‘Survivor’ Castaway Marissa – ‘My Mother Couldn’t Beat Me in a Challenge’


'Survivor: Blood vs. Water' (CBS)

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The first Tribal Council of any “Survivor” season is usually a pretty simple affair. Either someone didn’t help around camp. Or someone is terrible at challenges. Or someone is too annoying.

This is the first season where someone was voted out because their uncle was too annoying.

I spoke with “Survivor’s” unfortunate niece, Marissa Peterson, the morning after her elimination and got her thoughts on her uncle’s trash talking, the politics around Tadhana, and her famous catchphrase…

Gordon Holmes: I have some good news.
Marissa Peterson: What’s that?
Holmes: You and I are going to be rich.
Peterson: How?
Holmes: Here’s the plan…we get t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers…and we put “F*** You, Brad Culpepper” on them.
Peterson: (Laughs) People were hashtagging that!
Holmes: I think you’ve started a movement and we need to strike while the iron is hot.
Peterson: (Laughs) That’s a good idea, just send me the design layout.
Holmes: Will do.

Holmes: What is it about Mr. Culpepper that inspires that level of hatred?
Peterson: A lot of people are natural leaders. I feel like I’m a natural leader. But in this situation I decided not to step up. Brad did step up. He’d say, “I’m used to leading a household, leading a family, so I’m going to lead this tribe.” He was in the perfect situation to make these moves and make these calls. But, it was interesting how he’d back down in front of people. He’d be like, “Oh, I’m not calling the shots.” And then in his confessionals  he’d say, “Oh, I am calling the shots.”
Holmes: Candice last night mentioned him specifically shushing the women. Did he ever shush you?
Peterson: That was something I’d heard, but me personally I didn’t get shushed. He would just flat out tell me “No” or put his hand up when I was talking and say, “No, we’re not going to do that.” It’d be like, “OK, we don’t need your opinion right here, right now.” Nobody’s ever told me my opinion was wrong. We’ve been trying to make fire for two days and he told me not to help. Every time I made a suggestion he’s like, “No, we’re not going to do that.” That’s where I was coming from with the disrespect. I didn’t see him doing that to the guys so much. I did feel disrespected.
Holmes: Candice had a reason to be upset with him voting out her husband John, but she really rolled in there with the guns blazing…or maybe middle fingers blazing is more accurate.
Marissa: (Laughs) I wasn’t expecting that. It was more like, I knew I’d gotten on Brad’s radar when I said, “I don’t want you on my tribe if you’re thinking of giving up a challenge for your wife.” That was strike one. Gerv? That was strike two. I knew Candice was definitely upset that her husband was on Redemption. And I think maybe Monica voted for her in the beginning. I think that’s part of the reason she was feeling like that toward Brad.
Holmes: There’s just a heated Culpepper/Cody feud going on.
Peterson:  Right? (Laughs)

Holmes: I was there for Gervase’s disastrous immunity challenge. I love the guy, but it was a mess. Before the Tribal that sent you home, did you know Gervase had put you in a rough spot?
Peterson: Yeah…right when we got back to camp I was letting them know that I wasn’t OK with how he reacted in that situation. I was trying to separate myself from that. But, that’s a stupid reason to put a target on my back. Katie’s the reason the tribe lost that challenge. We had a head start and Gerv didn’t have anything to do with anything. Everyone was saying Katie has to go. So, I thought after Tribal Council I’d handle the Gervase situation again. But, it was too late.
Holmes: How hard did you try to get Gervase to replace you on Redemption Island?
Peterson: When I think about it, I don’t know what it would have been like if I was all of the sudden on Galang. Would I have a target right off the bat like Rupert’s wife or would I get to hang back?
Holmes: I would have given that man a serious guilt trip.
Peterson: (Laughs) You know, Brad has played football games and what Gervase did wasn’t even half the celebration or half the (expletive deleted) talking that people do on the field. Hayden’s played collegiate baseball and he’s getting upset by some 40-something-year-old man? Especially after that swimming performance? Why are you taking this so personally?
Holmes: Was it nice to watch Brad get the boot last night?
Peterson: I thought that was great.

Holmes: Alright, let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Hayden.
Peterson: Glass of water. I don’t know…he seems bland. I guess I didn’t get enough from him.
Holmes: Vytas?
Peterson: Kumbaya in disguise. He puts on this front…it might be his real front. You don’t see him making moves, but later someone told me Vytas brought my name up.
Holmes: Katie?
Peterson: (Laughs) Bump on a log. I was really disappointed when I saw her get beat by her mother in the physical contest.
Holmes: Ciera?
Peterson: Lucky. She’s in jeopardy but she manages to point the fingers away from her. She got beat by her mom three times.
Holmes: Marissa, are you trying to tell me that your mother couldn’t beat you in a physical challenge?
Peterson: No, my mother couldn’t beat me in a challenge.
Holmes: Brad?
Peterson: Douchebag. I’ve never met anyone like him before.
Holmes: Caleb?
Peterson: America’s sweetheart. You have all these people who dislike Colton so much and Caleb doesn’t even care. Nobody’s opinion of Colton affects how he feels about his fiancé.

Holmes: Whenever someone is the first one out, it’s usually that person’s fault. That doesn’t seem to be the case with you. Do you feel cheated at all?
Peterson: “Survivor” is not real life. In real life I think all of the things I had going for me would have been seen and someone else would’ve been voted out. “Cheated” is not the word, I just got played by the game.

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