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WHAT HAPPENED: Jan fans almost lost their reason to watch TV Thursday nights, as nearly every member of Gentry's Chuay Gahn tribe admitted they planned on ejecting the plucky 53-year-old next. But our local lady's fortunes held up, first with a food auction that saw her starving tribe nab a pitcher of Lime Aid, bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and plateful of nachos with margaritas for just $740 (each team was given $1,000 to bid; rival Sook Jai paid $80 for a "mystery item" that turned out to be baked grubs). Later, Chuay Gahn sorted a large bin full of fish faster than Sook Jai, earning immunity from Tribal Council just when our Tampa teacher needed it most.
JAN'S BEST MOVE: Not taking host Jeff Probst's blanket offer to allow any competitor to switch tribes. Endangered as she was among her Chuay Gahn pals, Gentry would have been eaten alive by the younger, more competitive Sook Jai jackals.
JAN'S WORST MOVE: Getting all excited after finding $1,000 in their "tree mail" for the food auction. When you're stuck on Thailand's most deserted island, American greenbacks aren't much more than high quality toilet paper.
BEST QUOTE: Arkansas firefighter Stephanie Dill's curt observation about friction among her Sook Jai tribemates: "Starving to death will make you an a-."
WHO GOT THE BOOT: Dill, 29, took the long walk despite her incisive observational skills; mostly because she treated her teammates like the lunkheads they are in the first week of the game. She forgot Survivor's golden rule: never let the losers know what you think of them, until the game is done.
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