Filmed: June 23-25, 2008 |
Aired: September 25, 2008
- Ep.1 arrival: As the two eldest, Bob
and Gillian kick off the tribe split, via chain pick.
Probst gives them freedom to not worry about gender, and
that works out great for Fang, which corners the market
on older moms.
- Ep.1 Reward (+ individual Immunity) challenge:
"One for All" - Marcus and GC race to the top alone,
snag single-use idols for themselves (Michelle just
misses out); meanwhile, Kota easily beats Fang up the
hill, gets corn and beans.
- Ep.1 exile: Thankfully, none.
- Ep.1 Immunity challenge: "Temptation
Valley" - It's neck and neck until the digging, where
Fang completely blows it. Kota gets immunity and flint.
- Ep.1 voted out: Michelle, 8-1 over
Episode 1 scoring notes
- The opening race up the hill: On the first
pass, we scored the opening reward challenge as an
individual IC. It was, technically. But we've reversed
course here: that wasn't the sole or even main purpose.
In fact, you could plausibly argue that by racing up the
hill ahead of their tribe, GC and Michelle cost Fang a
shot at the reward. (Kidding, there's nothing they could
have done to haul Gillian and Crystal up that hill in
time.) The challenge was clearly *at least* a tribal
reward challenge. It just had an added, potentially
counter-productive element (as did Kelley Wentworth
grabbing an idol at an IC in Cambodia). So to sum up:
Two tribal challenges this first hour, zero individual
- Episode numbering: As is customary, we're
ignoring the CBS numerical nomenclature. This is not a
"two-hour premiere," it's two regular 1-hour episodes
aired back-to-back. (Don't worry, it'll all match up in
the end because there was also a recap episode, which
- Michelle received 8 votes, from
Crystal, Dan, GC, Ken, Matty, Randy, Susie, and Gillian
(voted out, 8-1).
- Gillian received 1 vote, from
Glossary of terms
- 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
- 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
- ChW%: Challenge Win%.
Simply, ChW% = ChW / ChA.
- SO: The number of times a
contestant sat out of a challenge.
- 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
- 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.
- 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.
- 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