Survivor Micronesia: Fans Vs. Favorites

If It Smells Like a Rat, Give it Cheese

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

May 14, 2008

Do you think Natalie would betray me? I doubt it. Don't you doubt it?

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Jeff asks him what it'll take to win this game. He says he has no idea what to do. He needs some kind of redemption before he can consider himself in the finals. Jeff asks Cirie is it matters if you redeem yourself. She says that she thinks it does matter. She says she thinks that you can redeem yourself and that it's important that you do. This whole speech from Cirie is masterful. He was on the hook back at camp. He took a bigger bite as Parvati and Amanda yelled at him. But as soon as Cirie was a friendly voice and didn't attack him, the hook has now been sunk. The next question will be whether or not Erik wants to keep immunity. I have to say, right now, it's 50/50 that he gives it up. This is nothing short of amazing. As Jeff asks about the necklace, Erik says, "...I wanna give individual immunity to Natalie." And there it is. Erik sunk his teeth into James' apple and at the same time, took James' crown as the dumbest Survivor to ever play the game. With that, it's time to vote.

For the first time ever, they actually show us all the votes. We see Erik vote for Parvati saying that he has to take a risk and hopes people keep their word. Next up is Natalie voting for Erik saying that she doesn't know what to say, but "Thank you." Amanda is up next voting for Erik. Cirie is up next with her Erik vote saying that her mother always told her that you may not be able to beat them with your muscles, but you always can with your head. Finally, Parvati sums it all up by saying, "You're crazy. You'll officially go down as the dumbest Survivor ever. In the history of Survivor. Ever." As Jeff reads the votes and the jury has a good laugh, it sinks in with Erik that not only is his time here done, but he went out in the dumbest possible manner. I mean, going home with two immunity idols in your pocket is pretty frickin dumb and it pales in comparison to this move. As he heads to have his torch put out, James celebrates losing his reign as the dumbest Survivor ever.


Now, there's not a whole lot left to say except what Jeff says next, "I think that's what's known as a life lesson." I have to be honest, it's hard for me to put into words how absolutely, devastatingly dumb this move was. So I'm not going to try. What I am going to do, however, is mention that this is yet another perfect reason why the producers of this show cannot be trusted to pick the cast. Any fan of the show should have known better than to do something that idiotic. Since I've been pushing all my readers to flood the CBS Feedback box with links to these columns and the request that they put a REAL fan on the show, I think I'll give my rendition of what Tribal Council should have gone like. It should have gone a little something like this...

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