(There’s an update at the end of this post with new information that I learned after posting.)
I’m still trying to put together my thoughts concerning last night’s episode of Survivor.
Am I glad that Dan is gone? Yes, I am.
Do I wish he had been taken out of the game earlier? I do. In between the initial complaints about Dan and his expulsion from the game, Kellee, Jamal, Aaron, Missy, Elizabeth, Karishma, and Elaine were all voted out. Some of these people I liked and quite a few, I didn’t. However, regardless of how I feel about them, it still seems like all of them deserved to be in the game longer than Dan.
After Jeff Probst showed up on the beach and announced that Dan has been expelled from the game, I found myself thinking back to that tribal council where Dan argued that he would “never” do anything inappropriate. When Jeff continued to challenge him on on it, Dan said, “You’re just not going to let this go, are you?” Dan got quite worked up and emotional about it. He said that he would watch his behavior and he would be more mindful of his actions. And some people — like Janet — seemed to actually believe him. I feel bad for Dan’s son, who got dragged onto national TV and who, for a while at least, will now be known as the son of the first player to ever get kicked off of Survivor.
We don’t know the exact details of the “other incident” that occurred off-camera. After last night’s show aired, Jeff Probst announced that he would not be sharing the exact details because of “privacy concerns.” I imagine that everyone involved with the show signs of nondisclosure agreement before each season begins so it’ll probably be a while before we get any definite answers as to what specifically happened.
What we do know is that Dan is gone and, for the first time in 39 seasons, the reunion show will not be aired live. Because of “security concerns,” they’re taping the reunion show four hours before the airing of next week’s finale. So, if anyone says anything about Dan’s behavior during the show, I imagine it will be edited out.
Dan is gone and so is Elaine. In fact, Dan’s expulsion only took up the last 3 minutes or so of the show. Before that, last night’s episode was all about Dean going to the Island of the Idols and winning an “Idol Nullifier” and Elaine getting voted out of the game. To be honest, there was no real shock to Elaine getting voted out. She was the obvious target and, when she didn’t win immunity, it was pretty obvious that the rest of the tribe would go after the player most likely to win the game. The show tried to create some suspense by making it look like Noura might go instead but Noura is so crazy and disliked that you just know she’s going to get dragged to the final three. In the end, only Elaine and Dan voted for Noura. Everyone else voted for Elaine. Elaine handled it with class and, while I never liked Elaine as much as the rest of the fandom did, I’m sorry to see her go. Certainly, I wouldn’t complain if they brought her back for a future season.
So, next week is the finale and the final five players in the game are not particularly deserving. I guess I’m hoping that Janet wins, though I wish she hadn’t been so quick to ally herself with Dan after Kellee and Jamal were voted out of the game.
Here’s your final five:
Lauren — Lauren has made some good moves but, for the most part, it seems like a lot of her success has been due to luck.
Janet — Janet has an idol.
Dean — Dean has an idol nullifier and a totally worthless, fake Legacy advantage.
Tommy — Tommy has spent most of the game just doing what everyone else wants.
Noura — Noura is the wild card, in more ways than one. I have a feeling that she gets taken to the end because everyone will feel that they can beat her.
Anyway, my final three prediction is:
Dean, Tommy, and Noura with Dean winning.
We’ll see if I’m right next week!
UPDATE: According to People Magazine, Dan was climbing aboard the boat after an immunity challenge and he grabbed a member of production’s leg. Dan said that he was trying to balance himself but the show’s producers felt that the incident was not an accident.