February 07, 2008 09:08 PM by Ryan Haidet
The 16th season kicked off with the new players brought in on a large boat with locals from Palau landing on the beach without any clue who they would be competing against. Host, Jeff Probst called out the favorites – one after the other they came around the corner to cheers and applause from the fans. The game was on. The fans were sizing up the returning players, with Joel saying James was the biggest man to play the game until he came in. The final player to make his arrival was Jonny Fairplay sporting a “Will Lie 4 Food” hat.
Buffs were handed to the tribe of fans “Airai” and to the favorites “Malakal.” They were also told that two individual immunity idols were at the other end of the beach, those idols only usable for the first trip to Tribal Council. Upon arrival, Fairplay mistakenly grabbed the wrong idol and Yau-Man ended up in a small tussle with him eventually claiming it for himself as he had done in the Fiji season. Kathy of Airai got the other idol after Yau-Man pointed it out to her.
The fans hit their beach and started work on their shelter with Kathy calling Chet out as a homosexual asking what he wants to be called. “Is gay OK,” she asked. She then admitted she had never seen breast implants up close, saying that Tracy has big boobs. She was instantly called the crazy lady.
Then the favorites hit the beach. James of the China season said it was nice to be with a group of people with a work ethic because his first experience playing the game was filled with what he called lazy people.
Parvati, the flirt from Cook Islands continued with the same strategy as she flirted with James. The first night brought a discussion between Ozzy and Amanda. Eliza noticed both couples having budding romances.
After a break from the torrential downpours, Yau-Man placed a small drop of water on his glasses, which magnified the sunlight and started a fire. The favorites were confident they could dominate since they were well rested and hydrated.
At the first immunity challenge, the tribes were told they had to put together four puzzle wheels placing them on a cart that they had to push through a series of obstacles. Then planks had to be dug up to form a bridge. They then had to take the wheels apart completing a turnstile puzzle, which they would spin until a wok with fire lit a torch. The winning tribe also got a flint reward.
The fans took off with a big lead getting the wheels on their cart and had already torn through the obstacle course before the favorites had their cart rolling. Eliza got hurt as they hit the first obstacle – she was tossed off like a rag doll. The fans reached the final platform first fitting in all the puzzle pieces, turning the finished turnstile igniting the flames of victory. The players who claimed to have such a huge advantage had been beaten by the newbies.
After the challenge, the favorites were separating to strategize, discussing who to vote out. Then Fairplay came down with emotion about his girlfriend and expected daughter back home. He told Parvati to let it be himwho gets the boot. So Parvati came up with the plan to tell everybody to vote for Fairplay with the hopes of blindsiding Eliza. So Fairplay went to Ami saying he wanted to go home. Some seemed suspicious of his request thinking it was a plan.
They approached the first Tribal Council, dipped their torches in and got fire. Eliza said that past reputations are definitely factors in this game as people remember the things done in the past. Probst then fired out that Fairplay has the most-known reputation. Again, Fairplay said the only thing he’s been thinking about since he got there was going home and being a good dad. Probst commented that he thought this was a quit, which Fairplay denied. The votes were read and it was unanimous, Fairplay was ousted. As his torch was snuffed he asked for a hug from Probst who he has had a conflict with since the finale of “Survivor: Vanuatu.”
After being voted out Jonny “Fairplay” Dalton said, “I definitely feel I did the right thing. I had every single person here eating out of the palm of my hand. And, uh, to go out on my own terms, I’m very happy with that. No regrets at all. Last time I was the biggest bad guy ever, this time I’m a responsible adult, that people liked – some even loved. What is going on in the world?”
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