By Jeff Probst
October 31, 2008 at 02:45 PM EDT

Spoiler alert! Read after the jump to check out Jeff’s candid take on what went down on last night’s episode of Survivor: Gabon.

Ah, man. Man. Man. Man. This blows. Ace is gone…and Dan is gone. I miss them already. Okay, we’ll get to that later.

Crystal spilling the rice.Love this. Thank you, Survivor gods. Amazinghow such a small moment can turn into something so big. The name of this gameis “Make Sure It Ain’t Me,” and Crystal just gave them a reason to make it her. Only a very strong alliance saved her.

I root for Dan. In life. Iknow he can be annoying but it comes from a place of insecurity. It’s too bad,he’s a nice guy. Hopefully this adventure helped thicken his skin a bit. He’snot as smart as he thinks but he’s much smarter than he appears to be.

Corrine is tough. She saysit like it is and sometimes that is really hard to hear. If I found myself onher tribe, I think I’d be tempted to hold her down and let the leaches havetheir way with her. Then again, knowing my weaknesses, I’d probably find myselfin a regrettable alliance with her and end up with my throat cut but with asmile on my face.

The loved ones letters. Theseget to me every time. Bob and Dan were both so touched to hear from theirfamily. It made me like them both even more. If you’re reading this andthinking “I hate anything to do with loved ones,” I say this: If youdon’t like love, what is wrong with you?

It wouldn’t be an episode ifSugar didn’t go to exile and didn’t cry. Check both.

Matty, Matty, Matty. He’slike a Billy Joel song. Wearing his heart on his sleeve. He must stay in thisgame a long time. Along with Kenny, Crystal, Corrine, Randy, and Sugar.

Now to tribal council. Danhad to know it was a possibility that he’d be voted out. He tried so hard. Toohard. That’s what I’d offer to Dan. You’re fine as you are, my friend. Don’ttry so hard. Just be.

As for Ace. Let’s beextremely clear. Ace was blindsided. Major blindside. He doesn’t want to admitit but it’s true. Man, I hate to see him go. Such a delight. A great bit of Survivor casting. Ace, you delivered. You left too soon.

Next week we finally pull one over on this group ofSurvivors. A small victory, but it felt so good that I want to brag about itearly. I think you’ll love it and you will shake your head in amazement at the”never happened before” moment that occurs as a result.

Survivor: Gabon continues…right afterthis.

Now check out our exclusive deleted scene from Survivor: Gabon and then read Dalton’s recap.