Survivor: San Juan Del Sur - Episode 14
This is My Time - Part 1
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Viking
December 18, 2014
We begin in a seemingly empty studio in Los Angeles where we have our first Probst sighting of the night. Jeff welcomes us to the finale and then begins the first of several weird live shots that we'll see during the finale. We learn that he's not in an empty studio; he's actually watching the finale with 500 of his closest friends, at least 50 of whom will probably speak at the reunion (while players like Julie will get skipped over). While I appreciate the little live break-ins, they're just kinda weird. I mean, if you don't really have anything to say, Jeff, just get to the show. And with that, he rolls the season recap that always begins the finale episode.
You've all read David and Kim's recaps all season, so you know what's happened so far. I'm not going to recap a recap. They tell us all about the season from Day 1 to now, Day 37. Jeff gives a breakdown of the final five and how they're all ready to buckle down and win this thing. We're some seven and a half minutes into the show before we finally get to camp after the Jon blindside. I'm very interested to see how Jaclyn responds to this. Will she curl up into a ball and cry or will she choke Natalie out on national television?
Looks like it's closer to the latter. Jaclyn is pissed at the fakeness and lying that she just saw at Tribal. Missy tries to smooth it over by saying something about being loyal to a fault. While I'm wondering if Jeremy would agree with that, Natalie tries to be logical and point out that Jon was not loyal in this game and therefore was not owed loyalty. At this, Jaclyn snaps. She's already emotional but the thought that Natalie would be attacking Jon's character after sending him home just really pisses her off. Nat does her best to explain to Jaclyn that she's only referring to Jon within the context of the game. She doesn't know him outside of it, but inside the game, he flipped and burned people. But the claws are already out and there's little hope of smoothing this one over. Jaclyn has stuff to say, and she's going to be heard.
In confessional, Jaclyn breaks down and tells us that she's never heard anyone say bad things about Jon and she just snapped. Natalie tells us she's glad Jaclyn exploded like that and that it might make her harder to work with. She is, however, concerned that her fate in this game is in the hands of Missy and Baylor. And as we know, that is not where ANYone wants to be. She tells us that it takes a lot of work to win Survivor and she plans on putting in the work to get it done. She just hopes that Missy and Baylor really do plan on going to the final three with her. And with that, the opening credits roll!