'Survivor: One World' ousts castaway Troy "Troyzan" Robertson
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 04/26/2012
Survivor: One World's merged Tikiano tribe eliminated Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, a 50-year-old swimsuit photographer from Miami, FL, from their tribe during Wednesday night's eleventh episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Troyzan was voted out of his tribe at the season's eleventh Tribal Council session, the fifth session for the mixed-gender tribe since the merge.
"For the last 11 years, I've been thinking, 'I'm going to get on Survivor, and my only objective is to be the winner and I'm a bit sad that I didn't reach my goal. Definitely the odds were against me. It was just seven on one, but I did what I could do. I played exactly who I am, but the fans out there -- I know that they're going to love my game and hopefully they appreciate it," Troyzan said following his ouster.
Survivor: One World's eleventh broadcast began on Night 27 following the Tribal Council session in which Tikiano had voted off Leif Manson, a 27-year-old phlebotomist from San Diego, CA. There were only two guys left in the game and Greg "Tarzan" Smith, a 64-year-old plastic surgeon from Houston, TX, knew he and Troy had to win Individual Immunity Challenges to remain in the competition.
On Day 28, Tarzan felt the smartest thing to do would be to simply follow the women's orders instead of backing Troyzan and standing at his side, because if she was to align with Troyzan, the women would view him as an enemy of their strong alliance.
Kim Spradlin, a 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, TX, was upset and surprised she was on the chopping block so early on during the previous Tribal Council session, but she felt good about her alliance and believed the women were "married" to it. After getting rid of Leif, she was convinced the move had sealed the deal for her plans to bring all women to the end.
Meanwhile, Troyzan felt like it was him against the entire tribe, and he knew his only hope of surviving in the game would be by winning immunity. However, he thought he had a slight advantage because the women wondered whether he had discovered a hidden Immunity Idol he could use at any time.
After receiving Tree Mail at camp which hinted what the next Reward Challenge was going to entail, Kim and Kat Edorsson, a 22-year-old timeshare representative from Orlando, FL, made a pact they would share the reward together if either one of the was to win.
Once the Tikiano tribe met with Survivor host Jeff Probst shortly afterwards, Jeff explained they would be required to answer a series of questions about their tribemates. After tallying their initial votes, the castaways' challenge was to try to guess what the group had said as a whole when asked each question. The answers could ultimately be different than what an individual had voted.
Every time a person got an answer right, he or she could chop a tribemate's rope. After three chops, a castaway's look-a-like Survivor doll would drop into the fire and burn. The last person standing -- or doll hanging -- would win reward in the form of a helicopter ride to an island where he or she would get to enjoy a picnic.
Jeff's questions ranged from who didn't deserve to still be in the game (Christina Cha), who they would trust with their life (Kim), who they didn't care to see again after the show (Troyzan), and who was the biggest poser (Alicia Rosa was the only person to say Christina, while everyone voted for Troyzan).
Troyzan was out of the challenge first. He was then followed by Tarzan; Chelsea Meissner, a 26-year-old in medical sales from Charleston, SC, Kat; Sabrina Thompson, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Brooklyn, NY; Kim; Christina, a 29-year-old career consultant from West Hollywood, CA; and Alicia, a 25-year-old special education teacher from Chicago, IL.
Kim ended up winning the Reward Challenge and was able to select one person to join her on the picnic. She picked Alicia at first and was then told she could pick one more person to go with her. Kim opted to take Chelsea on the little trip, and Kat's mouth dropped in shock. Troyzan noted Kim's selections were very telling about the pecking order of the women's alliance.
"I think it's pretty revealing. It shows exactly where everyone stands -- exactly. Kim, Alicia and Chelsea are the top dogs. These guys [Sabrina, Kat and Christina] are at the bottom. Sorry. I'm not saying it to save myself. That's just the way it was," Troyzan told the girls.
"I'm sorry," Kim told Kat.
"Whatever," Kat replied.
"I planted a few seeds so they start to think like, 'Maybe I really am on the bottom,'" Troyzan explained.
Troyzan hoped to instill fear in the three women's minds. He had every intention to "toy with their minds" and get himself ahead.
Kat was especially disappointed Kim didn't choose her because she thought they had a great relationship. Meanwhile, Christina looked upset over all the information she had learned throughout the challenge, and it seemed as if she was going to consider taking Troyzan's advice to heart because she was confused about her position in the game.
After the Reward Challenge, Chelsea, Kim and Alicia enjoyed their picnic on a secluded island, but Kim had a little trouble letting loose because many castaways back at camp were pissed. The girls knew they'd have to do some "damage control" when they got back. Chelsea assumed Troy was trying to manipulate people back at camp while they were gone.
Kat was mad about Kim's decision to take Chelsea over her. While Kat claimed she chose to take Chelsea because she never got to eat, Kat thought it was ridiculous because everyone in the game was hungry. Troy then told her it wasn't about food, it was about strategy. He wanted to make Kat paranoid and suggested she needed to wake up in the game and smell the coffee. Kat just kept asking him to relax.
"I'm pissed Kim didn't take me and I'm pissed I have to listen to Troyzan about how I'm a follower and that I don't make any decisions for myself and that Kim is the lead player. I don't believe that. Troy was making me so angry and I'm sick and tired of him saying that. He was saying they were the Final 3 and that's not true," Kat explained.
"My fear is that I don't want to go down as a weak player, and I'm going to do everything I can to ensure that's not the case. And if that means I have to vote Kim out, then fine."
Sabrina said Kat needed to be soothed because she was a hot mess and knew Troy was very savvy and could probably win the whole game if he made it that far. Troy tried to talk strategy with the girls and said he was a sitting duck. He assured them he could give them a vote, and with Sabrina in agreeance, Christina then immediately hopped onboard and said they'd need another girl to turn to have the numbers.
However, Sabrina later admitted she proposed the plan to team up with Troy just to see who would sway in that situation. She discovered Christina was 'like the wind" and swayed too easily, so as a result, Sabrina no longer trusted Christina.
Once Kim, Chelsea and Alicia returned from their reward, Kat was devastated and planned on saying nothing to Kim. However, Kim asked to speak with her and Kat admitted she was furious. Kim explained that she was simply playing a game for a million dollars and she changed her mind at the last minute when confronted with the decision.
Kim said winning that challenge was the worst thing to happen to her so far in the game because it put her in a bad position. Kat expressed how Kim leaving her behind suggested she was a follower in the game rather than an equal leader. Afterward, Kat said her move was "not strategic" and she was "paying for it."
Day 30, later on, the merged tribe met with Jeff, who then explained the rules to what would be their eleventh Immunity Challenge, but fifth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
The castaways learned they each had to slide down a slippery course, grabbing rope rings along the way. Once they each collected a rope ring, they had to land it on a hook. The first person to finish would move onto the next round, while the last person standing would win immunity, be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council session and have a one in seven chance of claiming the million-dollar grand prize.
Chelsea hooked her ring first and was able to move onto the next round. Kat, Tarzan and Kim then joined her and the group had to hook two rings. Chelsea and Kim then got to advance to the third and final round in which they had to land three rings. Kim ended up beating out Chelsea and winning immunity for herself.
Troy was disappointed he lost because he knew his chances of being eliminated from the game at that point were great. He knew the girls were going to split the vote because they worried he had a hidden Immunity Idol in his pocket. Therefore, Kim told Sabrina and Kat two people should throw votes at Christina just in case.
Kat ultimately didn't appreciate the fact Kim was running the show and she couldn't make a decision for herself, but she didn't know what to do other than obey what was requested.
Sabrina then let Christina know she wasn't going home although she was going to receive a couple votes from herself and Tarzan at Tribal Council. Sabrina claimed she didn't want Christina to feel bad or blindsided when the time came.
"I don't think she processed it enough to know, 'Okay, I'm going home if Troy had the immunity idol,' but she was fine with it. At least that's what it looked like," Sabrina said.
"If I got a couple of votes, all hell would break loose. But you know what? Christina's IQ is probably a zero. I don't even know if that exists. I mean, I'm a special education teacher, so I handle Christina as one of my students and she's going to do whatever we tell her to do. And if Troy pulls out an immunity idol, then Christina's going to go. If she has to go, then she has to go. As long as it's not my name, I don't care," Alicia explained.
Christina told Troy she didn't really know what was going on with the girls. She said she didn't trust the women 100% percent because they told her a couple people were planning to cast their votes for her.
Christina realized Kim and Chelsea were in charge and then let Troy know she was going to vote for Chelsea, implying he should join her. However, Troy had no intention to vote for Chelsea because he had a better move in mind.
"Christina said she would vote for Chelsea, but I don't think anybody else will vote for Chelsea... When Christina said who they're going to split the vote with, (laughs) I was like great. That's not easy to hear," Troy said.
"So I started thinking about the votes and how it could go. I mean, I need three people to just vote for Christina and boom, I can be the fourth and it could be a miracle, seriously... Boom, all of a sudden Christina's gone. That would be beautiful."
"The plan tonight is to give Troy five votes and Christina two. I think splitting votes is always hard because you don't know who's with you and you don't know who's not. So if you've got five people voting for Troy and two of them flip, all of a sudden, Troy's back tonight," Kim explained.
"I won't believe Troy is going home until the moment he stands in front of Jeff and Jeff snuffs his torch. He's full of craziness and surprised. He's just playing so hard. Who know's what's going to happen."
As a last chance attempt, Troy told Kat not to vote with Kim and Chelsea in the hopes she would flip and vote for Christina.
That night, Survivor: One World's Tikiano tribe members arrived for their fifth Tribal Council altogether as a merged tribe, the eleventh session of the season overall. Jonas Otsuji, Mike Jefferson, Jay Byars, and Leif Manson -- the first, second, third, and fourth members of the jury respectively -- arrived to listen in on the session.
Troy knew he was in trouble because it was all the women plus Tarzan against him. It wasn't clear who was the top five, top four, top three to many of the castaways. However, Chelsea said some people were certain about who was going to be the top three.
Christina said she was still in the game because she was simply very lucky, and then the consensus of the group was that Christina wasn't strategizing despite her claims. She then told everyone she certainly was strategizing, but she just refused to speak about her plans and intentions aloud.
Troyzan was happy to hear Christina was worried about possibly being on the bottom of the women's alliance, while Kim admitted Troy was very good at getting in people's heads. Kat then expressed her concerns about being a weak player and a follower and wondered whether her head was too far up Kim and Chelsea's butts to make her own decisions.
Before Jeff revealed the votes, Troy said he ultimately felt pretty good about his place in the game.
In the end, one person voted for Chelsea, three people voted for Christina, and four castaways voted to oust Troyzan from Survivor: One World. Troyzan told Kat to "do it" upon his exit.
The episode's closing credits later showed that Christina voted for Chelsea, and Troyzan, Tarzan and Sabrina voted for Christina. Kim, Kat, Chelsea, and Alicia voted for Troyzan.