11: "The Big Adventure" (Air date: December 27, 2001; filmed August 10-12,
Our picks: X RC - Tom
(you can't have a big, airplane-flying, balloon-riding adventure without
Big Tom. The adventure is staying aloft). We
were pretty damn close here, and did pick Lex to join him...
X IC - Lex. Still a-waiting for that
torch pic. Even with the hike to TC pic, we couldn't
tell whether it was Tom or Lex...
X Boot - Tom, and MamaKim defects
to Teresa and KimP. Alternatively, she sticks with Boran, and Teresa
is out. Slight edge to Tom. Ugh.
We can't believe we fell for that.
11: "The Big Adventure"
All we have to go on is what the CBS site gives us this time.
View the web preview here.
we think it means
One person wins a day and night away at a magnificent safari and
gets to invite another to join. Together, thanks to a little bourbon,
they have an incredibly memorable time.
Again, Tom has to be involved in some way here. It's hard to believe
he wins something, but look at the competition. As Cranky
Andy points out, Big Tom's favorite drink closely resembles bourbon,
making him the likely winner.
Well, what we said here was correct. But Tom was the tagalong,
and Lex won, instead of our backwards pick.
The tribe members get to know each other a little better through
their respective families, who participate in a challenge.
The real question here is: Is this the RC, or the IC? Tom
was rumored to have contacted home, but this sounds more like taped
stories from home, and the contestants are quizzed on the details.
It would be odd, even cruel, for this not to include an actual familial
contact for the winner. But at an IC? We already know about
the safari reward, but the clue says memorable, so perhaps this
is indeed the RC, since it involves memory.
Okay, we got that this was the RC. Big whoop.
One tribe member attempts to form an alliance along gender lines.
Only the votes will reveal whether this plan has worked. Will it?
The fact that CBS brings this up on both their web site and the
after-show previews leads us to believe that this does not actually
happen. But if Lex wins immunity, this could be MamaKim's
only chance at the final three. If she can vote off Lex, she, Tom
and Ethan are in. But if Lex is immune, she has to take this
chance while she can. Tom must be the target, due to his 3 prior
Apart from Clarence being booted, nothing CBS has ever hinted at
in questions has ever turned out to be correct. We thought
this was number two. And it was, although not in the sense
of being correct.
Apparently also recycled from Survivor 2 (EPMB is an eco-friendly kinda
guy). Survivors watch videos from home, and the winner gets to
fly off in a plane, then take a balloon ride (most likely with another
survivor; strategically, Lex is the obvious choice). Tom supposedly
got to contact home in some way, so perhaps he wins this one - maybe
the winner actually gets to make a phone call? Most likely the
challenge involves remembering details from everyone's videos, and Tom
has a decent memory, especially for people ("an elephant never fergits").
The reward includes bourbon, one of his favored beverages (more drinking
footage = good CBS ratings). Plus, he puts the "Big" in "Big Adventure."
The RC plus reward takes up two days.
Waiting for previews, but chances are, Lex wins again. He needs
to stick around anyway. And while they could have taken the pic with
the necklace on his torch before the IC, we're starting to think that
shot was included in the preview of the "next 18 days" as foreshadowing,
because he just keeps winning immunity.
If Lex does win immunity, it's either Tom or Teresa. This requires
MamaKim's decision - to go for an all-female alliance, or stick with
Boran. Ethan has done nothing to merit her treason, so it seems a little
odd that she would ally with Teresa and KimP. But we're starting
to think that this has been in effect since Episode 9 or earlier.
KimP's water-cooler talk of Brandon "setting me up" could really have
been because he was supposed to be voting with them. MamaKim has been
shown in two episodes explicitly saying people should not go against
an existing alliance, at this point in the game. Well,
we think that point is now. We think CBS registered the three
remaining women's nickname domain names because they had an alliance,
but MB has edited this part out, to build up the misdirection.
Anyway, in a 3-3 tie, both Lex and Tom would lose in a men-vs.-women
vote. Even if Lex does not win immunity, he's the smart choice
to keep, just because everybody loves Tom, and you don't want to face
the jury against him. Silas apparently knows Tom, so he must have
passed through the base camp at some point. Never
that, or the Pagonging of Samburu continues, and KimP or Teresa
is tossed out of the boma for the hyenas
to munch on. Since CBS has not seen fit to provide more previews,
this is all we have to go on.