"Survivor: Caramoan": Pretty people take a hit

Shamar, who has served two tours in Iraq, annoyed many of his fellow tribe mates by taking it easy in "Survivor: Caramoan"
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Last week on "Survivor: Caramoan," members of the fan favorites tribe made their first visit to tribal council to thin their ranks. On Wednesday, after a lame performance in the immunity challenge, the newbie fans got their turn to cast out one of their own.

The fans floundered at an easy-as-pie challenge where they had to jump off a dock and pull out sticks to let floating rings float to the surface. It wasn't that deep, but it proved too much for these newbies who fell hopelessly behind.

So the favorites bounced back from last week's defeat and collected a nifty fishing kit with lures, line, net and snorkel. The camera lingered on the favorites tribe for Brandon to develop a future plot line that he's craaaaazy. More to come, we're sure.

Over on the fans' side of the island, we got a closer look at this season's fresh crop of contestants.

Sometimes you watch "Survivor" and you just don't know what's going through the contestants' minds. Case in point: Shamar, the two-tour Iraq veteran from Brooklyn, N.Y., who seemed to be going out of his way to annoy everyone in his tribe.

It's been two episodes now and we haven't seen Shamar do a lick of work. His signature shot is lying on his back in the hut -- when he's not telling his fellow tribe members to shut up.

"I've been standing in the shade, conserving my energy. I'm not really trying to do too much," confided Shamar, who didn't explain the strategy, except that he didn't want to get involved in drama.

Small wonder it seemed like a slam dunk that Shamar would be the first to douse his torch.

"I've never understood how people could throw an immunity challenge until I lived with him (Shamar) for five days," said Allie, a blond New York-based bartender.

Allie is one-fourth of the pretty people, an alliance of the young and good-looking that caused some concern among the other six motley tribe mates. Another one of the pretty people, Reynold, a San Fran real estate broker, discovered the hidden immunity idol, which he retained for a future day.

Just when it all seemed dark for one of America's veterans, Sherri, a fast food franchisee from Boise, Idaho, became Shamar's champion. Sherri went to bat with the non-pretty people and quickly served up an alternative plan to whittle away at a dangerous four-person voting block.

"You gotta go because four is way too powerful," Sherri told the camera as she cast her vote for Allie.

Allie, a bartender from N.Y., was the second person voted off "Survivor: Caramoan"
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So the moral of the story is don't form instant cliques with other attractive people if you're ever on "Survivor."

"I had a lot more game to play. It's so frustrating. Because this is what I wanted. It sucks," said Allie, who was on the losing end of a 6-4 vote. "I have wanted this since I was 11 years old. I am mortified beyond words that I'm leaving second ... Ahhhh .. it sucks!"

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  • David Hancock

    David Hancock is a home page editor for CBSNews.com.