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"She Obviously Is Post-Op!"
Dan slideDan competing for Fang at the Immunity Challenge.
Episode Information
Season: Gabon
Episode Number: 3/14 (231)
Original Release: October 2, 2008
Viewership (in millions): 13.08[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.5/12 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Want to See the Elephant Dung? (Part 2)"
Next: "It Was Like Christmas Morning!"

She Obviously Is Post-Op! is the third episode of Survivor: Gabon.


Day 7

Day 8

Day 9

Fang won their first Immunity Challenge, in a come-from-behind victory, and sent Kota to their first ever Tribal Council. At camp, the obvious target seemed to be Paloma, who was the weakest link of the tribe, but Paloma campaigned to vote out Ace, as she did not like nor trust him. Ace seemed confident that Paloma would be going home, but Paloma talked to Corinne, and it was revealed that Corinne didn't trust Ace either. Corinne discussed with Charlie about the possibility of sending Ace home as she felt he could run the game and be the first to flip come the merge. When Tribal Council came, Paloma further elaborated on her dislike for Ace, the extent of which shocked Probst. When the votes were read, Paloma was voted out 7-2 over Ace due to her challenge weakness, with only Kelly, who had been Paloma's friend, voting with her. 



Challenge: Kicking and Screaming
One member of each tribe would hang on to a post. Two members of the opposing tribe would attempt to remove the tribe member from the post and drag them across the sand to the finish line. The first tribe to get the member of the other tribe across the finish line would receive one point. The first tribe to score two points would win.
Reward: Blankets, a hammock, pillows, and a mat
Winner: Fang

Reward Challenge: Kicking and Screaming
Outcome Tribe Competitors Sit-Out(s)
Won Fang S17 crystal tS17 dan tS17 gc tS17 matty tS17 randy tS17 susie t
Crystal, Dan, G.C., Matty, Randy, & Susie
S17 ken t
Lost Kota S17 ace tS17 bob tS17 charlie tS17 marcus tS17 paloma tS17 sugar t
Ace, Bob, Charlie, Marcus, Paloma, & Sugar
S17 corinne tS17 jacquie tS17 kelly t
Corinne, Jacquie, & Kelly
Round Breakdown
Round Winner Loser Total Score
Attackers Defender Attackers Defender
Round 1 S17 charlie tS17 marcus t S17 ace t S17 gc tS17 matty t S17 dan t 1-0
Round 2 S17 crystal tS17 randy t S17 susie t S17 bob tS17 sugar t S17 paloma t 1-1
Round 3 S17 crystal tS17 matty t S17 dan t S17 bob tS17 marcus t S17 ace t 2-1


Challenge: Lake Launch
One at a time, six tribe members would slide down a water slide. They would then swim out to retrieve a numbered tile, then run up the hill they slid down to drop their number off. Once all six tiles were retrieved, the remaining castaway would use the tiles to solve a numeric puzzle. The answer to the puzzle is a combination to open a locked chest, which holds an axe. The first tribe to open their chest and use the axe to cut a rope that would raise their tribe's flag would win.
Winner: Fang

Immunity Challenge: Lake Launch
Outcome Tribe Swimmers Puzzle Sit-Outs
Won Fang S17 crystal tS17 dan tS17 gc tS17 matty tS17 randy tS17 susie t
Crystal, Dan, G.C., Matty, Randy, & Susie
S17 ken t
Lost Kota S17 ace tS17 charlie tS17 corinne tS17 jacquie tS17 kelly tS17 marcus t
Ace, Charlie, Corinne, Jacquie, Kelly, & Marcus
S17 bob t
S17 paloma tS17 sugar t
Paloma & Sugar

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 3:
S17 paloma t
Paloma (7 votes)
S17 ace tS17 bob tS17 charlie t
S17 corinne tS17 jacquie tS17 marcus tS17 sugar t
Ace, Bob, Charlie, Corinne, Jacquie, Marcus, & Sugar
S17 ace t
Ace (2 votes)
S17 kelly tS17 paloma t
Kelly & Paloma
S17 paloma bw
Paloma Soto-Castillo

Voting Confessionals

Jacquie did not say anything when she voted.

(votes for Ace) I'm voting for you because you tried to get me in an alliance in the beginning, but I saw right through you. So you can take you and your little sidekick emotional mob face outta here.

Kelly Czarnecki

(votes for Paloma) I really like you, and I didn't want to do this, but I had to go with the majority. I'm very sorry. I think there will be great things in store for you.

Corinne Kaplan

(votes for Paloma) Palomita, I'm sorry, but it was just time to do this.

Marcus Lehman

(votes for Ace) This is pretty much self-explanatory.

Paloma Soto-Castillo

(votes for Paloma) Unfortunately, you know exactly why you are leaving, it is for the strength of the tribe. No ill will. Best of luck.

Ace Gordon

(votes for Paloma) Sorry, Paloma, but we need a strong tribe and you're the weakest link. Hope to see you afterward.

Bob Crowley

(votes for Paloma) I probably like you more than anyone else on our tribe, but if you're going to come out on Survivor without a physical bone in your body, you probably should have come up with a few more tricks.

Charlie Herschel

(votes for Paloma) Sorry dude, better you than me.

Sugar Kiper

Final Words

So I got voted off, umm, I'm the first person on my tribe to go. These past nine days in Gabon have been amazing, umm, definitely been an experience, something I've never ever done before. Good luck to the whole Kota tribe, I hope you guys do awesome, but definitely, let's put it this way: if Ace wins the million dollars I'll probably never watch Survivor again.

Paloma Soto-Castillo

Still in the Running

S17 michelle bw
S17 gillian bw
S17 paloma bw
S17 ace t
S17 bob t
S17 charlie t
S17 corinne t
S17 crystal t
S17 dan t
S17 gc t
S17 jacquie t
S17 kelly t
S17 ken t
S17 marcus t
S17 matty t
S17 randy t
S17 sugar t
S17 susie t


  • This episode contains the only two challenges Crystal Cox won throughout the season.
    • The episode also marks the only time that Crystal and Ken Hoang didn't attend Tribal Council, including times as jury members. 
  • This episode marks the longest gap between a castaway winning immunity and using said immunity, as Marcus won immunity on Day 1 and didn't attend Tribal Council until Day 9.


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