the Cats Are Away"
Filmed July 7-9, 2002.
Airs November 21, 2002.
- IC speculation/spoilers
- Boot predictions
- Ep10 promo vidcaps
- CBS video: Ep10
- Ep9 videos: Ken's
final words, 2,
- TV Guide: "One contestant wins a trip to the mainland
and offends a friend by choosing someone else as a traveling companion."
- CBS: "After being shocked by the vote at Tribal Council, one
Survivor begins questioning a former ally as a secret plot is revealed.
Two tribemates return from a surprise trek away from camp with full
stomachs and a suspicious gift. Meanwhile, one tribe member preys on
the fears of another in an attempt to gain votes and become the Sole
challenge: Obstacle course for an elephant ride - Ted wins (and brings
Having taken their
balls through an obstacle course last week, the Survivorsget a chance
to roll their whole bodies through one this time. We can figure out
the winner by working backward: Ted is the most likely to make a dumb
strategic decision of bringing a friend, and it sure looks like him
on the elephant. Besides, pain before a reward challenge (Ted moping
about his three votes) is always alleviated. The elephant pictures are
intentionally blurry, but it sure looks like little Clay with his light
floppy hat riding behind someone big, like Ted. But it could be just
The challenge itself involves at least two parts. An early part appears
to be a balance-oriented race (scenes of Jan slipping on the green boards).
This structure is seen in the background of the shot of Brian, Clay,
Penny and Ted diving under the bamboo obstacle course. That part has
slots for only four people, suggesting the first four finishers in the
first part advance (using the logic of the two previous challenges).
Early shots of this part show Ted and Clay with small leads, so it's
not inconceivable Ted could win. Or Clay. Or Penny. Or Brian. Screw
it, we give up.
Arrival at the RC. Ted in his dark blue shirt and bright red shorts.
Only Clay has a hat this time.
Start of another obstacle course. Whee! Note the balance area appears
to be in the background.
Clay and Ted appear to take an early lead.
According to the voice-over, balance is apparently a part of this
challenge, too. Jan stumbling.
The big guy in front has to be Ted, and it sure looks like little
Clay and his hat are riding behind.
A Closer Look. No wait, that's the re-crap episode. Again, that
appears to be Clay's hat.
challenge: Torch snuffing trivia?
The web promo features
shots from the start and middle of the IC. The challenge itself appears
to be a combination of the successful coconut-dropping challenge from
Marquesas and the usual "Fallen Comrades" challenge. In this
version, there's even less symbolism for the contestants to think through,
since they are directly snuffing each other's torches. There appear
to be three torches per player, and to make it more obvious which are
whose, they stand behind them. Part of the challenge appears to involve
answering questions, perhaps, as Griffe at Survivor Phoenix suggests,
about the player holding the snuffer (Jan is holding up a card with
the number "29" on it, while Penny is wandering around snuffing
torches). It's unclear if the person gets to pick one wrong torch to
snuff, or gets to extinguish one for every person answering incorrectly.
What's interesting is an extraneous reaction shot of Jan. Jan is this
week's honorary Macauley Culkin stand-in, apparently reacting to either
being last, or having someone wander over to snuff her last torch. In
theory, Jan ought to do well in this, since she's presumably got the
smallest target on her back. Brian will probably do the worst, since
he was unable to even remember Shii Ann's name, and will be gunned for
by the Sook-Jais.
Arrival at the IC. Jan is again wearing her ubiquitous overalls.
Clay arrives in the immunity necklace.
Penny marches out to snuff a torch.
Jan auditions for "Home Alone with Granny."
Snewser is strongly
hinting in the votedoff.tv boot
thread that Penny takes the walk this week. So the methodical elimination
of Sook Jai likely continues. Does this make sense? Yes... some clues:
(1) Penny and Ken's
screen time seemed to ebb and flow in tandem throughout this series.
In episodes where Penny was invisible, so was Ken. And when Ken was
front-and-center, so was Penny (apart from Ken's boot episode, where
Penny disappeared). Their stars will come crashing to the ground together,
(2) Penny is also strongly featured in the web promo, and is a more
logical boot than Jake, who has more in common with the Chuay-Gahns,
and is seemingly less threatening. Penny finishing in the finals of
this week's reward challenge won't help.
(3) This fits the National Enquirer's claim that Penny returned a mere
10 lbs lighter: she'll have time to gain some weight back in the Jury