Not to be confused with Takéo, a starting tribe on Koh-Lanta: Cambodge.

Ta Keo (ប្រាសាទតាកែវ) is a tribe from Survivor: Cambodia.

In addition to being the physically weaker of the two starting tribes, Ta Keo's poor inter tribal dynamics and general bad luck caused the tribe to enter the merge with significantly fewer numbers than Bayon. Their tribe color is green.

Members

Abi-Maria Gomes
35, Los Angeles, CA
Philippines
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Kelly Wiglesworth
37, Greensboro, NC
Borneo
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Peih-Gee Law
37, San Francisco, CA
China
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Shirin Oskooi
32, San Francisco, CA
Worlds Apart
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Spencer Bledsoe
22, Chicago, IL
Cagayan
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Terry Deitz
55, Simsbury, CT
Panama
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Woo Hwang
31, Newport Beach, CA
Cagayan
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 Ciera Eastin
    
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 Joe Anglim
    
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 Kass McQuillen
    
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 Keith Nale
    
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 Terry Deitz
    
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 Abi-Maria Gomes
         
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 Andrew Savage
         
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 Ciera Eastin
         
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 Kass McQuillen
         
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 Kelly Wiglesworth
         
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 Spencer Bledsoe
         
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 Woo Hwang
         
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Tribe History

Original Ta Keo

Unlike Bayon where there appeared to be one dominant alliance prior to the switch, two factions emerged in Ta Keo as well as a few players floating in the middle. One group focused primarily on shelter building with old-school players such as Terry Deitz and Kelly Wiglesworth gravitating to that style. The other group became known as the "beach people" because that's where they met to discuss strategy, and consisted of Shirin Oskooi, Spencer Bledsoe, and Kelley Wentworth. Both groups were indifferent toward Abi-Maria Gomes due to her antics such as arguing with Peih-Gee Law over her misplaced bracelet, and tried to get Jeff Varner to side with them. Jeff was a bit intimidated at first by how fast strategy was evolving at Ta Keo, but then started to realize he was in a good position and it could be advantageous to be close to someone like Abi-Maria. Vytas Baskauskas's yoga routines also started to irritate the women of Ta Keo, which set the stage for a turbulent tribe life.

That turbulence was kicked up a gear when Ta Keo not only lost the first Immunity Challenge on Day 3, but a twist sent the tribe immediately to Tribal Council with no chance to talk strategy. In a close 6-4 vote, the new-school alliance got Peih-Gee, Jeff, and Abi-Maria to side with them and take out strategic threat Vytas, leaving Woo Hwang, Kelly, and Terry on the outs.

Immediately after returning from Tribal Council, Jeff rallied Vytas's remaining allies and said that his move demonstrated how this game has changed from the last time the old-school players played. He pointed out Spencer and Shirin as the masterminds of the other alliance, and managed to quickly turn the tribe against the two superfans. This was made easier as Shirin, Spencer, Kelley, and Peih-Gee ostracized Abi-Maria, and Terry of all people (self-proclaiming his social game was unimpressive in his first season, but improved this time around) comforted her.

Ta Keo again lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 6, and Jeff pointed out how poetic it was that Shirin and Spencer failed to complete the puzzle as they were on the chopping block. Kelley and Peih-Gee realized the new-school alliance lost Abi-Maria and Jeff, so they went along with the split vote plan against their former allies. An awkward conversation between Abi-Maria and Shirin made it clear to Shirin that she and Spencer were in trouble. A last-ditch effort to get Woo to flip failed, further highlighting that they overplayed out of the gate. Both Shirin and Spencer plead for their lives in the game at Tribal Council, where Shirin was ultimately voted out 5-4. Though Spencer felt he redeemed himself, Terry revealed in a confessional that Spencer was still firmly the next target.

First Switch

For the first time since Cook Islands as well as overall in any two-tribe format season, a tribe switch occurred with 18 players remaining. Spencer and Kelly joined Bayon, while Kelley and Terry stayed on Ta Keo, with both pairs in 4-2 minorities. The only original Ta Keo contingent with a majority was the most fractured one with Jeff, Woo, Abi-Maria, and Peih-Gee becoming members of the new tribe Angkor. The original Bayon members that joined Ta Keo were Ciera Eastin, Joe Anglim, Kass McQuillen, and Keith Nale.

Despite the numbers disadvantage, Terry was pleased with the strength of Ta Keo, describing them as "having three or four number one draft picks". Kelley was shown to be a bit more concerned about her positioning, and actively threw Terry under the bus to assure she would at least survive the first vote. However, the tribe proved to be strong enough to win every Immunity Challenge at this stage of the game. The tribe enjoyed Joe's fishing as well as Kass crafting a surprise birthday present for Kelley.

They did not escape this portion of the game intact though. On Night 13, Jeff Probst informed Terry that his son was in the hospital and that Terry's wife insisted he come home. Without hesitation, Terry obliged and bid farewell to an emotional Ta Keo. Everyone empathized with Terry and supported his decision, especially Kass in confessional relating to Terry's decision as a parent herself.

Second Switch

In a second tribe switch on Day 14, Ciera and Kass were the only then-current Ta Keo members to remain on Ta Keo, with Abi-Maria, Andrew Savage, and Woo joining from Angkor, and Kelly and Spencer joining from Bayon. Though the original Ta Keo members outnumbered original Bayon 4-3, Spencer was still the clear target since Andrew painted him as the biggest threat and Kass held a grudge against him from their Cagayan days. Ta Keo lost the Immunity Challenge on Day 16, so Andrew suggested that Ciera be the decoy vote in case Spencer asked about the plan for Tribal Council. Ciera was not happy, and realized that Andrew had too much power. Ciera recruited Abi-Maria and Kass to blindside Woo in order to weaken Andrew's alliance, which meant Kass putting aside her rivalry with Spencer. Kass approached Spencer with the plan, but was still considering voting him out. Spencer was frightened that his life in the game was in the hands of "Chaos Kass", but had no other choice. At Tribal Council, Kass pulled through and Woo was voted out 4-3, which left Andrew blindsided and scrambling prior to the merge.

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References

Survivor (U.S.) Tribes
Borneo The Australian Outback Africa Marquesas
Pagong Tagi Kucha Ogakor Boran Samburu Maraamu Rotu
Rattana Barramundi Moto Maji Soliantu
Thailand The Amazon Pearl Islands All-Stars
Chuay Gahn Sook Jai Jaburu Tambaqui Drake Morgan The Outcasts Chapera Mogo Mogo Saboga
Chuay Jai Jacaré Balboa Chaboga Mogo
Vanuatu Palau Guatemala Panama
Lopevi Yasur Koror Ulong Nakúm Yaxhá Bayoneta Casaya La Mina Viveros
Alinta Xhakúm Gitanos
Cook Islands Fiji China Micronesia
Aitutaki Manihiki Puka Puka Rarotonga Moto Ravu Fei Long Zhan Hu Airai Malakal
Aitutonga Bula Bula Hae Da Fung Dabu
Gabon Tocantins Samoa Heroes vs. Villains
Fang Kota Jalapao Timbira Foa Foa Galu Heroes Villains
Nobag Forza Aiga Yin Yang
Nicaragua Redemption Island South Pacific One World
Espada La Flor Ometepe Zapatera Savaii Upolu Manono Salani
Libertad Murlonio Te Tuna Tikiano
Philippines Caramoan Blood vs. Water Cagayan
Kalabaw Matsing Tandang Bikal Gota Galang Tadhana Aparri Luzon Solana
Dangrayne Enil Edam Kasama Solarrion
San Juan del Sur Worlds Apart Cambodia Kaôh Rōng
Coyopa Hunahpu Escameca Masaya Nagarote Bayon Ta Keo Angkor Chan Loh Gondol To Tang
Huyopa Merica Orkun Dara
Millennials vs. Gen X Game Changers Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers Ghost Island
Takali Vanua Ikabula Mana Nuku Tavua Levu Soko Yawa Malolo Naviti Yanuya
Vinaka Maku Maku Solewa Lavita
David vs. Goliath Edge of Extinction Island of the Idols Winners at War
Jabeni Vuku Tiva Kama Manu Lesu Lairo Vokai Dakal Sele Yara
Kalokalo Vata Lumuwaku Koru
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