|"The Importance of Being Eldest"|
|Episode Number||1/13 (053)|
|First Broadcast||September 19, 2017|
|Next||No Light At The End Of This Tunnel|
The Importance Of Being Eldest is the season premiere of Survivor: Thailand.
|“||We are in Hat Sai Yao, a small fishing village on the coast of southern Thailand; in the heart of the Ancient Orient, where these sixteen Americans are about to begin the adventure of a lifetime. They will depart from this village as a group of men, and a group of women. Their destination; Tarutao Island, a beautiful yet dangerous jungle which was once a haven for pirates in the middle of the Andaman sea. Exotic and deadly wildlife are found, including the king cobra, and the worlds longest snake; the reticulated python. It is also the monsoon season, and the island is certain to be pummeled by frequent tropical storms. This will be their home for the next thirty-nine days. They will be abandoned, left to fend for themselves, utilizing the resources of the land and their own survival skills. It is the ultimate challenge, sixteen strangers forced to work together to create a new society, while battling the elements and each other. They must learn to adapt or they'll be voted out of the tribe. In the end, only one will remain to claim the million dollar prize. Thirty nine days, sixteen people, one Survivor!||”|
The two separate boats; one carrying the men and the other carrying the women, arrive on the shore, where Jeff leads the contestants to a small area with two mats. Jeff informs the men and women to sit apart on different mats, before officially welcoming them to Survivor - Thailand.
- First thing we're going to do is a little get to know ya'. This will be your first chance to speak and I'd like you to share a little information about yourself... name, age, occupation. If that somehow goes against your strategy of how you want to play the game, then only share what you want to share. We'll start on the front left... (gestures towards Karen)- Jeff Probst
- I'm Karen Martinez... thirty three years old... and I work in a call center in Atlanta that specializes in sales and marketing.- Karen
- Kanda Lenoir... thirty four... and I'm a French tutor.- Kanda
- Rachel Greene... I'm currently just backpacking my way around the world... Oh and I'm nineteen! (nervously laughs)- Rachel
- Salma Harlow, sixty years young, and I'm a professional writer.- Salma
- Harper Simpson, twenty nine, and I'm a triathlete.- Harper
- Joan Ryle, thirty five, and I'm a preschool teacher.- Joan
- Melissa Roberts, I'm twenty five and I just qualified to become an architect.- Melissa
- Hi everyone I'm Sarah Johnson... but my friends call me "Gypsy", and I'm in the very unglamorous adult performing arts business...- Gypsy
West smirks at Gypsy's introduction, but controls himself after he notices a disapproving look off Vince. Jeff then signals for the men to begin their introductions, starting with Ricardo.
- Buenos dias beautiful people. My name is Ricardo Ramón Raul González and I am on the wrong side of fifty and I own a club in downtown Miami.- Ricardo
- Rick Stern... Sheriff... Forty-four.- Rick
- My name's Aaron King, and I'm twenty-eight years old and I work as a nurse.- Aaron
- Y'all can call me West... I work as a lyrical artist in Detroit.- West
- Estan Alexis, nineteen years old and I'm unsurprisingly a student.- Estan
- Phillip Marshall, I'm thirty-three years old and I'm a police detective from Baton Rouge.- Phillip
- Julius Larcy, I'm unfortunately now forty-two years OLD... and I'm an agent.- Julius
- Vince Tanaka... twenty-seven... and I'm a photographer.- Vince
Jeff then informs the group that in Thai culture it is common for the elders to be treated with the upmost respect by others in society, and following that tradition the two oldest cast members (Salma and Ricardo) will be tribe captains. Jeff reveals the two buffs, one purple and the other orange, informing Ricardo and Salma that they must each select a buff, not knowing anything other than both beaches having their own perks (one supplying easier shelter, and the other supplying easier access to a water source). Ricardo jokes that being a "man of the club scene" that he'll take the purple "sunset" buff, leaving Salma with the orange "sunrise" buff.
|“||When Ricardo started walking back I was looking around thinking to myself... 'Right, this is men versus women... never happened before. How do I use my charm on a bunch of men.' My whole game plan at that point was just up in the air and I thought... now I'm in trouble.||”|
|“||I was totally stoked at the prospect we were an all girls tribe. I just broke up with my unfaithful boyfriend before coming out here so no men around seemed like the first of many Survivor rewards.||”|
- Ricardo, your tribe is Sook Jai. Salma, your tribe is Chuay Gahn. The first natural assumption at this point would be that we have a tribe of men, and a tribe of women. That assumption of course... would be wrong. You two are going to act as tribe selectors and you're going to choose your own tribes... right now. Here's how it's going to work... you'll each select one member at a time. We will alternate between men and women, and you'll begin by selecting a member of the opposite sex. Salma, you get first choice.- Jeff Probst
- Oh gosh I don't remember many names... I think your name was Vince?- Salma
|“||Being made to pick tribes wasn't a position I wanted to find myself in. At least not on day one of this game. I'm quite a strong woman, and I do like to think I can lead when necessary... but given the choice I stay in the background, or locked away in a quiet room where I can just write in peace (laughs). I'm not one for standing up and making decisions for a group of people.||”|
- Ricardo, make your first pick.- Jeff Probst
- (points towards Joan)... Sorry I'm not great with names.- Ricardo
- Joan (she hugs him)- Joan
- Hey Joan!- Ricardo
|“||It's a very awkward experience having to introduce yourself to these brand new people whilst you're picking them one by one. Especially as you get down the line and you're acting grateful to have the fifth or sixth person picked on your team when in fact you both know that they really weren't your first choice. Like what do I say 'hey I'm Ricardo and I was one of the two people not to pick you until the end, your name was?'||”|
Both leaders continue to select individuals, with Salma selecting Harper, Aaron and Rachel, whilst Ricardo selects Phillip, Kanda and Rick.
|“||I'm looking at both these teams and you see one has this whitewashed estrogen parade going on, and the other has some people who look like they mean business... So when the old lady goes to pick I'm looking around tryna avoid eye contact...||”|
- Salma, pick a man.- Jeff Probst
- I'll take the "lyrical artist" over there.- Salma
- West joins Chuay Gahn.- Jeff Probst
|“||But of course I still end up wearing orange...||”|
- Ricardo, you're now selecting a woman.- Jeff Probst
- I'll take the gorgeous fiery red head.- Ricardo
- Hey, I'm Melissa...- Melissa
- Melissa joins Sook Jai. Salma, please select your final female member of your tribe, whoever you don't select will join Sook Jai.- Jeff Probst
- Ok, I'll take... Gusty? The girl with the pretty makeup.- Salma
- Gypsy! (runs over and hugs her tribe)- Gypsy
- Salma selects Gypsy, leaving Karen to join Sook Jai.- Jeff Probst
|“||It does hurt being the last woman picked. I looked at the other women and I didn't see a group of athletes or beauty queens that would make me stick out like a sore thumb, so whatever vibe I'm giving to these people on first impressions can't be good enough or else I wouldn't be the last one sat there.||”|
- Ricardo, select your final male, leaving whoever you don't pick to join Chuay Gahn.- Jeff Probst
- Ugh, as much as I would love my beautiful friend with his amazing eye shadow to join us I think we need some young blood on this team. So I'll take the baby of the group.- Ricardo
- Thanks...- Estan
- Estan joins Sook Jai, leaving Julius as the final member of Chuay Gahn. We have our two tribes! On board both boats... identical set of supplies... both tribes gets one small can of beans. You are definitely going to need to work together to build your new worlds. The day is already getting late, the weather is very temperamental. I suggest you get out on your boat, and to your new camps. Get out of here!- Jeff Probst
Both tribes push their respective boats out, and begin paddling in different directions to reach their new camps, all clearly excited to have begun the adventure of a lifetime.
The Chuay Gahn tribe begin rowing towards their island, trying to row in unison in order to prevent the boat from unnecessarily turning left or right. Gypsy seems to be the one individual clearly struggling with the rowing, nearly losing her ore several times as she attempts to place it into the water.
|“||I'm from the city. Y'know I don't really go outdoors much, I don't paddle boats that's for sure. Everyone was taking this with such ease and I was just sat there like 'how are you all doing this!?' What frustrated me was that I think the group was in such a rush to get to camp that no one really took into consideration that I may need some teaching of how to do this.||”|
The group seemingly become more and more frustrated with Gypsy's poor rowing, causing Salma to recommend that they swap places, leaving Gypsy to sit at the back of the boat to steer, whilst Salma takes over the more physical role of rowing.
|“||I don't think it was the best start for Gypsy... to have the oldest woman out here swap with you to take on a physical challenge because you're too incompetent to row a boat. What annoyed me was that Gypsy developed this attitude about the whole thing, and kept huffing and sighing at the back... Jeff told us the day is drawing to a close and the weather could change at any moment... if Gypsy wanted a private lesson on how to steer a boat then she needed to look elsewhere because now was definitely NOT the time.||”|
The Chuay Gahn tribe arrive at their camp without any further issues, arriving on their beach and taking the time to experience a group hug and short introductions. The group spot a large cave behind their tribe flag, indicating that they will be the tribe who have an easier access to shelter.
|“||I took out the map and just clarified that this was all the right place, and I saw straight away that this gigantic cave was to act as our shelter. The first major portion of camp life had really already been done for us. But of course this now meant that our water source was to be a great distance from the camp... and we really had no time to start exploring to find this when the clouds were already drawing in over us.||”|
Salma, Rachel and West walk through the cave, noticing snake tracks in the sand around them. West begins to question the safety of the cave.
- I don't know if I wanna be sleepin' with no damn snakes.- West
- I'm sure if we set our things up they wont bother us. They're more scared of us than we are of them.- Rachel
- Nah don't give me any of that bull now. Snakes was here and they'll come back when they see eight new meals on their island.- West
- If you don't want to sleep in the cave I'm sure no one will object to you looking in the jungle for somewhere safer... Of course there will be twice as many snakes out there (laughs)- Salma
|“||West don't do snakes. They're ugly, disgusting... ain't nobody ever said nothing good about no snakes. This group is full of crazy white people who want to sleep alongside these animals because they think they're invincible. I told them if we're sleeping in this cave then you can all form a circle around me because I'm not dyin' first out here (laughs)||”|
|“||I think there are some people on our tribe who already are looking a bit out of their depth. West and Gypsy especially. Gypsy had some trouble rowing and seemed to rub some of the guys the wrong way, and when we arrived just sort of stood around waiting to be told what to do... it's like she's never seen this show before and didn't understand now is the time to work and make good impressions. Then we have West, who seems to be a pretty cool character... but he's terrified of EVERYTHING out here. We've been blessed with this shelter and don't have to worry about getting anything really built for now, and all West could do was complain about the Thai wildlife that he knew he signed up to live alongside.||”|
The group get to work collecting soft plants from the jungle to use as bedding, with Vince, Aaron, Julius and Rachel getting to work to ensure the group has a comfortable first night. West stays in the cave, trying to get a fire going with the wood collected by Rachel. Elsewhere, Salma, Gypsy and Harper collect as much food as they can, knowing that the group will not be able to retrieve their water until the following morning.
|“||Our tribe really got to work fast, and I was impressed by everyone to some degree... other than maybe West. Myself, Vince, Rachel and Julius braved the jungle to get these big palm frond type things... Rachel was amazing I mean she really surprised me how much research she'd done into survival situations.||”|
The three girls collecting food arrive back to the cave, showing West what they managed to find whilst he failed to get a fire going.
- We got coconut!- Harper
- Coconut?- West
- Yeah, we found them lying on the ground just over there. There's a bunch up in the trees.- Harper
- No luck with the fire?- Gypsy
- No the fire is burning I just decided to hide it from y'all... I mean how am I meant to get it going with wet sticks and no help?- West
|“||Gypsy is kinda buggin' me already. It's only day one and she just kind of walks around looking like someone sucked out her soul and replaced it with this Gothic demon. I watched her just follow the other two chicks around barely picking up a thing... Yeah I didn't get a fire going but I was on my own. I don't know... I'm tired right now and Gypsy is doing my head in, so I know by tomorrow or day three when I'm starving and even more tired... I'm gonna want her gone.||”|
|“||Overall it's been a good first day for the group. We didn't need to worry about a shelter thanks to my random draw, and we seem to have all pitched in well to get this camp looking more like a... society. There's an element of friction already starting to come into fruition between some people, but I think it could just be first day frustration. I'm feeling good about tomorrow, and once we get water and a fire going we should be set to really give the other tribe a good competition.||”|
Chuay Gahn all eat a small portion of the coconut retrieved by the three girls, drinking the milk to keep themselves hydrated. They manage to all get to sleep relatively quickly thanks to the comfort of their makeshift bedding, and the shelter of the cave around them.
Unlike the Chuay Gahn tribe, Sook Jai has a much easier time rowing to their respective camp, with the group able to work together to get the boat moving at a speedy but steady pace.
|“||Looking at the two tribes after both Ricardo and Salma had made their selections, I felt really good about our particular group. It felt as though we had the stronger guys on average, and us girls look like we could easily take on the other four on the orange tribe. We had a really good mix of ages and abilities... so I do think in challenges we'll come out on top.||”|
Sook Jai reach their camp, pulling their boat up alongside their tribe flag, before all hugging one another and screaming in excitement. Phillip decides to take control, instructing the group that they need to concentrate on building a shelter for their first night, even if it is a temporary one to keep them covered. The majority of the group agree with Phillip's decision, leading them to all make their way to the jungle in order to start collecting and cutting down building supplies.
|“||Phillip stepped up right away and started telling the group what to do and how to get it done. I grew up in the outdoors... I built my own cabin as a kid... I agreed with what Phillip was saying, but I know that the person who steps up first, especially this early on, isn't going to get many people supporting them regardless of what they say.||”|
Phillip, Melissa, Joan and Ricardo stand by the supplies, with the four of them taking on the task of building the shelter out of the material collected by the others. Phillip continues telling the group what should be done, uncaring as to how he may come across to them in his tone.
- Alright so I need you girls to start clearing this area here so myself and Ricardo can hoist this bamboo up, and if you could start separating the string out so its there when we need it... that would be great.- Phillip
- Can I just ask what design you're going with?- Melissa
- What do you mean what design?- Phillip
- As in how are you building this, just so I can picture it in my head.- Melissa
- Just a simple... shelter... with a roof. Isn't that what you want?- Phillip
- Yeah but, I just feel if we have in mind a final design then when it comes to continuing this tomorrow we wont have to take it all down and start again.- Melissa
- It doesn't really matter... its temporary, we agreed to it. Lets just get on with it.- Joan
- Well I don't want to really spend all of tomorrow rebuilding a shelter because you guys didn't have a plan.- Melissa
|“||Phillip is a great person to step up and act like a leader, but when I questioned what he was even planning to do with the shelter he didn't have any end goal whatsoever. I'm an architect... I understand how you structure things and how planning before you build is the key area to success... but when I try and offer my input I just have Phillip not understanding because he couldn't see past his own masculinity, and Joan the woman who works at a desk answering a phone telling me to essentially shut up.||”|
Out in the jungle, the rest of the group continue collecting supplies, taking the time to speak among themselves to ensure they've bonded with some others in the camp. Kanda and Karen seem to bond well, laughing as they collect supplies together. Rick decides to quiz Estan as to why he would sign up for the game at such a young age, to which Estan tells him that he likes the idea of testing himself.
- I respect you. I mean at your age I don't think I could do all this.- Rick
- Well, we'll see if I made the right call in a few days right? (laughs)- Estan
- What are you guys saying?- Karen
- Just sayin' how I respect Estan for coming out here so young.- Rick
- How old were you again Estan?- Karen
- Nineteen.- Estan
- Oh my gosh you're just a baby! Oh we've got to take good care of you (laughs and hugs Estan)- Kanda
|“||Being so young I expected the group to slightly baby me, and underestimate me as an individual in the game. I'm perfectly okay with that. I'm here to play the best game I can, and I'll do whatever it takes to get me to that final two position. I've studied the last four seasons and I know that only those willing to cut the throats of those around them make it deep, and I'm quite happy to do that to each and every one of these people. So if for now they want to let out an "awwww" and find me sweet and naive... let them... it'll make it that much easier to take them out when the time comes.||”|
After all the supplies have been gathered up, the group all join together to build their temporary shelter, despite the concerns of Melissa, who feels that the group is wasting energy by not having an end goal in sight. Melissa decides to leave the building of the shelter, and begins to collect clams and oysters from a shallow area of the beach, placing them in the tribes canteen to eat.
- We cannot have these kind of cracks appearing day one. I don't know why she's decided to walk off but... (shrugs)- Joan
- She went to look for food I think.- Kanda
- Not a lot of good that'll do without fire...- Joan
- Well, you know at least she's trying to do something. I think there's too many of us working on this small thing when you could be putting your energy elsewhere... such as making the fire, or even collecting more wood.- Phillip
- Is that aimed at me?- Joan
- (shrugs)- Phillip
|“||I really didn't want to be the guy who has to take control so early on, but the group didn't seem to know what it wanted, and if they're sitting around waiting to be instructed then I'm here to instruct. I have had a bit of a clash of opinions with Melissa earlier, but I respect that she gave an input, didn't get her way so concentrated her energy elsewhere. I'd much rather have that than someone like Joan ... who ... I hate to say it, isn't physically going to offer much to the group, and could spend her time doing things other than watching everyone else build a small temporary shelter.||”|
Joan becomes unsure as to what she should be doing after Phillip's comment, so begins collecting wood with Ricardo, beginning a futile attempt at starting a fire with the already damp wood.
|“||It's a little unnerving when someone tries to call you out already this early on into things. I mean we haven't had our first night yet, and already Phillip and Melissa both seem to be rubbing some people the wrong way. I somehow have managed to annoy Phillip because he decided to claim that I was unneeded in the building of the shelter which I supported him with... so now I'm out here picking up wood with Ricardo, trying to get something else done. I don't want to get emotional ... but ... I just worry that I'm going to somehow be blamed when things go wrong here. (she wipes a tear from her face)||”|
The group continue working into the evening, finishing their poor attempt at a shelter by nightfall. The group crowd into the shelter, with several members eating the raw clams that Melissa had retrieved earlier on. Despite the water source being close, the group failed to go and look for it, feeling it wouldn't have much use until they are able to get a fire going.
The Chuay Gahn tribe awaken early in the day, agreeing as a group they must attempt to look for their tribe water source. Knowing that the water is far from their camp, the group agree for three of their members to go ahead on the boat, whilst the others swim along behind.
|“||Waking up today we knew our primary goal was to find water. West told the group he's not a great swimmer so we agreed for him, Gypsy and Aaron to go ahead on the boat whilst the rest of us swam. I think we knew it would be far... but we hadn't really anticipated quite how far it would be... I mean I'm a strong swimmer and I compete in swimming in my triathlons, but even I was struggling with just how far the distance turned out to be.||”|
Julius, Salma, Rachel, Harper and Vince swim together as a group in the water, clearly tiring fast whilst the boat drifted off in the distance with the other three members aboard. Inside the boat, West, Gypsy and Aaron paddle together to reach the shore where they believe the water source to be.
|“||I didn't really feel bad that us three was on a boat and the others had to swim behind us. I mean I said to the group it was a dumb decision to have all eight of us go to find water... all we needed was three or four people to take the boat and the rest of us stay behind. But again its this invincibility they all think they have that they can swim what we struggled to row.||”|
- Can you see them behind us?- West
- No, they're around that other bend still.- Gypsy
- Do they know which way to go?- West
- They're sticking to the shoreline and just going to head round.- Aaron
- I don't know how they're expecting to do it... I mean they've got grandma with them... the queer with the makeup.- West
- Oh God don't say that word.- Gypsy
- What word? Queer?- West
|“||West doesn't think before he talks. I'd like to say that a lot of what he says is down to the fact he's from an inner city area and doesn't really mix with people who aren't like him... but I do detect slight malice in how he talks to women and how he views gay people. My younger brother is gay and I was the first person he came out to, and I know how hard it was for him and how hard it is for almost every single gay person out there. I don't like to hear someone use derogatory terms and to criticize others based on how they look and dress... especially when its coming from a place of insecurity, which I'm sure with West it is.||”|
- Yeah, I don't like it. Besides, Julius has a wife and kids...- Gypsy
- What!? She know he wear makeup?- West
- I'm guessing so...- Gypsy
- I mean... I ain't around many people like him back where I'm from. I know you ain't hanging around no gay men at your job neither.- West
- Why's that?- Gypsy
- Ain't you like a hooker or something?- West
- (sighs) Oh my God... are you just that ignorant?- Gypsy
- Relax... relax girl. I was just joking.- West
|“||I really don't like West. He's a chauvinist bigot and all he does is talk s**t about every single person on the tribe in some form. Whether its criticizing their job, how they dress, their masculinity... I mean what even are you West? An unemployed wannabe rapper from Detroit... So the fact he has the nerve to sit around talking bad about other people and using these disgusting slurs. I'm over him.||”|
The trio reach their intended destination, and begin walking up the slopes of the shore in order to arrive at the water source. After several minutes of looking, Aaron locates the well, celebrating with both West and Gypsy over the discovery. Meanwhile, the other five members of the tribe struggle coming around the final bend, seeing the tribe boat ahead with the other three members sat waiting for them.
- Why don't they bring the f***ing thing out!?- Julius
- Well... we let Gypsy go... She can't row right...- Vince
|“||We struggled... as a group swimming after that boat. We turned the final corner and saw the boat ahead with Aaron, West and Gypsy just sat there. I think we wondered why the hell they didn't just bring the thing out to collect us, but as Vince said with Gypsy there I think had they tried to come and collect us the boat would drift off to sea... (laughs and shakes his head)||”|
Eventually the group reach the shore, collapsing as they get out of the water. Gypsy wastes no time encouraging the group to follow her up the slope in order to see the well, which annoys Vince, who tells Julius he's holding his tongue so as to not start an argument with her.
|“||Gypsy taking no notice as to how tired we all were and saying "come on up guys quick!"... it's like... please be perceptive and see we are all spent! We can't physically get up because unlike you we swam the whole way.||”|
After several minutes of rest, the group head up to the water source, filling their canteens before loading it onto the boat. Aaron agrees to swim back this time alongside Salma, Rachel and Harper, leaving Gypsy, West, Julius and Vince to row back.
|“||Its great to see we managed to get the water, regardless of how long it took us and regardless of all the petty comments that may have been made in moments of anger. One thing that really stood out to me was how much credit myself, Harper and Salma... who people seem to forget is sixty years old... for swimming both ways, whilst a lot of the guys complained and couldn't seem to do it. Maybe now would be a good time to start backing feminism boys (laughs)||”|
After collecting their water and getting it back to camp, the Chuay Gahn tribe continue their day as expected, making amendments to their camp to ensure they have a more comfortable evening, whilst some of their members go out to collect crabs and clams from the rocks to boil for their evening meal.
The Sook Jai tribe spend their day dismantling their temporary shelter, all of which is disrupted by a heavy rainstorm over the camp. Joan and Karen both struggle with the rain, shivering as they find no relief from the constant downpour. Phillip, Estan, Rick and Kanda spend much of their time building the new shelter, but struggle to get it to hold together with the rain battering against it.
|“||The way this tribe organised itself was pretty horrific. We had blindly agreed to follow Phillip's instructions and now we're paying the price heavily. Joan and Karen are having some sort of menopausal breakdown under one of the trees, and Melissa has gone off with Ricardo to find our water... but I mean there's water everywhere right now I don't think we need to worry about drinking what we can't boil in this condition. Sook Jai right now is a pretty horrid situation... and I think the tribe with an easier access to shelter is what we really should've all wished for. The only silver lining to this cloud over Sook Jai is that whilst everyone is having a mental breakdown over these conditions... I'm staying sane, and it means the competition should be easier to control. It may sound sadistic but I'm enjoying Sook Jai's suffering for my personal gain.||”|
Melissa and Ricardo locate the tribes well with ease, and begin filling the canteen before walking it back to the main camp, joking about the condition of the tribe.
- I hate to say I told you all so... but...- Melissa
- Oh don't even start (laughs)- Ricardo
- It's just a mess. I don't know what they thought they'd achieve by putting double the work in for one shelter but I mean Phillip knows it all right? (laughs)- Melissa
|“||And so Sook Jai has fallen into disarray and the Survivor Gods have rewarded us with a downpour. From what I saw Joan has completely broken down, Phillip is too embarrassed to apologize. Being one of the youngest people on this tribe... I don't think I'm going to get the respect I believe I deserve, but hopefully this little episode we're facing will give them all a wake up call that being old doesn't mean they know it all.||”|
- How did I get stuck on the tribe with the know it all oldies...- Melissa
- (sighs) Oldies? I can't believe you would say that about me Melissa I thought we were friends!- Ricardo
- Oh shush. I don't mean you. You're the oldest but you don't look it.- Melissa
- Oh its all in the botox... Nothing about this is natural anymore (laughs) ... By the end of this my face will be sagging off itself.- Ricardo
|“||If you were to ask me twenty-four hours on if I'm pleased with my choices for the Sook Jai tribe, I'd say generally I am. I still feel we have a good mix that will perform well in challenges. We have youth, strength, brains... I've been getting on well with everyone so far, especially Melissa who I love because she's sassy and fiery with her red hair... and I adore Joan because she's so fragile and sweet. The only person I'm really having doubts with right now is Phillip because he's too much trying to take control... and I think he's forgotten that in Thai culture its the elders who get the power. So move along Phillip, off you go.||”|
With their water collected, the Sook Jai tribe all band together to try and finish the shelter. After several hours of work, the group are left almost exactly where they started, with what some feel is a exact remake of their previous shelter, much to the annoyance of Melissa and Ricardo.
|“||After everything that we went through yesterday and today, Phillip has taken us in one bad circle, then around that same bad circle right back to the starting point. I feel as though I'm going crazy already and I haven't even begun to starve yet. I looked around at everyone's faces... some people tried to act like we'd recreated the Mona Lisa, whilst others accepted it for the same old shite that we had last night.||”|
- Right, I think for now we can all agree the rain isn't holding up, and we could just use the shelter.- Phillip
- The same shelter we had last night...- Melissa
- It's not the same.- Phillip
- You knocked it down and rebuilt it. It's the same.- Melissa
- Its not the same we've made adjustments to the roof...- Kanda
- You could've done all that without spending five hours rebuilding it all. But whatever... I'm just going to let you guys get on with it. You seem to think you know what you're all doing (laughs to herself)- Melissa
|“||Melissa is horrendously ungrateful. She doesn't really do much around camp other than criticize what those of us working actually do, whilst she takes on a menial job. I am happy that she at least does some things unlike others, but I can't have someone going round this camp making wise cracks over every little thing they haven't contributed to.||”|
- Listen... we're at a point now that we're all wet, we're all tired and I think we've had enough. Lets just use what we've got here now, and tomorrow before or after the challenge we can make further amendments if the rain holds up. Ok? Can we all just do that?- Estan
- Finally... someone speaks some sense here and its the kid.- Rick
- I agree... I really can't just stand in this rain anymore.- Karen
|“||I saw an opportunity to get in everyone's good books and I took it. I'm now this voice of reason in the tribe, whilst Melissa is the b***h, Phillip is useless, Karen and Joan are weak... and the rest are just following. I don't think we'll win the challenge tomorrow, and I think we'll probably say goodbye to Melissa or Phillip if we're to vote someone out. I'm perfectly ok with this because right now I'm the one everyone loves and admires. It's all too easy.||”|
The Sook Jai tribe take the rest of the day off, avoiding the rain in their once again poorly designed shelter, trying to keep themselves as dry as possible so as to be fit and ready for their first immunity challenge the following day.
Both tribes receive tree mail informing them that they will be facing their first immunity challenge, with the losing tribe going to tribal council to vote the first person out of the game, an unfortunate distinction that none of the contestants wish to have on their record.
|“||Going into our first challenge I feel neither confident nor worried. I don't know if we've really had any problems as a tribe these first few days, and compared to Sook Jai we may be doing very well, or we could be miles behind them in how much we've achieved.||”|
|“||Our tribe knows where its weaknesses are after these first few days, and I think even though we want to win today... we're ready for a loss. We've got several people already being spoken of as troublesome for the group, and if we go to tribal council these are the people who'll be in the firing line. I know for now I'm good no matter what, and I can't say I'd be too sad to see someone from Sook Jai leave today.||”|
Challenge: Flying Your Flag
The Survivors had to race around a small island by paddling a boat. Along the way they would have to visit several stations, where they would have to complete certain tasks or puzzles in order to receive a tribal flag. However, only one person from each tribe would be allowed to compete at each station. The first tribe to have successfully completed each puzzle, gather their flags and race back to the floating dock, would win immunity.
Winner: Sook Jai
Information: During the challenge, the Sook Jai tribe took an early lead after Estan completed the maze with ease, whilst Julius took over a minute longer. The Chuay Gahn tribe continued to struggle, with Aaron failing to retrieve the second flag underwater, only moving on after Gypsy had managed to retrieve it. Meanwhile, Rick somewhat struggled to dive for Sook Jai, but managed to not take long enough so that Chuay Gahn would catch up. Despite Joan and Phillip also causing problems rowing for Sook Jai, the tribe managed to keep up a considerable lead, with Ricardo performing well on the final slide puzzle. Elsewhere, Chuay Gahn continued to struggle, with Harper and West rowing poorly under pressure, and Vince taking far too long on the final puzzle, causing the group to fall too far behind, ultimately losing them the challenge.
|Immunity Challenge: Flying Your Flag|
|Won||Sook Jai|| |
Estan, Joan, Kanda, Karen, Melissa, Phillip, Ricardo, Rick
|Lost||Chuay Gahn|| |
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper, Julius, Rachel, Salma, Vince, West
The Chuay Gahn tribe returns to camp having just lost the first immunity challenge, knowing that this means one of the eight of them will be the first individual to leave the game. Aaron publicly apologizes upon return for his poor performance, thanking Gypsy for stepping in and helping the tribe move on.
|“||Today we lost the first challenge, and I think that ultimately we're all now feeling the pressure knowing someone has to go. I don't like to praise myself too much but it felt like the people who performed the best today were myself, Rachel and I have to hand it to her... Gypsy. Everyone else either panicked or messed up on a puzzle, and I think this will all come forward before tribal council. If you were to ask me yesterday I'd say Gypsy would be leaving this tribe if we were to lose... but now I don't know about that.||”|
Aaron, Gypsy and Rachel sit together in the cave going through their things. Gypsy decides to take the opportunity to speak to the pair, wanting to know where their votes will be going at the first tribal council.
- So uh, you guys know how you'll vote?- Gypsy
- Right now? I mean Vince screwed up on that last puzzle bad. But, I feel he's someone we'll need. You girls all have been pretty consistent... Julius seems to be doing okay. The only person I can think is maybe West, but I just worry because he's quite a strong guy.- Aaron
- A strong guy who can't swim, do puzzles and rubs people the wrong way. On top of that all he does at camp is sit around moaning. I mean he's who I'm voting tonight. What about you Rachel?- Gypsy
- I don't know. I haven't really thought about it.- Rachel
- Would you vote West?- Gypsy
- I'll have to hear what others are wanting to do.- Rachel
|“||I know my name is probably going around for this first vote, especially among the boys who seem to have an issue with me. I am worried that people like Rachel and maybe Harper will just go along with the group and vote whoever... without really putting in the thought that someone like West wont ever have their backs, whereas I possibly could. I'm going to do whatever it takes to get people to see him for who he really is.||”|
- If I were you I'd just try and make sure people know why to vote West... just try and subtly point out how he's not a huge asset and that when it came down to the challenge today you stepped up.- Aaron
- Ok... ok. Think I should do it now?- Gypsy
- I think the sooner you get it done the better because he's probably over there working people right now.- Aaron
|“||Tonight I'll be voting West most likely. He's just someone who over these past few days has done nothing but show himself up, not really given any indication he's a huge part of what makes the tribe run... Gypsy has had her problems, but between the pair of them I'd much rather have Gypsy around who I can speak with and not internally despise.||”|
Over by the fire on the other side of the cave, West, Vince, Julius, Salma and Harper sit together. Gypsy walks over and decides to take on Aaron's advice, but rather than to subtly point out why West should go home, she ends up doing it in front of the entire group.
- Julius can I ask a question?- Gypsy
- Of course.- Julius
- You're married right?- Gypsy
- Right...- Julius
- See I told you West. West was saying you were gay yesterday...- Gypsy
- Uh...- Julius
- What? I just said I thought maybe he was gay because he wore makeup!- West
|“||We had just got back from the challenge and were all sat there getting things settled, and then Gypsy came over and in this slightly weird contrived manner decided to question my sexuality... because supposedly West had. I think it was clear to all of us, at least it was to me... that Gypsy wanted to somehow get West into a bad position by airing his speculation, but it slightly backfired and made her look like a bit of a failed stirrer.||”|
- What the heck you tryna do...- West
- I'm just saying I think people should know if you're calling them queer behind their back.- Gypsy
- Oh gosh...- Salma
- Again I don't see what you're tryna make of this.- West
- I think you have a problem with people you think are gay, and you tried to make out yesterday that Julius was a problem because of it.- Gypsy
- You talk s**t. You really do. Good job in diving today but you just screwed it up for yourself again.- West
|“||After the challenge I thought to myself... hmmmm... Gypsy is an annoying, useless individual who has a sad job and a constant gaunt expression on her face... but she did dive well and get us forward, so maybe I should vote for Salma instead. But nope, so comes up and tries to make me into the bad guy in front of everyone, and it just confirmed to me that she's gotta go home. I could see everyone thinking that same thing, and she just kept trying and trying and got herself nowhere.||”|
- I'm just going to interrupt this because I think what you guys are arguing about is serious... and I want to give my input. I'm bisexual. I think I've mentioned it before... I've experienced homophobia before and I know what hatred looks like. In the three days we've been here I've not had that off West, and I think what you're doing Gypsy is pretty much defamation of character... and your intentions may be good but what you're now doing is just making a very ugly situation for all of us.- Vince
- Thank you...- West
Gypsy remains somewhat speechless, confused as to how she should come back to what Vince has said, looking to the others for support. The group begin to disperse, with Salma pulling Gypsy to one side.
- Don't worry hun... You've got me on side tonight I'm writing his name down.- Salma
- You're voting West?- Gypsy
- Of course. I'm far too much of a liberal to let someone like him keep making comments like what Aaron told me he was saying yesterday. I think the others, especially Vince, know what he's like... but they're all too busy defending him because they want to keep all the guys together to even care what he says at this point.- Salma
Gypsy hugs Salma, thankful to have one other person on side. The rest of the tribe begin to pack their belongings, getting ready to head to tribal council, with the general consensus being that the vote has come down to disruptive individuals Gypsy and West, with several members still floating in the middle, unsure as to where their loyalty will fall before they come to vote.
|“||Tonight's vote is really going to remove one of the two trouble makers from the tribe. I've made it somewhat clear that I'll be voting for Gypsy, as has West... whilst Gypsy and I believe Salma will be voting for West. I don't really care if West goes home, but I just feel that someone who has caused as many cracks this early on as Gypsy can't be left to continue to harm the tribe dynamics. The whole homophobia argument that was tried just felt desperate... and I don't like people trying to use my sexuality as a tool to turn me against others by claiming they're bigoted. West probably does have some internal prejudice, but I don't think there's any cruelty in what he says... so for the good of the tribe I just hope we can come together and turn this ugly situation back on Gypsy.||”|
At tribal council, Jeff asks the group as to what went wrong, noting that compared to Sook Jai their camp life seems to have gone much better, with water, fire and shelter all achieved. Rachel states that the problems are likely down to the group not gelling well, exposing the friction between West and Gypsy, claiming that it has effected how the group is able to function. Julius agrees with this, feeling as though the tribe has great potential, if only they're able to remove an individual who is causing discomfort around camp. Salma goes against this view, feeling as though that the problems back at camp didn't effect challenge performance, but that they simply didn't have a good system in how they tried to tackle both the puzzles and the rowing. West and Gypsy begin to separately plead their cases, with West noting that Gypsy is physically weaker than him (although she questions this by pointing out her stronger challenge performance), and feeling that she has made things far too personal. Gypsy tries to claim that West wont be able to help the group as much as he claims, as well as feeling that he'll burn out quickly due to being too far out of his element, but West responds by pointing out she too is from an urban environment. As the group finish all they needed to say, Jeff commences the start of the voting, with each member going up and confidently writing down a name. Jeff returns with the urn, ready to break the news as to which of them will be the first to leave the game.
- First vote... Gypsy- Jeff Probst
- Second vote... Gypsy- Jeff Probst
- Third vote... West. That's two votes Gypsy, one vote West.- Jeff Probst
- Fourth vote... West. That's two votes Gypsy, two votes West.- Jeff Probst
- Fifth vote... West. That's three votes West, two votes Gypsy.- Jeff Probst
- Sixth vote... Gypsy. We're tied again, three votes Gypsy, three votes West.- Jeff Probst
- Seventh vote... West. That's four votes West... three votes Gypsy. One vote left.- Jeff Probst
- Final vote... First person voted out of Survivor Thailand... West. You'll need to bring me your torch.- Jeff Probst
West stands shocked, having expected to have enough votes on his side to survive the night, looking over at a smiling Gypsy as he takes his torch over to Jeff. Vince looks visibly disappointed at the result, whilst Salma and Aaron try and hide their personal delight at seeing West leave. The group grab their things and leave the tribal council area, all with mixed feelings over the result, but universally pleased that it was not them to be the first voted off.
West (5 votes)
Aaron, Gypsy, Harper,
Rachel & Salma
Gypsy (3 votes)
Julius, Vince & West
|“||You make too many comments that I don't agree with, and I'm honestly thrilled you'll be leaving tonight.||”|
|“||Nasty, rude, disgusting... three of the nicest words I could come up with to describe you. If its me tonight I'll be devastated not because I went home first, but because YOU of all people stayed over me.||”|
|“||Just going with the group on this one. Sorry buddy.||”|
|“||I think your efforts to cause big trouble in this tribe worked, but its all backfired onto you, and that's poetic.||”|
|“||Take this as me rescuing you from the snakes out there on the island.||”|
|“||Your comments about gay people and women are despicable. You don't seem like a nasty young man, but I think you've got a lot of growing up to do. My journey to a million dollars isn't the right place for you.||”|
|“||Gypsy... you and I haven't really clicked and since day one I've felt a bit of annoyance when I'm around you. This is just to put an end to all that and give myself some peace.||”|
|“||Don't come after the big dogs out here little girl. You got yourself done. Maybe now you'll have time to get rid of that pasty ass skin and enjoy the sun.||”|
|“||Well, I didn't expect it I'll be honest. Most of the tribe seemed cool with me so I don't know which five of them voted for me... I'm guessing the girls... and maybe Julius because he was mad about whatever stuff Gypsy told him. Listen I'm not gonna hold any grudges, and I hope they do well... even Gypsy... but that's mostly because I don't want to be seeing her anytime soon (laughs)||”|
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