Through Your Fingers"
Filmed July 16-18, 2002.
Airs December 19, 2002.
F4 IC speculation/spoilers
- F3 IC speculation/spoilers
- Boot predictions
- CBS video: Ep13
- Ep12 videos: Ted's
final words, 2,
- TV Guide: "During the two-hour finale, a pair of contests
whittles the final four players down to two and the jury votes for the
winner. According to executive producer Mark Burnett: 'Think Indiana
Jones in terms of how [the final immunity challenge] is presented.
The feel of the whole thing is definitely Indiana Jones, that's
what we were trying to create.' The finale is followed by a reunion
of all 16 castaways at CBS's Television City in Los Angeles. Jeff Probst
hosts the event and provides details about the show's next installment,
Survivor: The Amazon."
Four IC: A netty challenge, Brian wins.
Thanks to a last-minute
reversal by the Early Show, finally showing a Survivor preview again,
(and especially Griffe at SurvivorPhoenix for putting up vidcaps of
this, which we have gleefully stolen), it's clear that the final four
IC is the one in which Jan was shown leaping in the post-ep12 preview.
The caps show a course of bamboo structures with hanging nets, suggesting
this might be a belated Super Challenge, comprised of elements from
previous challenges. Here the nets could be a resurrection of the excitement
we all felt watching the contestants shove wicker balls through nets.
It just doesn't get any better than that!
As for the winner, that's easy, since the post-ep12 preview also showed
that: Brian is seen arriving at and sitting at TC, wearing the immunity
necklace. Ho hum. But there still remains the mystery of who he keeps
and who he disposes of. For Brian's chances at the prize, the best boot
would be disposable Jan, with whom he doesn't obviously have an F2 agreement.
But Jan may be the only person Clay can beat in the jury vote, so Clay
will likely want her kept around. Helen also makes sense as the first
boot, because she's more likely to win the F3 IC than Jan.
Finally, the CBS web bullets promise, "Critical friendships end,
resulting in feelings of betrayal and rage. Bottled feelings of anger
and frustration boil to the surface in a heated final Tribal Council."
Helen might accept an F3 boot, but would be much more likely to be angry
about an F4 one, especially when Clay and Jan were both vulnerable.
Similarly, Jan appeared to be quite comfortable in her unseen arrangement
with Clay and/or Brian in Ep12, and the three of them will likely unite
to oust challenge threat Helen. So long, Helen.
greets the final four at the F4 IC. Jan is dressed the same as in
the preview pics.
there are net-containing structures behind Probst, too.
for some reason, yelling "Hallelujah." Which is odd, because
she does not win.
near one of the net-and-bamboo structures. Another exciting wicker
four arrive at TC, with Brian wearing the necklace. Exactly what
you think it means.
Clay, Helen and Brian (still in necklace), chat with Probst. Clay
is comfy, Helen and Jan are not.
Three IC: "Indiana Jones?" - Brian wins?
We have no vidcaps
of this, so it could be just about anything, including yet another edition
of of "Hands on Hard Idol," or a belated stab at "Fallen
Comrades," which was held at the Final 3 IC in Australia. Or, as
Clay suggests in saying "the challenges stayed pretty hard right
up until the end," it could be another unseen physical challenge.
The TV Guide preview suggested this might be an "Indiana Jones"
challenge in some way, but it's possible they were referring to the
first one. So we dunno. Either Brian or Clay wins, but you already knew
that. We'll flip a coin and say Brian wins.
order: Helen (F4) - Jan (F3) - Clay (F2) - Brian (Sole Survivor)
True Dork Times has learned that the final two are Brian and
Beyond that, we're
just guessing. We're reasonably comfortable with Helen departing at
F4 and Jan at F3. But the final vote could go either way, depending
on just how charming the jury actually finds Clay to be.
- Regardless of whether the F4 challenge is Fallen Comrade or the challenge
in which Jan is shown competing, the smart move for Clay and Jan here
is to get rid of either Helen or Brian. And since Brian doesn't go,
Helen probably does. As her husband Jim said, "come here to finish
third." Instead, she finishes fourth.
- By process of elimination, that makes Jan finish third.
- Brian's strategy looks to be a good one. Having charm skills certainly
helps, but convincing someone this beatable to join you in the final
two might finally erase the memories of Colby's mystifying choice of
Tina in S2. Nah, probably not. Still, it would not be out of the question
for Clay to be completely shut out in the jury vote. Not likely, either,
given past jurors' whimsical voting logic. Clay may pick up some stray
votes, either from disgruntled CGs, or from "Don't Mess With Texas"
voters (Erin, Penny, Jake and Jan), who could even give Clay the victory.
But we'll still suggest that Brian's margin of victory should at least
rival that of Ethan in S3, if not surpass it.
- Congratulations, Brian, on a game executed to near-perfection.