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Vecepia Towery-Robinson is the $1,000,000 winner of Survivor: Marquesas. She currently lives on the West Coast with her husband and her young son. Besides being a full-time mother, Vecepia stays busy with the weekly radio show she co-ho...

Favorites No Threat to Fan…Johnny Fairplay Selected to Go Home

I have to say that I had such high expectations for the first episode of Survivor: Micronesia (Fans vs. Favorites).

I received several emails from family and friends wondering #1, why I wasn't selected to participate and #2, why they wasted valuable commercial time "hyping" up Johnny Fairplay (JFP) only to have him bale out of the game for personal reasons. I wonder how disappointed the executives at CBS were to see that unfold. Personally, I was surprised JFP was even chosen to compete. And for him to bow out of the game because he was missing a child that isn't even born yet was slightly unbelievable in my opinion. Not to say he doesn't have a child coming and that he may be slightly sympathetic to the fact; it just seemed uncharacteristic of him. I'm sure there was a method to his madness; I just can't figure it out. Either way, I'm glad to see him gone. Jeff Probst mentioned that Survivor brought him back because he was the one everyone loved to hate and was always the center of conversation. Well, that was a huge let down!!


As I was sitting at home watching the show, the first 15 minutes was probably the most anticipated and actually the best part. As the Fans stood by in the rain waiting to see which Favorites were selected to compete against them, there were only three Favorites whom the Fans looked excited to see. When James, Ozzy and especially Yau-Man walked out, the Fans almost bowed –down in awe over seeing them. It was obvious to the men that the "Competition would be Fierce." For the women, Cirie received a solid applause, but I'm sure they expected to see a selection of female favorites with a more competitive streak and less sex-appeal or comic relief. If I was a Fan competing, my first thought would be, "Where are the winners?"

There did seem to be some disappointment with the selection of female survivors as well as with JFP and Jonathan.

So, the first order of business was handing out buffs and traversing their way across the lagoon to a nearby island to retrieve two individual Immunity Idols which must be used at the first Tribal Council. As the teams made their way through the water, it was Yau-Man from the Favorites and 45-year old Kathy from the Fans who beat their other team mates to nab the Individual Idols.

Making it to their new homes for the next few weeks, the Favorites were on familiar grounds as they instantly made fire, set-up their shelter and went searching for food. The Fans took a little longer to get settled than the Favorites. As the torrential rain fell throughout the night the Favorites got cozy while the Fans wondered what they gotten themselves into.

First Immunity/Reward Challenge

The first challenge consisted of racing to assemble four puzzle wheels, attach them to a cart (which two tribe mates will ride inside) while the others push the cart through a series of obstacles. They would disassemble to puzzle wheels and use them to complete a turnstile. The first team to wind the turnstile high enough to raise a fire-wok igniting their tribal cauldron would win Immunity and flint to make fire.

It was no contest as the overconfident Favorites were blown away by the Fans. The Fans took a commanding lead and left the Favorites frustrated.

Back at camp, romance and a strong alliance bloomed between James and Parvati and Ozzy and Amanda. They chose to target Eliza. At the same time, Eliza, Amy, Yau-Man and Jonathan focused their sites on voting out Parvati. Trying to decide on a solid fifth-man for their alliances, both teams went after Johnny Fairplay. But both alliances were surprised when Johnny Fairplay approached them and asked to be voted out of the game. Not knowing if this was a ploy of JFP, several tribe mates tried to convince him to stay.

In the end, the tribe granted Johnny his wish. He was the first voted out of Survivor: Micronesia.


Glad to see him go but sad because some other past Survivor would have given a better showing in the game. Its unfortunate the Favorites had to "Go Out Like That." Hopefully they will fair better in the next episode.

Just a side bar, wouldn't it be ashamed if the Favorites get wiped out by the Fans and loose all their challenges. I hope not, they have "The Ghosts of Past Survivors" looking down on them. We shall see.

Until next time.

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