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Survivor: Edge of Extinction season finale recap: Did the right person win?

Survivor: Edge of Extinction season finale recap: Did the right person win?

I’M SO CONFUSED!!!!
Someone just won Survivor after playing only 13 days of Survivor. That’s terrible. Then again…
Someone just won Survivor after brilliantly convincing someone to do something completely against her best interest to save him. That’s amazing. Then again…
Someone just won Survivor after making friends with almost the entire jury by having an opportunity to make amends and bond with them outside of the game against the common universal foes that had voted them out, while the other two finalists were awarded no such opportunity. That’s criminal. Then again…
Someone just won Survivor who made the boldest move imaginable by giving up a FastPass to the end to instead face-off against the biggest threat in the game in a do-or-die situation. That’s incredible. Then again…

The aforementioned biggest threat in the game had also already been voted out of the game. (Lame.) And they even gave the guy who came back in on day 35 a hidden immunity idol as extra protection. That’s insane! Then again…
The other finalists who hadn’t been voted out didn’t exactly inspire a whole lot of excitement or respect from their peers.
Sooooooooo how I am supposed to feel about Chris Underwood winning Survivor: Edge of Extinction? That’s not a rhetorical question. SOMEONE TELL ME HOW I AM SUPPOSED TO FEEL?!? You all know me: While I totally think Survivor has to continue to evolve and try out new twists, I am not a fan of themes that involve folks that are voted out getting back in the game. When you soften the cutthroat blow of someone having their torch extinguished, you inherently make your product less powerful and impactful. It’s like movie and television shows that bring characters back from the dead. If you know a TV or movie death is not real or final, it doesn’t hit you remotely as hard. It just doesn’t. That’s my issue with the Outcasts, Redemption Island, and Edge of Extinction. You care less about the weekly vote-offs because they matter less. Not good.

And I do think it is unfair that almost anyone that gets back in close to the end has a massive advantage due to the bonds formed in that setting when nobody actually has to backstab each other. It’s where people go to kiss and make-up, which is something you can’t do when you are still actively playing the game. (Just look at Reem clapping and rooting for Chris at the finale. You think that happens if they don’t make-up at EOE? Never. Remember how pissed she was at him when he first arrived?) So I could never, ever see myself voting for someone who had already been voted out.  However…
Besides playing all 39 days, never being voted out, and, in the case of Gavin, never having been voted for, how strong were the résumés of the two people sitting next to Chris at the end? I don’t want to take away from anything Gavin and Julie did because making it all 39 days is an amazing feat under any circumstance. I mean, yes, it is true that a guy named “Dreamz” once made it 39 days, and another guy named “Fabio” made it 39 days and won the game, but it’s still an accomplishment despite a few notable aberrations. All that said, as nice as Gavin and Julie are — and I sincerely do like both of them a lot — neither of them would exactly be demanding space in the Survivor Ring of Honor, if you catch my drift.

My point is, I wonder how much of the jury’s decision was for Chris (he received 9 of the 13 votes and Gavin got the other 4), and how much was simply a vote of no confidence in Chancellor Valorum. I mean, that’s really what it boils down to, isn’t it? Sure, Senator Palpatine proved to be a positively terrible choice to lead the Republic. The guy cooked up a fake war, ordered the slaughter of younglings through the unimaginatively-titled “Order 66,” and then the first thing he does after pulling his BFF apprentice — who saved his life, I might add — out of molten lava while missing three limbs is tell him he killed the love of his life. READ THE ROOM, DUDE! You have to note all of those things in the negative column when assessing the choice to promote Palpatine. But Jesus Christ, Valorum was sooooooo boring. When I think of Chancellor Valorum, I am reminded of trade routes, unauthorized intergalactic taxation, and Jar Jar Binks. All terrible things.

So can you really blame Queen Amidala for setting the galaxy on a path to ruin by calling for a vote of no confidence? And can we really blame the jury for voting Chris as the Sole Survivor even though he did not really survive much of anything? Look, nobody likes to diss a jury decision more than I do. I even invented the disease BJS (Bitter Jury Syndrome) to explain the curious malady that infects certain people after they are voted out by superior players and can’t bring themselves to acknowledge that they were bested by rewarding the person who did it. But did they make the wrong choice here? I’m not so sure.
I remember back when Chris was voted out on day 8 and writing in my recap that he didn’t really do much wrong to warrant being the third one out. Chris struck me as a strong player when we spoke before the game, and nothing he did before being voted out really changed that opinion. Then, when he got back in, he somehow used some mental jiu-jitsu on Lauren to get her to make one of the most nonsensical moves in Survivor history by wasting her immunity idol on him. An idol that would have saved her at the next vote. (Whoops!) While it may not live on in infamy like J.T.’s love letter to Russell, or Tyson voting himself out, or Woo bringing Tony to the end, or the men of One World giving up their team immunity, or this pièce de résistance that merited over 14,000 words, Lauren’s move was, in many ways, even more confusing. And the fact that Chris pulled it off is, therefore, all the more impressive.

When Chris took the gamble that Dom from Ghost Island didn’t in giving up his final immunity to take on Devens at the final four fire-making, it wasn’t just bold and ballsy, it was the smart play. For one thing, he was more likely to beat Rick than Gavin or Julie were, and if Rick made it to the end, Rick won. Not only that, but if Chris wanted to beat anybody after spending 28 days out of the game, he needed to build the best 13-day résumé in the history of the game. He needed all the ammunition imaginable to counter the argument that he hadn’t done enough to deserve the win. If he doesn’t take on Rick in fire, I doubt he even beats Gavin or Julie at the end. The jury wanted to vote for Chris because they bonded with him on Extinction Island in a stress-free setting. Now he just had to give them a reason to justify it.

This will no doubt go down as one of the most fiercely debated jury decisions in Survivor history. Usually when I say that, it means I think the jury got it dead wrong and can’t put aside their petty jealousy to reward the best player. That’s not the case this time. I think there is a solid argument to vote both for and against Chris. I actually would go so far as to say it may be the most interesting jury vote ever, and I am totally here for both sides of the debate. You say that somebody who only played 13 out of 39 days should not be allowed to win? I agree! You say that Chris packed in more smart and bold moves in three days than Gavin and Julie did in a combined 78? I agree! So it seems we’re back where we started, and I have no idea what to think. I suppose it may come down to a question of quality vs. quantity. If it’s quantity of days actually in the game, then you have to vote Gavin or Julie. If it’s quality of gameplay in the days played, then you have to heavily consider Chris.

Okay, let’s backtrack and now get to all the big moments of the three-hour finale/reunion extravaganza, including Chris weighing in on the decision to give up immunity for fire before the game even began! Yes, we discussed this exact scenario the day before filming. Don’t make me pull a negative reverse to get you to keep reading! (Oh, and if you want to read about the craziest Survivor finale story you never knew, then definitely check this out.
The episode begins with the Extinction Island folks competing to get back in the game. Even for someone who wishes they were all out of the game already, I have to concede these challenges are always dramatic because the stakes are higher than both Cheech and Chong. It’s also a well-designed challenge, with all the players attached to a rope and having to make their way through rope obstacles, then use pieces of rope to build a bridge, cross it, and then maneuver two balls through a table maze. What’s cool about having so many stages is that the lead keeps changing. Eric makes it through the first stage in the lead, then it’s Aurora, then it’s Eric, then it’s Aurora again… and you can practically hear the producers chanting nervously to themselves, “Please don’t let Eric or Aurora win. Please don’t let Eric or Aurora win. Please don’t let Eric or Aurora win.”

Their prayers are answered as it eventually comes down to Joe, Chris, and their balls… which sounds worse than it actually is when taken out of context. While pretty much all of America was no doubt rooting for Joey Amazing to pull it out (that was poorly worded), it’s Chris whose second ball drops (again, poorly worded, but accurate).
So after 27 nights away, Chris makes it back onto an actual tribe beach, meaning he has to awkwardly introduce himself to Gavin and Julie for the first time. (“Hi, I’m Chris. I’m just going to play 4 days and then take all your money. That cool by you? Awesome. So, hey, where’s that water well at anyway?”)
Before we go to the first immunity challenge, Chris tells Lauren that Kelley Wentworth said at Extinction Island that she needed to play her idol in a big way for herself OR SOMEONE ELSE (hint, hint) if she wants any chance of winning. Apparently, he also tells her that Kelly said she should dump her boyfriend at a bar for Ryan Reynolds but I don’t know why that would even come up and I don’t know why Lauren would listen to anything Chris said after suggesting she use her idol on someone else at this late stage of the game. But, I mean, she would never do something that dumb so let’s just move on to the first immunity challenge, shall we?

The first immunity contest is a race through obstacles that ends with a circular puzzle, and the most interesting stuff occurs at said puzzle. Julie takes a big lead on it, but the problem is that she has one piece left to get in and the whole thing may topple over if she’s not careful. I mean, in itself, that’s not all that interesting, I suppose. But the fact that Chris completely stops working on his puzzle to talk Julie through the final steps certainly is. “Chris, man, I don’t know what you’re doing,” exclaims Devens.
No doubt this was a tightrope Chris walked. He wasn’t going to win the challenge so clearly figured he would try to win some social points with Julie. But he also is attempting to repair his damaged relationship with Rick, and to throw that in jeopardy the day after returning is a dangerous move. And Rick continues to feel a little salty as Julie picks Chris and Lauren to join her on her steak and cake reward. “I’ve gone to bat for Julie a number of times,” says Devens. “She knows that. She’s never gone to bat for me. And Lauren and her have had more rewards than anyone out here so I’m disappointed.”

But Rick’s disappointment is only temporary because Chris then whispers sweet nothings into the news anchor’s ear, and I’m not talking about the IFB device that Devens has to wear when he’s on television so a producer can tell him to stop picking his nose or whatever in the middle of a broadcast. (I’m not saying Rick Devens picks his nose on television. Then again. I’m not saying he’s not picking his nose on television either. Hell, this guy could be Spaulding Smales for all I know, chowing down on boogs outside the Bushwood golf club snack bar.)
No, the sweet nothings, in this case, amount to Chris telling Rick: “If it’s not me who gets to the end, I will fight and die for Rick Devens to win this game.” Now, why the hell would you go and tell someone something like that? This was the one bum note Chris played after returning to the game. In telling Rick this, what Chris is doing in incentivizing Devens to put him on the jury to fight and die for him at final Tribal Council. That’s what I would do, even if Chris did give me half of an idol as he does to Rick here.

Okay, let’s get into the idol. Just like Devens before him when he returned to the game, Chris was given two halves of an idol. He gives one half to Rick and then if they both survive the vote, Rick can hand it back to give Chris a full idol. I get why producers do this. The person that gets back in is often too easy of a vote, so they give them a little help. Makes sense. But I don’t like it. If you are going to insist on giving people a chance to get back in the game, they should have to do it with no advantages and no excuses. It should be harder for someone who was already voted out to win the game. And, as I have often pointed out, they already have the MASSIVE advantage of having already cozied up to the majority of the jury in a non-game setting. So to give them another advantage over that? Not into it.

So off to the first Tribal Council we go and… HOLY $#*&, WHAT THE HELL IS ON THE WARDOG’S FACE? That’s the worst Survivor hair situation I have ever seen, and I lived through Randy Bailey’s mohawk in Gabon. Honestly, I don’t even know what you call that facial hair. All I know is The Wardog looks like he is about 13 seconds away from being killed in a John Wick movie. And not even, like, as the big bad in a John Wick movie, but just some rando that John Wick has to kill among approximately 1,312 other randos just to get to the big bad. Oh, God. It’s just terrible! That little soul patch in the middle? Vote this entire look off the island.

Sorry, where were we again? Oh, Tribal. Right! Yeah, so Rick plays his idol and then poor Lauren, after showing more patience in this game than I have ever shown in my entire life by holding on to her idol for 34 days even after she went to Tribal time after time after time, just throws it in the proverbial garbage by using it on Chris when 1) She didn’t need to. 2) Should want Chris out. And 3) Now doesn’t have it to save herself next vote. Just a colossal mistake of epic proportions. Again, the fact that she did such a great job of holding onto it for so long makes the fact that she wasted it so needlessly sting even more. Ouch.

Victoria is voted out with only two votes against her, which also has to sting, but the magnitude of her big exit is lost in all the excitement about what Jeff Probst will say after she leaves. With this being the first Tribal Council without the Edge of Extinction twist, that means Jeff Probst for the first time gets to uncork some final words of wisdom, which have been criminally absent all season long. EW launched a full-scale investigation earlier and learned that even though we have not seen the final words of wisdom (the phrase or bon mot Jeff leaves the contestants with at the end of Tribal Council before sending them on their way) all season, Probst has, in fact, been saying them. But this would be the first time his carefully crafted words of wisdom would make it to air. No doubt he is ready to unleash some serious Sun Tzu Art of War level musings. Let’s all turn up the volume and watch Jeff Probst BLOW OUR MINDS!

“Well, you made it to the final 5. I’ll see you tomorrow for your next immunity challenge.”
What… that’s it? Those are the final words of wisdom? Pointing out the obvious in how many of them are left and that he’ll see them again tomorrow? That’s what we waited all season for? I think I know what’s going on here: JEFF PROBST IS SABOTAGING THE FINAL WORDS OF WISDOM! All the evidence is there. First, he advised Australian Survivor host Jonathan LaPaglia not to say them, then he refused to show us his own, and now the first final words he delivers all season are smothered in weak sauce. Very disappointing. I would send those final words of wisdom to Extinction Island, but they would just come back anyway.

Whatever. For those that think there are too many idols out there, best to avert your eyes during the next sequence of events. First off, like a record skipping over and over again, Devens finds yet another hidden immunity idol. For season 40 they should just put Rick Devens and Ben Driebergen on a huge island with one idol. First one to find it wins the million dollars. The problem is, the season would be over in about 7 minutes. The good news is that means there would be plenty of time to bring back the opening credits, schoolyard pick-ems, and Rites of Passage.
But we’re not done with the idols, folks. Not by a long shot. Because then Rick gives Chris his half of the idol back, meaning Chris now has an idol as well. But we’re not done, folks, because Devens also planted two fake idols using parchments from his real idols. So now Julie and Lauren find idols they think are real but aren’t. So for those keeping score at home, that means at the final 5 Tribal Council we are going to have one immunity necklace, two real immunity idols, and two fake immunity idols. (Hey, has anyone seen Cirie?)

But before we can get to that Tribal, we need to head to the next immunity challenge, and the next immunity challenge is AWESOME. Just look at it! How cool is that? When you think about it, it’s pretty basic and something we’ve seen many times before on Survivor: Just head out to a bunch of different stations, bring back puzzle pieces and then build the puzzle. But doing it all out in the water over the ocean backdrop is just an incredible visual. I can’t express how into this final 5 challenge I am. I mean, I’m trying but I’m not sure it is coming through. Are you getting that I dig this? I hope so. And if challenge producer John Kirhoffer is reading this, a tip of the cap to you, sir. (Note: I don’t actually wear hats when I write my recap. That’s probably because I am not a scribe from the 1920s who wears a fedora with a card in the side that says “PRESS” on it. But the point stands. Awesome challenge.)

I guess I should mention who wins it. It’s Rick. Rick wins it. Meaning he can now use his idol as a chip, which he does by promising to give it to Gavin if Gavin, in return, promises to bring him to the final 3 should he win the next challenge. Gavin agrees, but I think we have to assume that he would not have followed through on that promise. Nor should he.
So the weird thing about this Tribal is that everyone essentially walks into it thinking they are safe: Rick with his necklace, Chris with his idol, Julie with her (fake) idol, Lauren with her (fake) idol, and Gavin with Rick’s idol. But the stage is set for yet more Tribal Council theater. Clearly working off a script, Devens waits for Julie and Lauren’s idols to be shown as fakes, working the jury up into an uncontrollable lather. Then he saunters up to play his idol for Gavin as Chris attempts to act, I guess? At least I think that is supposed to be acting. I mean, it’s not exactly Bobby De Niro in Raging Bull, but he tries to act all surprised and hurt and offended when Rick does this, only to then threaten to “poop on everybody’s parade” with his own idol… which, technically I guess is better than aqua-dumping on everybody’s parade, but not by much.

“Anybody else?” Probst asks after four of the final five attempted to play idols or have idols played for them, and I half expect Reem to pull one out just for no reason whatsoever. (Sorry, everybody, but YOU GOT REEMED!) So poor Lauren gets voted out by Chris after not having her idol to save her because she gave it to Chris at the last vote. Woof. Rough way to go. Sucks for her.
So we go straight to the final immunity challenge which is a variation on the “stacking blocks to spell something out competition” we first saw (I believe) on Kaôh Rōng. But now instead of spelling “immunity,” they need to spell “final 3.” And instead of just walking on the ground, they need to walk on a rocking contraption that makes stacking damn near impossible. Because I am a needlessly miserable human being, my favorite thing about stacking challenges is watching people get soooooo close to the end and then having their entire stack splatter all over the ground. That’s the good stuff right there. Unfortunately, we only get that money shot once as an in-the-lead Julie drops everything while carrying her fifth block. From there, slow and steady Chris closes it down in very methodical (read: boring) fashion, holding onto his lead while everyone else drops repeatedly around him. Damn you for your smart and calculated approach, Chris!

But what to do next? Clearly, Chris is not going to bring Rick to the end because Chris’ name is not Woo. But whom does he pit against Devens in the final four fire-making? He tutors Gavin and Julie in the finer points of fire-making, saying he will pick the better of them to face Rick. Evidently, he does such a good job that both Julie and Gavin both embrace the chance to prove themselves at first. “I don’t want to be chosen,” Gavin says at Tribal Council. “I want to earn it so don’t pick me. I want to go against Devens.” That tough talk is smart in terms of setting a tone with the jury, but what Chris does is even smarter. As previously stated, it isn’t just a bold move by Chris to give up his immunity to face Rick. It really was his only move in terms of making sure Devens was gone and boosting his own résumé to counter claims he did not do enough to win the loot.

Was Chris influenced by Dom contemplating giving up the immunity to face Wendell and then not doing it and losing to Wendell in the final three? You bet he was. In fact, since this season started filming less than a week after the Ghost Island finale aired, I actually asked Chris if after watching what Dom didn’t do, he would consider giving up his final immunity to try to take out the biggest threat at fire. Here’s what Chris told me the day before the game began:
“Here’s the thing. We’re at the point of this game where there’s been 36 seasons. We know that once you get to that point, if you’re a threat, you’re gonna get voted out before the final three. Fire’s the only way, if there are two people that are playing a good enough game to get to the end and one of those two people wins immunity, the other person’s getting voted out at three. So the fire, I love the idea that the fire has kind of sealed the fate between that fourth-place finisher and the three who are in the final Tribal.

“In Dom’s situation, Dom’s kicking himself because Dom should’ve gone up against Wendell in that fire making challenge. Dom might be a little butthurt because his vote, his split, it came down to Laurel. Yeah, if he had even, let’s say this, ’cause I was thinking through this, if Dom had given Laurel the immunity idol at five instead of keeping it for himself, and that instead of Wendell giving Laurel that idol and saying, “Hey, here’s my test of loyalty to you,” that would’ve been a huge. Who knows? Laurel might’ve still gone with Wendell, but if Dom had played one step ahead, he might’ve had her vote at the end.
“If Dom had gone out on a limb and say, all right, the difference between fourth place and second place isn’t that much as opposed to the difference between second place and first place, you’re gonna make the fire. It’s a chance, but winners take those types of chances, I think. If I were in Dom’s situation, I would say, ‘I probably can’t win if Wendell’s in the final three with me, so the only person who can take him out is me.’”

That was a million dollar answer right there, ladies and gentlemen. And even though they had to awkwardly do the contest in the voting shelter because the Fijian winds were so strong, it was Chris that moved on and Rick who ended his remarkable run by moving on to the jury. But don’t cry for Rick Devens. For a guy whose career is literally based on television exposure, his time on Survivor should do wonders for his career. And you know he’ll be back on the island soon enough. After all, how many first-time contestants get an ovation from both players still in the game and the jury?
So we’re down to our final three, and I think you all know me well enough to know that I am not going to waste any time on the part where the finalists sit on weird rocks and tell us all about the journey while soaring music plays in the background. Jeez, can’t you at least go burn the camp down or something? (Gotta admit, I kind of miss the massive fire hazard that would close every season. I could just picture junior producers running in with fire extinguishers after they scored the rad aerial shot.) Anyhoodle, let’s get to final Tribal. I’m just going to hit on the biggest or most interesting moments, bullet-point style.

• Things started off a bit rough for Chris, who hit the gas a little too hard by interrupting Gavin’s answer to ask, “Gavin, were you building those social relationships as someone in charge or as a goat?” Whoa, Nellie. That’s the jury’s job to determine whether Gavin is a goat, not yours. And that is certainly not a way to score points with said jury. Kelley and Lauren said they were offended and called Chris’ tactics rude. That’s the thing about final Tribal: You want to be seen as a fighter, but not a petty or mean one. Not a great start for Chris.
• I guess I don’t blame Julie for trying to spin her emotional breakdowns as a “social strength,” but at the same time, I don’t blame the jury for rolling their eyes at the attempt either. If I had been Julie I would have instead played up the fact that I was the least likely to make it to the end (Jeff Probst even said so in our day 1 interview), point out that I was in a position of power (along with Ron) for a good chunk of the game, and that I still made it even after falling out of that power. And maybe she did mention all that and we just didn’t see it in what made it to air, but the #SurvivorBreakdown as strength argument was unlikely to sway many minds.

• Gavin said his big move was getting Aubry and Joe out. Sorry, but wasn’t that everybody’s move? Also, it was pretty brutal when Rick asked why they did not hustle and look for idols like he did, and Gavin’s response was that he was usually in the numbers so didn’t have to. That is swiss cheese logic because there are so many holes in it you could drive a fleet of Mack Trucks through. Admitting you didn’t work hard is never a good look.
• I’ve never heard of Chris’ “negative reverse” sale technique, but the fact that Lauren admitted
“he played me like a violin” was the clincher that Chris needed. For her to admit this to the other jury members was the best advertisement Chris could have ever asked for. Game. Over.

• He didn’t win, but Gavin never had his name written down once. Even if that is because he was not deemed a threat, that’s still impressive.
• I generally thought the open discussion Tribal format worked really well this season. I liked the way the jury interacted with the players and with themselves and I love that they got into the debate we started this recap with: How to judge Chris’ short stay vs. the full term of Gavin and Julie? Gavin rightfully brought up the point that Chris got to skip 2/3 of the game, but Julia from the jury responded that “39 days isn’t everything. What did you do with those 39 days?” Gavin then countered back that Chris was able to kiss and make-up with people outside the game and he wasn’t able to. Both good points from both sides. Perhaps the most interesting comment came from The Wardog. “The game is not on trial here. You three are on trial.”

Ah, but can you separate the two? Because how you feel about the game and what constitutes being the most successful at it colors how you choose your winner. But these were the rules they were handed. Chris didn’t cheat. He didn’t cut corners. He got to day 39 through the rules of the game that were put before him. He had only a 9% chance of getting back in at the EOE rope challenge. He then had to survive one vote, essentially got a freebie after that, and then had to win a challenge or fire (in this case both) to get to the end. I’m not defending the concept of voted out people getting back in because you know I don’t like it. I hate it, actually. But Chris wasn’t just handed the title either. His road was different from Gavin and Julie’s, but it wasn’t easy by any means. Whether you would have voted for him or not, you have to respect the game he played.

As for the reunion aspect of the finale, well, there wasn’t much of it. This is a tough one; the reason the reunion is so truncated is because we are getting more actual show, and that is ultimately a good thing. My solution has been they should make the finale a full three hours and then also do a full one-hour reunion show on CBS.com & CBS All Access. Yes, I want four hours of finale/reunion. That’s how crazy I am. But I do think this is a good solution. (The powers that be would probably argue that announcing the winner at 10:55 p.m. is too late since there are so many kids that stay up late to find out who won, but is that really much worse than the 10:30 or so time they have been revealing it lately anyway? In any event, we didn’t get much from the reunion.

We did have a few live hits before and during the finale. The live look-in to kick off the season is always fun. Yes, the mid-game Joe interview was awkward, but mostly because Joe seemed to have no idea what the hell to say. The Devens interview was a bit smoother. Not surprising seeing as how he works in TV and knows how to deliver a short and sweet soundbite. Jeff asking him about a new job was a nice, respectful move by the host. Remember, it was precisely that same move that got John Cochran a writing gig on a CBS sitcom after Probst prompted him during the Caramoan finale, and Greg Garcia happened to see it. The fact that Jeff actively tries to assist these people in their careers post-Survivor is admirable. (I’d like to also point out that I also got Cochran a gig recapping Big Brother for EW.com after Caramoan. Slightly less commendable, I suppose. Incidentally, I also got Aubry a job recapping Big Brother. She hasn’t called me back since, and I can’t say I blame her.)

As for the actual reunion, the most jaw-dropping moment had to be Rick winning the Sia award. But while poor Davie got only $14,000 last season from the pop superstar, Devens got $100,000, and that is not a typo. Damn, maybe players in the future should just go on the show and play to a jury of one. No chickens will ever be eaten on Survivor ever again!
Okay, that is just about going to do it, ladies and gentlemen, but before I give the official sign-off, a heads up on a few things. I’m giving away all 18 of the original most embarrassing moment confessions as written by the cast, so if you want a chance to win those, you just need to do two things: follow me on Instagram @thedaltonross, and then reveal your most embarrassing moment in the comments of this post. Winner will be revealed soon.

In the meantime, make sure to read what Jeff Probst had to say about bringing Boston Rob and Sandra back for next season, and my finale Q&A with Probst as well as the winner and others will be up soon as well. Just follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss for updates as to when all that stuff is live.
Once again, I cannot thank you enough for taking this journey with me. May your summer be filled with rest, relaxation, and perhaps a few Zingbots. And let us know how you felt about the jury’s decision in the comments below. I’m super curious as to what everyone thinks. I’ll be back in the fall with your next scoop of the crispy!
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