Why Kimmi Lostby David Bloomberg -- 07/10/2002
But, as with every person voted off, I am comparing her reasons for losing to an article I wrote earlier (and have now updated), What Future Survivors Need to Learn, and looking to see how she failed or where others succeeded by getting rid of her. (You can find this article, and others in this series, on my author page.)
With Kimmi, a lot of the reasons she was voted off are obvious. Let's face it, she is not exactly anybody's prime idea of what an Outback survivor should be like. She is a pseudo-vegetarian and refuses to eat land-dwelling animals. While some may applaud her for sticking to her morals, it’s not a real smart position to take if you have to eat whatever you can in order to survive. She also is obviously somewhat of a princess – refusing to bathe in the "gross" river water, for example. Overall, she annoyed people from the very first night when she wouldn't shut up and let them sleep, and that really isn't a bright thing to do if you want to stick around for a while.
Looking back at my advice to contestants, we see that she certainly did not take suggestion number 1 into account at all: scheming and plotting. She was simply left out in the cold in that regard. Jeff and Alicia are working together; Rodger and Elisabeth are working together – and apparently had been with Mike. We don't really know what Nick is up to. But Kimmi has nobody. I guess it's hard to plot with people when they all find you particularly annoying.
The rest of the tribe definitely voted along the lines of my third suggestion, still getting rid of the weakest member at this point. Kimmi and Rodger sat out the rescue challenge in that episode, indicating what they all thought of her strength. She hasn't been eating much in the way of protein because of her moral stand against eating the chickens and the pig. She was just not as strong as the others.
Add into this the fact that her presence was weakening the team's morale as well, and she definitely had to go. Yes, Alicia's attitude hurts morale as well, but she is physically much stronger and could still be more useful to Kucha. It does seem that several tribe members seriously considered getting rid of Alicia instead, but changed their minds. While we don't really know why, it is likely that they took into account that if one of the two battling ladies had to go, it might as well be the weak one.
With regard to suggestion number 5, pretending to be nice, she never really accomplished that, either. I mean, she seems nice enough, but she's just so danged annoying. Her attitude, "theatrical" exits, defensiveness – everything just screams out that she is difficult to get along with. Sorry, Kimmi, but that just isn't going to cut it on Survivor – at least not without any sort of backup plan or alliance to keep you in the game.
Suggestion 6 was that people should not form emotional bonds. Well, Kimmi didn't really form any of those with humans, but she sure became attached to those chickens. This led to a lot of tension and at least the one barn-burning fight with Alicia. I may need to expand that section to include animals as well as other players. Then again, this is probably a special situation that will likely never happen again.
Finally, we come to the suggestion that providing food and doing other work gets you allies. Kimmi was apparently the water girl, according to her discussion from an earlier episode. But, as Alicia noted then, others could do that work. She obviously didn't provide food – and indeed made a big issue of the food they actually got. So she wasn't winning any friends in that regard.
Where does this all leave us? As I indicated above, it leaves us thinking Kimmi was lucky to stick around as long as she had. Kimmi would be much happier in a nice New York restaurant eating a salad, or staying at a posh resort with lots of gold and glitter and nice bath fixtures. She never really belonged in the Outback to begin with, and certainly made little or no attempt to alter her attitude in order to get along better with her compatriots. In the end, her inability to play well with others or to change her ways was why Kimmi lost.