Survivor 39.1 “I Vote You Out and That’s It”

“It’s time for Survivor!”

Those are among the four greatest words in the English language and it’s the phrase that I look forward to hearing at least twice a year.  Last night, as Big Brother came to an ignominious end, the latest season of Survivor began.  We watched as a whole new group of castaways arrived on the beaches of Fiji.  Two tribes were formed.  One tribe won immunity.  One tribe went to tribal council and our first castaway was voted off of the island.

As I’ve always said, it takes a while to get to know people on Survivor.  In fact, you usually don’t know who anyone really is until after the merge transforms the game from being a team competition into a personal one.  Every season, I roll my eyes as people try to form an alliance on the first day.  Those alliances never seem to last, do they?  It takes a while to get to know who you can depend on.

This season, the new castaways were even more overshadowed than usual.  Why?  Because, unknown to everyone but one, Boston Rob and Sandra are in the game as well.  They’re not competing this time.  As both Jeff Probst and Rob made clear, they’re not going to compete in challenges.  They’re not going to vote in tribal council.  They’re not eligible to win a million dollars.  Instead, Rob and Sandra are living on the “Island of the Idols,” where they will apparently be given advice and lessons to randomly selected castaways.

Last night, Elizabeth of the Lairo Tribe became the first to go the island.  Rob and Sandra taught her how to make fire.  Then Rob challenged her to a fire-making contest.  If Elizabeth won, she would get an immunity idol that was good for the next two tribal councils.  If Rob won, Elizabeth would lose her vote at that night’s tribal council.  Foolishly, Elizabeth agreed to the challenge and, of course, she lost.  Even though she lost, Elizabeth potentially learned an important lesson:  Don’t be stupid.

Of course, then Elizabeth went back to her tribe and lied about what happened on the island.  She said there were three urns and that she had to break one and …. well, obviously she didn’t learn her lesson.  Does she not realize that other people are going to go to the island and discover that she’s been lying to them?

Fortunately, for Elizabeth, it didn’t matter that she didn’t have a vote last night because her tribe didn’t target her.  Instead, professional poker player Ronnie was targeted and blindsided.  Why was Ronnie targeted?  A lot of it was his general attitude.  He gave too many orders and he didn’t come across as being trustworthy and, foolishly, he tried to talk everyone into voting out two of the more likable members of the Lairo Tribe, Elaine and Vince.  By a vote of 7 votes for Ronnie and 2 votes for Vince, Ronnie was voted off the island.

For what it’s worth, here are early impressions of this year’s cast:

Lairo Tribe

(The Lairo Tribe lost immunity and it wasn’t even close.  I get the feeling they’re going to lose a few more immunities before they get their act together.)

Ronnie — Ronie was voted out last night and he really only has himself to blame.  When he should have been laying low, he was way too aggressive.

Elizabeth — Elizabeth is an Olympic swimmer.  She’s a competitor but, as her actions on the Island of Idols showed, she doesn’t appear to have much common sense.

Missy — Missy is an air force veteran who is recovering from a brain tumor.  She seems like she could be a strong player.  She started the first all-girls alliance of the season.  We’ll see how long this one lasts.

Dean — Dean didn’t make much of an impression.

Tom — Tom is the oldest person out there.  He’s a former NHL player.  He seems like he has chance to go far as everyone’s de facto father figure.  As the oldest player, he does the run the risk of being voted out if the tribe starts to panic over losing too many immunity challenges.

Aaron — Aaron owns a gym.  Aaron was totally left out of the Ronnie blindside.  Aaron seems like he’s going to be kind of a jerk.

Vince — Vince is the first Hmong to ever play on Survivor.  He’s a likable guy and a hard worker and he’ll probably be around for a while.

Elaine — Elaine seems like she’s going to be this year’s love-her-or-hate-her castaway.  Your either going to respond well to all the bad jokes or she’s going to drive you crazy.

Chelsea — Who?


(Vokai dominated the immunity challenge last night and they seemed to be this year’s golden tribe.)

Lauren — Lauren is a nanny and that’s about all I remember about her.

Molly — Molly is a law student and she didn’t make a particularly huge impression last night.

Janet — Janet is the life guard that the tribe quickly nicknamed “Supermom.”  She seems to have the same strengths (and weakness) as Tom on the Lairo Tribe.

Kellee — Poor Kellee!  She had to deal with Creepster Dan last night.

Jason — I like Jason because he dressed up for the beach but he also immediately got on the majority of his tribe’s bad side by running off to look for an idol on the first day.  That wasn’t a good move and he’s probably very lucky that Vokai won immunity.

Jack — Jack has a cool stoner vibe that I liked.  He seems likable.  We’ll see how far that can carry him in the game.

Nauro — I liked Nauro because she was the only person willing to let Jason know that the rest of the tribe was talking about voting him out.

Tommy — Tommy’s a 4th grade teacher and it seems like he’s decided that he’s the leader of the tribe.  I thought Tommy came across as being a little bit condescending.

Jamal — Jamal didn’t make much of an impression.

Dan — Creepster Dan!  So, Dan is currently my least favorite person on the beach.  Between bragging about being a talent agent and then targeting Jason and then getting all creepy with the female members of the tribe, Dan has done enough that I’m hoping he’s not around too much longer.

We’ll see what happens!  For now, Ronnie has been voted out and the Vokai Tribe is looking strong!

Yay!  Survivor’s back!

Lisa Marie

31 thoughts on “Survivor 39.1 “I Vote You Out and That’s It”

  1. betty

    Great summary of last night’s show. I thought it was one of the best opening episodes I have ever seen and I find myself liking a lot of the players. I was so happy to see the Flim Flam Man (Ronnie) voted out. What a JERK!! I hope Aaron goes next. I always loved Boston Rob and never was a Sandra fan, but last night I found myself liking her. Nothing was said about evictees returning and I hope it stays this way. I hate it when players come back after being voted out!

    Was Elizabeth told not to tell anyone about Boston Rob and Sandra being on the island? I don’t understand why she didn’t tell her tribemates, but maybe I missed something.

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    1. Lisa Marie Bowman Post author

      Thank you, Betty! It’s good to see you over here. 🙂 I’m not sure what Elizabeth was thinking but she made the decision on her own to not tell anyone about what happened on the Island of the Idols.


      1. betty

        I heard her decide not to tell, but I found it strange. I would be busting at the seams to tell everyone I met Sandra and Boston Rob. Can’t wait to see tomorrow’s episode.

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  2. franniep2

    Betty, I enjoyed last nights episode as well. I was also wondering if Elizabeth was told not to mention anything about Rob and Sandra. If not, and by her not saying anything, that may put a huge target on her back. Others may not trust her….

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    1. Lisa Marie Bowman Post author

      Hi, Frannie! I’m not sure why Elizabeth did that. What’s odd is that they had her drawn the name of the next person to be sent to Island of the Idols so it’s not like she didn’t know that others would be going to the island.

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      1. franniep2

        Hi Lisa….. I was also wondering if that bag of names that Elizabeth picked from contained names from both tribes. I would hope they do it fair and give both sides a chance to go to the Island of Idols.

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  3. marcellagwin

    Survivor probably put me in a decent mood to watch the BB finale! Survivor was great! All new players! Yeah! Boston Rob back with that Boston accent! What a great premise for Survivor. Have two of the best ever mental/social players coach newbies! I think it’s great. Loved when Rob asked Sandra (in their tribal hideout)if she would have “sympathy”… lol! What a question!

    I really like Elizabeth (though she won’t last long with her current strategy) and Elaine (put that tummy under cover girl!). The other tribe, I have very little memory of… maybe next week! I always feel like I’ve got brain freeze the first couple weeks of Survivor!

    Thanks for your summary Lisa Marie! Should be an awesome Survivor season!

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  4. tedstrutz

    I disagree, Lisa. I think Elizabeth knew she had no chance against Boston Rob, but what true Survivor Fan would pass up the chance to compete against Boston Rob? What a story she will have to tell back home. I am sure she was told not to say anything about her time on Idol Island. If she had that would spoil the mystery of the island. I’m sure all going will be pledged to secrecy for awhile. And if she is caught in a lie she can just say she was following orders. I like this cast. Not the usual T&A show, but older and a real diverse bunch of interesting people. Yes, my guy was kicked off the island, but he deserved to go, he was a big disappointment, I wish I had had the hockey player. So does Betty, hahaha. In case you people don’t know, Betty lives and breathes Hockey and is a die-hard Red Wings fan. My girl in our pool is Lauren the Nanny and she looks like she will be fun and appears pretty smart, I hope she plays like Cirie and does not go down the ‘angry black woman’ road that so many players do.

    I think the women are stronger than the men this season. And, I don’t see Aaron or Dan lasting long. I like Jamalle and Tom especially. For the women, Elizabeth, Missy and Chelsea. How could you forget Chelsea, Lisa, she was hilarious in her comments and I think my favorite player so far.

    I loved seeing BR and Sandra and thought that twist went well and will add to the game. The scene in the Tribal hideaway was hilarious with the real Sandra coming through, now that’s the spirit of Survivor, not the weepy lovefest that was Tribal.

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    1. marcellagwin

      Weepy lovefest! Excellent description!

      I have to rewatch Saturday every Survivor season… Wednesday’s usually catch me grading papers from mid-week pop quiz , so I only pay about half attention! Saturday’s, all my menfolk are off doing men-stuff (no school, so daddy puts those boys to work!). I get peace & quiet for a whole hour!

      Glad you put some names & opinions in you post… now I will know who to look for! Weekend!

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      1. betty

        I watched it again and it was well worth it. It takes awhile to put names to faces. I remembered the jerks, Ronnie and Aaron. I also remembered Elaine and Vince. I liked them both and was so glad neither of them went home. I am a hockey fan, so I was very excited to see Tom Laidlaw. I thought he was a nice guy. He was especially kind and encouraging to his tribe members.

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    2. marcellagwin

      Ted… I completely agree with you re: fire making challenge… I’d have had a hard time passing that one up too… especially knowing the loss of my vote wouldn’t have a negative effect on my tribal alliance!

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      1. betty

        I don’t know what I would have done, but you don’t want to look like a coward in front of Sandra and Boston Rob. I was just thankful her tribe was able to vote out Ronnie without her vote.

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      1. tedstrutz

        I don’t think Sandra was the best to ever play, but she did manipulate people and voted out whoever she needed to and got away with it, and won twice. I think people confuse arrogance with being self-confident and playing exactly the way one wants too and not kissing ass. I also think that now Sandra perpetuates that aura of greatness just to piss people off too. And, I love that. Loved her commentary… pure unadulterated Sandra. This is going to be a great season.


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