December 10, 2004 08:00 AM

Sunday is judgment day for Survivor: Vanuatu, which on Thursday night paved the way for its two-hour finale with the elimination of Julie Berry, the 23-year-old youth mentor from Gorham, Maine, in a 3-2 decision.

As the 14th player to get the gate, she’ll now become the fifth person to join a jury that will ultimately decide who wins the title Sole Survivor and takes home the $1 million prize.

Thursday’s installment actually contained strong indications that it would be Twila Tanner, 41, a Missouri highway repair worker, who avoided elimination thanks largely to some waffling by Ohio highway construction worker Chris Daugherty, 34.

Having assured both Julie and Twila he would not write down their names, he then deceived the former, causing Julie to remark afterwards: “Little bit of surprise. Chris was my crutch today, and he told me 100 percent that he was going to vote for Twila.”

For the Reward Challenge, host Jeff Probst offered the castaways a second chance to compete in such events as a mud crawl, pigpen challenge, tiki puzzle and balance beam contest. The prize: a horseback trek to active Vanuatu volcano Mount Yasur and a picnic of hot dogs, hot chocolate and beer.

And the winner was Julie, who took Chris along as her companion. Bad move.

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