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"Hiding Wine Isn't a Crime"
Thailand Ep 7
Season Survivor: Thailand
Episode Number 7/13 (059)
First Broadcast December 23, 2017
Episode Chronology
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Next Put Your Faith In a Rock, Not a Person

Hiding Wine Isn't a Crime is the seventh episode of Survivor: Thailand.

Story

Day 18 (Night)

The remaining four Chuay Gahn members return to camp having just voted Rachel out of the game in what proved to be an emotional tribal council. The group remain looking sad, slowly gathering around the fire.

The vote tonight was really tough. I knew the result was going to be Rachel leaving us, but I just couldn't bring myself to do it. I voted Aaron... just because he's someone I felt would take it the best of the three boys.

–Salma


Quote1That wasn't nice...Quote2- Julius
Quote1Yeah... she didn't deserve to go so early. None of us did...Quote2- Salma
Quote1She was real gracious when leaving.Quote2- Vince
Quote1Stop or I'm going to get all teary again... (she gives a slight laugh and wipes her eyes)Quote2- Salma
Quote1So... Salma you voted for me right?Quote2- Aaron
Quote1I threw my vote and it was for you... yes.Quote2- Salma
Quote1So do you want me out?Quote2- Aaron
Quote1No! No! Honestly. It's just that I didn't want to vote for Rachel after all she'd been through... I knew she was going and I just wrote your name down instead...Quote2- Salma
When the votes came out tonight I expected to see four votes for Rachel, and one for someone else... Instead we had three votes for Rachel, one vote for Salma... and one vote for me. We've heard all day how Salma may or may not vote for Rachel... and it annoyed us guys, but then to see it become a reality and she decided to write my name down over everyone else... it annoys me. To me it does say that Salma will vote for me before anyone else in this group, and that just means I need to get her out. I can't trust her to have my back.

–Aaron


Day 19

Chuay Gahn

The tribe awaken to tree mail and a selection of four different colour paints. The group are instructed each to select one colour to decorate their body, and to head over to a meeting point for both tribes. The group feel excited about the prospect of merging with Sook Jai, even though they remain concerned due to their 6-4 numbers disadvantage.

Today we're going to join up with Sook Jai, in what we expect will be the merger. It is upsetting that we're down in numbers, so there is a chance we could just get picked off by Sook Jai. I've decided... perhaps unfairly... that if things aren't looking good I'll give my allegiance to Sook Jai, and promise them that if they target Salma at the first tribal council then us guys will be safe until the jury at least...

–Aaron


The group begin painting their bodies, finding the activity a relief from typical camp chores and paranoia. Julius paints his lips and eyelids in the style of his typical makeup, feeling as though the paint is bringing back his character.

Having the paint felt a bit like a cheap way to glam ourselves up... but when you've got no eyeliner and no lipstick you've got to settle for whatever you can get. I'm not a fan of this butch island look I've been developing these past three weeks... so a little return to normality was nice. I think to the shock of my tribe though... as my normality is abnormal in their eyes... (laughs)

–Julius


Sook Jai

The Sook Jai six receive the same tree mail as their rivals, but due to their numbers advantage they are informed that they must have two pairs selecting the same colour paint (out of the choice of four). Estan, Ricardo, Kanda and Karen each pick their own colour, with Phillip eventually picking the same orange paint as Kanda, and Rick debating which of the other three colours to select.

Quote1Don't pick the same blue as me... I want to be the only one wearing it.Quote2- Karen
Quote1Why?Quote2- Rick
Quote1I just do...Quote2- Karen
Quote1Well I like blue so I'm pickin' it.Quote2- Rick
Quote1Pick gold or something else...Quote2- Karen
Quote1No I'm pickin' blue.Quote2- Rick
I didn't really give a damn which color I ended up with. I just wanted to get one slapped on my skin and get it over with. I ain't a fan of this whole dressin' up or paintin' skin. Karen decided to make a scene as normal... tellin' me I'm not allowed to pick the same color as her. People like her are just askin' to be wound up. Naturally, I had to pick the same color... just to see her get all ticked off.

–Rick


Karen rolls her eyes, walking away from Rick so as to not cause an argument before the tribes meet up. The group remain very much split during the self-painting session, knowing that the divide will show when the groups merge together.

I'm so ready for this merge to happen. I've hated this tribe since the start, and somehow after two tribal councils the people I hate are still here. We have more people than Chuay Gahn right now, but I can't see a situation where the six of us stick together... and instead it'll be both sides of three fighting to get the Chuay Gahn's to vote with them. I can't see them siding with the three boys because of how irritating they are... so I'm confident that the next time we go to tribal council one of those three will be gone.

–Karen


Tribe Meeting

The final ten reach the meeting point, finding Jeff in the middle waiting for their arrival. He welcomes the final ten, congratulating them for reaching this stage in the game. The contestants are informed that by selecting a colour, they have paired themselves up with an individual (or individuals) on the rival tribe. The first pair of Estan and Aaron are selected to head back to Chuay Gahn to scout the camp, whilst the second pair of Ricardo and Julius head off to Sook Jai. The third group of Phillip, Kanda and Salma head down the beach from the meeting point, with Rick, Karen and Vince sitting by the jungles edge. The pairs heading off to camp are informed that once the meeting is over, they must come to a decision as to which tribe the final ten will live at.

Kanda, Phillip & Salma

The trio sit on the beach by the water, opening their small basket of food to share between themselves. Salma starts by introducing herself to the pair, which they respond to by doing the same, getting the awkwardness of introductions out of the way.

Quote1So Kanda, you're french?Quote2- Salma
Quote1No, I was born in Paris. My parents are both originally from Cameroon... My dads job brought us to the States and I've been there ever since.Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Wow, so you've done a lot of travelling?Quote2- Salma
Quote1Actually, beyond that... I've not really had the money to see the world. What about you? What kind of stuff do you write?Quote2- Kanda
Quote1A lot of fiction... Mostly crime. I've dabbled in a bit of romance but I find it hard to write about what is lacking from my personal life... (laughs)Quote2- Salma
The get to know you was really a nice icebreaker before the merge. Kanda is a sweetheart, and she and I did most of the talking whilst Phillip kind of... watched on. He seems like an okay guy, but beyond telling us about his job he didn't really want to speak on a human level.. and was more interested in getting back to the game.

–Salma


Quote1So how have you guys been getting along at Chuay Gahn?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Good, its been really good.Quote2- Salma
Quote1So the ginger girl left last night? Why was that?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Rachel. She just was the groups choice to go. Such a lovely girl... really bright future ahead of her. It's a shame because we didn't want to lose anyone.Quote2- Salma
Quote1Yeah, votes can be quite difficult.Quote2- Kanda

The group sit silently for a few seconds, with Phillip's game related questions somewhat killing the mood. Eventually, Kanda and Salma get back to talking about their lives, leaving Phillip silent on the sidelines.

Karen, Rick & Vince

Elsewhere by the jungles edge, the other trio enjoy the contents of their picnic whilst trying to introduce themselves to one another. Vince immediately notices the tension between Rick and Karen, as the pair sit apart and avoid making any direct comments to one another during the entire session.

It was very uncomfortable being there. Very uncomfortable. I felt like I was back with my parents after they got divorced... having an awkward family meal or something. Karen and Rick don't like each other, that's my initial reading of the situation. Which is good news for me and my tribe because that's already something we can exploit...

–Vince


The group talk about the hardships of the game so far, avoiding talk about game related issues. Karen however subtly implies "difficulties" back to Sook Jai's camp, which Vince opts not to interrogate her further on, not wanting to seem too game conscious whilst at a numbers disadvantage. Beyond Rick and Karen's obvious disdain towards one another, both individuals seem to get along well with Vince, making an effort to talk about their lives back home and how they feel the game has developed their personalities so far.

It's great being able to meet new faces in the game. When you've been stuck in a tribe with a group of irritants it's always pleasant to see fresh faces. Vince seems like a nice guy, and he did well considering he was sat with myself and Rick. It did put a strain on the day that Rick ended up in my group... but we just didn't interact and got on with the purpose of getting to know Vince.

–Karen


Chuay Gahn

Estan and Aaron arrive on Chuay Gahn's beach, giving Aaron the chance to show Estan the tribes caves.

Quote1Wow, so you guys never built any shelter?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Nope, none. We stay here... keep dry if it rains... it was all pretty much done for us.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1Lucky. We've really had it tough with the rain... but a lot of that was down to our shelter being flimsy.Quote2- Estan
Chuay Gahn's shelter set up is amazing. They've got the whole thing covered for them and didn't need to worry about building shelters or collecting materials to keep fixing broken roofs and flooring. It's frustrating to know they've had all this work already done for them... and somehow still managed to lose most of the challenges. Had our group got this beach... I don't think there would be anyone left on their tribe.

–Estan


Estan and Aaron sit down by the fire to start on their picnic, with much of their conversation being about game related topics. Aaron reveals that Chuay Gahn has had some rough patches, but admitted that he felt those who caused problems have "since been sent home". Estan relates to this by revealing the split in Sook Jai, saying that since the previous tribal council there has been a lot of tension at their camp.

I decided to let Aaron know some information because at this merged stage we need to be looking at the long term game. As it stands there's no hope for Sook Jai staying together, and I can't rely on Ricardo or Karen to vote with us. If we can align ourselves with some or all of the Chuay Gahn tribe, then we'll have enough votes to get rid of Ricardo at the first tribal council. At this point myself, Rick, Phillip and Kanda can hold the power, and concentrate on knocking the others out one by one. In order for any of this to happen... I need to get to work immediately, and as the only person on my side to get a one on one with a Chuay Gahn member, it was really up to me to get the blueprints for this plan together.

–Estan


Quote1So at least we both know what it's like to have problems back at camp...Quote2- Estan
Quote1Yeah, I mean even now there's underlying issues with us too.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1How so?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Well, last tribal I got a vote...Quote2- Aaron
Quote1From Rachel?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Nope, Salma. She did it without malice... and didn't intend for me to go. But I mean someone writing down your name shows...Quote2- Aaron
Quote1... a lack of concern for you actually staying in the game?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Exactly. I mean... I'm being completely honest with you here, and I think we can use this merge to combine forces.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1I mean this is moving fast... but if we can beat the others to setting something up, then we'll have a good chance of pulling it off. If we can vote off someone from my tribe at this first tribal council... then I think we can get you, me and a few others down to the final five easily.Quote2- Estan
I've made a bold decision today in speaking so frankly with Estan. I don't really know him, but from what I can see he's someone who wants to play this game, and I'm happy to play alongside him if it can get me further down the line. I've also set something up that can keep Chuay Gahn all safe for this first vote, and I think we'll be targeting either Ricardo or Karen. After that I agreed the vote would turn on Salma... and maybe others from my own group. The difficulty here is I could come off looking like I'm backstabbing Chuay Gahn, but this is now an individual game and I need to do what's best for me... not what's best for Chuay Gahn.

–Aaron


Sook Jai

Ricardo and Julius arrive at the Sook Jai camp, commencing their getting to know you session whilst on their tour. The pair talk through generic topics from their home lives, covering occupation and reasons for signing up to the show. They eventually reach the shelter, which Julius immediately points out as being less impressive than Chuay Gahn's.

When I saw their shelter it was a strange moment, because I've seen every season of the show, and I know exactly what to expect when you think of a shelter out here. However, because we were blessed with such an amazing cave system at Chuay Gahn, I'm looking at Sook Jai like it's a pile of c**p (laughs)...

–Julius


Quote1So... this is it? You all slept here?Quote2- Julius
Quote1Yes, this is our home. Is yours better?Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1Well, we have the caves so it's spacious... and always dry...Quote2- Julius
Quote1I mean this shelter caused a lot of arguments for us so I don't blame you for your reaction... None of us particularly liked it other than Phillip, who just... steamrolled the whole thing.Quote2- Ricardo

The pair then head over to the water source, which Julius is astounded to see so close, commenting on the difficulty of rowing one mile each way to collect Chuay Gahn's water. Ricardo asks Julius if he feels travelling the distance for water is worth the protection of the caves, which Julius says he does, feeling as though he couldn't get use to the new means of shelter at Sook Jai.

When it came time for myself and Julius to sit down and have some food, I decided that as two ambassadors coming together I should really try to make a good impression. My family are Cuban and I've been raised to be hospitable to people coming over to my home... so I took Julius over to where we hid the three bottles of wine, and we each had a small glass... I was tempted to go for a half bottle each but I felt returning to the other eight, both of us drunk... wouldn't have gone down too well.

–Ricardo


The duo drink their wine and begin talking about personal topics and the game, wanting to use the opportunity to build a bond that they can use to their advantage at the first merged tribal council.

Quote1So... I've been meaning to ask because I did wonder when we all first got together on Day 1... are you gay?Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1Am I gay? No. I have a wife and two kids (laughs)Quote2- Julius
Quote1Right, because I hate to be asking but I saw the makeup and the fabulous outfit... and I thought to myself he's too fashionable to be straight surely. But since then you've gotten very rugged and I said to Karen... this man isn't giving me any vibes beyond mascara and good clothing.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1(laughs) ... Well yeah, I mean I was asked this by my tribe early on so it's not an issue. I see how I don't fit the mould... but this is what I like to wear... and how I like to look and I'm comfortable in my own skin.Quote2- Julius
Quote1Absolutely. You're amazing for doing it, honestly. It's so refreshing to see mainstream masculinity challenged... I think it makes me the only gay guy out here though.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1I think it does... I know Vince is open about his sexuality. Being attracted to both men and women. But I think... he's currently got a girlfriend.Quote2- Julius
Quote1Oh Vince? He's very attractive... he has that young but manly look about him. Don't worry though I'm not looking for any romance out here (laughs) ... It's just nice to know if there's someone you can relate to about things.Quote2- Ricardo
I do have regrets that on Day 1 when selecting tribes I didn't go with my gut and pick someone like Julius... and instead looked for a mixture of strength and youth... because even though he's straight and I'm gay we both have this similar mindset about being outcasts from normality... and even Vince, who I think is a very everyday sort of guy ... he's got this amazingly deep backstory of his own sexuality, and I can't wait to have conversations with him about our shared experiences. Then on top of it I think Julius was saying that Aaron has a gay brother and is very much a progressive liberal and very open about his support for marriage equality ... there's depth to these guys, and I feel that these are the guys that I could've really worked with had we met early on. Instead I got the worst three...

–Ricardo


The pair continue their discussions, leading to Ricardo admitting that he and Karen hid the wine due to the issues with Phillip, Rick and Estan, revealing what actions the group committed to cause a divide between the six Sook Jai members. He tells Julius that he aims to vote one of the three at the next opportunity, hoping to see Chuay Gahn align with himself, Karen and Kanda, giving them a seven vote majority at the merge.

The way our conversation went was very intimate on a personal and game level. Ricardo is really a great guy, and beyond his colourful character is a very smart individual. It's almost intimidating how intelligent he is because I know he's the type of person who could sway votes to his side. The good news is he's shown interest in getting Chuay Gahn and his three to vote together, meaning we'll be well out of danger from the supposed numbers disadvantage we initially thought we'd be facing. I'll be interested to hear how the others got on with their chats, because a part of me is wondering whether the other side of Sook Jai has been pitching similar deals, or if it's only Ricardo who has taken the initiative to try and better his game.

–Julius


Tribe Meeting

The final ten all return to the meeting point, with Jeff once again waiting for their arrival. Aaron, Estan, Julius and Ricardo are asked to sit on one side in order to deliberate which of the two camps the tribes will move to. In what ends up being a short ten second deliberation, the four turn ready to give their answer to Jeff.

Quote1Alright, we're ready.Quote2- Estan
Quote1Okay, so which tribe have you guys opted to all return to?Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1We're all in agreement to go to Chuay Gahn.Quote2- Julius
Quote1Alright, both tribes will be moving to Chuay Gahn. I guess all that's left now is to come together and all introduce yourselves, then head on out.Quote2- Jeff Probst

The final ten come together, hugging those who they haven't yet had the chance to meet, before all grabbing their things and heading off to Chuay Gahn for the remainder of the game.

Picking Chuay Gahn felt like a no brainer to us. There's the cave, the beach front opening, and because they don't know about a lot of the edible goodies hidden around camp... So there should be an abundance of food compared to what's left at Sook Jai. The only thing left for me at Sook Jai was the wine... (holds up two bottles) and I already had the wise idea of packing it with me.

–Ricardo


Day 19 (Night)

The remaining ten players arrive to the new permanent residence at Chuay Gahn's original camp, getting to the shelter just as the sun begins to come down. The group prepare their meal, hoping to use the evening to bond together for the next stage of the game. Vince and Kanda do most of the cooking, talking together about their cultural heritage.

Race isn't something that really factors into my game. I've always been the only black person around on Sook Jai, and the only other black individual was voted out first. I've spoken with Karen and Ricardo who are both Hispanic... but because they've had each other it has more so been about the two of them bonding together over it. Vince has a Japanese father and was telling me about the cultural differences between his father and mother, and how he's been ingrained with these values from both sides of his heritage that sometimes put him at odds with the others at camp. As much as I do see myself as American, it's very difficult when you've come from a family who are first generation Africans. It's nice to speak with someone else who doesn't have that second individual to relate to their heritage... and makes you feel less alone.

–Kanda


Quote1I'm so happy to see both us oldies make it to the merge!Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1I know! I was saying to Aaron earlier it's amazing because normally those of us over fifty are a sure thing to be sent home. But here we are... (laughs)Quote2- Salma
Quote1Oh come on you guys aren't old! I've seen you in challenges Salma... you kick my ass in a few (laughs)Quote2- Karen

The group continue talking, eventually interrupted by Ricardo, who decides to make an announcement. He pulls the two and a half remaining bottles of wine from his bag, revealing that he'd like to share them with the whole group now that they've merged, as well as it being the night before Kanda's birthday.

Quote1So you stole wine?Quote2- Estan
Quote1No, I just took it to one side... but now I'd like us to all enjoy it together.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1We've looked for the wine the past few days...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1And here it is...Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1But... the point is you stole it... from us... I agree sharing it here is the best thing to do, but to get it here you stole it... from your tribe.Quote2- Estan
Quote1Guys, let's not start anything this first night. Whatever happened with the wine has happened... if we're all happy to share in it then lets do so. Save any discussions about its getting here for tomorrow.Quote2- Julius
Sharing the wine was more of an icebreaker for the whole group, and a way to just let ourselves go for one night. But of course Estan tried to twist it into a big thing, calling me a thief and trying to get those from Chuay Gahn to see it as a sign of distrust. It's pathetic. He tries to utilise anything and everything to use to his advantage, and it just makes him look fake. Hiding wine isn't a crime...

–Ricardo


Ricardo played his move horribly tonight. I think he thought that sharing the wine would buy him favour with Chuay Gahn, but I just highlighted that the only reason he has this wine is because he took it from his original tribe. Hiding anything out here ... food or drink... is completely beyond the game, because everyone is suffering and wants comfort through such things, and Ricardo took it upon himself to hide these things from people. I can't even drink yet... so I couldn't care less about wine... but if I have to speak up and shut down his attempts at bribing people, then I will.

–Estan


The group goes back to having its discussions, with Phillip sitting next to Julius, allowing him to have a whispered one on one chat without others overhearing.

Quote1It's crazy how many problems like this we've had on our tribe...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1With food and drink?Quote2- Julius
Quote1Food, drink, shelter... anything. It has been pretty horrific. I've tried my best to keep things together but Ricardo and Karen in particular have made it their mission to undermine me at every turn. I think this merge couldn't have come sooner because we were about ready to burst at our camp... I'm just so glad to have you guys here now so you can see for yourselves what they're like.Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Well don't you worry... it's a fresh start for us all here.Quote2- Julius
During the first group meal you could see that Sook Jai really has a lot of problems, and they're wanting to get to tribal council as soon as possible to take each other out. I'm amazed that they couldn't put their brains together and just concentrate on taking out Chuay Gahn first... but I guess they don't want the other side to get the jump on them. Which I can also understand... but it means that it's down to us which of their sides comes out on top. Neither side seems particularly nasty, but both paint the other out to be the personification of evil. I feel that I could be close with Ricardo, and he's a very good person to have on your side. Naturally I feel maybe I should get Chuay Gahn to work with him, Karen and Kanda... but then I also notice that Kanda seems a lot more impartial than Ricardo made out, and I'm considering that a lot of what he says may be for show... because he is someone who could sell a story and get the votes he needs on side. We'll have to see what tomorrow holds... but for now, we'll drink.

–Julius


The group (minus underage Estan) drink all the wine, leaving both Karen and Salma particularly drunk. Salma and Karen start dancing for the tribe, eventually falling over in their drunken state, much to the amusement of several tribe members. Rick rolls his eyes at the behaviour, telling Phillip and Kanda that he feels they're making fools of themselves. After another hour or so of "partying", the tribe head to sleep, knowing that tomorrow will likely entail hangovers and regrets.

Day 20

The group awaken to the predicted hangovers and illness, with Karen dry heaving over in a corner whilst Vince rubs her back, trying to comfort her during the discomfort. Rick, Estan, Ricardo and a hungover Salma agree to go together to collect water for the tribe, heading off early in order to ensure that after the consumption of alcohol the tribe doesn't fall into serious dehydration.

I didn't feel bad for anyone in the slightest that felt ill today. I mean I drank, and I'm okay. People gotta learn their limits, and instead we had Karen tryna' show off to the new members of our tribe, and now today she's vomitin' all over the place (laughs)... I'm sure they'll love havin' to wash away her sick... that'll get people on your side.

–Rick


Quote1You sure you should come Salma?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Yeah, I'm not going to do much here today... and you guys need someone to lead you to it so I'll tag along in the boat in case you get lost.Quote2- Salma
Quote1Alright, lets head on out.Quote2- Rick
Quote1You coming Ricardo?Quote2- Salma
Quote1Of course! Let me just grab my bag...Quote2- Ricardo
It's frustrating that this activity was gatecrashed by Ricardo. I've managed to have a good conversation with Aaron about the upcoming vote, and I need to get around to speaking with Salma, Vince and Julius... I thought getting the water would provide a brilliant opening, but with Ricardo coming along any talk of strategy will have to be postponed.

–Estan


The four head off on the boat, leaving the others back at camp to somewhat relax for the day. Karen finishes her dry heaving, thanking Vince for his assistance whilst wiping tears from her face.

It says so much that while I'm being sick after a night of drinking that the Chuay Gahn members all asked me how I was, Vince even stood over me making sure I'm okay. Whilst Rick and Estan go off for the day without any consideration as to how I might be feeling. Such gentlemen.

–Karen


Vince walks Karen over to the fire where Kanda is lying down, relaxing whilst making sure it stays alight. He wishes her a happy birthday, for which she thanks him, before heading down to the beach alone, eventually joining Julius in collecting clams and snails off the rocks.

There has been a change in the atmosphere around camp since the merger. A lot of us are on guard, and that's always a difficult thing when you're trying to make bonds with new people and ensure your old bonds are still strong. The word around camp is that Sook Jai is imploding, and that the four of us from Chuay Gahn will be picking which side to vote with. Right now I don't have a care or a preference, because everyone is equally as polite to me. I do like Kanda a lot... and she's the only person who I've really felt like I could be close with from their side. I also got on well with Karen and Rick yesterday... and since then no one has done anything to make me think 'right, you've got to go'.

–Vince


Quote1How are you feeling today?Quote2- Julius
Quote1Me? I'm fine. Just thinking about the vote... I mean one of us will win immunity, so it's not like we need to worry that a plan could fall through if we make it too early.Quote2- Vince
Quote1You'd rather we decided before the challenge?Quote2- Julius
Quote1I think it would be wiser that we know which way we're going as soon as possible.Quote2- Vince
Quote1I'm personally struggling myself on the decision. None of them have done anything to sway me against them... but they're all doing things to sway me in their favour.Quote2- Julius
Vince is my closest ally out here, and he and I have been in similar positions since we voted in the minority at the first tribal council. Since then we've really built ourselves up in terms of where we stand, and right now he and I are the most powerful people in this game. Salma and Aaron aren't close, and they'll follow whatever decision we make... So we've got eight people on a tribe of ten looking to two people to select the path this game takes.

–Julius


Setting out the tribes fishing net, Aaron and Phillip continue the conversation about the vote that Aaron had started with Estan the previous day. Aaron tells Phillip that he feels confident the group can join the Chuay Gahn side, and make a smaller group within that in order to reach the final five. Phillip tells Aaron that the target should be Ricardo, as he is the "ringleader" of the other side, and that by taking him out they will be removing a social threat. Aaron claims that he still needs to speak with Vince and Julius about the vote in detail, but that he feels they will be able to pull through and vote Ricardo out.

Aaron is the main person from Chuay Gahn that I've had a chance to speak with right now, and he's very open to voting Ricardo out. It's great because the only person I'm having doubts with from Chuay Gahn is Salma, and it seems that she's not in Aaron's good books right now... If myself, Rick, Estan, Aaron and the pairing of Vince and Julius can all come together as a strong alliance, we can control the votes from here on out. Kanda and Salma could have easily joined this powerhouse, but they've wavered and not made their loyalties clear, and I think it's only appropriate they should suffer the consequences of their actions.

–Phillip


Phillip urges Aaron to head over to Vince and Julius now, seeing the pair alone on the beach, giving him an opportunity to speak to them without interruption. Aaron agrees, heading over to the two men, leaving Phillip to return to the cave to sit with Karen and birthday girl Kanda. After reaching Vince and Julius, Aaron starts the conversation of the vote, which the pair say they haven't thought hard on.

Quote1I've just spoken with Phillip, and he really wants us working with his side.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1Both sides really want us... because they know which ever side gets us stays in this thing, the other goes home.Quote2- Vince
Quote1I know, but I'm just saying my gut is telling me that Phillip, Estan and Rick may be better. Long term I think we can get down to the end with them, and the alternative is the other three... and I don't know about you guys, but Kanda doesn't exactly seem close with them.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1To me that's an incentive to side against the boys though. If Kanda isn't tight with Ricardo and Karen, it means when we get the numbers down they're less likely to pair up to turn it on us... rather than a solid block of three votes.Quote2- Vince
Quote1Has Salma said anything about sides?Quote2- Aaron
Quote1Yeah she's voting you next...Quote2- Vince
Quote1What!?Quote2- Aaron
Quote1(laughs) I'm kidding! No, no she hasn't said anything. But I think she likes Karen and Ricardo a lot... and I like Kanda I think she's cool. I'm leaning towards voting Estan.Quote2- Vince
Quote1Lets not rush any decisions... just stay cool, the three of us and Salma can stay tight. We go one way when the time comes.Quote2- Julius
It's proving hard to get Vince and Julius to give a straight answer to this vote, and it's frustrating to have my position in the game right now controlled by two others and Salma... who just wrote my name down. I don't want to go against the three who I'm building more bonds with, because then I'm just playing someone else's game. As tough as it's going to be... I either need to convince the guys to vote Ricardo at the next tribal council, or I'll have to go it alone... and try to find a fifth and sixth vote elsewhere. It's possible, and crazier things have happened in this game before.

–Aaron


During sundown, the group all gather together having replenished their water supply, sitting Kanda down by the fire in order to sing her a birthday song. Kanda laughs and blushes as the tribe sing, wiping tears from her cheek and hugging all nine tribe mates once it is done.

I was dreading my birthday out here, because no one wants a birthday where all the guests hate each other. But, everyone was really sweet and showed that they care about me at least a bit... and I just thanked them all for doing as much as they could, and we had another chilled evening. I want to enjoy this moment because I know with tribal council tomorrow, it's not going to last.

–Kanda


Day 21

The final ten receive tree mail informing them of their next challenge, which the group speculate will be for individual immunity. With no individual being obviously singled out for a certain elimination, everyone feels somewhat relaxed, unaware if they are or aren't at risk of being voted off should they fail to secure their own safety.

I don't feel any pressure to win today, so I'm happy to hand this one over to someone else who'd rather save themselves and inadvertently put a target on their back.

–Vince


At this stage we're not sure which way the old Chuay Gahn will vote, so I don't think any one of us from Sook Jai feel we need to be the one to win. I'm going to put my all into it today, but not because I think me losing is going to guarantee my name coming up at tribal council.

–Ricardo


After reaching the challenge, Jeff has the group stand in a line, asking them how it has been living on the same beach the past two days.

Quote1You know it has been really good. We've all been getting along good and it has helped decrease tensions that were looming on both tribes before we merged.Quote2- Estan
Quote1You said "merged"?Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Yeah...?Quote2- Estan
Quote1I hope nothing I said gave you that impression?Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1What...?Quote2- Aaron
Quote1What I said was a big change was about to happen, and that two tribes would live together at one beach. This isn't a merge. You are and will still compete as two tribes.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1(mutters) F**k...Quote2- Karen

Challenge: Jail Break
Shackled by locks, each team would be placed in a jail cell. Using the resources on the ground, the Survivors had to escape the cell by reaching for the keys that hung on posts outside of the cell. First tribe to have gathered the keys, unlock their shackles, and dig out of the jail would win.
Winner: Chuay Gahn
Information: For Sook Jai the entire tribe performs well, with only Karen taking a little longer than average to unlock one of the shackles. For Chuay Gahn, the entire tribe performs well, giving them the speed to finish the challenge first and win themselves immunity from tribal council.

Immunity Challenge Jail Break
Result Tribe Competitors Sit Outs
Won Chuay Gahn Aaron ThailandJulius ThailandSalma ThailandVince Thailand
Aaron, Julius, Salma, Vince
Lost Sook Jai Kanda ThailandKaren ThailandPhillip ThailandRicardo Thailand
Kanda, Karen, Phillip, Ricardo
Estan ThailandRick Thailand
Estan, Rick

After the challenge, the losing Sook Jai tribe are told that they must immediately head to tribal council, with no time to go back to camp in order to discuss the vote, leaving Chuay Gahn to return to tribal council alone.

Chuay Gahn

The group reach camp having won themselves immunity, with the four in slight shock that the merge has not yet occurred, and that they are still competing as rival tribes.

Quote1The good news is that we're safe for tonight.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1We were safe anyway... I'd have rather we merged and got our votes in for this.Quote2- Vince
Quote1We've got to make sure we keep winning then... We've got them down to five now, and just hope that we'll not be knocked down to three.Quote2- Salma
I was hoping to get a say on the vote tonight, and ultimately control which way this game is going. Now we see that things are still in a tribal format, and we could've lost today and been down to three. We'd have voted Salma out, and it's scary to think all we've been planning these last few days has to be thrown out, and we need to get back into the mindset that this game is not yet individual.

–Vince


Sook Jai (Tribal Council)

At tribal council, the six Sook Jai members openly talk about their shock at the merge not yet being a reality, admitting that the past few days have been spent fighting for the support of the Chuay Gahn tribe. Ricardo openly talks about the split in the tribe, feeling as though there will now be a tie, with a tiebreaker being the only deciding factor unless someone is willing to jump ship. Phillip decides to openly pitch the vote to Kanda, saying that she should join his side in voting for Ricardo. Ricardo laughs, saying that Kanda isn't a puppet for him to control. Much of the talk then proceeds to Kanda being asked to act as a swing vote for either side, either forcing a tie or sending Ricardo home.

Quote1Kanda, both sides clearly want your vote tonight. How are you going to decide which way you're going?Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Well uh, I think one of the key things here is that a few days ago I was very much being treated this same way. Both sides wanted my support... and fought hard to keep me. Since the merge... or... fake merge... I've slightly been ignored by both when it comes to strategy. Ricardo and Karen have assumed I'm sticking with them, and the other three haven't even really tried to get me on side... so I ask them do you only want to speak to me about the votes when you have no other choice.Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Absolutely not...Quote2- Rick
Quote1You do... it is clear to everyone that you three don't think Kanda is worth your time, and only now... do you make her offers... because you see her value.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1Yet you and Karen have been hanging with Chuay Gahn since we got to their camp...Quote2- Estan

The group proceed to argue over treatment of Kanda, which causes her to laugh, feeling that people should be more honest about being on the bottom of both groups. Kanda then shuts down the arguments by telling the group she's made a decision on the vote already, and that she'd like to "get down to it". The group accept this, and begin voting one by one, sitting calmly as Jeff brings the urn back over.

Quote1First vote... Ricardo.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Second vote... Ricardo.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Third vote... Ricardo. That's three votes Ricardo.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Fourth vote... Rick. That's three votes Ricardo, one vote Rick.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Fifth vote... Rick. That's three votes Ricardo, two votes Rick... one vote left.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Last vote... Rick. We are tied.Quote2- Jeff Probst

Estan, Phillip and Rick sigh, seeing Kanda has opted to send the vote to a tie by voting against them. Jeff explains to the group that rather than for the tie to be broken by past votes, the group will draw rocks if the vote is deadlocked, with both Ricardo and Rick becoming immune in said rock draw.

Quote1(laughs) Lets vote then... I'll draw a rock...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1No you wont. You both won't draw a rock to save Rick...Quote2- Karen
Quote1And why not?Quote2- Rick
Quote1Because Estan and Phillip have played this game like opportunists... they'll see drawing a rock and losing out on the jury right now as a waste of their game, when there's a chance we can be back to winning challenges like we always have... and that'll get them to the merge. I'm not changing my vote... I'll draw a rock... because without Ricardo I don't have as good of a shot here... Phillip and Estan can survive without you Rick.Quote2- Karen
Quote1That's not true... and they're not going to fall for this.Quote2- Rick
Quote1Kanda, you're really going to go to a rock draw? Your whole game... what about your parents and your family?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Please don't mention my family...Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Are you switching or going to rocks...?Quote2- Estan
Quote1I've made my choice... and if it takes us to rocks... then I'm ready to draw.Quote2- Kanda

Phillip and Estan look at one another, shaking their heads unsure as what to make of the new tiebreaker twist. Ricardo places his hands on the shoulders of the two girls, thanking them for their bravery in willingly risking their games for him. Rick speaks with Phillip and Estan, telling them that "they won't do it", implying he believes Kanda or Karen will switch their votes at the last minute. With time now up, Jeff signals Kanda to start the re-vote, leaving both Rick and Ricardo pondering whether one of them will lose out, or if their allies are about to make the biggest sacrifice in the game. When it comes time for the re-votes to be read, Ricardo re-positions his hands on both Karen and Kanda, hoping that one of the others flipped so that he doesn't have to see a third ally leave the game.

Quote1First vote... Rick.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Second vote... Rick. That's two votes Rick.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Third vote... Seventh person voted out of Survivor Thailand... Rick, you'll need to bring me your torch.Quote2- Jeff Probst

Rick shakes his head in disappointment, accepting a loose handshake off Phillip as he takes his torch over to Jeff. Karen and Kanda both let out sighs of relief, followed by tears as Ricardo hugs them in happiness, having finally overcome their adversaries without the help of Chuay Gahn's votes. The final five members of Sook Jai head back to camp, with both Estan and Phillip nervous now they've placed themselves knowingly in the minority, now knowing everyone to leave the game from this point is guaranteed to have made the jury that will have the final say on who becomes Sole Survivor.

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 7:
Sook Jai
First Vote (Tie)
Revote (Ricardo & Rick
ineligible to vote)
Voted
Against
Voter
Voted
Against
Voter
Rick Thailand
Rick (3 votes)
Kanda ThailandKaren ThailandRicardo Thailand
Kanda, Karen & Ricardo
Rick Thailand
Rick (4 votes)
Estan ThailandKanda ThailandKaren ThailandPhillip Thailand
Estan, Kanda, Karen & Phillip
Ricardo Thailand
Ricardo (3 votes)
Estan ThailandPhillip ThailandRick Thailand
Estan, Phillip & Rick
Ricardo Thailand
Ricardo (0 votes)
None
VOTED OFF:
Rick Thailand Eliminated
Rick

Voting Confessionals

You made things far too personal in this game, and I hope that you suffer the consequences of that by leaving tonight.

–Estan


When you strip away everything, it's clear to me that you and the other boys don't really give a damn about me.

–Kanda


Third time I've written down your name Rick... and I hope it is the last.

–Karen


(says nothing)

–Phillip


Adiós y vete a casa...

–Ricardo


This here fake merger screwed up our plans, and it seems the will of this game will be you and I going into a tie... I'm ready for whatever tonight.

–Rick


Final Words

Well dang! I got done tonight. I thought that Kanda might switch her vote, but I guess the girls had more guts than Estan and Phil. I wish em' all luck, it's just how this game went. I don't really care what happens now I'm gone, and I just look forward to gettin' me a steak and clean sheets.

–Rick


Still In The Running

Chuay Gahn
Aaron Thailand
Aaron
Gypsy Thailand Eliminated
Gypsy
Harper Thailand Eliminated
Harper
Julius Thailand
Julius
Rachel Thailand Eliminated
Rachel
Salma Thailand
Salma
Vince Thailand
Vince
West Thailand Eliminated
West
Sook Jai
Estan Thailand
Estan
Joan Thailand Eliminated
Joan
Kanda Thailand
Kanda
Karen Thailand
Karen
Melissa Thailand Eliminated
Melissa
Phillip Thailand
Phillip
Ricardo Thailand
Ricardo
Rick Thailand Eliminated
Rick