Survivor Worlds Apart - Episode 13
My Word is My Bond
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Sherpa
May 18, 2015
Before they can enjoy their reward, we have to talk about Rodney. Mama C is actually agonizing over this decision. Jeff asks her if she's good to go, she says to wait a second. Jeff breaks it down. What it means to give up a reward. After listening to Jeff, Carolyn decides, "All right, I'm gonna keep it." Boo yah! She should keep it. For many reasons, actually. The first of which being, SHE EARNED IT! The second of which is that she needs the food, protein and rejuvenation too. She's out there to win a million bucks for her family, not hand it over to Rodney's ass. And third, because giving up a reward to someone else never helps you in the game.
Dan's "Flippers never win" credo is bollocks. The fact that no one ever really gains anything from giving up a reward is proven. Time and again. It's almost as guaranteed as the old Car Curse used to be. So, good on ya, Mama C. Enjoy the ride and the dinner and don't feel bad about it one bit. You earned it. You deserve it.
When we come back we join the winning trio on their helicopter ride. They're having a blast, especially as they fly over an active volcano. This is the kind of thing that you just don't get to do. Mike has never been on a helicopter before and is also thrilled that there's a White, Blue and No collar on the reward. Carolyn tells us that this is the best reward yet. She's been on almost all of them, so she would know! As they eat, they talk about how they can actually feel their minds getting sharper.
And Mike throws it out there, "What do you think about...this final three?" Carolyn, remembering the first rule of Survivor, is all over that. She mentions the whole White/Blue/No thing and says she's on board. Will hesitates. So Mike asks him, point blank, "Will, could you entertain a thought of a final three with me and Mama C?" Will completely ignores rule #1 and tells Mike that he's still public enemy #1 and that he's a threat to win immunity all the way out. Um, Will...that's the perfect reason to align with him. Or at least TELL him you're aligned with him. For crying out loud, Survivor is the ultimate game of "if you can't beat him, join him."
And Will, YOU can't beat him. If you lock down a final three with them right now you accomplish SO many things. First, you give yourself another option if things go bad. Second, if Mike really believes he has a final three deal, the chances of him continuing to scramble for everyone else's vote dramatically decrease. It's simple Survivor play. Maybe as important as Dan's simple math that he harps about so much.
Mike does ask Will for one favor. "Please don't let Rodney beat me." Will says that Rodney's even getting on his nerves. Mike starts the conversation about Rodney constantly wanting people to give up their rewards. Mama C chimes in that he keeps trying to guilt her into it. Mike tells us that he's not sure where Carolyn’s head is right now, but if she's not with him, he definitely needs immunity. As they finish up their steaks, we head back to camp to check in with the others.