Each week, host Jeff Probst answers a few questions about the most recent episode of Survivor: South Pacific.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: The tribes were super excited to finally get their bathing suits. I know you guys do everything for a reason, so why choose day 9 to give those to them? Why not give them the suits right off the bat, or not at all? What’s the master plan, Probst?
JEFF PROBST: We feel it is important to establish the Survivors in a way that best represents them physically. So we like to leave them in their regular clothes for a few episodes. This is what allows us to brand Cochran as the “sweater vest” guy or Coach with his trademark black long sleeve shirts. Of course we are aware that seeing people in their bathing suits can be both hot and funny and we typically but not always tie it into the first water challenge.
I always love this immunity challenge of people having to hold up weighted bags on a pole for as long as they can. Love it! Love it! Love it! It’s a Survivor classic and never fails to provide amazing drama. (Although does that really count as a new 240-pound record for Brandon and Jim since they both dropped the pole?) In any event, we’ve talked lots of times before about your favorite challenges, so now I want you to hit me with the flip side: What is the worst challenge in Survivor history? One that just didn’t work or you never really liked? (My vote would go to the S.O.S. one from early seasons where some dude in a plane would look down and say, “I like that one better.”)
First of all, good question about the validity of the record. I would say yes it still counts because they held on long enough for the Russian judge to give a thumbs up and when the Russian judge who is notoriously fickle gives a thumbs up, it counts. Worst challenge in history? Definitely not the S.O.S. I actually like the idea of that one a lot — use what you can find to make a distress signal. It’s relevant. The worst by far was one where we had some kind of a board similar to “Battleship” and you went up and pulled a lever or some other thing and it was so bad we had to make it work in the edit room. It was so bad I can’t even remember the point of the challenge or the season. (Ed Note: He’s talking about episode 11 of ‘Survivor: Fiji’, where Stacy won immunity. You can watch it right here starting at the 4:00 mark.) But it’s a great reminder of how often our guys get it right — almost every single time.
Let’s say you just got voted out by your tribe. You giving them a hug?
I was fortunate enough to make it through the promo for next week’s challenge without getting sick. What else can you tease us up with for next week?
I’m on a plane flying to New York so the altitude is getting to me a bit, but what I most remember about next week’s episode is something significant involving Coach. That’s all you get.
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