Kelly Czarnecki Gets Booted from Survivor: Gabon
Okay, let us get this straight … Sugar voluntarily gave Ace her individual immunity idol and then told Kenny about it? And all of that didn't lead to any idol flushing nor dastardly blindsiding? Wow, that must mean everyone on Fang had it in for Kelly Czarnecki, 22, the salesclerk from Buffalo Grove, Ill., who became the sixth person to exit Survivor: Gabon. Here's how it happened:
Day 16: At Fang, Matty says every night he dreams about food, his dog and his girlfriend. Yes, apparently in that order. But he is ready to take all offers and in a conversation with Ace, he tells him, "I've got my Kenny and you've got your Sugar, to the merge." Matty swears on his girlfriend's life and Ace swears on his mom's. Hmm … we've seen how those swears have gone in the past, haven't we? Meanwhile, Ace tells Sugar that he is 90 percent sure the rest of tribe has gone through her bag and knows she has the idol. To Ace's surprise, Sugar offers to give him the idol if she isn't going to play it anyway. Ace tells her that's not what he's asking for and she can do what she wants. So she puts it in his pocket. At Kota, Dan is hogging food portions.
Reward Challenge: Randy gives a thumbs up to his nemesis G.C. being gone when he sees the new Kota tribe. In the challenge, though, each tribe is tethered to a 20-foot long, 200-pound snake and starting 180 degrees from each other, both teams will chase the other around an oval until one team catches the other. Players can opt out of the challenge by disconnecting from the snake, leaving their teammates to run faster but carry a heavier load. The reward is a continental breakfast bonanza of croissants, fruit tarts and chocolate eclairs plus coffee- and tea-making equipment. Although Fang gets off to a good start, Kelly slows down and Kota starts gaining on Fang. Sugar and Kenny drop out and Fang seems to get faster but Kelly then drops out. After Crystal drops out, it's all on Matty and Ace and they can't do the job … Kota wins and sends Sugar to Exile for the fourth time.
Later That Day: Although Marcus says that Kota is a strong unified team, it's clear the tribe is annoyed at Dan, who mows through rations at a lightning pace. Instead of seeing the reward as a substitute meal, he thinks of it as extra food. Randy, sensing the tide changing, wants to distance himself from Dan. On Exile, Sugar again relaxes in her Shack instead of looking for another immunity idol. She cries because she feels guilt for eating good food while her tribe gets nothing. At Fang, Crystal explains that her tears after the challenge were not a sign of weakness even though Kelly thinks exactly that. The next day, almost to rub it in to Fang from afar, Kota catches a sea turtle and eats a yummy turtle soup.
Immunity Challenge: The tribes divide into three pairs, each pair tethered together. Pair versus pair, they go through an obstacle course to retrieve two pieces of a flag pole. Each leg of the challenge is progressively more difficult. The first group to collect all of the flag pole pieces and assemble it correctly wins immunity. Although Fang falls behind during the first two rounds, there is a sign of hope as Matty and Kenny tear through the course and at certain points lead the Kota team of Dan and Marcus. Both pairs wind up with their flag pole pieces at the starting line in roughly the same amount of time. But assembling the pole requires teamwork, something Fang just hasn't demonstrated. Inevitably, Kota wins immunity.
Tribal Council: Ace thinks it's logical to vote the physically weak Kelly out of the game. Crystal doesn't trust Ace and wants him out instead. Matty, newly an acolyte of Ace's, tries to convince the old Fang team to go along with Ace to vote out Kelly. Kenny, aligned with Crystal and Matty, knows that Crystal thinks something is up, and he talks to Matty about it, but Matty says he made a promise to Ace. Kenny tells him he can't trust Ace. Kenny then tries to get a read on Sugar when Sugar drops the bombshell that she gave her idol to Ace. Kenny can't believe it. Kenny then tells Sugar to always have the idol with her; She's later seen telling Ace that she went and took the idol back for safekeeping. At tribal council, sparks fly as Kelly and Crystal battle it out over the tears-weakness argument. In the end, though, nothing surprising happens and a unified Fang ditches Kelly. --Cynthia Wang
Tell us: Should Fang have blindsided Ace? Was it time for Kelly to go? And are tears a sign of weakness? Tell us!
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