Survivor 17: Gabon boxscores
Episode 11: "The Good Things In Life Aren't Easy"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 23, 2020
Survivor: Gabon boxscores Episode 11

Filmed: July 23-25, 2008 |  Aired: December 4, 2008
Bob wins RC
Surprise loved ones
Bob also wins IC
Corinne out, 4-3

 

  • Ep.11 reward challenge: "Now or Never" - Probst teases video messages from home prior to the challenge. Then it's a pick for teams of three; Corinne is forced to sit out. After retrieving and assembling sprockets, Bob, Sugar, and Crystal then solve a simple 8-piece slide puzzle for reward (pizza, beer, longer video). Bob wins.
  • Ep.11 reward: Surprise! All the loved ones are actually here! They all spend the day in camp.
  • Ep.11 Immunity challenge: "Q&A Bombs Away" - First some basic trivia, where Sugar (!) wins the most, then throwing balls onto a downhill target, in which Bob nails the two best throws. Bob wins again.
  • Ep.11 voted out: Despite a convoluted plan with another fake idol, which Ken hijacks to try to flush Sugar's idol, no idols are actually played, and Corinne is out, 4-3 over Matty.

 

Episode 11 scoring notes

Notes:

- In my first-pass scoring of this season, I didn't score the team-based RC segment, for some reason. As with past instances (Keith Nale in SJdS, for example), Corinne gets charged with a sit-out there, even though it wasn't by choice. No sit-outs for the individual portion, though, because the other three (plus Corinne) were ineligible to compete.

 

Vote count:

- Corinne received 4 votes, from Crystal, Matty, Sugar, and Susie (voted out, 4-3).

- Matty received 3 votes, from Bob, Corinne, and Ken.

Episode 11 boxscore - Challenges

Team reward challenge stats Ind. reward challenge stats Immunity challenge stats
Contestant ChW ChA SO ChW ChA Plc % Fin ChW ChA Plc % Fin MPF
Bob 0.33 0.33 - 1 1 1 1.00 1 1 1 1.00 73.5%
Sugar 0.33 0.33 - 0 1 t-2 0.50 0 1 2 0.86 65.3%
Ken 0.00 0.33 - - - - - 0 1 t-3 0.64 59.5%
Matty 0.00 0.33 - - - - - 0 1 t-3 0.64 54.8%
Susie 0.00 0.33 - - - - - 0 1 7 0.14 49.9%
Corinne - 0.33 1 - - - - 0 1 t-5 0.36 47.6%
Crystal 0.33 0.33 - 0 1 t-2 0.50 0 1 t-5 0.36 39.4%
Episode 11 boxscore - Tribal Council

Tribal council stats

Contestant VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Sugar 1 - 7 1 1.16 8.13
Bob 0 - 7 1 0.83 5.98
Susie 1 - 7 1 1.27 4.90
Ken 0 - 7 1 1.05 4.74
Matty 1 3 7 1 0.99 4.32
Crystal 1 - 7 1 1.08 3.19
Corinne 0 4 7 1 0.53 2.54
Randy - - - - 0.72 2.97
Charlie - - - - 0.98 3.63
Marcus - - - - 1.10 3.64
Ace - - - - 0.70 2.21
Dan - - - - 1.10 3.60
Kelly - - - - 0.68 1.51
GC - - - - 0.99 2.41
Jacquie - - - - 0.78 1.90
Paloma - - - - -0.44 0.22
Gillian - - - - 0.26 1.17
Michelle - - - - -0.89 0.00
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • 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.
    • Plc: Place finished in an individual challenge.
    • % Fin: Percent Finish in an individual challenge. Winning is 100% (1.00), or (number of people competing)/(number of people competing). Last place is 1/(number of people competing). Everything else is somewhere in between. Sitting out of an individual challenge earns a flat zero.
    • MPF: Mean Percent Finish, calculated across all individual challenges.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • 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 scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • 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 and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • 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 the finale).
    • 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.

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