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Survivor: Thailand – Advice to the Remaining 13by Jeffrey Clinard -- 10/08/2002
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Dear Jeffrey: I'm a contestant who might win $1,000,000 on a game show called Survivor. What steps and actions should I take to win the big prize money?
Dear Contestant: Follow my advice and hope for the best. You might just win if you listen and behave properly.
Ghandia's statements are going to tear your tribe apart. Resolve it by either tossing her or Ted. It doesn't matter who; the tribe needs to toss this issue, and that means one of them, honest or not. Also, I hope you paid attention to those red berets; they taught you something important.
Ted. Big problems with Gandia's accusations. Good response. Calm, collected, and reasonable. Keep at it and she will be the next cut from the tribe, not you.
Ghandia. You are in danger. You've let an issue build up, made a huge issue of it, and approached the tribe with it. You are coming off as the unreasonable one, not Ted. The tribe has two sides to think about, but you came across as being the divisive one, not Ted. Watch the smoke as your torch gets extinguished, not Ted’s.
Brian. Nice move in getting the information, then cycling it back to Helen, and creating a further division. Face it, it caused disharmony in the tribe, but it WAS NOT FOCUSED ON YOU. Right now, the candidates for elimination are Ghandia and Ted, not yourself. This is a good thing – for you.
Clay. It's crunch time for you, as well as Brian. The three women have threatened to vote Ted out, so you have to pick which side you think is right. Is it Ted or Ghandia who should be expelled from the tribe? It's time to pick your side or, perhaps, your alliance. The next vote determines a good deal of the rest of the game.
Helen. What is the matter with you? You shoot yourself in the foot with your actions and personality, and then you run around and blab things as soon as you hear them. Survivor requires a low-key game, not an obnoxious one. You have to pick your alliance and fast; it's he said or she said, and the loser goes home. Pick wisely.
Jan. You have gotten lucky so far since the older people often don't get a break in Survivor, and you have held your own. Ghandia and Ted are the targets for the next vote. You must pick your alliance before the vote; either with the females or the males. This is a time when inaction speaks larger than action.
Sook Jai. The tribal division has been mostly cut by the cutting of Jed from the tribe. Robb and Stephanie are still outcasts from the tribe. That said, NEVER let your possessions out of your sight again. Losing the fishing net was inexcusable.
Robb. The lazy people are NOT in control of this tribe. It's time to start working, and fast. You are held partially responsible for losing the net, and this could cost you. You must start socializing with the group more and stop being so independent.
Stephanie. Jed's exile from the tribe should have shown you something – you can't play this game alone. Sleeping by yourself and engaging in alternative tasks will give the others ample reason to vote you out. You haven't been well either, another problem. Fix these problems with your game plan or be voted out – your choice.
Shii Ann. You very well might be the weakest link on the tribe, but your votes came from the lazy bunch, and you are in solid with the worker bees of the tribe. It's time to press hard for a voting alliance to both keep you in the game and kick the slackers out. You have the brains to do it. Implement this strategy – now!
Jake. Like the rest of the tribe, you need to work on getting the weak links out of the tribe, and that means Stephanie and Robb. However, tossing immunity challenges is almost never a wise idea. Solidify your alliance with the workers, and prepare to toss the others out.
Ken. Losing your head at the reward challenge is a forgivable offense – so many others of your tribe also blew it too. What you need to do now is cement the alliance that will kick out the slackers and form your basis for post-merge. The votes were read; you can figure it out. Form it – now.
Erin and Penny. Still, we don't have much footage of you two, so you must be secure for now. Both of you need to turn your tribal votes into an alliance with Jake, Ken, and Shii Ann. Stephanie and Robb are expendable. The others could help you to victory.
Jed. What went wrong? Well, I warned your twice... you played the game in a dangerous manner. You didn't join in group tasks of building shelter (you tried to get fish), you didn't help get food (you slacked on the beach), and you lost the fishing net. These things didn't force you into exile though – it was your aloofness and detachment from the tribe that led to your torch being snuffed. The game is about social politics, and you blew it big time. You would not be a member of a TRIBE, so you were exiled from it. Bye bye, Jed.
Jeffrey Clinard lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his kittens, Lam and Princess. He can be reached at email@example.com.
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