"The Ultimate Shock: Days 37-39" -
Sunday, May 15, 2005: The Ed
Sullivan Theatre - New York City.
It's been at least five
months. All of the Survivors are back in the US with one
more task to accomplish. After the final Tribal, the votes
were carried to CBS where they were sealed in secrecy, the
outcome known to no one... until tonight.
Remember, at stake, a 2005
Chevrolet SSR, bragging rights, the title of Sole Survivor:
Palau... and a $1 million check. The vote to win is four.
(Long-ass applause, part 2)
First vote... Tom.
Two votes Tom... Three votes
Tom... "The winner of Survivor Palau..."
TOM WESTMAN! No sooner does
he go out and hug his wife Bernadette, as the 20 Survivors
are reunited one more time. We're treated to Tom's many
victories, and rightly so, because he's the winningest
person this season, with five of the last seven Immunity
Challenges, and his tribe won 11 of the last 14.
First of all, big up to New
York. "The way this played out I owe to a good friend of
mine and my wife, most importantly. "When I started
concocting plans of the role I would play out there in
Palau, they both just slapped me around and said...You gotta
go in there and be yourself, it's a winning strategy. I
thought I was going to be able to hide underneath my gray
hair and it didn't happen too well. If anything, I played a
lousy strategy game because I didn't hide well."
Of the relationship between
him, Katie, and Ian, Gregg said, "I looked at these two
people as characters. I can tell you that for 33 days, she
did entertain me. For some reason, she was just a
character." Of the game: "You need to pay the price to keep
the game pure." He hugged both in voting.
Katie wasn't surprised by
Janu's questioning, making it all the way to day 39,
thinking that she would never win against Tom. "I will NOT
WIN AGAINST Tom. I tried to take him out. I love him. You
can't take this guy." Janu, was your mind made up? "It was,
Now we go to Tom and Gregg,
as they approach this with game theory (trying to anticipate
what the player's best move is and making a counter based on
that). Gregg planned to get to five and make your move.
"When you're on a plan, you stick to that plan. He had a
really good firm, Koror, Inc. He didn't want the partners
happy." Jeff says that Tom would get him at six, and now
he's confused. So where did Caryn go wrong? She didn't give
up information. Tom & Ian were considering getting rid of
Jenn. But because of Caryn's mouth, Katie flipped, and thus,
was sent packing.
Going back to the challenge,
Ian, and 11 hours. He didn't know what to do with those
hours and those allies. Was he really suspect? "I wanted to
play with the values I came into the game with, and I
realized at the 11th hour that I wasn't doing that." He has
no regrets. Some things are just worth more than money.
Interesting stat: seven of
the 10 winners are older than 30. Average age: 34. Ian
thought he grew up in the game.
But if anyone proved
anything to himself this season, it was Coby. The
self-appointed "girly man" tried to get rid of some
"demons". "I wanted to be the prom queen! To be a part of a
team is definitely an appeal." Jeff remembers the
gay-hairdresser-versus-redneck-from-Alabama. James said, "My
old friends saw it, and I'll tell you straight up. That boy
whupped my tail." James also changed for the better, as he
did not take his kids for granted anymore. And then there
was Janu, who had tough days and was basically very
disappointing. Then came Exile Island, where Janu felt
complete. "The appreciation of life in general. I'm
satisfied in general." She swears that she was not coerced
Jeff wasn't coerced into
quitting, either. Not like he had a choice. His injury
caused him to say "Vote me out." But Jeff saw it as a quit.
Coconut Boy said, "I knew my limits. I had injured myself to
the point where I knew 'that was it.'". Bobby Jon remembered
that Kim wasn't doing anything. He would've stayed. Ashlee
would've quit. Jonathan and Wanda, the two outsiders weigh
in. Jonathan... "I jumped out the boat!" Purty much. Angie
called him on that, as the "very nice guy" "picked and chose
who to talk to." On the other first-impression spectrum,
Wanda the singer/shriller took it all in stride. And sure
enough, Wanda has another song in her heart... just for this
(to the tune of "Oh,
"We were stranded on Palauan shores with coconuts and rats,
We survived the heat, found some food to eat, some survived
We're survivors, we faced and passed the test
And in history, all the world will see that Survivor 10's
Jeff stops her in time and
brings forth Stephenie, the last member of Ulong to stand...
"Can't get any worse than this. I was like all by myself."
On being one of the most popular women to play the game:
"Everywhere I go, people always say 'you're my hero'." Her
partner Bobby Jon thought the end of Ulong was kinda crazy,
because it's never happened before. He never got voted out,
because he lost an immunity challenge. No sour grapes from
him. "I'll have to give credits from my family. All I was
brought up to do was work." He will always remember
Jellyfish Lake: "To me, that was peace."
Jolanda was the first person
who won immunity, and then got booted. "They didn't want
leadership. I knew when I got voted off, I knew there was
going to be self-extinct." Was she right? Angie says yes.
Ibrehem changed his game plan because Jo got voted out
first. He didn't want to make the same mistake she did.
Now, this was a season of
firsts: the first season with 20 survivors, first season
with 2 who never played, first tribe to NEVER win Immunity,
first tribe of one, first season with no merge, most ties at
Tribal Council, and the longest challenge in Survivor
history with the 11 hour hangover, followed by the first
Tribal Council held at a challenge (not to be confused with
the first Challenge held at Tribal Council, all the way back
Interesting fact: Russ
Landau & David Vanacore, they're your music guys. Been doing
it for 10 seasons now, and for what it's worth, their craft
is truly captivating. Couples update: Greggifer was good for
snuggling on the island, but Gregg and Jenn are just friends
now. Kim & Jeff are "amazing friends". Willard... he's just
married to science. An attorney by trade, he told everyone
that he was a mailman. "You take a random selection of
Americans, know lawyer jokes. Dislike lawyers. Nobody
doesn't like the mailman." The rest had no clue.
Then comes one of the
biggest surprises in reunion history, as Coby adopted a baby
girl... and named it in Janu's honor.
Now the BIG question. Where
the hell is Survivor headed next? Jeff, take it.
"Hidden deep in the rain
forests of Central America stand the ruins of an ancient
civilization that once prospered, and then vanished. These
were the Maya people, and this is the country of Guatemala.
These stunning cities of the past stand as clues to a
mystery thousands of years old. While Europe was in the dark
ages, it was the Maya who harnessed the knowledge of the
stars and the celestial movements to create a mystical union
of man, nature, and the gods. It was a world of great kings,
elaborate ceremonies, fierce battles, and even human
sacrifice. Eighteen survivors will be marooned within this
mysterious and rugged terrain. For the first time, the
castaways will actually live within the ruins of a vanished
civilization. And they will be forced to embrace the ancient
Maya lifestyle. Join us this fall as the adventure continues
with "Survivor Guatemala: The Maya Empire."
Look for that this fall on
CBS and here at GSNN. Meanwhile, you can own your own piece
of Palau by going to survivor-auction.com. It's all to
benefit, of course, the Elisabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS
Foundation. Survivor fans have raised almost $1.5 million,
and you can get a stock in that from now to May 28, so you
got at least another week left. ALSO if you can outwit,
outplay, and outlast on a broken ankle, JEFF WILSON, I'm
talking to you... Survivor 13 is now casting. Go to CBS.com
My thanks to you for
reading. It's been a pleasure. My thanks to my cohort in
crime, Chris Wolvie; we'll be back for Guatemala later in
September where my tribe will trounce his... again. Until
then, for everyone here at Game Show Newsnet, I'm Chico
Alexander, and the tribe has spoken... It's time to go. Good