Before this latest season of Survivor began, I heard a rumor about Jeff Varner.
Supposedly, Varner was in therapy and had been since returning to America. It was said that he was terrified of how people were going to react when they saw something that he did on Game Changers. Apparently, he felt that he had done something so wrong that he was worried that he would never work again after America saw it.
Now, I have to admit that I was pretty dismissive of those rumors. I mean, we all know that every season, there are rumors. It’s rare that they ever turn out to be true. And I’m not saying that the rumors about Varner being terrified or guilt-ridden were true either. In his previous seasons, Jeff Varner was such a nasty and vindictive player that it wouldn’t exactly require psychic powers to guess that he was going to do something bad during Game Changers. Predicting that Jeff Varner would act like a jackass is like predicting that a member of the Hantz Family would end up doing something violent. It’s kind of an obvious guess.
That said, tonight’s episode of Survivor … well, it’s hard to know where to start. It certainly wasn’t a typical episode of Survivor. The immunity challenge and the reward challenge were handled quickly. We did get some footage of Culpepper bonding with Aubry and Cirie over on the Mana Tribe. And we got a few scenes of Varner trying to recruit everyone to vote off Ozzy on the Nuku Tribe.
But, once Tribal started, we all knew that Varner would eventually be voted out and the show didn’t make any attempt to convince us otherwise. This was one of the longest tribal councils that I can remember but there was never any question that Varner was going. From the moment he asked Zeke why he hadn’t told the tribe that he was trans, I knew Varner was going to go.
Watching Jeff Varner tonight, I found myself wondering how he really qualified as being a game changer. Varner is not only a nasty and vindictive player but he’s also a rather stupid one. When you consider that his goal was to get everyone to vote out Ozzy, what did he hope to accomplish by outing Zeke on national television? Varner apparently felt that, by not coming out to the tribe as trans, Zeke was showing that he was capable of deception but, ultimately, all Varner did was prove himself to be a malicious and desperate player.
I know, I know. Varner apologized. Varner cried. Varner said that he didn’t mean to out Zeke. I didn’t buy it for a second. Varner thought that he was going to 1) get the tribe to vote out Ozzy and 2) get the tribe to distrust Zeke so that he would be targeted at the next tribal council. When Varner cried, it was because his plan had blown up in his face. Need proof? Just look at the way he constantly cut off Andrea when she said that she didn’t believe he was truly sorry,
So, no, I have no sympathy for Varner. He knew what he was trying to do. His plan backfired. He was unanimously voted out. Good riddance,
Next week — the merge! Yay!