Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden
Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
November 21, 2008

We're gonna pass on that threesome, thanks.

Hello, good people, and welcome back to the Box Office Survivor recap. When last we hung out, Corinne and Charlie were destroyed when they saw Marcus was gone. Bob made the coolest hidden idol ever. Ken, Crystal and Susie formed a solid power alliance. Randy yelled, Sugar cried, Crystal referred to herself in the third person and Charlie was blindsided in a heated Tribal Council, making him the second member of our jury. While I was so thrilled with the first several boots this season, the show is in a downward spiral over the last four boots and I'm hoping for some sort of early Holiday Miracle to stop the slide. The previews for this week have been great. It looks like Randy finally goes off the deep end and his "I'm gonna burn it to the ground" was a nice quote to leave us with. The way I see it, either Randy will pull off the miracle and save himself and his alliance of Corinne and Bob OR he'll completely lose it; kill, cook and eat Crystal and then pick his teeth with Kenny. Either way, from everything I've seen and heard, tonight should be a great episode. So let's get to it.

We begin the show at the Nobag camp after Tribal Council. Randy tells us that he's shocked that Charlie was voted out. He says they made the smart choice as Charlie has more friends. Corinne tells us that she'll regroup in the morning and do what she can to stop Ken and Crystal from taking out her entire alliance. Start the music...

We come back from the credits and Bob and Sugar are in the woods. Sugar tells Bob she wants Randy out and Bob tells her that he does not have the idol. Of course, she already knows that. He also tells her AND shows her his fake idol. Bob says he hopes he can fool someone with it and he will only tell her about it. Sugar is a little thrown off by the whole conversation and doesn't know what to make of it. Next up we see Corinne and Randy discussing how Susie, Ken and Crystal are the likely final three. As they discuss how much they hate everyone else out there, they decide they're going to leave Sugar alone and work on Matty. They're going to try to convince him that he's not in the main alliance. As they come back to camp they let everyone know that there's Tree Mail and an envelope for everyone. Looks like it's Survivor Auction time!! Corinne says she'll wait to buy something until she sees that will help her in the game. Very nice thinking!

Probst sighting. It is the auction and we all know how it works, with one exception...Jeff says they cannot pool money this time. That should change things up a bit. First item is beer and peanuts, and Randy gets them. Next item is a burger and fries. For $400, Matty buys himself a burger. Again, Randy upped it to $320. Next item up for bids, a mystery item. For $280, Randy buys the mystery item. It's spaghetti, garlic bread and wine. Next item is a clue that will help in the next immunity challenge. Corinne offers up her $500 and no one outbids her. Next item is up for $20 for the entire tribe. Randy is quick to throw his $20 in the ring. And it's a plate of chocolate chip cookies. He takes it around and everyone wants one except Sugar, and a nice battle of wits ensues between Sugar and Randy. As he hands her cookie out to a couple other people, he offers he one last chance to a cookie (the one that's his) and she takes it and gives it to Matty. Hmmm...let's see what THAT does to Randy's demeanor around camp! Let's not forget that he just had three beers and some wine, after hardly eating for a month. This should be fun!!

We come back as the tribe gets back to camp. Matty congratulates Corinne on a great purchase. He then thanks Sugar for the great gift. To which Randy jumps in to say it wasn't from Sugar. He lets us know that he's completely pissed and he plans to burn this house down here soon. Next we see is Matty asking Randy how it's going. Matty tries to tell Randy that he set himself up for the auction issue. Corinne breaks the ice with getting Matty on their side. Randy lets him know that he is not part of the final three and that as it is now, fifth place ain't bad and it's nothing to be ashamed of.

Bob gets to Exile Island and decides to take another clue instead of some comfort. When he sees that it's a clue that he's already seen, he decides to just go on a little safari. He uses this time to hike, explore and soak in all of his surroundings. What a great moment.

Back at camp, Ken, Crystal, Susie and Sugar are talking about getting rid of Randy. Matty jumps in to say that he thinks that they're making a mistake taking out Randy. He says they need to get rid of Bob, as he's the biggest threat of the other three. Sugar finally takes notice that Matty's playing the game. As Randy comes back into camp, Matty repeats his new mantra, "Bob, Randy, Corinne" several times. While Matty is thinking pretty straight, jumping in like that does little else but attract attention to how hard he's playing the game. I wouldn't be shocked to see Matty on the block for something like this.

We come back from break and join Randy and Corinne, still scrambling. He tells her that he plans to crash and burn today. He plans to make everyone miserable all day. He tells us that his plan is to get everyone to vote for him and he hopes to get the idol from Bob and he can get rid of Susie. Corinne says she'll do her best to get Bob on their side. Randy tells us he's after Susie because she was the one who flipped on the Kota Six. As Randy goes after Matty and insults him, he's started to put the nails in his coffin. We now join the entire tribe and Randy is going off again about the cookies. Next up on the Randy crash and burn tour is Susie. Crystal now tells us that he has to go. As it goes, it is now determined that Randy must be the one voted out at the next Tribal Council. As he tells us that Operation: Strong Arm is working to perfection, he reminds us that they still have an immunity challenge to play.

And with that in mind, it's time for a challenge. Today's challenge is an obstacle course race. They'll go over balance beams with bags of puzzle pieces. Once they get across, they have to go back and get another bag. First two people to get all three bags to the end move on to the finals. The finals will have the players setting up their wood pieces like dominoes while walking through a set of strings setup to look like the laser alarm testing room Catherine Zeta-Jones went through in Entrapment. And if you're a guy and don't know what I'm talking about...get yourself to Blockbuster and get this movie. It's worth it for that scene alone. Anyway, if they trip any of the strings, their blocks will get knocked down. If this happens they have to go back to the beginning and start all over. First one to get all their blocks set up and knocked down to raise their flag wins immunity. Before we get started, we have to see what Corinne's message in a bottle says and whether or not it was worth the $500. "You will sit out for the first stage of this challenge and will move immediately to the finals." Very nice. And with that, let's get started.

Matty gets off to a crazy fast start and has three bags across before anyone else has two. It's hard to keep up with who is where, but when the dust settles it's Ken, Matty and Corinne in the finals. Matty and Corinne start at the beginning of the course, while Ken goes all the way to the end and is working backwards. Corinne and Matty both seem to be doing quite well, while Kenny hits the string and knocks all his pieces down. Matty has a little bit of a lead and puts the last couple pieces in. Kenny also thinks he has it and as he knocks his pieces down, they don't get very far. He has it wrong and has to start over. All three players now are giving it a try at the same time. When all is said and done, Corinne and Matty's blocks stop short, while Kenny's makes it to the end, giving him the victory. Corinne lets us know that her only chance now is if Bob has the idol and if he'll give it up.

And we're back just in time to play, "It's Anyone But Randy"...though he really isn't trying to not get voted against. So maybe we're playing something else. Bob and Sugar go off to talk and Sugar tells him to vote against Randy. She tells Bob that she has another plan with him in mind, in case something goes wrong. She tells Bob that she thinks Randy will fall for the fake idol. Bob tells us that giving Randy the idol will appease Sugar's lust for blood and keep him in the game a little longer. Next up is Corinne going to Bob to work the idol out of him. Bob agrees that if at the end of the day, he thinks Randy is the vote, he'll give him the idol and they'll all vote Susie. We join Bob and Randy and Bob offers up the idol to save Randy. As Bob hands over the idol, Randy lets Bob know that all he can offer right now is that if Bob makes the finals and Randy doesn't, he has Randy's vote for the million. Next up we see Sugar and Bob congratulating themselves for the sweet double-cross. As Sugar tells Crystal and Ken to wait for the excitement tonight at Tribal, we begin the trek.

Jeff starts off Tribal by asking about the cookies at the auction. As Randy continues to complain about the cookies, Sugar is blown away that he's throwing such a huge fit about a cookie. Susie talks about how she feels sorry for Randy. He says that he's not thrilled with that as it sounds like she's saying, "how pathetic." Jeff is now asking about the tension ramping up. Crystal tells us that he showed complete disrespect to people. Jeff then asks Bob about Exile and the idol. He tells them that he has not told anyone whether or not he has the idol. Randy then tells Jeff that he is worried tonight, when he hasn't been in the past, but 30 days is a decent run. Jeff asks him if he's okay with leaving then and he says definitely not.

We see Corinne's vote for Susie saying, "Payback's a bitch." We see Sugar's vote for Randy with a whole string of insults. Randy votes for Susie saying the vote is strictly personal. Crystal votes for Randy and basically screams about how horrible he is. In all honesty, though, Crystal's vote sounded pretty much the same as every other vote she's cast so far. And now for the moment of truth, does anyone have a hidden immunity idol? As Sugar and Co. try to contain a laugh, Randy walks up with the "idol" and hands it to Jeff. As Jeff tells Randy that the idol isn't real, the rest of the tribe can't stop laughing at him, except for Bob, he hangs his head, as well he should. Not that it's needed, but the votes are: two Randy, three Susie and then two more Randy. And Randy is, not surprisingly the 11th person voted out of Survivor: Gabon and the third member of our jury.

I'm so bummed that Bob actually went that route and sold Randy out like that. While I know very well what this game's about, complete in your face deception like that is just not needed. Randy was getting the vote tonight whether or not Bob gave him a fake idol or not. Hopefully for Bob's sake, Sugar really does have another plan, or he's going to really hate the day he let her talk him into that.

Next time on Survivor: Bob asks Corinne if she remembers when Marcus threw the idol in the ocean? Well, he says that the idol was not in the bottle and that Marcus hid the idol in camp and only Bob knows where it is. Oh doctor! Are you frickin kidding me?? Could this be true, or is Bob just coming back to finish off Corinne the way he took care of Randy? Guess we'll have to tune in next week to see!! Until then, take care!

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