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Survivor: Thailand – Advice to the Remaining 11by Jeffrey Clinard -- 10/22/2002
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The Survivor Advisor is back with loads of new advice for the remaining eleven contestants. With only one tribal council before the traditional merge, each player needs to carefully consider their position in their tribes and in the game. So what can the eleven remaining players do to advance in the game? The Survivor Advisor has the answers.
Everybody. The auction was nice, but don't be fooled as to its real purpose. It was designed to indicate to the survivors who was a leader, and who was a follower. It's a subtle trap at this point, but the results clearly showed who was in charge of the tribes.
Losing the boat (and the fishing net) was totally inexcusable. The boat was a key piece of survival equipment, and the net about as important. If you recover the boat, always drag it above the high tide mark. You have another problem as well. Going back to tribal council will mean only four of you will merge (if the merge is at the traditional time). You will need to find allies in the other tribe or else you’re doomed.
Ted, Clay, and Brain. All three of you are in the same situation, so here it is flat out. You've got to bond with the women for a post merge united front. However, if you go back to tribal council, toss Helen. It's only one more trip before a traditional merge, and Jan is a much weaker opponent when it comes to individual immunity and reward challenges.
Helen. Bond with the men immediately. Point out that the merge is coming up, and the larger the alliance, the better. This will also protect you in case it comes down to tribal council. They may not vote with their heads if they consider things post-merge, and may simply decide to keep an ally instead of a weak person.
Jan. Your advice is the flip side of Helen's; you must bond with the men and point out you are less of a threat when it comes to individual challenges. Long term, you need a united tribe to face off against alliances when it comes merge time.
Shii Ann. What were you thinking? Just because the opposition faction of your tribe doesn't like you isn't a good reason to swap tribes. You should feel secure in your position at this point; the opposition doesn't know how to count to five, and the rest of your tribe does. It's a consideration, to be sure, but one you need to worry about later while bonding tight and fast with two others in your current tribe to work on post-merge.
Jake. Shii Ann can be a valuable ally. Even if you are the only one supporting her and her work and position, you need to bond with her and another person for a post-merge alliance that will carry you until the finals. The battle-lines are drawn, and there are five of you in case of another trip to tribal council.
Ken. Watch your step carefully. You came across as the leader in the auction challenge, making the bids and deciding when to end the bidding. This can be a tricky situation to be in. Back off a bit and let the others lead for a bit.
Penny and Erin. We still haven't seen much of you two, so stick with the alliance of people who can count to five. This is the ticket to the end game and possible victory.
Robb. You should have seriously considered jumping to the other tribe. You and Stephanie were on the outs in Sook Jai, and tribal council gave you a 50/50 chance of being the one cut. It would have been worth taking a chance on jumping and seeing if factions immediately started lobbying you for you vote. As it stands, if you go back to tribal council, you're out. If not, it might be wise to look ahead and toss your lot in with the Chuay Gahn tribe most merge. You can't be worse off there than you are in Sook Jai.
Stephanie. What went wrong? Well, you made yourself an outcast from the start, and that just led to you being cast out. You missed your chance to jump tribes and paid for it. If there is a next time, don't sleep in the rain, don't do your own thing, and pick better people to ally with.
Jeffrey Clinard lives in Las Vegas, Nevada, with his kittens, Lam and Princess. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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