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"No Light At The End Of This Tunnel"
Thailand Ep 2
Season Survivor: Thailand
Episode Number 2/13 (054)
First Broadcast December 16, 2017
Episode Chronology
Previous The Importance Of Being Eldest
Next Stand Up And Shut It Down

No Light At The End Of This Tunnel is the second episode of Survivor: Thailand.

Story

Day 3 (Night)

The Chuay Gahn tribe returns to camp having just voted West out at the first tribal council of the season. Having received votes, Gypsy decides to try and make amends with the two remaining tribe mates that wrote down her name.

Quote1I just want to say thanks to those who helped me stay tonight. Also, to those that wrote my name down... I don't take it personally, and I know why you did it. Lets just move on as a group and be strong for the next few days.Quote2- Gypsy
Quote1Amen. Good job on staying hun (she rubs Gypsy's arm).Quote2- Salma
Quote1I agree. I'll admit Gypsy, I voted you tonight. Just down to the whole tension between yourself and West... I had to vote for one of you. Either way I'm glad that seems to have ended with him leaving, and I hope we can all just... be strong (laughs nervously)Quote2- Vince
Tonight I narrowly avoided being the first one out, which would've been far too embarrassing. My nemesis went home, which is great because I now feel the one thing that was putting me in trouble is no longer here... But I do need to learn to control my mouth. I made a small speech on sticking together and forgiveness ... and whilst I don't hold it against Vince and Julius, I know that when it came down to it, they sided against me. Vince is a smart guy, and now he knows he's in potential trouble should we lose again.

–Gypsy


The group head to sleep in the cave, with Vince lying down eyes open, clearly thinking over his decision at the first tribal council that may have placed him in the minority.

Day 4

Chuay Gahn

As the weather appears to be clear, Aaron suggests he and two others set off in order to collect the tribes next supply of water. Rachel volunteers immediately, followed by Gypsy, who wants to take the opportunity to better her rowing skills.

Today like any other day things need to get done, so I suggested to the group that I would go and collect the water we need to survive these next few days. Rachel as always was eager to throw her name in, and it was great to see Gypsy step up too. The three of us have been getting on pretty well so far, so to take this opportunity to bond even further and complete a necessary task feels more than logical.

–Aaron


The trio row towards the water source, using the time to give Gypsy a lesson in techniques on how to row efficiently. Although they stay away from discussing strategy, the time spent alone allows the three to continue strengthening their bond, seemingly making an alliance without using the word to solidify it.

Getting the water today was both a really nice break from the game, and still a big part of it. Myself, Aaron and Rachel agreed that we get on well... and that we've got to 'look out for each other'. This was all code for what is confirming the trust between us, and making an alliance that should see us through to the individual portion of the game. As for those back at camp, we need to pull in one more person to really make it count so we've got the majority. Salma is the obvious choice, because of how she voted last night... and I can tell she's just a cool mother figure who'll look out for me. The other three haven't really spent as much time with me... and I don't see Julius and especially Vince coming to my aid anytime soon.

–Gypsy


After collecting the water, the new supposed alliance sit together on the boat, taking a break before heading back to camp in order to replenish their energy. Meanwhile, the four remaining by the Chuay Gahn caves get to work collecting food and firewood for when the others return. Salma, Harper and Vince get a fire going, with Julius off alone down the beach.

Quote1Anyone else feeling tired today?Quote2- Harper
Quote1Yeah... think it might have something to do with Julius snoring last night. Shame the beautiful makeup doesn't resonate his sleeping habits (laughs)Quote2- Salma
Quote1I just think we need to find better food. We need fish or some sort of protein.Quote2- Vince
Quote1Unless we get a spear or a net we're stuck with clams and coconut...Quote2- Harper
Quote1Clams and coconut... almost sounds like a detective duo. Maybe that can be my next big idea (laughs)Quote2- Salma
Being out here does get you down, especially when you're not competing or thinking about an upcoming tribal. Other than that its a lot of sitting, moping and feeling sorry for yourself. I'm usually quite a positive person so I'm trying to keep spirits high as best I can... but it has crossed my mind 'how the hell can I do this for thirty-nine days, when I already feel this sunken day four...'

–Salma


Julius returns after several more minutes, bringing with him a bucket full of clams. He places the bucket down, before dropping next to it, sighing as he thinks about the repetitive meal the tribe will once again have.

Quote1Great job Julius...Quote2- Harper
Quote1Yeah...Quote2- Julius
Quote1No really... great job. We need this until we find something better.Quote2- Harper
Quote1I'll get these prepared once the others come back.Quote2- Vince
Quote1I might pass on this one guys. I'll just have some water.Quote2- Julius
My mind right now isn't in gear at all. After last nights vote and the dreary mood today... I'm slightly wondering what I'm doing out here. I've been a huge fan of this show since I first saw people like Teddy and Danni back in the first season... and since then its been my dream to come out here and just experience this game. Right now... I just feel that I'm in a bad position, a bad tribe and my mood reflects that. I want to find a way out of this hole... but there's no light at the end of this tunnel. Not that I can see.

–Julius


Julius and Harper both lie down in the caves to rest, whilst Vince begins to clean the clams for the others who come back. Salma decides to tell the group a story about her writing habits and how she comes up with her ideas. Harper is seen somewhat rolling her eyes, clearly wanting silence so that she and Julius can rest. However, no one voices their frustrations out loud, resulting in Salma talking for a substantial amount of time.

Salma... I have very mixed feelings on her. On one hand she's a great worker and has proven herself to be physically able... she's a nice person... but she's just irritating. The irony of her pointing out the tiredness we're all feeling, only to be the factor in preventing us from resting this afternoon. I'm not sure if she's socially inept or if its just an age thing. Maybe there should be a rule that anyone over forty-five has to be voted out first...

–Harper


The tribe eventually reunite an hour later, eating their meal of clams once again, all hoping that the next few days will find them an alternative food source.

Sook Jai

At the Sook Jai camp, the group sit around their poorly built shelter to speculate who they think may have gone home at the first tribal council.

Quote1I'm just glad none of us had to be the first one out.Quote2- Karen
Quote1That would suck. I honestly feel for whoever it was...Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1It wouldn't be one of the guys.Quote2- Joan
Quote1And why not?Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Because... they're guys.Quote2- Joan
Quote1So men can't be voted out first?Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Good to know you'd have voted one of us Joan... (laughs)Quote2- Karen
My tribe gets on my nerves. I don't particularly like any of them... I mean Joan and her whole 'a girl has to go first' stuff is just odd. I understand the argument that men are physically stronger... but there's more to this game than strength. There's a mental and social game going on alongside the physical one... and Joan isn't good at any aspect. So maybe she's right... a girl has to go first; her. (cackles)

–Melissa


Quote1If we lost it probably would've been you Karen anyway so I mean I get why it crossed your mind...Quote2- Rick
Quote1Uh, okay? Nice to know...Quote2- Karen
Quote1(laughs) I'm joking girlie.Quote2- Rick
Quote1I never even considered a vote...Quote2- Estan
Quote1Neither did I! I was joking... lighten up or I WILL vote you (laughs).Quote2- Rick
I don't like Rick. He's just ugh. He's not funny, he's not charming and he's irritating. He tries sarcasm but its not funny... its just him insulting you or making you feel bad only to go 'BAH I DONE GOT YOU' after whilst spitting in your face. I don't actually think anyone particularly likes him here, but he's tolerated because he's from the South and works all day.

–Karen


The group decide to get on with some daily chores, knowing today is their day off without any challenges to keep them busy. Estan, Kanda and Rick go off to collect some wood, wanting to do so whilst the weather is dry. The other five members of camp stay behind to work on the shelter, which still hasn't been finished to an acceptable standard.

There are problems with the shelter still. I have to take some responsibility as the leader of this tribe. However, a worker is as only as good a his tools... and when my tools are Karen, Joan and Melissa I can't do much. The three of them are the cancer of our tribe... they're not strong, they're disruptive and they fight with each other. Thankfully Ricardo stayed behind to help me as well. He and I don't really talk, we're very different men... I mean he's gay and I'm ... obviously not. Uh, but he's a good contributor, and he's calm. Also I guess being the way he is he can get in with the girls and keep them controlled (laughs).

–Phillip


Quote1Can I ask you guys a question? Does anyone here even find Rick funny?Quote2- Karen
Quote1(laughs) Where did that come from?Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Just today his whole demeanour around his joke. Maybe it's because I'm tired... but I just wasn't feeling it.Quote2- Karen
Quote1I think he's okay... I mean with me he a-...Quote2- Joan
Quote1Well I mean Joan you probably like him because he's not one of the three girls you're voting for first right?Quote2- Karen
Quote1Girls... can we have less bitchin' and more working?Quote2- Phillip
Karen is a strange individual. On one hand I love her feisty personality and flare. On the other I think she's downright rude, especially to poor Joan. I feel very protective of Joan, and all I see is Karen and others jump down at her because they know she's quiet and will not fight back. This group just doesn't mesh well, and the only people not butting heads are myself, Kanda and Estan. I think I made the wrong choices when picking on Day 1. Take me back and let me try again (laughs).

–Ricardo


The tribe continue their day with a tense atmosphere, fixing their shelter and collecting supplies to make their camp life easier, although the lack of synergy between the team appears to be taking its toll.

Day 5

Challenge: Palanquin Square
Each tribe would have to pick one person to act as the guide, while the others would be blindfolded. The blindfolded tribe members would have to carry the guide in the palanquin. The guide would navigate them through a course. Along the way, they would find several stations with a tribal bag hanging from them. First tribe to have completed the course and collect their bags would win.
Reward: A lantern, fishing supplies, and a 30-meter fishing net.
Winner: Chuay Gahn

Reward Challenge: Palanquin Square
Result Tribe Competitors Sit Outs
Won Chuay Gahn Aaron ThailandGypsy ThailandHarper ThailandJulius ThailandRachel ThailandSalma ThailandVince Thailand
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper, Julius, Rachel, Salma, Vince
Lost Sook Jai Estan ThailandJoan ThailandKanda ThailandMelissa ThailandPhillip ThailandRicardo ThailandRick Thailand
Estan, Joan, Kanda, Melissa, Phillip, Ricardo, Rick
Karen Thailand
Karen

Chuay Gahn

Having just won the reward challenge, the Chuay Gahn tribe returns to camp ecstatic to have obtained a fishing net along with supplies, giving them an opportunity to leave their clam based diet. Julius, Vince and Aaron immediately begin setting the net up, wanting to waste no time before they begin catching new forms of protein.

Winning today really took the tribes spirits up a notch. Everyone's been complaining about the eating situation, and now we've got this amazing fishing set that the boys of course had to all go and set up for us girls because they're so macho (laughs). But no, I don't care if a patriarchy comes of Chuay Gahn today... we deserve to celebrate, and the boys want to be the ones to catch dinner. They did amazing today... we all did. Especially Salma directing us!

–Rachel


Quote1You guys... this is gonna be huge.Quote2- Julius
Quote1No more clams...Quote2- Vince
Quote1I swear to God, with this we aren't eating another clam as long as we're out here.Quote2- Julius
Quote1We know we can beat them too... Sook Jai.Quote2- Aaron
Quote1Easily... I mean I was worried yesterday we were going to be THAT tribe that keeps losing... today I'm thinking we're still in this.Quote2- Julius
A win for Chuay Gahn today. It's exactly what we needed. Several people were starting to look close to giving up, which for the first week isn't a good sign at all. Thankfully, we get back to camp with a fishing kit and faces are lighting up... hopefully we'll get some fish for tonight, and then moral will be the strongest its been here since Day 1. That'll be dangerous for Sook Jai... to go against a tribe when their moral is as high as ours will be.

–Aaron


As night falls, Vince and Julius go out to check the nets, they find three fish caught, much to the delight of the boys and the tribe. The group prepare the fish, and sit around to eat the uplifting meal, laughing over stories of their lives back home.

I mentioned yesterday that I wasn't sure why I had come out here, and whether or not this experience was what I wanted it to be. As sad as it is... I think that's just the bad loser in me. Winning today gave me every positive feeling I expected it would, and I want nothing more than to go through this game full force. I can't do anything but win now (laughs)... I don't want to ever lose this high I'm on.

–Julius


The group head to sleep after the meal, wanting to get adequate rest to face their next immunity challenge, feeling good about their chances after winning the reward challenge with ease against their rivals.

Sook Jai

After losing to Chuay Gahn in a crushing defeat, the Sook Jai tribe returns to camp even lower in moral than their previous day. Very little is said initially, with each member looking around at one another unsure how to talk the loss over without causing an argument.

Our first loss today. It didn't go well at all. C'est la vie. I think a lot of it is down to Joan failing to guide us... her voice was drowned out by the other group and everyone shouting. But it was Phillip who selected our positions, so a part of me feels that the buck stops with him.

–Kanda


Quote1Alright, I guess I'll start if no one has the guts to speak up...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Its got nothing to do with having 'the guts' Phillip... its about not wanting to hear arguing after that mess.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1A mess you were apart of.Quote2- Phillip
Quote1A mess we were all apart of! So what is a dissection of how bad we were going to do? We sucked. Get over it and move on.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1I actually wasn't apart of it...Quote2- Karen
Quote1Melissa... Melissa... first of all stop shouting because I'm just trying to have a conversation here.Quote2- Phillip
Quote1I'm not shouting! I'm just telling you that I and no one else particularly cares to hear what you've got to say right now.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Then say it without shouting at me...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Well sorry if my voice is so damn loud maybe I'd have been better off guiding us than your selection.Quote2- Melissa
I hate Phillip. I haven't met anyone like him ever. He's so controlling, so passive aggressive and he just makes my skin crawl. He spends his time making bad decisions that go horrendously wrong, then giving us a team talk on why it went wrong and how we're all to blame because it cant possibly be down to the fact he's a weak leader.

–Melissa


Once again Melissa has shown herself up in front of the camp. She has an issue with me, and I feel its because she wants to be the leader and she knows that no one is getting behind her whilst I'm here. Naturally she thinks by taking me out of the position it'll be hers, but being so naive she doesn't know how to handle these things. If she wasn't consistently better than the other girls in these challenges I'd already be campaigning to send her home for when we lose.

–Phillip


Quote1Listen guys, why don't we just all take a breather. We lost today, no one wanted that. No need to come back here and butt heads about it.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1Absolutely.Quote2- Phillip
Quote1So, lets just separate and get on with today. We can come back tomorrow and show them that winning isn't something to be use to. Ok?Quote2- Ricardo

The tribe thank Ricardo for taking control of the situation, agreeing to halt any potential further arguments from arising. Over the course of the day the group separate to fulfil their daily tasks. Phillip and Karen remain by the shelter to tend the fire, whilst the others go off into the jungle. Estan, Joan and Melissa go off in one direction, with Estan and Joan somewhat holding back so they can talk one on one.

Quote1I'm feeling nervous.Quote2- Joan
Quote1About what?Quote2- Estan
Quote1Just that... I might be going home... if we lose. Karen and Melissa both have it in for me.Quote2- Joan
Quote1They both have it in for everyone. I mean Karen supposedly hates Rick too...Quote2- Estan
Quote1I just think they'll come after me... because of what I said about girls going first. I didn't mean them! I was just sayi-...Quote2- Joan
Quote1You don't need to explain it to me. If Karen wants to come for you... then maybe you've got to go after her.Quote2- Estan
I'm trying to keep things on the down low right now. This tribe has gone into a manic frenzy over hating one another, and somehow I'm one of the few people no one dislikes. Joan is impressionable... I like how impressionable she is. It's useful. She knows that Karen doesn't like her, and I don't really like Karen. So I'm happy to drop the hint that maybe she needs to focus on getting Karen out at the next tribal council. From what she's told me... Karen wants Rick gone first because of how much she dislikes him. People like Karen and Joan are useful for my game, and as long as I can use them both I'm going to keep them around.

–Estan


Quote1You guys talking about anything interesting?Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Nope... just... a little worried about tomorrow.Quote2- Joan
Quote1Well, if we can get over today we should be fine.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Absolutely. (he puts his hand on Joan's back to comfort her)Quote2- Estan
I'm grateful for the support some people are giving me on this tribe. Ricardo and Estan are two people who have shown kindness when others shut me out. Initially I was worried that if we lost I'd be an easy pick to leave... but now I can see that my escape is Karen. If we lose... I have to face off with Karen and make sure she continues to bury herself.

–Joan


Elsewhere, Ricardo, Kanda and Rick collect food for the tribe. Kanda asks Ricardo for his opinions about the tribes failing unity, to which he responds by telling her that it is something they'll have to work on, fearing that the group may fall apart if others can't bury the hatchet.

Quote1Who is having problems?Quote2- Rick
Quote1Lots of people...Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Karen, Melissa, Phillip, Joan... even some people have suggested you need to tone down your sense of humour.Quote2- Ricardo
Quote1What?! Really? Who said that?Quote2- Rick
Quote1It doesn't matter. I don't have an issue with your jokes... but some others may be more sensitive. For the sake of the tribe maybe just reel it in for a few days.Quote2- Ricardo
I decided to tell Rick about the issue surrounding his humour just because we need to find any way to stop these pointless fights. In this whole saga of Sook Jai fights I don't think Rick is an issue... but others do. I can see how his jokes aren't funny, but I think Karen just needs to suck it up. Unfortunately, getting Rick to stop annoying Karen is going to be much easier than stopping the behaviour of people like Phillip and Melissa.

–Ricardo


The group head back to camp, allowing Phillip and Karen to prepare dinner for the tribe. After another sombre day, the group go to bed in hope that the following day will offer a different result, and see the tribe avoid tribal for a second straight time.

Day 6

Both tribes receive tree mail giving the details of the second immunity challenge, with both tribes on edge; Chuay Gahn wanting to continue their new found victories, and Sook Jai wishing to get back to their original winning state.

If we lose today I feel I'm in trouble. I'm one of the strongest physically on this tribe, but I know after voting for Gypsy last tribal I'm now against what seems to be a group of five. I don't even want to think about what I have to do if we lose... but it can't help to prepare for a potential loss.

–Vince


This challenge will decide whether or not I have to put things in motion to take control of this tribe. I'm the youngest one here, and yet I'm the smartest. Phillip thinks he's running the show, and everyone has their sites on Karen and Joan... but if we lose I can't let either of them go, not when both trust me so much.

–Estan


Challenge: Floating Puzzle
Each tribe was given a giant floating Lotus flower puzzle, missing six pieces. The six pieces were tethered and floating at equal distance from the flower. The tribe members would have to swim, one at a time, to a missing piece, unlatch it, then swim back to attach it to their tribe's flower. First tribe to have successfully retrieved all six pieces and place them correctly on their flower would win..
Winner: Chuay Gahn
Information: Both tribes perform generally well in the challenge, with each tribe easily fulfilling their respective roles. Kanda acts as the slowest member of Sook Jai, whilst Rachel is the slowest for Chuay Gahn (although neither perform particularly badly). Ultimately, the challenge comes down to a matter of seconds, with Chuay Gahn fitting in their last puzzle piece a matter of seconds before Sook Jai, handing them their first immunity win.

Immunity Challenge: Floating Puzzle
Result Tribe Competitors Sit Outs
Won Chuay Gahn Aaron ThailandGypsy ThailandHarper ThailandJulius ThailandRachel ThailandSalma ThailandVince Thailand
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper, Julius, Rachel, Salma, Vince
Lost Sook Jai Estan ThailandKanda ThailandKaren ThailandMelissa ThailandPhillip ThailandRicardo ThailandRick Thailand
Estan, Kanda, Karen, Melissa, Phillip, Ricardo, Rick
Joan Thailand
Joan

Sook Jai

The eight members of Sook Jai return to camp, all holding back sadness and anger that one of them is about to become the second person voted out of the game. Ricardo leans over to friend Joan fast upon reaching their shelter, telling her they need to sort out a name. Joan turns and mimes "Karen", following Estan's recommended plan.

Of everyone in my tribe, I feel closest to Joan on a personal level. She's in trouble today, there's no doubt about that in my mind. I need to do all I can to protect her, and supposedly the best person to target in that case is Karen. I've spoken about the vote with Joan, and she's suggested that Estan is also in on it. I think I can speak with Kanda and maybe Rick... and this will give us enough votes to send her home.

–Ricardo


Ricardo and Joan manage to get Rick and Kanda down on the beach, trying to talk together in order to select Karen as their target. Back by the shelter, Estan suggests to Karen that they go to collect water, wanting to try and influence her vote, leaving Melissa and Phillip alone.

Quote1Can I ask how you're planning to vote?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1If you think I've got a name right now... I haven't.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Is there a chance you're voting me?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1No. You can refuse to believe that if you want... but at the end of it all you're not the one who screwed up in two challenges.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1So, you're voting...Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Joan... probably. And you're voting?Quote2- Melissa
Quote1I'm in agreement about Joan. She screwed us twice and does nothing around here...Quote2- Phillip
Its funny that myself and Melissa were left alone to talk about the vote. She and I haven't always got along, but when it comes down to it we respect the work the other puts into things. Joan isn't someone who works, and when she does compete she poses more problems than when she does nothing. Someone like that can't be left around to fester.

–Phillip


Quote1Well, if you want to get this in everyone else's heads you need to move soon.Quote2- Melissa
Quote1Why's that?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Haven't you noticed everyone has left but us? What do you think they're talking about?Quote2- Melissa
I feel slightly sick that I'm agreeing with Phillip of all people... he's an egomaniac who isn't half as smart as he pretends he is... but we need him. Whilst Joan walks around camp failing to make a positive impact, people like Phillip have use. I just hope that when I speak to the others they see the same sense... and don't decide to target someone like myself just because I dare to call out how much of a wreck this group is.

–Melissa


Down on the beach, Ricardo pitches to Rick and Kanda that they should vote out Karen, feeling that she doesn't contribute much and causes a lot of the tension in the group. Rick agrees with Ricardo, particularly after Joan reveals that it was Karen who complained about his behaviour. Kanda remains sceptical, claiming that she wants to vote with the majority, and isn't fussed who that is as long as they have the numbers.

Speaking to both Rick and Kanda I could see that we were getting them on side. I had to use somewhat dirty tactics in getting Rick on board, letting him know that Karen complained about him. Kanda is playing it very coy and I respect that, but she let us know if we can get a guaranteed majority then she's down.

–Joan


Quote1Estan is voting her too, he told me already.Quote2- Joan
Quote1When?Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Yesterday. He said that if we lost the best target would be Karen.Quote2- Joan
Quote1Okay... well I'll make sure he's still with this and I'm good.Quote2- Kanda
Quote1I'm down too.Quote2- Rick

The group notice Phillip walking towards them on the beach and quickly disperse. Rick and Kanda head towards Phillip, leaving Joan and Ricardo to go off back to camp. Phillip remains correctly suspicious, asking the pair what they were discussing. Rick comes clean immediately, informing Phillip of the plan to vote out Karen, stating he is going along with it.

Quote1You guys want to vote out Karen? Why?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Because she's got it in for me bud. She don't help in nothin' either!Quote2- Rick
Quote1You're a hundred percent going for her too?Quote2- Phillip
Quote1If that's what the majority is doing...Quote2- Kanda
Quote1The majority? If people are voting her its because Ricardo is protecting Joan... who coincidentally lost us two challenges! The two she took part in!Quote2- Phillip
Quote1But Joan isn't tryin' to get me out... Karen is.Quote2- Rick
Quote1Karen is one person... she has no one else. All we're seeing so far is Joan and Ricardo trying to manipulate you two in order to do their... dirty work.Quote2- Phillip
Phillip talks a load of s**t. He thinks that things should go his way or everyone is wrong... but I can see slightly where he's coming from in this instance. Joan is the weakest on our tribe, and she and Ricardo are the only two people who seem to be aligned. I want to vote with the majority tonight... but also against someone who makes sense. Estan, Joan and Ricardo are voting for Karen apparently... Phillip and Melissa are voting for Joan... leaving me, Karen and Rick in the middle.

–Kanda


Quote1So we vote Joan and then what?Quote2- Kanda
Quote1Then our tribe is stronger, and from there we can concentrate on people like Karen. But at that point there's not a pair working together to control the votes.Quote2- Phillip
Quote1Dang man... I dunno. I was set on Karen... but I mean... (sighs)Quote2- Rick
Things tonight aren't clear. I'm worried for my safety with Karen apparently after me, and I've heard both Joan and Karen's names brought up... I don't want to vote for the one person and end up goin' home.

–Rick


Whilst collecting water, Estan and Karen make the agreement to stick together, and to vote off Rick after Estan convinced her it was the right thing to do. He claims that he can also get Melissa, Kanda and Phillip on board, feeling that Rick's behaviour has rubbed too many people the wrong way.

The truth is tonight I couldn't really care less who goes as long as it isn't me. My goal is to keep both Joan and Karen safe, and to target Rick for being someone who hasn't really got any use to my game. If things don't go to plan I can recover, but it shouldn't be hard to convince a group in such a divided state of mind.

–Estan


As tribal approaches, Estan makes it his mission to get in the ears of those he feels are free votes, pitching the case as to why Rick should be voted out from the tribe. Kanda and Phillip look distressed by this, worried to hear three names being thrown around at the first tribal council, unsure which group will end up being the majority. Estan speaks with Melissa, who talks through strategy with him for the first vote, weighing up the options of voting Joan or Rick, ignoring the possibility of voting for Karen like some others have suggested.

Three names. Three names! This tribe is just ... (sighs). Rick, Joan or Karen... this is what has been thrown around, and I don't know who is even leaving at this point. My heart is set on voting for Joan, but I've sensed a shift in these last few moments... Estan is fighting to get rid of Rick, and Kanda has mentioned she and Rick may vote for Karen... or Joan... or she might join Estan. I'm not even sure. You can't be with this kind of tribe. If there's a fourth plan I don't know about I'll feel physically sick... because then I'm probably that fourth plan.

–Melissa


At tribal council Jeff asks the tribe how they went from winning in high spirits to two losses in a row, which Ricardo blames on poor tribe unity at camp, noting the fights between several individuals. Phillip mentions that tribal council is giving the group a chance to oust someone who is apart of the infighting, and that the vote will do everything to strengthen the tribe in days to come. Joan talks about her nerves in the vote, knowing that she will likely be getting votes due to her challenge performances. However, she notes that her performances haven't lowered morale, whilst those butting heads have. Melissa responds by claiming that Joan has caused the tribe to lose, which itself lowers morale, but accepts she isn't solely to blame. When asked who feels at risk, Rick tells Jeff that he has brought his things after hearing "a certain individual" has been throwing his name around, causing Karen to shift in her chair, knowing that he is referring to her. With the general consensus being that the vote will benefit the tribe for the future, Jeff wastes no more time in waiting, signalling Melissa to commence the vote. After Rick sits down as the final voter, Jeff goes to collect the urn, with everyone interested to see who will be the first person ousted from the tribe.

Quote1First vote... Karen.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Second vote... Rick.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Third vote... Rick. That's two votes Rick, one vote Karen.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Fourth vote... Joan.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Fifth vote... Karen. That's two votes Karen, two votes Rick, one vote Joan.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Sixth vote... Joan. That's two votes each for Karen, Joan and Rick.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Seventh vote... Joan. That's three votes Joan, two votes Karen, two votes Rick... One vote left.Quote2- Jeff Probst
Quote1Last vote... Second person voted out of Survivor Thailand... Joan, you'll need to bring me your torch.Quote2- Jeff Probst

Joan nods in disappointment, having expected to be the one to leave. She hugs an equally upset Ricardo, before taking her torch over to Jeff. Rick and Karen both look equally uncomfortable, having received two votes each. Joan wishes the others luck after Jeff snuffs her torch, leaving gracefully from the tribal council area. The remaining seven head back to camp, hoping that despite the divided vote, that the tribe can finally work on uniting itself.

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 2:
Sook Jai
Voted
Against
Voter
Joan Thailand
Joan (4 votes)
Kanda ThailandMelissa ThailandPhillip ThailandRick Thailand
Kanda, Melissa, Phillip & Rick
Karen Thailand
Karen (2 votes)
Joan ThailandRicardo Thailand
Joan & Ricardo
Rick Thailand
Rick (2 votes)
Estan ThailandKaren Thailand
Estan & Karen
VOTED OFF:
Joan Thailand Eliminated
Joan

Voting Confessionals

Nice guy, but just the person I've worked hard to get rid of tonight.

–Estan


Although I think its me tonight, I hope you leave due to your attitude in camp.

–Joan


I said I wanted to go with the majority, and you assured me you had it... you didn't. Sticking with the numbers here.

–Kanda


Your jokes are annoying, your attitude stinks. Teacher excuses you from class.

–Karen


My heart was set on voting you for a while, and thankfully it seems most of us will see the light. You're not a bad person, just a bad survivor.

–Melissa


Your little alliance with Ricardo isn't calling the shots on my tribe...

–Phillip


Just trying to save my friend...

–Ricardo


I wanted to vote with you guys, but the logic and numbers weren't goin' your way. You didn't help at camp or in challenges, and these last few days just sealed your fate.

–Rick


Final Words

So I'm the first one out of my tribe! I can't say I'm shocked. Going in tonight I expected it to be me, mostly because the others weren't giving me confidence on who they were voting. I'm confused why two voted Rick but didn't tell me about it... I'd have gone along with that plan to save myself but... (shrugs). I hope my leaving gives the group the unity it needs for the next challenge.

–Joan


Still In The Running

Chuay Gahn
Aaron Thailand
Aaron
Gypsy Thailand
Gypsy
Harper Thailand
Harper
Julius Thailand
Julius
Rachel Thailand
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
Melissa
Phillip Thailand
Phillip
Ricardo Thailand
Ricardo
Rick Thailand
Rick