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Jan watch

By ERIC DEGGANS, Times TV Critic

© St. Petersburg Times
published September 27, 2002

WHAT HAPPENED: Gentry's Chuay Gahn tribe proved the most fun, surprising tightly wound Navy instructor Helen Glover with a party for her 20th wedding anniversary, though few people seemed to like her. Despite their whiny, argumentative outbursts, rival Sook Jai tribe benefited from including all the young, athletic competitors, winning extra torches, a huge fishing net and immunity from expulsion in two physically demanding challenge competitions.

JAN'S WORST MOVE: Believing Glover when she said the two didn't need a map while taking the hourlong boat ride to retrieve water for the tribe. Six hours later, Glover had the nerve to complain that Gentry wasn't helping her look for the water hole. She's lucky Gentry didn't leave her in it, permanently.

JAN'S BEST MOVE: Not complaining about Glover, whose know-it-all attitude and abrasive manner was showcased just enough to make viewers think she was toast this week.

BEST QUOTE: Clay Jordan on Glover: "She's kind of got the personality of an encyclopedia -- you open it up, ain't nothing in there that's fun to read. You only open it up when you need some information."

WHO GOT THE BOOT: "Tennessee" Tanya Vance, 27, who seems to have been violently ill from the moment she set foot on the island. (The scene where she first gets sick, replayed Thursday, remains one of the yuckiest in Survivor history.) Many thanks to Chuay Gahn for putting her out of our misery.

-- Eric Deggans, Times Television Critic

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