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Season 6: Episode 5 - TRIBAL SWITCH: JEANNE HEBERT VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

After the two tribes traded several of their members in a surprise switch, the new Tambaqui tribe was sent to Tribal Council, where Jeanne Hebert, the 41-year-old marketing director from North Attleboro, Massachusetts, was voted out of the tribe 4 votes to 2. Jeanne, who believed herself aligned with Heidi and Christy, felt the sting as Heidi turned against her and helped vote her out of the tribe. After Jeanne's torch was extinguished, she uttered her Final Words: "I wasn't made to play this game, because I didn't want to lie or cheat, and I know that's why I was voted off right now."

A NEW LEADER
Anna Ward having been voted out of the tribe at the previous night's Tribal Council, Deena Bennett, the 35-year-old deputy district attorney from Riverside, California, awoke with a renewed confidence. "With JoAnna gone," she remarked, "I feel as if I am in control. I am alpha female, top dog right at this point." However, Shawna Mitchell, the 23-year-old retailer from Redwood City, California, awoke on day 13 with a different attitude. Still sick and ready to give up after her alliance had voted against her wishes and kept her in the tribe, Shawna remarked, "It is truly ironic that the people who I set up an alliance with are now trapping me inside the game."

DANGERS AT CAMP
"It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye" was the attitude at the Tambaqui tribe as they awoke rejuvenated from a peaceful night's sleep. Feeling perhaps too comfortable in the Amazon environment, Alex Bell, the 32-year-old triathlon trainer from Los Angeles, California, set out to gather and chop firewood. While he chopped a tree, Alex's machete flung up into his face and sliced his eyebrow. Shocked from the accident, Alex hurried back to camp to notify his tribemates. After Alex was bandaged up, Matthew Von Ertfelda, the 33-year-old restaurant designer from Washington, DC, noted, "I am surprised that an injury like this hasn't happened earlier. No one here is really that experienced working with a machete."

DINNER FOR TWO
Both tribes received Tree Mail directing them to send their youngest member on an excursion. Jenna Morasca, the 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old rocket scientist from Pasadena, California, met host Jeff Probst at a luxurious Amazon retreat. "We thought it was about time to have an official 'Get to Know You,'" explained Jeff, as he gave the two Survivors a tour of their new dwelling. They also discovered an abundance of food, a shower and a comfortable bed for the night.

After the two lucky castaways changed into their robes, they sat down and enjoyed a much-needed dinner and shower. Despite the luxuries, Dave's mind was still on the game as he absorbed important strategic information on the Jaburu tribe that Jenna willingly provided. She made a point of describing her close affinity for Heidi Strobel, the 24-year-old P.E. teacher from Buffalo, Missouri, and revealing that the two relied on one another for support. "You have to think to yourself, do you really want to be revealing this much about your tribe?" questioned Dave as the two settled in for a comfortable night's sleep. ( Jenna describes her time with Dave )

THE SWITCH
As morning arrived on day 14, Jenna and Dave awoke to find a giant breakfast awaiting them. As the two devoured croissants and fruit, Jeff Probst arrived to reveal yet another twist to the game. Onto the table he dropped a group of nameplates, each bearing the name of a different tribe member from both tribes. Jeff explained, "You two are now in charge of picking new tribes by alternating your choices, beginning with the opposite sex."

Once the startled Survivors regained their composure, Dave and Jenna reluctantly picked their new tribes. Dave's first pick was strategic, as he recalled Jenna's revelation the night before that she and Heidi were close. Using the information to his advantage, Dave chose Heidi, tearing the two friends apart in the process. As Jenna suppressed her feelings, the selection process continued. In the end, the Jaburu tribe consisted of Jenna, Deena, Shawna, Rob, Alex, and Matthew. The Tambaqui tribe's new members were Dave, Butch, Roger, Heidi, Christy and Jeanne. After choosing their new tribes, Jenna and Dave paddled off to their camps to inform the others. ( More action at the Switch )

Arriving back at camp, Dave explained the switch to his anxiously awaiting tribemates. As he revealed the new tribe, Rob Cesternino, the 24-year-old computer projects coordinator from Wantagh, New York, expressed feelings of having been betrayed. He complained, "Dave said, 'let me tell you guys that I stayed completely true to us and took advantage of Jenna. Oh, by the way, Rob, Alex and Matthew, you are going to Jenna's camp to live with them.'"

While the men said goodbye to each other, Jenna explained the Switch to her unsuspecting tribemates at Jaburu.

TWO NEW TRIBES
"I was impressed. Dave, Roger and Butch welcomed us with open arms. It was like a celebration of a new tribe," said Jeanne as she, Heidi and Christy arrived at the Tambaqui camp. Soon after, Christy Smith, the 24-year-old child adventure guide from Basalt, Colorado, revealed to her new tribemates that she was deaf. Roger Sexton, the 56-year-old Vice President of estimating from Valencia, California, was instantly impressed. "I am very surprised that Christy is deaf. I am also very surprised how well she is doing. I never would have guessed that just by watching the other tribe. It's amazing." A REVIVAL

While Tambaqui toasted their new tribe, Rob, Alex, and Matthew arrived at Jaburu and were received with open arms. The men's arrival brought a new energy to the Jaburu camp, especially to Shawna, who appeared to suddenly and miraculously overcome her mental fatigue. Shaking her head in dismay, Deena observed, "It's amazing what a little bit of testosterone can do for somebody. Boys come into the camp and Shawna is one hundred-eighty degrees better." The energized new tribe eagerly got to know each other.

CHRISTY'S REVELATION
"The one thing that I like about my new tribe is that they are aware that they have somebody who is deaf, and they really try to include me," affirmed Christy as they sat in their hut talking by candlelight. Unlike the women of Jaburu, the men of Tambaqui made an effort to include Christy in all conversations, especially at night. Using the lantern to help Christy read lips was all she needed to feel comfortable. "I am really glad to be in a group that this lantern is useful," noted a relieved Christy, "In the old Jaburu tribe it was never possible. It makes me have a real good feeling inside."

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: UP THE CREEK
Jaburu sails Up the CreekAfter receiving Tree Mail, the newly formed tribes met Jeff Probst at the Immunity Challenge, where he explained the rules. The tribes would compete in a two-stage race. The first stage was a "word-find," in which they would have to locate and circle hidden words in a puzzle. Once all five words were circled, they would have to paddle a boat around a small island, gathering five flags corresponding to the words they had found. First tribe to cross the finish line with the correct corresponding flags in their box would win Immunity.

As the Challenge began, the two tribes scurried to decipher the word-find. Jaburu took an early lead with the help of Rob, who circled the necessary words as they found all five, then quickly set out on their boat. Making a valiant effort, the Jaburu tribe never relinquished their lead as they paddled their way to victory, keeping them safe from Tribal Council.

SWING VOTE
The loss sent Tambaqui's once-euphoric mood into a tailspin as they arrived back at camp with only strategy on their minds. The women paddled out and drew straws to pick which of the men they would all vote for. "Christy, Heidi and myself have to vote together. We figure if the guys vote for one of us and we vote for one of them, we will have a tie at Tribal Council," explained Jeanne. However, Heidi's allegiance to the women apparently wasn't as secure as Jeanne had been led to believe, as Dave persuaded Heidi to join the men in ousting Jeanne.

Ultimately, Heidi's swing vote made the difference at Tribal Council, and Jeanne Hebert was voted out of the tribe with four votes against her. Jeanne becomes the fifth person voted out of SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON.