Survivor 17: Gabon boxscores
Episode 10: "Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars"
By Jeff Pitman | Published: December 20, 2020
Survivor: Gabon boxscores Episode 10

Filmed: July 20-22, 2008 |  Aired: November 20, 2008
Fang wins RC
Ken wins IC
Randy out, 5-3


  • Ep.10 auction: Standard stuff. Randy gets the first item for $180, so everyone after that just bids $340 to outbid him. Ken exiles Bob and takes his money. Corinne buys an IC advantage for $500. And Randy buys cookies for the tribe, then gets mad when Sugar gives hers to Matty.
  • Ep.10 exile: Bob, who foolishly thinks there still might be an idol. So he hikes up a hill instead.
  • Ep.10 Immunity challenge: "The Domino Effect" - Corinne gets a free pass to the finals, it's a tight battle between her, Ken, and Matty, but Ken wins.
  • Ep.10 voted out: Randy tries to play Bob's fake idol. It doesn't work, so Randy out, 5-3 over Susie.


Episode 10 scoring notes


- As always, the auction is not a challenge. In the IC, the show does a terrible job of showing who had how many bags in the first round. Bob appeared to have at least one, possibly two bags. Randy's efforts were never shown. But we tried our best to assess placement based on number of bags retrieved.


Vote count:

- Randy received 5 votes, from Crystal, Ken, Matty, Sugar, and Susie (voted out, 5-3).

- Susie received 3 votes, from Bob (!?), Corinne, and Randy.

Episode 10 boxscore - Challenges

Immunity challenge stats
Contestant ChW ChA Plc % Fin MPF
Sugar 0 1 t-7
0.19 63.7%
Susie 0 1 t-4 0.56 61.8%
Ken 1 1 1
1.00 57.9%
Bob 0 1 t-4
0.56 55.8%
Matty 0 1 t-2
0.81 51.6%
Corinne 0 1 t-2
0.81 51.6%
Randy 0 1 t-7
0.19 43.3%
Crystal 0 1 6
0.38 37.0%
Episode 10 boxscore - Tribal Council

Tribal council stats

Contestant VFB VAP TotV TCA SurvSc SurvAv
Sugar 1 - 8 1 1.16 7.80
Matty 1 - 8 1 1.02 6.88
Ken 1 - 8 1 1.22 5.14
Susie 1 3 8 1 1.39 4.90
Corinne 0 - 8 1 0.73 4.64
Randy 0 5 8 1 0.72 2.97
Bob 0 - 8 1 0.66 4.11
Crystal 1 - 8 1 1.05 2.85
Charlie - - - - 0.98 3.63
Marcus - - - - 1.10 3.64
Ace - - - - 0.70 2.21
Dan - - - - 1.10 3.60
Kelly - - - - 0.68 1.51
GC - - - - 0.99 2.41
Jacquie - - - - 0.78 1.90
Paloma - - - - -0.44 0.22
Gillian - - - - 0.26 1.17
Michelle - - - - -0.89 0.00
Glossary of terms
  • Challenge stats
    • ChW: Challenge Wins. For tribal challenges, a contestant earns a fraction of 1 win, depending on if they participated (no points for sitting out). So in a five-person tribe's win, each participant gets (1/5) of a point, or 0.2 points. Duels (or individual RCs as in Ep1) at Redemption Island count as half a challenge (and half a win). Individual challenge wins count as a full point.
    • ChA: Challenge Appearances. Used to calculate ChW%. Fractional for tribal challenges (same as ChW), except sit-outs get charged for an appearance, because they could have participated.
    • ChW%: Challenge Win%. Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
    • SO: The number of times a contestant sat out of a challenge.
    • Plc: Place finished in an individual challenge.
    • % Fin: Percent Finish in an individual challenge. Winning is 100% (1.00), or (number of people competing)/(number of people competing). Last place is 1/(number of people competing). Everything else is somewhere in between. Sitting out of an individual challenge earns a flat zero.
    • MPF: Mean Percent Finish, calculated across all individual challenges.
  • Tribal Council stats
    • VFB: Votes For Bootee. The number of times the contestant has voted for the person who was ultimately voted out. Applies only to initial votes (no points for revotes in case of a tie). Special case: In a final three TC, where only one vote is cast (by the F3 IC winner), only that vote counts.
    • VAP: Votes Against the Player. The total number of tribal council votes cast against the contestant. Again, only initial votes count (no penalty for revotes), and here a hidden immunity idol (if played) erases the votes. In the special case of a final three tribal council above, only the F3 bootee receives a vote against.
    • TotV: Total votes cast during the tribal councils the player has attended (again, only initial votes count). Used to adjust for different vote totals as tribes shrink.
    • TCA: Tribal council appearances. The number of times a contestant has attended tribal council (at which they voted).
    • TC%: Tribal Council percent. Attempts to reward voting for the bootee (which players controlling the vote almost always do), while punishing receiving votes yourself. The formula is: TC% = [VFB - (VAP/TotV)] / TCA.
    • wTCR: weighted Tribal Council Ratio. Very similar in intent to TC%, but calculated as a ratio of VFB to VAP, while also scaling to a uniform number of TC appearances. The formula is as follows: wTCR =2* [VFB / (4+VAP)] x (14/TCA). I originally tried (1+VAP) to avoid dividing by zero, but this overly rewarded getting zero votes against relative to just one vote against, which seemed silly. (4+VAP) scaled that effect back comfortably. 14 was used as the scaling factor for TC appearances because there are usually 14 episodes, then a final scaling factor of 2 to bring maximal scores up to roughly even with ChW and JV% high scores.
  • Jury stats
    • JVF: Number of jury votes for the contestant to win. Maximum nine (Earl Cole, Fiji), theoretically.
    • TotJ: Total number of jurors. Necessary to not punish unanimous 7-juror winners (JT Thomas, Tocantins).
    • JV%: The percent of total jury votes cast for the contestant, or Jur% = JVF/ TotJ. This number is used, raw, in SurvSc, and is scaled in SurvAv (multiplied by six) to make it similar in size to ChW and wTCR.
  • Overall scores
    • Survival Score (SurvSc). It's simply the sum of Challenge Win% (ChW%) + Tribal Council% (TC%) + Jury Vote%, for a maximum possible score of 2 (3 after the finale).
    • Survival Average (SurvAv). It's a simple sum of fractional Challenge Wins (ChW), weighted TC Ratio (wTCR), and (eventually) a weighted Jury%. The latter two max out at six points total, for a theoretical maximum score of around 18 or so.