Well, in theory - Pat Ferrucci's recaps


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.


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.

The big three

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. 

Other Well, in theory... editions:

Survivor: Edge of Extinction | Survivor: David vs. Goliath | Survivor: Ghost Island | Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Survivor: Game Changers | Survivor: Millennials vs. Gen X | Survivor: Kaoh Rong | Survivor: Cambodia - Second Chance


See also: The full True Dork Times index of past seasons.