Exclusive: Peih-Gee Law talks 'Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance' (Part 2)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/14/2015
Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance's new Angkor tribe snuffed Peih-Gee Law's torch during Season 31's third episode Wednesday night on CBS.
Peih-Gee, who previously competed on Survivor: China, became the third castaway voted out of the game.
After Jeff Probst split the two tribes into three by asking them to draw random buffs, Peih-Gee ended up on the new Angkor tribe and they voted her out via a 4-2 vote instead of Abi-Maria Gomes at their first Tribal Council session on Night 9.
In an exclusive interview with Reality TV World on Thursday, Peih-Gee talked about her experience on the show. Below is the concluding portion. Click here to read the first half.
Reality TV World: You and Abi had a tense relationship right from the get-go. Had her missing bracelet on Day 1 and the moment you got caught talking behind her back not have happened, do you think Abi still would've turned on you at this vote or down the road?
Peih-Gee Law: Well, I mean, that's really hard to say, right? I did know going into it -- some things that I heard from other people -- was that she just kind of didn't like me. She just disliked me for kind of no reason, even before the bracelet thing. And this is what other people told me, like, it was a little bit high school. And I don't really know what I could've done to try to make things better.
I tried talking to her all the time. Even after that fight that we had in the last episode that we saw, [Terry Deitz] wasn't the only one to talk to her. I went and talked to her too. But sometimes when somebody just has a mental block against you, there's just nothing you can do to change their mind.
Reality TV World: Do you think [Yung "Woo" Hwang] is going to be your tribe's obvious next target or do you think the alliance will shift now that Abi got you out?
Peih-Gee Law: You know, I think the only one who really has it in for Woo, from what we saw, was Abi-Maria. With that said, I don't think she actually has very much power, especially now that I'm gone. Now that I'm gone, I think she's going to kind of do whatever [Tasha Fox] and [Andrew Savage] decide.
Woo can still have a chance if he gets in good with them, because you know, if I were them, I would prefer to work with Woo over Abi. Now that they have the numbers and don't need her anymore, maybe they'll let her go. I have no idea.
Reality TV World: How much of a loss did you feel when you discovered Terry and Kelley Wentworth were no longer going to be in your tribe? Spencer Bledsoe and Kelly Wiglesworth seemed like the outsiders prior to the tribal swap.
Peih-Gee Law: I was in a really good spot up until the swap. I actually was on really good terms with every single person on the tribe besides Abi-Maria. So, the swap, losing everybody hurt me in general I think.
Reality TV World: Abi justified teaming up with Tasha and Andrew by saying you and Woo were "sketchy." Do you have any idea where she got that from? Looking back now, were you behaving in a certain way around camp that you regret?
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Peih-Gee Law: Abi-Maria just had it in for me from the beginning, so I think when she was presented with another option, she just jumped ship as soon as possible. I think that's good for her. My only regret is that I didn't do the same thing to her first.
So really what I should've done was the day we got to the beach, I should've approached Savage and Tasha right away and said, "You know what? Abi-Maria is a loose cannon. I'm going to save you guys. I want to get rid of her."
I feel like if I planted that seed first -- before they decided to try to work on Abi-Maria -- then that probably would've been the best way to go. But, you know, hindsight is always much easier.
Reality TV World: Do you think the people who wanted to work with Abi-Maria in the game were just viewing her as a goat? Jeff Varner suggested that at one point.
Peih-Gee Law: Oh 100%! She's being dragged through as a goat and she's just being completely used. Every single person that voted with her has expressed to me that they don't like working with her but she's useful. I said that to Jeff.
Jeff and I had a discussion about this on like Day 2, where I was like, "You know what? I think we should take her out. She's really unpredictable." And he goes, "Oh, she's easy to get out. We can get rid of her any time we want."
And I was like, "But the problem is, everybody is going to say that exact same thing and she's going to keep making it through and through and through." So we'll see what happens.
Reality TV World: Was there any talk of an idol in your new Angkor tribe? Was there any suspicion someone had it or did you personally go searching for one prior to Tribal Council?
Peih-Gee Law: Everybody's constantly looking for idols. It's just one of those things with modern-day Survivor, where now, you know that they're always out there and you know that people find them just by looking for them.
So it's like you always have to put in the time and effort to look for it while also trying to make it seem like you're not. It makes it really difficult! (Laughs) It's hard to look for it without people being suspicious of you, let's put it that way.
Reality TV World: Do you think anyone was looking for an idol more so than others?
Peih-Gee Law: Gosh, Tasha and Savage were looking for it for sure in the first couple days on the new beach. I think they felt really targeted and they were constantly going into the jungle.
One time, I think I asked them to help me come fish, and they were like, "Oh, well, we have injuries so we can't go in the water, but we'll go look for wood or get water." And those are always good excuses to go out into the jungle and search for the idol.
Reality TV World: Who did you think was the biggest threat in the game going into this season and did your opinion change at all as time progressed?
Peih-Gee Law: Gosh, the biggest threat in the game. You know, everybody that got picked to come back on here were all extraordinary players. They're all really, really good, interesting players.
And so, it's hard to say that any one person was the biggest threat. I was open to working with everybody. I was really excited coming in because -- maybe it hurt me that I didn't have any pre-game alliances, but on the other hand, I feel like that kind of kept me more open. So I believe everybody kind of had a fair chance.
Reality TV World: Varner and other castaways have said you smuggled in flint, fishing wire and hooks all designed as jewelry. Could you confirm that? What did you think the rules were? That once you got the items on the beach you were okay to use them, that it was too late for producers to confiscate them?
Peih-Gee Law: Well, so, I had a pair of earrings that I had made. I'm a jeweler, and so, I took a pair of fish hooks and I had them gold-plated and I put on some gemstones and things like that, and I wore them out there. And then I also had a flint that I had actually sewn -- and it was prominent.
It wasn't like it was sewn into the clothes. I actually had it sewn onto my cardigan and I was using it as the button closure to keep it closed. So these things were all in plain sight.
And kind of my thinking was that, like, it's not any different than what if I bring in a pair of reading glasses that I don't actually need and I use them to make fire? I just happen to have a jacket that also can make fire. It's one of those things.
And to be honest, I kind of knew there's a good chance they would get taken away. I just kind of made these things for fun and I wanted to be kind of "Survivor MacGyver" out there as well. And that was it! I enjoyed making them. They were fun. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Jeff Probst did a lot of interviews before the season started airing and he flat out said he didn't think about half the women in this season's cast could win. And he did unfortunately mention you in that group as well as Kimmi Kappenberg, Kass McQuillen, Shirin Oskooi and Abi-Maria. What are your thoughts on that?
Peih-Gee Law: I don't want to say too much about it. I think there's a certain style of gameplay that Jeff Probst values the most and that is probably a style that women tend to not have. Yeah, although he does say that literally anybody could win Survivor and that's why it's so interesting. That's all I have to say about that one. (Laughs)
Click here to read the first half of Peih-Gee's exclusive interview with Reality TV World.