"The Great Divide"
Thailand 2
Episode Information
Version: United States
Season: Thailand
Episode Number: 2/15 (062)
Original Release: September 26, 2002
Viewership (in millions): 21.72[1]
Ratings/Share (18-49): 8.6/21 Summary: Link
Episode Chronology
Previous: "The Importance of Being Eldest"
Next: "Family Values"

The Great Divide is the second episode of Survivor: Thailand.


Day 4

The day started early at Chuay Gahn when Clay disrupted the sleep of his tribemates with his snoring. The tribe woke up laughing.

As a tribe, you do sleep in close quarters and it's hard. Clay snores, and I don't know how a guy that's only five foot five has that much sound coming out of his body. But out here, it's exhausting.

Helen Glover, on Clay's loud snoring

Later, Chuay Gahn paddled to collect water from their water source, but getting the boat ready for travel was a tough task all in itself. Though she claimed she remembered where the water source was, even as going far as not taking the map, Helen, along with Jan got lost in the middle of the sea for five hours. Helen and Jan reached a cove, but it was not the same cove they went before. To add insult to injury, Jan complained that she was extremely tired after paddling for hours, and did not help Helen to locate the water hole. Frustrated by Jan's lack of cooperation, Helen lamented on their predicament.

The boat we have is a piece of crap. It fills with sand, it fills with water, it's extremely heavy. With our water source as far away as it is, it makes the journey to go get water even more frustrating.

Ghandia Johnson

It was a nightmare. If had a pistol in my pocket, I would have pulled it out, shot her first, me second...That's why I don't carry a gun.

Helen Glover

While waiting for Helen and Jan to return, Clay, Ted, and Brian played golf using Clay's luxury item— a golf club. After digging a few holes in the sand, the men played away their boredom. As time went on, they started to worry about Helen and Jan.

While Chuay Gahn's morning started on a high note, Sook Jai's morning was anything but good, for creating shelter became more rigorous; since the tribe were left soaked under pouring rain in the past four days. While the rest of the tribe feverishly build their shelter, Jed and Stephanie lazed by the fire and ridiculed the others' efforts.

Building the shelter has almost become this tribe's obsession.

Jake Billingsley

Building a shelter seems frivolous to me. It's the fourth day and it's not even done.

Jed Hildebrand

Jed has been taking care of getting food, and I have been primarily the water. So if you took the two of us out of the equation, I'm not sure how the other six would be.

Stephanie Dill

Back at Chuay Gahn, Clay, Ted, Ghandia, Tanya, and Brian continued to worry about Helen and Jan, who was yet to return to camp. Meanwhile, Helen finally found the water hole after hours of paddling, but her relief was short-lived, as her frustrations about Jan's noncooperation continued, though she remained calm and not vent her feelings. After five hours, the two women finally returned to their tribe.

Afternoon at Sook Jai, Jake, Penny, Erin, and Shii Ann collected shellfish for dinner. Instead of unity, tension almost arose when Robb, Stephanie, and Jedd decided not to join the other five at dinner, which Shii Ann found strange.

Food is one of the things humans share to show affection for each other. But Stephanie, Robb and Jed didn't want to eat any of it. There are so few happy moments here. We are fighting against nature, against each other. We all want to have a good time, but before the good times, we have to work together as a team.

Shii Ann Huang

Robb, Stephanie, and Jedd decided to sleep outside the raised hut the other five made, but as a thunderstorm hit camp, Jed snuck himself under the shelter he ridiculed the whole day.

Day 5

At Sook Jai, the tribe realized that the rain continued overnight, leaving their camp muggy. Much to Shii Ann's annoyance, she found Jed sleeping blissfully under the shelter he mocked. On the other hand, Stephanie endured the night outside the shelter, wearing only her raincoat, only ending up getting sick.

I think it was very weird that she spent the entire night sleeping in the torrential rain, and it seemed like she was being pig-headed; and right now, she is sick.

Ken Stafford

At Chuay Gahn, Brian started the day by strumming his luxury item, his guitar. Big Ted comically belted a tune, albeit off-key. Oddly, the monkeys joined the fun, apparently attracted to Ted's voice. Later, the tribe celebrated Helen's 20th wedding anniversary by throwing a surprise party for her, after noticing her melancholic mood that day. Ghandia and Tanya even made a flower wreath for her.

I am thinking about my husband today. It would be nice to be at home, having a candlelight dinner. But we can celebrate when I get back.

Helen Glover

The tribes assembled for their next Reward Challenge. It was a close race, but Sook Jai's speed narrowly gave them their second consecutive win. That night, morale was low at Chuay Gahn after their second straight loss.

Day 6

In the morning, Chuay Ghan awoke to discover squid all over there beach. At the Immunity Challenge, Sook Jai barely beat Chuay Ghan for the win. Dejected by their loss, Chuay Ghan headed back to their camp. Ghandia told Clay and Ted that she wanted to vote out Helen because she was annoying her. Helen notes that everyone liked Tanya and that it could be one of those votes which was up in the air. At Tribal Council, Tanya was voted out 5-2 because the tribe was worried about her worsening health.


Challenge: Palanquin Slalom
Each tribe would have to pick one person to act as the guide, while the others would be blindfolded. The blindfolded tribe members would have to carry the guide in the palanquin. The guide would navigate them through a course. Along the way, they would find several stations with a tribal bag hanging from them. First tribe to have completed the course and collect their bags would win.
Reward: A lantern, fishing supplies, and a 30-meter fishing net.
Winner: Sook Jai

Challenge: Floating Puzzle
Each tribe was given a giant floating Lotus flower puzzle, missing six pieces. The six pieces were tethered and floating at equal distance from the flower. The tribe members would have to swim, one at a time, to a missing piece, unlatch it, then swim back to attach it to their tribe's flower. First tribe to have successfully retrieved all six pieces and place them correctly on their flower would win.
Winner: Sook Jai

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 2:
Chuay Gahn
S5 tanya t
Tanya (5 votes)
S5 brian tS5 clay t
S5 helen tS5 jan tS5 ted t
Brian, Clay, Helen, Jan, Ted
S5 helen t
Helen (2 votes)
S5 ghandia tS5 tanya t
Ghandia, Tanya
S5 tanya bw
Tanya Vance

Voting Confessionals

(voting for Tanya) Like an older brother would to a younger sister, gotta take care of you, gotta make sure you get a full meal tonight. So, Tanya, need you to get better, okay? Enjoy. Talk to you soon.

Brian Heidik

(voting for Helen) I don't feel comfortable with how you try to keep your emotions in check, and also, I just don't think that you effectively handle stress. Seems like you can kind of get too anxious and just start bugging out, frankly. I think, in the long run, that's going to hurt the group.

Ghandia Johnson

Final Words

Chuay Gahn, this has been the opportunity of a lifetime. It's been a great experience, and it does change your life. I learned that I take things at home for granted. And I'm not mad at any of you for picking me. And I just love every one of you, and I hope you bring it in and win the million dollars. I hope you have a great time.

Tanya Vance

Still in the Running

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


Behind The Scenes


  • This is the first time that the second Immunity Challenge does not involve eating exotic food.
  • Jeff stated that the 30-meter fishing net which was part of the reward was much bigger than the one that came along with their supplies.