~~ A stranger appeared on the island, flashing his Interpol badge to Sandy and introducing himself as Andrew Scott, in search of Owen Scott - no relation. Sandy explained there were many castaways on the island hoping to be rescued. Andrew said he had business to attend to first. When Owen appeared, the men seemed to be in cahoots, which frightened and confused Sandy.
~ Meanwhile, Spenser, Harper and Jack were stationed on the beach, ready to attack any approaching bad guys. Sandy rushed over with the news that a stranger had arrived on the island.
~ Timothy confessed to the Reverend that he had beaten and killed the Captain; and he and Owen had dragged his body into a cave in the jungle. Both men were greatly relieved when the Captain stumbled out of the jungle, injured but very much alive.
~ Owen revealed that he too was an Interpol agent, under cover the whole time. Working in partnership with Andrew, Owen had been dropped on the island long before the castaways washed ashore, on a mission to recover stolen jewelry and capture L. Wapo, international thief of cultural antiquities. The “Wanted” poster image of Lorenzo Wapo was clearly the same man the castaways knew as Dante Robinson, Captain of the capsized Catamaran.
~ The Interpol police arrested Dante/Wapo, but he escaped into the jungle, and later tried to claim sanctuary with the Reverend.
~ The romance between Chip and Loretta blossomed; she accepted his marriage proposal, and the Reverend was pleased to bless their union.
~ Long time rivals Harper and Jack realized their antipathy had turned to attraction; they decided to date, despite their age difference.
~ Andrew called his Mom, then gave his phone to Sandy who called her husband Gord on the cruise ship. Gord hadn’t noticed she was missing, but Sandy was pleased to speak with her boys.
~ The Interpol duo escorted Dante/Wapo to the rescue boat, then the rest of the Castaways said their farewells to each other and departed the island. The Reverend told Sandy he was choosing to stay on the island in order to preserve his newfound health. She left the Reverend alone on the beach, and as the sun set, he found a new companion in “Wilson” the volleyball.
No need to read all the blog entries! Here is the Overview of Season 8 - as we head into the exciting Finale!
~ a cruise ship excursion capsized in the South Pacific and the passengers washed up on a desert island. The Captain of the catamaran, Dante Robinson, suffered a head injury in the crash and became increasingly irrational, to the point where Timothy Baker, cruise ship housekeeping staff, feared for his safety and struck him with a piece of driftwood. Travel blogger Owen Scott arrived as this was happening and, rather than intervene, helped beat the captain senseless and drag him away. Timothy is convinced he’s committed murder.
~ Reverend Karl Locke believes the island has healing powers and revealed to housewife Sandy Erdrich that he had been cured of a debilitating illness. When Sandy revealed her leg injury had healed, the Reverend remained convinced no one should leave but stay and build a new community.
~ A battle for leadership between Nature-ist John “Jack” Collins and YouTube influencer Harper Lee Johnson created divisions amongst the castaways, who had to take sides and switch allegiances.
~ Hot dog vendor Chip Willington adopted a lizard he named Duncan, and made an emotional connection to the recently widowed Loretta Levine.
~ Spencer Wilson found a hand grenade on the beach and later discovered a travel bag buried in the jungle which contained cash, antique jewelry, a gun and a satellite phone; he left several messages on his mother’s answering machine, running down the battery.
~ A helicopter was heard flying over the island, for some raising hopes of rescue.
~ The bag of loot ended up in Owen’s possession, but Jack kept the satellite phone and was about to call for help when it rang; he had a threatening conversation with someone who didn’t speak English well. Jack panicked and told the rest of the Castaways their lives were in danger, and all should be prepared - not for rescue - but for an attack by drug lords.
~In the jungle, Jack held the satellite phone that Spencer had taken from the Marlin travel bag. When it rang, Jack answered a call from an angry man speaking partly in a foreign language. Jack understood his name to be L. Wapo and that he was threatening his life for possessing the bag.
~ Meanwhile, based on vague directions from Sandy, Owen actually had found the travel bag in its new hiding place. Harper demanded he hand it over, or at least prove his ownership, but he refused.
~ A frightened Jack called a group meeting, attended by everyone except Owen and Timothy. Jack said all of their lives were at risk if L. Wapo was on the way to the island to retrieve his bag - which contained cash, credit cards, and antique jewelry. The castaways debated survival strategies. Harper relinquished her battle for leadership to Jack, but volunteered to shoot the bad guys if they approached by boat. Sandy felt the best plan would be to leave the bag on the beach, then hide in the jungle. But Jack and others argued that killing the bad guys and stealing their boat was the only way off the island.
~ The Reverend, in his continued mission to get people to stay on the island and procreate, approached several duos and offered to marry them off, much to their dismay.
~ Chip and Loretta enjoyed each others’ company. Chip told Sandy he had feelings for Loretta.
- The Reverend told Sandy that he had suffered from infirmity on the Cruise ship, but believed the island had miraculously restored his health. Sandy misunderstood his proposal, but agreed that her critical leg injury had also healed quickly.
- Harper found the travel bag in its new hiding place. Jack claimed it was his and they argued over ownership; and escalated their dispute over leadership.
- The Reverend made inquiries as to whom might procreate in order to populate the island. He tried to talk Spencer into pairing up with Harper; and Timothy to mate with Loretta or Harper.
- Chip, suffering a bad sunburn, discussed women with Spencer; Harper overheard several disturbing conversations
- Sandy had promised Jack she would keep their secret, but she couldn’t help revealing all to Loretta. Owen arrived and claimed the bag she found belonged to him. He went to the jungle to retrieve it and rifled through the contents.
- When Spencer told Sandy that HE had found a travel bag, Sandy assumed there were two different bags.
- Timothy struggled with a guilty conscience since beating the Captain and dragging his body away with Owen a few days earlier. The castaways had become concerned when they only found the Captain’s bloody cap.
- Jack worried that the gun, cash and jewelry were connected to criminal activity that would endanger them all. Spencer angered Chip and Jack when they learned he had used the satellite phone - with little remaining battery life - to leave several messages for his Mom.
- Jack took the phone to a higher reception spot on the island, where it rang with an incoming call…
~ Harper brandished her small pistol and Spencer held an antique hand grenade during a heated debate over leadership. Claiming to be the oldest castaway, Jack did his best to calm everybody down. Owen had a lot to say about the fate of mankind.
~ Harper convinced Sandy that the fabric tie on her leg meant she was a founding member of her Squad. Sandy unwrapped the bandage to discover her wound had healed remarkably well.
~ Spencer discovered a travel bag buried in the jungle. He was delighted to find a pair of sunglasses; and in a hidden compartment, a small treasure chest filled with old jewelry – which he felt would net a good price on Antiques Roadshow – as well as a baggie containing a gun and a satellite phone. He kept the sunglasses and phone, replaced the other items, and hid the bag in a new place.
~ Sandy happened to find the travel bag in its new spot. Reluctantly opening it, she found the gun, a shirt, a towel, some cash and a stack of credit cards. Jack took over and found the jewelry and a map. He suggested to Sandy that the contents implied criminal activity. Jack theorized the helicopter they heard may have been drug lords looking for the bag – or the thief. Jack hid the bag in a new place – keeping only the gun – after convincing a frightened Sandy to switch allegiance to him and keep their secret.
~ Fearing for their safety, Jack put out the smokey fire, and tried to convince the others not to signal the chopper, but to wait for a rescue boat that would be big enough for all the castaways to board.
~ Timothy suggested to the Reverend that the Captain had suffered from balance problems; and he spread negative gossip about Owen to pre-emptively deflect blame, in case the Captain’s body was found. Harper gave encouragement to Timothy when he expressed his desire to become a musician, if they ever got off the island.
~ Sandy felt guilty over her secrets and confessed them in vague terms to the Reverend, who was worried about the missing Captain; they leapt to the conclusion that the Captain may have been murdered by drug lords.
~ Meanwhile, Chip bonded with his pet lizard Duncan and agreed to an alliance with Spencer, who revealed he had a satellite phone. Jack found a large egg in the lagoon, and a debate ensued over what kind of egg it was.
~The Castaways all heard a helicopter flying over the island at various points and times, and were excited at the prospect of rescue – except for the Reverend who continued to express his desire to stay and colonize.
~Jack took charge, tasking people to write HELP on the beach, and build up the campfire to create a smoke signal.
But a heated dispute over leadership ensued when Jack tried to appoint Spencer and Harper as co-leaders under him. Harper set about recruiting “Squad” members to wear strips of fabric in support of her campaign.
~After befriending a lizard named Duncan, Chip found Captain Robinson’s cap with fresh blood on it, which greatly distressed Loretta and Harper – who tossed the cap in the campfire.
~Everyone became worried about the missing Captain. Sandy revealed that he had invited her to go alone to a cave. The Reverend salvaged the bloody cap from the fire and set about looking for the Captain.
~Meanwhile, Timothy was wracked with guilt over what he had done, and was not good at hiding it. However, Owen was unperturbed and very determined to keep their secret.
~ Uncertain of their futures, Sandy and Chip found solace by the fire, conversing about hot dogs.
~ Sunburnt and a bit woozy, Chip emerged from his long nap in the jungle with a human skull he had found.
~ Harper was sad when she found Gary Brisket’s I.D. tag washed up on the beach. Rising to a challenge from Jack, she decided to take over as leader.
~ Sandy and Loretta discussed the Bible as they cooked a snake over the campfire.
~ Foraging for seafood on the beach, Spencer found and pocketed a hand grenade. He and Harper got into a childish argument over leadership, which was broken up by Sandy.
~ Owen joined Timothy as they overhead an ominous discussion between the Reverend and the Captain over ‘who is next’ and ‘who will be chosen’….
~ The Captain and Reverend set about asking other castaways if they heard voices or felt vibrations. Naturist Jack pointed out that any rumblings were likely due to the Island being volcanic.
~ When the Captain asked him to go alone to a cave, Timothy feared for his life. He grabbed a log and hit the Captain on the head, knocking him unconscious. Owen appeared on the scene and set about ‘finishing the job’. They dragged the Captain’s body into the jungle.
~Sandy and Spencer were on the beach when they heard a helicopter flying over the island….with several threats to the castaways’ lives, has rescue arrived in the knick of time?
~Sandy was frightened when she thought she saw something in the jungle and found that Chip was suddenly gone. She awoke Harper and they spent the night huddled together naming things that gave them comfort. Jack found them in the morning and tended to their wounds.
~The Reverend was distracted by Loretta’s bosom, which displeased her.
~ Captain Robinson emerged from a cave claiming to have heard voices. Reverend Locke, acting on his conversation with the Lord, tried to strangle the Captain. Timothy was alarmed by the delusional antics of both men.
~ Owen assured the Captain that he did not hear voices. He took notes in his journal, and gave advice to Timothy.
~ Borrowing Owen’s pen and paper, Spencer wrote an S.O.S. message to stuff in a bottle - which he tried to cast into the ocean, despite scorn from Jack. Jack seemed suspicious of Owen’s past.
~ Spencer regretted being mean to Timothy and set about making survival plans with encouragement from Loretta. They were dismayed that the Reverend’s blessing was for salvation, not rescue.
~ Sandy showed Jack how to weave palm fronds.
~ Gary Brisket’s much younger and very fiesty girlfriend Crystal (guest Laura Sofia Ramoso) appeared on the beach, having just missed Gary, who had launched the only life craft in search of her.
~ Naturist Jack Collins had regrets over letting Gary depart; he and Chip discussed the need to build a shelter.
~ Crystal found herself at odds with several of the castaways, but with Harper in particular.
~ Spencer accepted his leadership role, delegating buffet duties and giving Timothy an employee evaluation
~ The castaways were relieved to find potable water in the lagoon. Loretta quenched a mighty thirst. The Reverend found himself tempted by Loretta’s beauty, and eagerly accepted her Confession.
~ Captain Robinson, suffering from concussion, emerged from the jungle claiming to hear voices. The Reverend’s touch caused him to go blind – again.
~ Travel blogger Owen Scott took notes in his journal, revealing the cruise had only been his second trip; he also gave Spencer management advice.
~ Timothy started a campfire with Crystal’s beloved magazine; in anger, she stomped off into the jungle.
~ Sandy, injured on the coral reef, also suffered dizziness and nausea from licking a frog. In the jungle, Harper and Chip fell into a deep sleep after drinking an essential oil. Sandy stood lookout over them as the sun set.
~ another survivor of the capsized catamaran emerged, former child star Gary Brisket (guest Justin Carter) looking for Crystal, his much younger girlfriend. Neither Chip nor Jack recognized him, but Harper was a huge fan. She was disappointed at his lack of romantic interest in her.
~ The Reverend seemed determined to build a church and colonize the desert island, which flummoxed Sandy who preferred they pray for rescue.
~ The Reverend and the Naturist had a passionate debate over the existence of God vs. Science.
~ Loretta revealed that she had recently been widowed, but had gone on their pre-booked cruise anyway.
~ Harper refused to accept Timothy as leader of the survivors, and appointed Spencer the man in charge. Spencer felt that creating a buffet was his priority. Sandy and Spencer hit it off with their shared interest in Mothers and Sons.
~ The Captain had apparently wandered off, to sleep off his concussion.
~ In the jungle, Owen and Chip enacted a puppet-show with coconuts and a pineapple.
~ Gary found out that Jack had arrived via a life raft, still tied to the shore. He launched himself in the raft, in hopes of circumnavigating the tiny island in search of Crystal.
~ when Sandy saw Gary at sea she assumed he was a rescue craft. Wading into the ocean, she injured herself on the coral reef.
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