Mike gets burned, Kel gets framed, and Jerri is the show's biggest schemer, says Justine Elias

By Justine Elias
Updated March 22, 2001 at 05:00 AM EST
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”Survivor” recaps its greatest moments

In a sort of Cliff Notes version of the first eight episodes of ”Survivor,” CBS aired its first ever ”highlights” episode of the hit game show. No, the network and producer Mark Burnett weren’t trying to help us guess who the final four players will be. The extra show helped bump ”Survivor”’s season finale into the May sweeps period, when advertisers decide on their rates for the coming months.

Though the March 21 episode didn’t add any clues, it did give ”Survivor”’s editors a chance to make some sly juxtapositions between players and some Outback creatures — and hats off to Mark Burnett for the hilariously ominous, over the top narration delivered by Jeff Probst. Here’s what you missed.

THE TRIAL OF KEL The lone wolf Army Captain, who never bothered to curry favor with his Ogakor teammates, was falsely accused of hoarding beef jerky. The instigator of the ”oust Kel” movement? Jerri, who somehow escaped blame when a search of Kel’s backpack turned up no forbidden food.
Cut To Jerri singing ”I’ve been a bad, bad girl” from Fiona Apple’s ”Criminal” for her remaining tribemates, who seem unaware that she was actually auditioning for unseen movie producers out there in TV Land.

SNEAKY JEFF When alpha male Mike hijacked the canoe for some early morning fishing, a fuming Jeff turned the situation to his advantage: He innocently told his Kucha teammates the story, knowing that the hotheaded Alicia would get angry and suggest a revolt against their self appointed leader.
Cut To A crocodile eyeing the camera — and sinking beneath the murky water. Well, Jeff was crafty, but he was soon kicked out in a confusing tiebreaker at the next Tribal Council.

THE BOAR Was there some karmic payback involved in Mike’s campfire accident? After showing footage of vegetarian Kimmi’s objections to grub eating, chicken eating, and pig hunting (and Alicia’s finger wagging objections to Kimmi), Mike fell face first into the fire. Coincidence? Dare we suggest a Second Pig Theory…. Did anyone check the area for cloven hoof footprints? (No, I’m not accusing Mark Burnett of being Satan. But why HAVEN’T we ever seen the producer with his shoes off?)
Cut To The aftermath, when a new tribe suddenly arrived on scene: a pair of nonbuff, nonlogo attired ”Survivor Medics.” If, heaven forbid, something goes wrong on ”Survivor” 3, you can bet the paramedics will be as handsome and trendy as the players.

JERRI, JERRI, JERRI As Probst intoned, ”A storm brewed at Ogakor in the form of a blue bikini!” From here on in, it’s all about Jerri. She criticized chef Keith’s cooking. She accused Kel of treachery and got him kicked out. She unnerved Colby by making a play for him. She seems to have the other women (except for Elisabeth) eating out of her hand. No, it’s not your imagination: There is a confrontation brewing between the seemingly mild Elisabeth and the impossible to get rid of Jerri, the closest thing ”Survivor” has to a real villain — or a personality.
Cut To Next week’s show, when something new will happen. Finally.

Get more ”Survivor” 2 news from Time.com and People.com.

Survivor: The Australian Outback

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