Oh, I don't think RyanS was the sole reason Morgan got beat in that Reward Challenge. RyanO, who followed him, struggled equally. He managed to get the chest open, yes. And he deposited RyanS's cup, but he brought his own artifact back for Lill, who then put that treasure AND her own without losing ground to the Drake member who was swimming at the time. Christa pounded RyanO in her swimming leg. While he was thrashing about, she went out, got the big plate, put it in the chest and came back.Originally Posted by Bill_in_PDX
I'm of the opinion that Darrah did nothing to justify her staying in camp over Lill. First of all, she is less of a help around camp, which is, I think, more of an issue than most people realize. Sure, the focus is on the challenges, but you have to be able to focus on the challenges properly when the time comes, which means having your camp in order before you go. If one person is not helping around camp and the other is, then the second person's burden must be distributed to everyone else around camp when they go. And they've already been losing challenges, even with Lill's help. At least if you jettison Darrah, you know you're not going to lose any ground on the camp front. And if Andrew ever pulls his head out and does what he says he's going to, maybe you can even think about making some headway in turning it into a pleasant place to pass your days.
Furthermore, there is no evidence that Darrah is a superior asset in the challenges. She appears to be physically weaker than Lill, due to her smaller size. And Lill proved her swimming ability adequately in the above-mentioned Reward Challenge. Sure, Darrah sat in the swing for two hours, and it's great that she did. But they're never going to see that particular Challenge again, and you can't be handing out awards for past performance in a special-case type of Challenge like that one when your tribe has to look ahead to what's coming.
I think Darrah was kept over Lill because she was younger and easier to control than Lill. That's a legitimate strategy if your tribe isn't on the brink of extinction, but Morgan is very much on the ropes and would have been better served keeping Lill.