Survivor 19: Samoa boxscores
Episode 1: "The Puppetmaster"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: January 17, 2021
Survivor: Samoa  boxscores Episode 1

Filmed: June 11-13, 2009 |  Aired: September 17, 2009
Tribes pick chiefs
Foa Foa wins hero RC
Galu wins IC
Marisa out, 7-3

 

  • Ep.1 arrival: Each tribe votes, based on first impressions, who they want as their leader. Galu selects Russell Swan (5-3-2, over Shambo and Erik, respectively). Foa Foa barely selects Mick (4-3-1-1-1, over Jaison, Russell Hantz, Marisa, and Liz, respectively).
  • Ep.1 Reward challenge: "Chief's Choice" - Mick's pick of Jaison for the opening swimming leg turns out to be the deciding factor, as John Fincher lags far behind the collegiate water polo player, giving Foa Foa a huge lead. Probst annoints Galu as "the underdogs," which is hilarious in retrospect.
  • Ep.1 Immunity challenge: "Yank Your Hank" - Foa Foa loses.
  • Ep.1 voted out: Marisa, 7-3 over Ashley.

 

Episode 1 scoring notes

Notes:

- For posterity: It's not a scoring thing, but here are the votes in the fresh-off-the-boats chief election. For Galu: Kelly, Brett, Laura, Dave, and Erik all voted for Russ Swan; John, Russ, and Monica voted for Shambo (!); and Yasmin and Shambo voted for Erik. For Foa Foa: Liz, Ben, Natalie, and Mike all voted for Mick; Mick, Ashley, and Betsy all voted for Jaison; Hantz voted for Marisa (and vice-versa), and Jaison voted for Liz.

 

- The opening RC: The chiefs picked four people from their tribe to compete, so this was scored as a Hero Challenge (like a duel). That means: it's half a challenge, with the points split four ways (so winning = 0.25/2 = 0.125 ChW points). Only the participants receive ChA credit, and nobody is charged with a sitout (because only the two chiefs had any say in who competed).

 

Vote count:

- Marisa received 7 votes, from Ashley, Ben, Jaison, Liz, Mike, Natalie, and Russell (voted out, 7-3).

- Ashley received 3 votes, from Betsy, Marisa, and Mick.

Episode 1 boxscore

Reward challenge stats Immunity challenge stats Tribal council stats

Contestant ChW ChA ChW ChA VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Jaison 0.13 0.13 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.56 7.13
Liz 0.13 0.13 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.56 7.13
Hantz 0.13 0.13 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.56 7.13
Ben - - 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.00 7.00
Mike - - 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.00 7.00
Natalie - - 0.00 0.10 1 - 10 1 1.00 7.00
Ashley - - 0.00 0.10 1 3 10 1 0.70 4.00
Betsy - - 0.00 0.10 0 - 10 1 0.00 0.00
Mick - - 0.00 0.10 0 - 10 1 0.00 0.00
Marisa 0.13 0.13 0.00 0.10 0 7 10 1 -0.14 0.13
Brett - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Dave - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Erik 0.00 0.13 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
John 0.00 0.13 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Kelly - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Laura - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Monica - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Russ Swan - - 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Shambo 0.00 0.13 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
Yasmin 0.00 0.13 0.10 0.10 - - - - N/A N/A
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.
  • 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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