Season 7 - Episode 4
-After discovering that Nicole was part of the trio that told Tumble to eliminate Krystal behind her back, Franziska pulls Nicole aside to speak with her while Katherine watches on.-
Franziska - Well, I assumed Tanya and Purna were working off to the side, messing everything up by themselves. I had NO idea Nicole was the brains behind it all, although I should've known. Those two girls aren't that smart.
Franziska – Why didn’t you tell me that you were going to do that?
Nicole – Fran, look, you change your mind so often. As a woman of your status and occupation, I would think you’d stick to your guns a little more.
Franziska – This isn’t a courtroom.
Nicole – Shouldn’t you be treating it more like one? I think you’d have a better case for yourself if you followed through.
Franziska – It’s kind of hard to follow through when there are so many people I want out.
Nicole – We’re all in the same boat as you, Fran.
-Franziska points between herself and Katherine.-
Franziska – Not really. You’d vote with everyone and not feel the need to go behind our backs if we were in "the same boat".
Nicole – Look, what happened, happened. You’re here. I’m here. No one in our alliance was eliminated except for Tanya, and that was YOUR CHOICE. Things aren’t going to go smoothly for you all the time. You won this time, and you can’t even be happy about it.
Franziska – Oh, I’m happy. You just came in from the left side. I’m startled. That’s all.
Nicole – As long as we’re still good, it’s fine.
Franziska – Are we good?
Nicole – Up to you.
Nicole - I'm finding more and more that there are people here who are legitimately bonkers even to me. I think if I were on any other season, I'd be able to take charge, but these guys are making it tough. They're stubborn and a little crazy. I like having an army to do my bidding. Here, I'm backed into a corner. Me! I don't feel like anyone is backing me, and I don't like it.
-Tumble and Traveler hang out in their room to hide from whatever is manifesting among the other players.-
Tumble – I really did it this time, Traveler…
Tumble - Okay...? You didn't have to agree so quickly.
-Traveler shrugs, and Tumble sighs.-
Tumble – It stinks because now that I have opened my big mouth, I don’t think our group is together anymore. Angel, Vaas, Berri, and Amanda are still here, and they’re probably going to still be here after this.
Traveler - *PING*
-Traveler pulls up an image of Tumble with Dagran, Franziska, and Katherine with a speech bubble over his head. Amanda’s picture appears in the bubble to remind Tumble what he talked about earlier.-
Tumble – I think Angel is a bigger threat, personally.
-Traveler displays an image of Amanda, Angel, and Berri together. Berri begins running her mouth while Angel points to Amanda and tells her what to do. Amanda fades away. Angel tries to control Berri, but she continues to run her mouth.-
Tumble – So you’re saying if Angel has no one to control, then he’s not that threatening?
-Traveler nods and shows himself and Tumble inviting Angel and Berri to work with them.-
Tumble – Oh! That’s a possibility, but right now, I don’t know if it’d be a good idea. It’d be easier if we could just stay seven strong against the other six, but Vaas and Nate hate each other. Purna and Nicole are on the outs, and I don’t even know what Sly does.
Tumble - I would lie if I were to say that Traveler and I were on the "good" side as Nate and Purna would like to believe. Good in what way? Right now, we're not doing well at all!
Tumble – Heh… Our side kinda sucks.
-Traveler nods in agreement. Meanwhile, Nicole heads upstairs to speak with Vaas for the last time about the future of their alliance together. Sly is on her trail and follows closely, but not noticeably, behind her.-
Nicole – Vaas, I’m cutting our ties.
Vaas – Okay.
Nicole - …..OKAY?!
Vaas – I can’t say I am surprised by this. You’re a woman. You’re emotional. I get it. You can go.
Nicole – I’m not emotional. I just don’t think it’s worth trying to help a man who is completely dependent. I have my own game to play, Vaas.
Vaas – Dependent?! I’m doing just fine.
Nicole – You got four votes. You do nothing to save yourself.
Vaas - And yet...I'm here.
-Nathan walks into the room.-
Vaas – NATHAN!!
Nathan – Shut up.
-Nathan starts moving his belongings from the room.-
Nathan – You guys can continue this conversation if you want.
Nicole – No, we’re finished.
Vaas – Both of you are leaving me??
-Nathan scowls as Nicole rolls her eyes.-
Vaas – Oh well. It was a fun ride. Adios. Fuck you. Bye bye.
Vaas – I mean if they want to go, they can go. It won’t stop me from treating Nathan like my play thing, and Nicole… Nicole took me as far as I needed to go. I won't go down without dragging her with me.
-Nathan fills up his bag and motions Nicole to go into the hallway with him. Sly slinks away when the door opens.-
Nathan – After what went down this morning, I think it’s safe to say the game has officially changed.
Nicole – Oh, I agree.
Nathan – Your name is probably being thrown around by Fran because as far as she’s concerned, you’re probably a worse version of Tanya and Purna.
Nicole – I hope that people are getting tired of her by now.
Nathan – Katherine is wrapped around her finger. Can you get the door for me? Sorry…
Nicole – Oh, it’s no problem.
-Nicole opens the door to Angel’s room.-
Nathan – Thanks.
Nicole – Since you’re telling me all of this to help me, I’ll fill you in on something else that has been going on.
Nathan – Alright.
Nicole – I’ve been secretly working with Vaas since Johnny's boot.
Nathan – The hell?!
Nicole – I assumed that we would be able to work out some sort of partnership, but he is absolutely impossible.
Nathan – So wait… Are you the one that’s been informing him about his name being brought up?
Nicole – Yes…
Nathan – What the fuck, Nicole?! He’s been making my life HELL since the beginning, and it’s partly because of you!
Nicole – He’s been making my life hell too!
Nathan – Yeah, okay. Had he treated you the same way he's been treating me, it'd be viewed as sexual harassment. Wait, can I call production for this?
Nicole – Look. I told you this so that I can tell you that we are no longer working together. It’s done. I can’t even imagine another day of trying to get him to actually buckle down and fucking DO something.
Nathan – This is so messed up. We’re ruined, I think. Fran, Kat, and Dag are a solid threesome. Angel, Berri, and Amanda are too. If those six get together, there’s no way we can break that up because I can’t work with Vaas. You can’t work with Vaas. It’d be a six/six tie at best.
Nicole – And the other side would have to vote Angel or Berri.
Nathan – Not gonna happen. We're all going to need them at some point, and trying to get rid of them now isn't going to help anyone. Vaas is here to stay unless we get him some other way.
-Angel walks into his room without knowing Nathan was moving in.-
Nathan – ROOMIE!! What's up, my man!
Angel – Uh…hi?
Nicole – Could we bend your ear for a sec?
Nicole – Well, as luck would have it, the exact same people who have been receiving votes each and every round are the people WE need to move forward in this game. Vaas and I are finished. It was short-lived, but I think this is the right time to let him go. Talking to him was a liability, and we need as many people as we can gather to put an end to him once and for all.
-The hosts stand on a pier outside the hotel as the cast marches out to greet them. There are thirteen stations in the water. Each station contains a tube on an axis. Above the tubes are small pipes that bend downward up top.-
Ballyhoo – Welcome to your next challenge, everyone!
Big Top – We’re gonna love this…
Ballyhoo – The number 13 often goes hand-in-hand with bad luck, so we wanted to let fate decide how this challenge goes now that there are 13 of you remaining!
Big Top – You will all sit on your tubes however you wish. They are on an axis, so they are prone to spinning.
Ballyhoo – Periodically, I will spin this wheel. This wheel will determine what is dumped on top of you to make this challenge much more difficult!
Big Top – Of course, there are thirteen items on the wheel, including:
Ballyhoo – Mud, gelatin, ice cream, oil, soap…
Big Top – Molasses, jelly, flour, feces, fish heads...
Ballyhoo – Blood, itching powder, and good ole H2O.
Berri – As the hosts were reading the list of things, I was like, “Nope, nope, nope, nope, nope…” If the first thing spun isn’t water or soap, I think I’m out.
Big Top – Everyone, take your spots!
-Some players (Amanda) have difficulty climbing onto their tubes and staying put since they wobble a little, so as soon as Amanda is somewhat on her tube, the hosts start the challenge.-
Hosts – READYSETGO!!!
-Amanda falls into the water.-
Ballyhoo – And just like that, Amanda is out of the challenge!
Big Top – You know, I didn’t think she would even get past “set”.
Ballyhoo – I wasn’t waiting for her anymore. If she would’ve fallen in, we would’ve made a judgment call.
-5 minutes in, and everyone but Amanda is still on his or her tube.-
Big Top – Let’s go ahead and spice things up, shall we?!
Katherine - Crap…
Big Top – Maybe!!
-Ballyhoo spins the wheel.-
BlazBlue Voice – The wheel of fate is turning!
Ballyhoo – What the hell?!
Big Top – I figured we’d bring her back for this.
-The wheel lands on oil.-
Big Top – Aw, man!
Ballyhoo – Oil!
-Ballyhoo pulls the oil lever and watches as it splashes down on top of the players.-
Big Top – This should make things a tad more slippery.
-Vaas slips into the water. Nicole looks over and smiles as his head resurfaces. A few moments later and Nathan and Tumble fall into the water as well.-
Ballyhoo – That took out more people than expected.
-A few more minutes elapse. The oil has dried up a bit, but Nicole starts to wobble.-
Nathan – Hang in there, Nicole!
Nicole – I can’t…get it…to…
-And with that, Nicole falls into the water below, just a few minutes before Ballyhoo spins the wheel a second time.-
Ballyhoo – Let’s see what comes up next!
-Ballyhoo spins the wheel.-
BlazBlue Voice – The wheel of fate is turning!
Hosts – ICE CREAM!!
-Ballyhoo pulls the ice cream lever. It doesn’t come out as quickly as the oil, but the players immediately react to the cold against their skin.-
Katherine – OH MY GOD!
Angel – This sucks.
Katherine – I am freezing already. This doesn’t help.
-After another minute or so, Traveler forces himself into the water.-
Big Top – Couldn’t take anymore, Traveler?
-Traveler shakes his head.-
Traveler – (-Traveler holds up pieces of his cloth body revealing stains. He then shows a scenario where he is put inside a washing machine. He places a huge, red “X” over the image as, while he is made of cloth, he couldn’t survive a spin cycle.-)
-Again, in between wheel spins, Franziska runs out of energy and drops off of her tube. Two minutes after that, Ballyhoo prepares to spin the wheel again.-
Ballyhoo – Everyone remaining is still holding on very strong!
Big Top – Let’s change that!
-Ballyhoo spins the wheel.-
BlazBlue Voice – The wheel of fate is turning!
Ballyhoo – Ooo! This is good!
Big Top – MUD!! Woop woop! Finally, something gross!
-Ballyhoo quickly pulls the mud lever and watches as it splashes down on the contestants. Everyone but Sly immediately has issues with mud being in their face due to their hair. Katherine struggles with it the most.-
Katherine – I never would’ve imagined that I would’ve had to have dealt with mud falling on my head when I chose to give myself bangs.
Sly – I’m doing great.
Katherine – I'm so happy for you...
-Time elapses yet again. No one falls off after pouring water, another layer of ice cream, and flour. After about an hour, Katherine wobbles and falls in. Angel, not expecting a splash, falls in immediately after her leaving only Berri, Dagran, Purna, and Sly. Ballyhoo spins the wheel.-
BlazBlue Voice – The wheel of fate is turning!
Berri – I didn’t think I’d make it that long. The wheel was on my side in the beginning. I knew that I’d end up dropping early if it wasn’t, but the more I saw people fall into the water, I was kind of excited!
Big Top – YES!!! POOP!!
Berri – Fuck it. I quit.
-Berri falls into the water before Ballyhoo can pull the lever. Dagran, Purna, and Sly are dumped.-
Sly – This is glamorous.
Purna – I’ve dealt with worse.
Dagran – Same.
-The final three remain on their tubes for quite awhile. A discussion ends up taking place between them and the hosts.-
Ballyhoo – How’re you guys doing?!
Sly – We’re doing great, Ballyhoo!
Nathan - Is that a hint of corn I smell out there?
Sly - Ha...ha...ha...
Big Top – Anyone dropping anytime soon?!
Dagran – Not a chance.
Purna – I’m not moving until you have to pry me off.
-Purna turns to Dagran and Sly and works up a deal.-
Purna – Seriously. After what went down yesterday, I’m staying put.
Ballyhoo – The next spin is coming up!
-Ballyhoo spins the wheel.-
BlazBlue Voice – The wheel of fate is turning!
Dagran – I had a hand in voting Tanya out. I’m not going to drop for you.
Purna – You don’t have to drop for me because I know you’re going to drop before me anyway. There’s no way I’m moving.
-Flour falls on top of the final three players as they each regain their focus.-
Sly – No one needed this win as much as Purna did at that moment. She was intense, man. I didn’t want to just give her a win though. If Dagran fell for her…maybe, but he wasn’t moving either. The LAST person I want after me is Franziska von Karma, so I sat there.
Dagran – Look, I know that Fran’s going to try to go after you this time. If you fall, I could talk to her.
Purna – Bullshit.
Dagran – Heh. You wouldn’t know unless you fell.
Purna – I can’t trust her; I can’t trust you.
Dagran – Okay…..WHOA!
-Because he slightly released his grip as he shrugged, Dagran starts to wobble. He catches himself for a second, but the tube ends up turning him completely upside down in the water. Purna smugly smiles, and Sly laughs at the spectacle.-
Purna – Not moving, Sly.
Sly – I didn’t ask.
Big Top – You two look like you could use a shower!
-Ballyhoo pulls the soap and water levers together without spinning the wheel.-
Big Top – We could smell you from here…
Sly – Thanks, Big Top!
-A few more minutes elapse. Sly looks over at Purna who looks back at him.-
Sly - I can't drop for you. Having Fran and Kat after me is the last thing on my list.
Purna - That wasn't on my list at all, yet it still happened.
Sly - I can't.
Purna - I don't expect you to.
-Many minutes later, the hosts have decided to wait it out. Sly looks over at a stone-faced Purna again. This time, she doesn't respond. Sly contemplates what to do and eventually gives in. Purna follows the splash with her head, smiles, and falls in after him.-
Ballyhoo – Congratulations, Purna! You are safe from tomorrow’s elimination!!
Big Top – The rest of you are fair game.
Franziska – So Purna wins immunity. She probably thought she needed it, but it’s not like she’s the only option. After yesterday, the lines were drawn. We have PLENTY of options. Now that Tanya’s gone, maybe we can start doing things right. Our group is manageable. We know who everyone is with. It’s just a matter of keeping it together until we can present our cases to each other. The fact that Angel and Berri already have votes against them helps because the rest of us are scot free.
-After the challenge, Nicole ambushes Nathan in the hallway. She pulls the sleeve of his shirt to prevent him from walking any further, and she leans in to speak quietly to him about her plans for the following morning.-
Nicole – If you’re still up for getting Vaas out of here, then let’s do it. I remembered our talk from yesterday, and I don’t think there’s any way Vaas will be able to work with anyone. He has to go. He’s the man in the middle. His elimination would cause the least resistance from the other side. Let’s go. Let’s get him out.
Nathan – I’m not the one you have to sell this to.
Nicole – Do you still have pull with Fran?
Nathan – I’m not sure.
Nicole – Out of all of us, I think you need to be the one to tell her. If it can’t be you, it’ll have to be Tumble or Traveler. Tumble doesn’t have a way with words, and Traveler speaks in storybook. We don’t have time for that.
Nathan – I’ll talk to Katherine. She’s a listener. I don’t know if she’ll bite, but I know that she’ll sit there for what I have to say.
Nicole – Katherine is fine.
Nicole – Fran has me in her sights this round, but I think she’s still on good terms with Nathan, Tumble, and Traveler. I know she and Katherine are still tight, so if Katherine can be convinced, then maybe Fran can be too. My time here isn’t over yet. I may not be in bad shape anyway, but I want to ensure it.
-As Nathan walks down the stairs, Sly disappears from behind the corner of the wall. Nicole turns around sensing a presence, but Sly is already gone before she can spot him. Downstairs, Katherine is with her allies, like usual. Nathan sighs knowing that he may have to speak to all three at once.-
Franziska – Oh, hello, Nathan.
Katherine – Hi, Nate.
Nathan – You guys know anything good?
Franziska – Nothing that would interest you, old friend.
-Franziska turns to Dagran. Katherine looks at Nathan and shrugs, but while Nathan has only Katherine’s attention, he motions for her to follow him outside. She obliges.-
Katherine – Sorry about that in there, Nate. I don’t know what the current status is with everyone in our group anymore. It sucks because I personally get along with everybody.
Nathan – I know, and because of that, you may be the one to get to Fran.
Katherine – What are you thinking?
Nathan – We need to eliminate Vaas NOW. If we don’t, he can do severe damage later on. He’s no good for anyone.
Katherine – I agree, but Fran is stating her case to everybody too.
Katherine – The thing about Fran is that she has gotten over her wavering tendencies. She feels like she messed up the last few votes and needs to stick to a plan. Nate’s coming to me with this information on a Vaas boot, but as much as Fran and I get along, I don’t know if she’d be willing to go against what she’s thinking. She’s a lawyer through and through. Once she builds up a solid case against someone, it’s tough for her to go back on it.
Katherine – I mean, the way it is now, Fran has already told a handful of people, so if they vote out Nicole while Fran steps back, then sure…Vaas is gone, but she’s not going to be in the best spot. Nicole is going to know that Fran set up the votes against her.
Nathan – We can explain everything to Nicole. She’ll understand.
Katherine – I don’t know…
Nathan – Or…Fran can vote Nicole if she wants to. I think you could separate yourself just a little bit and vote with us.
Katherine – Nathan…
-Franziska comes outside.-
Franziska – What’s going on here?
Nathan – Jesus Christ…
Franziska – If we’re talking about the game, then Katherine is with me. She discusses things with me, and if you have something to say to her, then you need to also say it to me, Nate. Do I make myself clear?
Nathan – Could you let her off of her leash for one god damn second?!
Katherine – I’m not on a leash. I can think for myself.
Nathan – Fuck. We could all be working together right now! All of this bitterness is counterproductive!
Franziska – Then what do you propose, Nathan Drake?
Nathan – Vaas helps no one. We tried to get rid of him last time, but you were so dead set on sending Tanya home. Why get rid of numbers when we still have people we can take out as a group?! Can’t we fight each other later?!
Franziska – There can’t be people in my alliance that choose to go behind my back and make plans without me. That is not an alliance. That is not a cohesive group. That is not an agreed upon decision.
Nathan – Neither is a decision that you make yourself and expect people to follow.
Franziska – My decision is a good one. It’s a solid one.
Nathan – Oh, really? Then why have the votes been so messed up?
Franziska – Look. That was where the trend started. I took the leadership position since no one else was willing to take it...
Nathan - Oh, COME...ON!!!
Franziska - There are new targets presented to us daily, but I’m the one that pinpoints one first. That’s the plan. We stick to it. Angel, Berri, and especially Amanda are easy to sway. If you want to stick with us, you can vote with us. If you don’t, go with your own idea but good luck pulling anyone else in. Vaas is not going to work with you. We are not going to work with you.
Franziska – So if you’re finished attempting to sway me to allow YOU to take control of the vote, then I will go back inside with my ally and my friend. Come, Katherine.
-Nathan raises an eyebrow at Katherine who is visibly uncomfortable with the whole situation.-
Franziska – C’mon!
-Katherine whispers to Nathan before following Franziska inside.-
Katherine – I’ll think about it…
Nathan – Kat’s not one of those people who simply tells you what you want to hear. I genuinely believe that she’ll consider the vote. The only problem is that she never leaves Fran’s side, so if she ever brings it up again to Fran, the plan is over. I have one job this time. If I fail at it, I may as well kiss everything goodbye.
-Once the girls go inside, Nathan places his fingers on his forehead and sighs before walking in himself. As the three walk in, they catch Traveler speaking with Dagran about the exact same thing.-
Franziska – I can’t leave ANYONE for one second!
Nathan – I’m not the only one that thinks Fran has the wrong idea, Kat.
-Traveler shows himself handing Dagran the challenge earlier.-
Franziska – This isn’t changing my mind.
-Nathan intensely stares into Fran’s face.-
Nathan – This is why no one came to you.
-Nathan and Traveler walk away from the threesome and exchange information on how things went down for each other.-
Nathan – Katherine said she would think about it. I’m sure Dagran said the same thing.
Traveler – *Ping*
Nathan – Do you even know how many votes we need?
-Traveler has written on a piece of cloth the number of votes. He points at himself, Nathan, Tumble, Purna, and Nicole first.-
Nathan – That’s five.
-Traveler then points at Katherine and Dagran.-
Nathan – That’s seven! We need them.
Nathan – With Katherine and Dagran in on the plan and Angel being informed about it yesterday, I feel pretty good about Vaas finally getting the boot and no longer being able to terrorize me...er...anybody anymore.
-The next morning, the hosts call the cast into the lobby for yet another elimination. Everyone’s nervous about the possible outcome. Nathan and Katherine make eye contact with each other. Nathan smiles, and Franziska aggressively crosses her legs and maintains a stern look. The hosts open up the floor.-
Big Top – Welcome to your fourth elimination, everyone. Glad to see you’re all doing…okay?
Ballyhoo – I sense a tense aura in the room. Franziska, you look like you’re ready to get the vote over with.
Franziska – I am. We’ve had a couple of people try to change my mind as well as my alliance members’, but right now, I am feeling fairly confident that it didn’t work.
Ballyhoo – By assessing the group here, it seems as though you are the only one truly confident about what will happen this morning.
Franziska – That’s because I don’t feel that the repercussions for my actions will be as strong as the others. Everybody here knows where I stand.
Big Top – Yet people still came to you to try to get you to vote their way?
Franziska – Yes.
Nathan – No.
-Franziska rolls her eyes.-
Ballyhoo – Nathan?
Nathan – Like Fran said, everyone here knows that when her mind is made up, that’s it. People think that she flip-flopped before, but the problem was that she stuck to her guns too hard in declaring herself the leader and making the decisions for everyone else. Therefore, mistakes were made. She hasn’t learned from that.
Franziska – I know who I can trust. That’s a decision I feel comfortable with, and if you’re NOT in that group, then you can go now or later. It does not matter to me. The thing is, the stronger a case I can work against you, the better.
Ballyhoo – Does Nathan have a strong case against him?
Franziska – Oh, absolutely!
-Nathan shakes his head.-
Ballyhoo – So where does everyone else stand in this? Sly, of the rest of the group, you seem fairly comfortable as well.
Sly – Well, that’s because I pay attention to what’s going on around me. I know exactly where the votes are going, and Kat wasn’t the only person Nate talked to.
-Nathan looks confused.-
Sly – Seriously, if you want your conversations to be private, stay out of the hallway. Even then, it’s not too difficult to listen through the doors…Nicole.
-Nicole looks at Sly confused.-
Sly - And Vaas.
Vaas - Excuse me. Do I know you?
Nicole – What are you even talking about?
Sly – You failed to mention to your alliance that you had been working with Vaas on the side, and the only reason Nathan talked to you yesterday was to save you and eliminate Vaas thus strengthening your own alliance against Fran. This isn’t anything new. It happened last season, and it’s happening again. Tanya said it best. Fran is the Nova of this cast.
Franziska – I object!
Nicole – That’s ridiculous!
Nathan – I’ve been trying to work with Fran since the beginning, Sly! You may hear clearly, but you still have no fucking idea what’s going on around you.
Franziska – I am not a Nova.
Big Top – That’s a strong statement from Sly to compare you to one of the most infamous players of recent time, Fran.
Franziska – It’s just a wild comparison. If every lawyer compared a defendant’s crimes to someone else’s, then we’d never have a fair trial. It’d be completely based off of what happened with someone else, and that’s NOT fair. I am MUCH more active than Nova, and unlike her, I can keep an ally.
Ballyhoo – So, Sly, after putting all of this out the open, do you know where you stand?
Nathan - He stands outside our bedrooms evidently.
Sly – Ballyhoo, not completely, but I do think it’s funny that some people believe they can get away with things when there’s no telling what or who is just around the corner. I’ve heard a lot of talk. I may not understand it 100%, but I at least know where people stand with each other. The alliances are pretty clear-cut, and that alone should tell us where the votes are going.
Ballyhoo – To shift focus a little bit, Berri, both you and Angel have received votes in the past. I don’t think it’s any secret that you two are friends. Are you expecting to receive votes this time?
Berri – We better not.
Big Top – Angel, maybe you can say a little more about it.
Angel – Well, I believe this morning, people need our votes. We’ve been approached by Nate and Fran, and both of them have pleaded to us their cases. I think it would be a surprise to see my face or Berri’s as one of the ones who received the most votes. Honestly, I hope that Nate and Fran DO have strong alliances that vote with them because they’re the only ones that approached me, and that’s the only way I know I’m not getting votes. If people don't trust them, then I guess I could be gone.
Ballyhoo – Well, let’s see if you’re right. Purna, you are immune this morning, so no votes can be cast against you. We do need for you to vote first, however, so please take this and get us going.
-Ballyhoo hands Purna the stylus. She casts her vote and passes the stylus to Nicole.-
Nicole – I think we talked to everyone we possibly could that would potentially budge. There’s no hope of Fran ever pulling through for someone else. Even her wins in the courtroom are for herself and not for her clients, and people think I’m greedy. If I would’ve brought Valkyr with me, I would probably be on an immunity streak right about now. That would've been greedy. I should've just packed it anyway.
-Nicole passes the stylus to Nathan.-
Nathan – Hopefully we have the votes we need. Fran made it perfectly clear that Kat is under her thumb. If Kat wants to prove that she’s willing to make moves that matter, she needs to separate herself from Fran for just one vote. Just one! It’s not like our alliances are so opposed that she’d be at the bottom. I’d love to work with Katherine…but only if she’s willing to work with me.
-Nathan passes the stylus to Traveler, who passes to Tumble, who passes to Katherine.-
Katherine – A lot is riding on me and my vote today. I feel fine in my current position, but I don’t want people to think that I’m just some lap dog. I’ve been walked over before. In my opinion, the old situation was far worse than this, but how can people know that I’ve changed and am stronger on the outside if I have people making decisions for me here? I’m no better than Tanya and Purna two rounds ago.
-Katherine passes the stylus to Franziska, who passes to Dagran, who passes to Angel, who passes to Berri, who passes to Amanda, who passes to Sly, who passes to Vaas.-
Vaas – Nicole is no longer an ally, and from what I have heard, it is between her and me, sooo…ehhhh. I think I choose for myself to survive over her.
-Vaas points his fingers like a gun at the camera and makes a single shooting noise with his voice.-
Vaas – So long. Adios. Sayonara. Good fucking bye. Haha!
-Vaas happily hands the stylus back to Ballyhoo before forcefully wedging himself between Nathan and Nicole. Nathan rolls his eyes while Nicole looks at Vaas with a disgusted expression. Vaas lays his head on Nathan's shoulder. Nathan tries to shrug it off, but he fails.-
Ballyhoo – Let’s see how the votes fall.
-The portraits disappear in this order: Purna, Amanda, Tumble, Dagran, Katherine, Berri, Angel, Sly, Traveler, Franziska, and Nathan.-
Ballyhoo – Nicole and Vaas, it has come down to the two of you. I’m guessing this was the expected outcome.
Nicole – It was. I mean, I wasn’t 100% sure Franziska would vote for me, but it looks that way.
Big Top – The two former allies are facing off against each other. Which one of you has the most support?
-After a few seconds, Nicole’s picture turns gray.-
Ballyhoo – Nicole, you received eight votes.
Nathan – Fuck.
Nicole – Not a single one helped us out.
Franziska - They'd be dumb to flip.
Ballyhoo – Please say your last words.
Nicole – Well, it’s been a huge back and forth. I figured it’d be fun to work with Vaas AND Fran as a fellow cutthroat person myself, but it didn’t work out. I guess we’re all leaders, and we just couldn’t handle following each other. That being said, everyone here needs to be careful of who they trust. Something is going to have to change here. As for me, this was pretty eye-opening. I’m not as bad as people back home think I am, at least not in this situation. Thanks for letting me play.
-Ballyhoo nods, and Big Top smiles as Nicole makes her exit. Everyone but Franziska, Sly, and Vaas wave goodbye to her.-
Big Top – Eight votes.
Ballyhoo – Before discovering who was eliminated, I thought this group was a little more split.
Big Top – The four of you that didn’t get your way will need to do something drastic to make up for this loss.
Ballyhoo – So long, everybody. We’ll see you at the next challenge.
-The cast and hosts clear out of the lobby as the screen fades to black.-
Vaas – Nathan, Nicole, Purna, Traveler, Tumble
Nicole – Amanda, Angel, Berri, Dagran, Franziska, Katherine, Sly, Vaas