Survivor Caramoan – And The Winner Is ….
It was no surprise after seeing the final tribal council that Cochran won the $1 million prize as sole surivor. He was a worthy and popular winner. The voting was unanimous with Dawn and Sherri unable to get a vote.
Cochran’s speech to the jury was I can’t out muscle, outcharm or even out strategise. I can beat people in timing. I’ve lied along the way I have deceived along the way and I own it.
Sherri’s was just all over the place where she basically admitted she did not need the money telling them she was a successful business woman with three franchises and 75 staff. But then she was really not in with a shot so it would not have mattered if she had given a speech as rousing as Martin Luther King’s she still would not have pulled one vote.
Dawn who some saw as a favourite going into tribal told the jury how hard she found it to be duplicitous and that she had to give herself permission to play the game.
She received quite a bit of antagonism from the jury particularly Brenda who was clearly still upset from being blindsided by her. Brenda forced her to take her retainer out to show the world the gap in her teeth. Brenda’s rationale was that she was wanting to make her feel the hurt she felt by being voted out. But it did come across as a bit churlish.
Whereas Cochran’s duplicity was rewarded, Dawn who had played a similar game was maligned and to me there was a bit of sexism in this. It was OK for Cochran to strategise but Dawn was meant to be nice. Sure she probably did make deeper personal connections with some of the people out there but they all blindside or get blindsided at some point. Props to Andrea for owning that aspect of the show. See her interview here.
Erik was on the jury because he was medically evacuated which he talks more about that in an interview I will put up later this afternoon. Also he says how the pre-jury cast were not happy about not being onstage at the live reunion show nor was he happy that Jeff Probst did not ask him a question like all the other jury members. And fair point considering we had to see that silly skit with Richard Hatch and Rudy who really added nothing to the episode. Also Boston Rob received time to spruik his Boston Rob Rule Book. For the record it is real and you can get it here.
If you are wanting to get Cochran’s essay on the Survivor jury system that is harder to acquire as he is keeping it hidden because he thinks it is not that good.
Erik collapsed straight after tribal council and was removed from the game at one stage it looked like he might have had an option to stay in but he needed fluids and the doctors said he was gone.
For the first time ever Eddie looked like he was in control as he is a fireman and an EMT and he talked like he knew what he was doing. Hopefully he will stick to his day job as his dream to open an animal shelter attached to a bar does not seem like the brightest business idea.
He must have been gutted to be removed this late from the game as he would have gone top three. Probably an unworthy top three as it looked like he had not strategised at all.
Once Erik was out it was four of them battling it out in the reward challenge with the reward being you would win an advantage in the immunity challenge. Cochran won the stacking of a house of cards challenge. But he was still trying to create a decent relationship with Eddie as he thought he might win the last immunity challenge.
Also Cochran was wondering whether to ditch Dawn.
“Everyday I get to see a new freak out from Dawn” said Cochran he said it was related to the sudden influx of paranoia.
“On day 37 she should be paranoid as I am considering ditching her”. Obviously he didn’t but what did emerge in the last couple of episodes was how hard Dawn was to live with.
The advantage Cochran won for the immunity chalenge meant he did not have not have to untie his bags, this was a big advantage even though he was the first one up the stairs. Has Cochran turned into an alpha male?
He was the first down with the puzzle pieces. At one stage it looked like Dawn was catching up with him but in the end he won the immunity challenge.
Eddie was voted out and Sherri and Dawn went to the final tribal council.
The next season is called Blood vs Water with some returning players. Reality Blurred has some casting spoilers if your are interested.