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Welcome to Gabon,
Earthís Last Eden! Letís meet the new Survivors!
Danny (GC) -
Bob - Physics Teacher
Jacquie - Medical Device Sales
Ken - Professional Video Gamer
Marcus - Medical field
Charlie - Management Consultant
Matty - Personal Trainer
Susie - Hairdresser/Mon
Paloma - Student/Server
Randy - Videographer
Ace - Photographer
Crystal - Pre-School Teacher/Mom
Kelly - Assistant Manager/Buyer
Corinne - Pharmaceutical Sales
Dan - Former Attorney
Michelle - Film Industry
Sugar - Retro Pin-Up Model
Gillian - Wife/Mom/Grandmother/Nurse
Yup, thatís all you
get. This is how they chose to introduce themselves and this information
is going to be very important. And yes, people withheld information. For
instance, Crystal is a 2004 Gold medalist.
After these brief
introductions, the players are told that Gabon culture heavily relies
upon elders to make major decisions and thus Gillian and Bob will be
selecting the tribes. Bob wins the right to make the first pick and
Gillian follows, with each selected person making the next pick for
their tribe. Hereís how the tribes fleshed out.
Now looking at the
order that people were picked you have got to be thinking ďwhat the
hell.Ē There was no gender restriction in making selections, so for 3
women to be picked in the first 4 picks is a little awkward. Time will
tell, I guess.
And that time has come.
Emmy-Winning Host Jeff
Probst (the last time he will be addressed as that) springs the first
challenge on the newly formed tribes. The will race across the plains
and up a very steep dusty hill.
The first person for
each tribe to make it up the hill will get individual immunity while the
first complete tribe to get up the hill will win and extra bag of food
to make their time on Survivor easier.
So the dilemma is do
you protect yourself, race ahead and throw a target on your back or stay
with the team to make climbing the hill easier for your weaker links.
Well if you ask GC or
Marcus, itís clearly all about the win. They each take home individual
immunity. For that matter, Michelle, the last woman picked fought hard
to be the first woman up the hill.
As for tribes, Kota
crushed Fang. Susie, Gillian and Crystal all struggled to get up the
hill even though Matty stayed back to help them all.
Well the challenge is
over and the games have just begun. The two tribes head off to their
camps carrying their supplies.
The first thing Kota
realizes is that they are truly in the open. Gabonís lush landscape has
put them right in the middle of all the wildlife. Sugar has already
refused to get in the water. Bob works on the tribe pre-manufactured hut
to ensure that it wonít leak should it rain. Heís a natural boy scout
and the tribe is in positive spirits.
Fang mind you is still
in positive spirits after their initial loss. Gillian teaches them how
to be fierce. (The African word apparently is Bu-Kah-LEE!) Fang humors
their elder and she takes off to collect Elephant dung. (She says it
burns well. Then she says that sometimes food goes undigested by the
elephants and can be gathered and eaten. Seriously you canít make this
Our resident pro gamer,
Ken heads off with Michelle hoping for a little romance but all she does
is swallow a termite.
Back at Kota, they are
talking about poop as well. Ace wants to build latrines and his master
plan is to make suggestions leading the others to do the work. In fact,
Ace, the fashion photographer says that he is the total package and has
no fear of expecting Jeff to give him the million dollar check. Yeah,
and I have no fear of telling a fat kid that he canít have cake.
Charlie is fawning over
Marcus because Marcus picked him and Marcus is playing the card of
"forge an alliance with a gay man by being buff and standing in your
underwear". Marcus and Charlie make a connection complaining about Ace
and a mini-alliance is formed.
Night fall has arrived
at Fang and an elephant has decided to crash the party. Randy walks into
the hutÖliterally. He slices open his forehead and the Medics are coming
to camp on day 1! This time Survivor may truly be about living (not
dying) for 39 days.
Randy gets some
stitches and the game continues.
The next morning,
Michelle is pissed. She complains about being skinny, sleeping bone on
wood and being freezing. Rule number 1, donít complain or more
accurately, be able to keep you mouth shut.
And itís that time
again. Kids gather round for Tree Mail!
Itís a challenge for a
fire reward and of course tribal immunity.
Ace decides to get Kota
in tune for the tribe by leading them in Yoga. Paloma only sees a bunch
of men in underwear looking like idiots in the jungle. At least one
Survivor can relate to what we go through as viewers.
Six tribe members will
be belted together and will face a series of obstacles:
- A Swamp
- A Net Wall
- A Series of Over/Under Hitching Posts
- A Dig for 3 Bags of Puzzle Piece
And once those bags are
delivered to the finish line itís Puzzle Time!
The 3 remaining tribe
members will assemble the puzzle and the first tribe finished wins
immunity and flint.
Loser face the danger
of living in Survivor infamy as the first person voted out of Gabon.
You Puzzle Teams are:
Survivors ready! GO!
Through the leech
filled swamp Kota gets a slight lead.
At the net wall, the
Kota girls get stuck and Fang takes the lead.
Fang carries the lead
through the hitching posts and to the sand pits, but Kota finds their
first bag first.
Fang ties it 1 to 1 but
then Kota jumps ahead with 2.
Kota gets their 3rd
bag and delivers them to their puzzlers.
Fang keeps digging but
is losing a lot of time.
And is a blow out, Kota
finishes the puzzle before Fang even delivers their pieces.
Kota Wins Immunity and
Can we go back to the
tribe selection for a second? IDIOTS!
Please make me eat those words. This will be a very uninteresting season
if you donít.
The rumor mill starts
and itís saying Michelle. Randy doesnít quite buy it as he would rather
see Gillian go. Ken and Michelle would like Gillian to go as well, but
Michelle complains about not being able to fake liking people. Rule # 2!
Be prepared to lie cheat steal, be fake, etc! (That should really just
be a second rule #1)
So will it be the
not-so-positive Michelle or our ray of sunshine granny Gillian who will
have their torch snuffed.
At tribal, snippiness
begins about how a challenge should be attacked. Dan says you canít go
100% all the time. Michelle calls him on B.S. Thank you Michelle. This
is for 1 million dollars. You can go 110% percent all of the time.
After a little more
bickering, GC is voted team leader (reluctantly) and it is time to
Michelle, the tribe has
Yup, a landslide.
Michelle must have missed learning to get along with other in nursery
school. That said, we will never hear from her again barring a crazy
twist or the reunion special.
Luckily for Fang,
Probst gives them fire on the way out. Kotaís spirits are lifted and
maybe they will have a chance. And maybe pigs will form a synchronized
The next day at Kota
(Thatís right itís two episodes in one folks) Charlie is clinging to
Marcus like clothes without Snuggle. They are aiming to bring Jacquie
and Corinne into the fold. HmmÖcould be interesting.
Back at Fang, GC is
stepping into his new role as leader and is assigning people to get
fruit, grass, utensils etc. Then there is an argument over using the
drinking water of lake water for boiling rice and Randy decides its time
to implement operation ďlet other crash and burn.Ē Smart man, thinking
like that could take Randy far.
Over at Kota, the
alliance has been formed, Jacquie, Marcus, Charlie and Corinne meet to
discuss strategy and the decide that they need to make Bob a floater in
their alliance to make sure they have a voting majority. Letís see ho
soon their alliance ahs to go to work.
Fang side, snoring is
the topic of conversation and somehow it starts a fight between GC and
Gillian. Wow. GC takes this as an opportunity to resign as leader and
the Golden Child (as Randy puts it) steps down. Dan sees GC as a leader
who quit and the tides are turning to send the once immune GC packing.
Treemail! Itís immunity
and fishing supplies on the line. Here we go!
Itís a boulder dash!
Each tribe will have to push a boulder through the course collecting two
keys along the way. They will then use those keys to unlock a gate and
place their boulder on a pedestal.
Paloma sits out. To the
winners go the spoils, and the power to send someone from the losing
tribe to Exile Island. The challenge is on.
Kota takes an early
lead, but this time around Fang is much closer. That goes for collecting
the 1st and second keys. Then at the gates, Kotaís luck
continues as they unlock the gate first. Even though they had trouble
getting the boulder on the pedestal, they still keep the streak alive
sending Fang to a second consecutive Tribal Council.
Fang is dejected. Even
more so once Kota sends Dan off to Exile Island. Interestingly though,
Dan will be back in time for Tribal. Will it matter?
Itís Day 5 and Dan is
taking the first trip to Exile Island.
Upon arrival he is
faced with an interesting choice. Clue or comfort? Comfort in the form
of an apple in a hut.
He quickly takes the
ďAcross the lake you
see so well
there lies a sandy crater.
The object hidden in its floor
will surely help you later.Ē
Somehow our former
attorney construes this to mean that the idol could be IN the lake. Now
we know why he is a former attorney. He looks in the lake goes beyond
the lake, digs in the dirt, cuts himself numerous times, and probably
wishes he took the apple.
Fang is realizing that
while they competed much better this time, they still have an obvious
disadvantage. And its name is Gillian. Many tribe members seem to be
coming to the conclusion that Gillian has to go, but Gillian and Susie
are realizing that if they donít align and protect their ďagedĒ
situation quickly that they will be picked off 1 and 2.
Strategy aside, Fang is
also trying to enterprise themselves as rookie fishermen. Randy broke
his glasses to make a hook, GC donated his shoestrings as fishing line
and Crystal, Gillian and Susie scavenged for worms. And it all worked!
Now if they could only apply this ingenuity to challengesÖ
Another surprise for
FangÖDan returns. He tells them that Exile was brutal and that he didnít
find the immunity idol, but it seems like Randy is the only one that
believes him. Everyone else is thinking that they should try to get rid
of Dan now in order to blindside him before he gets to use the idol
(that he did not find).
Might this have been
the master plan of Kota. Could they have know that sending Dan to exile
would create such a sense of paranoia around him that they would get rid
of one of their strongest members? (No chance in hell) Regardless, will
Kotaís decision pay off?
Itís tribal time, and
here come the votes.
Gillian votes for Ken
Öand everybody else
votes for Gillian.
Gillian the tribe has
So after 6 days, Fang
is down 2 members and Kota is on a 3 challenge winning streak. Now that
Gillian is gone, can Fang change the trend? Check in next week and find