Survivor Gabon: Earth's Last Eden

The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

December 5, 2008

Come on, snipers! Where are you?

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Crystal tells us that she's concerned about another fake idol. If this is a fake idol, Corinne goes home and that does nothing for her. She feels that Matty is a threat while Corinne is not. So Ken's plan, which includes Crystal voting for Corinne, could be in jeopardy. This should be a fun vote.

Tribal begins and Jeff asks Bob about the paranoia of this game. He says he doesn't feel it this time around, but he expects to at the next Tribal. Jeff asks Corinne about it and she says that there's a pretty tight alliance of five but paranoia is the thing that could possibly split them up. Next up is Sugar. What's the worst part of paranoia? She says people freaking out and believing lies and getting duped. He asks Crystal if it's crazy to trust and she says with certain people, yes. She suggests that that's what the game is about, knowing when to trust and when to cut your ties. Next question is for Ken about tonight's vote. Is it more or less important than another? He says it's very important, as you don't know what's going to happen. Last question is for Bob - does he want to keep the necklace? Of course. And with that, it's time to vote.


We see Ken's vote for Matty saying it's purely strategic and that he hates to see him go. We see Matty's vote for Corinne and the last vote is Crystal and oddly enough, it's her vote that should decide this thing. Jeff asks about the idol and no one plays it and away we go. First vote is for Matty. Corinne. Corinne. Corinne. Matty. Matty. And we're down to the last vote. Twelfth person voted out of Survivor: Gabon...Corinne. And just like that, the Kota alliance is down to one. At least Corinne was able to leave the game without looking like a fool playing a fake idol. You have to wonder how many more immunity wins Bob has left in him. Unfortunately, I don't think it's enough.

Next time on Survivor: Ken confronts Bob about lying about an idol. Bob says that if he wins immunity, he'll give it to Kenny. Meanwhile, Sugar seems to be onto Kenny's game. She talks about him coming across as small and weak, but he's not. And Crystal is just a big bully. Looks like the tide might be turning for "the greatest strategist in Survivor history." And real quickly before I go, one more comment about the "greatest strategist" thing. Um, Ken...Bob and Corinne didn't need your vote to dump Matty. If the idol was real, their two votes would have been plenty to send Matty home. I only mention this because, master strategist, you just put yourself out there by voting for Matty and he'll know it was you. You could have stayed with your alliance and played stupid if/when Matty went home. Instead, you got too in love with yourself and stepped out on that limb and now everyone knows you turned on your alliance. Crystal, while down with the plan, still voted Corinne so she's good. You, on the other hand, are toast with your own alliance. And being toast with your own alliance, is it really a smart thing to go get in the face of Bob, accusing him of being a liar? Dude, if you make it to the finale now, I'll be shocked. Well, that does it for me. Quickie program note: Next Thursday, December 11th, is the Final 6 show. Which means: the Survivor: Gabon season finale will be taking place on Sunday, December 14th. It will be the typical two-hour finale followed by the one-hour reunion show. So, go ahead and mark your calendars accordingly! Until next Thursday, take care.

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