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Survivor: Samoa — Mick’s 3rd-Place Finish

December 30, 2009 05:07 PM by Ryan Haidet


He was forced into the spotlight during the first moments of Survivor: Samoa when the Foa Foa tribe selected him as their leader.  Even with that potential target on his back, Mick Trimming was able to make it all the way to the final Tribal Council, which was a brutal experience for him.  Not a single jury member voted for him to win — Shambo even called the young doctor “feckless.”  On the red carpet immediately following the live reunion show, Mick talked with RealityTVMagazine‘s Ryan Haidet about the criticism of his leadership skills, what it was like being aligned with Russell and even offered his own definition of “feckless.”

Read on to see exclusive videos from the red carpet with Mick, Natalie and Russell.

Watch Ryan Haidet’s interview with Mick on the red carpet:


Ryan Haidet — RealityTVMagazine:  Define “feckless.”

Mick Trimming:  Feckless basically means like spineless; weak.  It’s one of those words where it just has a certain sound to it where you can kind of sort out what it means.  It definitely does not have the connotation of anything very nice, ya know.  I actually looked it up when I got home to see the exact definition.  I had a pretty good idea of what it was.  I knew it didn’t mean, “My favorite person on Survivor.”


Just in case you were wondering, Dictionary.com defines “feckless” as ineffective; incompetent; futile; having no sense of responsibility; indifferent and lazy.

RTVMag:  Were you surprised with the jury vote?

Mick:  I had a pretty good idea Natalie was going to win.  I think after the last Tribal Council, in my mind, it was pretty obvious that she had it.  Did I think or hope I was going to get one vote?  Maybe they didn’t count them all, I don’t know.


RTVMag:  You got a lot of flak for your leadership role.  Why do you think that is?

Mick:  It was hard.  It was a role that I felt really uncomfortable with initially, and it shows.  I didn’t handle it very well for the first couple of days for sure.  But in my own defense, and I know this is typical of what people are going to do when they get criticized for something, but we had two people who basically said, “We are not going to be told what to do.”  Both Ben and Russell from the get-go said, “We’re not going to be led or told what to do.”  There was no right-hand man.  No one else stepped up to be like, “Yeah, let’s do this.  Let’s get this thing rolling,” which I think is important to have in any kind of leadership role.  It didn’t fit with the sort of strategy of playing under the wire that I wanted to take.


RTVMag:  Did you trust Russell?

Mick:  Initially, no.  He and I didn’t really have too many conversations at the beginning.  But as time went on, I realized he was burning other people pretty harshly.  But to his credit, he was always straight with me, and we didn’t sway from that.  So I have to value that.


Question:  Is making an alliance with Russell like cheating death to get to the end?

Mick:  You have kind of made a bit of a deal with the devil.  Absolutely.  You’ve gotten behind the biggest villain obviously of the show — if not of several seasons.  Basically just let him do what he does best, which is piss people off and take bullets.  If you can get behind that and take the focus off yourself, I don’t see anything overtly wrong with it.


RTVMag:  Were you a fan of the show before you were selected?

Mick:  Yes.

RTVMag:  Did you model your strategy after anybody?

Mick:  The few seasons that I watched I was in med school and residence over the past several years.  So watching TV was kind of a luxury that I didn’t have a lot of time for, but I liked Ethan.  I liked Ethan Zohn, how he played.  Just seemed like a really good dude and played real hard, and he did well.

Red carpet images by Ryan Haidet.  All other images courtesy of CBS.

Stay tuned for other exclusive interviews from the Survivor: Samoa red carpet with Brett Clouser and Jaison Robinson.


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CLICK HERE for our exclusive interview with winner Natalie White.

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