Helen Dorothy Glover is a contestant from Survivor: Thailand.

A loyal member of the Chuay Gahn Five, Helen became an early fan favorite due to her quick-witted confessionals. At the merge, she attempted to formulate a scheme with Jan Gentry and Ted Rogers, Jr. to vote out her mutual enemy in Clay Jordan, but it fell under deaf ears, forcing them to vote her out instead. Misheard information led to her being targeted at the Final Four and subsequently blindsided.


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Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, Helen Glover is the daughter of a U.S. Marine and moved almost every year while growing up. She has lived in Hawaii, Virginia, Arkansas, North Carolina, California, Louisiana, and Rhode Island.

Helen is currently employed by the U.S. Navy as a water survival instructor. She previously worked as a self-employed caterer, a waitress and a lifeguard. She describes herself as assertive, competitive and quick-witted. She enjoys cooking/baking, swimming and traveling. Her perfect trip would begin with breakfast in Honolulu, followed by shopping in New York, tea in London, a stroll along the Champs Elysées in Paris and watching a play in an amphitheater in Athens, Greece.

Helen currently lives in Middletown, Rhode Island, with her husband, Jim, and their daughter, Katherine (18). She has two additional children, Matthew (28), a Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps, and stepdaughter, Erin (30). They have a tabby cat named Oscar. Her birth date is April 28, 1955.[1]


Helen Glover was selected to by Jan Gentry to be on Chuay Gahn. Helen referred to the younger members of Sook Jai as "anxious little kids" while they rowed off. Chuay Gahn took their time to turn the boat around, while Sook Jai did not. The advantage of being on Chuay Gahn was that they had a natural cave as a shelter, meaning they would not have to build their own shelter. However, their water source was far away, and would require the castaways to row to another island to retrieve water. When they arrived, everyone celebrated. The tribe quickly gathered food. However, when Tanya Vance became sick, the tribe decided to look for its water source. Helen and John Raymond found a stagnant stream of water on top of a steep hill. They quickly found the true water source and a path to it. John decided to mess with the tribe with a prank, by pretending that the stagnant stream was their actual water supply. At the first challenge of the season, Chuay Gahn was initially leading. However, Ghandia Johnson's struggle with the final puzzle cost them the win. At Tribal Council, Helen voted against Clay Jordan for financial reasons. The rest of the tribe voted out John for being too bossy. The tribe got along very well, despite the loss. Helen got lost with Jan while on a water run. After an exhausting search, they were able to find it and returned to camp. However, Helen was worried about the tribe plotting behind her back. Chuay Gahn would lose the next two challenges. Helen was happily surprised when the tribe gave her a 20th-anniversary party. Despite the gift, Helen was worried about being voted out as Tanya was super popular. In the end, the ailing Tanya was voted out in a 5-2 vote.

The tribe was hungry due to lack of wood. At the next challenge, Chuay Gahn was lagging behind again. During the challenge, Helen was pushed into the water by Ken Stafford. Because Ken wasn't in the attack zone, he was disqualified and Chuay Gahn gained a point. Three of his tribemates would make the same mistake, allowing Chuay Gahn to win their first challenge and the assistance of two red berets. With the help of the berets, they found many sources of food and made many soups and stews. Life was not blissful at camp because Ghandia claimed that Ted Rogers, Jr. grinded against her during the night. When Helen talked to Ted to get his side of the story, he claimed that nothing happened. This infuriated Ghandia when Helen told her this. Despite the chaos, Chuay Gahn rallied together to win the Immunity Challenge. Tensions were still high between Ghandia and Ted though. Ghandia tried to make a women's alliance on the tribe to vote out Clay. Chuay Gahn lost the next two challenges. In a difficult decision, Helen chose strategy over loyalty and voted out Ghandia despite believing Ghandia's side of the story.

It was the group consensus that Jan would be the next to go. The next challenge was the Survivor Auction. Before it started, the castaways were given the chance to mutiny. As no one took up the offer, the Auction started normally. Unfortunately, during a night of fun, the boat floated away. Without the boat, life was difficult. Despite that, the tribe won immunity. The men tried to find the water source without the boat, making Helen worried as she would not classify them as swimmers. At the Reward Challenge, Helen was the launcher, in which Sook Jai won. Fortunately, Chuay Gahn was able to win immunity by outsmarting them. This ensured that they had even numbers when they merged.

The next Tree Mail had jars of paint and the castaways were told to decorate themselves. When the tribes met, everyone was paired up with a member of the rival tribe. Helen was paired with Ken and they went to Sook Jai's camp. Helen was surprised that Sook Jai had chickens. When it was announced that the tribes were all living on the same beach. Everyone assumed that the tribes had merged. Shii Ann Huang was planning to flip because she felt ostracized at Sook Jai. During the brief talk before the Immunity Challenge, Erin Collins said that the merge was going smoothly. Jeff pointed out that he said nothing about a merge and the challenge was tribal. Chuay Gahn won and for the first time had a numbers advantage over Sook Jai. Shii Ann was voted out for scheming with Sook Jai. At the next Immunity Challenge, Helen sat out. Brian Heidik won the challenge for Chuay Gahn. However, when everyone got back to camp, they realized that monkeys had been eating their food, most notably their bananas.

At the next challenge, everyone saw a part of a video from their loved ones. Helen became emotional seeing the video of her husband Jim and daughter Katherine. It was then revealed that the challenge was individual and the tribes had merged. Helen made it to the final round with Brian but lost to him. While watching Brian's video, Helen notes how well off he was and that would be enough to vote him out if she was against him. Clay managed to best Ken for immunity. The Chuay Gahn Five voted out Ken for his threat status. For the next challenge, Helen was paired with Jan but they lost in the second round. Jake Billingsley pleaded to Helen to vote out Clay or Brian as they would control the game. At the Immunity Challenge, Helen defeated Ted for immunity. At Tribal Council, Penny Ramsey was voted out over Jake for playing harder.

The next challenge was the Loved Ones Challenge. Helen became overjoyed to see her husband, Jim. The challenge was an eating contest, with the winner spending 24 hours with their loved one and the losers go home immediately. However, the loved ones would do the eating. At some points of eating, Jim started choking and gagging, but Helen "encouraged" her husband into winning which he would go on to do. During the time they spent together, Jim felt she should vote off Brian. Helen claimed she couldn't do that as she said they were going to the finale together. She also revealed her severe dislike of Clay. The loved ones returned for the Immunity Challenge, which Ted won. Helen wanted to get Clay out because of his laziness. However, Jake was unanimously voted out. Helen made a confessional stating that people thought that Chuay Gahn would not be in a good position and that the game was on. The next Tree Mail had photos of themselves before the game and a full mirror. Ted talked to Helen about voting Clay out due to him being annoying and worthless. Helen only took one look and deemed herself fat. The men hogged the mirror. Big Ted won the Reward Challenge and chose to bring Helen with him. The pair spent a day at a spa and had a feast, enjoying themselves tremendously. Helen talked to Jan about getting Clay out. Brian worried about her playing both sides, in which she admitted to playing both sides of the fence in a confessional. Brian was the one to win immunity. In a confessional, Brian referred to Helen as a loyal soldier. Ted was unanimously voted out for being a challenge threat.

The Final Four received wreaths and decorative materials. They were asked to decorate themselves for a Thai traditional ceremony. The next challenge was the Second Chance challenge. Helen was delayed by the balance beam, costing her the win. She didn't handle losing well, which annoyed her more as well as making herself look like a fool. Brian deemed it was Helen's time to go because she threatened him. Much to her anger, Helen was blindsided.

At the Final Tribal Council, Helen knew who she was voting for to win, but that could change since she was blindsided. She called out both finalists for lying to her when they said that Jan was going. Helen was particularly angry with Brian for not telling her that she was going. Brian claimed that he was betrayed by her when she plotted with Ted. Helen countered that she would have told him if he was ever a target. Brian claimed he was angry with her by going behind her back. He admits he did it out of anger. Brian apologized for backstabbing her, Helen said it was a little late. Helen then asked Clay what three things he contributed to the tribe. Clay said that he did things every day. When Helen tried to get more out of him, Clay said if she doesn't understand than there is no way to satisfy her. In the end, Helen voted for Brian to win because of his challenge performances and work ethic.

Voting History

Helen's Voting History
Episode Helen's
Voted Against
1 Clay -
2 Tanya Ghandia, Tanya
3 Chuay Gahn Tribe Immune
4 Ghandia -
5 Chuay Gahn Tribe Immune
6 Chuay Gahn Tribe Immune
7 Chuay Gahn Tribe Immune
8 Chuay Gahn Tribe Immune
9 Ken -
10 Penny Individual Immunity
12 Jake -
13 Ted -
14 Jan Brian, Clay, Jan
Voted Out, Day 37
Voted for
Sole Survivor


  • In 2004, Helen became a columnist in Providence Journal, a Rhode Island newspaper, where she covered the events of Survivor: All-Stars, and relating them to her experience as a contestant in Survivor: Thailand, even discussing behind-the-scenes details that were not supposed to be divulged in public. This caused CBS to inform Glover that she made a breach in the Survivor Rulebook, that production-related details should not be discussed in public three years after a contestant has appeared on the show. Even though Helen submitted her works to CBS for approval, the Providence Journal discontinued her column.[2]
  • She hosts the Helen Glover Show on TalkRadio920WHJJ which was named by the Associated Press as the best talk show among AP member stations for a record 4 times (most recently in 2012)
  • On January 9, 2010, Helen attended Survivor's 10-year anniversary party.


  • Helen's luxury item was her daughter's doll.
  • Helen is the only Chuay Gahn member to sit out from a challenge.
  • Helen is the only female to win an individual challenge during Thailand.


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