Survivor: China

Going For the Oscar

By Jim Van Nest

December 7, 2007

His angelic good looks and apparent virginity couldn't keep him around.

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As the boat approaches camp, it's time for more tearful goodbyes as Robert and the sisters head back out of camp and the game can continue. Todd tells us that you still have to be on your toes or things can get out of hand real quick. Denise talks to PG and they discuss not taking her. Denise tried to apologize, but PG isn't really buying it. She asks why she picked Amanda. She gives some story about Amanda being weak and stuff. PG says she needs to start playing the sympathy card more, if that's how it works out. She tells us that all she cares about is winning this immunity challenge.

Probst sighting!! Today's challenge is both physical and mental. They'll be attached to a rope and have to work an obstacle course. At the end of the course, they will find a series of boxes. There will be a True and False box with a trivia question. They need to answer the question and take the key that goes with it. They need to bring it back to the start and if it opens a lock, they can go back for the next key. If not, they need to go back and get the one that does. First Survivor to open all three locks wins immunity and a one in five chance at $1,000,000. Survivors ready...


Todd jumps out to a quick lead, with Amanda right behind. Todd is the first to the questions. Amanda and Todd are back with their first key. PG is making a game of it. Todd's first to the lock and his unlocks. So does Amanda. PG's first key is a winner. Todd and Amanda are pretty much neck and neck now. Denise and Erik are far enough behind that I don't see them catching up. To make matters worse, Erik's first key is a dud. Todd's second key is good. Amanda's second key doesn't work, which gives Todd a huge lead. PG's second key also works; putting her in a great spot should Todd pick the wrong key. Todd's back first with the third key and it's...a...loser. Todd has to head back onto the course. PG is now back with her third key and it's...a...winner. Flag's raised and PG wins immunity. D'OH!!!

And now it's time to play, "It's anyone but Erik." PG is very touched by having the immunity necklace. She's felt like she was going home for several votes now. Todd, Denise and Courtney are concerned about what happens tonight. Todd feels that Erik is the easiest vote of all tonight, because if he or PG get anywhere near the end, they're practically guaranteed the win. We then join Erik and Amanda out fishing and Erik's telling Amanda that he wouldn't trust Todd. Erik is a little annoyed that everyone says they don't trust Todd, but no one seems to want to vote against him. PG says that she is sticking with Erik and voting against Todd and they're hoping to pull Denise in with them. PG tells Denise she'll likely end up number four with the other folks, but if she goes with PG, she could be in the top three. Erik chimes in that third is a lot better than fourth. Todd and Courtney are watching and getting concerned that Denise might switch. Denise tells us that yeah, she might get farther with PG, but she doesn't think she really wants to go up against them at the end. She's completely torn on what to do. From my perspective, this should be an easy choice. If she goes with Erik and PG, the best she can do is force a tie. And a tie doesn't guarantee her switch will be successful. If it's not and Erik goes home as planned, well, they're gonna know Denise turned and she just moved up on the list. It's a no-brainer to me that she has to vote Erik and try to make her move at five, when a tie won't happen.

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