Survivor: Africa Winner

With the elimination of Teresa in Survivor: Africa Episode 13, the alliance of four Boran members remains standing as the final four: Ethan Zohn, Kim Johnson, Lex van dn Berghe, and Tom Buchanan. This alliance made one stupid move after another, surviving in spite of themselves because the other tribe was so fractured. Considering that everybody followed Lex around like a bunch of lemmings, he deserves the credit for getting his team this far, although he’s certainly made himself a lot of enemies in the process of his advancement through his unnecessarily aggresive moves against friend and foe alike.

Before she left, though, Teresa did manage to stir the pot, which is enough to cast doubt in Lex’s mind about Tom. Big Tom has said since the Brandon vote that he didn’t trust Lex, and maybe he should have done something about it then because now Lex is ready to turn on him. Lex’s plan is to talk to Tom and confront him about it. Tom denies having said anything to T-Bird, but he does acknowledge having told Kim she could vote for Lex. Following their discussion, Tom says that their alliance still stands. Lex seems comfortable with their alliance, but Tom doesn’t want to shake hands with him again because they already have one deal going. As much as Kim hopes to get in the middle, the guys plan to remain loyal to each other. She has had numerous occasions to change the course of her game, but she’s failed to take advantage of any of them.

It’s the “How closely have you paid attention to your tribemates (and feel free to guess if you need to)?” challenge. Big Tom knows he’s in trouble. Lex feels that Kim has the best chance of winning this, which would be a first for her.

What rank did Frank reach in the army?
Staff sergeant. Nobody is right.

Which Survivor listed manipulating men on their application as one of their favorite hobbies?
Kelly. Everybody is right.

Who was the first to hit a target in the archery competition?
Lindsey. Tom gets a point.

Whose children are these, and what are their names?
Teresa’s Ellie and Tyler. Giveaway question. Everybody gets it right.

In which city and state is Jessie a deputy sheriff?
Orlando, FL. Everybody is right, remembering back quite a ways.

Which Survivor has a tattoo of a black widow spider, and for an extra point, where is it located?
Brandon. Everybody is right. It’s on his back. Lex and Kim get the bonus question.

With that lame bonus point, Kim and Lex pull into a tie with Tom.

Who are Sage Hunter and Jocelyn Rose?
Frank’s children. Everybody is right on another obvious question.

Which female Survivor does not have anything pierced, including her ears?
Kelly. Kim is correct and wins immunity, spoiling the final three alliance plans.


With 3 votes, Big Tom has been voted off the island. Nobody would want to go up against him in the end. While he could not be dubbed a mastermind, he’s made a lot of friends along the way.

Jeff Probst comes to wake up the final three early the next morning. Lex is sick. He’s had diarrhea and spent all night up going to the bathroom about a dozen times. We found out later that he was offered medical attention that would take him out of the game for a couple hours, but he refused that assistance for fear that it would cause him to lose the game. This is not the state you want to be in going into what you know is going to be an endurance competition.

The final immunity challenge is to put each foot on a stump and one hand on an idol. Once they do that, they are not allowed to move them. Last person standing wins. Ethan’s the first one out at 2 hours and 26 minutes, odd because he’s up against a sick guy and an old woman. Although we didn’t see it, Ethan’s elimination came after he was distracted by his cameraman, who threw up due to the heat. There’s no talk of a deal between the two who remain standing. The only talking going on is that Lex knows he’s screwed because he was sick all night. At 3 hours and 21 minutes, Lex falls, and Kim wins immunity, guaranteeing herself a spot in the final two, despite her original plan to let the boys just walk away with it.


Having controlled the game almost since the beginning and having been a target almost as long, Lex has finally been voted out. Either way, it would be hard for the jury to justify a Kim vote. Had she done something like joined in the all girl alliance, voting for her would make some sense, but merely following the alliance of three guys and then winning a couple of immunities to keep them from voting her out isn’t going to cut it. Granted, it could be argued that Ethan just followed Lex around the whole time.

Why did Kim bring Ethan with her? Lex felt he deserved it, whereas Ethan maybe didn’t think that way.

Brandon says he doesn’t like one of these people and can’t wait to vote against him. Yeah, there’s a real shortage of Brandon disliking people this season. Kelly wants to watch them both squirm because she didn’t vote for stupid Lex and shouldn’t have been voted off when she was. Big Tom already decided who he’s going to vote for, so his question will not be serious.

Kim can’t ask the jury to vote for her because it will be hard for her to change their minds since they already know who she is.

Ethan wanted to prove that honest people could get where they’ve gotten. For the most part he’s right, although cutting both Clarence and Kelly before they got rid of the other tribe (or at least a reasonable amount of the other tribe) stands out as something that most people in the final two would not have done.

Brandon, who said he had made up his mind already, tells the final two he has no idea who he’s voting for. Neither of them really got to know him, and neither liked him enough to keep him around three days longer than Frank. Yeah, still bitter about Frank. Out of the 7 jury members, which person would they like to see sitting next to them? Ethan answers Lex because of how he played the game, and it would be a greater achievement to be able to beat Lex. Kim would have to go with Lex as well. Part two of the question: who deserved to be there the least? Just a name. No why. Ethan: Brandon. Now that’s funny. Kim: Tom. Kim voted against someone who would never vote for her, but Ethan considered Brandon the swing vote, so this is perhaps not the best answer.

Lex asks what the first selfless act they will perform when they get back home will be. Kim is going to look into the project they’ve been discussing, the Wamba Project, to help fight AIDS. Ethan would like to give his time to an inner city soccer league, having been inspired by his trip to the village and playing hacky sack with the kids.

Frank wants to know the big five characteristics needed to get this far. Ethan: will power, strength, integrity, intelligence, and luck. Kim: respect, thoughtfulness, flexibility, love, and understanding. Let’s just all sing Kumbaya now.

Kelly was surprised and disappointed by Kim’s conduct, but thanks her for giving Lex the chance to do his own walk of shame. But if Kim thinks she did this with high integrity, think again. Then there’s Ethan, who didn’t try to make any relationship with her. Pick a number between 1-1000. Kim: 3. Ethan: 888. This may seem a little obvious here, but shouldn’t Ethan have said 4, thereby ensuring Kim could only win with 1, 2, or 3?

Little Kim asks who on the jury did they learn the most about themselves from and who did they learn the least about themselves from. Kim J learned the most from Kim P, who had the guts to call off a wedding rather than do what’s expected of her. She was also able to forgive Brandon for making sure she lost the game. As for the second part of the question, Big Tom. Not that she’s picking on him. Ethan learned the most from Teresa, who was almost like his safe place in this game. She had a lot of will power to win and be there. Least would be Kelly. He acknowledges that he didn’t take time to get to know her.

Big Tom’s taken some hits from Kim, but he’s just going with his original plan. If a hyena came through camp and ate the mush then licked his hind end, did he do it because that was the animal instinct or to get the taste of the mush out of his mouth? Ethan’s response: to clean its hind end because he didn’t mind the taste of the mush as much as Tom did. Kim is obviously pretty well over Big Tom and doesn’t appear to try to find the humor in this question.

Teresa asks what they would take back about one of the jurors. Kim didn’t sell Kelly out, but didn’t know enough to go to her defense either. Ethan goes back to that vote as well, and he thought it came from Frank and did make some effort to get rid of Frank as a result.

Brandon says he’s voting for Kim because Ethan answered his question wrong. Yet, well before the vote, he told the camera that he didn’t like someone and was looking to vote against him. Don’t try to get a job as an actor, dude, because nobody’s buying it. Someone as bitter as Brandon isn’t going to change his mind over just one question.

Kim P says she thought she would vote for Ethan, and she is someone we can actually believe. She voted for Kim presumably because of her compliments toward her when she was trying to win her vote.

Big Tom’s about as fed up with Kim J as she is with him. She rode coattails to get where she is, and he shouldn’t have felt sorry for the weak link when she was costing them all those challenges.

Kelly’s vote comes down to a number, the room number from The Graduate, 568.

After the vote, Jeff’s question is whether there’s anything they’re willing to admit to now that it’s all over. Kim was scared a lot, which she may not have covered as well as she thought. That changed for her in the final immunity challenge, the first time she really stood on her own.

Then Ethan’s asked about anything about the final tribal council that surprised him. Kelly, letting it all come down to a number.

Kim (Brandon)
Ethan (Tom)
Kim (Kim P)
Ethan (Lex)
Ethan (Teresa)
Ethan (Frank)
Ethan (Kelly)

By a vote of 5-2, Ethan Zohn is the Survivor: Africa winner.

Kim says that she took Ethan with her because she knew she couldn’t beat either of them, so she decided to take the person she thought deserved it most next to herself. Teresa is right there with her, having decided early on that she was going to vote for Ethan because she wanted it to be him if it couldn’t be her.

Survivor: Africa Episode 13

Continuing down the line, Kim P was eliminated in Survivor: Africa Episode 12.

They’re getting used to bathing in and drinking from an elephant’s toilet. What they’re struggling with now is the boredom. Aside from there not being much to do, they’re running out of stuff to talk about.

Treemail is letters from home. Oh, now that was just a little too easy. They’re supposed to get that from a reward challenge, not just have it drop from the sky.

The reward challenge is a list of 12 Swahili words in a word scramble. The words will intersect to give them an English word. Lex is starting off quickly. Nobody else even appears to be in this. Lex is up 6-3 over Ethan. Lex is the first to hit 12. His closest competitor when he gets his clue for the English word is Ethan, with 6. Lex wins reward. He spells out Avalanche. There’s a reason for that. His reward: a Chevy Avalanche. Ethan doesn’t want Lex to win any more. Well, then, close your ears. Lex will be an ambassador of good will. They’ve loaded up some medical supplies to bring to Wamba Hospital to help fight AIDS. People come from all around to this little village to get treatment.

Kim J doesn’t want the guys to take each other to the end. Well, then, she should have joined in the all female alliance. Welcome to the game, finally realizing the obvious. She has decided to approach Ethan and tell him that he’s gotta get rid of Lex. Upon his return, Lex thinks the mojo is just funky. Something’s up.

Big Tom has, apparently, told Teresa that Lex should be the next to go. That said, considering they’ve made an alliance, he thinks he’s stuck with that alliance. Teresa is noticing that everybody wants Lex gone, but nobody wants to do it.

The immunity challenge contains elements from previous challenges: puzzle ladder, net, cart with a puzzle, ladder crawl, and bow and arrows. Not entirely physical, but being the most physical sure will help. Ethan, Tom, and Lex are dead even with their puzzle ladders. It’s obvious the girls should just sit out. Lex completes his puzzle first and just needs to hit the target with his arrow. Lex wins immunity. Again.

With Lex safe, Teresa’s hopes may well be dashed. Everybody wants Lex out and has for a long time, but they threw away their opportunity last time when he did not have immunity. Nobody really wants any of the other three out.

The only hope Teresa has now is to get Lex and Kim J to vote out Tom. She admits to being the one who voted against Lex the time before the witch hunt. The reason for that: “somebody” told her to watch out for Lex. Kim backs her up, saying that Tom told her to go ahead and vote against Lex if she really wants him gone, just so long as she doesn’t tell Tom about it. As much as Tom wants Lex gone, he can’t bring himself to vote that way. How many people in the jury know this side of Tom? None. That could be a problem.


By a unanimous vote, Teresa has been voted off the island. She stuck around just long enough to stir the pot, and now the remaining Boran members will be faced with turning on each other.

Stay tuned to dingoRUE for another recap of Survivor: Africa Episode 14 The Final Four: No Regrets, where we will find out who the Survivor: Africa winner is.

Survivor: Africa Episode 12

Frank made it a lot further than I would have expected, but his grumpiness finally caught up with him in Survivor: Africa Episode 11.

Ethan’s surrounded by people all the time, but he feels so alone because he doesn’t really know them, having met them a month ago. So pretty much this is a family visit episode.

Yeah, pretty much. When they arrive at the challenge, everybody gets videos from home. Once all this sh…ow of emotion is over, it’s time for the challenge. Since they’ve got their families on video already, they might as well ask them questions. The winner will go to the Masai Mara to watch the migration of the wildebeests. Then they’ll head to the safari resort for an overnight stay, to be followed by a hot air balloon ride.

What is your most embarrassing moment?
Kim J: Throwing up on you on our second date.
Husband: Not the second date. She fell asleep on the toilet.

Teresa: New York Marathon injury.
Husband: Spilling a full tray of drinks on first class passengers.

Ethan: Curling iron got stuck, and mom had to cut my hair off before prom.
Mom: Letting in an easy goal in a very important soccer game.

Tom: Walking around with dirty underwear in the house and then coming upon people in the kitchen.
Wife: Can’t embarrass him. He doesn’t give a hoot.

Kim P: Falling off a bike in the race due to bathing suit getting stuck. All the racers got a good view.
Mom: Matches Kim P for a point.

Lex: Threw up in the middle of human sexuality class.
Wife: Matches Lex for a point.

What physical trait do you least like about yourself?
Kim J: Feet.
Husband: Matches for a point.

Teresa: Hair.
Husband: Nose.

Ethan: None.
Mom: Legs.

Tom: Hair.
Wife: Matches for a point.

Kim P: Small chest.
Mom: Arms.

Lex: Nose.
Wife: Hair on back.

What is your biggest fear?
Kim J: Growing old.
Husband: Bungie jumping.

Teresa: Loss of a loved one.
Husband: Snakes.

Ethan: Throwing up.
Mom: Matches for a point.

Tom: None.
Wife: Loss of a son.

Kim P: Spiders.
Mom: Being unfulfilled.

Lex: Outliving either son.
Wife: Matches for a point.

Since there’s no way Teresa can win, she is eliminated. Lex leads with 2, while everybody else has 1.

What is your greatest achievement?
Kim J: Family.
Husband: Matches for a point.

Ethan: Playing professional soccer.
Mom: Taking high school soccer team to state tournament.

Tom: Son.
Wife: Matches for a point.

Kim P: Calling off wedding at the last minute.
Mom: Solo trip to Europe.

Lex: Sons.
Wife: Matches for a point.

Lex wins reward. Go easy with Jeff Probst’s Visa card. He will take Big Tom with him.

They’re taken to Governor’s Camp, a grossly ovepriced luxury tented camp in the middle of an African jungle. They get more to eat right then than they have in the past month. When they’re done eating, they get in the middle of the migrating wildebeests, one of the more hideous animals on the continent, which sound like Tom on a good Saturday night and are just as crazy. They also see just about every other type of wildlife they hoped to see all in the same area in the space of about an hour. Upon their return, they’ve got a few spirits, so Tom’s ready for a good Saturday night. This would be a good time for Lex to find out how Big Tom doesn’t trust him, but instead he just finds himself amused. The next morning they wake up early for the balloon ride. It’s like the Discovery Channel.

The immunity challenge is to be the last one standing in a pot shattering competition using sticks that are traditional African weapons. Since it’s an immunity challenge in which alliances matter, Kim P and Teresa may as well just sit down now. Big Tom breaks Teresa’s first pot. Big Tom then breaks Kim P’s first pot. Then Big Tom breaks Lex’s first pot. Kim J hits her own pot. Ethan breaks Kim P’s second pot. Ethan and Tom combine to eliminate Teresa. Lex eliminates Kim P. Having those two in this proved pointless. Lex takes out Ethan’s first pot. Kim J hits Tom’s first pot. Big Tom takes out Ethan’s second pot. Lex takes out Kim J’s second pot. Ethan takes out Lex’s second pot. Big Tom eliminates Ethan. Big Tom strikes Kim J’s last pot, but she’s still hanging on by a thread. Big Tom eliminates Lex. Tom is down to one pot, but he retaliates and eliminates Kim J. Big Tom wins immunity.

Teresa returns to the all female alliance idea. All they need to do is force a tie and vote against Lex, who has 6 votes against him. Despite that, their plan is to try to woo Big Tom. Why? He’s not necessary for this plan to work.

Lex, meanwhile, sees someone as desperate as Teresa is to advance as being a threat.

Kim P
Kim P
Kim P
Kim P

Althought Teresa’s the biggest threat in terms of strategy, Kim P is certainly a logical choice as far as someone far too likeable to want to go up against in the end.

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Survivor: Africa Episode 11

Having thrown his game away the previous week, Brandon was not surprised to meet his demise in Survivor: Africa Episode 10, receiving votes from friend and foe alike in response to his sheer stupidity.

Although everybody else voted for Brandon, Lex refused to do so. He covered his own ass, despite the fact that he was betraying his own tribe in doing so. Kim J views this as an opportunity. The three boys may not be as tight as they think. Big Tom especially feels betrayed. All Lex was worried about was Lex.

Everybody’s complaining about lethargy and lack of food, so it’s time for the Survivor auction. Each person gets a personalized wallet with 20,000 Kenyan shillings, or about $250USD. All this confusing currency conversion is the reason why these auctions now are held in dollars. Coffee, sugar, and a chocolate croissant are up first. Lex bids 3,000 and wins. Cheese and crackers gets more takers. Ethan bids 4,000. Kim J ups it to 4,500. Ethan responds with 5,000. Kim J wins with 6,000. Beer is next. Let’s start the bidding at 4,000. Big Tom doesn’t care. He bids 1,000. Sold. A sundae and hot fudge are next. Kim P bids 6,000. Big Tom goes to 6,500. Kim P goes 7,000. Big Tom responds 7,500. Kim P ups it to 8,000. Tom 8,500. Kim 9,000. Tom 10,000. Kim P 10,500, and frustrated. Ethan convinces Tom to keep going to 11,000. Kim bids 11,500. Tom bids 12,000. Kim 12,500. Now she can finally have it. How about a mug of pure chocolate syrup? Ethan buys it for 5,000. Mystery item is next. Ethan bids 7,500. Kim J bids 8,000. Tom bids 9,000. Ethan hits 10,000. Kim J bids 11,000. Lex doesn’t want to split because he doesn’t want to get gooned. Fried chicken, potatoes, and veggies. She doesn’t seem to hear the people making offers to split it now. However, she will sell a piece of chicken to Teresa for 4,000. Lex will do it for 5,000. Teresa responds 5,500. Ethan wants to offer 6,000. Teresa is eventually talked into paying 8,000 for a piece of chicken and two bites of potatoes. Lex bids 10,000 for half the potatoes and the chicken. Sold. A hoagie is the next item up for grabs. Teresa bids 9,000. Tom bids 10,000. Teresa bids 10,500. Tom 11,000. Teresa bids 11,500 to split with Frank. 12,000 for Big Tom. 13,000, 13,500, 14,000, 14,500, 15,000, 15,500, 16,000, 16,500… Big Tom’s tapped out. Teresa gets herself and Frank a hoagie. Good enough to make you want to slap your mama. Big Tom and Ethan split the next mystery item for 9,000. Pancakes, ham, and eggs. Tom’s biggest thrill is that Ethan won’t eat the ham for religious reasons.

Unlike what often happens, everybody ends up with smiles on their faces. That said, there was some politics involved. Frank and Teresa were attached. Kim J and Lex worked together (well, more like she made him beg for a small portion of her food, but they made a deal nonetheless). Ethan and Tom were working together. Then there’s little Kim, who was painfully alone, and being teased by the guys.

Nobody can figure out whether Tom’s for real or not. To this day, people still can’t figure him out. If nothing else, he gets the chance to bathe Kim P, from the looks of it sneaking peeks in the process, an indication he may well be smarter than the average bear.

The challenge is about remembering the African story Jeff tells them. There are 7 stations. Each station has a question and two ostrich eggs. They must answer correctly to obtain 5 pieces of leather on their staffs.

During his long search for the gum of the special tree, a warrior subsists solely on cow’s blood or food provided by others?
Food provided by others.

What happens after a warrior dies? The other warriors shave their heads, or he is taken from camp and left in the bush for hyenas to eat?
The other warriors shave their heads (he is left in a bush for the hyenas to eat before death).

What is the most important aspect to the circumcision? Finding the special gum on the tree or the reaction of the warrior?
The reaction of the warrior. He must not flinch in any way, or his family is shamed.

What must be done when a child is born? For 4 days the mother must drink the blood of a cow, or a goat must be sacrificed?
The mother must drink cow’s blood.

What is the best day for any ritual? Any even-numbered day of moonlight or the 8th day of moonlight?
8th day of moonlight.

The first act of tribal beautification is removal of the two bottom teeth or piercing of the ear?
Piercing of the ear.

Lex and Frank start off at 1 each. Kim J ties them. Teresa and Kim P join them. Lex and Frank take the lead with 2 each. Eventually they’ve still got the lead at 4 each, with everybody else at 3. Lex is the first to 5 but drops one as he’s dashing toward the center. He dashes back just in time to beat Frank and win immunity.

Now that Boran has a clear lead, one they’re not willing to throw away for a change, they should be able to dictate which of the other three goes home.

Frank picks the next morning of all mornings to interact with the others and show them there’s a soft, sensual side about him. Okay, now as creepy as that sounds, his concept of soft and sensual is defending the safety of guns and how there are a lot of other ways to kill people. It’s not long before the others have heard enough. Good luck with the vote.

Teresa still doesn’t want to quit, so now her next move is to try to pull Kim J in and get the women together. She wants to take out Ethan, in fear he’ll win everything. In return, she pledges her loyalty to a female alliance. Kim J is not interested in this plan, and she tells Teresa so. In response, Teresa appreciates this information, so that they can do different stuff, whatever that means.

Kim J

By a unanimous vote, Frank has been voted off the island. The girls flipped, knowing his time was up. Considering that the guys on the other side know that Teresa is trying to string together a girl power alliance, their vote is odd, even if they do feel just that secure.

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Survivor: Africa Episode 10

Freaking out about one whole vote against him, Lex went on a witch hunt in Survivor: Africa Episode 9, incorrectly identifying Kelly as the person who voted against him. Then he stupidly told her his plan to vote her out, so she flipped sides. Thanks to Brandon, ex-Samburu and Kelly were one vote shy, and Lex’s plan worked.

Brandon’s philiosophy: being fifth on the Boran totem pole while pissing off all of Samburu somehow gives him a better chance of winning the game. Yeah, he’s an idiot. Ethan doesn’t trust Brandon, who so willingly flipped on his allies. Tom also doesn’t trust Brandon. Kim P is shocked by the fact that her friend stabbed her in the back. Lex is the only person who trusts Brandon, or at least he owes Brandon a favor.

Brandon now says that his main motivation was that he wasn’t going to align himself with Frank, and his tribe should have known better than that. He’d rather be out of there in three days than to do that. You’ll get that wish fulfilled soon enough.

Before they go to the reward challenge, the tribe is informed that it will be pairs. They know that if they’re to choose, it will get uglier than it already is, so they put numbers into a hat and draw. The teams will be: Ethan and Kim J, Teresa and Lex, Kim P and Big Tom, and proving that the universe has a sick sense of humor, Frank and Brandon. If Big Tom were playing a dirty trick, he couldn’t think of a better one. A Survivor obstacle course has been assembled for them. Reward will be an outdoor movie, complete with popcorn, candy, hot dogs, and the sponsor’s soda Mountain Dew. Brandon and Frank are up first against Big Tom and Kim P. Brandon’s got the clear advantage here, but Frank’s not doing him any favors. Kim P, likewise, is running well ahead of her struggling partner. The teams are roughly even coming into the ladder building. Brandon and Frank win the first heat. The second heat is Ethan and Kim J against Lex and Teresa. Ethan’s dominating and pushing Kim J along for the ride. They easily win the second heat to go on to the final heat against Brandon and Frank. This time, Brandon stays behind Frank to become his drill sergeant. As Kim J lags behind, Brandon and Frank win reward. They go to watch Out of Africa under the stars for their first date. They still hate each other’s guts, but they make the most of it. Frank wants to just move forward now and forget about this, but it doesn’t look like the tribe will let that happen. They think this is all quite hilarious.

Lex’s word with Ethan and Tom is until the end of the game. His word with Brandon is, well, he guesses until those guys get rid of Brandon.

Tom is looking to get in good with the other tribe, seeing as Lex has already done so, which causes him to begin chatting up Frank.

Brandon tells Kim P she’s still his friend, although she’s been questioning whether he’s still her friend.

The immunity challenge is to make fire using a magnifying glass. The only rule is that anything other than the fire touching their wick will disqualify them. Kim P is the first to get fire. Lex also has fire. Frank is next. Frank’s branch touches the string… he’s out. A distraught Kim P thinks it’s over when she hears Frank’s name, and Probst has to tell her a few times that she can keep going. Brandon’s also got fire. Lex wins immunity.

Teresa thought that they may possibly be able to vote out Lex still, despite how things went last time, but now that will not be a possibility.

Lex has told his tribe that he refuses to vote for Brandon, whether they want to or not, which would mean they would have just 3 votes. The danger here is that Brandon rejoins Samburu and votes for Big Tom, who has three votes against him. Lex couldn’t care less. His word with Brandon supercedes his word with his original tribe, which really doesn’t do them a whole lot of good.


With votes from everybody but himself and Lex because nobody else trusts him, Brandon has been voted off the island. Good riddance. If you’re not here to play, get lost.

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Survivor: Africa Episode 9

Following the merge and at the first opportunity they got, Clarence’s teammates quickly turned on him and voted him out in Survivor: Africa Episode 7.

Clarence’s departure wasn’t the only thing that happened at tribal council. Lex got one extra vote. One whole extra vote. No big deal, right? Oh, we’re dealing with Lex here. Remember how much he whined during all of Survivor: All Stars (and ever since)? This won’t be pretty.

Time to smoke out the snake, slit its throat, and cut its head off. Kelly wants him to just deal with it, not that she really cares if someone voted against him. Brandon, likewise, wants him to get over his ego. He wishes he’d done it. Great way to screw with his head.

Lex doesn’t suspect the guilty party, Teresa, at all. She didn’t think it would be such a big deal. It’s just one vote. This is the first time she’s had to lie, or at least not tell the truth.

The reward challenge is to get 9 items into a basket using a plank as a springboard. Charles returns with his brother Isaac to bring the reward in. Last time he came they jabbed a cow and drank its blood (mixed with a little bit of milk). They are back with animals, but this time, the winner will get two goats, which they will barter at a small African village for whatever they can get. Ethan’s catching on pretty quickly. Kim J and Lex are the next on the board, followed by Frank. Ethan’s just racking up the points. As the challenge goes on, it’s coming down to Ethan with 2 left and Lex with 3 left. Ethan’s down to his last one. Lex is at 2. Brandon’s got 3. Kelly has finally managed to get down to 8. Ethan wins reward.

Probst arrives the next day and puts Ethan on the truck with the guy from the beginning of the season who yelled at them “Down, down, down, faster, faster, faster.” As he’s about to depart, perhaps he needs to select someone to go with him. Lex came in second, so Ethan will go with him, and he emphasizes and reemphasizes that it’s because of the order of the finish. The entire town immediately surrounds them to stare. Two white guys, middle of Africa, walking two goats. No, they don’t stand out. Who’s intersted in buying these goats? They walk around for a while and go with the best offer. Where is the buyer taking the goats? Straight to the butcher shop 20 feet away. Yeah, probably should have asked in there.

They’ve immediately got themselves a complete entourage, some of whom are talking to them and many of whom are just there to stare. Their first stop is a restaurant. There is no menu, but there are three choices: mush they’re eating at camp, meat (there are a lot of cats roaming around, so they’re not real clear what animal the meat is), and fries. They opt for the fries and soda and beer. The platters of fries are huge and swimming in oil. When they’re done eating their 1000 shilling meal, they go to a market to spend their remaining 600 shillings and also barter the hats and sunglasses they got from the rest of the tribe. It’s enough to get various trinkets and, perhaps most importantly, cookies and candy to a tribe starved for sweets. Ethan finishes off the day playing hacky sack with the kids.

Teresa has, somehow, managed to bring Kim P and Brandon back under the Samburu tribe, giving them and Frank a foursome. A foursome that doesn’t trust each other but a foursome nonetheless. Can they pull in a fifth? Kim goes to Kelly, who she knows is upset with Lex. Kelly declines because she has to vote with her tribe. Regardless of any discussions they’re having, Kim believes Kelly doesn’t want Lex around, but if Lex wins immunity, this is all moot.

Probst gives them 30 seconds to study items and carefully memorize the placement of each item. The challenge is to find an item, come back with it, and put it in the right spot. The first items are a leaf and a seapod. Frank (completely wrong), Kim P (missing the seapod), and Kim J (missing the leaf) are out. Next is elephant dung. Kelly and Teresa are eliminated. For the final round, there’s a new barrel of items, and they are given 15 seconds this time. They have exactly 1 minute to find as many items as they can. Brandon has 6. Lex has 5. Big Tom has 6, bringing him to a tie with Brandon. Ethan has 8 and wins immunity.

With Lex immunityless, old Samburu may have a chance here. In the meantime, Lex is still trying to smoke out the rat. He has decided that Kelly is the culprit, which he is basing on something he heard from Brandon and nothing more, so his plan is to cut another one of his tribemates, thereby turning what had been a 6-4 advantage into a 4-4 tie. Lex’s offer to Brandon: take Kelly’s spot in their alliance, as fifth in line and no more.

Kelly is noticing that things are different. Unlike usual, Lex is not laying down the orders who she’s supposed to vote for. He tells her they’re voting against her. Because Lex was stupid enough to tell her she’s the target, she has a golden opportunity here to save herself by joining the other side. Kim P agrees to join her in voting for Lex. Teresa has decided she can trust Kim P and vote with her. Frank will go along as well. So it comes down to which way Brandon chooses to swing. On the one hand, he can be on the side with a new alliance that has told him he’s the first one out and will give him a run for his money in challenges. On the other hand, he can choose to be in an alliance with people he shouldn’t necessarily trust but who will give him a better shot at winning.


By a vote of 5-4, Kelly has been voted off the island. Brandon says he voted Lex’s way so that he can make it to the final four. Well, I’ve got bad news for him then. He’s on the outside of his new alliance, and now his old alliance doesn’t trust him either, nor would they be likely to vote for him should he by some miracle survive to the final two. Way to throw away your game, dude. As for Lex, making such a big deal out of that one vote has now cost him an additional 4 votes, for a total of 6, putting him in obvious danger in the event of a future tie.

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Survivor: Africa Episode 7

They had to be bit in the butt with the fact that Lindsey had votes against her, but Lex, Tom, and Kelly finally got a clue and voted her out in Survivor: Africa Episode 6, done in by a combination of big mouths from Frank and Brandon.

As happy as Frank probably is that Lindsey is gone, Brandon is, likewise, celebrating. He couldn’t take her any more. Not that this whole being outnumbered 3-2 thing works to his advantage. His plan is to distance himself from Kim P since one of them has to be the first to go.

Clarence goes to do his business now that he’s done digesting that chicken from the night before. Up comes a herd of elephants. Getting trampled by them now would be a bad way to die, but they leave him in peace. He might consider being more careful next time.

The question in the minds of Boran is whether it’s merger day, like they originally assumed. Merging with two chickens and a rooster left. What a waste if they can’t take them with them.

Brandon is looking forward to the merge and an individual game. He pretty much just hates his tribe.

Speaking of hating people on the tribe, Kelly has decided that she wants to vote out Lex because he’s trying too hard to win and is a totally weird person. But she can’t because it’s not a good time. What a different game it would have made for if she did flip sides in the last vote.

When they arrive at the challenge, they’re told it’s the merger. They are without name, but their new color is green. They just need one camp to live at, so everybody will return to Boran.

The immunity challenge is to stand on a log with one arm raised and connected to a rope connected to a bucket. Last one dry wins. Kelly is the first one out at 14 minutes, and Kim J is right behind her. They use this time to talk. They’re surprised by how much and how willingly Frank and Teresa gave away information. By the way, Frank hates women and doesn’t want a woman to win, so it’d probably be best to not have him on the jury. Brandon is out at 18 minutes. Kim J follows at 36 minutes and then Big Tom at 44 minutes. Frank is out at 55 minutes, and the others poorly try to hide their excitement. At 1 hour and 14 minutes, Teresa begins singing Tomorrow from Annie (badly), as the tough guys remaining show signs of pain. An hour later, they’re all still standing, though. Can Jeff tempt them with a burger? Nobody interested, so the eliminated players get it. At 2 hours 48 minutes, Ethan asks Clarence if he’d step down for a whole pizza. At 3 hours 10 minutes, Probst returns. Yeah, it’s pizza, but still no takers. The eliminated players again get themselves a meal. 8 minutes later, Lex is out, with no food to show for it. Ethan drops at 3 hours 38 minutes. That leaves Clarence up against Teresa. Nobody wants to see Clarence win. He’d like to make a deal, but she’s not willing because she’s too outnumbered. At 4 and a half hours, Probst offers some chicken, salad, corn on the cob, rice, beer, and Mountain Dew. Clarence knows they want him gone, too. He looks over to his tribe for some assurance about either himself or Teresa. They don’t care. At 6 hours, he offers rock, paper, scissors again. Paper covers rock. Teresa wins immunity.

Everybody’s happy to return to camp and have a feast. Frank doesn’t want to participate. He goes off on his own and gathers wood but does return eventually without any great deal of enthusiasm (and in a hurry to go off and get more wood). Kelly would like for him to take some prescription drugs to counteract his antisocial nature. Perhaps also something to cure himself of believing he’s an elephant.

Maji is water, moto is fire, so they combine them together to form a tribe name of Moto Maji. They all agree on the name, although nobody can seem to remember it the next day.

Now that that’s out of the way, who’s the target? According to Lex, it’s Clarence. Lex reveals to him that this is the plan. In Lex’s mind, revealing this to him at the last possible minute after keeping it from him all day makes him the ethical player. Kelly likes Clarence now, but she doesn’t like either Lex or Frank. Neither Kim J nor Big Tom are enthusiastic about getting rid of one of their own when there are still three members on the other tribe, but they’re not putting up much of a fight to go against it. Teresa will honor her word to not vote for Clarence.


Clarence has been voted off the island. Lex received two votes (Clarence and Teresa), and he’s not going to be happy.

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Survivor: Africa Episode 6

The tribe shuffle screwed Silas over, and he was voted off the island in Survivor: Africa Episode 5.

Before they left tribal council, as if voting off a member wasn’t bad enough (not that they minded that part very much), Jeff Probst made sure to cast doubt into the tribe’s minds whether there would actually be a merge in three days. They have planned their food rationing according to the assumption of when the merge would be. If the merge is not when they think it is, they have no food.

Tom and Lex don’t like that their fellow tribemates are only doing an hour and a half or two hours at night on watch duty, while they get stuck with three hours or more. Their most recent shift was five hours. Lindsey asks “Was it? Really?”

Boran realizes it’s all about past votes in the event of a 3-3 tie. Unlike the other side where Frank and Teresa needed no convincing at all, they are not considering eating their own.

No eggs yet, so it’s time to kill a chicken, or at least that’s Clarence’s hope because he is looking forward to the slaughter a little too much.

The reward challenge is based on a series of questions about Africa. First tribe to reach the finish gets reward, which is Mountain Dew, fresh pasta, sandwiches, and cookies. Tom sits out for Samburu.

The closest ocean to Kenya is the Atlantic. True or false?
False. Indian Ocean. Both are right.

To save the elephant population in Kenya, military rangers are instructed to shoot to kill ivory poachers. True or false?
True. Both are right.

On safari, the animals known as the big five are the elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, and what other animal?
Leopard. Samburu is correct. Following Kim J’s lead, Boran is incorrect.

Diurnal is a term used to describe what?
Animals that are more prevalent by day. Both are correct.

Kenya’s Lake Victoria is the world’s largest salt water lake. True or false?
False. It’s not the largest, and it’s fresh water. Samburu wins reward.

Now that they know Silas is gone, Lindsey realizes she probably played stupidly with her power trip.

As much as Clarence wants to accidentally kill one of the chickens, the rest of the tribe wants to give them more time to lay some eggs. If they don’t lay an egg, it’s on them. If they lay an egg by tomorrow morning, he agrees to spare them. The next morning they wake up, and Kim finds a single egg. Aw, hell no. They did it just to spite him. After tormenting Clarence for a bit, the others agree to kill a chicken for dinner anyway.

Lindsey believes that Kelly may be fearful of her demise, and thus willing to make a deal.

At the challenge, Kim J kept giving her old tribe a signal of an L. Is she calling them losers? Does she want them to throw the challenge? Oh. Maybe it means Lindsey. Kelly thinks that, also, Kim’s signal for the number 4 is B in sign language, meaning Brandon (she’s right, but, c’mon, really, sign language?). Well, you were on the right track for a minute there anyway.

They suspect that Brandon, on principle alone, has votes from Frank. That may be the safest bet. Brandon hopes they’re dumb enough to vote like that. They know what the last tiebreaker was, so if it’s questions again, that puts ex-Samburu at an advantage, particularly if they go up against Big Tom, who they suspect is not very bright.

Treemail contains a bow and arrow. Boran hopes that Frank, who’s a hunter, can teach them archery. Each tribe has 5 targets ranging from 30 to 75 feet. The first tribe to light up all the targets with flaming arrows will win. Kelly sits out for Samburu. Kim P and Teresa miss. Lindsey hits the target, but Kim J misses. Ethan and Brandon miss, with Brandon just about hitting himself. Clarence and Lex hit their targets. Frank and Tom miss. After a bunch more misses, Ethan connects to tie it at 2. Lex retakes the lead for Samburu. Ethan reties it. Big Tom retakes the lead for Samburu 4-3. Kim J ties them at 4 each. Next strike wins. Lindsey misses. Brandon misses. Ethan hits the target again to win immunity for Boran.

Prior to tribal council, Kelly overhears a conversation Brandon is having. Now maybe they realize Lindsey has votes, as if the L clue weren’t enough. Lindsey’s pissed. She has herself a new plan. Vote out Brandon. She goes to the other side and tells them she wants to get rid of Brandon. The problem with this is that, if she’s lying to them and they vote Brandon, they’re screwed. The other problem is that Kim P will not vote against Brandon no matter what. Then again, there’s Lindsey, who has not yet made up her mind what she’s going to do.


Because it’s a tie, they will revote, assuming Lindsey sits back down and lets the ceremony conclude. Not that it matters anyway because they aren’t going to change their minds.


In the event of a tie, previous votes count against them. Tom has had 0 previous votes. Lindsey has had 4. She has been voted off the island. Dumb luck that the others overheard Brandon. Would have been more interesting had they continued along their previous poorly planned path.

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