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Survivor Fiji: I Wanna See If I Can Make A Deal

by Deidre Woollard, posted May 10th 2007 10:56PM
(S14E13) Will the car curse last another season? Certainly anyone who is a student of Survivor has seen the effect that the car reward challenge can have on the game. But this season, figuring out who would get the curse is tricky. You see, it depends on who you think would be cursed - the person who won or the person who ended up with it. This unique situation along with the fact that Yau-Man was in jeopardy made this episode one of my favorites of the season.

This time a Ford truck was on the block for the reward challenge, which seemed to have big appeal for Boo and Dreamz when it was unveiled. During the first part of the challenge Yau-Man nearly loses it for his team, letting Cassandra, Dreamz and Earl rise to the top, but then Boo basically pulls his other members through the challenge. During the second part it looks like Boo might win the truck, but Yau-Man does. Then Yau-Man, clever soul that he is starts negotiating for the truck. He offers Dreamz a deal to have immunity during the final four, and then he sends himself to Exile Island. I can't decide if this was genius or not. But how many immunity idols does one man need. Yau-Man says he will share his clue information which worries me. Perhaps it was just the previews, but here I start to worry that Yau-Man is going to get seriously sandbagged.

The winning team goes to a school to deliver school supplies. During this event, Dreamz finally realizes that Yau-Man's offer wasn't just kindness and begins a secret plot. Watching Dreamz think something out has been a particular pleasure of this season. You can practically see the thoughts march across his face. The second he gets back to camp, he starts scheming with Cassandra. Cassandra and Dreamz seem like they are consistently trying to get Earl to turn against Yau-Man.

I really liked this week's immunity challenge. The multi-tiered challenge involved balance and throwing which unfortunately got the two women out right away. It's Boo versus Yau-Man in the final. When did Boo become such a challenge monster? I suspect losing a little weight brought out the inner athlete under the pudge.

With Yau-Man's clues, Earl locates the second idol. Meanwhile Dreamz puts his secret Yau-Man plot into action. The shots of everyone's faces while they hang around the camp is editorial brilliance. You see Yau carefully noticing that no one is making eye contact and then he immediately makes a move. Yau-Man tells Earl he has "bad vibes."

At tribal Stacy makes a huge blunder at tribal when she hints about a possible split vote. Yau-Man is already jumpy enough. Yau-Man cashes in his idol and Stacy goes home. She basically sends herself home which is fine because she has never been a true factor in this game anyway.

This episode gets a six from me. It was full of twists and turns and really set up a finale that could be very, very interesting. I really have no idea what's going to happen now.

Who could win it all? Too many people are gunning for Yau-Man so I don't think he will win (plus I think his win makes him the recipient of the car curse even if he did give the car away). Earl has been in charge, but that could work against him. Oddly enough I find myself cheering for Dreamz or Boo because I love a good upset.

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I was no fan of Dreamz this season, with his idiotic strategies, but they did get him this far. Nonetheless, he did have a good plan this time around.

Leave it to Stacey to win the title of dumbest player this season. They had Yau and all she needed to do at tribal council was talk about how she accepts the fact that she is going home, but what does she do? She talks about how the tribe will cannibalize each other and how she thinks the vote will be split. How dumb can she be? She might as well have just told Yau directly to use the idol. I'm only sorry it took this long to get her off when better people left before her.

Dreamz did nothing wrong in trying to get Yao out. Yao knew the risk and so far their deal has not been broken.

May 11 2007 at 7:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


Because they know Yau has the idol, this way has some good to it. But if no one knew who had the idol and voted for that person, it would be SO MUCH better if all the votes were counted and the person would was voted off could say "NO WAY" here's the idol!!!!!

May 11 2007 at 6:37 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Excellent point by Jon; I thought the same thing when Yau made the deal. Dreamz is not being ungrateful; he is playing the game. Yau did not "give" him the car; he traded it for possible immunity in the final four. Sounds harsh but get over it.

May 11 2007 at 4:14 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

- Whether or not Yau-man's Immunity Strategy works is secondary to the fact that he just gifted a car to a fellow survivor. While not a completely selfless act, one cannot understate the altruism behind the gift. Combine this gift with Yau-man's unshakeable loyalty to Earl and his overall kind demeanor, and Yau-man is the sentimental favorite, I think.

- That said, Yau-man also bestowed on Dreamz the associated taxes with winning the truck, which are not insignificant. *chuckle*

- The haves vs. the have-nots didn't work this season, because there was only one real change in campsites. Had the producers put in a change of campsite opportunity every episode ("your team won immunity - you can keep it, but you have to change camps to the have-not camp; or you can give up immunity and retain your lavish lifestyle") or found more ways to make the campsites relevant, this would have been a better season.

- this season became TERRIFIC the moment Earl's coalition formed, and they majorly strategized and took out Ravu in one of the best episodes of the series. Ever since then the season has been a joy to watch.

May 11 2007 at 2:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

@11 Great point, Jon. On the surface it looked like a great strategy move by Yau Man, but after your analysis it looks like it could turn into a blunder. That is if the situation arises and Dreamz realizes he can/should throw the IC..

On the other hand if Dreamz doesn't win immunity, I think he'll wind up in the "bulls-eye" position.

May 11 2007 at 1:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Um, the deal that Yau made in no way gets him to the top 3 if he makes the top four. Dreamz agreed that IF he won the immunity then he would give it to Yau. All that means is that if the situation comes up then Dreamz just tanks the challenge and lets Yau try to win on his own. If Yau doesn't win it then he can still be voted out. It guarantees him nothing. A much better deal would have been to give him the car with the promise that Dreamz can't write his name down. He was never going to get Dreamz vote in the finale so pulling the, "I said I'd never write your name down," is meaningless. I like Yau but it was a stupid deal.

May 11 2007 at 9:34 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply


This rule for the hidden immunity idol is so much better than before. Now somebody must gamble on whether to play it or not, rather than just hold it until they need it. It's much better this way; this season, we have seen it played once to save a player and once when the player (Alex) was not in jeopardy.

All those comments at the start of this season that this was the worst ever are now completely 180 degrees. This group has been incredibly entertaining to watch, and the rule changes - the way hidden immunity must be played, the splitting of individuals into random teams at reward and immunity challenges, the class difference with one tribe with plenty and one with nothing at the start have all made this a very good season.

Looking back, I never would have expected Dreamz, Cassandra, or Yau Man to make it this far after the first three or four episodes. Good season.

May 11 2007 at 9:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

For all the people who say Dreamz is ungrateful, this isn't "Extreme Makeover:" Home Edition." This is "Survivor." Yau-Man didn't give Dreamz the car out of the goodness of his heart, he gave the car in an effort to secure a place in the final 3. If Yau has an ulterior motive, giving away the car isn't a pure gesture and gratefulness doesn't play a part in it.

Dreamz, with all of his flaws and foibles, realized this and made a move to get rid of Yau. The point of the game is to win $1 million, not to win a truck. If Dreamz doesn't screw over Yau, then he really isn't playing to win. Dreamz has turned on every other alliance he has been in, so I don't see why he wouldn't do the same thing to Yau.

Yau won the car; he will more than likely be the victim of the car curse.

May 11 2007 at 8:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Kyle Beasley

What a sneaky sneaky episode. I am definitely rooting for Yau Man and Boo. Earl would be a good second. Cassandra does little to deserve a win. And Dreamz...Dreamz is ungrateful. He goes on and on about how this car is guaranteed to change his life, but he's willing to stab the back of the guy that gave him that hand up all for the chance...the chance of winning a million dollars. Seems kinda low.


May 11 2007 at 7:17 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

At first I really liked Yau but find myself cheering Boo on more often these days just because he brings it when he needs to and just stays clear of all the backstabbing and petty nonsense that goes on, unlike Dreamz. Cassandra is impressive in the way she uses her relationships in the game to sway the little things but ultimately nobody's going to respect the way she hides behind Earl and Dreamz. She even talks like she knows winning is out of the question, just as long as she gets as far as she potentially can, that's just dandy by her.

Earl's getting a bit cocky but I think he's got a lid on it so far and the same goes for Yau who's actually a tad more wiley than Earl. Stacey seems pretty open to suggestion and her usefulness has now been worn out.

Is it just me or should Jeff's grilling during council be curbed?

May 11 2007 at 6:19 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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