By Dalton Ross
Updated September 17, 2012 at 04:00 PM EDT

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That Jonathan Penner is a crafty fellow. While I was on location at the start of Survivor: Philippines I saw the returning player schooling tribemate Katie Hanson on the nuances of searching for a hidden immunity idol (tip #1: If the camera crew does not bother following you while searching, you’re not close; if they scurry over quickly, however, BINGO!). While there, I also saw him do something else, and this being Penner, he completely ignored the rules about taking to press and/or cameramen while the game was afoot and told me all about it.

In the video below, you can see Penner tell us all about the items he is collecting for — yep, you guessed it — a fake hidden immunity idol. You’ll also be treated to part of my pre-game conversation with Penner, in which he compares the shame and humiliation of being medically evacuated to being voted out. “It’s harder to take and infuriating,” says Penner of being taken out of the game due to his infected knee in Fans vs Favorites, “but in some ways it’s easier than getting voted out.” Click on the video player below to learn why. And for more Survivor news and views all season long, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss.

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