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The Jan watch

By ERIC DEGGANS, Times TV Critic

© St. Petersburg Times
published October 11, 2002


WHAT HAPPENED: The tribe that once seemed like an Up With People convention bared its fangs, with Gentry's Chuay Gahn collective splitting along gender lines in the wake of last week's sexual harassment allegations. With their one advantage -- an almost delirious togetherness -- gone, Gentry's tribe lost a food challenge (carrying a 250-pound dummy) and an immunity challenge (assembling a puzzle). Rival Sook Jai's pathological competitiveness overcame its biggest weakness -- a collection of the most irritating people in any hemisphere -- leaving Chuay Gahn headed to tribal council yet again.

JAN'S BEST MOVE: Standing next to Ghandia Johnson during the dummy challenge, ensuring that her own struggles to keep pace were mirrored by the younger, less-than-athletic Johnson.

JAN'S WORST MOVE: Siding with Johnson during the tribal council vote against Snufffy Smith soundalike Clay Jordan.

BEST QUOTE: Johnson's reflection on the way male tribe members sided with teammate Ted Rogers over her: "If Chuay Gahn was a body, then I'm the arm that got bit off by a shark."

WHO GOT THE BOOT: Johnson, a 33-year-old legal secretary, took the long walk after Navy instructor Helen Glover decided to vote with the guys, ditching gender loyalty to kick out the least effective tribe member.

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