'Survivor: One World' votes off Greg "Tarzan" Smith and sets finale
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 05/10/2012
Survivor: One World's merged Tikiano tribe eliminated Greg "Tarzan" Smith, a 64-year-old plastic surgeon from Houston, TX, from their tribe during Wednesday night's thirteenth episode of the CBS reality series' 24th edition.
Tarzan was voted out of his tribe at the season's thirteenth Tribal Council session, the seventh session for the mixed-gender tribe since the merge.
"To win Survivor is the goal, if a million bucks lifts your soul. You must outwit, outplay, outlast or be a savage soon I cast. Expect there will be so much to see. People will lie and they will cheat, and I'm going to add one other thing," Tarzan said before closing his comments with a parting yell.
Survivor: One World's thirteenth broadcast began on Night 33 following the Tribal Council session in which Tikiano had voted off Kat Edorsson, a 22-year-old timeshare representative from Orlando, FL, leaving Tarzan the only one guy left in the game.
Tarzan said it would've been smarter for the remaining girls -- who happened to be Kim Spradlin, a 29-year-old bridal shop owner from San Antonio, TX; Christina Cha, a 29-year-old career consultant from West Hollywood, CA; Alicia Rosa, a 25-year-old special education teacher from Chicago, IL; Chelsea Meissner, a 26-year-old in medical sales from Charleston, SC; and Sabrina Thompson, a 33-year-old high school teacher from Brooklyn, NY -- to have voted him out instead of Kat.
However, Tarzan was pleased he was still in the game and believed Kim, Alicia and Christina were likely to be the last three standing in the game. He hoped he could end up as number four or better, and then told both Alicia and Kim separately he would try convince the jury to vote for them to stay on their good graces. He suggested to Kim she could probably win because Alicia wasn't very likeable, while he insisted to Alicia she could win because Kim had betrayed so many people.
Kim told Tarzan she was wondering whether Alicia would want to go to the end with her. She knew she was coming across more and more like a threat as the game proceeded. As a result, Kim realized she might have to vote out Chelsea to be able to continue playing the other side -- outside of her alliance with Sabrina and Chelsea -- and said it would be her "worst nightmare" because they had become really good friends.
The next day, Chelsea said it felt like the game was definitely three versus three in that her group was eventually going to square off against Alicia, Christina and Tarzan. She explained she knew Kim was playing both sides but was okay with it due to the fact she was assured Kim would have her back no matter what.
Afterward, on their way to getting Tree Mail, Chelsea tried to convince Christina to get onboard with her and Kim in attempt to avoid the chance of a three-three tie vote at the upcoming Tribal Council. She told Christina that if she ended up making it to the Final 3 with Tarzan, he would probably win because the guys were resentful the women had eliminated them one by one and lied to them along the way.
Christina took note of the advice, but although Chelsea asked her to keep the information between the two of them, she immediately ran back to camp and told Alicia, Kim and Tarzan about their conversation.
"The first question I wanted answered was 'Did Chelsea blow my cover?' Because I have been playing both sides. Alicia, Tarzan and Christina all think I made a foursome with them, and then Chelsea and Sabrina think I am their third," Kim explained.
"Setting yourself up in a position to play both sides is brilliant but it's also one of the scarier places to sit in this game, because it just takes one conversation between two people on opposite sides for them to kind of put it all together, and then you're the first person gone and nobody trusts you anymore."
Kim then told Chelsea that Christina had blabbed what they had talked about, assuring Chelsea it was them against the other three-person alliance. Chelsea was angry that Christina couldn't keep a secret and said she wished she could "kick her ass."
On Day 35, the Tikiano tribe then met with Survivor host Jeff Probst, who explained the rules to the Reward Challenge. The castaways then learned they would be required to race to unleash a disk by spinning around it. It would make them dizzy, and then they'd have to take the disk with them and move onto the next station and do it again. Once they collected three disks, they had to use them to form a decoder and then use that decoder to give them the three numbers they needed to solve a combination box.
The first person to get it right would be able to spend the day on a yacht, take a shower, dress in fresh clothes, have a three-course meal at sunset, and then sleep on the yacht to return to camp the following morning.
Chelsea ended up winning the challenge and she was thrilled. She got to choose one person to go with her, and so Chelsea took Sabrina because she was exhausted and hadn't eaten much recently. Chelsea said she wanted to play the game as fairly as possible. Jeff then told her she got to select one more person to join her on the yacht, and Chelsea opted to take Kim as well.
While they were enjoying their reward, Chelsea wanted to work things out with Sabrina and Kim to ensure they'd make it to the end together, and Kim was convinced they could do it.
Meanwhile, back at camp, the three other castaways were furious Chelsea took Kim on the Reward because Kim had been on three Rewards in a row prior to that moment and Chelsea had also told Christina she would take her and Sabrina on the next one if she were to win.
Alicia and Christina told Tarzan they had to vote for Chelsea next if she didn't win individual immunity, and the three castaways promised not to budge on that agreement. Alicia and Christina were beginning to realize maybe they weren't so tight with Kim after all, while Tarzan already knew the three were out of the loop.
Despite Alicia's concerns, she admitted she still trusted Kim and felt loyalty towards her. Therefore, she figured once the vote resulted in a tie after the three of them voted for a different person than the other three castaways, Kim would flip and "stay true to what she said" -- meaning, she'd remain an ally of Alicia's.
"Kim and I trust each other, but I'm not going to pass it by her that she's not thinking of other things -- other options. However, I think it's stupid that she would want to sit next to Sabrina and Chelsea. Tarzan, myself and Christina are solid, and if they want to be solid, cool. Let them be solid. Let them draw rocks. Let them be stupid," Alicia said.
Tarzan told the girls if Kim came back from Reward and said something like, "Oh let's vote for someone else besides Chelsea," it would be a dead giveaway she wasn't on their side. He told them he believed Kim and Chelsea were a team and deceiving them, so he tried to plant a seed in their minds by insisting they both had a better chance of winning the million dollars if they brought him to the end with them.
Christina and Alicia then seemed certain about the game plan and decided it would be best to remain loyal to Tarzan and pick him over Kim in the end due to the fact Kim would most likely receive more votes. Therefore, Alicia planned to vote for Kim or Chelsea at the next Tribal Council session unless Kim returned from Reward with an amazing story and was ready to get rid of Chelsea next.
Meanwhile, Kim still felt solid with Tarzan, Alicia, and Christina and acknowledged she didn't think they were questioning their alliance back at camp. Kim felt like she was in a great position in the game and said it wouldn't matter if there was a tie vote coming up because she would stay strong with Chelsea and Sabrina in that situation. She then admitted to the cameras she was beginning to feel much better about going to the end with Chelsea and Sabrina.
On Day 36, Alicia told Kim how Tarzan told the pack she was a traitor while they were gone on the yacht. Kim started laughing and said Tarzan was just trying to get to the end with them instead of herself. Alicia was feeding into Kim's story and then they both revealed how Tarzan had told them at different times that he would convince the jury to vote for them over the other two Final 3 members.
Alicia realized Tarzan's claim that he would rally jury votes for her was most likely a ploy to stay in the game longer or just a flat out lie considering he had said the same thing to Kim. The two girls then laughed over Tarzan's foolishness and Kim kept reiterating the fact Tarzan was trying to pull the wool over Alicia's eyes and steal her power. Kim was trying to do everything she could to make sure her relationship with Alicia was secure and that Alicia wouldn't turn on her.
"When Kim came back today, I had to confide in her and we cross-referenced each other's stories and we are getting fed the same B-S. Tarzan wanted to take Kim out and then secure his spot with Christina and Sabrina and take me out and make me look like the fool. Hell no, hell to the no," Alicia exclaimed.
"If I didn't realize this, I would get straight up 'Tarzan'd.' I would look like an idiot in front of everybody. Now you're getting all paranoid? Now you're trying to play the game? Now you're trying to play the social game? I am the queen of the social game. If Chelsea win's immunity. We're taking Tarzan out. If Chelsea doesn't win immunity, then she goes home. And I don't feel bad about that because homegirl's been trying to run her game on me and no one runs their game on me."
Later on, the merged tribe met with Jeff, who then explained the rules to what would be their thirteenth Immunity Challenge, but seventh Individual Immunity Challenge of the season.
They castaways learned they each had to use large fish hooks to pick up puzzle pieces and then use those pieces to complete a puzzle in the shape of a fish skeleton. To make it more interesting, they had to try to complete the series of tasks with one hand tied behind their back.
Alicia ended up winning individual immunity and claimed her first challenge win of the season.
Alicia then knew she had the choice between keeping Chelsea or Tarzan around, however, she liked the fact she had power in the Tarzan alliance. But she also feared Tarzan might backstab her when the time came.
Afterward, Kim told Chelsea that Alicia and Christina still wanted to take her out first despite her attempts to convince them to get rid of Tarzan first. Kim explained she didn't know what to do although she was trying very hard to keep Chelsea in the game. A part of Kim was worried Alicia's alliance would end up voting for her because they were either playing her or frustrated she was continuing to play the game in Chelsea's defense.
Chelsea then suggested Kim could use her hidden Immunity Idol to save her if necessary, but Kim said she wouldn't want to take that risk.
"If Alicia doesn't vote out Tarzan, I will probably vote with Alicia, Christina and Tarzan to take Chelsea out. I feel like my struggling at this point to keep Chelsea in this game and to use an idol that takes me to the Final 4 no matter what seems like a really unwise decision to put everything I have on the line for Chelsea and Sabrina with six people left in this game when I know for a fact that I could sit at the Final 4," Kim explained.
Chelsea became worried she was going to be out soon, but Sabrina assured her to take the game one day at a time and not to worry just yet because it "wasn't the end of the road at all." Chelsea was just mad people who didn't do much in the game might end up outlasting her.
"This vote tonight pretty much hinges on just two people who can sway all the votes. Kim, to sway Alicia's mind and say, 'We're all in this together. We want that sucker Tarzan gone and he's out to get you.' But it also hinges on Alicia believing every morsel of what comes out of Kim's mouth. If Kim bats her baby blue eyes and she looks dead at you, then it's really hard not to believe Kim," Sabrina said.
Alicia then told Tarzan they were still going to vote for Chelsea and that Kim was onboard with them. Alicia asked Tarzan whether they should take Kim with the end with them or not, and Tarzan said she'd win the game for sure with her "angelic face and blue eyes." Tarzan noted they had to take Christina with them to the end because she wouldn't get any votes.
"I've been aware that the girls needed me to help them get rid of the boys. Well I did that. I actually did that. I helped them get rid of five boys, and now, if I haven't screwed it up by being a risible these last couple of days, we hope to God that all the girls won't jump on me tonight but will actually knock out Chelsea, and if Alicia would think that through a little better, she'd see why that's be better for her," Alicia explained.
"Except I know there's no way for her to really trust me and so she could be influenced by Kim. [She] actually fooled [Troy "Troyzan" Robertson] and [Jay Byars], so God knows she could probably fool Alicia."
Alicia felt bad about potentially blindsiding Tarzan because she wanted to trust him although she wasn't totally convinced she could. She didn't know which side was playing her and whom she should vote with.
That night, Survivor: One World's Tikiano tribe members arrived for their seventh Tribal Council altogether as a merged tribe, the thirteenth session of the season overall. Jonas Otsuji, Mike Jefferson, Jay, Leif Manson, Troyzan, and Kat -- the first, second, third, fourth, fifth, and sixth members of the jury respectively -- arrived to listen in on the session.
Tarzan told Jeff he'd be a smart choice to take to the end because all the guys on the jury probably wouldn't want to vote for a millionaire, nor a man who helped the ladies vote them all off. However, Sabrina argued the fact and said he was a threat because the guys might just be bitter and not want a woman to win the money at all.
Sabrina began to wonder whether Tarzan was playing them the entire time by claiming he just missed his wife and was playing the game for an adventure to get deeper and deeper into the game. She worried he might be a mastermind who had a plan all along and was just waiting to work his magic.
Chelsea agreed with Sabrina that people were starting to get a feel for what Tarzan was trying to pull. Before the castaways cast their votes, Tarzan declared he wasn't playing anybody and that's all he had to say about it.
Jeff then revealed the votes. One person voted for Chelsea, while four castaways voted to oust Tarzan fromSurvivor: One World.
While it was clear Tarzan voted for Chelsea, the episode's closing credits later showed the last vote -- which was not revealed -- was also for Tarzan.