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Survivor Hype

Saturday, March 17, 2001

By Rob Owen, Post-Gazette TV Editor

As a wise man -- Rick Moranis in "Spaceballs" -- once said, "Evil will always triumph because good is dumb." So it is on "Survivor" as EvilJerri hangs on while strong Alicia got voted out in Wednesday's show.

Executive producer Mark Burnett edited the episode to make viewers think EvilJerri would go, and then pulled the rug out from under us just as he did during episodes of the first "Survivor."

Sweet Elisabeth continues to shine, attempting to orchestrate the ouster of Jerri. Her plan didn't work this week, but it probably will soon. Now that the former Ogakor tribe has the upper hand (five members to Kucha's three), the anti-Jerri contingent can better afford to cast out one of their own.

As adulation toward Elisabeth continues to rise in voting at http://www.cbs.com/, the popularity of Hometown Hottie Amber "Oh my God!" Brkich continues to fall. No wonder. She's portrayed on "Survivor" as Jerri's Igor, a simpering toady in a doomed alliance of two.

Wednesday when Jerri won a boomerang throwing contest and picked Amber to join her for the reward of a meal, Amber acted shocked. Alicia wasn't buying it, saying, "She was like the beauty queen who acts surprised."

The best comment came from Elisabeth, who said the absence of Jerri and Amber from dinner that night made for a nicer environment: "It felt like we won the reward."

BEST QUOTE: As Jerri trained her Evil Eye on any former Kuchas who dared tamper with her approach to cooking rice, Tina commented, "I try to stay away from cooking so I don't have to be judged." Meow.

WEIRDEST QUOTE: "Tina and I have become close -- Outback close," Elisabeth said. Not sure how close that is or if we want to know.

POSSIBLE SPOILER: Stop reading now if you don't want to know a possible spoiler about the outcome. Survivorsucks.com reports a hacker discovered a lack of computer code on the CBS Web site that could indicate Elisabeth and Amber are the final two players in the game.

Like last year's Gervase X-theory hoax, for this to be true we must assume CBS's Webmasters know the identity of the final two contestants seven weeks in advance. That's unlikely. Chances are this is another example of Burnett planting false evidence to stir up interest -- like we aren't already hooked.

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