My Big Question: Back in 2008, Jeff Probst and I did a video segment called the “‘Survivor’ Question of the Week” where we’d debate the merits of a specific topic. One of those topics was, “Who was the least deserving winner in ‘Survivor’ history.” I chose Chris Daugherty because I felt like he was lucky that the female alliance fell apart when it did and I didn’t like how he misled people like Eliza before voting them out. The lying struck me as very unnecessary.
However, that was based on a four-year-old season I had watched before yapping about “Survivor” was my actual job. So for this rewatch, my main goal is to critique Chris’s performance to see if he deserved my worst-ever ranking.
And with that, let’s get back into this mess…
I’ll also give Chris points for not waiting until he was the last to go to start making moves. Too often recently you’ve got people content to last three more days, then their scrambling is easily brushed aside when their time is up.
Gah! Negative points to Twila for confessing to something that’s easily denied. She’s like a Vanuatuan Brandon Hantz.
Yikes, family visit…these always get to me. Which is weird, cause I’ve spent years at a time away from my parents. (That’s not meant to be negative, Team Holmes just tends to live in far off places.)
I was just about to make fun of Twila for not knowing how to type until she broke down. Now I feel like a monster.
Oh c’mon! There’s a production whiteboard in the background of Chris’s fiance’s video! They might as well have shot them at the Vanuatuan airport.
Really, Julie? You can’t remember one item from the memory challenge? How ironic.
So, picture me on the R2 Septa train from Philadelphia getting all misty-eyed in front of 50 or so commuters. Thanks, Eliza and Mrs. Orlins.
That being said, I would absolutely throw a challenge that resulted in my mom spending a day at my tribe’s camp. Last thing I’d need when I’m trying to lay out some hardcore strategy is her bragging about me being the lead in my high school musical.
Thumbs up to Mrs. Orlins for literally giving the shirt off of her back to her daughter. Adorable.
People should really avoid relying on semantics in this game. If I say, “I thought you said we were good to the end.” And you justify it by saying, “I said final four, not the end.” That’s as damaging as lying. Actually, it might be better just to say, “I lied.”
With seven people yelling during the challenge, I wonder if it’d been good strategy for Chris to use a mock low voice.
Chris telling his wife that he’s going home has to be this season’s signature moment. (And how bad do you feel for her having to fly home with that on her mind?)
OK, here’s my thing with Chris; he should go home this episode, right? But the women, by themselves, decide that they’d rather keep him over Eliza. That probably puts him out sixth. He was content with that until Twila came up with the Eliza/Scout/Twila/Chris alliance. So, I think when I’m done here, I’ll be prepared to say Chris is a smart player with a strong social game, but he also got realllllllly lucky.
If you voted against me, I’d be cool with it as long as you put a frowny face on the ballot.
Would someone swearing “on their son” mean more to you than a standard pinky swear?
Is Chris’s moment with his fiancé the best family visit moment ever?
If you were Chris, how would you play your confidant Julie now that she’s on the outs?
That’s gotta be the best episode of the season so far, right?
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