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Season 6: Episode 4 - SAY IT AIN'T SO, JO: JOANNA WARD VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

On night 12, after an emotional Tribal Council, JoAnna Ward, the 31-year-old guidance counselor from Orangeburg, South Carolina, was voted out of the Jaburu tribe with four votes against her. JoAnna, one of the harder-working members of the Jaburu tribe, felt the wrath of a newly formed alliance as she found her torch extinguished at Tribal Council. As she left her tribe, JoAnna looked back on her time spent in the Amazon and reasoned, "I am very strong, and a lot of people found that intimidating, especially Deena. I hope that the girls will be able to live without me catching the fish."

DIVISION OF LABOR
"Every morning I am woken up by two women shooting me dirty looks, trying to make everyone feel bad, as if they aren't doing enough to help around camp, and it's driving the tribe, especially me, up the wall," complained Shawna Mitchell, the 23-year-old retail salesperson from Redwood City, California, as JoAnna and Jeanne continued to organize the camp. Heidi Strobel, the 24-year-old gym teacher from Buffalo, Missouri, shared Shawna's attitude towards working. She welcomed the fact that Jeanne and JoAnna were doing much of the labor around camp. "I just may sit around and even take a nap today," Heidi mused.

GONE FISHING
Having spent the past ten days living on small rations of manioc flour and an occasional nut, the men of Tambaqui headed out on the boat to fish. "We are not maximizing our main food source, which is this body of water that we are next to," explained a depleted Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old rocket scientist from Pasadena, California. Soon after, the men returned to camp unsuccessful and concluded that they needed new bait: worms.

OLD VS. YOUNG
While the men struggled for even a bite on their fishing lines, the women of Jaburu were stunned when JoAnna walked into camp carrying a fish. JoAnna explained, "I just went to get the line out of the water, and there was a fish already on it!"

However, not everything was as happy as it seemed, as dissention surfaced amongst the group. The younger women were clashing with the elders as JoAnna expressed herself through prayer. This led Jenna Morasca, the 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to reveal, "Don't be mad at us because we have good bodies. It's not our fault; get over it. Me and Heidi have the better bodies of the group and wanted to be on a tribe with men, because women can just get pissed about that fact and just vote us off for that reason."

Realizing that they could band together to form an alliance, Jenna, Heidi and Shawna looked to recruit Deena Bennett, the 35-year-old deputy district attorney from Riverside, California, as a fourth to form a majority vote at the next Tribal Council. "I have nothing in common with these girls, but I chose to align with the younger women because I feel that I could talk or persuade them easier, more than someone like JoAnna," explained Deena.

GONE FISHING--AGAIN
With food on their minds, the men headed out once again in the hopes of catching fish, this time with their new bait. Finally, Matthew Von Ertfelda, the 33-year-old restaurant designer from Washington, DC, reeled in the tribe's largest catch. Due to his past alliance with Ryan Aiken and Daniel Lue, who had been voted out, the vulnerable Matthew felt redeemed, as he became the tribe's new provider, giving much-needed energy to a depleted tribe.

Both tribes met host Jeff Probst at the Reward Challenge, where he explained the rules. The Challenge tested both tribes' ability to start fire. Each tribe was represented by a 30-foot tower with four lines of rope connected to it. Each line stretched down to a separate fire station. The tribes would have to gather wood and start fires at four stations successively, building each fire high enough to burn through four separate ropes, which would each release a portion of a banner on their tower. First tribe to release all four ropes to reveal their entire banner would claim victory. The reward: a refrigerator stocked with ice-cold Coca-Cola!

The Challenge began with the women of Jaburu taking an early lead as they quickly burned through their first rope. However, the men of Tambaqui, desperate not to lose yet another Challenge to the women, rallied as they huddled together to block the wind, forcing their flames to burn through their ropes and managing to singe a few hairs off their legs in the process. The men retained the lead and won the Challenge. As they enjoyed their frosty Coke, the women made the long trek back to camp.

THE BREAKDOWN
Losing the Reward Challenge sent the Jaburu tribe into a downward spiral, particularly Shawna, who mentally and physically broke down. Crying in the hut, Shawna complained, "I don't have any motivation to go anywhere. My body is sucking energy. I am just so tired. I am just breaking hour by hour."

Concerned not only for Shawna's health, but also for her own place in the game, Heidi asserted, "It's hard to be that sympathetic because we are saying, 'Shawna, we need you for our alliance.'" Also frustrated with Shawna's illness, Deena urged, "Shut up, drink your water like you were supposed to be and quit acting like this is the worst day of your entire life. I want you to get off your butt, and don't be a quitter." ( Deena explains Shawna's illness )

A PERFECT DAY
Meanwhile, the mood at the Tambaqui camp was upbeat after they won the Reward Challenge. The men enjoyed the refrigerator stocked with Coca-Cola and the large fish that Matthew had caught earlier in the day. Overcome with emotion, Dave put the moment in perspective: "Today will forever be in my mind as the perfect SURVIVOR day. Everything flowed perfectly, everything flowed our way." As night fell, the men sat cheerfully around the campfire singing songs.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: GONE FISHIN'
After receiving Tree Mail, the tribes met Jeff Probst early in the morning at the Immunity Challenge, where he explained the rules. Each tribe would be given one hour to catch as many fish as possible. At the end of one hour, the tribe with the most fish, by weight, would win Immunity. After Jeff warned the tribes of the dangerous piranha lurking in the water, the Challenge began and both tribes cast their lines into the river.

As time passed, both tribes caught a sizeable amount of fish and placed them into their buckets. After the hour expired, Jeff weighed the two buckets to reveal the winner: Tambaqui out-weighed the women and won Immunity, keeping them safe from the vote for another three days.

TRIBAL COUNCIL AROUND THE CORNER
With the impending vote looming in the night, and an alliance having been formed between Deena, Heidi, Jenna and Shawna, a decision needed to be made. However, Shawna was still feeling the effects of dehydration, and threatened to break the girls' voting block. Losing her strength, she fell to the ground. Deena, wanting to retain her strategic place in the game, reminded Shawna, "Hey, guess what? You are not in charge here. It's about the core alliance, and suck it up, baby, because you're along for the ride." Worried that Shawna may aid in her own elimination, the alliance sought out other avenues to ensure that Shawna did not go. They spoke with Christy in an attempt to gain her vote.

In the end, the alliance was victorious as JoAnna Ward was voted out of the Jaburu tribe with four votes against her. JoAnna becomes the fourth person voted out of SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON.