Filmed: July 3-4, 2005 | Aired:
September 29, 2005
- Ep3 Reward challenge: "Blind Build" -
Gary's directions give Yaxhá a big lead, which they
promptly fritter away not building their tent. Nakúm
wins comfort items.
- Ep3 Immunity challenge: "Holding Court" -
It's tied 3-3, until Danni scores two straight points;
- Voted out: Brianna, 7-1 over Lydia.
Episode 3 scoring notes
- As we mentioned on
twitter, it's nuts that, 30 seasons into Survivor,
the show has yet to figure out that they incur a huge number
of serious injuries having people run and/or jump on nets
(Amy here, Kourtney in One World, Missy in San
Juan del Sur). Particularly as set up here, where the
net was draped over a hard wooden skeleton, forcing people
to transition from loose to hard footing repeatedly. It's
bizarre that nobody thought that might be a potentially
ankle-popping arrangement during Dreamteam testing. But even
so, Amy still performed better than Brianna.
- Also, with Yaxhá utterly demoralized and Amy injured,
one wonders if this pushed production into accelerating the
swap, moving it up an episode ahead of the original plans.
It makes no sense to swap if it creates uneven tribes, but
that's what they do the next episode, instead of waiting
until Episode 5, as is commonly done today. Certainly, had
no swap occurred, there was a high probability of two more
straight Yaxhá losses, and probably an Amy boot. If an
early swap is what it took to avoid that, we're okay with
- One more thing ... for a guy who keeps going on and on
about prizing athletic ability above all else, and not
wanting to lose any more challenges, it's hilarious that
Gary (1) insists "I'm a landscaper," and (2) has been
demonstrably terrible in the physical challenges. Seriously:
he directly gave Judd and Nakúm a point in the mud IC,
by idiotically tackling Judd to ensure the rope was closest
to Nakúm's end; and scored zero points in the Ball Game
IC here, despite being a foot taller than everyone else.
Even Rafe scored a point. Rafe! But hey, Gary did do well in
the RC here, where he was yelling and telling people what to
- Brianna received 7 votes, from Stephenie,
Rafe, Lydia, Gary, Jamie, Amy, and Brian (voted out, 7-1).
- Lydia received 1 vote, from Brianna.
Glossary of terms
- 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.
- 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
- JVF: Number of jury votes for
the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji),
- TotJ: Total number of jurors.
Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT
- 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
- 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
- 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.