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Survivor: Borneo boxscores - Episode 9
"Old and New Bonds"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: February 3, 2015

Filmed: April 6-8, 2000 |  Aired: July 26, 2000 | Rewatched January 23, 2015
Colleen wins barbecue and letters from home
IC: Rudy reigns
Jenna out, 4-3-1

 

  • Reward challenge: "Out on a Limb" - Colleen and Kelly race to the end, but Colleen reaches the podium first, wins barbecue and letters from home, which she shares with Jenna.
  • Immunity challenge: "Squared Off" - After getting a little sideline coaching, Rudy wins.
  • Voted out: Jenna, 4-3-1, over Rich and Sean.

 

Episode 9 scoring notes

Notes: This was a straightforward episode, scoring-wise. But it features both the good and the bad in Borneo-era challenge design and presentation. While underwhelming in terms of excitement value, the flipping squares IC at least clearly delineated who was still in, and who was out. And, of course, it was something Rudy actually had a shot at winning. The RC, however, looked visually interesting, but there was no way to keep track of where anyone was. People scrambled around on ropes, and then all of a sudden, someone was about to win. No, two people! No, actually one. Part of the problem was in the presentation: in later seasons, each player's total would have been presented in an on-screen tally. Also, as an antecedent of epic challenges like Tocantins' "Tarantula," later versions would better establish the structure of the course, to give weight to the race to the end. But a promising beginning.

 

Vote count:

- Jenna received 4 votes, from Hatch, Rudy, Sue, and (accidentally?) Sean (voted out, 4-3-1).

- Sean received 1 throwaway vote from Kelly.

- Hatch received 3 votes, from the underpowered alliance of Jenna, Gervase, and Colleen.

Episode 9 boxscore - challenges
Reward Challenge Immunity Challenge
Contestant ChW ChA Plc %Fin ChW ChA Plc %Fin MPF
Hatch 0 1 t-6 0.25 0 1 4 0.63 0.46
Kelly 0 1 2 0.88 0 1 7 0.25 0.53
Rudy 0 1 5 0.60 1 1 1 1.00 0.54
Sue 0 1 t-6 0.25 0 1 6 0.38 0.39
Sean 0 1 t-6 0.25 0 1 2 0.88 0.61
Colleen 1 1 1 1.00 0 1 8 0.13 0.41
Gervase 0 1 4 0.63 0 1 3 0.75 0.77
Jenna 0 1 3 0.75 0 1 5 0.50 0.56
Episode 9 boxscore - Tribal
Tribal Council stats
Contestant VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Hatch 1 3 8 1 0.94 3.79
Kelly 1 - 8 1 0.62 4.37
Rudy 1 - 8 1 1.20 4.16
Sue 1 - 8 1 1.12 5.54
Sean 1 1 8 1 0.79 4.60
Colleen 0 - 8 1 0.71 3.56
Gervase 0 - 8 1 0.43 2.83
Jenna 1 4 8 1 0.80 2.47
Greg - - - - 0.67 3.12
Gretchen - - - - 1.12 3.85
Joel - - - - 1.03 3.23
Dirk - - - - 1.01 2.95
Ramona - - - - 0.70 1.79
Stacey - - - - 0.22 0.29
B.B. - - - - -0.11 0.25
Sonja - - - - -0.50 0.00
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.

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