Well, in theory - Pat Ferrucci's recaps
By Pat Ferrucci
Pat Ferrucci's Second Chance recaps
  • F6 TC
  • Episode 14: Wrapping up a stellar season

    Published: December 18, 2015


    ...figuratively and literally, of Survivor. After praising the finale, Pat looks back at his Survivor: Cambodia pre-season predictions, to see how they planned out.

  • Abi
  • Episode 13: Planning behavior before the finale

    Published: December 11, 2015


    Theory of planned behavior, which is Pat's best fit for explaining why Jeremy, Tasha, Kimmi, and Spencer booted Abi, rather than dragging her to the finals of Survivor: Cambodia.

  • Kelley
  • Episode 12: Spiraling toward what could be an amazing end

    Published: December 6, 2015


    Spiral of silence theory, and how it explains why nobody seems to pointing out the obvious: that Joe can probably never win Survivor.

  • Construction, with feet
  • Episode 11: Construction junction, how do you function?

    Published: November 29, 2015


    A double dose of Thanksgiving Survivor leads Pat to ponder social constructionism and the rise of the voting bloc in Second Chance.

  • Stephen's big move
  • Episode 9: Did Stephen just open or close the gate to winning?

    Published: November 20, 2015


    Pat applies gatekeeping theory to Stephen's Big Move™ and examines the various influences that drove him to act during Episode 9 of Cambodia - Second Chance.

  • Second Chance primed for an incredible end game
  • Episode 8: Second Chance primed for an incredible end game

    Published: November 13, 2015


    Pat talks about priming theory, and how Jeff Probst has primed both players and audience to interpret Big Moves™ as winning strategy, even when the actual evidence of that is at best lacking.

  • Framing how it all went down
  • Episode 7: Framing how it all went down

    Published: November 6, 2015


    Pat looks at framing theory, particularly how Kass, Ciera, Savage, and Tasha framed their stories to achieve their desired results in the Cambodia merge episode.

  • Follow the leader... or not
  • Episode 6: Follow the leader... or not

    Published: October 30, 2015


    Pat looks at Edgar Schein's theory of organizational culture, particularly as it applies to Andrew Savage's leading (or not) of the new Ta Keo tribe.

  • Let's get ethical
  • Episode 5: Let's get ethical

    Published: October 23, 2015


    Pat examines how differing ethical viewpoints and theories (such as utilitarianism in Kimmi's case, or ethical egoism in Monica's) can work for or against a player in the context of Survivor.

  • Abi continues cultivating an irrational gameplan
  • Episode 4: Abi continues cultivating an irrational gameplan

    Published: October 16, 2015


    Pat uses cultivation theory in an attempt to explain the origins of Abi-Maria's Survivor worldview (watching Survivor makes her think everyone's out to get her).

  • Tasha sets the Tribal agenda
  • Episode 3: Tasha sets the Tribal agenda

    Published: October 9, 2015


    Pat explains how Tasha's attempt to label Varner a rat (thereby shifting the target away from Savage and herself) serves as an example of agenda-setting theory.

  • Lesson Learned: Varner Teaches the Old School
  • Episode 2: Lesson Learned: Varner Teaches the Old School

    Published: October 2, 2015


    Pat sees evidence of social learning theory in Episode 2's strategic moves by Terry (also Spencer), and hangs the teacher tag squarely on Jeff Varner.

  • Vytas, SIT down
  • Episode 1: Vytas, SIT down

    Published: September 25, 2015


    Pat applies Social Identity Theory to Episode 1 of Second Chance, and finds it fits the Ta Keo tribe's divisions (and Varner's questioning where he falls within those divisions) quite neatly.

  • Pregame cast analysis
  • Pre-season: Survivor: Cambodia preview

    Published: September 15, 2015


    Pat takes a contestant-by-contestant look at the cast of Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance, and their prospects for winning.


Pat Ferrucci Survivor 31 recapsPat Ferrucci started watching Survivor when episode two of Borneo first aired. He’s seen every episode since. Besides recapping here, he’ll be live-tweeting this season from the Mountain Time Zone. Why? Because nobody cares about the Mountain Time Zone except when they want to ski. Follow him @patferrucci for Survivor stuff and tweets about anything and everything that enters his feeble mind. 

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