Saturday, December 10, 2005
Sizing Up 'Survivor' Finale
Stephenie Goes for $1 Million Sunday
Stephenie LaGrossa, who grew up in Glenolden, is sure making the most of her second chance on the CBS reality show Survivor: Guatemala. Read Stephenie's CBS bio. She's in the final four, and her competition is a whiny wilderness guide, a scrawny female sportstalk host, and a short fishmonger who's 42.
In other words: She has a great shot at winning the top prize, $1 million, on Sunday night's three-hour finale.
Except for a couple of problems: She totally backstabbed two members of the jury. Check out Early Word's report on how she betrayed Judd two shows ago. That North Jersey doorman's a loudmouth who won't forget or forgive.
Also, she was on Survivor once before, and was brought back for this gig, a ratings-boosting gimmick other players may resent.
Still, Survivor jury members often vote for jerks and Judases out of respect.
Here's what I expect will happen:
For more than an hour, this final show will bore us as players paint their faces, visit markers reminding them of departed contestants, and sit around on rocks or logs reflecting on life and the meaning of $1 million.
Must-see TV, eh?
Stephenie is such a good competitor, and has such a likeable attitude (even if she can't be trusted), she'll probably find her way into the final two. (This would fulfull a tip posted by Early Word last month.)
Who she faces depends on who wins immunities ... and that's why the strongest players are generally regarded as threats and voted out first. That means wilderness guide Rafe should join all the other men on the jury. Can't see fishmonger Lydia sneaking under the radar much longer.
That leaves sportstalker Danni and Stephenie. May guess is Danni would win. Fewer enemies, also likeable, admired for her comeback.
See also Survivor item below, on the Great Car Curse.
Probst has renewed his contract, by the way.