Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 11th castaway voted off/3rd Jury Member
Current Residence: South Jordan, Utah
Occupation: English Professor
Previous Season: Survivor: South Pacific – 13th castaway voted out/5th Jury Member
Current Residence: Washington, D.C.
Occupation: Harvard Law Student
Edward “Eddie” Fox
Current Residence: East Brunswick, N.J.
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Previous Season: Survivor: Micronesia – 13th castaway voted out/6th Jury Member
Current Residence: Santa Clarita, Calif.
Occupation: Comic Book Artist
Voted out week 9, First member of the jury.
Voted out week 10, 2nd member of the jury
Voted out week 11, 3rd member of the jury.
Voted out week 12, 4th member of the jury
Voted out week 12, 5th member of the jury (double elimination week)
Voted out week 13, 6th member of the jury
First- I hope all you moms had a happy mother’s day yesterday.
Welcome back Survivors. Here we are at the end of this ride with a three hour tour. One elimination episode followed by the jury vote episode and finally, the reunion. After last week, there are now more jury members than players as Brenda was blindsided and sent to the other side. After winning the loved one challenge (Strike one), she invited Dawn to share it with her (Strike two) but then, gave it away to the other four teams in an apparent hope to win favor (Strike three). Then, in what I believe to be a stunningly stupid move, she gave up on the immunity challenge (yes, I still believe that) so that the weepy Meehan could experience individual immunity once in her survivor career. In other words, Brenda got Meehan’d. Cochran’s mom, during the family visit, told him that with this nice gesture of giving up the reward, Brenda could or would win this game. This all culminated in the perfect storm during tribal to blindside Brenda and much to her shock and disappointment, kick her out of the game. Maybe she’ll win fan favorite or something and not go home empty handed. Who knows? We’ll see.
So… Who is left? We have Sherri who, at first, looked like she may be a strong player in that she was able to control the votes of her original tribe. Physically, she has never been a threat in the game as she is the slowest one there and is a very weak swimmer. However, she’s managed to stay just far enough under the radar since the merge and Pinky got the boot, to still be there.
Erik, is a strong physical player. Maybe I should say fast. I don’t think there is anyone there who can run up and down ladders and obstacles faster than he can. He’s a go along to get along voter as well, if he knows what the game plan is (just like Sherri).
Next in the top five, Eddie. Why and how this guy is still there is beyond me. He with his pal Reynold and two of the women on his original tribe formed what I called, the Pretty 4 (P4) alliance, in a tribe of ten. Stunningly stupid at the time and he’s had a target on his back the entire time. Yet, somehow, he has survived. That’s the name of the game, right? If Brenda hadn’t pissed of the Meehan last week or given up the personal immunity challenge (Yes, I believe she did), he likely would have been gone last week. Therefore, I think Eddie is still there out of shear dumb luck. The other four should be careful because this guy could sneak in and win it all.
That brings us to Dawn. This is a sneaky one. She said about midway through the game, before the merge, that what cost her the original game she was in, she had info that could have saved her and she kept it to herself. Since then, anytime anyone told her anything, she ran to tell whoever the leader de jour was at the time. Up until now, she hasn’t had to outlast anyone except the target of the day. She turns on the waterworks at every turn and has really become annoying for the viewer, or at least this viewer. Don’t count her out just yet though, she’s playing a pretty smooth game. I don’t think, so far, her name has ever been written down.
Last and certainly not least, Cochran. The student of the game. Has seen every episode and even wrote a college term paper on the subject. He’s been the go to guy during the Probsting at tribal council when some interesting moves have been made to help explain what just happened. He has managed to win individual immunity twice but I don’t think he’s ever been a target. In my opinion, this guy is dangerous in the game and probably should have been one of the first to go. At least, post merge. He has yet to piss anyone off but he’s been partnered with Dawn all along. She mentioned last week that he should not be part of the final three. Her plan was first, Eddie, then Cochran. He isn’t a strong physical player but he’s smart enough to know when to strike at the others.
That’s where we stand, people.. Let’s see how tonight’s episodes play out.
Here we go… Night 36 after tribal, Erik is feeling dizzy and disoriented. Plus he has headache and he is flat on his back. Probst comes in with the medic who checks him over. His blood pressure is low, he’s dehydrated, and he’s malnourished. Erik would of course like to see it to the end. Probst asks the medic, and the medic says no way. Erik is out of the game and just like that, 5 become 4. Just like that also, everyone’s plan just went out the window, especially Cochran’s. They all say their goodbyes and Erik is carried off. TH Eddie, while disappointed for Erik, now feels that he could win this game. Remember what I said above… So far, this is one of the luckiest SOBs to play the game this season. It is also worth noting there are now two fans, and two favorites. Honestly, None of these are the ones I would have pictured at the beginning, making it to the end. Glad I didn’t place any bets.
Back at camp, that same night, they are exchanging nice thoughts about Erik but Cochran is already thinking about his game. He decides that Eddie is likely to win the next immunity challenge and Eddie has barely given a second thought. He makes a final 3 deal with Eddie consisting of the two of them, and Sherri… Is Cochran afraid of Dawn? They’ve been survivor buddies all along.
Tree mail time and it’s about the reward challenge. The object of this game is to build a house of cards on one end of that balance with one hand while holding it level with the other. The reward they are playing for is an advantage in the following day’s (38) immunity challenge and a potentially guaranteed final 3 spot. They have to build the house up to that red flag on top of the pole. In the interest of time, all of them nearly reach it, all of them have to start over several times. In the end, Cochran pulls off the win. I would say that this was an endurance challenge of sorts. Without allowing for natural elements (wind), one object was to keep that balance from moving once they got the card house going upward. Looking at the pic of Dawn, this challenge is designed for the contestants to fail unless they have the reach of an ape. Cochran is given his scroll and is told not to open it until the immunity challenge. This is the third time he’s won an individual game and Probst tells him that may well be the million dollar game for him. He has to win immunity first though. Until then, no guarantees.
Back at camp, TH Cochran says the challenge beast is back. More importantly than him winning was keeping someone else from doing it, like Eddie. Sherri and Eddie step off down the trail and she tells him that she wants to go to final three with him. TH Sherri talks about Dawn playing the sympathy card all along. Eddie thinks that Dawn can win too, believes that she can garner all the jury votes on sympathy… TH Sherri says, “hello, Not sitting next to that”. Meanwhile, Dawn and Cochran are in the shelter promising each other final three spots. TH Cochran says that everyday, he’s having to deal with Dawn and her breakdowns. Today’s flavor of paranoia is catatonic. What is Sherri or Eddie win immunity is her new fear. Interesting.
It’s time for the remaining four to take that walk along the trail where they reminisce about the departed players and say something nice about them. I forget what they called it but along the way they collect the name of each and at the end, they hang them on a wooden idol and set fire to it. Most of these people I forgot were on the game. Some of them, I looked at and thought Dumbass. Seems Dawn was good pals with Corrine for example. I barely remember her on the game with the exception of her key post merge phrase. I won’t mention it here again.. Pinky’s draw’rs were mentioned and we once again see him with them. Why, Survivor? Brenda’s exit is shown as she says she’s hurt. Erik is at the end of this trail. Seems he made it to 5th place both times. Maybe it’s time he hang up his survivor shoes and realize, this game isn’t for him. I hope we’ve seen the last of these retreads. Burn baby burn…
Here is the drill folks. The players are to race up the stairs on that tower, one station per player, and retrieve 3 bags, one at a time, containing puzzle pieces. This game has been all about knots. Once they are able to untie and bring back all three bags, they can begin their puzzle. This is a stamina, speed, brain, and luck game. Right away, I know Sherri doesn’t stand a prayer at this, or so I think. That advantage that Cochran won? He doesn’t have to untie any of the bags. All he has to do is run and get them. The others have to untie them. The puzzle they are to build is that to the left, fire.
The advantage does help Cochran begin building his puzzle first but the others are hot on his heels. All of them, and due to the fact Cochran couldn’t figure out where to start, Even Sherri caught up (from last) and passed him by. For awhile, it looked as if either Sherri or Dawn could have won immunity. Cochran had blown his comfortable lead just trying to start the puzzle. In the end though, Cochran does pull off the immunity win. Sorry to not give you an exact play by play here, there are still votes, jury, and reunion to get to. The important part, is Cochran won this challenge. That’s 4 total for him, with 3 immunities.
Back at camp there was some chatter about what to do, which two would be in the final with Cochran but it’s kind of a lock what will happen at this point. At tribal, the Probsting begins. The discussion is around Erik being taken out of the game and how that affects where they are now. Eddie says that it was a good thing for him because the plan (apparently) was that final three would be Erik, Dawn, and Sherri. Cochran’s name wasn’t mentioned in that list, notes Probst. Cochran says yeah, that’s a little concerning… Had Erik been there, he may not be wearing that necklace. Clearly, Cochran is in charge of who will sit with him in front of the jury. The next questions revolve around why should you be there (to each of the players). In other words, make your case to Cochran. Dawn says she’s done a pretty good job of maligning herself with all of the people on the jury. So she would be surprised to get any votes. She then tosses Eddie under the bus saying with the exception of Pinky, he hasn’t been responsible for anyone being on the jury. Therefore, he will be able to draw votes from Cochran. Eddie then throws himself under that same bus by saying yeah, that’s how the votes went but strategy-wise, how much did he really do. He says Dawn made huge moves in the game so taking her to the final three is giving her the game. There’s some small talk about Sherri and how even though she hasn’t seemed to make any moves, she is still there. Time to vote. Let’s just cut to the chase. One vote for Dawn, three votes for Eddie. He’s gone. Final three, Cochran, Dawn, and Sherri.
Part Two – The Jury
Day 39, the remaining three wake up and they are treated to their breakfast of champions. They have to cook it but at least there’s food to cook. Nice time had by them, let’s get to the meat of this part of the show. The Jury Tribal Council. As Probst is recounting the season, they’ve beaten 17 other players, blah blah blah. The power now shifts, to the Jury. Pinky looks pissed for some reason.. Surly he isn’t still bitter. Opening statements.
Dawn: Talks about how she wanted to play the game with one ally who she could take to the end with her. Admits she was over the top emotional. Doesn’t really apologize for her back stabbing ways, this was a game for a million dollars.
Sherri: They all know her as the stay at home mom. What they don’t know is the truth. She has 75 employees and several businesses (fast food franchises) and she treated the game as if it were one of her businesses and she was managing the players as her employees. She says that she had to remain flexible and be able to integrate with different alliances and such. She did that successfully because she’s still there (Pinky looks pissed).
Cochran: Survivor is a half lifelong obsession with him. The idea he’s where he’s at is surreal. He had no fantasy that he would become one of the top ten challenge winners in Survivor history. Socially, he feels he’s awkward with anxiety but somehow, he became the therapist.. Mostly trying to calm Dawn down. He says that he can’t out muscle, out charm, or even out strategize any of the people in the game but his was a game of timing. Knowing when to make a move and doing it.
First to address the players is Malcom. No questions for Sherri. To Dawn, he tells her to own the fact that she was a cold hearted B in the game (my words not his) and fight for it, and she’ll get his vote. He wants to know from Cochran, where he got all the swagger to beat Malcom. What do you have that I don’t? Cochran says, a heightened level of insecurity. In his first season, he was afraid of what everyone thought of him, this time around, he doesn’t give a shit. He’s comfortable with who he is. He says that insecurity helped him to see when people may have been plotting against him and he was able to get rid of them first. He’s proud of the way he played the game and he can’t imagine Malcom being insecure so that’s what Cochran has that Malcom doesn’t.
Eddie: to Sherri, “are you willing to admit that you got carried to the final three or do you really think you are here for strategic reasons?” (Ouch, he said what I’ve been thinking all along). She says she doesn’t think she was carried. The jury laughs and giggles. To Dawn, she claimed she played a strong cold hearted game yet, every time he saw her interact, she was a spineless jellyfish (my words). She says that’s how the game wore on her but she still owns her opening statement. Cochran, Will you hang with the Three Amigos at a bar.. Absolutely.. He’s asking Cochran what kind of person he will be going forward. Okay.. Next.
Pinky: Congratulates them on making it as far as he did in his first season. Then, to Sherri, he takes her Stealth R Us name away from her. Oh, I’ll bet that hurt. After all, she was the only fan to make it into that club. I’m sure she’s still reeling from it. He told Dawn that her constant breakdowns were the true fun sponge for him and many of the others. He says to Cochran that he admires the way he played the game. No questions for any of them, just statements. I have to say I did laugh at the way he mocked Dawn and her constant breakdowns.
Erik: He’s all about awareness. He asks Dawn if she’s aware how much she burned people, especially when Brenda was voted off.. She is unapologetic about it (as she should be), she says it’s a game and she played the way she intended to. By using people to further her own agenda. He then takes Sherri to task about being carried to the end. She says she played the game hard and the two of them get into an argument. She basically told him to STFU and stick his vote. She doesn’t care what he thinks. Smooth move ex-lax.
Michael: He believes that Dawn and Cochran basically played the same game. Why is she the villain and he isn’t. She claims that if it weren’t for her developing relationships, he may not even be there. Went so far as to say at times, he didn’t even try, just went along to get along. She’s trying to Meehan him. Cochran says bullshit. While her information was valuable, her constant paranoia and meltdowns were actually crippling. If he hadn’t become her therapist, she still wouldn’t be in the game. All the while, having to talk over Dawn and remind her that this was HIS turn to speak. Dawn isn’t winning any points here.
Reynold out of the gate to Dawn, he disliked her from day one because she’s a complete fraud. She’s the first one to give an over emphatic hug followed by a stab in the back. The character that she created was disingenuous. She says, that all these accusations are helpful, it sounds like he’s saying she’s a phony. He says, “The Truth Shall Set You Free”. He wants to know what she thinks about him. She stanmers for a second and he says, three adjectives to describe, Reynold. She says, Chauvinistic, great sense of humor, and vulgar… (groan).. He’s happy with that.. He tells her to say that she kicked their asses, And, enjoyed it.
Andrea: Isn’t bitter about being eliminated with an idol in her pocket. Them’s the breaks. She asks Cochran what kind of animal he would identify himself with in the game. He says Chameleon. He says that at the drop of a hat, he was able to adapt. Change to suit the situation around him. When Pinky was gone and the alliance started to break up, he had to adapt in order to stay alive and make sure others were eliminated. She commends Dawn on a game well played.
Brenda: Here it comes.. To Cochran. She gave him something at the family visit (the visit) and just as fast, he took something from her (the game). He says that he’s a bit scared by the fact that he’s able to separate game from emotion. Almost sociopathic. He says after the game that he can return a favor because the family visit was emotion for him not game. He eliminated her because she was a threat to his game. I was going to show this next part but I won’t. Even I don’t feel the need to be a big asshole (shocker, right?). She turns to Dawn and asks if she would have really left if her teeth were lost forever. Brenda is the only one to see Dawn without her teeth (bottom front 4 or 5) and she wants Dawn to take out her teeth and show the world. Doesn’t matter what Dawn says, that’s what Brenda wants, and Dawn does it. (Personally, I don’t think that was right, and was done only to be vindictive towards Dawn. I think it was Brenda’s message to Dawn and the viewing world that whatever friendship they had, is gone. She could have just said it).
Okay.. Time to vote. They vote, and Probst carries the votes into the live studio for the finale and reunion.
Only going to give you a few highlights, my fingers hurt. Click the link to watch the whole thing. The votes are read, or enough votes to declare Cochran the winner. Yay.. Sherri knew she didn’t have a hope in hell of winning but no matter, she already has her money and was just happy to play the game. With 71,000 votes since Wednesday, Malcom wins the sprint fan favorite edging out Brenda by one thousand votes. Brenda was there by satellite as she is back in Miami, full term pregnant and about to deliver any minute. TV has changed over the years. Now there is this thing called twitter, FB, and the like. People can write directly to the casts and in real time, get answers back. Dawn, especially in the last week, has taken such an ass kicking on twitter that she shut her account down. Kill me now, Boston Rob is there with a book (of rules to live by) and a hug for Pinky. Pinky I guess, has a few fans. He says he has given out 2000 SRU names. Is willing to watch the show with anyone who wants to. Has a few fan pics to show for his efforts. The pre-jury castoffs were in the audience and I guess on Twitter, Corrine wasn’t happy about it, even though she had her mug on the screen as one of Dawn’s pals in the game. Cochran has graduated Harvard Law but says he wants to write. Being a lawyer is put off for now. I’ll bet mom and dad are happy about that. The hint for next season’s theme, Blood vs Water.. Hmmm.. Family members vs non family members? Who cares as long as there are no retreads.
That’s it folks. Thanks for participating with me. See you in September with season 27.