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‘Survivor’ Dawson Has Harsh Words for Jeff Kent, Loving Words for Jeff Probst

October 19, 2012

Sarah Dawson and Jeff Probst (CBS)

XFinityTV is blowing up their coverage of “Survivor: Philippines.” Every Monday Jeff Probst and I will tackle a wide variety of topics with the “Survivor” Question of the Week. Every Tuesday I’ll be squaring off against “Survivor: One World” favorite Kat Edorsson in this season’s Power Rankings challenge. Every Wednesday briefly after the show we’ll have a full episode recap and every Thursday we’ll have an interview with the latest eliminated player.  Follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for all the updates!

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Several months ago, Sarah Dawson and I were enjoying a delightful conversation in a charming gazebo located in the scenic Caramoan Islands. Then a picture frame fell off the wall and cracked her over the head. It was the first time I’d ever tried to murder a “Survivor” contestant.

Later, Sarah Dawson was enjoying a comfortable stay in the game of “Survivor.” Her tribe had a nice winning streak going and she was in the middle of a female alliance. Then Denise joined her tribe, her buddy got sick, and she was voted out.

One minute you’re fine, the next you’re wondering what the hell just happened.

I spoke with the quirky Kalabawian the morning after her elimination and had a chance to learn about how she used Jeff Kent’s secret, how Dana’s illness impacted tribe dynamics and the touching embrace she shared with Jeff Probst…

Gordon Holmes: Morning, Dawson. How are you doing?
Sarah Dawson: Well, my torch got snuffed, so I’m a little less on fire today. But I’m still blazing.
Holmes: Well, I’ll make your day a little better. I promise in no way will you be injured during this interview.
Dawson: (Laughs) I was wondering! Is he going to come in and throw a vase at my head?
Holmes: I wouldn’t dream of it. Any injuries you suffer in the next ten minutes will have to be your doing.
Dawson: Thank you.

Holmes: This might cheer you up; I think we have something in common. I think we both have a crush on Jeff Probst.
Dawson: I know I have a crush on Jeff Probst. You want to go to his house?
Holmes: I wouldn’t take it that far. I wouldn’t run up to the man and hug him and plant a kiss on his cheek after being voted out.
Dawson: (Laughs) I recommend it highly. It is the experience of a lifetime. Seeing the look on his face…he didn’t know if I was going to go crazy because of the intensity in my eyes. He’s thinking, “She’s going to go crazy, or she’s about to hump my leg.”
Holmes: For the sake of them keeping their rating, I’m glad you refrained from humping his leg.
Dawson: I would’ve done it classily, you know.
Holmes: Is there a classy way to do that?
Dawson: You know, bring me back for another season and I’ll give some demos.

Holmes: My first instinct when you were walking with your torch was that you’d turn around and out Jeff Kent’s baseball past. Why did you keep that secret?
Dawson: I’d watched Jeff Kent play for twelve days and I watched his social game. And, I gave him tips on his social game because it was so lacking. I knew if I didn’t out him he’d probably go down anyway.
Holmes: What was wrong with his social game?
Dawson: He didn’t socialize.
Holmes: Ah yes, a key component of a social game.
Dawson: If Kent finds a speck of dirt on his cowboy boots he’ll go out and pout about in on the beach for a day and a half. I tried to help him, but he didn’t want to work with me. I don’t want him to lose because he’s a millionaire, I want him to lose because his game wasn’t that good.

Holmes: Here’s an idea I had; what if you’d approached him and said, “Look Jeff, I know you don’t want to partner with me, but the second I’m voted out I’m going to out you.” It’d be like some hardcore “Survivor” blackmail.
Dawson: I actually did do that. You have to be in the mindset of being out there and hungry. At the point I was in the game, my brain wasn’t working on all cylinders. I didn’t want to out him, but I did blackmail him. But I didn’t take him down because I want him to be voted out, not because he has money. You’re going to go home because of your social game.
Holmes: So, he knows that you knew?
Dawson: Absolutely. That’s why he targeted me.

Holmes: Before Dana went down, did you try to bring Denise into your alliance?
Dawson: Denise was on board with a four-woman alliance. We were actually going to take out Carter. Once Dana left Katie and I lost a lot of leverage. And, the guys knew we were coming after them.
Holmes: Katie voted for you last night. Was that a blindside?
Dawson: No, Katie can’t blindside me. I knew she was voting for me and I begged her not to. I said, “I’m a huge fan of the show. If we’re going to go out, let’s go out big. Let’s make this a tie, let’s pull rocks, that hasn’t happened in years! And, if they kick me out, you’re going next.” Unfortunately I couldn’t convince her.

Holmes: Let’s do some word association. We’ll start with Dana…
Dawson: Badass.
Holmes: Jeff Kent?
Dawson: Awkward.
Holmes: Denise?
Dawson: Awesome. I love Denise.
Holmes: Carter?
Dawson: Who?
Holmes: Carter?
Dawson: Who?
Holmes: Gotcha. Well played… Katie?
Dawson: Delaware.
Holmes: Something wrong with Delaware?
Dawson: No, nothing’s wrong with it.
Holmes: I was going to say, Wilmington represent.
Dawson: (Laughs)
Holmes: Let’s finish this off with Penner.
Dawson: Oh man…brilliant player. In one word he’s masterful.

Holmes: Early on it looked like you guys were gunning for Penner. Was that in the cards?
Dawson: We never really targeted Penner. He actually isolated himself from us. He was so obsessed with the idol that he wouldn’t engage with us. He wouldn’t spend any time with us. He didn’t even know the girls’ names until day three. He kept calling me “sweetheart.” He kind of brought that on himself. Jeff Kent wanted him out.

Holmes: I’m super psyched we’re finishing this interview with you in one piece.
Dawson: Yes! In one piece and no one else has been kissed yet today. If you talk to Probst you can tell him I’m available all afternoon. We can finish what we started.
Holmes: He is a married man.
Dawson: I know. And I meant to ask him about that on the island…you know…if that was still going well.
Holmes: That’s terrible.
Dawson: No! I wasn’t hoping for something else…but…you know. You can’t blame a girl for dreaming.
Holmes: You’re only human.
Dawson: And so is he.

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‘Survivor: Philippines’ Pre-Game Interview: Sarah Dawson

September 10, 2012

Sarah Dawson (CBS)

XfinityTV.com sent me deep into the wilderness on a mission to bring you all kinds of “Survivor” stuff including behind-the-scenes tidbits, pre-game interviews with the cast, insights from “Survivor” host Jeff Probst and Challenge Producer John Kirhoffer, a look at the first Tribal Council, and much more. I’ll be cranking out this goodness daily, so be sure to follow me on Twitter (@gordonholmes) for up-to-the-minute updates on all of this season’s “Survivor” fun.

Name: Sarah Dawson
Age: 28
Home: Silver Springs, MD
Occupation: Insurance Sales
Tribe: Kalabaw

Gordon Holmes: You say that the contestant you’re most like is Jessica “Sugar” Kiper. What is it about Sugar that you’re drawing a parallel with?
Sarah Dawson: I don’t know if I’m most like Sugar, I find Sugar to be very entertaining. She was great TV. I know, you know, she did cry a lot. That probably wasn’t fun for the other contestants. But, (expletive deleted) the other contestants. I’m the one watching. I thought she was hilarious.
Holmes: So her pain brought you joy?
Dawson: Not so much her pain…
Holmes: That’s terrible.

Note: At this point in the interview, a framed certificate fell off of the wall of the gazebo we were sitting in and smashed over Dawson’s head.

Holmes: (Laughs) Are you OK?
Dawson: That sound…was my lawyer.
Holmes: Nobody had sat on that part of the gazebo before.
Dawson: (Laughs) I get injured during our interview? This is the first “Survivor” injury of the season!
Holmes: (Laughs) They’re not going to have me back if I keep injuring all of the contestants.
Dawson: (Laughs) You’re not good for TV.
Holmes: You know what that was? That was karma. You were just saying how much you like to watch Sugar cry.
Dawson: Hmm…
Holmes: Are you OK? Seriously? Do we need to get ice or anything?
Dawson: Oh no, I’m fine. My head is super used to hitting things.

Holmes: You’re taking a Bible with you?
Dawson: I’m a Seventh-Day Adventist. I went to a Seventh-Day Adventist high school. It’s kind of like a lifestyle, it’s really nice. Every day of the week there’s something at the church. We’re all vegetarians. So, I’m extremely familiar with the Bible. But, one thing I haven’t mastered is the Bible in Spanish. I just love Spanish culture and their history. I travel to as many Spanish-speaking countries as I can. So, I wanted to bring a Spanish Bible so I could sit down and apply different things and see it in a language I appreciate.
Holmes: It seems like religion has gotten a bad rap on “Survivor” lately. Are you worried that might count against you?
Dawson: Oh my, God. I don’t think Coach (Wade) even knows what show he’s on. OK, so this is what Coach was trying to do. You know how “Survivor” is outwit, outplay, outlast?
Holmes: I’ve heard that somewhere before.
Dawson: Right, you’ve been there. Coach knowing he couldn’t outwit, outplay, outlast, he tried to change people’s mantras of the show by constantly saying, “Honor, integrity, loyalty.” So, if people are always thinking that way, instead of outwit, outplay, outlast, then he’ll have a better shot because people will feel like they need to be loyal instead of getting rid of him. Which, I would’ve noticed right off the bat and put him on a boat out somewhere on his own a longtime before the final three.

Holmes: Quick aside, your nails are awesome.
Dawson: Dude, these are my team colors. So you just saw a little bit under the veil.
Holmes: They told you your colors?
Dawson: I’m pink and brown. Nobody’s ever gone on “Survivor” with really cool nail colors before.
Holmes: You know what else nobody has done? They always merge and then use a local word for “unity” or something for the tribe name. Why aren’t they ever the “Super Fire Thunder Alliance” or something cool like that?
Dawson: I totally agree with you. I’m with you. I want to name my tribe “Smoke a Doobie”, or something like that.
Holmes: They might have a problem with that one.

Holmes: Are you a big “Survivor” fan?
Dawson: I’m as big as you can be.
Holmes: Old school.
Dawson: Old school. And because I didn’t watch much TV growing up, I got into “Survivor” late in the game, so I got my hands on every (expletive deleted) episode and interview. I’ve been watching them for maybe five years. I’ve been really studying the game and how it’s evolved. And everything is so streamlined now, I think this cycle they’re going to switch things up. I think, what I anticipate is that they’ll change up the tribe at least three times. People are feeling too safe. On day one they make a final five alliance, then pick everyone off. And if they make it to the merge with a majority, they’ll pick off the strong people, then once it gets to the final five they pick off the likable people, then sit at the end next to a goat. People think that’s what “Survivor” is, so they’re going to switch it up.
Holmes: It’s funny, because this is the kind of rut “Survivor” fell into before Rob Cesternino shook things up in “Survivor: The Amazon.”
Dawson: They’re going to switch it up this season big time. The people in “One World” got a cakewalk compared to what I’m going to go through. I guarantee it.

Holmes: What are your first impressions of this cast?
Dawson: Some of them are intriguing.  I’m amused by a few.
Holmes: Who’s intriguing you?
Dawson: I’m most intrigued by the girl, she’s maybe 5’7”, she’s got short spiky hair and she’s got tattoos. And she’s a real kind of different badass girl. And as a non-conformist myself, I appreciate her.
Holmes: Who’s amusing you?
Dawson: There’s this other girl, she’s the cutest little thing. I call her “Pinky” because the only thing she wears is pink. She wears in constantly. She’s adorable. But, in my head I compare her to a Maltese.
Holmes: (Laughs) OK…
Dawson: Because she’s got this beautiful shiny hair and she just prances around. I just want to put her in a doggy bag and take her to the mall with me. She’s just so cute.
Holmes: Adorable.
Dawson: But the guys are pretty boring, honestly. One of them is cute, but I haven’t seen a single ounce of personality.
Holmes: We always joke that we leave here with a “Survivor” girlfriend. But I always contest that she can’t be just pretty, there has to be something.
Dawson: Something…yes.
Holmes: Anything else about these folks?
Dawson: I’ve already got (expletive deleted) on all these people.
Holmes: You do?
Dawson: I know some of their names. I know where some of them are from.
Holmes: So just by sitting in a room with them you’ve been able to figure this out?
Dawson: I’m super sneaky. Whenever someone’s not looking, I’m looking. That’s my thing.
Holmes: Evil.
Dawson: I’m not evil! I’m a mischief maker. I love to have fun and if I can just switch this game up and catch somebody off guard…do something different, blindside somebody with a prank and get them off their game, that’d be awesome.

Holmes: Are you prepared to lie to get ahead?
Dawson: (Expletive deleted) yeah!
Holmes: There ya go.
Dawson: (Laughs) Do some people say “No” to that? That’s the more appropriate question.
Holmes: I can’t discuss your cast, but other casts I’ve interviewed have had people who have said they wouldn’t lie.
Dawson: Are you serious? I want to play with them.
Holmes: I never lie, so yes, I’m serious. Are you prepared to flirt?
Dawson: I think it’s natural. If you have to make a conscious decision to flirt, then you probably shouldn’t be doing it.
Holmes: Well put. Are you prepared to use your head wound from a falling picture frame to get sympathy?
Dawson: Oh yeah.  I’m going to probably go to medical now and ask to be transported on a gurney to the location.

Holmes: If you could align with any former “Survivor” player, who would it be and why?
Dawson: Excellent question. I’ve been getting (expletive deleted) questions.
Holmes: I didn’t fly all this way to ask (expletive deleted) questions.
Dawson: You didn’t. I’d love to play with Chet (Welch). Do you remember Chet?
Holmes: From Micronesia? I remember him.
Dawson: Chet was awesome.
Holmes: What are the benefits to having him in your alliance?
Dawson: He can’t do anything! He doesn’t have a physical game, social game. He can’t even get his own water. Talk about someone I don’t have to worry about scheming behind my back.
Holmes: So you’re willing to sacrifice someone who does stuff around camp for someone you can lead around?
Dawson: (Expletive deleted) yeah. I don’t need (expletive deleted) done around camp. All those people go home.

Holmes: OK, what’re you going to do with the million bucks in December when Probst hands you that novelty check?
Dawson: I’m going to buy a helmet for me to wear when I’m around you.
Holmes: Wow, injure a girl once and you’re branded for life.
Dawson: I’m starting to get a headache, and I wasn’t even drinking last night.
Holmes: I’m going to make them take you to medical.

Don’t miss the premiere of “Survivor: Philippines” – Wednesday, September 19, 2012 at 8 p.m. ET on CBS.


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