Survivor: Caramoan - Finale (Part 2)
The Last Push
By Ben Willoughby
May 14, 2013
Now for the jury questions, and the “information they need for a million dollar decision," like they haven’t already made up their minds.
Malcolm is first, and he offers his congratulations to everyone, before saying he doesn’t have a question for Sherri. He says his vote is for Cochran or Dawn, and says to Dawn, “I’m going to be your best friend tonight. You played cold-blooded... but you can’t have your cake and eat it too. You have to own it tonight...You can’t be warm mother of six who stabs people in the back... If you fight for it, I will vote for you.” Sure, that might win Malcolm’s vote, but it won’t win the votes of people who want Dawn to grovel.
To Cochran, Malcolm excuses his narcissism, and asks “what quality do you have that I don’t have?” Cochran’s answer is that he has “a heightened level of insecurity” that meant he didn’t like when other people had a different plan. He feels the insecurity manifested itself in a positive way because he voted people out before they got around to targeting him. He explains to Malcolm that he cannot imagine him being insecure. Good answer. Self-deprecating but highlighting Cochran’s strengths, ego-stroking and yet convincing. Plus factually true.
Eddie. His first words are for Sherri, that she was carried to the final three. Sherri does not think she was carried, but everyone on the jury laughs. It’s pretty dumb that Eddie is saying this. Imagine if he was sitting in Sherri’s place. Someone could equally say the same about him and everyone would laugh. But Eddie doesn’t get it.
To Dawn, Eddie says that he saw her as the weakest, most fragile contestant, in a constant state of paranoia. Eddie has been at the dictionary, because he actually uses the word “correlate”. Dawn says that she sees herself as strong, but she has been worn down by the game, and then basically repeats Malcolm’s words about how she owns the game she played.
I think there’s a different thing that doesn’t correlate. Eddie’s correct that Dawn has been emotionally fragile in her daily routine, but at immunity challenges, Dawn has been there mentally every time. Someone having emotional breakdowns every day has done better at “mind over body” challenges than Eddie, who was checking out for donuts.
To Cochran, Eddie wants to know where he sees himself with the Three Amigos after the season is done. In front of the bar, behind the bar, at the bar? What Eddie wants to know is, are we friends or are you going to snub me at Survivor reunions? Cochran lays it on thick, saying that he is at the bar with the Three Amigos, presumably knocking back brewskis.
Two years ago Cochran would have had panic attacks about going to bars and parties, but now he would not just hang with Eddie, Malcolm and Reynold, he would bro down with two women on each side. Cochran has transformed into Diedrich Bader’s character in Office Space! “Two chicks at the same time! And I think if I were a millionaire I could hook that up, too; 'cause chicks dig dudes with money!” The Three Amigos are lapping this up, and Malcolm fist-pumps. If Cochran had known about Eddie’s dog-bar plan, he would have thrown that in too.