Big Surprise... And Another"
Filmed July 10-12, 2002.
Airs December 5, 2002.
- IC speculation/spoilers
- Boot predictions
- Ep11 promo vidcaps
- CBS video: Ep11
- Ep10 videos: Penny's
final words, 2,
- CBS: "The castaways are offered a stunning opportunity
that leaves the winner in tears of joy and the losers in tears of pain.
Fallout from Tribal Council inspires harsh words from one castaway,
causing others to criticize the outburst. One castaway faces a critical
decision that could alter the entire game."
challenge: Friends and family eat bugs - Helen (and her daughter?) wins
The tears of joy
sounds an awful lot like the traditional family visit. The fudgenut
thread on EZ claimed that Ted wins this with his brother, although
it also claimed that it would be in the final 5 (possibly final 4) episode,
and that it would be for immunity. Which is not to say that Ted and
his brother don't (necessarily) win. What is clear from the promos is
that family and friends do indeed show up (hence the excessive tears,
and Helen's "Oh my god, oh my god!" pre-challenge leaping
around, warranting a reprimand from Probst). Also, judging from the
fancy plates containing scorpions and tarantulas, we finally get to
see the gross food challenge. In the picture of the spider on Jeff's
arm, it looks like two people are standing at the table in front of
Probst, one looks like Helen (black shirt), and the other appears to
be female, and not Jan, judging from the hand. Could the friends/family
help the Survivors in their individual quests to eat bugs for reward?
Looks that way, anyway.
Next, who wins? The fudgenut claim of a Ted win would make sense (two
big guys, presumably), and the promo does show Ted standing out in the
water, separated from the rest of the tribe, presumably watching a boat.
Unfortunately, it's unclear whether the boat is arriving or departing.
But Helen is missing from that shot, and Helen appears to be leaping
up, crying, while the rest of the survivors are applauding (as in happy
for her) at the challenge. This could just be as she's called up as
the first lucky person to compete, though. So there are two options:
(1) Ted wins, and his brother shows up at camp the next day (Clay has
changed into his yellow shirt in the approaching boat scene), or (2)
Helen wins, and she and her relative (daughter?) spend a night away
from camp. We've gone back and forth on this, but after flipping Penny
fifty times, it eventually came up "heads," meaning Helen
Jeff explains the RC. Similar location to the food auction seating.
Is everybody hungry?
Sit down Helen! You'll get to see your family soon enough.
Unfortunately, you may have to eat some fairly unappetizing critters
at that time.
Such as this happy little fellow!
Helen gets up again, this time to applause (while crying herself).
Clay's buff has moved to his neck.
Jake, Jan, Clay, Brian and a separate Ted standing in the water,
presumably watching a boat.
challenge speculation - someone (not Jake...) wins.
The web promo shows
the contestants marching to the IC (Helen with the necklace), which
appears to be on a beach, but that's about it for obvious circa-IC footage.
We also see shots of Helen and Jan running along a beach in swimsuits.
Unfortunately, careful analysis by VolcanicGlass at SurvivorPhoenix
shows that this beach is just Chuay-Gahn beach, and not the surf-beaten
one the contestants show up at for the IC. Not to mention that one of
Bungler's vidcaps at the start of the running sequence shows the treemail
stump. So we're left with Jake, in the same clothes he wears to the
IC, talking about how he has "never experienced such hardship...
and such joy." Could Jake be exulting in a (temporarily) game-saving
IC win? It's possible. But Jake is also a positive-thinking guy, who
could just as likely be reflecting back (as did Robb) on all the wonderful
experiences he's had in his time on the show. We have no idea who wins
this unseen challenge, but we'll still guess it's not Jake. We'll guess
Helen, just for the Hel of it.
The tribe arrives for the IC. Very similar clothes to the RC, except
Helen and Jan run along the beach. Unfortunately, this is at Chuay-Gahn,
so it's not IC.
Jake, apparently on the same day as the IC, talking about highs
and lows of the game.
The big shock here
will be if the audience for this episode extends beyond the castmembers'
immediate families. Because Jake now has to get three people
to vote with him if he wants to reach the next episode. Unless he wins
immunity. Which is certainly possible if it's anything mental. There's
really no incentive for any of the CGs to betray their tribe now, with
the jury vote looming so close. Better to give Jake a respectful sendoff,
then start cannibalizing themselves.
If Jake somehow wins immunity, the next boots are a problem. And this
could be where we see "One castaway faces a critical decision that
could alter the entire game." Brian needs to whittle down his harem
of final two promisees. Since Clay isn't going anywhere, that leaves
Ted and Helen on the chopping block. Keeping one and booting the other
(as opposed to booting the apparently non-allied Jan) allows him to
say to the other, "see, I told you we have a real alliance."
This is critical, because if Helen or Ted suspect that Brian promised
the same thing to both of them, they could easily take Brian out at
F5 or even F4. So one has to go, either this week, or at F5). Most likely,
we are just going to see Brian thinking about this in a confessional,
however, and no action until next week.
Ted appears the most vulnerable. Clay and Brian were probably
able to convince the Sook-Jais they were voting for Ted not through
their superior acting abilities, but because it wasn't all that unlikely.
Booting Jan seems like a waste of a vote, since she's unlikely to win
immunity. If Helen were to go, Jan would undoubtedly feel threatened,
and could probably convince Jake and Ted to help her exact revenge at
the next TC. So Ted is the safe boot if Jake is immune, perhaps as a
show of confidence from Brian to Helen that their wink-wink-nudge-nudge
Final Two pact is "real." (Except that it's
not, of course). But we'll guess the plotting about this is actually
shown to distract from the obvious Jake boot.