai: Almost nine hours I think. No food no water
Bart: Yeah, and having us rotate pedestals wasnt much for movement.
Tai: Yeah and one of us didnt let go while doing it either.
Tai: Man, Id kill for a drink.
[Tai is hit by a spray of water. He barely hangs on.]
Tai: What the? Tracey??
[Tracey is seen with a high-powered squirt gun, shooting at Tai.]
Tai: Little higher!
[Tracey shoots the water straight into Tais mouth. Then Barts mouth.]
Manny: (to Tracey) You know, you arent supposed to directly interfere like that. But that was a pretty good shot so Ill allow it.
Tracey: Thanks. I thought they needed some refreshment.
Manny: (sly) Right thats ocean water, right?
Tracey: Um. No.
(Manny takes away the squirt gun.)
Manny: Youre no fun.
Bart: Hey, where did Tom go?
Manny: He took a break. Torturing you two is hard work.
Tai: He probably ate too much.
Manny: Probably. Tell you what, well make this interesting. Well play "red light/green light." Ill turn my back, go "green light" and you can take your hand off. But when I say "red light," you have to go back. If I catch you, youre out. Ready Green Light!
(Manny turns his back for about five seconds, then turns again.)
Manny: Red light!
(Bart and Tai have their hands on the idol.)
Manny: Wow, you two are good.
Tracey: They didnt do anything.
[Nearing 3:00. Tom returns, with more stuff. He looks at Tai
and Bart, then drops the stuff, shocked.]
Tom: What the??
[Tai and Bart have picked up the idol, and are moving around
the area, picking up random temptations, while still keeping
hands on it at all times. Tracey is laughing.]
Tom: Okay, okay, very funny, back to the spot.
[Bart and Tai grudgingly bring the idol back to the spot and get on the pedestal. While dropping it back in the slot, it falls through, and it looks as though Barts hand may have let go for a second.]
Tai: Hey, did he ?
Tom: Um I dont know. Thats too close to call.
(Tracey gets up and starts walking away.)
Tracey: Ill get the lawyers.
[Some time has passed, and Tom is in the area, looking through
an NFL-style replay booth, complete with shading and headphones.
Tai and Bart are watching, still with a hand on the idol. Tom
finally comes out, and takes the headphones.]
Tom: Okay, after looking at it very closely, Ive decided that it wasnt conclusive enough for Barts hand to leave. So with that, the challenge continues.
(Closeup of a relieved Bart as he wipes his forehead with his hand. Unfortunately, zoom out to show that it was the wrong hand. Bart looks at the hand. Tom sadly nods. Bart sighs, then takes a deep breath )
[On the resort on the other side of the island (which no one
was supposed to know about, unless you read the ATC series), Lisa
is playing on the beach with Bubbles, when she hears a severely
echoed Bart yelling "Doh!!!!" It reverberates for
a few seconds. Lisa calls inside.]
Lisa: (calling) Izzy!! Looks like Tai won immunity!
Izzy: (OS, calling back) Wha? Er, I mean prodigious!
Tracey: Id hate to say it at this point, but it would
be much better for me if Bart had won that game. Bart knows what
hes doing, he always has, and he knows
or he thinks
that Tai would be more likely to get the
jurys votes than I would. Since the immunity winner, in
essence, picks who goes, I have no doubt that Tai would be
eliminated if Bart had won. But now that Tai has it, its a
tough call. Hes unpredictable. Any other person would vote
Bart off in that situation, but Tai isnt any other person.
If he was smart, and if he was playing to win, hed realize
that there are four other Americans on that jury, and that his
odds are greatly increased against a fellow Japanese. But this is
Tai were talking about here
and that scares me.
Im trying to decide whether or not to try to talk some
sense into him tonight, but Im worried that he would see
that as a further attempt to annoy him. Ive presented my
full argument, its up to him now.
(We mercifully cut the crap, to show Blossom, Izzy, Stan, Sora, Lisa, and Bubbles sitting down in the jury spot. Tom turns to the three remaining.)
Tom: Okay. Its now time to find out which one of you three will be joining those six. Now we have a special situation here. Tai has won immunity. Therefore, Bart, Tracey, you cant vote for Tai, and you cant vote for yourself, which means that your votes cancel each other out. The ball is in Tais court, and he gets to choose which basket case to dunk. Any last words? Bart? Tracey?
Tracey: I have a ton of stuff I could say, but I think Ive already presented my full argument to Tai. Ive said a lot to him, and I any more would be overload. I hope he knows what his vote means, and I just hope he makes the right decision, and one that goes in my favor.
Tom: Okay. Tai? This is the last time youll have to do this, I promise. Youre going to go down there, and youre going to write down a "T" on the paper. The pressing question is whether its at the beginning or the end of the paper. Have at it.
(Tai goes to vote. Aerial shot of him voting, taking a long time to decide. Of course we cant see it. He returns with the box. Tom takes it.)
Tom: Okay. Whoevers name is in the box will be out of the game, becoming the seventh member of the jury that will decide between the final two tomorrow night. And that person is
(Tom opens the box, takes out the slip of paper, and reads it.)
(Shot of Bart, Tai, and Tracey. Bart sighs in a sad relief. Tai remains neutral, as does Tracey. Tracey stays still for sometime, sad, then quietly grabs his torch and brings it to Tom.)
Tom: Tracey. The Tai has spoken.
(He snuffs Traceys torch.)
Tom: Its time for you to go.
(Tracey walks down the lonely path.)
Tom: Tai? Bart? Tomorrow is the judgment day, when one of you two worthy gentleman will be crowned the winner. The jury will get one last chance to ask you questions, and you will have one last chance to present your cases. Whoever gets the most votes is the winner. You can head back to camp.
(Bart and Tai take their torches and walk back to the camp. As
they walk back, the confessional is heard.)
Tracey: I dont know what to say. Id hate to be pinned as a sore loser, but I just wish I could discover where exactly my flaw was in the game plan. Perhaps it was working Tai a little too hard. Perhaps I worked to give my alliance a win when I should have just cut my losses and allow Tai to be voted off. Perhaps I shouldve fought it out in that immunity challenge. Yes, I understand that getting this far was enough of a challenge and that many deserving people didnt do it. And yes, I will respect and congratulate the winner, whether it be Tai or Bart. But I was shooting for the gold, and its quite disappointing to be struck down here, when I was almost had a hand on it.
Bart: What am I supposed to think? Between the whole thing with Bubbles and letting go of that idol, I pretty much did everything I possibly could to choke and not make it in the finals. Still, here I am. Its a little strange. If Id won that challenge, I wouldve voted Tai off in a second. Hes got more friends in the jury. But its strange, Tai wins immunity, and he chooses Tracey instead of me. Ive got way more friends than Tracey does. Its like Tai to let his emotions get the best of him, and now, despite my mistakes, I have a good chance to win because of it. Its not exactly the most glamorous way to claim victory.
Tai: It was probably the toughest decision Ive had to make here, and strategically its probably the stupidest thing Ive done, but Id just feel a lot better going against Bart than against Tracey. I cant stand the thought of Tracey winning this, and even if it means that I might not win now, its worth it.
[Shot of Tai and Bart cleaning up everything, taking down the
canopy and what not. They have a somewhat large bonfire, and are
pretty much toasting everything in sight.]
Bart: Kinda sad to see it all go.
Tai: Yeah. It sure feels like home now.
Bart: Especially for you, you were here longer than I was.
[They continue for a while, then sit down by the fire for one
Tai: You know Bart, its a lot easier for me to have you as an opponent than Tracey. Thats kinda why I voted him off.
Tai: I couldnt stand thinking of him winning. Now, its just a nice clean battle between the two tribes, and the two coolest kids on the island.
Bart: Thats right. You know, and now that you mention it, it probably wouldnt have been as great to go against Lisa like we were planning.
Bart: We were going to just have the jury decide between us, but man, can you imagine what shed have over me if she won? Sure, theres that family loyalty, but can you see her parading that trophy around school?
Tai: Ill bet. Although theres one thing Ive been wondering what do we actually get for winning?
Bart: Uh, um I dont know. Something tells me we arent getting a million dollars though. Tom and the others seem too cheap for that.
Tai: Darn. But whatever we get, itll be a good showdown. Good luck Bart.
(Tai extends his hand to Bart, who smiles and shakes it.)
Bart: You too Tai.
[They release it, then pause for a second.]
Bart: (mock cockiness) Youre going down though.
Tai: (same tone) No chance, Simpson, this ones in the bag.
(Shot of Bart and Tai making the hike to Tribal Council.
Overhead are the jury members, giving their take on the
Blossom: This is it, this is what makes the game so unique. No matter what you do on the island, it comes back to haunt you. If you turn around and stab somebody in the back, they can do the same to you in the jury.
Izzy: Mr. Wallace said that we are to vote for those we feel are the most deserving of the award, but theres no doubt that many will vote simply based on who they like better, or as an effort to gain a measure of revenge against those who voted them off. Lisa and I are attempting to be objective in our votes, but when the candidates are her brother and one of my best friends, Im afraid that it may not be the case.
Stan: Between Bart and Tai, its a tough call. Bart voted me off, but Tai left our alliance. Both are pretty cool guys, so its definitely going to come down to these final hearings.
Sora: I dont really think these final hearings mean anything at all. Most of us are pretty sure as to who were voting for. I know who Im voting for, and I think a lot of the others do too. We didnt really do much serious talk as a jury, so its just going be a matter of who most people picked rather than deliberation.
Lisa: I think its a great honor to be on this jury. Im helping decide who wins a game that Ive already played and lost. Its a chance for redemption, whether its helping push your vote through, or finding holes in the case for the one you dont choose. Of course, from what Izzy said about staying objective, I think Ill let the others find the holes. I respect both of the finalists, and not just because ones my brother or should I say I respect both finalists, even though one is my brother? They both kind of apply here.
Bubbles: Its certainly a tough game. Ever since Buttercup got voted off, I was voting along with Blossom. Then we she got voted off, I was following Bart and Lisa. But for the last couple of times, I went on my own. And thats really the hardest part, knowing that what you decide makes such a difference. Its tough deciding on something on your own like that.
Tracey: As the last person to be "nominated" for
the jury, Im a little behind the others, since I only had
one day to really look at the whole situation from the outside.
But now that Im out of the picture, I can look at that
picture more closely. Now we have the chance to give our
feedback. And believe me
theres things that I
havent realized before. And those two left in the picture
are going to hear about them.
[Tai and Bart arrive at the council. Tom, as well as the seven
jury members are present.]
Tom: Bart. Tai. Long time no see, huh? Have a seat and well get started.
(Bart and Tai sit down.)
Tom: This is it. Thirty-nine days and fourteen hellish councils all add up to this. And it really couldnt be more diverse. Two finalists from two different shows and two different tribes. Two different networks would be nice, but what are you gonna do? Well let Rupert Murdoch have his ego boost for this one. Anyway you two are damn good, Ill give you that. Now you remember the jury, right?
(Shot of the jury, sitting there, bored.)
Tom: Well, they did such a horrible job of feeding me with good ad libs that theyre actually going to be a jury now. But before we do lets bring out our surprise thats bound to screw everybody up. I notice that there may be a slight show loyalty upsetting the objectivity factor here. For example Lisa youre voting for Bart right?
Lisa: Well, not necessarily. I have a lot of respect for Tai and depending on how he and Bart present their arguments, thats how Ill vote.
(Izzy smiles and nods.)
Tom: Ill take that as a yes. So to introduce some level of fairness, here are the final two jury members.
(Barb and Manny enter the council area, and sit down.)
Barb: Scoot, Bubbs.
Bart: Hey! You didnt say anything about this!
Tai: Yeah, they arent even cartoon characters!
Barb: What? Sure I am!! Im uh Barbara, the long-lost Powerpuff Girl. The original DOS-based version, that didnt have the superpowers.
Manny: Yeah and Im Manny Showron, descendent of eh, however that whole back story goes. I think we changed most of it in the dub anyway.
Blossom: What back story?
Manny: You know Li Showron from "Cardcaptors."
Stan: Dude, Li Showrons totally gay.
Manny: Not in the dubbed version!!
Barb: You can do that? Why didnt you do that with James then?
Manny: James isnt gay, hes just in touch with his feminine side.
Tracey: Had me fooled.
Tom: Okay that was totally uncalled for. Not that theres anything wrong with that. Anyway Taichi, Bartchi, heres how we do it- Each of the jurors, except for those two weirdos I have to work with, will either ask you both a question or make a comment in an effort to influence other jurors. At the end, we hear your final testimony, and the nine will vote. Whoever gets the most, wins. Simple as that. Now, the seven kids picked numbers to see what order theyd go in, ensuring the maximum dramatic effect. First up Lisa Simpson.
(Lisa smiles and takes Toms spot. Tom sits down
Lisa: Thank you. Id just like to say to Tai that I do have a lot of respect for him. I know that youve heard that Ive been gunning for you since the merger, and its true. But its only because of the threat me and Blossom perceived you as. You have what it takes. Thats why we wanted to remove you. (smiles) It obviously didnt work. (normal) Now, Bart- Im absolutely shocked that youve gotten this far. Yes, I definitely wanted to be in there, but Im really glad to see that youve come around somewhat. That youve been able to play the game seriously and have a good time while youre at it. Its good to know that although I didnt make it, at least one Simpson got in there. Congratulations.
(Lisa takes her seat.)
Tom: Next up, Stan Marsh.
(Stan takes the podium)
Stan: Well, Im not the kind of guy to make some big speech. Since both of you kinda screwed me over, I have to look past that for my vote. Its tough, you two are pretty close as far as actual skill goes. I think that youve both been cool on the island, we all got along good, and uh I could probably go for either one of you.
(Stan takes his seat.)
Tom: Well they cant all be Shakespeare. Sora have the floor.
(Sora takes the podium)
Sora: Thanks. Id just like to make a comment
Tom: Come on, doesnt somebody have a question?
Sora: Well. It has to be a great feeling to get this far. If it isnt, then theres obviously something wrong with you. I know that getting this far and possibly winning is probably the last thing on your minds when you first got here unless youre Tracey but I hope that its sunk in how far youve both gotten. I mean you look at everybody on this jury, and then remember the others, Serena, Matt, Misty, all of them, its really amazing to see that youve gotten this far. Id just like to say that you should both be really proud of yourselves and good luck.
[Sora takes her seat. Shot of Tom asleep and snoring.]
Manny: Hey, Tom wakey wakey.
(Tom gets up, startled.)
Tom: Right right uh Izzys next. And you damn well better have a question!
(Izzys at the podium)
Izzy: Let me put your fears to rest. Yes, I have a question for Tai and Bart. Im curious- if you and your opponent werent in this position, which two castaways would you want to be the finalists?
Tai: Ooh, good one. Call me crazy, but one would be Matt. I think that he had what it took to go a long ways, but he just didnt get off to the right start. Just goes to show you- dont piss off Misty. The other one would be Ash. Ive done a lot of thinking, and it probably wasnt right for me to vote him off like that. He really had the right attitude for this game. He had the spirit and the drive, and wanted to get the team motivated and winning, but he was also friendly. Tad annoying sure, but he really tried to become friends with everybody too. He probably deserves to be here too.
Izzy: (smiling) Okay, Bart?
Bart: One would be Lisa. She wanted to be here way more than I did, and although we were arguing a lot about who to vote off, I think its a real credit that we didnt break up the alliance because of that. Next would be Blossom, simply because she had the guts to admit defeat after that whole Buttercup-gate thing. We became friends, she started the alliance, and theres no way in hell Id be here if it werent for her.
(As Izzy steps down, Tai leans over to Bart, off-the-record, but everyone can still hear.)
Tai: Not to mention theyre both on the jury.
Bart: Who did you want me to pick, Cartman??
Tai: No, pretty smart move actually.
Tom: Okay Blossom.
(Blossom steps up.)
Blossom: Mr. Wallace Im pleased to inform you that I also have a question.
Tom: (somewhat bored) Woo.
Blossom: My question is- How the heck did you two get here? What do you think you have that put you above everyone else and into a position to win?
Bart: Ooh, good question. Im starting to think that people took one of two different ways to play. One was like just being friends with everybody, and laying low and making themselves so close with everyone that no one would vote them off. I think Misty tried that. It didnt quite work when we merged though. The other strategy is developing alliances and stuff, getting supporters to vote alongside you. Buttercup didnt quite pull that off. Me, I think I did a little of both. I stayed friendly, and did my part in the alliances.
Tai: Uh, as for me I stayed sane. A lot of stuff got thrown at me here, and I couldve gone nuts at any time. I almost did. Heck, I probably did once or twice. But I bounced back, won immunity at the right times, and stayed level.
(Blossom steps down.)
Tom: Speaking of which Tracey. Youre next.
(Tracey comes up, and sighs.)
Tracey: Sorry, Bart, but I dont really have much to say to you. You played a great game and you deserve to be here. But other than that, I got nothing. Tai?
Tai: (expecting the worst) Buddy?
Tracey: No. Not by a long shot. Now I dont want to sound like a sore loser, but I am going to openly admit that any respect I had for you, and believe me, I had a lot at the beginning, completely vanished when you voted me off last night. I was right to be worried when you won immunity. By voting me off, you basically showed three major weaknesses. You lack pride. Instead of going proudly into the finals with your worthy adversary, you decide to take your jollies yesterday, and take me out of the picture. You also lack loyalty. You could have wiped out the other tribe. In a battle between two very different styles of animation, you sacrificed a guaranteed victory to take me out. I hope you realize that every anime fan in the world is totally pissed at you right now.
Manny: Boy, do I know that feeling! Attacku of the otaku.
Tracey: And finally, you lack intelligence. Theres four Americans over on that jury, not counting Barb and Manny. And I cant see many of them ditching Bart to vote for you. Meanwhile, I know for a fact that most of the jury likes you better than me. It wouldve been an easy win. But you had to take me out of the picture. And because of that, whats going to happen tonight is definitely going to have a lasting impact on you.
(Tracey sits down. Shot of Tai, with a mix of anger, but definitely emotionally affected by his words.)
Tom: And finally, Bubbles.
Bart: (quietly to Tai) Jeez hope she doesnt hold as much of a grudge as Tracey.
Bubbles: (meakly) I heard a story once about a snake and a rat
Bubbles: (bright) Just kidding! Snakes and rats are icky. Um, I want to say that its really great that you two are in the finals. Sora said that she doesnt like alliances, and I dont like them either. But I see you two there, and I can tell that you dont like them either. I know that Tai doesnt like them, but I dont think Bart does either. Sure, you voted a lot of people off, like Misty and Izzy and Stan, but you always had some guilt about it, like it was something you didnt really want to do, but had to. And that it was because you did something when you didnt want to that got you here. Meanwhile, when I didnt want to vote for Tai, I didnt vote for Tai, and then I got voted off after that. And a couple of people did want to vote for certain people, and they got voted off too, like Buttercup. And it works for Tai too, that he got here even though way back before when Misty got voted off, he said he didnt mind if he was next to go. But he held on and survived. Its tough to decide who to vote for, because you both already did so much, and beat like 14 others, which is really hard to do. So I hope that whoever wins, and even the one who doesnt, really be happy, because it was so hard to do this, but you did it anyway. Um. Im done.
(Bubbles quietly sits down. Tom looks at her a bit oddly and
takes her spot.)
Tom: Okay. That was a bit odd. Final arguments. Tai?
Tai: Thanks. I just want to say that its just amazing that I got this far. I know a lot of people wanted this more than I did. But hearing all of your comments, even Traceys, has made me realize exactly what this is. Its amazing. To be able to win against so many great people. I didnt think I was going to make it, and its just good to know that I have. And yes Tracey, tonight is going to have a lasting impact on me. It already has. So deal with it.
Tom: Okay Bart.
Bart: Aw, I dont have anybody pissed at me, this isnt gonna be any fun. I share most of what Tai said. Its quite an honor to be here. Its been a blast with you guys, you all have something special that makes you so cool. Blossom, Bubbles, Stan heck, Sora, Izzy, Trace, all the rest, you know who you are! This is a big decision you have, I mean me and Tai rule. But I dont want to go on too long. Im happy I got here but I want to get this over with- I want to find out what happens!
Tom: Okay, I suppose. Jury, youve heard everything, nows the time to weigh it all and make your decision. Who should win? Youll go down to your happy place, and write down who you want to win. Got that? Want to win? Not voting off this time, want to win. Please repeat.
Entire Jury: Vote for who we want to win.
Tom: Okay, good. Barb, please begin.
(Barb heads to the voting booth, voters shot as she
writes down "TAI")
Barb: I am going to vote for Tai. I think he has gone through a lot, contributed heavily in making the place hospitable for living, and has played the game quite well. Whenever somebody targets him, he finds a way to stay alive, whether its the way he votes or winning immunity. Hes done a lot, and deserves to win.
(She leaves. Fade to aerial shot of Manny voting. Fade to
voters shot of Manny holding "BART".)
Manny: Bart is definitely the better person here. He established himself in an alliance, and did a good job keeping friends at the same time. Tai wasnt really sneaky enough to earn the win. He was the one being hunted, and I think its time Bart tags this buck.
(He leaves. Fade to aerial of Izzy and Blossom voting. Fade to
voters shot of Blossom holding "BART")
Blossom: Back when Buttercup was here, I never saw this happening. I saw Bart as a goof-off who couldnt care less about this game. But he changed. He took this game seriously, and in my absence put himself in the best position to win. All I can say is that Im really impressed, and that he should win.
(She leaves. Fade to aerial of Sora voting. Fade to
voters shot of Sora holding "TAI")
Sora: How can you not be impressed by what Tai went through here? He fought hard, he kept going, he survived. The way he made it through everything that was thrown at him makes him the best choice to win.
(She leaves. Fade to aerial of Bubbles voting, then Stan
voting. Fade to voters shot of Stan, holding
Stan: As far as Im concerned, they both voted me off. So what it comes down to is who didnt give up as much to win. And thats Tai. Bart was cool when we started out, but eventually gave up everything to win. That one day Kyle got voted off, Bart actually tried to vote off Blossom. Now hes just trying to pick up where she left off. Sure I like Tracey, but Tai didnt want to take any of Traceys s**t, and he didnt. So thats why Im voting for him.
(He leaves. Voters shot of Lisa, holding
Lisa: I know I told Bart once that I wouldnt vote for him no matter what. But I think well make an exception here. I looked at everything, and quite simply Barts done a better job. Simple as that.
(She leaves. Aerial shot of Tracey, as he looks at the card for a few seconds, then writes down an answer, which we cant see.)
(He leaves. Tom takes the box, and puts it on his podium.)
Tom: Once the votes are tallied the decision is final and the once selected must leave the oh, wait. Never mind. Lets get this over with
(Tom opens the box.)
Tom: Ready Manny?
(Shot of Manny, sitting with a control panel next to a large electronic scoreboard hanging on a tree, with labels reading "Bart: 0, Tai: 0" in standard basketball board format. Back to Tom.)
Tom: Finally got that in today. I was wondering where when theyd ship it. Anyway, here we go. First vote is for Bart. Then Tai.
(Shot of Tai and Bart as the next vote is read.)
(Shot of Izzy, who nods.)
Tom: And again, Tai.
(Back to Tom.)
Tom: Bart. And Bart.
(Shot of Bubbles, who smiles.)
Tom: And Bart. Jeez, talk about repetitive
(Shot of Manny, and the scoreboard reading Bart: 7, Tai: 0. Manny looks at the scoreboard.)
(Manny uses one finger and slowly corrects the score, to show Bart: 4, Tai: 3)
Tom: Next vote is for Tai. And thats exactly what we have right now a tie. Theres an ad lib for ya.
Barb: (dry sarcasm) Were all proud of you Tom.
Tom: Okay. And the final vote, deciding the winner and recipient of some major bragging rights, is
Tai: Hold on a second!!
(Shot of Tai and Bart)
Tai: Bragging rights?!
Tom: Well yeah, not only you but your show. Defeating all the other worthy competitors, its quite a feat, and definitely something you can take with you for the rest of your life.
Bart: Thats fine, if this was a game of Monopoly.
Tai: You had us starving here for a month for bragging rights?!
Bart: We were expecting some money out of this!
Tom: Guys, were not the most financially secure company, did you see how much we lost with "Titan A.E?" We cant just shell out a million dollars for stuff like this. We got the winner a nice pretty trophy. Two feet tall too.
(Bart and Tai are obviously not sold.)
Tom: Okay, tell you what this shows half Japanese the winner gets a million yen. The yens in the toilet, shouldnt be hard to pay. How much is that American, Manny?
(Shot of Manny, computing the figures with a calculator.)
Manny: Lets see that would be about
(He types the figure in the spot of the scoreboard where the time is displayed the number is shown as 91:74.)
Manny: Nine-thousand dollars (to the scoreboard) I love this thing.
Tai: That works.
Bart: I aint picky.
Tom: Okay. Swell. Anyway the final vote, and winner of $9,174
Manny: Oh, and six cents.
Tom: and six cents is oh, before were done, I think we owe a big thanks to Barb and Manny. Theyve helped out a lot, and went way beyond the call of duty, especially since they arent getting paid for this.
Barb/Manny: (angry shock) We arent??!!!!
Tom: Not if were forking over nine grand to the winner.
Tai/Bart: Get on with it!!
Tom: Alright!! Ready?
(Bart and Tai nod, then calm down. The shot is from behind them. Both are sitting very seriously, watching Tom with some trepidation.)
Tom: And the winner of Animation Survivor is
(Nothing happens, just adding suspense by taking this down a couple more lines.)
[Shot of Tai and Bart. Neither have any noticeable reaction, both are in somewhat stunned silence. Both blink a lot. Finally, Bart turns to Tai and shakes his hand. Bart smiles, Tai is still shocked.]
Bart: Good job.
(Tom walks up to Tai. Both Tai and Bart stand up.)
Tom: Taichi Kamiya the tribe has spoken
(Tom shakes Tais hand.)
[Tai is still in shock. Bart smiles, then wanders over to the jury, who has already stood up to congratulate them. In order, Stan, Izzy, and Tracey shake his hand and continue to Tai. Barb congratulates Bart and continues, leaving Blossom, Bubbles, and Lisa. Bart and Blossom nod and shake hands, smiling a bit. There are brief words of encouragement from Blossom. Bart looks at Bubbles with absolutely no harm.]
Bubbles: I did vote for you! Dont look at me that way!
(Bart pats Bubbles on the head.)
Bart: You are still too cute.
Lisa: Ya did good, Bart.
Bart: Thanks. You know
Lisa: (calling to Tais area) Hey Izzy! Wait up!
(Lisa runs off, leaving Bart with Bubbles and Blossom. Bubbles tilts her head.)
Bubbles: I think maybe we shouldve voted Tai off before Izzy and Stan.
Blossom: You think?
[Blossom and Bart shrug their shoulders.]
Blossom/Bart: Oh well!
[They go down to meet Tai. Over in Tais area, Tais still a bit overwhelmed as he receives a handshake from Stan, who passes quickly. Izzy and Lisa show up.]
Lisa: Good job Tai.
Izzy: Yes. Definitely a strong finish.
(Izzy and Lisa step aside while Tai shakes with Barb and Manny, and Blossom.)
Izzy: You know, Im really impressed with you, Lisa.
Lisa: Why? You know, I voted for Bart. I looked at all
Izzy: Yeah. Most people in your situation would vote Tai just to say they were being fair.
Lisa: You mean you were trying to get me to vote for Tai?
Izzy: Just because Im objective in who I vote for doesnt mean I cant play favorites elsewhere. I wanted Tai to win.
[Lisa laughs, and puts a hand on his shoulder.]
(Back up to Tai, where Tracey reaches him. As soon as Tracey arrives, Tai cracks a half-smile.)
Tai: Well, Tracey, I won. Is that enough of a lasting impact for you?
Tracey: Yeah thats why I voted for you.
Tai: (losing the smile really fast) Y you did?
Tracey: After all that I said about you lacking loyalty, did you think I was going to help the other tribe out? I figured I might as well cover your butt and get a team win. Its enough for me to actually remain loyal and have my side win and let you live with the fact that you won even you tried to do yourself and your tribe in. Congratulations.
[Tracey leaves Tai, who is trying not to let that sink in. It isnt working, as he slowly begins to walk away towards the exit. When he sees Sora. Tai looks down, almost in tears, when Sora walks up to him.]
Tai: Sora I
[Sora takes him into a strong embrace. Shes almost in tears too.]
Sora: You earned this. No matter what anyone says, you earned this for yourself, and I dont think Ive ever been quite as proud as you.
[Closeup of Tai, obviously moved. He finally smiles, and receives the embrace.]
Tai: Youre right. I did it. I earned this. Thanks.
[Still in the embrace, Izzy and Lisa approach them, as does Bart. They decide not to interrupt the scene, and instead just smile and watch.]
[From an aerial view of Tai and Sora, zoom out, keeping them in the center but getting everybody else in the shot, simply mingling. Keep zooming out through Tais confessional, eventually ending on a shot of the whole island, including sandspit.]
Tai: I did it. Its a little hard to believe it, that after everything, Im the one that comes out on top. Its a fantastic feeling. And I didnt get it by being devious, and I didnt get it by being sneaky. The bad guy didnt win this, although it was impossible for the bad guy to win with Bart as an opponent. But I know that I survived. I survived the guilt when Matt got voted off. I survived Misty when Ash got voted off. When Misty got voted off, I survived the grief. I survived the feeling that I let Izzy down when he got voted off. And when Sora got voted off I survived to get payback. No matter what Tracey said or did, I pulled through it. It made me stronger. And I beat him. Ill give him the damn tribe win. The big reward is what I won. And what Sora, Izzy, and even Matt won as a result. The money doesnt matter, its the fact that I pulled through it all. And then there's Sora. What she said after I won, she was right. Shes always right like that. She was probably the biggest help to me, and I know that she deserves this win as much as I do. Whenever I was down, she was there for me. What else can I say other than- I love her.
Hoo boy! That sure was fun! That sure was long too. Three Tribal Councils. And what the hell lets post results for all of them.
|First Tie-Breaker: Bart votes Tracey, Tai votes Bubbles|
|Second Tie-Breaker: Tai, Bart vote Bubbles|
|*Vote was for castaway to win rather than to be voted off.|
First things first- hope you liked it. Despite all the analysis that could have (and has) been drawn from this series, in the end, Tai gets the win for one reason- plot. It seemed to be the best plot arc, having all this crap thrown at Tai, and having him overcome to pull the victory. And I think that scene in the end with Sora is just the best way to end it. Even though Im not a fan of trite Taiora (or any other pairing) just for the sake of having romance, I felt that plot-wise, this was the best way to go. Also, considering Soras win in the original Anime Survivor, its kind of nice to see the two champions locked in a passionate embrace like that. And for those paying extreme detail- the castaways get to leave immediately, and therefore dont actually see Tais last confessional. That is until the reunion, when they all watch the series one last time before the conference. So Tai saying "I love her" will be heard by Sora eventually. Of course, if anybody noticed, Ash said, directly, "I love Misty" in his confessional back in Ep 5. That should keep the AAML people off my back.
The whole thing with Barb and Manny introduced as jury members was intended simply to scare people. I thought it did seem a little unfair having the tribes divided like that, so Barb and Manny could sway the balance if it became a factor. Naturally, they cancelled each other out, letting the kids decide like proper.
For all you "Cardcaptors" fans, I wasnt kidding about that whole gay thing. In the Japanese version (Ive already seen the movie- subtitled!), they frequently joke about Li being gay and having a crush on Julian (I cant remember his Jap name at the moment). Same thing applies to Madison having a crush on Sakura. Why do you think she keeps giving her gaudy costumes :)? Ive also heard that the Japanese version of Digimon tends to support Taito a little more than in the English version, but havent seen any evidence. As for James your guess is as good as mine. There definitely are some suggestive lines which probably shouldnt have survived the censors.
For other general references include Izzys remarks of "I got Shoe," which is actually the name of a Chinpokomon from South Park. Also, the conversion from yen to dollars is accurate as of the time this fic was completed. Well the thing said it was 5.9 cents instead of 6. So sue me.