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Survivor Hype

Saturday, February 03, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

It's the curse of the "i" women.

Specifically, Kimmi of Kucha and Jerri of Ogakor.

Viewers were appalled by Kimmi in the show's premiere (she exclaimed, "How am I gonna masturbate out here?"), so it's understandable that they missed the evil known as Jerri.

She came to the fore Thursday with her beef jerky conspiracy that led to the ouster of nice guy Kel. Jerri brainwashed the tribe into believing Kel was hoarding food, and mob mentality led them to rifle through his personal belongings.

On top of being rude, they're a duplicitous lot. Even level-headed Maralyn and Tina, who both made a pact with Kel, went against their word and voted him out anyway.

AMBER WAVES OF GRAIN: Our hometown hottie, Amber Brkich, has an online following, including a mention by Entertainment Weekly. EW cites an Amber fan site as the best because of its photos of Amber from her Westminster College days. Find it at http://www.geocities.com/AmberFans/.

GETTING RELIGION: "Survivor" is suddenly swimming in religion. First, Rodger aped Rudy's plan to put his Bible to an unintended use, ripping out pages to start a fire ("They were pages without scripture," Rodger explained. "But I would have used that. You've got to do with what you've got").

Then Michael led a meal-time prayer where he asked God not to make him the Kucha leader, which led everyone to think the opposite.

"Mike thanked God for making him the leader of the tribe," Kimmi sniped. "I don't know when he was anointed, but apparently my back was turned."

OUR PICK: Rodger and Michael's days are numbered.

FEEDING OFF THE TREND: Jerry Fischer of Burgettstown created crocodiles (right) out of hard roll dough at the Jenny Lee Bakery in McKees Rocks to coincide with the premiere of the Australian "Survivor."

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