Season 10: Episode 7 - SO LONG, ULONG? IBREHEM SENT HOME
Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

After another crushing loss, the ill-fated Ulong tribe extended their streak of Immunity Challenge losses to the point of near extinction. Already shorthanded, the tribe found itself once again at Tribal Council, where Stephenie LaGrossa, the 25-year-old pharmaceutical sales rep from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Bobby Jon Drinkard, the 27-year-old waiter, from Troy, Alabama, banded together to oust Ibrehem Rahman, the 27-year-old waiter from Birmingham, Alabama. After seeing his torch snuffed, Ibrehem noted, "I walk away with just a whole new respect for life, not taking things for granted, and I probably learned to appreciate bathrooms a little more."

The day after returning to camp from Tribal Council, where they had voted out James Miller, the 33-year-old steelworker from Mobile, Alabama, the three remaining Ulong members took stock of their dire situation. The closeness that had developed between the three was undeniable. Bobby Jon and Stephenie took the chance to steal away to discuss their alliance. As Stephenie put it, "I feel that I could trust him, and I feel we have a strong alliance."

After bringing home a giant clam for his tribe, Ian Rosenberger, the 23-year-old dolphin trainer from Key Largo, Florida, was delighted to lead his Koror tribemates in a feast. Not to be outdone, Tom Westman, the 41-year-old NYC firefighter from Sayville, New York, secured his place as tribe superstar by actually slaying a shark, to the shock of his tribemates. As the tribe enjoyed grilled shark steaks, Ian joked admiringly, "It was one of the most amazing things I've ever seen. He keeps one-upping me."

Both tribes received Tree Mail explaining that their Reward Challenge required them to build an SOS distress signal, which would be judged from a plane flying overhead. The tribe with the best and most creative signal would receive an airdrop of supplies.

Having to sit out six members to even the Challenge, Koror chose Caryn Groedel, the 46-year-ol civil rights attorney from Solon, Ohio, Katie Gallagher, the 29-year-old advertising executive from Merced, California, and Gregg Carey, the 28-year-old business consultant from Chicago, Illinois, to participate, while all of Ulong would participate. As the tribes went to work on their SOS signals, they both chose to build words out of brush and shelter, which they would light on fire. Ulong spelled out their tribe name, while Koror went for the more comical "Got Food?"

Sitting out the competition, Koror stalwart Tom found himself nervous and out of sorts. Meanwhile, at Ulong, the whole tribe worked hard to break down their shelter to use the materials for their distress signal.

After the work was completed, a propeller plane flew overhead and host Jeff Probst deferred to a distress signal specialist who was to decide which tribe's signal was the best. The specialist tapped Koror's signal as winner because it was the most creative and was placed furthest from the trees for visibility. The members of Koror were elated to see the plane fly back over their camp and drop a crate full of supplies, which included food, wine and sewing materials. Koror had won yet again.

Having paired off long ago, Koror's Gregg and Jennifer Lyon, the 32-year-old nanny from Encino, California, found themselves alone at the water well. After Jennifer revealed that Gregg has seemed distant recently, Gregg defended himself by explaining that they need to be careful to avoid the wrath of the rest of the tribe. As Gregg surmised, "You kinda get into the context of the game, and you realize that that's your priority."

After a series of losses and days of hunger, Ulong finally got some protein when Bobby Jon emerged from the sea with a giant clam. "We got protein, we got carbs, we got everything," smiled Ibrehem.

In a Tree Mail, each tribe received a puzzle and were told to master it. When they reconvened for the Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst explained that they would be solving a life-size version of the puzzle. The pieces were huge moveable blocks in the ocean that the Survivors must manipulate until they completed the puzzle. Two tribe members must swim in order to move the pieces, while another served as the "caller."

Koror chose Coby Archa, the 32-year-old hairstylist from Athens, Texas, as their caller, while Ulong's caller was Bobby Jon. Relaxed, Coby assiduously directed his tribemates to move their puzzle pieces, while Ulong's Bobby Jon seemed disorientated and confused.

As Koror took a wide lead, Bobby Jon threw up his arms in despair and handed over the reins to Stephenie. As Stephenie took over the job as Ulong caller, Koror slowed their progress, letting Ulong back in the game.

But it was too little too late for Ulong as Coby directed his tribemates to swim the final giant piece into place, securing Koror's streak of Immunity Challenge victories. Ulong was heading to Tribal Council once again.


Trying to confirm their alliance, Stephenie questioned the loyalty of Bobby Jon, who couldn't guarantee whether he would vote for Ibrehem as planned. In a desperate move, Stephenie scrambled to make a pact with Ibrehem, who was equally noncommittal. Stephenie assessed the relationship between Ibrehem and Bobby Jon: "They're the same age, they're from the same state, they've got a lot in common. And I'm like the outcast."

In the end, Stephenie wasn't so alienated after all. Remaining true to his original word, Bobby Jon stuck to his alliance with Stephenie by dealing the crucial blow that sent Ibrehem home in a two to one decision. Ibrehem became was the eighth castaway voted out of SURVIVOR: PALAU.