Season 10: Episode 9 - ONE TRIBE AT LAST: COBY VOTED OUT
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

After inheriting the last standing member of Ulong, Koror made what for them was the unfamiliar paddle to Tribal Council, where they voted out Coby Archa, the 32-year-old hairstylist from Athens, Texas, in a decisive seven-to-two vote. Challenging the tribe's alpha males and constantly complaining, Coby made himself an easy target . Shortly after the fateful decision, Coby sent this message to his former tribe, "What a total compliment. You didn't get rid of me because I was lazy. You didn't get rid of me because I wasn't good at Challenges. Every single one of you said you got rid of me because I was a threat."

After returning to camp from Tribal Council, where she had bested Bobby Jon Drinkard, the 27-year-old waiter from Troy, Alabama, Stephenie LaGrossa, the 25-year-old pharmaceutical sales agent from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was completely alone. Having to fend for herself, Stephenie built a fire, secured food and took to the sea in hopes of catching fish. But her isolation took its toll. As Stephenie put it, "This is scary. This is the scariest thing and the hardest thing that I will ever do. But I'll never give up. I'm not a quitter."

Meanwhile, over at Koror, things had begun to unravel. It seemed that the whole tribe had grown tired of Janu's drama, Tom's machismo, Coby's complaints, Katie's inactivity and Jenn's lack of work ethic. "Let us run out of firewood. Let us run out of food. I don't care," Coby finally capitulated.

After receiving a Tree Mail that instructed her to pack up and paddle to Koror's camp, Stephenie was delighted to bid a final farewell to the Ulong camp. "See you later, Ulong! Ready for a brand new camp," Stephenie said, paddling away from the now-desolate camp.

Bearing a secret gift from her Tree Mail, Stephenie arrived at Koror to be greeted with open arms. Growing tired of each other and thrilled of having a new tribemate, the members of Koror embraced Stephenie with kindness and excitement. After the Survivors opened her gift of authentic Palau fishing rods, Stephenie got the grand tour of the Koror camp. "I was so quick to give up that damn Ulong buff," she gushed. This is a new chapter in my life. I'm ready to start winning with Koror."

To the shock of the Survivors, two Palau fishermen paddled their way onto the Koror camp to teach the tribe the art of traditional fishing, Palau-style. After the fishermen taught them how to catch bait, Koror delegated members to take to the sea. A conflict erupted over who would go. As Ian Rosenberger, the 23-year-old dolphin trainer from Key Largo, Florida, described it, "Coby got kinda huffy about the whole thing,…complained he got cut off from the group again. He was being a pain in the ass."

While some members of Koror went fishing, others stayed back. Former foe, now friend, Stephenie bonded with her new tribemates by teaching them how to eat hearts of palm. Impressed with her strength and confidence, the original Koror members were already threatened by Stephenie. "That's another thing that I can't stand about her. She's just going to be helpful in sorts of ways, I know it. She's here; she could win. I don't want it to happen," confessed Jennifer Lyon, the 32-year-old nanny from Encino, California.

Returning from the sea, Ian, Gregg Carey, the 28-year-old business consultant from Chicago, Illinois, and Tom Westman, the 41-year-old NYC firefighter from Sayville, New York, reveled in their bountiful catch. The tribe then enjoyed a major feast accompanied by wine that had been a gift from the Palau fishermen. Perhaps enjoying his drink a bit too much, Tom stumbled his way to a drunken slumber. "What's going on with the strongest guy in our camp being wasted?" asked Katie Gallagher, the 29-year-old advertising executive from Merced, California.

As the Tribe assembled for the Immunity Challenge, host Jeff Probst explained that this was to be a simple test of endurance. The Survivors must stand on a perch under the hot sun while being tempted with food. The last Koror standing would win Individual Immunity, immediately after which the tribe would head to Tribal Council.

After an hour, with all the Survivors still on their perches, Jeff Probst made it tougher for them to remain there by tempting them with donuts. Almost immediately, Coby and Janu Tornell, the 39-year-old Vegas showgirl from Las Vegas, Nevada, jumped off their perches and went for the sugar. After two hours, the temptation grew even stronger as cookies were now dangled in front of the Survivors. This thinned the field extensively as Ian, Katie, Gregg and Jennifer all gave up their perches for the treats.

When Jeff Probst brought out pizza, it was over. Caryn Groedel, the 46-year-old civil rights attorney from Solon, Ohio, and Stephenie immediately headed for shore, leaving Tom alone on a perch and the recipient of the Immunity Necklace.

In the end, Coby's incessant complaining, coupled with his jealousy of Tom and Ian proved too much for his tribe, who banded together to vote him out of Koror in a seven-to-two decision. Coby became the tenth castaway voted out of Survivor: Palau and will serve as the first member of the Jury that ultimately decides who will hold the honor of Sole Survivor.