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Season 8: Episode 3 - TRIBAL COUNCIL CANCELLED: JENNA MORASCA BOWS OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

In a historic edition of SURVIVOR: ALL-STARS, the Immunity Challenge and Tribal Council were cancelled after Mogo Mogo tribe member Jenna Morasca, the 22-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: THE AMAZON from Bridgeville, Pennsylvania, bowed out of the competition. After much deliberation, Jenna M. realized she had made a mistake by joining the All-Stars instead of being at home with her ill mother.

As the tribes convened for the Immunity Challenge, Jenna shocked the castaways by announcing, "Due to someone who is very ill at home right now that's getting worse, I need to pull myself out of the game."

FEAST FOR THE BUGS
As the sun rose over the Mogo Mogo camp, the castaways struggled with the painful bug bites that covered their bodies. Jenna M. was having an especially difficult time with the bites, as well as with her depression. This was not lost on her tribemates. "Jenna's hurting; Jenna wants to go home.… Now she's not even drinking enough. She's kind of a wandering zombie," noted Kathy Vavrick-O'Brien, the 50-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS from Burlington, Vermont.

TEACH A MAN HOW TO FISH…
After losing the first two Immunity Challenges, the Saboga tribe felt the need to be productive. As the tribe built a table, Rupert Boneham, the 40-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: PEARL ISLANDS PANAMA from Indianapolis, Indiana, caught a fish for lunch. Shortly after Rupert returned with the fish, Ethan Zohn, the 30-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: AFRICA from Lexington, Massachusetts, not to be outdone, took the spear in order to catch one himself. "I like being the fisherman," explained Rupert, "I know he wants to be too, but it can't be competition between he and I. It will just hurt his emotions."

MAN BITES SHARK
While fishing for rays, Mogo Mogo castaway Richard Hatch, the 42-year-old winner of SURVIVOR: BORNEO from Middletown, Rhode Island, came across a shark. Hatch, never one to back down in a confrontation, engaged the shark in a fierce battle. After the shark had bitten him, Richard Hatch responded by actually biting the shark back. When he returned to camp, his tribemates couldn't believe it. "Richard Hatch is a fishing God!" exclaimed Shii Ann Huang, the 30-year-old All-Star of SURVIVOR: THAILAND from New York City, New York.

REWARD CHALLENGE: BETTER HOMES & ISLAND LIVING
When they checked their Tree Mail, the tribes were surprised to find a box filled with tools from Home Depot. As the Tree Mail explained, this was all part of a Reward Challenge. Using the tools provided, each tribe had 24 hours to build a home at their camp. When the 24 hours had elapsed, host Jeff Probst would bring a judge to rate each home on size, strength and creativity. The winning tribe would receive a surprise Reward, airdropped into their camp, as well as a clue to the location of a key to one of the locks on their mystery box. The second-place tribe would also receive a clue to the location of a key to one of the locks on their own mystery box.

Chapera started the Challenge by electing a leader, Rob Mariano, the 28-year-old castaway of SURVIVOR: MARQUESAS from Canton, Massachusetts, who had experience at building homes. As the tribe started on what would become their home, Rob took control with authority. "When I saw him building that shelter, he was pretty hot building that shelter," admired Amber Brkich, the 25-year-old All-Star of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Beaver, Pennsylvania, "He's good at doing what he does."

Over at Saboga, Rupert took the leadership role with the idea of building a log cabin. Tempers immediately flared as Jerri Manthey, the 33-year-old tribe member of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Stuttgart, Germany, disagreed with Rupert's designs for the home.

Meanwhile, Mogo Mogo was busy working away on a tree house. While Colby Donaldson, the 29-year-old tribe member of SURVIVOR: THE AUSTRALIAN OUTBACK from Christoval, Texas and Lex van den Berghe, the 38-year-old All-Star of SURVIVOR: AFRICA from Santa Cruz, California, worked on the structure, Shii Ann and Jenna were brainstorming the creative touches. However, Colby and Lex were less than interested in the girls' ideas, and the actual building of the home took a front seat to the luxury of creativity. This caused a rift between the men and women of Mogo Mogo.

JUDGMENT DAY
The following day, Jeff Probst showed up at each camp with a licensed contractor from Panama who would decide the winner of this Reward Challenge. The judge inspected all three homes with a keen eye and strict builder's code in mind. The winner would be notified by an airdrop of mystery supplies. The tribes waited with baited breath as the plane crossed over all three camps. As the plane dropped its bounty over the victorious Chapera camp, the tribe rejoiced as they opened the box to find mats, blankets and wine.

SHELTER FROM THE STORM
After a vicious rainstorm, Jenna Morasca announced to her tribe that it was time for her to go home. "She's finally collapsing," explained Kathy, "Her Mom is in a cancer rehab home. She should not be here."

NO IMMUNITY CHALLENGE OR TRIBAL COUNCIL
As the tribes convened for an Immunity Challenge, Jenna Morasca shocked the other castaways by pulling herself out of the game. In an extremely emotional speech, Jenna explained that she had made a bad judgment by becoming an All-Star, and that she was needed at home.

Jeff Probst then announced that both the Immunity Challenge and Tribal Council would be cancelled because Jenna Morasca would be leaving the game. Jenna bade a tearful goodbye to all the castaways, then boarded the boat for the first leg of her journey home to her mother. Eight days after Jenna returned home, her mother lost her battle with cancer.