8: "Smoking Out The Snake" (Air date: December 6, 2001; filmed August
X RC - Winner departs camp. Only clue
is putative Singapore preview saying "they can't talk to Brandon." Preview
images no help. Might as well guess Brandon. Brick.
X IC - Lex. Preview image shows
his torch with the immunity necklace on it. Airrrrrr
X Boot: Okay, we're gonna keep guessing
Teresa until she's gone. Frank is also highly vulnerable, based on Ep7
screen time. Flip a coin. Rejected! A total
8: "Smoking Out The Snake"
Waiting for either a TV Guide or Zap2It description of the show.
Until then, the following hints from the CBS site will have to suffice.
we think it means
A brooding Lex is determined to smoke out the "rat" who voted against
him, but first he must figure out who the "rat" is. Will he identify
Yes. If he asks Teresa directly, she might even tell him.
And Tom can work her over, too.
The winner of the reward challenge and a tribemate of their choice
get to visit a village and barter two goats for whatever they can
Sounds fascinating. Could be anyone, except Brandon or MamaKim.
Ah, we were quite accurate with that vague prediction. Push.
An original Samburu works to pull over an original Boran to their
side; the Boran tribe member shows interest.
The previews show this is Teresa. She's trying to convince
the MallRats that it's time to strike. She seems to be increasingly
chummy with Tom, which can only work against her, since he's allied
with Lex. Would Tom defect? Since nobody has in the
past, we guess no. Tom's affections may in fact just be a
ploy to smoke her out, in which case, this attempted coup could
spell her demise. Too bad she didn't pick Kelly, who might
have jumped ship.
Yet another preview shot that was misleading. All in all, a nice
round of obfuscation from Mr. Evil Pecker. Making up that
whole Lex's torch with the necklace on it was a nice touch.
New TV previews from 12/2 show the hikes to both the RC (Figs. 1-3)
and the IC (Figs. 4-5, because Teresa has the immunity necklace around
her neck). In the RC pictures, there is someone sort of wooden
structure behind Teresa, that looks vaguely oil derrick-like. Not much
to go on here, apart from Brandon's none-too-attractive body art. Also,
the pic of the three Samburus plotting (Fig. 6) appear to be from IC
day, based on Brandon's clothes. So the absence of Frank from
the plotting does not imply he's off getting the reward. On the
Spoilers EZ board, word from Singapore claims their preview said something
about "They can't talk to Brandon," suggesting he might have departed
for the reward. Another possibility, since the reward involves
bartering goats, is that Tom is there.
No footage has been shown of either challenge (surprise, surprise) in
the two weeks since the last episode aired. But the recap show
did contain Fig. 1, below, which shows a torch with a skull on it, holding
the immunity necklace. As pointed out by Paratrooper on
Survivorfever.net, this torch appears to belong to Lex. Figs.
2 and 3 show Lex hiking to TC in Episode 7, carrying a torch with a
skull. Fig. 4 shows that, at least at the Ep7 TC, only Lex's torch
had any kind of skull-sized object on it. Fig. 5 shows the skull
matches the one with the immunity necklace. So, so far it looks pretty
good that Lex wins immunity this week.
The only nagging
doubt are the white letters on the immunity torch (Fig. 1). Big, thick
white letters, reading left-to-right as you go down the torch, which
appear to be "IM" or "IN". Looking back at everyone else's torches,
there are several with things written on them. Brandon has "Grandma"
on his (Fig. 7 - thanks, MESS), but the letters go from top to bottom
vertically. Someone (Clarence, Fig. 8) has emblazoned their torch
with "I love U Mom" in letters that point the right direction, but are
really skinny. Frank supposedly carved his family's names into
his torch, but they're now in white paint, too, reading from bottom
to top (Fig. 9). Lex clearly has some white letters on his torch,
but they don't obviously match. Maybe he re-painted Corbin's name?
Anyway, since nobody else's torch matches any more closely, we'll stick
with Paratrooper's orginal call, and say the skull makes it Lex's.
So despite Lex's witch hunt to find out who voted against him, he's
safe this week. Lex wins immunity.
One Samburu has to go. The biggest targets are those who are immunity
threats: Frank and Teresa. There are many valid points for and against
Probably the strongest Samburu left.
- Almost 50% of Ep7 was face time for Frank.
- Where else can his story arc go? Bossy leader to underdog family
guy to helpful teacher to moody, elephant-teasing loner to... ?
- Clarence, in a radio interview, said he hopes Frank wins it all.
Has had tons of screen time since Ep1.
- Supposedly returned with a full beard, which seems out of character
for a guy who keeps himself so neatly trimmed, unless he's in the
- Has not demonstrated any particular aptitude in any challenges
Made herself a target showing such endurance in Ep7 IC with Clarence.
- Shown conspiring with both MallRats (no surprise there) and Tom
(uh-oh?) - if other Borans catch wind of this, she's toast.
- Lex's witch-hunt should eventually reveal her vote against him
- Likeability and general resemblance to Tina should encourage Borans
not to face her in the final two.
- Diane's list (ahem) still suggests she's the next Samburu to go.
Only just starting to get screen time.
- "Nickname" domain name (T-birdcooper.com) registered by CBS, suggesting
she does something memorable, and registered on August 7th, four
days after the end of this episode.
- Episode 10 is titled "We Are Family," suggesting an all-female
alliance, who, if they have a 4-3 margin, should be the final four.
- Episode 9 description says one tribe member is "devastated" by
another's deceptive actions. That sounds a lot like Teresa being
upset her supposed Boran defector didn't actually come through at
the TC. Either that or Lex finally smokes out her vote. Either way,
she's still there.
a push. We don't see much weight in either the Frank's beard (has it
ever been confirmed? what was the source?) or Diane's list arguments,
making it still pretty even. We'd vastly prefer Frank sticking around,
since he provides significantly more comedic material, so that almost
ensures it's Frank that goes. He passed the lunatic torch to Lex in
the recap episode, and we supposed there's still Big Tom around, so
we'll sigh a resigned sigh, and go with Frank.