S35 EPISODE 14 – THE FINAL SECRET ADVANTAGE OF THE GAME
We made it! Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers has had its ups and downs, its dull moments and its dynamite ones. I’ll always say that any episode of Survivor is a good episode of television, and finale night brings three hours of the greatest show on earth. This season more than any other in recent history brought us an ending with five strong contenders to win the game, and while the episode may have seemed like a “will they or won’t they” story for one, the possibilities were still endless, on paper. Without further ado, let’s break down this ferocious fight to the finish.
THERE CAN’T BE ANOTHER IDOL
I started the night with a total case of déjà vu with visions from last week. Everyone got back to camp, vowed to unite, and no matter what vote out Ben at the next tribal council. Sound familiar? It should, because they had the same powwow just three days earlier. Meanwhile as Chrissy, Ryan, Devon, and Mike became sworn blood brothers against Ben. . . oh hey, where did Ben go? Well, no worries. Ben couldn’t possibly find another idol. . .
WHAT!? WHO SAID THAT??!
Ben just played his second idol that no one knew he had, yet no one was considering the fact that he could find a third? The other four felt confident, but I was looking at them all thinking they were crazy.
To quote Ben, “Are you kidding me?!” I was frustrated that the tribe let Ben roam off again to look for another idol, but even more frustrated that there was even an idol out there in the first place. When it’s down to five, there shouldn’t be another opportunity for an idol to be found – let ‘em fight it out using their wits. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: the idols need a limit. Hide one at each tribe’s beach before the merge; hide one at the merge, and then call it quits.
That’s still four idols which provides for plenty of the “live tribals” people love. When idols are played at nearly half the tribal councils in a season, those bombs become less and less explosive. I can’t hate Ben for taking advantage of the overabundance of idols this season, but I walk away from this season hating how many we’ve seen played. Good on Ben I guess for playing scavenger hunt instead of Survivor – look where it got him.
It’s funny that after getting back from the last tribal council, Chrissy suggested that no one even entertain the idea of hearing Ben out, yet she was the first to wake up and talk to him in the morning to try and patch their relationship. Proving how cunning and conniving she was, Chrissy said that she still didn’t trust Ben, yet she went out of her way to convince him that she did in case she needed him later. Given their past, I’m sure there was some genuineness in this conversation, but I continued to admire Chrissy here for never taking her mind off of the game.
Unfortunately for Chrissy, Ben wasn’t stupid. She was writing up a CYA policy should Ben win immunity, and he knew it. I chuckled when after he asked if she’d vote him out if she won immunity, her answer was basically “Yeah, you’re right.” Like Ben said, at least she tried. Coming from the insurance world, Chrissy knew a little extra coverage never hurt anyone.
IMMUNITY – BEAMS AND BALLS
I recall reading somewhere that the Survivor challenge team hired a new designer this season and it definitely has shown. We’ve seen a few repeat challenges or reused elements, but we’ve also had a fair amount of brand new concepts which is really impressive given the show’s been at it for almost 18 years.
The puzzle was new, but the result was the same: Chrissy’s puzzle prowess was unmatched by any of the other four men and she was able to secure her third immunity win of the season. In that moment, she also secured that no one would be able to beat her record this season, and it meant that Chrissy was just one more win away from tying the record for most immunity wins by a woman in a single season. Did anyone else catch that during the episode? I’m not sure that was mentioned by Jeff at all, but Chrissy was competing to tie that record.
The four guys walked away losers, but I’ll say that while Ryan may not have won immunity, he wasn’t a total loser because after this challenge, I’m formally declaring Ryan the winner of the Debbie Donato Wanner Award for Best Performance on a Balance Beam.
Congratulations Ryan! This isn’t just some participation trophy handed out to millennials. No, the Debbie Donato Wanner Award for Best Performance on a Balance Beam is one of the game’s highest honors reserved only for the most elite Survivors, and I must also say how pleased I am to see it go to another bellhop for the second season in a row.
Funny story – when I Googled Debbie pictures for this, “Debbie Wanner Survivor” was actually behind “Debbie Wanner Model” in the suggested search list for anyone that still believes Debbie was lying about being a part-time model. There’s your proof right there!
WASTE OF ENERGY
Along with immunity, Chrissy won a small food reward trip on which she chose to taken Devon and Mike, leaving Ryan tasked with babysitting duty for Ben back at camp (too little too late, guys). While on the reward, Chrissy concocted a plan to use her no-longer-valid super idol as a way to make Ben believe there was no longer an idol to be found. I feel like I’m going to write “unfortunately for Chrissy” a lot over the course of this episode, but unfortunately for Chrissy, Ben wasn’t going to buy her bluff.
As a Chrissy fan, I really wish Ben wouldn’t have found the idol already because I think this plan would have worked out as brilliantly as she hoped it would had Ben still been looking. Although, who knows. With as many idols that were in play this season, maybe Ben still would’ve believed there was a second one out there and searched for it anyway. Talk about a waste of energy on Chrissy’s part.
Chrissy and Ryan looked especially embarrassing after the idol reveal to Ben because we all knew he was laughing internally, and later externally as he cackled his way to the well to get water. The other four thought they had Ben finally beat, but they were about to get hit by another Ben bomb, brick, or bus – whatever he wanted to call it – at tribal council.
Still suspect that Ben could have found another idol, Devon wasn’t so sure they should pile all the votes onto Ben, despite his earlier eerie claim, “If I go because [Ben] plays a third idol in a row, so be it.” Something in Devon’s gut was telling him to throw a vote at Mike so he wouldn’t suffer the same fate as Lauren. This was an astute read on Devon’s part and I hoped that he’d stick with his instinct and go through with it if for no other reason than to prevent from Ben single-handedly dictating another vote with an idol play that we all saw coming.
THE COMMON ENEMY
Much like the last vote, there was no hiding the tribe’s united front against Ben going in to this one. Chrissy once more tried to throw Ben off by whipping out her super idol and telling everyone the story about how she found it – a story which for some reason Jeff felt the need to interrupt and try to tell for her briefly before letting her continue. I was impressed that Ben held his cards close here because he could have easily dropped the #BenBomb then and there to shut her up, but he was going for another silent kill with a plan to use his idol and just one vote to eliminate Devon.
Ben’s third idol may have been a surprise, but an even bigger surprise to poor Mike was Devon writing his name down as a safeguard. This really was the move of the night for me given Devon’s absolutely perfect read on Ben and the rest of the tribe’s votes. With the tie forced between Mike and Devon, Devon put his faith in Chrissy and Ryan who stuck true to their final three alliance to send the doctor out the door on the revote.
Mike was fun and quirky at times, but he got under my skin a little with all the talk of him being the puppetmaster behind the whole game. Maybe we missed something, but it really didn’t seem like Mike was pulling any strings – rather, he was being strung along. There is something to be said about his perseverance, but Mike was allowed to sit at the Round and Rimmer tables when needed and left to sit at the kiddie table when not. Still, Mike’s a big fan of the game and got to live his dream so I’m happy he had the experience. My only other disappointment was the surprising shortage of jokes centered around Mike’s occupation as a sex doctor. I figured it’d be easy for the editors to slip those in every now and then, but that ended up much harder than I expected.
IMMUNITY – U BLEW IT
Prior to leaving tribal council, Jeff informed the final four that there would be one last twist in the game and revealed it at the next challenge to be one more secret “advantage” to top off the season. I had heard news of what this twist was but had totally forgotten about it until just last week when it was teased in the promo. At that point, I understood the eye-roll-worthy intent of the twist which I’ll share my thoughts on later.
As it appeared, with no more idols in the game (presumably) this was Ben’s one last chance to save himself in the game. He was the first person to wibble and wobble his way through the challenge and spell out the word “Heroes,” “Healers,” and “Hustlers,” but he made a critical error in placing an upside down U on his – what do you call that thing? A contraption? – on his contraption, causing him to panic and figure out what he did wrong when Jeff told him something wasn’t right. In that panic, Ben lost control and knocked off all of his letters. It was a #SurvivorMeltdown for sure.
Ben almost came back to win, but again at the last second, he lost half of his letters. Chrissy took advantage of Ben’s multiple mistakes and ended up taking immunity right out form under him. However, as I was watching I noticed that Chrissy too made a slight error and had the “S” in “Heroes” flipped upside down, but Jeff didn’t call her on it. One could argue that an upside down “S” is still an “S” while an upside down “U” is no longer a “U” and thus Chrissy’s immunity win was still valid, so that was hardly the biggest controversy of the night for me.
There was some great editing immediately following the challenge sharply contrasting Chrissy’s pure elation with Ben’s absolute agony. Chrissy smiled the biggest smile she had all season knowing she was in the final three and thinking she had finally sealed Ben’s fate to be voted out of the game. Ben, thinking the same, couldn’t help but to let the tears flow after what he thought was the end to an incredibly hard-fought 38-day run. In the prior 34 seasons of the game, they’d both have been correct. However, Chrissy’s newly earned “advantage” would determine otherwise.
THE DOOR IS STILL OPEN
Just a short while after Chrissy talked with Ryan about the possibility of her, Ryan, or Devon being a millionaire – Ryan adding that Ben would not be a millionaire – Chrissy learned that the only advantage she had won was information. The information was about a major twist in the game being that there would be no vote at final four. Instead, Chrissy would choose one person to take with her to the final three while the remaining two battled for the third spot in a fire-making challenge.
This was a totally bogus twist. I get wanting the final three, or at least two of the three, to earn their place at the end, but let’s not sugarcoat this. The twist is designed for the biggest threat in the game, likely an alpha male type *cough*Jeff’s favorite type*cough* to still have a shot at making it to the end when there are no idols left to be found and final immunity is won by someone else. I truly hope this twist was planned well in advance and wasn’t just thrown in to specifically help Ben survive the final four round, but given that there was zero mention of not just a twist, but a significant format change in the game prior to Day 38, it smells fishy.
What was more bogus than the twist itself was the impact it had on the players who suffered from it – a.k.a. everyone but Ben. Had the players at least been made aware of this change in how the game works at the end, they could have played around it. Granted, with Ben’s idols voting him out at final seven, six, or five still would not have been an option, but knowing information like this in advance could have changed everything. Maybe those times his alliance contemplated getting rid of Ben sooner, they’d have pulled that trigger, knowing that even without an idol or immunity he could still survive the final four. Revealing this change on Day 38 gave Devon, Ryan, and Chrissy absolutely no chance at all to devise any sort of plan to prevent what happened from happening, and that’s my biggest complaint about the whole thing.
Fine, change the way the final four elimination works (even though it’s worked perfectly fine for 34 seasons), but give the players a chance to strategize around it. What’s the point of even playing a strategic game when in the end it doesn’t matter because of some “UNPRECEDENTED” (Adam Klein, 2016) change in how Survivor works? Also, it’s nothing new to hear Jeff whine about his favorites getting voted out because of the massive targets they paint on themselves, but doesn’t he realize this won’t completely solve that “problem?”
When the show went from ending in a final two to a final three to prevent a strong player from being voted out at final three, the players adapted by just voting out that person at final four. With this new twist, we’ll eventually see the same where the biggest threat in the game is voted out at final five. How many more format changes will it take to Jeff realize how ridiculous it is to keep inserting twists to get the big players he likes to the end? Are we falling down a slippery slope where we’ll one day see a jury of 13 voting for the winner among the final five? The player with the most immunity wins by the final six getting a bye for the next two rounds? I shouldn’t be giving him ideas like this. . .
Truly the best players either find a way to get to the end despite the target on their back, or they get the target on someone else. Adam kept people like David and Jay around because without them, he’d have been seen as the biggest threat. That’s the thought process of a great player. Kim, one of the best winners the show has ever had, was seen as a huge threat yet her unmatched social and strategic play still got her to Day 39 so she could win the game. Sandra, even as someone who had already won the game convinced her competitors in Heroes vs. Villains that she couldn’t beat them in the end, so they took her there and lost.
Ben is a good player, and the first half of his game definitely proved that that, but he’s not one of the greats like three of those I just mentioned. If he can’t get to the end because he’s made himself too much of a threat to the other players and can’t clean up the mess he made, that’s a flaw in his game and not the game itself. Players shouldn’t be penalized for firing at the targets other players put on themselves – instead those targets should suffer the consequences for allowing it to happen. Also, as tragic as it may have been, we’d have had just as an emotional ending to Ben’s story as he fought so hard only to come up seconds short on Day 38. Instead, it became a Batman scenario where the hero became the villain with the circumstances of his final days.
This twist would go on to let Ben earn his spot in the final three, and earn it he did, but in my opinion, not the way that it’s meant to be earned in Survivor. This game was built on the premise of it being the ultimate social experiment, and the social game has always been the most important aspect of it all, so it kills me as a fan of 17 years to see that foundation crumble with a twist like this delivered in the way that it was to achieve the outcome that Jeff can’t deny he wanted to see more than any other.
MILLION DOLLAR FIRE
Speaking of fire, how about that fiery rant I just went off on?
Ben of course won the fire-making challenge, which was a shock to no one and a disappointment to many. Ben was the only person to benefit from this twist. Chrissy, as the final immunity winner, lost her decision-making power. Ryan lost credibility in earning his way to the end by getting a free pass there courtesy of Chrissy. Devon, of course, lost everything by losing to Ben and getting his torch snuffed. Ben definitely kicked Devon’s butt in that challenge, but again, should Ben have even been in such a challenge to begin with?
Devon lost more than anyone since in any prior season in this series, Devon would have made it to the final three with Chrissy and Ryan and likely would have become a millionaire. If the title of “Most Robbed” this season goes to anyone but Devon, then I’d recount the votes. Chrissy may have beaten him, but with never being on the wrong side of a vote, never needing immunity to stay in the game, and never rubbing any person the wrong way, Devon had perhaps the strongest game of anyone this season and thus the strongest case in front of a jury. The world may never know for sure, but even as a Chrissy fan, I’d have bet on Devon in a Devon/Chrissy/Ryan final three, again, for having the best social game out of anyone. Damn good game, Devon.
THE FINAL THREE
Celebrating with the standard breakfast and mimosas, the final three reflected on their game and came up with their final strategies going into the final tribal council on Day 39.
Ryan commented on how he was the last hustler standing, an appropriate ending to the game in which he had to hustle hard for the last few rounds. Ryan felt as though he was the underdog and figured his best course of action was to persuade the jury of the contrary and that he had control of the game the entire time. It was an interesting plan – blatantly lying to the jury and hoping they’d believe him. However, I’ve always thought if that the first time someone’s game is noticed is on Day 39, then there’s no chance that person is winning. The jury played with Ryan; they knew which moves he was and wasn’t a part of, so I didn’t think he’d be fooling anyone. Still, Ryan was known for being an excellent speaker and schmoozer, so a victory was still within the realm of possibly, but only on the very edge of it.
Chrissy remembered her epic pukefest at the end of the first immunity challenge, yet here she sat in the final three having won four individual immunity challenges – the most of anyone in this game and tied for the most any woman has won in the show’s 34 seasons. Chrissy felt like she played a heroic game, but until she later described what she meant by that, I saw Chrissy’s game more like that of a villain’s and I thought the jury would too. Of course, I love the more villainous game, so Chrissy was still my hero whether the jury felt she was theirs or not. Chrissy may have been cold and conniving at times, but she was always calculating, and she kicked some serious ass in challenges. I had faithi that Chrissy would make a compelling case for herself in front of the jury, and that she’d do indeed.
Ben approached the final tribal council like a final battle. He said his game was, above all else, about providing for his family, so going into this last stand, he was going to fight like hell to bring them home the big bucks. Ben was a proven warrior in this game and everyone knew it. The only question would be whether or not the jury would give credit to Ben for getting to the end battled and bloodied or if they’d discredit him for putting himself in the position where he had no choice but to rely on no one else because he had damaged all of his relationships. If not for idols and that final twist, Ben would not have made it to the end whereas Ryan and Chrissy still would have. That, in my eyes, was going to be Ben’s biggest obstacle to overcome.
FINAL TRIBAL COUNCIL
Although Ben seemed to be the favorite to win this and Ryan didn’t seem to have much of a chance at all, I will say that this is one of the strongest final threes we’ve seen in a long time. There wasn’t a single dud at this final tribal council who was hopeless and may as well have took themselves out of the running. Sometimes the final three has been a two-horse or even a one-horse race but this season did not have that. There was no Troyzan, no Russell (2.0), no Becky Lee – this was a final three full of worthy opponents even if the final tally heavily favored one over the other two. Everyone at least getting a vote hasn’t been all too common since the switch from a final two to a final three, so that speaks to the caliber of players that made it to the end.
The new jury format still is taking some getting used to and I really wish Jeff would stop trying to push the “outwit, outplay, outlast” setup and his excuses for definitions of each, but I felt this went smoother than it did in Game Changers and brought forth some great conversation. Joe said it best when he said that the game’s most important aspect is the social element, so what better way than to simply let the group talk it out?
This format particularly allowed Chrissy to give one stellar performance especially related to her social game. Ryan I could tell was not liking the fact that Chrissy was crushing him, but she was. The “random facts” he said she was pulling out did serve a purpose because it showed that she not only devoted time to learn what made people tick but then on a game level she used that to determine how they she could work with or against them in the game. As Ashley said, she was a genius.
Since the social part of the game was determined to be the “outwit” part, next came “outplay.” Ryan took a lot of heat here for having no real physical game at all whether it came to challenges or lifting a finger at camp. He tried defending that by saying he’d never done anything like this before, failing to remember that no one there had which Desi threw in his face. Ouch!
Chrissy got a lot of credit for her challenge wins, and sure for being “almost 50 years old” that’s impressive, but as she pointed out, she was one of just 4 out of 258 women from all ages to hold the challenge record she did so no matter how old she was, that’s badass.
Joe surprised me the most from the jury with having really positive things to say about everyone and he definitely drove the conversation in order to give all of the final three opportunities to speak. Ben’s personality had him struggling to keep up to speed with Ryan and Chrissy doing most of the talking, so I’m glad that the jury made efforts to specifically let him address some of their concerns. Toward the end, Joe even noticed Ben having a hard time speaking up and told him that more was needed.
Ben had some great closing remarks, arguing that he wasn’t put in the final three but instead he got himself there and while facing some major hurdles. He also reminded the jury who he was playing for – his family. Should being a husband and a father automatically place him above someone like Ryan who’s neither in the context of the game? No, but as I’ve said enough in this, the social game is so important so it was brilliant of Ben to remind the jury of his human side and the message he was trying to send to men and also veterans like him.
Ultimately, the speech and performance of the night went to Chrissy if I had to choose. Her final words were so incredible and inspiring that it was a letdown for her to not get more votes than she did. She did gloat a bit in saying she kicked ass physically, strategically, and socially, but that was the truth. I loved her line about playing a game without leaving a trail of destruction behind her which I believe was a dig at Ben who was all about dropping those bombs on the other players.
I’m glad the show gave the final spotlight of the night to Chrissy because she wrapped up the season and its theme so perfectly. Chrissy is so much more than just a mom, but I loved how she took the most important thing to her in her life and made it a summary of her game. When she described how moms are heroes, healers, hustlers all in one, all I could think was “f*** yeah, that’s gold!” There have been many iconic final tribal council speeches, mostly from jurors and often more infamous for their harsh words, but for me, Chrissy’s will go down as an iconic speech as a finalist and one with an extremely uplifting message. Way to close this one out, Chrissy!
I really thought Chrissy may have came from behind for a win after that final tribal council, but ultimately the title of Sole Survivor went to Ben, as I suspected going in to this final week. Ben, despite some controversy around that final twist and all those idols, is an beastly winner and has one of the most compelling stories we’ve ever seen from a winner or a non-winner. I can gripe about the game for allowing Ben to stay alive probably longer than he should have, but I can’t take anything away from Ben for seizing every one of those opportunities to get his hands on that million bucks. If nothing else, the man fought like hell to get that prize, and hats off to Ryan and Chrissy as well for playing the games they did.
Ryan was a huge presence in the beginning of the game and at the center of all things strategic, but at the merge at least his edit took a backseat. I feel a small bit guilty for not talking a lot about Ryan during the season, but he simply just wasn’t one of the players I was most fixated on. He’s a well-spoken and witty narrator, but sometimes what he was saying sounded forced and a little like a try-hard – don’t dare get me started on those analogies again. However, Ryan’s game was solid and that’s not always the case with superfans because sometimes they can be all over the place. Ryan stayed steady which ultimately was his downfall as he appeared to play a quieter game than the two powerhouses he sat next to in the end. I could see Ryan being asked back, but I think there too he’ll have a tough time competing for that spot not just with others from this season’s cast but with those we’ve seen in past seasons that fit that “awkward, nerdy, comedic superfan” archetype.
Chrissy has “a ferocity that transcends this game.” Mike may have said that about Ben, but it 100% applies to Chrissy too. I’m totally embarrassed for how low my expectations of Chrissy were pre-game. I believe I said something along the lines of “she’s lucky to have Katrina as the obvious first boot.” Chrissy could probably run me a number on the standard deviation of my predicted placement of her from the rest of the Survivor community, but I feel like I may hold my own record on that one by being so far off. Whoops! Chrissy is a Survivor legend and her hard-fought game was thrilling to watch from beginning to end.
It’s been a bit of time since the finale now and many have given their opinions on Ben’s win, but I have to say: hate the game, not the player. Ben is 100% a deserving winner for fighting his way to the end and taking full advantage of the rules of the game despite however penciled-in some may have seemed to be. Let’s not forget that Ben was the king of this game up until that final seven round so he’s far from a bad player. On top of that, Ben’s just an awesome dude with an amazing story. He definitely embodies that “hero” title he was given at the start, both inside and outside of the game. Ben will surely go down as this season’s biggest character and while there may be better players than Ben from past seasons, he has one of the most powerful stories and while I’m admittedly not the most supportive fan of some of the circumstances that led to his win, I’m a fan of 35 seasons later still getting a kind of winner we’ve never seen before. Ben is completely doomed when he returns to play, but he’s already got a million dollars, so any amount on top of that will just be a bonus check.
SO LONG, FAREWELL
While this cast made for some dry weeks, casting delivered us a fantastic group of 18 individuals. In a vacuum, I think each one was an interesting and captivating character, but for some reason when they were all put together, it took a while for this season to catch a spark and light on fire. That said, I can see a lot of players from this cast having a shot at returning. Ben, Chrissy, Lauren, and Joe were all strong characters that provided many great moments deep into the game. Earlier boots like Alan and Ali showed enough in their short stay to be solid picks for a Second Chance season, and several more in between such as Ryan and Devon weren’t always the flashiest, but played as fierce of games as the rest. Dr. Mike too probably has a shot for being the goofy, oddball to balance out some of the more strategically heavy hitters.
I wouldn’t call Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers a top tier season, but we’ve seen much worse. Had there not been so much focus on idols and advantages and had the ending been a little more unpredictable than Ben steamrolling his way to the win, the season would move up several ranks for me. I watch more for the characters than the charades at tribal councils, and like I said, this cast had great potential – it’s just that the show sacrificed more time for them in favor of BIG MOVEZ and Ben Bombs. I hold the highest seasons as those that I can look forward to rewatching, but I think it will be some time before I’m missing this one. That said, I’m happy for many of the new faces this season brought into the Survivor family.
Ben won the game, but Chrissy won my heart. While I had a tough time debating between Lauren and Chrissy for my personal fan favorite, I have to say that from the very beginning to the very end, Chrissy’s story was the one that made the season for me. I had little hope for her going into the premiere only to watch her puke her guts out after the first challenge, and here we are about three months later with me saying she played one of the best games of the season. It wasn’t perfect – no one’s was – but it was the one I most thoroughly enjoyed watching.
There’s a lot I admire about Chrissy’s game but there’s also a lot I admire about her as a human being. Chrissy had applied to be chosen for this experience for 16 years, and if I wasn’t 8-years-old when the show first premiered, I hope I’d have been able to say the same. Scratch that – I’d rather be able to say “I applied once and I got on the show” but whatever. Anyways, Chrissy is someone who never gives up. She may have her moments of struggle, as we saw the other week when she broke down in the shelter, but she always bounces back stronger than ever, as we then saw with her impressive immunity streak in the game’s final days.
Chrissy is also someone who likes to be in charge, and it takes a lot of courage to want to have that kind of command and responsibility. If there was a winner of the pre-merge, that would have been Chrissy because she had her finger firm on the pulse of the game. She clawed her way to the top of the Heroes tribe and later manipulated Ryan to gain control of the swapped Soko tribe, entering the merge as seemingly the one to beat. From there, things didn’t go exactly according to her master plan, but as Chrissy is good for, she came up with new plans and executed them as best she could.
I don’t mean to pigeonhole Chrissy into that mom archetype (the show did that enough to her), but I think it’s fair to say moms in Survivor have a unique struggle, being expected to be loving and nurturing and unfairly condemned when they are not even when the nature of the game isn’t to be everyone’s doting mother. Chrissy, at times, came off a little cold, cocky and condescending, but in the end the jury showed a lot of respect for her game because she completely owned it. Chrissy overcame that negative mom stigma and showed what it really means to be a mom: to be a hero, a healer, and a hustler.
Chrissy better be asked to play again, and if she does, I hope she has it in her to say yes. To make it 39 days and lose has got to be tough – it was tough to watch, so I can’t imagine how tough it was to experience firsthand. But I’m not crazy – I’m confident that Chrissy will bounce back stronger than ever and be ready to kick ass all over again in whatever the next returning player season may be – not to get ahead of ourselves. We still need a few more seasons of newbies to fill up a good cast for that, but if Chrissy’s not one of the first to be called back, I’ll be in utter disbelief.
NEXT TIME ON SURVIVOR. . .
How epic is the new logo? I love what they did to create that skull!
Ghost Island, eh? Too spooky for me! Nah, but with the preview for this next season heavily showcasing idols and advantages, it does have me slightly terrified. Is Ghost Island basically going to be Exile Island littered with all the misused powers from seasons past, with an entire show centered around watching them all be played as they were meant to be played? I ain’t afraid of no ghosts, but if that’s the gimmick, then I may be afraid of Ghost Island. I’ll see you there and we can all hold on to each other in fear together!
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