'Survivor: One World' votes castaway Kat Edorsson out of the game
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/03/2012
Survivor: One World's merged Tikiano tribe eliminated Kat Edorsson, a 22-year-old timeshare representative from Orlando, FL, from their tribe during Wednesday night's twelfth episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Kat was voted out of her tribe at the season's twelfth Tribal Council session, the sixth session for the mixed-gender tribe since the merge.
"I'm proud of myself, but I just don't believe it was my time to go, and I left before [Christina Cha] and [Greg "Tarzan" Smith]. Like, are you kidding?! I'm so embarrassed. I'm going to go down as the most naive person in the whole game and then I'm going to beg [Survivor host Jeff Probst] to let me play again so I can redeem myself," Kat said in tears following her ouster.
Survivor: One World's twelfth broadcast began on Night 30 following the Tribal Council session in which Tikiano had voted off Troy "Troyzan" Robertson, a 50-year-old swimsuit photographer from Miami, FL. There was only one guy left in the game and it was Tarzan, a 64-year-old plastic surgeon from Houston, TX.
Kim Spradlin, a 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, TX, felt relieved Troy was gone because she was always concerned he was going to try to pull a move that could end up hurting her in the game. Meanwhile, Christina, a 29-year-old career consultant from West Hollywood, CA, was getting on the nerves of Alicia Rosa, a 25-year-old special education teacher from Chicago, IL.
"Now it's just us girls and Tarzan, but he's not a threat. Sabrina scares me. I personally don't want her here, so I'm not worried. I think I'm sitting in a perfect spot. People have said that I'm the misfit or that I'm at the bottom and little do they know, I'm at the top controlling everything. I'm the most powerful player in this game," Alicia said.
On Day 31, the castaways received Tree Mail in the form of a mobile phone and shortly thereafter watched videos from their loved ones at home. They were thrilled to see the familiar faces and got very emotional, and all the players knew the upcoming Reward Challenge was going to be a competition to win time with their family visiting.
The Tikiano tribe then met with Jeff, who welcomed each castaway's loved one into the scene one by one. Kim was greeted by her sister Beth, while Christina cried tears of joy when she saw her father Sung appear.
Chelsea Meissner, a 26-year-old in medical sales from Charleston, SC, held onto her dad Ken in an emotional embrace, and Sabrina Thompson, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Brooklyn, NY, jumped excitedly into her brother Tony's arms. Alicia was thrilled to see her sister Laticia, and then Kat wildly welcomed her cousin and best friend Robby. Finally, Tarzan kneeled down to his wife Terri and hugged and kissed her in tears.
Jeff then explained the rules to the Reward Challenge and the castaways learned they were going to be attached to a rope that was woven through a series of obstacles. They were required to race to untangle that rope and make their way through the course in attempt to win reward in the form of traveling to a "beautiful spot" with their family where they'd enjoy fish, chicken, and margaritas.
The challenge also featured a twist in which the castaways' loved ones were going to be attached to them, meaning each pair would be running the course together as a team.
Although it was close between Kat and Robby and Kim and Beth, Kat and Robby ended up winning reward. Kat got to choose one survivor and his or her loved one to bring with them and she opted to take Kim. Afterwards, she got the chance to choose one other pair, and she selected Alicia and her sister because she wanted to spend some quality time with her two best friends at camp.
Immediately after the challenge, Sabrina told Tarzan that Kat should've picked him because he was missing his wife of over 30 years more than anything. Sabrina also suggested Kat would've been smart to take Christina and her father with her due to the fact Christina explained to everyone how her father had a kidney transplant the year prior, which left her always worrying about his well-being and how much time he had left to live. Chelsea made it clear that she agreed.
Kim admitted to cameras Kat had made a selfish decision in not picking Christina and Tarzan and it was not a decision made based on strategy or a willingness to achieve an advantage in the game. Kat addressed how she made her decision solely because she wanted to bond with Alicia and Kim on a friendship level rather than worry about gameplay.
However, Kat, Alicia and Kim went off to enjoy their nice quiet lunch together with their loved ones. Kat told the girls they should vote off Sabrina before Christina at the next Tribal Council session because Christina "knew the deal" while Sabrina thought she was safe.
Kim then talked to her sister alone and said she felt Alicia and Kat were her best options to take to the end with her. She insisted Alicia was disliked by many but was delusional about it, while Kat would become "that person to have a show about how a million dollars ruined her life and she didn't know how she spent the money." Kim admitted she was telling the two girls they'd "kick her ass" in the end, but she knew she had a good shot at beating them.
"With eight days left in this game, Final 3 talk is happening all over the place. I feel like this may be my best option, to go with Kat and Alicia who I feel like I can be -- they want to vote off Sabrina, but I've had an alliance with Sabrina since the beginning. So I would be voting someone out I was previously in a Top 3 with, but at the end of the day, if I don't think I can win against Sabrina, that would be stupid to take her to the Final 3 with me," Kim explained.
Meanwhile, Sabrina was rallying back at camp saying Tarzan and Christina should've gone on Reward. She said Kat was "a bratty 22-year-old who didn't deserve to go to the end." Chelsea agreed they should take out Kat next, but Tarzan was quick to argue. Tarzan explained Kat was at the end of the firing line and eliminated her right away would be an error because she "wasn't a thinker."
Although she agreed with Tarzan's claims, Chelsea told him it was more Kat's social game they were worried about. She was especially referring to how Troy had given Kat advice specifically upon his exit from the Tribal Council in which he was ousted.
"Kat screwed up. Now the target's on her back, plus, I don't think anybody wants to go to the end with Kat because at the last Tribal, Troy whispered in her ear, 'You can do it.' So, that's making us all a little nervous," Chelsea said. "I'm looking forward to talking with Kim when she gets back. I just hope we all agree that Kat is a smart person to take out next."
On Day 33, Kim told Chelsea that Alicia and Kat wanted Sabrina gone. She explained that they should get rid of Sabrina because she wasn't a dumb player, whereas Alicia and Kat were dumb because they didn't even consider Kim and Chelsea threats in the game. Chelsea, who ultimately wanted to vote off Kat instead, noted she was okay with the idea but simply didn't want to go to the end with Kat. Kim didn't say anything in response.
"We've decided Sabrina's going home for sure. I do think she has a good shot at getting a lot of jury votes just because she's pretty persuasive. So, it's so important who wins [immunity], because we have a plan. And if someone wins immunity that's supposed to go home, it's going to be chaos," Kim said.
"I think at some point in this game I started to think, 'Well maybe it's not smart if I win immunity,' but I just don't know if I'll ever feel safe. So, I've just decided at this point, if I can take every immunity from here on out, I will."
Later on, the merged tribe met with Jeff, who then explained the rules to what would be their twelfth Immunity Challenge, but sixth Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
The castaways learned they each had to stand on a ledge over water while holding onto a handle behind their backs. That handle was attached to a winch, and every time Jeff cranked it, it would lower them closer to the water. When the strain became too much to hold on any longer, they castaways would fall into the water and be out of the challenge. The last person left standing would win immunity, be safe from the vote at the next Tribal Council session and be guaranteed a one in six chance of claiming the million-dollar grand prize.
Kat, Kim and Christina were the final three tribe members holding onto the handle in the challenge. Christina was out first and she was then followed by Kat and Kim, who held on for over an hour and ended up winning individual immunity.
During the challenge, Kat explained she really wanted to win one when just her and Kim remained, and she said "come on Kim." Despite Kat's pleas, Kim didn't speak or budge and she snagged her second Individual Immunity Challenge victory. Afterward, Kim asked Kat for a high five, and although Kat rejected the gesture at first, she caved in.
In the end, Chelsea was glad Kim won but she didn't agree with the plan to make Sabrina their next victim. She thought Kat's selfishness got her into trouble, and therefore, she believed her alliance should re-consider getting rid of Sabrina and choose to eliminate Kat instead.
Alicia started changing her mind about Kat as well. She saw how strong Kat was in the challenge and feared Kat could end up being a real competitor and threat in the game. Alicia then asked Kim if they were on the same page in wanting to take out Kat instead of Sabrina, but Kim was still uncertain about making that move.
Meanwhile, Kat was convinced Sabrina was going to get voted out.
"Sabrina has no idea that her ass is on the line. That's why a blindside is so great," Kat told Alicia.
"I completely agree," Alicia said.
"It's amazing how we control the show. This game is our game," Kat noted.
"Oh my God, it's funny, because yesterday I was like, 'Sabrina, you're going home.' And then today, at the challenge... Sabrina was the first one done. I mean, I could beat her. So, there's no reason why Sabrina needs to go. But Kat, she just brought it. Homegirl was giving it her all and that's somebody that I do not want to go up against if that's how she's going to play these challenges," Alicia explained to cameras.
Alicia then talked to Kim about her concerns and said she didn't want to be left in a situation where they couldn't get Kat out even if they wanted to. Kim was shocked at Alicia's change of heart, but at the same time, realized Kat had a good shot at getting jury votes in the end because she hadn't pissed anyone off. However, Kim still believed Sabrina was a bigger threat because she was really smart and could work some magic in the end.
"I don't know how we got in this position of, 'Kat has to go immediately...' I would rather see Sabrina go first before we take out. So Kat's going to vote Sabrina and I think Tarzan would be willing to get rid of Sabrina. So, it kind of feels like Chelsea and I are the swing votes," Kim said.
Kim then told Chelsea that Alicia wanted Kat out despite her thoughts on Sabrina's personality and gameplay. Chelsea had her mind up but also admitted she'd vote with Kim no matter what.
"All of a sudden, Alicia and I are thinking on the same page that Kat needs to go. She's selfish and doesn't deserve to be in the Final 3. But Kim still wants to vote out Sabrina. I understand where she's coming from, but I feel like Sabrina's been on Kim and my's side since Day 1," Chelsea explained. "I think from here on out, it's going to be a cat fight."
Kim told Tarzan, who was ready to vote for Kat, that she didn't know if that was still going to be the case. Regardless, Kim wasn't looking forward to the vote because Kat was supposedly like a sister to her and Sabrina had stuck by her side since the beginning. She knew she wouldn't be able to keep everyone happy in the game and admitted it was going to be "hell" from that point on.
That night, Survivor: One World's Tikiano tribe members arrived for their sixth Tribal Council altogether as a merged tribe, the twelfth session of the season overall. Jonas Otsuji, Mike Jefferson, Jay Byars, Leif Manson, and Troyzan -- the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth members of the jury respectively -- arrived to listen in on the session.
Sabrina said Kat was eventually going to regret her decision to take Kim and Alicia on Reward because those weren't strategic choices. Kat apologized to anyone she hurt in that process but claimed she wanted to have fun and was just naive and young. Chelsea said Kat always blamed her selfishness and flaws on her age and it bothered her.
Alicia then told Jeff she wondered whether Sabrina's game was to not come off as a physical threat when she really could be one. She also said she was shocked how long Kim was able to hang in there during the Individual Immunity Challenge.
When a few tribemates jumped on Kat for getting upset after the immunity challenge at Kim for winning, she insisted she was just mad at herself for not claiming victory and Kim had nothing to do with it. The talk then shifted when Sabrina noted how she appreciated playing with honest people, who would ultimately receive respect in return.
Kim told Jeff that was a description of Sabrina, and although it was a very endearing quality, it made her a bit nervous in the game because a good person could easily make it to the end and then win the whole thing. Before the castaways voted, Kat joked about a blindside occurring and acted as if it would be a fun exciting moment. But little did she know it was coming her way.
Jeff then revealed the votes. One person voted for Sabrina, while four castaways voted to oust Kat from Survivor: One World. It became clear Kat was the vote for Sabrina.
Kat stared at Kim in shock and disappointment, and then Jeff extinguished her torch and she cried in silence on her way out of the game.