Survivor: One World Recap - Finale Part I
Perception Is Not Always Reality
By Kim Hollis and David Mumpower
May 14, 2012
The challenge is a series of untied ropes, balance beams, puzzle piece retrieval and then a solution to said puzzle. We will pretend as if we are not all thinking that Kim is a mortal lock to win this. Kim does fall off at one point. This allows Chelsea and Alicia to reach the second stage before her. Alicia, master strategist to the end, forgets that the bags with her colors have her puzzle pieces. She wastes time for herself and aids her opponents by untying several of their bags as well. We very much look forward to her elimination from Survivor. First, she has to lose this challenge.
While Chelsea is technically the first to reach the puzzle portion of the challenge, all five participants are within moments of one another. The final result will be determined by when Kim is ready to beat the rest of them. Err, it will be determined by who can solve the puzzle the fastest. Once a participant has a solution, they must enter a combination for a box and open it. Right on cue, Kim is first to ascend the rope to the waiting lock. And she misses! Kim is human!!! Of course, this is a temporary setback rather than a legitimate instance of failure. Alicia and Chelsea manage to make failed attempts as well, but Kim wins as expected. Alicia's missed opportunity here all but guarantees her elimination from the competition.
Kim quickly moves past the celebration stage. After stating her plans, Kim huddles with Chelsea about the potential options. Alicia is the obvious choice, while Kim also notes that she regrets telling Chelsea about the hidden immunity idol back in the day. Chelsea's awareness of this reduces Kim's options. Meanwhile, Alicia and Chelsea are still in denial about their status within the tribe. Alicia believes that she is totally safe while Christina is confident that eliminating Chelsea is the only move that makes sense. Stuff like this is why they are not going to win Survivor.
Tribal Council consists of many statements of the obvious while Kat shoots dirty looks at anyone who will listen. We wish we could put Kat's body language on mute. She's like a small child who didn't get her requested/demanded ice cream. The discussion is so nondescript that Probst eventually asks the players who lack immunity to beg for their safety. Alicia states nothing of note, Sabrina doesn't feel the need and Christina mentions loyalty. Chelsea is the only one whose point is valid. She maintains that tonight's vote could change the perception of the jury with regards to Kim, which is true.
When Probst tallies the votes, there is a moment of possibility for Alicia. Two of the first three votes read are for Chelsea. Alicia cannot hide the grin escaping from her mouth as she grows confident in her security. Still, we know Alicia is screwed when Kat leans over to Troyzan and says, "It's gonna be Chelsea." Sure enough, the other votes go to Alicia, who is penultimate player voted out of Survivor. Alicia leaves, believing (yet again) that Christina has betrayed her; yet, any amount of common sense would reveal that Kim, Chelsea and Sabrina remained loyal to each other again.
Kat, still trying to convince herself that she understands Survivor, mutters: "She backstabbed me and Alicia." Kat, this would be true if she had sworn she would be with you until the very end. What she did instead was give you every indication that she was with Sabrina and Chelsea. We knew this and we weren't there. What's your excuse?
Ergo, now it's time to play It's Anyone but Christina. Tune in tomorrow for the final outcome!