December 09, 2005 12:24 AM by Joe Blackmon
After Judd Sergeant’s surprise elimination last week, Cindy Hall is upset that she wasn’t told. Cindy draws a parallel of Judd not being told about Jamie and then Judd getting voted out to her not being told about Judd and wondering if that means she will be voted out. The reward challenge is a combination of balance beam walking, tile breaking, puzzle solving, and cart racing. Cindy wins reward challenge and the prize is a Pontiac Torrent and a barbeque, but there is a wicked twist.
Jeff Probst tells Cindy that no one who has won a car has ever gone on to win Survivor. Probst says he is going to give Cindy a chance to beat the curse and tells her that if she is willing to give up her car then the other four castaways will get a car. Cindy considers giving up her car at first, but she ultimately decides to keep the car and selects Stephenie LaGrossa to accompany her at the barbeque.
Cindy doesn’t think anyone is bitter about her keeping the car and goes on an on about how excited she is about the car. However, Rafe Judkins is shocked that Cindy kept the car and plots with Danni Boatwright to vote Cindy out. Meanwhile, Stephenie talks to Cindy about voting Danni out.
The immunity challenge involves castaways unshackling themselves and unwrapping ropes from a pole in a race to raise their flag first. Stephenie wins the immunity challenge and chokes up because it is the first time she has ever won individual immunity.
At tribal council, all four other castaways vote Cindy out. Like Judd last week, Cindy has some parting words. While not quite as harsh as Judd hoping that the others get bitten by a crocodile, Cindy says “I’ll think about you guys when I see the stars through the sunroof of my new car.”
So did the curse of the car claim its latest victim? Possibly, but there is also another pattern emerging. Last week, Judd selected Stephenie (and Cindy) to accompany him on his reward, and Stephenie turned around and helped vote him out. This week, Cindy selected Stephenie to accompany her on her reward, and Stephenie turned around and voted her out. Maybe there is a curse on selecting Stephenie for reward? One thing is for sure. If Stephenie makes it to the final two, Judd and Cindy will probably have a lot of pent up hostility to unleash on her. The Survivor Guatemala finale airs on Sunday, December 11 from 8 to 10 P.M. ET on CBS. A one hour live reunion show will follow the finale.