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Season 5: Episode 5 - SOOK JAI STUNG: STEPHANIE DILL VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

After a tense Tribal Council, Stephanie Dill, the strong-willed 29-year-old fire fighter from Fayettville, Arkansas, was voted out of the tribe in a 5-2 vote. Stephanie, who had alienated herself from the tribe by sleeping alone near the fire, agitated her tribe mates with her fiercely independent personality. Trying to fit in with the tribe during the last few days, Stephanie found it was too little, too late. As her torch was extinguished, she gave her final words, "I just want to say that I loved my time here with you guys and look forward to being with you when we get back home. I'll hold no grudges against any of you."

THAI CHICKEN
On day 13 the hungry Sook Jai Tribe awoke to a crowing rooster they had won in a previous Reward Challenge. Taking the rooster from its cage, Stephanie and Jake Bilingsley, the 61-year-old land broker from McKinney, Texas, set out to cook the tribe's first protein-enriched meal. After boiling it for an hour, the tribe enjoyed a morning feast.

Shii Ann doesn't waste chickenShii Ann Huang, the 28-year-old executive recruiter from New York City, described the much-needed food, "It was so tasty; it was probably the best tasting chicken I have ever had in my entire life." With food scarce, and not wanting to waste any part of the chicken, Shii Ann ate the gizzards, heart and neck, which repulsed Robb Zbacnik, the 23-year-old bartender from Scottsdale, Arizona. Shii Ann explained, "I grew up partly in Taiwan, and in Taiwan it's considered a great snack."

AN ALLIANCE IS BORN
With food scarce and the tribe's energy level diminishing, Brian Heidik, the 34-year-old used car salesman from Quartz Hill, California, and Ted Rogers, the 37-year-old software developer from Durham, North Carolina, set out in the canoe in hopes of catching much-needed fish to feed the tribe. While at sea, the two men seized the opportunity to secure an alliance. "Brian has confirmed that he is committed to me all the way to the end, and I am committed to him all the way to the end," explained Ted. As Ted quickly secured the canoe back on land, Brian reiterated their bond: "You need all the friends you can get out here."

DANGERS IN THE SEA
Energized from their meal, Sook Jai enjoyed a day of leisure as they cooled off in the Andaman Sea's crystal blue water. However, this serenity was shattered when an unsuspecting Robb stepped on a stingray and stung his foot. Screaming in pain after dragging himself back to shore, Robb squirmed in the sand as Jake inspected his wound. "I think what happened was that he was wading without any shoes on at all. He probably pushed off on a stingray and got a stinger in his foot," explained Jake. Annoyed with Robb's inability to handle the pain, Shii Ann said, "He was throwing a little tantrum. You know, just be a mature person. You know what? Yes, it hurts--ouch."

DISAPPEARING ACT
As night fell on day 13, Chuay Gahn gathered near the fire as Helen Glover, the 47-year-old navy swim instructor from Middletown, Rhode Island, serenaded her tribe with songs. As the tribe became closer, little did they know their canoe was drifting further away. When the tides rose, so did the canoe, and it floated away into the darkness.

On the morning of day 14, Ted awoke, quickly realizing the canoe was gone. "I had it nice and secured too, and inside it was our fishing net as well. I don't know what the deal is." Frustrated after finding out about the boat's disappearance, Clay Jordan, the 46-year-old restaurateur from Monroe, Louisiana, blamed Ted for the canoe debacle: "Right now, I definitely think he is responsible for that boat missing. I think he should have tied it a lot further up on the bank."

AN OFFER THEY CAN'T REFUSE: SURVIVOR AUCTION
After receiving Tree Mail, which included one thousand dollars of U.S. money, the tribes met Host Jeff Probst at the SURVIVOR Auction, where he added a new twist to SURVIVOR: THAILAND. "Before we get to the auction, I want to make you an offer. Does anybody here want to switch tribes?" asked Jeff. After taking a minute to contemplate, no one took Jeff up on the offer, and the auction began.

First item up for bid was a hamburger and French fries, for which Sook Jai ended up paying a healthy $120. As the auction continued, both tribes bid on various food and beverage items, savoring each. However, Sook Jai was duped as they outbid Chuay Gahn for a mystery plate, which contained seasoned grubs. After Chuay Gahn outbid Sook Jai on the final meal, consisting of nachos and margaritas, both tribes returned to their camps with their spirits lifted and stomachs full.

THE DIFFICULT TASK AHEAD
Concerned about dehydration and the missing canoe, Helen and Brian made the long swim to replenish the tribe's water supply. "That boat was a major help for us. We now have to suck it up and swim all the way over to get water and back," explained a frustrated Ted. As Helen and Brian filled the canteens, the tribe's focus turned to the important upcoming Immunity Challenge.

IMMUNITY CHALLENGE: CATCH OF THE DAY
When the tribes reconvened at the Immunity Challenge, Host Jeff Probst explained the rules. On separate platforms, each tribe was given four different types of fish that had been mixed together in a massive pile. The tribes had to separate the four types of fish into four respective bins. First tribe to have successfully separated each type of fish into their corresponding bin would win. The tribes raced back and forth, desperately trying to separate the slippery fish. Piles began forming in each bin, as the race quickened. In the end, it was Sook Jai who let victory slip through its fingers, as Chuay Gahn raced to victory, thus escaping the Tribal Council vote.

Sook Jai at Tribal CouncilHaving second thoughts about not switching tribes, Stephanie and Shii Ann discussed the upcoming Tribal Council. Feeling vulnerable, Stephanie said, "I would have a better chance over there with Chuay Gahn, and I think I would have more fun over there as well. I pretty much feel that everyone here is out to get me."

In the end, Stephanie's fears came true as her tribe ousted her. Stephanie becomes the second person voted out of the Sook Jai tribe and the fifth person voted out of SURVIVOR: THAILAND.