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Survivor: Pearl Islands – Advice for the Remaining 14by Jeffrey Clinard -- 10/01/2003
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14 Survivors remain and while the Drake tribe is in Paradise, the Morgan tribe is in a world of hurt.
First, with plundering items from the other camps a part of the game, you need to carefully consider what item should be taken. Drake was of two minds on this, suggesting taking a water jug (to replace one of theirs that broke) or the tarp. What I really suggest is taking the item the other tribe needs the most. Someday that other tribe will get to plunder and will want to take back what was stolen. The tarps are top targets, as is the fishing spear. We haven't seen much about how Morgan has done on the food side, but I haven't seen Survivors eat to where they were full on their own hunting skills since Michael Skupin's famous pig kill in the Outback. Fire-making tools are another good target, though I wonder if there might be some rules as to what cannot be taken like during the famous Maraamu raid of the Rotu camp. There is also one other unique item the other tribe has that they would want back at almost any cost if it was taken – the key to their buried chest of treasure. Maybe they could break open the chest with some tools, but it would be hard work. Just some ideas.
Obviously, losing all the challenges and the tarp were not pleasant experiences. However, you could have made life easier for yourselves if you had helped take down the tarp, since Sandra had less interest in keeping the shelter intact as you did. What you need to do is steal it back by winning the next reward challenge. Fix your shelter so you can sleep. Trust me, I know all about sleep deprivation and it's only going to hinder your performance in camp and during challenges. Plus, I cannot believe you didn't get a few water jugs in the village. Carrying and boiling water is essential. I know you have that big round cauldron type thing, but how much water is going to slop out of it on the hike back compared to a jug? It just seems so obvious to me that the moment you got ashore, you should have first found a boat charter and set aside that money, then made out a priority list of what you need. Fire-making tools, axes, water jugs, fishing gear, shelter, blankets, water jugs, knives, food, blankets.
Andrew. I'd be worried, because the way things have gone so far, it might be that the captain rather than the crew is the problem. For example, you've gone six days and haven't fixed your shelter so you can sleep. While you can't be a tyrant, you do need to organize the work that needs to be done, much like Deena did in the Amazon. You also should have rearranged the order of people diving for the treasure in the reward challenge. I'd have put the strongest ones in first, to get a lead. That can often demoralize the other tribe and cause them to make hasty mistakes in order to try to catch up, putting them even further behind. Instead, you got behind first and it demoralized YOUR tribe. Plus, you realized Sandra was going to ruin your shelter once your tribe refused to help her take the tarp. You should have led your crew to help remove it for minimal damage.
Ryan O. Not much was seen of you, so you seem in little jeopardy of being the next to go. However, you might want to reconsider Andrew and his leadership role. It isn't working and while I hesitate to suggest you head a mutiny (since you don't seem destined to walk the plank next), you might consider being a part of one.
Tijuana. When Sandra asked for a knife, you correctly refused to let her cut the ropes. However, you should have instead sucked it up and offered to help her untie it so you could salvage the ropes. Things have a way of changing on Survivor and you never know when you might need a friend after the merge. It may seem like helping the enemy, but that tarp was gone anyway and you could have done some damage control. You did the right thing in trying to talk Osten out of quitting. You know your tribe needs him, so coach him hourly if that is what it takes to keep him in the game.
Darrah. If you think being rude, even to a member of the other tribe who is in the middle of some looting, is a good idea, think again. Things might change, and she might be on the jury judging you at the end. Cussing out the other tribe doesn't help. I have to remind you, your tribe brought most of their hurt on yourselves from the moment you got to the village. If you thought Sandra was deliberately wrecking your shelter, you should have pitched in and minimized the damage. Sandra tried to be nice, but she, like the rest of you, are pirates for this adventure. Sulking doesn't help. Accepting your losses and minimizing the damage does.
Lillian. The way I see it, you need to stage a mutiny – and now! Target Osten. He wants out, and you need to help him in order to save yourself. I don't know if you can pull it off, but you're very close to walking the plank and desperate times call for desperate measures. Be very careful around Andrew though – I'm pretty sure he wants to toss you overboard next and he's still the captain of the crew. Keep up small talk about how Osten is giving up and you need a crew of winners, not whiners. Good luck!1 2 Next-->
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