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Survivor: Cook Islands – Survivor Live, Episode 11by Brian Towers -- 12/05/2006
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Following the eleventh exciting episode of the season of Survivor: Cook Islands is the latest episode of CBS’s internet interview show, Survivor Live. Co-hosted by Dalton Ross of Entertainment Weekly and Survivor: Amazon winner Jenna Morasca, it features interviews with recently eliminated contestants. This week’s guest is the queen of Exile Island, Candice Woodcock.
But first, my trivia question: Thinking of Candice prompts this poser: Name the only player banished to an Exile Island that didn’t make the jury. To see the answer, drag your cursor between the square brackets that follow: [ That person is Misty, from Survivor: Exile Island. She was left there in the first episode and departed the game as the third one booted out. ]
The show begins with talk of a minor operation Jenna had on her ear today. Apparently she’s a bleeder. The hair covers it nicely though. Getting back to the show, Jenna says this is probably her favorite season since Survivor: All-Stars.
Attention now turns to Candice, who has cleaned up very well. Dalton tells us of a conversation he had with Candice before the game, when he asked her how would she try and turn the tide if she were a boot target. She had said she would start with intellectual arguments, but in the end, go out kicking and screaming. That’s pretty much what we saw.
Candice says she was sure her number was up. She tried to find a crack in the Aitu four but could not. Jenna asks if she thought about doing some work around camp, and then points out that Parvati wasn’t doing any work. Candice doesn’t think it would have mattered because they wanted her gone.
Speaking of her tirade, Candice says she hoped to deflect some attention toward Jonathan. Also, she wanted to show Yul as less than perfect. She says the tirade was partly emotional and partly a planned attempt to stir things up.
Dalton takes this opportunity to run the clip of Candice berating Jonathan and Yul after the lazy trio found out they were missing out on food. I think Jonathan handled himself well, actually. I also think Yul really needs to learn not to share his every thought with every other player, because all the very-avoidable flak he caught came from statements he should never have said aloud.
Dalton steers conversation toward Jonathan. Much to my surprise, Jenna says, “I might be having a change of heart toward him.” Equally surprising, Candice says, “Jonathan is a good guy who is playing a game. Last episode, he had his back up against the wall, he had to make a decision and he did it. He had to save himself and I understand that.” Jenna agrees, he’s playing the game and he’s making it interesting. No one is too sure he’s playing smart, but at least he’s playing the game hard.
Jenna asks about the “laying around camp thing.” Candice says she was on Exile Island so often she did less work than some of the others, and also she had less energy around camp. She says she did help by gathering food, getting water, starting fire, and doing other tasks. She agrees that Jonathan had a strong work ethic.
Young Ali from Kansas City is the first caller today. She thinks Ozzy looks like Ethan and both are cute. Man, I’m getting shots from little kids now, why isn’t this urchin in school? At any rate, Ali wonders if, now that Candice is gone, will Parvati hook up with Adam? Ha, I like Ali now, apparently all her hours reading Archie comics were not in vain! Candice says, “Who knows?” and puts the blame on Adam instead of Parvati.
The “showmance” question is explored further. Candice claims she wasn’t making decisions based on her feelings for Adam but felt she could trust him. She feels this was one of her options in the game, though not her only option. Candice says she wasn’t looking for a showmance and as a fan of the show, knows how icky it looks. She confirms for Dalton that that they are not an item any longer.
Cubs from Wisconsin asks if Candice wishes she’d waited until the merge before flipping sides. Dalton thinks it was the turning point of the season and also wonders if she regrets stepping off the mat. Candice says that at the time, she was sure it was the right thing to do. She says that if you wait until the merge and flip, it’s just as obvious. She knew the others on Aitu were threatened that she was going to flip sides once the merge happened, and her position in that tribe was dropping. She also knew she had a spot in the Raro majority and felt going to Raro improved her chances of winning the game. Playing to win, ya gotta like that.
She also realized that making Raro a larger tribe improved the probability that she would be on the tribe that entered the merge with a numerical majority.
Tammy from Canada asks if, in hindsight, does she really think that they deserved to be fed after not working for the meal. Candice says it’s the editing, she started the fire and then went to lie down. She notes that Becky, Sundra, and Yul didn’t go out to fish. Part of her lecture to them was that they ought to be thinking about jury votes, and that hoarding food is inconsistent with the ethical game they claimed to be playing.
The second segment begins with a graphic telling us that, inspired by Survivor: Africa, Candice spent ten weeks in Kenya doing service work. Good for you, Candice!
Dalton asks Candice about the auction. He wonders why, when they were down in numbers, she and Adam didn’t amass all their cash to buy the “power paper” that Becky won. She says it wasn’t her place to ask Adam for more money, it was up to him to offer. Further pressed by the hosts, Candice says slowly, “I don’t really think you can accuse him of thinking too much.” She says she didn’t mean that to sound mean, but then adds, “He’s a simple guy.” Candice also wonders why Parvati didn’t offer the rest of her money to them, because on their own, she and Adam couldn’t beat the total that Yul, Becky, and Jonathan could amass.
I’m guessing that had this happened, Sundra or Ozzy would have offered their money to Becky next. But that was still the right thing for Parvati to do, to force the others to spend as much of their money as possible. This would probably have delivered the pizza that Jonathan won subsequently to a Raro player.
I was also amused by Parvati’s comment just before the auction, showing her surprise that the auction items were covered and she couldn’t see what she was bidding on. If there was any doubt that she was not familiar with the series, this removed it.
Staci from Georgia asks Candice about the editing. She wonders if “the young ones” were accurately edited, if there are scenes Candice wishes had been shown, and some she wishes had not. Jenna slips in the fun fact that almost everyone left in the game is fairly young, as only Jonathan is over 32 years old. Per the CBS bios, Jonathan is 44, Yul and Sundra are 31, Adam and Becky are 28, and Parvati and Candice are 23.
Candice replies that they didn’t show many positive things about her. For example, they didn’t show her catching the first fish. It was poisonous and they couldn’t eat it – but she caught it nonetheless. She also thinks that although they did less work than Jonathan, it was unfair that they never showed them working at all. On the flip side, she wishes they hadn’t shown all that kissing.1 2 3 Next-->
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