Call me a sadist, but I love it when Jeff Probst waves delicious food under contestants’ noses to try to get them to drop out of immunity challenges in favor of stuffing their gullets. And it never ceases to amaze me how many players would give up, for example, a 1-in-9 shot at $1 million for some cookies or cupcakes or burgers.
During this week’s Survivor: One World, Kim and Jay — two of the three folks who raised their hands and said they felt at-risk during Tribal Council (the other was Troyzan) — had previously given up their chances at the immunity necklace for a plate of cupcakes and a tray of chicken wings and beer, respectively. And in Jay’s case, that weakness for poultry proved fatal, as the rising women’s alliance (plus Tarzan) conspired to smoke out Troy’s hidden idol and send Jay to an early date with jury duty.
Given that women outnumbered men 6-4 this week, and given that only men had been booted since the merge, it’s hard to fathom how Jay rationalized his decision. Did he let his stomach do the thinking? Did he figure a square meal would strengthen him for later immunity challenges? And why give up when the competition — in which he had to keep his arm over his head or risk having a giant bucket of water come down on his head — was down to only himself, Leif, and eventual winner Chelsea?
I just can’t figure it out. And given how the winds can shift oh-so-suddenly on Survivor, I can’t figure out why anyone — even queen of her own alliance Kim — wouldn’t have kept fighting till the bitter end. After all, a cupcake is gone in mere minutes, but $1 million is forever(ish).
What do you think: Could you imagine a scenario where you’d stop fighting for immunity just to get food? And would it depend on the scenario, or what was underneath the platter? Sound off below, and for all my reality TV recaps and news, follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV!