Survivor 13 recaps

Yulnited nations

Episode 15: Yulnited nations

Published: August 28, 2013


In a final look back at the season, an appreciation of the iconic final jury vote reveal, pitting social/strategic gameplay vs. the physical game (and underappreciated Becky). A mixed season that ends well.

Physical vs. social gamers

Episode 14: Physical vs. social gamers

Published: August 21, 2013


A look at rewards that are actually punishments, jury management in full display, and the different approaches of physical (Ozzy) vs. social (Parvati) vs. social/strategic (Yul) gameplay, as seen in Episode 14.

Penner gets screwed

Episode 13: Penner gets screwed

Published: August 14, 2013


Jeff examines zero-strategy Ozzy, Parvati's redemptive path through self-inflicted machete wounds, and the many ways in which things didn't go right for Jonathan Penner in Episode 13.


Episode 12: Bollocks

Published: August 7, 2013


Looking past the decidedly unrootable newly minted underdogs, Jeff ruminates on the amped-up, non-cruelty-free auction, Adam's surprise math skills, and more in Episode 12.

Negotiations master class

Episode 11: Negotiations master class

Published: July 31, 2013


The merge (finally!) showcases Yul's spectacular power play (using an overpowered idol), contrasted with Adam's utter uselessness, and more from Survivor: Cook Islands, Episode 11.

Overwhelming underdogs

Episode 10: Overwhelming underdogs

Published: July 24, 2013


Jeff Pitman explores the curious editing of Rebecca, the continuing inanity of the post-swap Raro tribe, the unfairness of the bottle twist, and more from Survivor: Cook Islands, Episode 10.

The power of four

Episode 9: The power of four

Published: July 17, 2013


As the Aitu Four comes into being, Jeff Pitman examines the huge risk production took, and explores other possible outcomes that could have gone far less well.


Episode 7: Puzzling

Published: July 10, 2013


Jeff Pitman looks at Survivor: Cook Islands Episode 7, and ponders (among other things) how the show's history would have been different if Aitu had stuck to the plan and voted out one of Penner or Ozzy before the merge.

Silence of the lamb-eaters

Episode 6: Silence of the lamb-eaters

Published: July 3, 2013


As Survivor: Cook Islands removes two in Episode 6, Jeff Pitman looks at Yul's excellent pre-merge options, Ozzy's isolation, Parvati's continuing non-play, and a brief thumbs-up for Cao Boi.

The bore corps

Episode 5: The bore corps

Published: June 26, 2013


Jeff complains about post-swap Raro's utter lack of entertainment value, as seen in Episode 5.

Brains vs. brawn

Episode 4: Brains vs. brawn

Published: June 19, 2013


Jeff Pitman weighs the welcome (swimming) and unwelcome (making the episode about Parvati, when she was at best an accessory to the strategy) in Episode 4.

Thinking vs. feeling

Episode 3: Thinking vs. feeling

Published: June 12, 2013


Jeff compares and contrasts the divergent gameplay philosophies of the Penner-Yul duo and the Cao Boi-Flica pair, on display in Episode 3.

A tale of two heroes

Episode 2: A tale of two heroes

Published: June 5, 2013


Jeff Pitman looks at the heroic throwing of the IC, Billy's heroic unrequited love, Yul's heroic idol find, and more in Episode 2.

Too much

Episode 1: Too much

Published: May 29, 2013


Jeff Pitman looks back at the excesses (and occasional successes) of the Survivor: Cook Islands season premiere.


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Survivor: Winners at War | Island of the Idols | Edge of Extinction | David vs. Goliath | NZ: Thailand | Ghost Island | Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers | Game Changers | Millennials vs. Gen X | Kaoh Rong | Cambodia | Worlds Apart | San Juan del Sur | Cagayan | Blood vs. Water | Caramoan | Philippines | One World | South Pacific | Redemption Island | Nicaragua | Samoa | Gabon | China | Fiji | Cook Islands | Palau | Vanuatu | The Amazon | Thailand | Marquesas | Africa


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