Survivor recap: Chelsea Lately

The women have an opportunity to take out a legitimate threat to win in Chelsea, but go for the panty-wearing weirdo instead
Ep. 13 | Aired May 9, 2012

WHEEL OF FORTUNE Chelsea won both the reward and the opportunity to upset those not picked to go with her.


20. Survivor: Vanuatu (Winner: Chris Daugherty)
I don't blame producers: The battle of the sexes worked well the first time around.

21. Survivor: One World (Winner: ???)
And here we are. Look, I have total respect for Kim’s game. Like Tom in Palau and Rob in Redemption Island, she has excelled strategically, socially, and physically. Unfortunately, that is really the only good thing I can say about this season. And that’s too bad, because I do think the “One World” concept is a solid one. But, man, what a thoroughly uninspiring cast. Colton was more a horrible human being than a classic villain, and the rest of the players were mostly either completely forgettable or people you wish you could forget. As always, this could move a spot or two up or down depending on what happens in Sunday’s finale, but I don’t see how it makes it out of the bottom five. I worry I am being generous by putting it here.

22. Survivor: Thailand (Winner: Brian Heidik)
The fake merge and brutal last challenge — where the final three had to hold coins between their fingers in a crazy painful pose — keep this dud out of the bottom spot. Barely.

23. Survivor: Fiji (Winner: Earl Cole)
With the exception of Yau-Man and Earl, a true bummer of a cast, and the ''Haves Vs. Have-Nots'' twist was one of the worst creative decisions in Survivor history. Speaking of awful creative decisions…

24. Survivor: Nicaragua (Winner: Jud "Fabio" Birza)
It’s at the bottom for a few reasons. 1) Splitting the tribes up by age and the Medallion of Power were both enormous flops. 2.) Like One World, Thailand and Fiji, just too many unlikable players. 3) Two people quitting with only 11 days left. 4) No big memorable moments. Even Thailand had the fake merge and Fiji had the big Yau-Man/Dreamz free car deal gone bad, but what was Nicaragua's signature moment? Unfortunately, it was people quitting, and that was memorable for all the wrong reasons.

Okay, now it’s your turn to call me an idiot for my rankings and tell everyone how they really should be slotted. But before you do that, make sure to check out my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst. We also have an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode in the video player below, and for more Survivor scoop, you can follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. Who do you think should win and will win Survivor: One World? And where would you rank this installment when compared to other seasons? The message boards are open for business, and I’ll be back Monday morning with another scoop of the crispy. Finale crispy!

Latest Videos in TV


From Our Partners