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Season 5: Episode 7 - TOO MANY ASSUMPTIONS: SHII ANN HUANG VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

On night 21, after an eye-opening Tribal Council, Shii Ann Huang, the 28-year-old executive recruiter from New York City, was voted out of the Sook Jai tribe 4 votes to 1. After the two tribes moved to the same beach, Shii Ann and the others had assumed that a merge had occurred. She considered jumping ship on her Sook Jai tribe members and forming a voting block with Chuay Gahn. However, her plans were foiled as the castaways' assumptions were once again proven wrong, and the two tribes remained separate.

After her torch was extinguished, Shii Ann gave her final words: "Well, I committed the classic error of plotting and scheming too much. This has been a humbling experience for me and has been really fun." ( Shii Ann's Final Words )

TRIBAL PARANOIA?
Returning from Tribal Council, where Robb Zbacnik had been voted out, Erin Collins, the 26-year-old real estate agent from Austin, Texas, had her doubts about other Sook Jai tribe members. While lying with Penny Ramsey, the 27-year-old pharmaceutical salesperson from Plano, Texas, she stated, "I think they have an alliance. I am keeping my eye on Shii Ann and Ken at this point."

MEET AND GREET
After receiving Tree Mail, along with five different color body paints, the tribes were instructed to paint themselves, with each individual tribe member representing a different color.

The two tribes met host Jeff Probst, who explained the significance behind the painting: "We thought we would give you guys the chance to get to know someone from the other tribe." One at a time, the members of Sook Jai and Chuay Gahn paired up according to who was wearing the same color body paint. Randomly picking baskets, the pairs set out along the beach to enjoy time with each other.

GOODWILL AMBASSADORS
Clay Jordan, the 46-year-old restaurateur from Monroe, Louisiana, of Chuay Gahn, and Shii Ann of Sook Jai received a note telling them to travel to the Chuay Gahn beach. Sook Jai's Ken Stafford, the New York City cop, and Chuay Gahn's Helen Glover, the Navy swim instructor from Middleton, Rhode Island, were told to travel to the Sook Jai beach to examine how the other tribe lived. After observing both beaches, the four returned to meet with their tribemates as Jeff Probst explained, "The four of you are the official ambassadors of your tribes. The two tribes will now live together on one beach, and the four ambassadors will decide which beach that will be." After a brief debate, it was decided that the Chuay Gahn beach was more comfortable.

CHUAY JAI IS BORN?
Believing that the two tribes had merged, they created a new tribal name, Chuay Jai. The tribes celebrated with an assortment of food and wine that awaited them at their new home. Brian Heidik, the 34-year-old used car salesman from Quartz Hill, California, felt confident in his position, remarking, "Well, its great to welcome everybody to my kingdom. They are in my house now, and I already have the home court advantage." ( Penny on her new tribe )

LET THE GAMES BEGIN
Shii Ann HuangPretty Penny"Shii Ann is smiling again. She took a lot of abuse at the other camp from the hands of Robb and Penny. Now Penny is trying to figure out what's going on, trying to figure out Shii Ann's angle," stated Ken as Penny observed Shii Ann blending comfortably in with her new tribe.

Fool's Paradise: Chuay Jai?Later, while talking with Ted Rogers, the 37-year-old software developer from Durham, North Carolina, Shii Ann revealed her true feelings about her Sook Jai tribe members. "I would say that the entire tribe of Sook Jai, with the exception of Jake and Ken, have done their best to ostracize me and basically torture me socially in the worst way." Seizing the opportunity to sway Shii Ann from her old tribe, Ted cautiously stated, "We have a family atmosphere here, and we would be happy if you would join our new family."

THE BAR IS OPEN
Shii Ann: Ready for actionAs night fell, so did Jan Gentry, as the 53-year-old schoolteacher from Tampa, Florida stumbled to the ground after having too much wine to drink. Jan wasn't the only tribe member to indulge, as Brian attempted to play his guitar for the group and could barely find the chords. "Brian got on the guitar and played the worst I have ever heard him. He was gone," explained a laughing Ted. Later, as Brian staggered along the beach, Ted reaffirmed his friendship as he waited on a sick Brian, who threw up along the shoreline. ( Shii Ann on the night's events ) ( Ken discusses the party )

THE POWER OF PERSUASION
Shii Ann bonds with BrianOn day 20, a hung-over Brian's mind was back in the game as he explained, "I have a very subtle form of leadership; it's low key. I know exactly what's going on, and I know there is this pettiness with the new girls at camp." Again, thinking that the tribes had merged, Brian asked Shii Ann to join the other members of Chuay Gahn in voting out Penny. He persuasively stated, "You have a new family, just remember that. You can feel it, we all love you."

After receiving Tree Mail, the tribes headed out of camp for the next Immunity Challenge. As they walked down the beach, a monkey that had been observing the tribe's antics earlier caused his own mischief as he raided the tribe's food supply.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: JAIL BREAK
Upon arriving at the Immunity Challenge, the tribes were once again thrown off course. They had been thinking all this time that they had merged into one, but Jeff Probst cautioned that on SURVIVOR, it is dangerous to assume anything. As the Survivors' jaws dropped, Jeff continued, "I said nothing about a merge. You are two tribes living together on one beach. The two tribes never merged."

Probst then explained the rules of the Immunity Challenge. Shackled by locks, each team would be placed in a jail cell. Using the resources on the ground in the cell, the Survivors had to escape from a makeshift prison by reaching for the keys that hung on posts outside of the cell. First tribe to have gathered the keys, unlock their shackles, and dig out of the jail would win.

As the Challenge began, both tribes struggled and reached desperately for the keys. After an intense Challenge, it was Chuay Gahn who escaped, not only from the makeshift prison, but from a trip to Tribal Council as well, as they won the much-desired Immunity Idol.

In the end, Shii Ann Huang was voted out of the Sook Jai tribe. Shii Ann becomes the seventh person voted out of SURVIVOR: THAILAND.