Survivor 17: Gabon boxscores
Episode 9: "The Brains Behind Everything"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 17, 2020
Survivor: Gabon boxscores Episode 9

Filmed: July 17-19, 2008 |  Aired: November 13, 2008
Fang wins RC
Bob exiled
Susie wins IC
Charlie out, 5-4

 

  • Ep.9 Reward challenge: "Super Golf" - Where "super" means "slingshots." Also Sugar gets to stand next to everyone, doing nothing, while Corinne officially sits out. Fang wins anyway, exiles Bob, gets a trip to a Gabonese village where Corinne pretends not to hate a 2-year-old and Matty dances the night away.
  • Ep.9 exile: Fang sends Bob, thinking he could find an idol. He finds where it should be, then makes a fake one.
  • Ep.9 merge: Oh yeah, that happens, too. Right before the IC. Most anticlimactic merge ever.
  • Ep.9 Immunity challenge: "Fired Up" - After 27 days, only Susie and Sugar (?!) can make fire. Susie wins.
  • Ep.9 voted out: Charlie extends the Onion exodus, 5-4 over Crystal.

 

Episode 9 scoring notes

Notes:

- In the RC, Sugar still gets full credit for her reward challenge "win," despite doing exactly as much as Corinne, who gets nothing for sitting out a fourth time.

- For the IC, Susie and Sugar were the only two to even create a flame. So Susie wins, Sugar is second, and everyone else ties for third (but receives the mean MPF points for 3rd-through-9th place = 0.44).

- Also, should we point out that Sugar is leading in both SurvAv and MPF at this point in the game? She's clearly maximizing her effort.

 

Vote count:

- Charlie received 5 votes, from Crystal, Ken, Matty, Sugar, and Susie (voted out, 5-4).

- Crystal received 4 votes, from Bob, Charlie, Corinne, and Randy.


Episode 9 boxscore - Challenges

Reward challenge stats Immunity challenge stats
Contestant ChW ChA SO ChW ChA Plc % Fin MPF
Sugar 0.25 0.25 - 0 1 2
0.89 86.1%
Susie 0.00 0.25 - 1 1 1 1.00 64.6%
Bob 0.20 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 55.6%
Charlie 0.25 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 55.6%
Randy 0.25 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 55.6%
Matty 0.25 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 36.8%
Crystal 0.00 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 36.8%
Ken 0.00 0.25 - 0 1 t-3
0.44 36.8%
Corinne - 0.25 1 0 1 t-3
0.44 36.8%
Episode 9 boxscore - Tribal Council

Tribal council stats

Contestant VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Sugar 1 - 9 1 1.20 7.80
Matty 1 - 9 1 1.04 6.76
Susie 1 - 9 1 1.50 6.10
Corinne 0 - 9 1 0.95 5.81
Randy 0 - 9 1 0.92 5.22
Bob 0 - 9 1 0.82 4.81
Ken 1 - 9 1 1.03 4.14
Charlie 0 5 9 1 0.98 3.63
Crystal 1 4 9 1 1.06 2.85
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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