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Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden

She Obviously is Post-Op

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

October 5, 2008

She's too cute to be voted off this soon!

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Kelly starts off for Kota against Crystal. While Kelly's slide is perfect and Crystal basically falls on her ass, Crystal still makes it back with her tile first. Next up are Corinne and Susie and Corinne quickly takes the lead back. Kota keeps the lead throughout the slip-n-slide portion of the challenge. But Matty does close the gap so that Bob and Ken are both working on the puzzle at the same time. Bob is the first one done with the puzzle and when he enters the combination, the lock doesn't open. Ken tries once and fails as well. Both men finish at about the same time for their second go 'round and it's a race to unlock the box. Bob finishes first but turns out to be wrong again. Ken's second try works and Fang wins immunity. And while I know it means nothing now, I'd like to point out something very interesting about this challenge.

The puzzle, as written on Ken's tablet reads:

THE SUM OF BOTH END VALUES EQUALS THE SUM OF THE MIDDLE TWO, THE LAST IS EQUAL TO THE SECOND MINUS THE THIRD AND IS ONE LESS THAN ITS ONLY NEIGHBOR.




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The puzzle, as written on Bob's tablet reads:

THE SUM OF BOTH END VALUES EQUALS THE SUM OF THE MIDDLE TWO, THE LAST IS EQUAL TO THE SECOND PLUS THE THIRD AND IS ONE LESS THAN ITS ONLY NEIGHBOR.

Okay, now I'm not a huge conspiracy theorist or anything...but Jeff also read the puzzle to them and when he said it out loud, it matched what Ken's tablet said...not Bob's. For those who still haven't noticed it yet, Ken's (and Jeff's) puzzle said MINUS, while Bob's said PLUS. Assuming that both tribes had the same set of numbers, hence the same combination (and with Probst reading the problem aloud, you have to think everything was the same)...the Bob and the Kota tribe got completely screwed on a challenge they probably should have won. It would be pretty damn hard to get the right combination when you have the wrong problem. The thing that sucks for me is that I'm in NO position to be able to ask someone what the hell is up with that. Now...I love this show. That's why I've been doing this for years now. But to think that they could possibly be rigging challenges to help the sucky tribe compete with the strong tribe makes me literally sick. My only hope is that somewhere along the way, someone puts Probst or Burnett or someone on the hot seat and asks about this. Because, as it stands right now, this looks like some serious bullshit.

Okay, so I took the commercial break to cool off a little and I'm back to finish the episode. We naturally join the Kota tribe as we begin a game of "It's Anyone But Paloma." The talk, though, starts with the grilling of Sugar about the hidden idol. She just plays stupid and the rest of the tribe buys it hook, line and sinker. Later on, she tells Ace that she found it. Of course, Ace is thrilled that "their game" is in much better shape. They also discuss that Paloma is the vote. And is it me or does Ace's accent sometimes seem to go away for a second? I'm now wondering if he really even has an accent. Anyway, Paloma is doing what she can to save herself and her target right now is Corinne. She's throwing Ace under the bus because of his protection of Sugar. Corinne says she'll see what she can do. And it's like she's reading my thoughts. As she discusses Ace, Corinne tells us that not only does she question whether his accent is real, she also figures him to be the first one to turn on them when the tribes merge. She runs back to Charlie and fills him in and he sees the logic. Charlie and Corinne both tell us that even though Paloma is the weakest link, Ace may be the most dangerous player. And he's basically casting two votes every time out. They're having a tough time making a decision because they're not sure whether they should be looking at the short term game or if they should be focusing long-term this early.


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