Survivor: Redemption Island

Seems Like a No Brainer, Part 2

By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst

May 18, 2011

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Thankfully, Mike is up next. Unlike Julie, he's been a class act from day one. I know that whatever he says will be respectful and well thought out. Don't disappoint me, big guy. He starts by saying that his experience in this game has brought him closer to God. He developed some incredible friendships and he found some inner peace for himself. He wants to know what they learned about themselves. Natalie says that at her age and having never even camped, she learned that she's a lot tougher and more capable than she realized. This experience has given her confidence that she can't wait to take back into her everyday life. Rob says that what he's taking away from this time on Survivor is that he needs to stop playing games. This is the last day he'll ever play the game and he needs to be at home taking care of his family. For Phillip, he feels so blessed to have this opportunity. He learned that he could stand on his own and work his way through this on his own.

Rob 5, Phillip 1, Natalie 0. Can't give Mike's vote to anyone, but it wouldn't surprise me if he went with Natalie. She gave a very good answer to his question. Her only good answer thus far.

Next up is Steve. He begins be congratulating Natalie and Rob. He commends Natalie for what she accomplished at 19 years old. He also takes his hat off to Rob for all of the time he's spent out there and for being a fellow warrior. He addresses Phillip by saying that he feels sorry for him and that he's a shameful, sorry man.


Rob 5, Phillip 1, Natalie 0. With no real hint of where Steve's vote is going, we'll leave the tally like this with Mike and Steve's votes seemingly up for grabs.

And we finish with David. He starts with "And now for something completely different..." He says that he is not asking any questions and that he's not even going to talk to the finalists. He wants to address the jury. And in what will be remembered as the greatest Jury Speech not involving a snake and a rat, he says this, "There's really only one logical decision here. Well, one person doesn't deserve it, so we can cut him off. The other one thanked somebody for doing it all. Who'd she thank? The guy sitting in the middle. He did everything. And most importantly, he managed to blindside Matt. And in the process of doing that, he sent a message to his tribe that if any of you show any signs of not being loyal, you're gonna go home. He controlled all of you. He controlled your minds, he controlled what you did, he controlled your thoughts. You all bought it. And one by one by one, you were all blindsided. A little ruthless, but brilliant. When we started this game, two people came in. One of them claimed to be the best to ever play the game. He walked out on Day 8. There's a guy sitting over there that just played the best strategic game this game has ever seen. And it's pretty damn easy to tell you who deserves to get your vote tonight."

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