Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden
It All Depends on the Pin-Up Girl
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
October 31, 2008
Hello, good people, and welcome to Episode 7 of Survivor: Gabon. So far we've had six episodes, six Tribal Councils and six votes...yet amazingly, no one of any consequence has actually left the show. I don't know that I could have hand-picked the first six boots any better than this. They've ranged from useless (Paloma, GC), to annoying (Gillian), to boring (Jacque), to forgettable (the skinny girl who left first) to downright stupid (Kelly). So far, I have to applaud this cast for dumping the dead weight as soon as possible. At the same time, the Fang tribe is quite possibly the most futile tribe in the 17 seasons of Survivor. I mean, it appears the only way to have a Kota member voted off is to either switch them to Fang or to have both tribes vote someone off, as is promised for tonight's episode. Hopefully this cast will continue to vote smart and dump the obnoxious and useless Crystal and practically invisible Susie. Anyway, enough from me, let's get to it.
Shocker! We begin the episode at the Fang tribe and Matty is telling us how bad they're starving and how it's finally draining his hope and spirit. And just as he's talking about lack of food, Crystal accidentally dumps over their rice container, spilling most of their remaining food onto the dirt. As she picks it up, Matty demonstrates how hopeless he feels by not even having the strength to say anything. Ken cooks up the rice and Crystal refuses to eat. She tells them to just eat like they always do. Ken tells us that there's a big issue in camp between Crystal and the tandem of Matty and Ace and he doesn't like it. Hate to break it to ya, Kenny, but what you like or don't like doesn't really mean a whole lot. Your tribe is a disaster that will only get worse and Crystal is the worst of the worst.
We come back from the opening to the Kota tribe on Day 20. They're just sitting around the fire talking and Dan tells us that Charlie, Marcus and Corinne are definitely a clique and he's not feeling part of it. So naturally he goes to them and practically begs to be a part of their group. Both Marcus and Corinne tell us that he's trying too hard and that ultimately, he'll be a major liability for them. So while this conversation makes Dan feel more included and more a part of the group, he's every bit as expendable as before in their eyes. And with that...
Probst sighting!! Today's challenge will be a game of keepaway. Three members of a tribe will be throwing a breakable ball around while one member of the other tribe does what they can to break it. Both groups will be playing at the same time and the first person to break the ball earns a point for their tribe. First team to three wins. Wanna know what they're playing for? The winning tribe will be picked up by a helicopter and taken, along with an entire picnic lunch, to have a sweet picnic. They will also get to send one person to Exile Island. Kota sits out Corinne and Charlie.