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By ERIC DEGGANS, Times TV Critic

© St. Petersburg Times
published November 1, 2002


WHAT HAPPENED: This is why Survivor remains the coolest reality show on the planet: Sook Jai members were paired with Gentry's Chuay Gahn group so the 10 remaining contestants could get to know each other before choosing a single place to live together. The high strung Sook Jai folks traveled to Chuay Gahn's digs and discovered producers had provided enough food and wine to fuel a spirited merger party. Dour New York executive Shii Ann Huang, perpetually on the outs with her Sook Jai tribemates, openly flirted with deserting her team for a Chuay Gahn alliance before discovering -- Surprise! -- that the tribes were living in the same space, but not merged. Wonder what's going to happen at the next Sook Jai Tribal Council?

JAN'S BEST MOVE: Undoing those geeky pigtails during the party. What looks cute when you're five isn't so cool when you're 53.

JAN'S WORST MOVE: Drinking enough wine that she stumbled over some rocks and fell on her back during the party. Though tribemate Brian Heidik also drank enough to lose his lunch, Gentry still seems to be fighting a growing reputation as the flakiest team member.

BEST QUOTE: Clay Jordan's reflection on the surprise news that the tribes weren't merged after all: "That was like going to Thanksgiving dinner and somebody just slapped the (bleep) out of grandma."

WHO GOT THE BOOT: Huang, 28, pleaded with her tribemates after they lost an immunity challenge, reasoning that she knew rival Chuay Gahn better than anyone else. But it turns out that was the problem, illuminating another important Survivor rule: Never show your hand until you absolutely must.

-- Eric Deggans, Times Television Critic

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