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"Desperate Measures"
Thailand 9
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Thailand
Episode Number: 9/14 (065)
Original Release: November 14, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 21.62[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 8.6/22 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Sleeping with the Enemy"
Next: "While the Cats Are Away"

Desperate Measures is the ninth episode of Survivor: Thailand.


Day 25

Day 26

Day 27


Challenge: Wicker Ball Relay
Pairing up, each group of Survivors would race through an obstacle course, with various tasks to perform along the way. First team to successfully complete the course and cross the finish line wins and moves on to the next heat. This continued until the final round, where the last remaining pair would compete against each other on a puzzle. The first person to complete the puzzle would win reward.
Reward: A video of the winner's loved ones from home.
Winner: Brian Heidik

Reward Challenge: Wicker Ball Relay
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd 4th
Castaway S5 brian t
S5 helen t
S5 clay tS5 ken t
Clay, Ken
S5 jake tS5 jan t
Jake, Jan
S5 penny tS5 ted t
Penny, Ted
Round Breakdown
Round Winners Losers
Round 1 S5 clay tS5 ken t S5 jake tS5 jan t
S5 brian tS5 helen t S5 penny tS5 ted t
Round 2 S5 brian tS5 helen t S5 clay tS5 ken t
Round 3 S5 brian t S5 helen t

Challenge: Thai Numbers
The Survivors had to compete in a mathematical test. First, a simple elimination round tested the Survivors' memory skills, matching Thai numbers with numbers in English. The second round requires problem solving, using Thai numbers as coordinates, the contestants had to find ten buried tiles. Each uncovered tile revealed the location of the next tile. The first contestant to recover all ten of their tiles wins immunity.
Winner: Clay Jordan

Immunity Challenge: Thai Numbers
Placement Winner 2nd 3rd 4th
Castaway S5 clay t
S5 ken t
S5 penny t
S5 brian tS5 helen tS5 jake tS5 jan tS5 ted t
Brian, Helen, Jake, Jan, Ted

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 9:
Chuay Jai
S5 ken t
Ken (5 votes)
S5 brian tS5 clay tS5 helen tS5 jan tS5 ted t
Brian, Clay, Helen, Jan, Ted
S5 ted t
Ted (3 votes)
S5 jake tS5 ken tS5 penny t
Jake, Ken, Penny
S5 ken bw
Ken Stafford

Voting Confessionals

Helen, Jake and Clay's votes were not shown to the camera when giving their voting confessionals. Ken's confessional is revealed during recap episode.

(voting for Ken) Hope to see you soon, and, uh, great player.

Helen Glover

(voting for Ted) I really didn't know who to vote for. I really have enjoyed meeting you. I've really enjoyed knowing you. Bye.

Jake Billingsley

(voting for Ted) I didn't wanna vote for you, but this is how your own tribe said that everybody should vote.

Ken Stafford

(voting for Ken) You're a neat guy, but you gotta get rid of the strong for me to keep going.

Clay Jordan

Final Words

This is definitely a life-altering experience. Um, you learn how to appreciate things like you never have before. Like a banana is like, that's such a life-giving, delicious, incredible thing. And if, uh, anybody feels sorry for me, you know, that I got kicked off, you know, chocolate chip cookies, ladies-- they, I love them, it's my favorite sweet thing. Anyway, I'll see you all soon. Bye bye.

Ken Stafford

Still in the Running

S5 john bw
S5 tanya bw
S5 jed bw
S5 ghandia bw
S5 stephanie bw
S5 robb bw
 Shii Ann
S5 shiiann bw
S5 erin bw
S5 ken bw
Chuay Jai
S5 brian t
Chuay Jai
S5 clay t
Chuay Jai
S5 helen t
Chuay Jai
S5 jake t
Chuay Jai
S5 jan t
Chuay Jai
S5 penny t
Chuay Jai
S5 ted t


  • This episode marks the first time that two tribes merged at a Reward Challenge.
  • This is the first (and so far only) merge at the final eight. All other merges have happened at the final nine or earlier.


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