|"Smoking Out the Snake"|
|Original Release:||December 6, 2001|
|Viewership (in millions):||19.28|
|Previous:||“The First 21 Days”|
|Next:||“Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal”|
Smoking Out the Snake is the ninth episode of Survivor: Africa.
Immediately after Tribal Council, a fuming Lex van den Berghe asked Kelly Goldsmith who cast the "mystery vote" against him. Out of anger, he did not realize that Teresa Cooper was the caster of the mystery vote.
The tribe met Jeff Probst for their next Reward Challenge, where they would test their coordination and patience. Despite a close battle with Lex, Ethan Zohn's dexterity (thanks to his soccer background) became a huge help, and eventually made him win the challenge.
Ethan asked his tribemates for non-important personal items for additional barter. Upon leaving, Jeff Probst appeared and told Ethan that he must take one person with him. Feared that the tribe get suspicious of his motives, he chose Lex for the sole reason that he was the runner-up during the Reward Challenge. Ethan said, "He came in second [in the Reward Challenge], and that's my only clarification."
Strangers as they are, Lex and Ethan had failed attempts of selling the two goats, though the two managed to make a deal with one vendor and paid them 1600 Shillings (roughly $20). When they thought the goats would be placed into a farm, the duo got irked when the vendor brought the goats to the nearest butcher. Another local offered to tour Lex and Ethan around town. After a 1000 Shilling meal, Ethan and Lex realized that they only had 600 Shillings for their tribemates, and can only buy some cookies, clothes, and bracelets for them. Unknown to them, the tribe celebrates during Lex' absence. Teresa and Frank Garrison, still having a grudge for the Younger Samburu Alliance for not treating them well, halfheartedly offered Kim Powers and Brandon Quinton an alliance. As original Samburu members, they united out of necessity, with Boran still up with one member. Frank explained, "I really have not much choice." Upon Ethan and Lex' return, they handed out cookies and some candy, though Ethan was suspicious, stating, "People have a chance to plot against you."
The tribe again met Jeff Probst, this time for an Immunity Challenge. Despite deteriorating brain functions after 24 days of starvation, Ethan managed to win his second consecutive challenge.
Back at Moto Maji camp, Lex was still attempting to seek out who cast the mystery vote against him and suspected Kelly. Upon learning this, Kelly then sided with the former Samburus. But at Tribal Council, Brandon decided that he still cannot trust Frank and Teresa, and voted along with the Boran Alliance. In the end, Kelly was eliminated by Lex' mistake of judgement with a harrowing 5-4 vote. Kelly would not go home immediately, though, as she will be the first member for the jury who will ultimately decide who will be the Sole Survivor.
Each castaway was given nine items and instructed to stomp on a plank of wood, catapulting one item at a time into a basket atop a tower. The first person to land all nine in the basket would be the winner.
|Reward Challenge: Stomp-ede|
Brandon, Frank, Kelly, Kim J., Kim P., Lex, Teresa, Tom
Challenge: Box Your Mind
The castaways had one minute to memorize the contents of compartments inside a barrel, and then, using their short-term memory, players would have to recreate the items in the various compartments. The first to complete the task would win immunity.
Winner: Ethan Zohn
|Immunity Challenge: Box Your Mind|
Frank, Kim J., Kim P.
| Tribal Council 8:|
Kelly (5 votes)
Brandon, Ethan, Kim J., Lex, Tom
Lex (4 votes)
Frank, Kelly, Kim P., Teresa
| VOTED OFF:|
|“||(voting for Kelly) Kelly, if I'm wrong about you, then I apologize, but I smell a rat, and my gut tells me that you stabbed me in the back, and you're playing both sides. And if that's the case, then good riddance.||”|
|“||(voting for Lex) When it's me, you'll know it. I couldn't be more excited to be casting this vote. I never wanted you to win, and now I hope you won't. If this is the last vote I cast, then at least I got a vote for you, who I've always found to be not fun to be around.||”|
|“||(voting for Kelly) This is a kicker. I made a promise to Lex that I would vote this way tonight, and I'm probably going to bite it, but I really am doing it for... to make it to the Final Four at least. So, um, sorry, Kelly.||”|
|“||I love you, mom and dad. I can't help but be myself, and I've never been too good at sticking to one clique. I always kind of float around. It was hard for me not to have friends in different places, and that kind of screwed me, but hey, I made it past the hard part with the boulders and whatnot, and for a skinny girl, that's kind of, you know, it's a big deal. I had a lot of fun.||”|
Still in the Running
- With Kelly's elimination, the number of the members from the original tribes were even for the first time since “The Young and Untrusted”.
|Survivor: Africa Episodes|
“Question of Trust” · “Who's Zooming Whom?” · “The Gods Are Angry” · “The Young and Untrusted” · “The Twist” · “I'd Never Do It to You” · “Will There Be a Feast Tonight?” · “The First 21 Days” · “Smoking Out the Snake” · “Dinner, Movie and a Betrayal” · “We Are Family” · “The Big Adventure” · “Truth Be Told” · “The Final Four: No Regrets”