Jeff Probst blogs 'Survivor: Gabon' (episode 5)
Let’s start this week’s blog by going backwards to last week’s episode. A lot of people shared with me that they thought getting rid of Jacquie made absolutely no sense and that Kelly should have been the one voted out. Shows what I know. Maybe Jacquie was more entertaining than I gave her credit for! My bad.
Okay, it’s time for one final column focusing on G.C. When G.C. disappeared before the challenge it was slightly annoying. He really did leave. Just took off. We were at the challenge and received word from the producers that the tribe was out looking for G.C. We told them that if he wasn’t there when it was time to leave their camp for the challenge, they should just leave him behind. Secretly I was praying that would happen. You long for those “fresh” moments when something happens that has never happened before. I’m not really sure if G.C. was playing games with his tribe or not. It seems unlikely that he forgot there was a challenge, but to give him the benefit of the doubt…maybe that’s what happened. Either way, he made it back in time, and I hope he feels at least a little bad about returning too soon and thereby robbing the show of a potential great moment.
Does anyone else love moments like the catching of an “electricfish”? Sure, it won’t impact the game and will never come up at tribalcouncil, but it always reminds me of the authenticity of Survivor. I think sometimes we forget to tell that part of the story since so much of Survivor is based solely on strategy.
(I should probably point out that, as I write this, I just got homefrom a day of working and I’m really hungry. So, if I have an edge or ifmy thoughts drift, blame lack of food.)
Question: Why do Survivors continue to leave the idol in their bag? This makes no sense. There are millions, yes millions of spots you could bury or hide the idol. This one really confuses me. Survivoris not the time to test the trustworthiness of people. Sugar, hide thedamn thing. You go to all that work to find it and then you give itspower away by letting everybody know you have it. I suppose you leaveyour wallet in your unlocked car too. Actually I do that too, sowhatever. You get my point.
Okay, so…the highlight of the episode, IMO, (yep, using text speak.DWI) was when the Fang tribe came face to face with an elephant. It wasa Spielberg moment. Wide-eyed Survivors staring across the lake at abeautiful wild elephant. Keep in mind, this isn’t a zoo. It’s not evensomewhere like Kenya where the animals are used to safari groups. Gabonis remote. This was a big damn deal.
When this happened, I was back at base camp monitoring the realitychannel on our walkie talkies. I heard the producer come on in awhispered tone: “We have an elephant sighting. Survivors getting inboat to investigate. Great stuff. Dramatic.”
You need to understand that we get more excited than anybody whensomething like this happens. This is why you go all the way to Gabon,in the hopes of a moment like this that is so good you know it will bein the show even before you take it home to edit.
Our camera and audio teams covered it beautifully and when Ace andMatty decided to get in the boat, it turned a home run into agrandslam. So happy we caught it all in HD!
Oh, yeah, G.C. got voted out.
Now check out our exclusive deleted scene from ‘Survivor’ and then read Dalton’s recap.