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Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Garrett Adelstein Explains What Happened To His Hidden Idol

February 27, 2014 05:00 PM by Ryan Haidet


Garrett Adelstein had all the qualities of a great Survivor player: Smart, strong and sly.  But those elements of his personality quickly fizzled out as he was the second person voted off Survivor: Cagayan — Brains Vs. Brawn Vs. Beauty.  The professional poker player, who came across very arrogantly on the premiere episode, admitted his mistakes when I spoke with him today.  More interestingly, however, he dished all the details regarding the future of his hidden Immunity Idol, which he left back at the Brains camp.  Where is it?  Could another castaway possibly find it?

Question: You left the hidden Immunity Idol back at camp instead of taking it to Tribal Council.  Did anybody else know you had found it, and if so, do they know where it’s at?

Garrett Adelstein: No and no.  I kept that a secret from everybody. …  When you’re on a tribe with other very intelligent, capable Survivor players, they know what you’re doing right before Tribal.  They’re waiting for you to go look for it.  There was a healthy amount of skepticism that if anybody had the Idol, it would have been me.  You run a very real risk of grabbing the Idol right before Tribal and bringing it.  With that being said, it’s Survivor.  If you’re not gonna bring your Immunity Idol to Tribal Council, I’m not really sure what the hell you’re gonna do with it.  Obviously, it’s a tough thing now.  Given where I thought my position in the game was before Tribal, I obviously thought the chances of me going home were very close to zero.  That’s why I chose not to take that risk.  It’s a decision I’m regretful of.


Question: You hid your Idol back at camp, which means the only way somebody else on the Brains tribe can find it is if they accidentally stumble upon it?

Garrett Adelstein: Now we’re sort of getting into the nuances of Survivor rules.  I think what’s gonna happen is production is going to dig it up and rehide it.  I think, depending on the season, that sometimes changes. But no one would find it if production didn’t do something with it.


Question: Looking back at the situation with J’Tia, do you regret telling her she was getting voted out?  Do you regret trying to force your tribe to stick together and ordering them to not disband and strategize? If you could go back and change those moments, would you?

Garrett Adelstein: In the end, I would say yes I would go ahead and change it.  It’s obviously very easy for everyone at home to say that was the stupidest thing ever.  Jeff says blindsides work because they’re effective.  Given the way it played out, given the fact that J’Tia took our rice, threw it in the fire and Kass still flipped on me and Spencer, it’s hard to not think that I would have been going home either way in that situation.  Maybe it wasn’t the correct play.  One thing I do want to clear up, though, it appears as though Tasha is like shocked and offended that I’m bringing this up.  She just wants to talk to me and Spencer, or whatever the hell, it was complete BS.  Tasha was trying to do the same thing Spencer and I were trying to do, which was take J’Tia and flip on me and Spencer.  I give Tasha credit.  She executed it beautifully.  Using that lame, “Garrett, you don’t want to play Survivor” excuse as her opportunity to go after Kass one more time.


Question: Where do you stand on J’Tia’s choice to destroy your tribe’s rice supply?

Garrett Adelstein: It’s hard to really say anything but the worst stuff about her decision.  It just goes to show how mentally unstable she was, and clearly is.

Question: How would you compare what you do for a living to the game of Survivor?

Garrett Adelstein: The one thing that’s similar in my day-to-day life at work, I’m faced with high-pressure decisions on a regular basis.  But that’s about where the comparison ends.  I’m obviously starving and dehydrated on Survivor.  I certainly underestimated how awful it was going to be.  How severely it affected me.  I used my confessionals as a time for therapy to some extent.  Unfortunately, I think it almost makes it look like I was happy to leave, which is anything but the case. …  We weren’t able to get a fire going until the end of day four, which means we didn’t have any water to boil until the end of day four.  I don’t think anything can prepare you for how evil that is unless you actually do it.


Question: It does seem as if many of the castaways this season could fit into the other tribes.  Do you feel your label as a Brain was the right place for you?

Garrett Adelstein: I don’t really know where I should have been placed.  I guess I will let other people sort of piece that together.  I just know I wasn’t happy with the Brains tribe.  I think we were, by far, the toughest tribe, and by toughest I mean the most skilled Survivor players.  It put players like David and myself in a position where we didn’t want to be.  I had to act aggressively from the start.  I had to go after someone who is now a close friend of mine, in David, but I had to deal with other very capable players in Tasha and Spencer.  I don’t know where I should have been, but I would have loved to be on either of the other two tribes.

What are your thoughts on what Garrett had to say in this interview?  Do you think he was a good player or are you happy he was voted out of the game already?  Sound off and leave a comment in the section below!

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2 Responses to “Survivor: Cagayan Interview — Garrett Adelstein Explains What Happened To His Hidden Idol”

  1. Vivian Kalambaheti Says:
    February 28th, 2014 at 11:27 am

    This proves a well known fact. Really smart people are incapable of being team players. There is too much ego involved. They are usually loners. This is just their makeup.

  2. Quicksilver Says:
    March 1st, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    Garrett seemed to be really focused on what “he” wanted. It may be that with edits he looked more focused on his needs than the needs of the tribe as a whole than other tribe members. I can not help but wonder what was not seen on TV when Garrett was voted out when J’Tia destroyed the food supply which was made possible by Garrett deserting his post. J’Tia’s body language clearly showed she was angry. Both of the other female members of the tribe noticed this right off. Instead of trying to monitor interactions which is almost surely going to fail a better approach would be to do like Rob Mariano did and target potential threats as they arise.


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