Posted on Jul 14, 2011 11:30am

After an emotional Tribal Council on night six, Janet Koth, the 47-year-old homemaker from Manchester, Missouri, was voted out of the all-female Jaburu tribe with five votes against her, Janet, the eldest of her tribe, was ousted due to her struggle to overcome sickness and dehydration. She was also dogged by rumors of having tried to sneak in a granola bar. As Janet left Tribal Council, she gave her final words, "Well it was an amazing week. I found out that I am not an Amazon woman, I am a Cancun woman."

On Day four, the women of Jaburu awoke miserable. After three nights of sleeping in the harsh elements, they recognized the need to fortify their shelter. "Our camp is so disorganized because we don't have a leader. We need to work as a team, and without a leader, we are not going to get it together," explained Jeanne Hebert, the 41-year-old marketing director from North Attleboro, Massachusetts. As she spoke, the tribe hopelessly attempted to redesign their shelter.

Meanwhile, the men awoke with spirits high as they enjoyed a morning breakfast consisting of manioc flour. Soon after, the tribe set out on a group fishing expedition, only to have it cut short by the unpredictable Amazonian weather. A fierce rainstorm hit the tribe's camp as they hurried back to their fortified shelter to keep dry.

Unfortunately, the women of Jaburu were still without proper shelter. Exposed to the elements, they endured the pounding downpour while attempting to maintain their all-important fire. "We thought we had more time than this to prepare for the rain. We forgot that we are in the middle of the Amazon, and torrential rainstorms come by daily," explained Shawna Mitchell, the 23-year-old retail saleswoman from Redwood City, California.

After the rain subsided, both tribes met host Jeff Probst at the Reward Challenge, where he explained the rules. Both tribes were given a giant 30-piece puzzle to solve. The pieces of the puzzle were scattered around a playing field studded with obstacles like trees, broken limbs and mud. Each tribe was instructed to choose a "caller," while the other tribe members would be blindfolded and paired up. The "caller" was to guide his or her blindfolded tribemates to their colored planks to collect them. Once all pieces were collected, the blindfolds were to be removed, and the tribe could then solve the puzzle. First tribe to have completed the puzzle would win the reward: fishing bait.

As the Challenge began, JoAnna Ward, the 31-year-old school guidance counselor from Orangeburg, South Carolina, and Butch Lockley, the 50-year-old middle school principal from Olney, Illinois, were selected as each tribe's callers, As the two callers barked out instructions to their blindfolded tribe members, it became clear that JoAnna had a firm grip on the game, because she guided her team with relative ease to each plank. Butch didn't have it so easy as he struggled with even his own tribemates' names.

The women took an early lead and never looked back as they found and retrieved all their planks. Once their blindfolds were off, the women scrambled to assemble their puzzle while the men were still retrieving the last of their planks. Finally, both tribes raced to finish their puzzle, with the women still commanding a lead. Soon, the women's determination paid off as they successfully assembled their puzzle and took their second straight victory over the men of Tambaqui.

Back at camp, the dejected men of Tambaqui anguished over their loss at the Reward Challenge. "I think the mood at camp was frustration. Everyone wants to win, particularly seven guys who don't want to lose to a bunch of girls," remarked Dave Johnson, the 24-year-old rocket scientist from Pasadena, California, as the tribe sat around the campfire encouraging each other.

Despite winning the first two Challenges, the women of Jaburu anguished over the lack of food in camp. "We haven't eaten in 5 days," complained Jenna Morasca, the 21-year-old swimsuit model from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. In desperate need of food, Jeanne set out with the newly won bait to catch fish for her depleted tribe.

After having lost the first two Challenges, Tambaqui's emotions were on edge. "Alex and Roger had a little tiff this morning over homosexuality, and what I am hoping is that Alex will see that Roger isn't all that he is cracked up to be," explained Rob Cesternino, the 24-year-old computer projects coordinator from Wantagh, New York.

Meanwhile, at Jaburu, the women quarreled in their own way. "JoAnna doesn't like the Immunity Idol because she thinks that it is an idol, and idols are forbidden via the Ten Commandments. She doesn't want it in the camp, and wants nothing to do with it," commented Jeanne. Later, JoAnna and Christy Smith, the 24-year-old child adventure guide from Basalt, Colorado, argued over Joanna's beliefs. A shouting match ensued, which made Christy ponder, "Man, if you are a vessel of Christ, don't you think you need to be a little nicer or kinder?"

Later, Jaburu's mood turned sour once again, when a granola bar was found in the bottom of the tribe's storage container. Wondering where it came from and to whom it belonged, a tribal inquisition ensued. Going unclaimed, the much needed nutritional bar was thrown into the fire. "We ultimately burned it in the fire because it's definitely not fair. The guys did not have one; we should not have one," explained Heidi Strobel, the 24-year-old gym teacher from Buffalo, Missouri.

After arriving at the Immunity Challenge, Jeff Probst explained the rules: both tribes were to be given two minutes to explore and observe the contents of a traditional Amazonian dwelling. Testing their ability to retain information, Jeff would then ask the tribes a series of questions relating to what they had just observed. The tribe to answer the most questions correctly out of ten would win.

As the Challenge began, the men regained their swagger as they took the lead. Rob correctly answered a question regarding the number of rungs on the dwelling's ladder, giving a sizeable boost to his tribe's score. In the end, the men outwitted their competition and won their first Challenge. More importantly, they won the coveted Immunity Idol. The loss would send the disappointed women of Jaburu to their first Tribal Council.

Back at camp, hostility within the Jaburu tribe continued where it left off. Desperate for shelter, Christy exclaimed, "I think my tribe is the laziest tribe and the laziest group I have ever been involved with!" Disagreeing with Christy's attitude, Deena Bennett, the 35-year-old deputy district attorney from Riverside, California, claimed, "I took a break from cutting down palm trees so that I could sleep on the bed, and Christy went off on all of us. It set me off a little bit. I didn't say anything, because it's not worth my time and effort, so I just walked away."

At a heated Tribal Council, an emotional Christy laid out her insecurities within the tribe. But in the end, Janet Koth couldn't escape the tribe's wrath, and she became the first person voted out of the Jaburu Tribe.