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2008, TV Show

Survivor: Gabon---Earth's Last Eden Episode: "The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy"

Season 17, Episode 11
Episode Synopsis: The seven remaining castaways are visited by loved ones from home, and one player proposes marriage. Elsewhere, a castaway claims to have the hidden immunity idol that was supposedly tossed into the ocean earlier in the game; and the tribe members answer questions about Gabon for a chance to win immunity.
Original Air Date: Dec 4, 2008

Survivor: Gabon Episode Recap: "The Good Things in Life Aren't Easy" Season 17, Episode 11

Love was truly in the air on Survivor as the game opened its arms to family and a player makes a big commitment to a loved one. Even so, desperate times call for desperate action and an idol that was believed to be lost to all suddenly changes the way the game was played.  Now with Corinne and Bob scrambling to stay in the game Kenny's alliance of five may be starting to crumble. Could be we are in for another blindside at tribal council?!

It would be remiss of me not to mention Survivor's Thanksgiving day recap show because even though clip shows just show you things you've already seen, it's nice to look back at the castaways now that you really know them. And this time, in another Survivor first, audition tapes have made the cut. So what did we learn?  Well we now know for sure why people don't like Corinne.  Seems she can be a bit abrasive. The woman has a hound dog's nose for misery. Really, who cares if people don't know what a gherkin is? Just enjoy the picnic already. 

As for that other curmudgeon...do we "get" Randy now? Are we "not offended"? Seems this 49 year-old is a profoundly lonely man still in the grip of grief over the loss of his dog Jonathan five years ago. Though he has been voted out of the game, Randy is looking forward to something. He plans on getting a new pet. It looks like his time on Survivor was still worth something even if it was not the million-dollar prize.

Bob may very well be one of the coolest castaways to ever play the game. He's got that cute sense of humor that has him making cracks about his school's cafeteria food or pretending to be attacked by a bear in his audition tape.  We knew from his fake idol that he is also pretty darn crafty, but who knew he had built all that other stuff? With the sundial, cooking tripod, Hawaiian sling and a spoon it's no wonder they've kept him around.  Most surprising, however, was the romance between Marcus and Jacque. And who else completely forgot about Paloma?  I guess we'll see her next at the torch remembrance walk. (Can't wait for that.)

Onto tonight's touching episode. Yes, it was family visit time. As Jeff said, it was time for a little love.  Bob had expressed his extreme irritation with Sugar for rubbing salt in Randy's wound at the last tribal council and Corinne was lamenting that she was in a "camp of mutants". Thank goodness there was a Sprint store on the other side of that crater so everyone could view their videos from home on Sprint's new phone. (I think Sprint sponsored that segment in case you didn't catch that product placement.)

It's always nice to see how much difference a touch of home can make in a player. Everyone wanted to win the prize and get to see their whole video. Yet it was Bob who lead his team of Sugar and Crystal to victory slogging through the swamp, retrieving sprocket pieces and then properly assembling them into working gears that released a flag.  He then went on to solve his slide puzzle in record time, win reward and claim his prize.

I'm not sure, however, if you can call it a prize if the losers also win.  Sure Bob's wife Peggy surprised him by appearing from the woods as if she were an Other from a rival network's show that also features roughing it in the wild. So too did everyone else's loved ones. So, let me get this straight — Bob raced through the swamp for nothing? Oh, wait he got some beer and pizza too.

The tears flowed. Everyone coupled up and then Matty, overcome with emotion and love and life and everything that's good and happy and peaceful and beautiful and so on and so forth, clutched his girlfriend Jamie to him and asked her to be his wife. So. Sweet.

Sadly, the happy couple was ripped apart when the family members were sent back home and then Matty was back in the game and suddenly the target of Bob, Corinne and Kenny and Crystal. Bob cooked up a scheme to trick the five-member alliance into thinking that Marcus had pulled a fast one and had not actually thrown the idol into the ocean, but had instead hidden it at camp and that Bob had found it. Now way back when the idol tossing occurred I was pretty sure that Marcus had pocketed that idol while in the ocean, but history proves that he did no such thing. Otherwise, would he be sitting on the jury now? 

Bob, winner of the immunity challenge, fashioned another fake idol (and I'm sure he's going to be hawking these things at the reunion special) and he and Corinne went fishing in the Kenny/Crystal pool for votes against Matty. These two original Fang-ers pounced on the opportunity to get rid of the physically strong Matty, but smartly hedged their bets in case there really was no other idol. This of course meant that at tribal council, Corinne was voted out 4-3 since only Kenny voted with Bob and Corinne against Matty.  At least now Corinne doesn't have to hold her tongue and suppress her true feelings about Sugar whom she hates. Being voted out was a freeing experience for Corinne and she let it fly in her confessional. 

Now it is down to the final six. Sugar, having spread her father's ashes in Africa with her sister, is feeling more at peace and she's not holding back. Kenny, the gamer, is focused and ready to outwit and outlast. Matty is somehow just holding on. As is Susie. Crystal is working it with Kenny and Bob and is doing everything he can to play with integrity and with brains, but he's either going to have to get a little more dirty or go home.

So what did you think? Was it time for Corinne to go?  Is Bob the next to go? Or will Kenny's crew turn on each other next week?

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Love was truly in the air on Survivor as the game opened its arms to family and a player makes a big commitment to a loved one. Even so, desperate times call for desperate action and an idol that was believed to be lost to all suddenly changes the way the game was played.  Now with Corinne and Bob scrambling to stay in the game Kenny's alliance of five may be starting to crumble. Could be we are in for another blindside at tribal council?! read more

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Premiered: September 25, 2008, on CBS
Rating: TV-PG
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Premise: The 17th edition of the reality series strands 18 castaways in Gabon, Africa, to vie for the $1 million first-place prize.

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