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Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden

The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

December 5, 2008

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Hello, good people, and welcome to the stretch run of Survivor: Gabon. Counting tonight, we only have three episodes of Survivor left.

Previously on Survivor, after Marcus and Charlie were sent down Loser's Lane to the Ponderosa: Bob, Corinne and Randy were the only members of the once powerful Kota alliance and they were outnumbered. With Bob sent to Exile Island, Randy decided his only option was to completely implode and do anything he could to be a menace around camp. His plan? To get everyone to vote for him in hopes that Bob found a hidden immunity idol and would give it to him to turn the tables at Tribal Council. Everything went exactly as planned. Everyone wanted Randy gone. Randy got Bob to give him a hidden idol. And he played it at Tribal Council. The problem? Bob gave him a fake idol and aside from being voted off the game, Randy was humiliated on national TV, while Crystal, Kenny and Sugar obnoxiously laughed at him. Even Bob, who had the improbable heel turn on Randy, was upset at the way they carried on. Previews for tonight's episode have teased a visit from loved ones, a marriage proposal and yet ANOTHER fake idol. Can't wait to see how that one plays out.

We begin at camp after Randy's ouster. They're still laughing about it. As they ask Bob if that was his idea, he slams them all for laughing at him like that. He tells them that he's pissed off about it and they'd better not do something like that ever again. Sugar tells us that she doesn't feel even one bit bad for Randy. And here comes Corinne. She goes after Sugar about the lessons she was going to teach her and how classless it was. Sugar fights back by slamming her for talking about people behind their back, while saying something different to their faces. Corinne counters by saying that if she told everyone to their face what she said behind their back that she wouldn't be playing a very good game. This goes back and forth and bottom-line...Bob's argument was very well said, while both girls were less than articulate. Cue the credits...er, logo.




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We come back the next day, Day 31, and Bob and Ken are out fishing. They are bringing in tons of fish, and big ones too. Ken tells us how proud he is of himself for how he's handling the game so far. Ken tells us that Bob only seems to be there to build things and that he's not playing a good game at all. He tells us that he's ready to see Bob go so he can take the game even more into his own hands.

As we head to a challenge, I have to break from the recap for a minute to say that Ken needs to get over himself. Sure, he's controlling the game and he's playing a pretty good game. But the bottom line is that he was saved not once, but twice by Tribal switches and that without those, he would have been back at the hotel playing Halo 3 while downing countless ounces of Red Bull. So before he breaks his arm patting himself on the back, he ought to take some time to thank the powers that be for switching tribes up just in time to save his narrow ass.


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