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Survivor: Gabon---Earth's Last Eden Episode: "Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars"

Season 17, Episode 9
Episode Synopsis: The eight remaining castaways each receive $500 to participate in a food auction. The immunity challenge involves carrying bags of blocks across a series of balance beams. The Top 3 finishers then set up their blocks like dominoes in order to raise a flag. At tribal council, the 11th castaway is voted out of the game.
Original Air Date: Nov 20, 2008

Survivor: Gabon Episode Recap: "Nothing Tastes Better Than Five Hundred Dollars" Season 17, Episode 9

It's official, the dominant force that was once Survivor: Gabon's Kota tribe has completely lost its way. Tonight, an alliance continues to see its numbers dwindle and a castaway acts like an ass. At least the Survivor Auction caused a stir and finally, an idol comes into play and throws somebody's game for a loop.

What a fun episode! Tonight was especially entertaining since we finally got to see some people start to play the game hard. Even Sugar was doing some plotting and Matty was talking strategy.  Crystal was barely heard from and Kenny did his talking at the challenges.

You could say things heated up at the auction where everyone got $500 to bid on food items (and one bath). More importantly, players used their cash not just to fill their tummies, but to express how they felt about each other. Kenny threw his money around pretty aggressively and won a scroll that gave him the power to either go to Exile Island himself or send someone and take their money.  While Bob gathered his items for his return trip to the "island" Kenny pocketed his $500 and proceeded to up the ante for the other players. Mostly though, he thwarted Randy's efforts to win items.

Still, Randy got some things of his own, and even bought the tribe a plate of cookies. Now maybe I missed something, but was Randy sincerely offering his tribe cookies or was sharing a condition of that auction? Whatever the case, Sugar refused to take a cookie from him, but later changed her mind and accepted Randy's last cookie. Not only did she leave the man without a treat she gave it to Matty just to piss Randy off. Seems Sugar's not so sweet after all. 

Neither is Susie, apparently. This woman won a hot bath and a clean change of clothes. She lost no time in stripping down and hopping in that tub. But in the time it took Matty to win a ciabatta-bunned burger, fries and a soda she was already crawling out of the tub. Has someone become so one with nature that clean hot water assails their senses? I can't explain her quick turn around in the tub, but I do know that she disappeared into the woods real fast. Who knows, maybe the bubbles weren't covering everything up to her satisfaction.

Cookie-gate carried over to camp life where Matty was now the man in demand by the warring factions. He fell squarely on the original Fang's side even though Corinne and Randy believed he was working with them. Say what you will about Randy, he pays attention around camp and he soon realized that Matty was not on his side and that Bob was the target. Corinne and Randy should have known how the cookie would crumble so to speak. Why would Matty leave a five-person alliance to join a two-pronged one? You offered him nothing Randy!

Armed with the knowledge that the original Fang was planning to vote out Bob, Randy plotted to force a blindside vote against Suzie by upping his obnoxious factor and making sure everyone wanted him gone. It was a good strategy, but it hinged on three assumptions. 1) That Sugar didn't have the idol. 2) That Bob would find the idol and 3) That Fang was not playing him like he was trying to play them.

This is where things turned great in the episode. Sugar convinced Bob, who had shared the existence of his fake idol with her, to give Randy his idol and lull him into a false sense of safety so they could blindside him at tribal — a strangely familiar plan!  We were headed for a double blindside this week. Either way someone who didn't expect it would be going home tonight.

Before that, however, players were treated to a cool and original immunity challenge. It started with the standard run of the obstacle course to retrieve puzzle pieces.  The second round had finalists arranging wood blocks domino style while navigating a trip-wire course. Trip the wire and set off your wood blocks and you have to start all over again. Arrange your blocks poorly and their cascade will fail and your ball won't release the flag. So concentration and coordination were important skills to have in this challenge. Finalists Matty, Kenny and Corinne were pretty equally matched in this test and it came down to a near photo finish until both Matty and Corinne's wood dominoes suddenly stalled out leaving Kenny to take home the gold this week. Randy's risky plan would play itself out at a giggle-filled tribal council.

Ah yes, the smug faces of tribal council. Everyone wore one so you'd think somebody would realize that something was up.  Randy was secure in the fact that the idol Bob gave him would ricochet the votes cast against him back to Suzie in some sort of blindside payback for Marcus and Charlie.  Sugar and the gang were all atwitter when Randy presented his idol to Jeff. However, Bob, giver of the idol, looked like he was about to throw himself into the fire. The guilt was killing him, but Randy didn't notice that. Even Marcus and Charlie picked up on the fact that something was up. Jeff sealed Randy's fate saying, "this is not a hidden Immunity Idol," tossed the homemade happy face into the fire and like that the tribe had spoken. Jeff, however, didn't really need to say anything this week because Crytal's words while voting were loud enough. The woman articulated her opinion for all to hear from the voting booth. "You have made my life hell from day one. Forget your ass! Bye!"  Gee, I wonder whom she voted for?

With Jeff's introduction we knew right off the bat that the idols would get some action this week. I tell you the fake idols do more for this game than the real ones. If people would stop hogging the idol until they are useless every season of Survivor would be 100 percent exciting. Still those weeks when the idol, fake or real, turn the game upside down are the best.  I wish that players were forced to use their idol or pass it on within 6 days of finding one just to get it into the game. Anyway, Randy was voted out over Suzie, and Corinne suddenly found herself very alone in this game. I daresay Bob has one angry photographer waiting for him on the jury. He better hope he won't be joining Randy there anytime soon.

Were you pleased with the outcome of tonight's vote? Is the power going to Kenny's head just a little bit? Is Sugar about to turn on Matty? Without Randy who will Crystal yell at during Tribal? Lastly, Has Bob figured out that Sugar has the idol he seeks?

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It's official, the dominant force that was once Survivor: Gabon's Kota tribe has completely lost its way. Tonight, an alliance continues to see its numbers dwindle and a castaway acts like an ass. At least the Survivor Auction caused a stir and finally, an idol comes into play and throws somebody's game for a loop. 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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