Lost and Delirious: Survivor: The Australian Outback - Episode 8
by Raul Burriel
Published: March 17, 2001
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Hi guys! Chad's on vacation. It's Raul, your substitute Survivor guru, here.
The tribes may have merged into Barramundi, but it's Kucha versus Ogakor, and Kucha's down 5 to 4. Can Kucha find a way to break the Ogakor voting block? Maybe...
As dawn breaks upon the came, all is quiet and subdued. No one seems to be very happy to be there. Rodger - everybody's favorite Kentucky Joe - has a plan. So long as he can provide fish, he's not gonna get voted out. And he's just found the perfect fishing hole. Dip a line into the water and seconds later, he's got a fish. Rodger's got a plan, and it just might work.
Sweet Elisabeth isn't happy. She feels that Ogakor's got Kucha in its sights and they're going to get picked off one by one. It's not fun anymore. Alicia agrees. It's no fun getting up in the morning with these new guys. It's no fun chatting up the night with these new guys. But what can they do? Well, maybe there's something they can do.
Elisabeth cooked the rice today and it may very well have been the most tense moment of the last 28 days. Jerri hovered over Elisabeth like a leopard ready to leap at the first misstep, and Amber is close at Jerri's side. The rice - inevitably - comes out gooey and Jerri isn't happy. But Tina's had enough of Jerri's bitchyness. She consoles Elisabeth and commends her on a good effort. Is there a crack forming in the Ogakor alliance? And Rodger's been taking to Keith. What are they up to? It's clear to the Kucha survivors that Tina doesn't like Jerri and Jerri doesn't like Keith, but Keith and Tina are like two peas in a pod. Is Jerri in danger? Could be!
Time for the reward challenge. Stand in the middle of big bullseye drawn in the sand and toss a boomerang. The person whose boomerang comes closest to returning to the center of the target wins a gourmet dinner. Halfway through the challenge, Jerri takes the lead when her boomerang also hits center. Rodger comes close as well but jumps out of the way as the boomerang returns and misses his opportunity. All that remains is Amber. And she almost wins it! Our host Jeff has to bring out the measuring string. Jerri wins dinner. And she gets to bring a friend! What a surprise, she picks Amber. It looks like today's winners is actually everyone else. As Amber and Jerri dine on salomon and roast chicken, everyone else is having a party back at camp. They even break open a can of Spagetti-os! And any pretense of politeness towards Jerri is gone. Keith tells us how he's cooked for two presidents and never been nervous. Certainly not as nervous as he's been around Jerri as he cooked rice. Rice! Ogakor likes Jerri about as much as Kucha does.
When Jerri and Amber return in the middle of the night, they're like outcasts. They certainly don't get the welcome mat. Colby goes off to sit alone and avoid the tension, but is soon approached by Jerri and Amber who think that Tina is out to get them. Colby's playing both sides of the fence. Is he in the new anti-Jerri camp or is he still in the Ogakor alliance? He tells us - the viewers - outright that he doesn't want Jerri to be in the final four, but he tells Jerri something else altogether.
Kucha is a tribe united. They'd rather be happy with each other than win a million bucks. Ogakor is divided, looking out only for their best interests. And that pretty much sums up the situation as we come to the immunity challenge. Remember that game you play on a piece of paper where you draw a grid of dots and then you and a friend connect the dots and whoever makes a box gets a point? Well imagine that in a life-size scale with 9 players. Keith takes the lead with 17 boxes but Jerri is close behind with 15. But she doesn't get another chance as the grid runs out of boxes. Keith takes immunity for a second time in a row and Jerri looks to be on very shakey ground. Or so it would seem.
They keep Keith's, Tina's and Colby's votes secret until the end. Jerri and Amber have already decided that Kucha's Alicia is the strongest of all the contestants and must be voted out. As Jeff reads off the votes, there's hope, but it dwindles. If either Kieth, Tina or Colby voted against Jerri, then they all did. But when the results are 4 against 4, it's clear that at least two of the three have stuck with the Ogakor alliance, so it's likely that the 3rd one has, as well. And indeed, he has. Alicia is our and Jerri survives until next time.
Maybe next time the anti-Jerri camp will feel confident enough to vote against Jerri now that Kuncha has been dwindled further. Certainly they have to act against Jerri soon before she acts against them. It's only a matter of time before the Ogakor alliance collapses.
Congratulations to last week's guest Survivor2Fan who guessed right.
Next week's episode is a highlights episode so tune in as we pick our final four.
The S-Rating for Episode Nine
Comments: Alicia was seen as a threat and was voted off because she scared Ogakor. Of the remaining Kucha members, Nick is the strongest and will be leaving. Ogakor will continue voting strategically, despite their lack of enjoyment for Jerri's presense, and eliminate all of Kucha.
Chris Faile (75%)
Comments: Kucha now had two less members represented in the combined tribe and, despite how well Mark Burnett set up in Episode 8 Jerri's eventual booting in the coming weeks, I think we're going to see another Kucha walk the plank in Episode 9. Despite Nick's obvious strength, Rodger is the unifying member and will be earmarked to go and it will be interesting to see how Elisabeth and Nick react to this ejection.
Dead By Dawn (33%)
Barramundi: No pick
Barramundi: No pick
Barramundi: No pick
Comments: I'm going out on a limb here and let me give you my strategy here. It's in Keith, Tina and Colby's best interest to have the biggest advantage of numbers possible before removing Jerri. Colby's 5 votes against make him extremely vulnerable. So, they need to insure that there won't be a the opportunity for a deadlock down the road. Right now they have a 5-3 Ogakor advantage. Bouncing Jerri knocks it to 4-3. You have to figure Amber will try to allign with Kucha, switching the balance of power to Kucha. Colby could be hurting. They have to lead Jerri on through one more Council. Bounce Nick and have a commanding 5-2 advantage for Ogakor. Basically, I'd keep Jerri around as long as possible. She can always be voted off later. Get the numbers on your side first, then get rid of the most annoying person in the history of television.
Comments: Keith, Tina and Colby have had it up to HERE with Jerri and now that the ranks of the former Kucha tribe have been dwindled, they'll feel more comfortable breaking up the Ogakor alliance to get rid of the her. It's only a matter of time before the Ogakor alliance is broken up. Either Jerri and Amber will do it, or the others will. It's a race to see who will do it first. Add to that the added tension there is every day in the came solely because of Jerri and Jerri looks like an obvious pick.
Comments: With Alicia out, Ogakor has a safe 5-3 lead. Ogakor can safely kick out the annoying Jerri and maintain the 4-3 lead. The tribal alliances are dwindling, and alliances are being made based on character now rather than by simply being on the same tribe.
Next week's episode of Survivor: The Australian Outback will air Wednesday at 8 pm ET on CBS.
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* Mike was evacuated after suffering severe burns.