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Desperate Measures is the ninth episode of Survivor: Thailand.


Day 25

Day 26

Day 27


Challenge: Wicker Ball Relay
Pairing up, each group of Survivors would race through an obstacle course, with various tasks to perform along the way. First team to successfully complete the course and cross the finish line wins and moves on to the next heat. This continued until the final round, where the last remaining pair would compete against each other on a puzzle. The first person to complete the puzzle would win reward.
Reward: A video of the winner's loved ones from home.
Winner: Brian Heidik

Challenge: Thai Numbers
The Survivors had to compete in a mathematical test. First, a simple elimination round tested the Survivors' memory skills, matching Thai numbers with numbers in English. The second round requires problem solving, using Thai numbers as coordinates, the contestants had to find ten buried tiles. Each uncovered tile revealed the location of the next tile. The first contestant to recover all ten of their tiles wins immunity.
Winner: Clay Jordan

Tribal Council

Tribal Council 9:
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Ken (5 votes)
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Brian, Clay, Helen, Jan, Ted
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Ted (3 votes)
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Jake, Ken, Penny
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Ken Stafford

Voting Confessionals

Helen, Jake and Clay's votes were not shown to the camera when giving their voting confessionals. Ken's confessional is revealed during recap episode.

(voting for Ken) Hope to see you soon, and, uh, great player.

Helen Glover

(voting for Ted) I really didn't know who to vote for. I really have enjoyed meeting you. I've really enjoyed knowing you. Bye.

Jake Billingsley

(voting for Ted) I didn't wanna vote for you, but this is how your own tribe said that everybody should vote.

Ken Stafford

(voting for Ken) You're a neat guy, but you gotta get rid of the strong for me to keep going.

Clay Jordan

Final Words

This is definitely a life-altering experience. Um, you learn how to appreciate things like you never have before. Like a banana is like, that's such a life-giving, delicious, incredible thing. And if, uh, anybody feels sorry for me, you know, that I got kicked off, you know, chocolate chip cookies, ladies-- they, I love them, it's my favorite sweet thing. Anyway, I'll see you all soon. Bye bye.

Ken Stafford

Still in the Running

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 Shii Ann
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Chuay Jai
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Chuay Jai
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Chuay Jai
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Chuay Jai
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  • This episode marks the first time that two tribes merged at a Reward Challenge.
  • This is the first (and so far only) merge at the final eight. All other merges have happened at the final nine or earlier.
  • This is the only post-merge Tribal Council in Thailand where Jan Gentry does not receive exactly one vote.


Survivor: Thailand Episodes
"The Importance of Being Eldest" · "The Great Divide" · "Family Values" · "Gender Bender" · "The Ocean's Surprise" · "The Power of One" · "Assumptions" · "Sleeping with the Enemy" · "Desperate Measures" · "While the Cats Are Away" · "The First 30 Days" · "A Big Surprise... and Another" · "The Tides Are Turning" · "Slip Through Your Fingers" · "Reunion"