Exclusive: Jessica Peet talks 'Survivor' big game threats and how Davie Rickenbacker pulled a fast one on her
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/05/2018
Jessica Peet was eliminated from Survivor: David vs. Goliath after the David Tribe lost its second Immunity Challenge in a row during Wednesday night's Season 37 episode on CBS.
Jessica, a 19-year-old waitress from Lakeland, FL, was ousted from the game on Day 6 through a 5-4 vote instead of Lyrsa Torres, a 36-year-old airline agent from Puerto Rico, who currently resides in Boston, MA, at the first Tribal Council session of the Survivor season.
"To be the first one voted out, it's sad, but at the same time, it's kind of a compliment to me that they viewed me as that big of a threat," Jessica said following her ouster.
"I came out of the gate and I wanted to play hard, and I guess I trusted some people that I shouldn't have trusted, and it bit me in the butt. In the end, I guess I was the first #blindside of the season."
During an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Jessica talked about her short-lived Survivor experience. Below is a portion of what she had to say.
Reality TV World: Do you think lying about your age ultimately helped or hurt your game? Because when I talked to Pat Cusack last week, he said he wasn't surprised to hear you're only 19 because he was onto you after a conversation about how you don't drink.
Jessica Peet: Well, I actually told Pat and [Carl Boudreaux] in a conversation we had had, just the three of us. Because I felt in my opinion, it would give me more of a chance to bond with those two if I gave them information. So I was like, "Hey guys, I want you to know I'm only 19."
And Carl and Pat were like, "Okay that makes sense even more. We can't believe you're out here playing this game!" And of course they have young daughters, so that gave us more of a chance to bond. So Pat might've said he was onto me, but he knew the whole time. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Before Pat got medically evacuated, Nick Wilson was apparently the target for the whole tribe because he contributed very little at camp. Did you personally want Nick gone at the time?
Jessica Peet: So, obviously watching it back we see that Nick was purposely not doing any work, but it was very apparent Nick wasn't helping out. I remember we were all actually all building the shelter and Nick was getting water from a tree. It was raining, so he was using a leaf to put it in his canteen.
And we were all like, "Why are you doing that? Anybody can do that." We need help, like, muscles over here. And so Nick, I remember saying in a confessional interview, "I don't really want Nick to go because I like Nick; I think Nick is a good guy."
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But I was like, "Ultimately, if that's where the numbers are, that's where I'm going to have to vote." So it was funny how quick a name came up. I wasn't expecting a name to come up that quick.
It was probably on Day 2, maybe, when we all started to notice Nick wasn't doing anything, and that's why his name initially did come up. But ultimately, if that's where the numbers were, that's where I had to vote, because that's what I would have had to have done.
Reality TV World: So what made the target shift so quickly? The whole tribe appeared to go from wanting Nick gone to not even discussing or thinking about him as a possibility. What did Nick do to better his position in the tribe?
Jessica Peet: Yeah, I think we just realized we couldn't vote someone out like that that early, because Nick, in challenges, he provided muscle whenever we needed it. So, I think they just started to realize it wasn't a good deal, and I think Lyrsa just sort of took over that main spot where people were talking about Lyrsa, like, "Lyrsa is going to be the name."
Lyrsa and Nick were the two names being thrown around in the very beginning, so you know, to have us switch from Nick to Lyrsa, I'm not really sure what prompted that. It could have possibly been Lyrsa throwing my name around a little bit because obviously Carl, myself and [Bi Nguyen] didn't like that.
So maybe that's where gears started to shift more towards Lyrsa, because we were like, "If she's talking crap about one of us, we need to go ahead and get her out because we don't need her to take one of us out."
Reality TV World: Okay, that makes sense. I thought there was more to the story than Lyrsa just being the alleged weakest member of the tribe because, like she was shown saying, she did win that initial challenge on the boat with Christian Hubicki. I was wondering what made her weaker than someone like, say, Gabby Pascuzzi.
Reality TV World: Did you ever go looking for a hidden Immunity Idol? And was there talk of anyone potentially having an idol before Tribal Council? Obviously Davie Rickenbacker found one, so I don't know what your reaction was to that.
Jessica Peet: Well, I did go look for hidden Immunity Idols, but I looked for them with Davie and with Carl. So, there was actually a time where Carl and Davie came to me at camp and said, "Hey, we found a clue to a hidden Immunity Idol!" And I was like, "Really, where was it?!"
And Davie pulled out -- I believe it was a blue piece of string. He was like, "This was the clue." And I was like, "What?!" I said in a confessional, "I've watched Survivor for years and never has there ever been a clue to a hidden Immunity Idol that was a piece of string."
So I was like, "That is not a clue!" But we still went out and we still looked. But I'm pretty now, looking back at it, Davie probably already had the idol at that point. But yes, I was definitely looking for hidden Immunity Idols -- not as much as I would have liked to, just due to the rain and the weather, but yeah.
So I thought Davie could have had one, but I wasn't 100 percent sure. So watching that last night was very exciting; I was happy for him.
Reality TV World: While you were still in the game, who was emerging as the biggest threat in your eyes?
Jessica Peet: A threat, game-wise, that's honestly a really hard question. I don't think I really looked at anybody in a threatening way, like, "I've got to get them out of here because their game is so good."
I was kind of oblivious to the fact, like, I knew Nick was having really great conversations, but I didn't know to the extent his relationships were. So definitely, if I'm watching it back now, I was like, "Dang, Nick was really getting around!"
And I think Christian also. Christian is just incredibly smart, and he's a huge fan of the show, as is Gabby. So I would say Gabby, Christian and Nick, they are going to be some people to watch. You're going to really have to watch them and I'm really interested to see what happens for the rest of the game.