November 15, 2007 10:03 PM by Joe Blackmon
Written by Ryan Haidet. This episode taught us Survivor fans a lot of things. Peih-Gee is
irritating, Frosti is Courtney’s “little munchkin” and Erik can mock
the sounds of a goat like no other human being alive.
After the Hae Da Fung tribe voted out Jean-Robert the night before,
Courtney awoke saying, “Everybody, it’s Christmas! There’s no
Jean-Robert in the bed.” Then sitting by the fire Denise was upset
that she was not included in the plan to vote out Jean-Robert. She felt
she had been betrayed.
Day 26 arrives as Peih-Gee begins getting on everybody’s nerves. It starts with her micromanaging James as he works on the fire. This event was a preview of the confrontation that was soon to come.
At the reward challenge the eight remaining players were divided into two teams of four. Using four different-sized drums, the teams needed to bounce a ball between the drums through an obstacle course. The first team to get three balls in their bin without dropping them would win a cruise on a river with a dinner and a night on the boat.
It was a schoolyard pick ‘em again. With teams divided as Peih-Gee, James, Todd and Denise (red) against Erik, Frosti, Amanda and Courtney (yellow), the stage was set for a fun, different kind of challenge. The yellow team scored first as red struggled. Once again, Amanda kept the censors busy as she seems to every episode because her tiny, little shorts don’t fit. Yellow then pulled ahead two to nothing as Peih-Gee bounced the ball way too high losing control of it time and again. It was amazing to see how the teamwork of yellow, mostly Erik and Frosti, dominated the entire challenge. Yellow shut out red three to zip.
After the challenge, Peih-Gee and James were fighting about losing the challenge. Peih-Gee, who had been complaining all episode that she was a big loser at challenges, blamed James for their loss.
Over at the boat, the winners were taken on their small snack-filled cruise. They discussed how Peih-Gee was frustrating all of them. It seemed she would be the next target. Then, the flirting continued as Frosti rubbed Courtney’s back and he admitted that Courtney was way out of his league. Seriously? Then the main course arrived with heaping dishes of fried chicken, mashed potatoes and several other things.
After the reward, Todd greeted those returning to camp with a candid, “Hey bitches!” He then proceeded to tell Courtney, Frosti, Erik and Amanda how Peih-Gee freaked out on James while they were gone. The cards seemed to be stacked against the California jeweler.
At the immunity challenge, a simple memory game featuring the Chinese Zodiac symbols was played. Host Jeff Probst would call out a list of the symbols in which the players would need to stab them off of their boards in the same order they were called. But before the challenge began, if anybody didn’t feel they needed immunity, they could opt out and eat cheeseburgers, fries and cold drinks. Courtney, Todd, Denise and James decided to eat. Peih-Gee, Frosti, Amanda and Erik were the only ones competing. The eaters could chow down as long as the competition was taking place.
Erik was the first eliminated from the challenge followed by Amanda. It came down to Frosti and Peih-Gee. To compensate for her complaints of losing so much, Peih-Gee took the immunity challenge.
After the challenge, Frosti and Erik agreed that the target would be one of them since Peih-Gee was no longer at risk. Todd dominated the strategizing yet again going from group to group giving his thoughts on who should be ousted next.
At Tribal Council, the eat versus compete option at the immunity challenge devoured most of the discussion. Probst said that he was surprised James didn’t compete and ate – a whole seven cheeseburgers!
After the votes were cast, Probst announced that Frosti was the ninth person voted out leaving seven players left in the game. But instead of closing with “Head back to camp, good night,” Probst announced that there was more business to attend to leaving the ending of the episode open for Thanksgiving night’s episode.
Following his elimination, Michael “Frosti” Zernow said, “I expected some people to kind of backstab, but I didn’t expect it right now. I got beat by the tiny flight attendant, the sassy New York waitress and the lady with the mullet. But, you know, I wanted to prove that somebody who’s younger, smaller, could come out here and do the same job that anyone else can do, and I have proved that.”
Tune in Thanksgiving night to see just what’s going on at Tribal Council and who is the next to be voted out.