Survivor China Episode 3 Aired 10-04-07
The show opens with red tribe women complaining about Jean Robert snuggling up with them at night. Courtney says, “I do get kinda a creep vibe from Jean Robert and so does Amanda and neither one of us likes him. I’m sure he’s noticed that she and I will both go to great pains to not be next to him in the shelter and yet he will just climb in there and he’s like (imitating Jean Robert’s voice) ‘I need Amanda and Courtney by my side, ya know, they keep me warm’ (she continues in her own voice) like I’m gonna keep anyone warm I weigh 7 lbs I can’t even keep myself warm, get off of me.”
The entire time Courtney is explaining this you see Jean Robert squeezing in with the women, rubbing Amanda’s leg, and making a nuisance of himself. He then says, “Call me creepy if you want to, but I need to be warm.” (At which point he sits on the edge of Amanda’s leg and she cries out in pain and he says, “Get up in there.” It is so obvious that the ladies are squeezed in tight at one end and have left no room for him, yet he clumsily squeezes in anyway.
Now Leslie tells the camera, “I don’t think Jean Robert gets the social game of Survivor and I mean, if we ever have to go to tribal council at least we don’t have to worry about who it’ll be first cuz, it’ll be him.”
James and Amanda caught one crab. Courtney suggested they boil it and use the stock to cook the rice to give the rice a crab flavoring. Aaron says, “We aren’t going to taste crabby rice from a crab that big.” Courtney says it’s better than plain rice. James and Courtney attempt to explain it to him, how they are trying to stretch the crab out between all of them. Aaron argues that there is only so much flavor in one crab.
Courtney says, “So fine, James caught the crab and he gets to eat it and the rest of us have plain rice.” Now Aaron says, “We don’t work like that. It’s not like you grab kindling and no one gets to sit around the fire.” Leslie privately excuses the boys “crankiness” to the camera by blaming it on hunger. She uses her husband for an example of a man being cranky when he is hungry and says this is like her husband, times infinity!
Aaron tells James he wants the whole crab but he knows he is not going to get the whole crab so he will settle for the crab stock and rice. James says crab flavored rice is better than half a crab, then goes on to say that he would not have gotten half the crab anyway, he would’ve gotten a toenail. Aaron finally relents with, “You caught it, let’s do what you wanna do.”
James says he is the only one who read a book on surviving outside before he came. He said, “I don’t eat outside. I don’t even like plastic or paper cups. I mean, I don’t do nuthin outside.” He then goes on to say he feels like Crocodile Dundee.
We now join the yellow camp as they are just awakening. Dave is already hauling mud bricks, as Frosti awakens. Peih-Gee and Jaime sit by the fire. Peih-Gee tells him he needs to eat and conserve his energy because she does not want to lose another challenge. Now Peih-Gee addresses the camera privately, “Dave doesn’t seem to learn. He knew that last challenge was just him, burning out of energy and he doesn’t seem to get it that he needs to rest.”
Dave is chopping something up. Peih-Gee asks if someone can do it for him. Dave says he will do it and someone else can do the next one. Peih-Gee tells him he needs to learn his limits because she doesn’t think he is aware of them. Dave abruptly informs her that he is checking himself constantly. He shows irritation at her bugging him about it.
Dave privately tells the camera that Peih-Gee is “riding his butt” and explains his theory that you must extend energy to get energy, it is a balance. He is very irritated. He says, “Camp doesn’t sort itself out and if you don’t sort out camp, challenges will tank.” He then adds through gritted teeth, “It’s not rocket science.”
Dave is finally resting while the others discuss the best way to keep the wok from tipping over in the fireplace. Dave tries to explain it to them but Jaime tells him the fire is not in the middle of the bricks, it’s in the front. Dave jumps up and goes and gets a brick with much talking about how much better it is to just go get it because it takes less time and effort than questioning it. Frosti tells him if he had waited 2 seconds he would’ve known they already had another brick to use. Dave says, “Forgive me” and shakes his head.
Frosti is talking to the camera now. “Dave is pushing a whole lot of people and really needs to chill out. We were looking at him and Ashley last night. Today of all days should just be the day when he’s happy that he’s here.” Peih-Gee says she has a lot of faith in her tribe and they have to look out for each other if they want to do well in the challenges.
Speaking of challenges, the tribes are gathered for their reward challenge. Jeff explains it is three on three in hand-to-hand battle throwing the other tribe members into the water. The tribe with the last person standing gets one point. The first tribe to three points wins. The reward consists of kerosene, a lantern, rope, pillows, blankets and a tarp. The survivors are excited. The red tribe sits Courtney and Todd out.
Round one pits Sherea, Peih-Gee, and Jaime against Amanda, Leslie and Denise. Denise runs across to the red side and tries to push Peih-Gee and Jaime into the water but it is Denise who ends up going for a swim. Leslie and Amanda are left to face the three girls who rush them together. Sherea and Jaime push Amanda into the water. It took the three girls no time at all to toss Leslie in after her. The yellow tribe is left with not one, but all three girls still standing, scoring the first point for the yellow tribe.
As the men take their places for round two, Dave strips down to nothing. Jeff says it will either give him an advantage or make him very vulnerable. The yellow tribe has Frosti, Eric and Dave against the red tribe’s James, Jean Robert, and Aaron. Dave and Aaron are crawling along the gangplank like cats, toward each other. Dave leaps up and puts his naked lower region right on Aaron’s head as they both plummet into the water. James, seeing his chance, rushes the remaining two, tossing Frosti in quickly and tackling Eric. Jean Robert rushes to help. Now both James and Jean Robert are on Eric. Jeff says Eric has “No chance” as James shoves Eric, with Jean Robert still attached to him, into the water. They only need one person standing to win, and James is still standing. Jeff kindly calls it as if Jean Robert had actually pulled Eric into the water, but I watched it several times and James tossed them both in together, like they were nothing but a toothpick. The tribes are now tied, one to one.
Leslie, Sherea, Peih-Gee and Amanda are all on the gangplank. Peih-Gee rushes forward, kicks at Amanda and quickly backs up again. Amanda follows her. Peih-Gee and Amanda are engaged in battle with Jaime helping Peih-Gee. Sherea rushes toward them, Leslie rushes toward Sherea, now Sherea turns and engages with Leslie, with a pole between them, Denise rushes over. Jaime and Sherea push Leslie into the water.
Sherea and Jaime have Amanda by the leg and are dragging her toward the water. Jaime puts her legs on Amanda’s head and pushes her head into the plank. As Amanda struggles to stay out of the water she grabs Sherea, taking her in with her. Jaime and Peih-Gee push Denise, who is laying down, rolling her into the water. Jaime pulls her top back up as the exhausted girls collapse on the planks.
With yellow 2 and red 1, the guys are back up again. Dave taunts James and goes for him. Everyone piles up as James starts tossing them into the water until Eric is the last one left for the yellow team, and he is wrapped around a pole, hanging on for dear life. Aaron and James are the only red team left and the two of them manage to pry Eric off the pole and knock him into the water, along with Aaron, making James the last one standing for the red tribe once again, and the score a tie.
Jeff says, “It comes down to the women. If history repeats, Zhan Hu will win their first challenge.” Jaime is battling Denise, Sherea is after Amanda and Peih-Gee is going against Leslie, who is clinging with all her might to a pole. Sherea was pushing Amanda in, but Amanda was hanging on fast to Sherea’s leg, but Sherea finally dislodged her.
It looks like Sherea is using her enormous breasts to push Leslie off the pole. Once off the pole Leslie quickly goes for a swim, leaving Denise the last woman left for the red tribe. It’s only a matter of time with all three yellow tribe members working on her, Denise soon takes the plunge, along with Sherea, who appears to have gone willingly, helping Denise along.
The yellow tribe is so excited to have won their first challenge. They decide to kidnap Leslie from the red tribe. Jeff gives Leslie the secret scroll, instructing her to open it in private once at the yellow tribe’s camp. Yellow joyously returns to camp with their booty and their captive. They tell their luxuries, “Welcome Home”. Peih-Gee says, “Welcome home, little pillows!” as she places them in the sleeping shelter. The tribe is jubilant.
Leslie tells them she is really happy for them and she really means it. The tribe says they can see that she is genuine. Dave promises to watch his mouth and keep his drawers on. They offer hospitality, telling her there is plenty of room for her and they will make her a nice dinner. Leslie tells the camera, “Morale wise, this camp seems to have a leg up and that’s impressive because they’ve already lost two people and for them to still be so excited is pretty impressive.” As she says this, the camera shows all the smiling faces and then the joyful running and jumping into the water ensues.
The girls are all hanging around in the water together, having “girl talk”. They ask Leslie if they are a happier tribe and she says they are because the red tribe has a lot of strong personalities. She tells them Todd calls her, “Mama” and she agrees Aaron is nice but controlling, adding that they elected him leader. Jaime asks if he is really smart or something and Leslie says he “just kinda took over”.
Jaime asks, “So, are you a Christian?” to which Leslie replies she is and adds, “And James is a Christian and Eric’s a Christian.” Leslie goes on to explain that she is misunderstood over in her tribe and that her faith is everything. She privately tells the camera she felt appreciated more talking to them about her faith and admitted she tries not to talk about it with her own tribe so much, calling them, “cynical”.
Back at the red tribe James tells Jean Robert that “sister Christian” isn’t going to last long. He says they are buying that crap and adds, “The people that pray the most sin the most. That’s why they pray, cuz they know they going to hell.” Now he laughs loudly. Meanwhile, Todd and Courtney are nearby, cutting soft husk for the fire and can hear everything they are saying.
James tells Jean Robert that the two of them and Denise need to stay. The rest need to go. Jean Robert says, “I feel myself distancing from Todd. I had some kind of a bond with him right away but he kind of tuned me out and Courtney of course I’m not in with but I’m not worried about that cuz she’s gonna be the first to go. I mean, who else would be the first to go? She’s the weakest link.”
Todd continues cutting the soft husk and says, “I’ll strangle his ass.” Todd tells the camera they were only 20 yards away and in full view when the conversation took place at the top of their lungs. Now the conversation continues between James and Jean Robert as they discuss which woman to get rid of between Leslie and Courtney. James says Courtney works, she moves stuff. Jean Robert says she moves two twigs. Now the conversation takes on a lewd theme as Jean Robert speculates what James may want to do with Courtney.
As Jean Robert taunts James about it, Courtney and Todd are silently laughing hysterically. The two guys decide to look out for each other and vote out Leslie as Courtney whispers to Todd, “I’m never sleeping near any of them again.” Todd addresses the camera, stating his attitude toward the two of them is going to change around the camp. He says you have to take care of taking out the trash and as far as those two are concerned, they are the trash.
Jean Robert tells them it’s time for a family swim, and adds that Todd needs to take his stinky ass in the water too. Todd goes on to tell the camera he doesn’t care how many days from now as long as it’s not more than nine days, because trash gets stinky. He finishes with, “They gotta go.”
Leslie discusses the clue to the hidden immunity idol. She says she knew it was the same thing because Jaime gave her the clue last time. She is off alone reading it now. It is the same, stating that she must give the clue to someone before she rejoins her own tribe. She decides to return the favor by giving Jaime the clue. Making an excuse to be alone she quickly gives Jaime the clue and leaves her to read it. It starts with clue #1, which we already know, and goes on to add clue #2, “Waste no more time in searching the ground. Look towards the heavens for what will be found.”
Jaime tells the camera she thinks it is something completely evident that no one is paying attention to, something that is right in front of her face. Once again, the camera zooms in on the pagoda, and the square lacey looking design in the center of it. Since both tribes have a matching pagoda and the clues are the same for both tribes, it is pretty obvious the square thing itself or something inside it is the hidden immunity idol.
As everyone gathers for the immunity challenge Jeff asks Leslie how it was spending time with Zhan Hu. Leslie’s tribe looks concerned, especially Todd, as she says, “They were great, we talked a lot, laughed a lot, it was fun . . . ” Leslie is told to rejoin her own tribe but hugs Jaime and Frosti before heading over to rejoin them. She is welcomed back with a hug from her own tribe.
For the challenge they will designate four choppers and two puzzle builders. The choppers will race, one at a time, to cut through wooden beams concealing ropes, which, when cut, release a bundle of wooden disks. You take the disks back to your tribe and the next person goes. Once they get all four bundles the puzzle solvers must stack the disks on a puzzle pole in the correct order and drag the very heavy completed puzzle across the finish line. Fei Long sits out Denise and Leslie.
Jaime and Courtney begin chopping their wooden beams. Jaime is trying really hard where Courtney is not making much effort at all and even pauses to look frustrated. Jaime’s bundle falls down and she quickly cuts through the rope, dragging her disks back. Peih-Gee runs out fast as a not even chopping Courtney apologizes to her tribe, pulls her top up better, and then pulls it up some more. Aaron encourages her to “do it for us” as Peih-Gee is chopping like a madwoman.
As Peih-Gee runs back to her tribe with her bundle, James shakes his head and says, “Damn.” Courtney, frustrated, turns to her tribe and whines, “How are they doing this?” She is barely hacking at the wooden beams at all as Frosti runs out and begins working on the third bundle for the yellow tribe. The red tribe tells Courtney not to look at them. Frosti got his bundle back very quickly and Eric runs out and begins. Courtney makes one swing for every five swings the other tribe makes. She is clearly defeated, again, saying, “Sorry” while making another half-hearted attempt to put the slightest dent in the wooden beam.
Eric drags his back and Zhan Hu is putting their puzzle together now while the Fei Long tribe are still waiting on Courtney, the first person they sent out, to chop through the wooden beams to get to the rope.
Apparently, there is finally enough damage to the wooden beam that the rope is showing so Courtney uses the knife blade to saw through the rope in a seesaw motion rather than chopping it. Jean Robert looks hopeful. At last, the disks drop, dangling from the rope. Courtney taps the rope with her knife. Everyone is clearly dismayed.
As the yellow tribe are hard at work assembling their puzzle, Courtney saws through the ropes, releasing the disks. She drags them back and sits down, looking dejected as Amanda rushes out with cries of encouragement from her tribe. Dave and Sherea are not making much progress on the yellow tribe’s puzzle.
Amanda makes short work of the ropes and has her disks back in no time. Aaron flies through his ropes even faster than Amanda did. James does it in six swings, and then the rope in one. Jeff says the red tribe is back in the game and that is why you never quit.
Todd and Jean Robert are working the puzzle for Fei Long. Jeff says Zhan Hu seems to have a rhythm now. Zhan Hu (yellow) completes the puzzle and drags it with much difficulty across the finish line, winning their first immunity challenge!
The first thing Courtney says back at the defeated red camp is, “Well, I lost two hands and possibly a shoulder.” Showing a bad looking spot between her thumb and finger. Aaron says, “You did alright, baby doll.” And hugs her, to which a woman off camera agrees, “Yes, she did.” It may have been Denise, as she was in the proximity. They muse over the fact that they almost had them toward the end.
Jean Robert talks to the camera from the water, “Losing today’s challenge (immunity challenge) and yesterday’s challenge (reward challenge) just kind of reaffirms the fact that we need strength, we need brawn on our team, so, I think common sense will prevail and they’re gonna be getting rid of one of the two weakest women on the squad.”
As Courtney reiterates how horrible she feels, Leslie is questioned about the other tribe. She says they were very friendly and that three of them are Christians, which is why she thinks they picked her. She names Sherea, Jaime and Eric as the three Christians. Jean Robert wanted to know what the other tribe thinks about them. Leslie said they did not know much so she told them little bits and pieces. She says she told them Aaron was their leader, rather he likes it or not. She laughed, and then added that they already knew. Aaron says she put his head in the guillotine and she says, “No, I didn’t, they knew, they knew. Jaime told them, come on.”
Aaron tells the camera, “Leslie going over to Zhan Hu, being kidnapped, a major liability for us, you know it’s like she doesn’t think cuz I don’t know if it’s her heart or what you know it just overcomes her brain but really what scares me is that once the merge happens you know, what kind of bonds is Leslie gonna be involved with because you can’t really trust her.”
Leslie is talking with Courtney, agreeing it was a hard challenge for her and asking her how her life would be changed without Jean Robert. Courtney mutters something about James and Jean Robert being close and Leslie says, “We ought to bust them two up.” And then Todd joins in, agreeing with them. They agree they need to break those two up. Leslie says they are causing trouble, and then she goes on to add, “But Courtney, I’m worried about you.”
Todd is talking to Amanda, “So we’ve gotta look at the options and think well, it could be Courtney or Jean Robert, are those the two options basically?” Amanda says, “We have to think about later in the game.” To which Todd replies, “Later in the game it would be awesome to have Courtney around, she won’t win things.” Todd and Amanda continue discussing options. The last thing said from Amanda is, “Vote Jean Robert.”
Now Aaron, Amanda and Todd are walking along. Amanda asks if they should vote Jean Robert. Aaron says he does not want to get him out because of the challenges. He talks about Leslie and the Christian tie that binds. He expresses concern that she has alliances with the other tribe that would lead to them getting picked off after the merger. Todd mentions that Jean Robert is a shrewd poker player and could be a real threat. Aaron tells Amanda and Todd, “I just feel Leslie is more dangerous than Jean Robert in that jumping way so we need to take her out.”
Todd stops walking so he can talk to the camera alone after the others have gone on ahead. He says to the camera, “Right now it would be between Leslie and Jean Robert, but further down the line I don’t wanna be competing – me – up against these huge guys. I don’t wanna lose my numbers on my tribe by getting rid of them now but down the line I don’t want them here because they’re gonna beat me and that’s not okay.”
Back at camp Jean Robert addresses most of the tribe about the vote, saying they have to let one of the two weaker players go, which obviously is Courtney or Leslie. He goes on in detail reasoning Leslie breaks down about every day and expresses a concern that even if Courtney lasts through the day, he doesn’t see how she is going to live 30 days. He says he has seen anorexic girls with more meat on their bones than Courtney has. Leslie and Courtney arrive, ending the conversation.
Todd says to the camera, “This game is not just physical right now. I’m trying to think strategically as well and it does bug me that Leslie was so excited to go over to the other tribe and yet who knows what she’s plotted with people over there and I don’t know, I wanna get rid of Jean Robert yet at the same time, as far as challenges go, I wanna keep Jean Robert, but – who knows.”
Jeff starts out tribal council by bringing up the fact that they started strong with 3 wins, and now, back to back losses. Jean Robert says even though they have some of the biggest guys, they also have two of the weakest girls. Courtney acknowledges that he is speaking about her and Jeff inquires who the second one is. Jean Robert says Leslie is the second one he is referring to. Jean Robert says they need to be careful whom they sit out so they are left with a more balanced team each time. Courtney says from the start they have always tried to exclude she, Leslie and Todd from the challenges. She compares herself to a little Chihuahua trying to run a horse race. She says everything is very physical so far. She imitates her tribe, “Crap, we have to put her in, where will she do the least damage?”
Jean Robert says he is not saying the girls are weak. Jeff interrupts to inform him that is exactly what he said. Jean Robert corrects his statement to say that he is not saying they are weak, but that they are the weakest ones of their tribe. He then says he is just keeping it real.
Leslie says, “I spent the night with Zhan Hu and I saw, not a strong physical tribe, but a strong heart. They’re united. They do things together. They have fun. You know, we may have all the brawn in the world but if we don’t have heart we’re not gonna make it. Those people won that challenge because of this (points to her heart) not because of this (points to her brain)
As Leslie sealed her doom with this little speech, Aaron looked at James with an, “I told you so, she’s gotta go” look. James just looked sickened, like he realized he had no choice and then he gave the look to Jean Robert that told Jean Robert Leslie was the one. Jeff asked Jean Robert if he was concerned it could be him. He said he was, as the heat had been on since day 2, but he feels he has improved a lot in the last few days and pretty much kicked some butt in the challenges. He says his chances are a little fair but he is still one of the two or three people that are in jeopardy and he’s really hoping to make it through tonight.
Aaron – Leslie
Jean Robert – Leslie
James – Leslie
Courtney – Jean Robert (because his snoring sounds like someone is choking a walrus)
Amanda – Leslie
Denise – Leslie
Leslie – Jean Robert
Todd – Leslie
Courtney looked very sad as Leslie walked off with a wave, blowing a parting kiss. Amanda has tears on her face. Jeff says the main theme from this tribal council is this tribe needs to have a little more fun and do a better job of utilizing each person’s unique strength.
Leslie’s parting speech: “I’m so proud of myself. I had this dream, I chased the dream and I would’ve liked to have been here longer, of course, but I always knew going into this game that I would be here as long as God wanted me to be here. Apparently He’s ready for me to go home. I don’t understand why they voted me out but I really hope that my tribe made the right decision. It had to have been a tough one for them but I had a great time and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.”