Survivor: Kaoh Rong - Finale Recap - Part 2
Episode 14 - Not Going Down Without a Fight
By Jim Van Nest
June 1, 2016
As the jury comes in, Neal and Nick are quick to notice that no one is wearing the Immunity necklace. As everyone sits, Nick makes sure to point it out to the rest of the jury. It's NOW that Jeff goes through his "you've made it as far as you can go in this game" speech and reminds them of how they'll have to convince all of those jury members that they're deserving of the million dollars. But that's tomorrow night. At this point, you can tell the jury has NO idea what's going on. They're all smiling and happy and have no idea why. He tells them all that Michele won a reward today and that she should read it for the jury. She lets them all know that tonight she will be voting out a jury member. They will not be at the final tribal council and will not have a vote in who wins this game.
We see a whole bunch of shocked faces on the jury. Neal and Scot look the most concerned, which is actually kinda interesting considering they're the two that Michele is really choosing between. Julia whispers to Debbie that the vote will probably be Joe, as he's the single most obvious non-Michele vote on the table. I'm thinking that the smart move at this point might be to go up and cast a vote for Mark the Chicken. Or just leave the parchment empty. And when asked about it, the response is simple, "Jeff, everyone on that jury earned their spot. No one deserves to have their vote taken away and I'd rather face the full jury then send someone away that doesn't deserve it." If there's a jury member who's on the fence about who to vote for, that could be the push they need to land on your side of things. And it's the truth. Jury members DID earn their spot and DO deserve to have a vote to cast at the end. I think it's horribly unfair to whomever she votes out.
There's some talk about how this will work and the thought process behind it. Michele says she has weighed a lot of options and talked to Tai and Aubry for guidance. Jeff asks the obvious question. How can you trust anything they say? Aubry tells Jeff that what she and Michele talked about was the two different strategies you could take into this vote. You can take out the sure thing vote against you, or go for the potential for juror manipulation. He asks Tai what he's missing on this. Tai suggests that you can take out someone on the jury that might speak to the rest of the jury or that might throw you a tough question while throwing someone else a real easy question. Michele tells Jeff that she is confident in her decision as the person she is voting for was not going to vote for her and could be very persuasive to the rest of the jury.
And with that, it's time to vote. Obviously, they don't show us the vote. Jeff tallies it up and you can see the fear in Neal's eyes. And as expected, Michele votes out Neal (well, Neil, but if he's gone, I guess knowing how to spell his name doesn't really matter, right?). You can tell that Neal is a mixture of expectance and irritation at not only being med-evac'd but now voted off the jury as well. Tough draw for Neal on his on chance to play Survivor. He doesn't go out without at least a small comment against Michele, "You came into this game thinking you're a badass bitch, but you're more like a cute little puppy still suckling at the teat and I don't think you stand a chance."