"The Brains Behind Everything"
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Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Gabon
Episode Number: 8/14 (253)
Original Release: November 13, 2008
Viewership (in millions): 12.88[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 4.1/11 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "Apple in the Garden of Eden"
Next: "Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars"

The Brains Behind Everything is the eighth episode of Survivor: Gabon.


Day 25

Day 26

Day 27

At Tribal Council the votes are between the two main alliances, the Onion Alliance and the Fang Alliance. Susie Smith who was originally an Onion Alliance member flipped to the Fang Alliance, giving the Fang alliance a 5-4 vote advantage. Because of this Charlie, a member of the Onion Alliance was voted off in a 5-4 vote.


Challenge: Super Golf
The tribes would use a three-man slingshot to shoot an oversized golf ball along three golf holes. The tribe that put their ball in the hole using the fewest number of shots would receive one point. The first tribe to score two points would win.
Reward: An overnight trip to a Gabonese village.
Winner: Fang (exiled Bob Crowley)

Challenge: Fired Up
The castaways would make a fire large enough to burn through a rope using flint, steel and a box of fire making supplies. The first castaway to completely burn through their rope would win.
Winner: Susie Smith

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 10:
S17 charlie t
Charlie (5 votes)
S17 crystal tS17 ken t
S17 matty tS17 sugar tS17 susie t
Crystal, Ken, Matty, Sugar, Susie
S17 crystal t
Crystal (4 votes)
S17 bob tS17 charlie tS17 corinne tS17 randy t
Bob, Charlie, Corinne, Randy
S17 charlie bw
Charlie Herschel

Voting Confessionals

(votes for Crystal) Bitch!

Randy Bailey

(votes for Charlie) Sorry, Charlie, but you picked two of the worst allies when I have to make a vote. I'm a traitor, sorry.

Sugar Kiper

(votes for Charlie) Charlie, you're a hell of a guy, you played a very good game, but it's time for you to go.

Matty Whitmore

(votes for Charlie) Charlie, you're a good competitor. I got to take you out if I'm going to move ahead. I hope we can still be friends.

Susie Smith

(votes for Charlie) You are a big threat, and you are hurting my alliance. I'm sorry, but you got to go.

Crystal Cox

(votes for Charlie) Sorry, Charlie. It's not like I'm a homophobic. It's just that at that feast, you took the Hidden Immunity Idol away from me and I thought I gotta get you for that. Sorry.

Ken Hoang

(votes for Crystal) Sorry Crystal, it's a game. Hope to see you later.

Bob Crowley

(votes for Crystal) You're a bully, and I don't want to play this game with you. I hope you go home tonight.

Corinne Kaplan

(votes for Crystal) Word on the street is that you are a really mean person, but that's side the point, you took out my Marcus and that made me really mad. Sorry.

Charlie Herschel

Final Words

Okay, this is a disaster. I hundred percent did not see this coming, but what can you do at this point. And I didn't think I'd make it past the first tribal, so to make it this far is amazing. If I'm gonna leave Survivor, I'm glad it's a blindside. Thank God, Marcus is in the jury house, that is my saving grace! I can't wait to see Marcus!

Charlie Herschel

Still in the Running

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


Behind the Scenes

Life at Ponderosa


  • This episode was dedicated to Marge Boesch, Rudy Boesch's wife, who had passed away earlier in November 2008.
  • This is the first episode since "She Obviously Is Post-Op!" where someone other than Sugar Kiper is exiled.
  • This is the second time Jeff could not identify who a vote was cast for following "Gender Bender". The vote in question was cast by Randy for Crystal. Randy wrote C.C (for Crystal Cox) on the paper. 

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