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Season 6: Episode 3 - FLIRTING WITH DISASTER: DANIEL LUE VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

With their minds more on the women than on the game, the men found themselves back at Tribal Council on night 9, where Daniel Lue, the 27-year-old tax accountant from Houston, Texas, was voted out of the Tambaqui tribe in a 6-1 decision. Daniel's weak performance at the Challenges and poor work ethic around camp contributed to his demise. After his torch was extinguished, Daniel left the Tribal Council area and looked back on his time spent in the jungle. "I don't regret a thing. With eight people, you aren't going to relate to everybody."

CONFLICT ARISES
After a torrential rain storm swept through, the men set out to complete the daily chores around camp, including fixing the leaky shelter and gathering water. Frustrated with Daniel's hesitation to help with the water, Roger Sexton, the 56-year-old V.P. of estimating from Valencia, California, commented on Daniel's lazy attitude. "Look at him. He is a little Hercules. If I can go down to pick up a 5-gallon jug of water and carry it back up…. It really got me hot, and I was tempted to smack the kid around, to be honest with you."

A BOND IS FORGED
Later, Matthew Von Ertfelda, the 33-year-old restaurant designer from Washington, DC, approached Daniel to help calm his nerves. "Don't get bummed out about Roger. There are still a lot of people just jockeying for position," Matthew stated. To further help calm Daniel's distraught mood, Matthew began speaking Mandarin Chinese. "Matthew is my best friend out here. When he tells you something, he means it, unlike the rest of the guys out here," Daniel explained.

BATHING BEAUTIES
While the men had their minds on the women's bodies, the women of Jaburu set out to use their newly earned soap and shampoo to bathe in the river. While bathing, Christy noticed that the girls her age didn't want to bathe with the older women. "They can go off and do their thing and wash and be pretty and check each other out," she remarked. While bathing, Heidi Strobel, the 24-year-old gym teacher from Buffalo, Missouri, explained why the younger girls bathe separately from the rest of the tribe. "The cuter girls--me, Jenna and Shawna--went away from the older girls because we are younger and cuter and we have better bodies, and for some reason that is a huge issue with the older people. We don't have anyone judging us or telling us what we should be or should not be doing." ( Heidi explains bathing naked )

THE GAME BEGINS
While the women bathed, the men turned their thoughts back to the game as they began to strategize and form voting blocks. While fishing, Matthew spoke with Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old rocket scientist from Pasadena, California, to investigate whether or not he wanted to vote Daniel or Roger out at the next Tribal Council. Dave revealed, "The past week, the focus has been on surviving, and talking to Matthew today, I realized that we are here to play a game and eliminate 15 other people."

Meanwhile, the most unassuming tribe member may have been playing the biggest game of all, explained Alex Bell, the 32-year-old triathlon trainer from Los Angeles, California. "Rob has put on a good front from the whole crew. He came into this game deciding he was going to play the goofy kid, and he is smarter than we think."

A TRUE LEADER
With Deena in charge over at Jaburu, the women found themselves uplifted as they each found purpose around camp. "Deena has been a great leader so far. Sometimes she can come across bossy, but then you realize that's the reason we picked her: because you want her to boss you around," explained "Shawna Mitchell, the 23-year-old retail sales associate from Redwood City, California. Under Deena's impressive new leadership, the tribe completed the much-needed roof of their shelter, boiled 5 pots of water and cleaned the debris from camp. Adding to the lofty mood, the women caught an abundance of fish to help refuel their depleted muscles in preparation for the upcoming Immunity Challenge. ( Deena on being a leader )

MIND IN THE GAME?
While the women prepared themselves for the upcoming Immunity Challenge, the men focused on a singular purpose: getting the women to notice them. Passing the Magic 8-Ball around to each guy in the group, Rob Cesternino, the 24-year-old computer projects coordinator from Mantagh, New York, asked, "Is there any chance Heidi will notice me at the Immunity Challenge?"

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: THE GREAT ESCAPE
Upon arriving at the Immunity Challenge, the tribes met host Jeff Probst, who explained the rules. To test their ability to work together as a team, each tribe would be placed inside a prison-like cage. Once inside, five stages would have to be completed in order to unlatch the top of the cage. First, the tribes would have to undo a series of knotted ropes, which would release a machete. In the second stage, tribes would use the machete to cut through a rope, then undo another series of knots to release a plank, which in turn would release a pole. They would then use the pole to retrieve a set of keys dangling outside of the cage. Once the keys were collected, they would scramble to unlock their chains, and then finally release their escape hatch. First tribe to open their escape hatch would win.

The Challenge began at a frantic pace as each tribe untangled and untied their knots, releasing the machete. Neck and neck, the two tribes released their machetes, yet the men made a fatal error by failing to properly saw through a rope attaching the plank of wood. Having to return to that stage slowed them down significantly as they struggled to cut the rope. This gave Jaburu enough time to fly past the men and complete all stages of the Challenge. Jaburu opened their escape hatch first, winning Immunity. The loss would send the men to another Tribal Council, where they would again be forced to vote one of their own out of the tribe.

Despite Daniel's last effort to align himself with Rob and Alex in a bid to oust Roger, it just wasn't enough. Ultimately, Daniel Lue, the 27-year-old tax accountant from Houston, Texas, was voted out of the tribe. Daniel becomes the third person vote out of SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON.