Exclusive: 'Survivor Cambodia: Second Chance' castoff Peih-Gee Law talks (Part 1)
By Elizabeth Kwiatkowski, 10/08/2015
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 first half. Check back with us soon for the concluding portion.
Reality TV World: Were you totally unaware your name was being tossed around prior to Tribal Council? Because Abi certainly had knowledge she was also on the chopping block, but you said you were blindsided.
Peih-Gee Law: I knew that my name was getting tossed out there, and they didn't show it, but basically Jeff Varner knew that his name was definitely coming up. And I feel like they didn't show this last night, but he actually did go and talk to everybody. He came up to me and [Yung "Woo" Hwang] and told me that Abi was trying to vote me out.
He did tell me later that he was actually making it up in attempt to save himself, but it turned out to be true. And so, you know, I knew that my name had come up.
But when I talked to [Tasha Fox] and [Andrew Savage] about voting out Abi, both of them just totally lied to my face and were like, "Oh, yeah, you know, Abi seems really difficult so we'll go with you and we'll vote her out." So, I don't know. I guess I shouldn't have believed them, but I did. (Laughs)
Reality TV World: Why do you think your tribe ultimately decided to vote you out instead of Abi?
Peih-Gee Law: Well, Tasha pretty much came to the same realization that I did, which was, I figured that if I voted out Jeff that night, and I knew for a fact that Abi had jumped ship on me. So if I voted out Jeff, I was essentially losing two people. I had two people gone that I could've worked with.
And so, I think Tasha, when I told her about voting out Abi, she actually said that to me. She goes, "Well, if we vote out Abi, how do I know you're not going to turn around and start working with Jeff again?" So that was pretty much why the votes got turned around on me.
Reality TV World: Whom did you think was voting out Abi with you besides Tasha, Woo and Andrew?
Peih-Gee Law: Everybody told me they were going to vote for Abi!
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Reality TV World: You had a foursome majority after the tribal swap with Woo, Varner and Abi. And Varner was shown telling the cameras he was desperate to keep both you and Abi with him. So why did the alliance fall apart so quickly? I know Abi was a wild card but I think fans were shocked you all collapsed so quickly.
Peih-Gee Law: Well, it was no secret that Abi and I had been having some issues with each other from Day 1. But with that said, I still would've been happy to vote together with her and my old tribe. But what happened was, at the challenge -- and they showed a little bit of it -- you know, Jeff kind of had this meltdown.
Jeff just kind of accused me of working with Savage and Tasha. He accused Woo of making a deal with someone. And he was just throwing a lot of accusations out there. And suddenly, you start to question, like, "Is this guy really with me? Why did he do that?" And it made me a little uneasy.
When we got back to camp, Woo was really uneasy about it. He was like, "I don't trust Jeff anymore. I trust Savage and Tasha -- maybe we should try to work with them."
And so, the plan was actually that the vote was going to be Jeff that night. But then when I just kind of thought about it a little bit more, I was like, "If I vote out Jeff tonight, I'm probably going to be next to go since I know Abi is voting with Tasha for sure."
Reality TV World: I wanted to ask you more about Varner's "meltdown" at the Immunity Challenge. He did create a lot of chaos. He called Andrew out for making a deal with him and then making a deal with you. And Woo felt left out entirely. What exactly was true in all of that?
Peih-Gee Law: I think that Varner was feeling, you know, I'm not really sure what was true or not! He saw people kind of talking to Savage and Tasha. I don't know why he started saying all those things. There wasn't really any sense in calling us out on it. I just had a feeling that he felt a little attacked when Tasha started calling him a rat.
And so, he was like, "Well, I'll tell you who's being a rat. It ain't me." And that's when he started throwing a bunch of our names out. And the thing is, you don't want to hear your name. If it's thrown out there, it always makes you a little anxious, you know?
Reality TV World: Do you know what exactly Varner was trying to whisper to Kelly Wiglesworth at the challenge? And was there more to his rant than what was shown? Because Varner was really self-deprecating afterwards and Jeff Probst asked a lot of questions, making it seem like it was a huge deal.
Peih-Gee Law: Well, let's see here. What did he mouth? He was trying to mouth to our old tribemates to stick together. From the clues he had gotten from talking to Tasha about like [Kimmi Kappenberg] and [Ciera Eastin] being on the outs, he was trying to tell Wiglesworth to maybe stick with them or whatever.
But I think you saw enough of the rant to make him act [like he did] afterwards. You saw that Tasha called him a rat and he was like, "Let me tell you who's being a rat." He was like, "Peih-Gee is making deals with Savage, Woo is making deals," and none of that was true -- yet. But we were talking, you know? And we all felt really attacked in that moment.
Reality TV World: Tasha made a solid argument when she told the former Ta Keo members they would need her and Andrew at the merge because the majority of the tribe at that point will be former Bayon members. How much of a role do you think that played in the decision to get you out instead of one of those two?
Peih-Gee Law: I don't think that had anything to do with anybody's decision. Nobody was thinking quite that far ahead. This was before the challenge and it didn't make sense at the time.
Because basically, our thinking was, you know, "Say we lose the next few challenges and if we vote out Tasha and Savage in the next two episodes, then we're going to be even at any merge that happens after that anyway." So the argument didn't make sense for that point in time in the game.
Reality TV World: I want to dive into your relationship with Abi a little bit. How genuine was your side of it? Were you on your best behavior and just catering to her in order to keep her loyalty or did you really believe you'd work together for the long run and had worked through your issues?
Peih-Gee Law: Abi Maria, um, I was legitimately trying to be nice to her. And she constantly took a lot of the things that I said the wrong way. I think they saw last night when we were in the shelter, and I was like, "Oh I'm glad because you seem pretty dry."
I was just making conversation. We were all huddled together under that shelter for like two hours while it was raining. And she just kind of snapped at me. But with that said, even though there was some animosity between us, we had still kind of voted together in the last two votes.
And so, for me, like I told her before, I was willing to work with people even if we had some issues. I'm used to that even in normal life. I have to do that all the time, so I thought maybe we could still work together, but obviously she didn't think so. (Laughs)
Check back with Reality TV World soon for the concluding portion of Peih-Gee's exclusive interview.