Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 13
My Word is My Bond
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Sherpa
May 18, 2015
So, our teams are Mike, Carolyn and Will against Dan, Sierra and Rodney. You know where this is going right? Mike wins. Carolyn goes on all the rewards and Rodney always loses. Anyway, we'll skip the first half of the challenge because it doesn't matter. Once both teams start working on the puzzle, it takes over an hour before someone even gets close to solving it. Some highlights of the puzzle portion: When collecting pieces, Rodney gets ahead of where he's supposed to be, which causes a slow down on his team... again. As I said, it doesn't matter because no one can figure out the puzzle, but it's just another example of Rodney not only not winning challenges, but actually hurting his team. Anyway, as they agonize over the puzzle, the biggest clue should be the tile that is "N'". I mean, shouldn't that help a little? The first mention-able discussion comes from Sierra. She says, "Fixin'. F-I-X-I-N'“ Dan, Survivor guru that he is, says "No." I need the Probst sound clip from a few weeks ago, "Dan is...wrong." Honestly, it should just play every time Dan opens his mouth.
It's around this time that Jeff gives out the first hint. He tells them to think of the way they talk on Survivor. At the 30 minute mark, Jeff suggests that the puzzle may as well be in a foreign language. We see a shot of "Wax" set up from Mike's tribe. Huh? And on Dan's tribe, we zero in on that ever-popular Survivor word, "Shain't." Really?
Anyway, Jeff tells them to think Survivor. It's been on 30 seasons. "I say the same 200 words over and over and over. I'm in therapy I say the words so often." That should do it, right? Nope. We check in again at the 45 minute mark. Jeff tells them that maybe this is a blue collar phrase and to not worry about grammar. And this inspires Rodney, "A reward that will fix wishin'." Sure, roll with that Hot Rod. This might shock some of you, but that is...wrong!
At the hour mark, Jeff breaks in to let us know this is now the longest word puzzle in the history of the show. He asks them to remember what it is they're playing for, what does it come with? Dan asks Rodney, "What's he saying?" Rodney asks back, "Is he giving us a clue?" Sierra, "I'm not even listening to him." Oh, Sierra! I was so with you suggesting "Fixin'" right out of the gate, and then you go and say that. If you could see me, I'm shaking my head in disgust right now. Carolyn looks at Mike and says, "He's giving us hints." And as Jeff goes on about commercials that will throw in "this and this and this. A complete set, everything you need." And Mama C about jumps out of her skin. She doesn't say it, so we can't know if she got the same "fix wishin'" vibe that Rodney got. But the red team goes nuts and gets to work. And whadaya know, "A reward with all the fixin's". Mike, Carolyn and Will...win...reward!