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Jan Watch

By CHARLOTTE SUTTON
© St. Petersburg Times
published October 4, 2002

WHAT HAPPENED: Jan Gentry's Chuay Gahn tribe finally came into its own, winning both the reward challenge (their first so far) and the immunity challenge. At last, the tribe's maturity and team spirit proved an advantage over the younger, more fit rival Sook Jai tribe. Sook Jai had trouble following the rules in the reward challenge, where Survivors for the first time were allowed to go mano a mano. At one point, cute but clueless bartender Robb Zbacnik, 23, had restaurant owner Clay Jordan, 46, by the throat. The reward challenge victory netted Chuay Gahn a visit from Thai Red Berets (described as equivalent to U.S. Green Berets) who taught them how to find food on the island.

But there could be trouble ahead for Chuay Gahn: legal secretary Ghandia Johnson, 33, accused software development manager Ted Rogers Jr., 37, of groping her as they slept. Ted said he sleepily mistook her for his wife and apologized; she accepted the apology, but then told the other tribe members what he had done (omitting his apology). Ted confronted her in front of the tribe and everyone agreed to move on, but it was clear Ghandia wasn't forgiving and forgetting.

JAN'S WORST AND (POSSIBLY) BEST MOVE: She is leader of the tribe, but she listened to Ghandia's side of the dispute without seeking out Ted's version. It fell to Ted himself to gather the tribe together and talk it through. But maybe Jan, who was conspicuously silent this week, was wise to stay out of it; that won't be clear until a future episode.

BEST QUOTE: Executive recruiter Shii Ann Huang, 28, on Robb: "Robb, idiot that he is, there's no way a logical thought ever goes through his brain because his mouth's always flapping."

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