You've Got A Puzzled Look, Part 2
By Jim Van Nest
May 17, 2007
And now it's time to vote. And unlike each and every one of the first 13 seasons, they show none of the votes. One can only assume that an unprecedented move like that would suggest an unprecedented result. As usual, Jeff comes in, tallies the votes and then runs off with the voting urn. The next time we'll see him will be at the live reunion where someone will be named the Sole Survivor.
And here we are in the Ed Sullivan Theater (Letterman must love this) for the live vote counting and reunion show. Jeff pulls out the first vote and it's for Earl. Second vote, Earl. Third vote Earl. And, well, all the votes are for Earl. In a season with a ton of firsts, we finish off with a unanimous vote at the final Tribal Council for the first time in 14 seasons of the show. And I, for one, am not surprised at all. Cassandra didn't deserve any votes and Dreamz pissed off everyone on the jury. So, congratulations are in order for Earl Cole, winner of Survivor: Fiji.
While I don't cover the reunion, because I simply don't want to, I do have to mention something from this year's event. At one point, Jeff mentions that they contacted Earl two days before leaving for Fiji. Apparently, he was plucked from a restaurant and taken on the adventure of a lifetime. Now, I've been watching this show since the second episode of Season 1. This is now my eighth season recapping Survivor. I've applied for the show myself and feel like I've studied the show enough to be able to play it with the best of them. So here it is. Mark Burnett, Jeff Probst, anyone over at CBS...you want to pluck some random person off the street to play some Survivor. I volunteer that you pick me. You'll get a guy who's guaranteed not to quit and is guaranteed not to act like he wants to quit. Not only that, but you'll get a guy that knows how to play the game, and will come into it with his game face on. I may not be a Jonny Fairplay, but I can say that "playing an honest game filled with integrity" won't be on my to-do list. Also, you're gonna get a guy who will say what he feels. Example...there's not a chance in hell I would have put up with what Alex and "She Who Will Not Be Named" said without telling one or both of them where to go. And as an added bonus, anytime I'm in a confessional, you can plaster Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst under my picture! I mean, come on...what more could you ask for? I'm ready to go and I have my passport. Just contact me through BOP and I'll be ready to go.
Since I'm not likely to be ON Survivor: China, chances are I'll be back here writing about it. Until then, dear readers, take care!