An “Insider” Look at Survivor: One World, Episode 7, Part 2 – Tarzan and Other Ball Breakersby William Ingram -- 04/03/2011
Welcome to a recap of the special “Insider” videos for this season of Survivor. Each season, CBS posts a variety of behind-the-scenes videos, special interviews, and extended footage at their website, and I’m here to tell you all of the juicy details that you may have missed by watching only the broadcast episode. My partner in this effort, Andy, is in charge of recapping half of the videos while I do the other half.
“We Probably Would’ve Won”
Jonas talks about the reward challenge. He describes Leif going first and not digging the hole deep enough. Leif dove into the hole face first and then his butt got stuck under the bar and it took forever for him to get unstuck. The game was pretty much lost at that point.
Oh, they made a good comeback at the end, but they still fell short. And the reason that they fell short was Tarzan. Jonas and Tarzan were assigned to assemble the puzzle, and it seemed like Tarzan was working against them. Every time Jonas would put a piece into the puzzle, Tarzan would remove it and declare, “That’s not right.” Jonas says that Tarzan never actually helped out in a positive way by putting a correct piece in place; he just removed pieces.
And then Tarzan would wander off and bug Jeff during the challenge. Jeff would say, “Jonas gets another piece,” and Tarzan would go up to him and say, “Hey, I got a couple of pieces, too, you know.”
Jonas concludes by saying that it is very frustrating working with Tarzan. He only criticizes things that other people do and never contributes anything positive. He just complains all the time, and they probably would have won if he had actually helped Jonas with the puzzle.
“No Pizza For Me ”
Mike was disappointed in the random draw for teams in the reward challenge. He was stuck with Tarzan, Leif, and Jonas. He says that they were the worst possible male players he could have on a team. He notes that Leif was stuck for a long time digging under the bar. The main part of the team caught up in the middle of the challenge, but in the end, Tarzan was in charge of solving the puzzle and that completely doomed the team.
Specifically, Jonas was placing the correct puzzle pieces on the board and Tarzan would then remove those correct pieces. It was frustrating to watch and Mike was just wishing that Tarzan would back off and get the heck out of the way. But no such luck.
Tarzan is obviously a screw-up who gets on everyone’s nerves. But Mike says that this is exactly the kind of person everyone wants to sit across from them in the finals, so no one really wants to vote him out. The problem is enduring him for another 21 days. Mike actually is probably the only player who would rather get rid of him now and save himself the grief.
“It Was Disappointing”
Leif also tells us about the reward challenge. He says that it was one of the most frustrating challenges yet. His team was just so darn close to winning but came up short at the end. He could taste the beer and pizza, they were just that close.
Of course, his failure to dig a hole under the bar was what really cost them. He can’t really explain why he wasn’t able to dig fast enough. He thought that he’d be able to just squirt right through. But as he was digging, he looked over and saw that Jay had already gotten through, and he thought that he’d better go through now. Unfortunately, the hole wasn’t yet big enough and the sand collapsed around him in the hole. So he had a tough time wriggling out.
Leif details the team’s thoughts on making him go first. They figured that, as a little guy, he could get through it pretty fast. But it didn’t work out that way. Although he dug well, as a little guy, he ran out of gas a little too quickly. Plus, the hole he dug for himself was too small for the next player to fit through and that person would have to do a lot of digging, too.
And the thing that really sealed Leif’s fate is that he’s got a bit of claustrophobia and doesn’t do well in confined spaces. So, when the sand collapsed on him, he began to panic. But he was able to focus and calm down and slowly dig himself out of the hole that he was in. (Note for the record: This is one of the few times that someone will use the phrase “digging out of a hole” and mean it literally.)
He is thankful that his team was able to make up for lost time, and he knew that it would all come down to the final puzzle. Leif was worried, however, because it was Jonas and Tarzan teaming up, and he knew that those two have a history of butting heads. He could see the tension between them and knew that it would take a huge effort by Jonas to overcome the handicap of working with Tarzan. Leif sadly notes that Tarzan is very, very stubborn and it takes a huge amount of effort to convince him that he is wrong about anything.
“Too Close For Me”
Jay tells us about the reward challenge from the winner’s point of view. He was thrilled to see that he got Troy, Chelsea, and Sabrina on his team because they all work well together. They built up a huge lead, but by the end, Sabrina ran out of gas and the other team managed to make a furious comeback. Fortunately, their final man, Troy, was good at puzzles and they were able to hang on for the victory. But it was just a little too close for Jay.
As for the reward, he says that he was thrilled to see the pizza and he probably ate more than anyone (remember that Mr. “Eight Bowls of Ice Cream,” Mike, was on the other team). Jay only had a couple of sips of the beer because the food was more important. In fact, he says that he ate a whole pizza himself plus three more pieces. And just before they left, he ate all the topping off of the remaining pizza.
He ate so much that he could barely move for the rest of the day and felt like throwing up if he tried. But he was happy for the experience and hopes that he gets to participate in every future food reward.
Jay notes that the food rewards are really important in this game. He sees no reason to spend all of his energy going out and hunting crabs or fishing so that 12 other lazy players can enjoy his bounty. He’ll just concentrate on winning food rewards from now on and then live off of that food for as long as he can.
“I Was In Heaven”
Chelsea tells us about the reward challenge. She notes that she was second on her team to go through the course and she almost beat Leif back to the finish line, and he was the first to go on the other team.
The reward for winning was pizza and beer. She says that she is a big beer drinker and so she was in heaven.
After they finished their pizza, they were given a secret note to open. It said that there was a new idol hidden back at their camp. But there weren’t any clues to its location. Chelsea immediately spoke up and suggested that no one tell anyone from the other team that another idol exists. This would give this team a bigger advantage.
When they returned to camp, Chelsea wanted to go look for the idol but she hasn’t gotten a chance yet. She hopes no one has found it yet.
“I Proved Everyone Wrong”
Alicia tells us that she was the first woman to go under the beam for her team in the reward challenge. She says that her biggest problem was that she’s got a lot of “booty action” going on. Jay first dug the hole and it was fine for him to get through. But when she got there, the hole wasn’t big enough for her thighs and butt to fit through. Rather than dig the hole a little wider and deeper, she just crammed herself in and scraped up her legs pretty badly getting under the bar.
She is happy, though, that her team won the reward. She notes that this is the first food reward that she’s been a part of all game. She was prepared to take advantage of that and ate seven slices of pizza and drank three beers.
She concludes her clip with a message to everyone who said that she could never win a challenge; she has now totally proved them wrong.
On the broadcast, we saw Chelsea and Tarzan get into a little tiff over Tarzan’s underwear. In this clip, Chelsea goes into more detail. She says that she had just started a pot of boiling water in order to do her laundry. Without a word, Tarzan walked over and puts his nasty, brown-stained underwear into the pot. It really grossed her out.
She adds that when she looked at Tarzan with disgust, he laughed and smiled as if he knew he shouldn’t have done that but he didn’t care. She then told him that he shouldn’t have done that, and he went off on a tangent about how boiling water will kill off germs and she has nothing to worry about. But, she says, it was still nasty, and she started to dump out the water and start over.
But then Tarzan went off in a rage about how Chelsea was being silly and was wasting water and so on. She took out his underwear and gave it back to him. He then went off on a tirade about how she should never touch his stuff. Rather than get into a big fight, she just washed his nasty underwear and then did her own laundry later.
She thinks that Tarzan is schizophrenic. Some days, he is a joy to be around and is pleasant and has interesting conversations. But then, on other days, he just terrorizes everyone and no one can stand to be around him. And, Chelsea says, it is just so random and he’s always showing the wrong personality at the wrong time.
Luckily, she knows that this is a mental game and she has techniques that allow her to endure anyone. And there’s only 20 more days left in this game, so she can handle it.
“Tarzan is Out of Control”
Kat also thinks that Tarzan is completely out of control. He drives everyone crazy. But she says that Tarzan did the funniest thing earlier in the day. It seems that Chelsea was working hard to do her laundry when Tarzan came up and threw his dirty underpants into the pot. Chelsea loudly declared that she was about to throw up. Kat thought that it was hysterical, especially since Chelsea is so fussy about anyone messing with her stuff.
Around camp, they have created a phrase for what just happened to Chelsea. They say, “You just got Tarzaned.” So, whenever Tarzan talks down to you or when he screws up your puzzle or the food you are cooking, everyone just says, “You got Tarzaned!”
Kat says that having Tarzan around is like that Survivor season where they had that nutty guy Phillip around; everyone just focuses on the nutcase and leaves you alone.
“I Surprised Myself ”
Sabrina surprised herself in the ball-balancing immunity challenge. Based on her past performance in challenges, she knew that wasn’t any good at balancing on a beam and she figured that she’d be knocked out right away. But after three rounds, she looked around and saw that she was one of only a couple people left. But then she did lose her balance. She says that lasting as long as she did has given her a new wave of confidence.
As far as Troy winning the challenge, Sabrina says that everyone is happy for him since he’s been trying for 11 years to get on the show, and it must be a special thrill for him to win the first individual immunity. But, Sabrina adds, he better not keep winning challenges or people won’t be so thrilled with him anymore.
“I’m Doing it For Myself”
Kat tells us that this ball-balancing immunity challenge was the one that she really, really wanted to win. Her goal in this game is to show everyone just how really good she is at challenges. And remember that she said this same thing last week as well. She apparently doesn’t realize that, at this stage of the game, you do NOT want to be seen as a threat during challenges.
Kat is annoyed at herself that, when it was down to just her and Troy in the finals of this challenge, she lost her focus for a brief moment and looked over at Troy to see how he was doing. That was all it took and she dropped a ball.
Then she addresses my point. She acknowledges that it really isn’t a good idea to constantly do well at challenges. But, she says, she is not here to win the game but rather to prove to herself that she can do well under stressful situations. Besides, Kat doesn’t really think that people will vote her out just because she is doing well at every challenge so far.
“All Time Physical Low”
Kim tells us that after this immunity challenge she returned to camp completely exhausted and fatigued. She’s never felt this badly worn out in her life. She thinks that it is because the food supply is running low and she is just not getting enough to eat. Contrast that with her comments from last week at the ice-cream reward where she said that she was never hungry and a cup of rice was all that she ever needed.
She then tells us about her game strategy. Her plan is to simply blow in the wind and vote out anybody the main group wants. She will keep her head down and let the people with strong opinions lead the way. She hopes to sneak into the finals that way. Sadly, I’ll bet she’s right.
Tonight, the women want to vote out Jonas. Kim doesn’t want to do that because Jonas is a nice guy and a great chef. He’s the only person catching food and they really need food badly at this point in the game. But some of the women are worried that Jonas might be the key to rebuilding the men’s alliance and, for that reason, he has to be kicked out right now. And, of course, Kim’s not going to speak up and rock the boat.
And that does it for the clips for this episode. Andy and I will be here next week to review all of the great “Insider” videos from the CBS website no matter how many times we get Tarzaned.
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