Survivor Ultimate Survivor Tribal Council Bracket – Theatrics Division Round Three

For all the talk of strategy and numbers and the house that Richard Hatch built, Survivor is a TV show first and foremost. We watch it to be entertained! It’s our nerd sport. In that respect, the Tribal Councils in this bracket have had the craziest, funniest, downright strange moments in Survivor history. But now we’re down to this bracket’s final four, and the match-ups are pretty strong. We have an Immunity surrender, a sanity surrender, a logical fallacy, and whatever the hell Judd is. Pull back the curtain, pass the popcorn from your nearest dead fish, and get ready to rumble.

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Voting criteria:

  • You decide what makes a Tribal worthy of your vote. Was it your favourite? The best? Most memorable? Most dramatic? It’s up to you. We’ve organized them by theme, but you’re under no obligation to pick the most theatric tribal to represent the Theatrics bracket.
  • Tribal Council is defined as everything that happened in episode from when the tribe gets to Tribal Council through to the Final Words of the eliminated contestant. Things that didn’t make the air were out of bounds for consideration when putting the list together.
  • For Final Tribal Councils, the reveal of the winner is out of bounds (except for the first Final Tribal). This takes place at a different time and place and is aired on a different episode.

Voting ends on Tuesday, March 29th.

1. Erik Gives Away Immunity vs 5. Bad Sportsmanships Have Aaaay Deeee Deeee

 

1. Erik Gives Away Immunity – Micronesia, episode 13 “If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese” vs 5. Bad Sportsmanships Have Aaaay Deeee Deeee – Guatemala, episode 6 “Big Balls, Big Mouth, Big Trouble”

Someone call a psychologist, because we have a case of anxiety versus ADD in this matchup. Ice cream scooper Erik was young, naive, and desperate for some female companionship (no, not that kind), so he gave up a promising career as an immunity challenge winner to win the heart of a girl. Unfortunately, his nerves got the best of him, and he was sent packing. Better luck next time!

Meanwhile, Judd Sargent was a fascinating case of both motor mouth and an adult ADD diagnosis. After being analyzed by Margaret, he let loose in an angry, period-free, grammar-free diatribe. This Tribal is proving surprisingly durable after barely making it alive out of the first round. Will you prescribe Ritalin or get rid o’ him? The doctor is pending…but please for the sake of entertainment, go with Judd. Sportsmanships is for suckers.

1. Erik Gives Away Immunity vs 5. Bad Sportsmanships Have Aaaay Deeee Deeee

  • 1. Erik Gives Away Immunity (82% Votes)
  • 5. Bad Sportsmanships Have Aaaay Deeee Deeee (18% Votes)

Total Voters: 402

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2. Randy Plays Bob’s Fake Idol vs 14. Thanks Obama

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2. Randy Plays Bob’s Fake Idol – Gabon, episode 9 “Nothing Tastes Better than Five Hundred Dollars” vs 14. Thanks Obama – Philippines, episode 8 “Dead Man Walking”

Maybe the last matchup would have done better if both contestants were under Obamacare. Unfortunately for Jeff Kent, he isn’t covered by the federal exchange, but his post-vote exchange with the camera should get him enough to cover any costs (say, $600,000?). And those parting words aren’t the only thing to judge this Tribal on. How about the multiple idol bluffs, oversharing of information, and blustery former athletes about to get what’s coming for them?

Randy’s fake idol play (after being played by a questionable former Olympian and a human incarnation of Sour Patch Kids) is one of those Survivor moments I know about even though I’ve never finished Gabon. I mean, even that screenshot is iconic! Like the Obama hater he’s facing off against, Randy was old, white, mean, and a little slow on the draw. He tried to play a fake idol after the others goaded him into knowing he was going home that night. And like Sugar, I can’t help but laugh. Will you reward entertainment or insanity? It’s the $60 million dollar question…

2. Randy Plays Bob's Fake Idol vs 14. Thanks Obama

  • 2. Randy Plays Bob's Fake Idol (63% Votes)
  • 14. Thanks Obama (37% Votes)

Total Voters: 408

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A Survivor fan since the end of season one, Mark hasn’t finished One World, but still thinks Kim is overhyped.

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  • I am going to hold my flag high for “Thanks Obama”! Yes, Randy’s vote-off is a bit more iconic but here’s the thing…It doesn’t change the season. It is just a bunch of people, including a “hero”, trolling a villain. However, “Thanks Obama” is the real game changer of Philippines. It starts the true fissure of Tandang and the two people that came in with massive targets on their backs (Lisa and Malcolm) get 0 votes on them. Two idols get exposed but don’t get played and Kent gets voted out simply because Penner decides to throw a vote on Abi.

    Also….why should Gabon win anything?

    • Purple Rock Emma

      Agreed. Let’s have a Cinderella story!

      • Purplerockmatt

        i’m voting for both underdogs here. they are fantastically entertaining tribals that are more than just one unbelievable moment

        • I can’t go along with not voting for Erik giving away immunity. The voting confessionals from that tribal alone is perfection.

          • Purplerockmatt

            It also has James not even trying to disguise how happy he is that someone did something dumber than him. So yeah it is great. but man I just find Judd hysterical

          • I understand finding Judd hysterical, but Erik just edges him out. However, it is nice to see Guatemala get in the Sweet 16.

    • Mike Hirsch

      But…I *like* Gabon. *sniffle*

      • Sorry…..:(

        • Mike Hirsch

          S’alright.

          • Just out of curiosity, what do you like about Gabon?

          • Mike Hirsch

            I think mainly that I went into it with extremely low expectations, due to it being generally viewed as one of the lesser seasons, and I was pleasantly surprised by how much I didn’t hate everyone in the cast. Sugar didn’t bother me, and I thought played a pretty decent game. Bob being an unlikely challenge beast was kind of awesome. And for a season based in Africa, the scenery was gorgeous and led to some challenges that were different than a lot of the usual ones we see. Not my favorite, by any stretch, but I’d put it somewhere squarely in the middle.

          • Those are fair points.

  • Gabon’s Tribal better win!

  • Side Character

    With Erik’s tribal, I think the best thing about that tribal council is that they show EVERYONE’S vote on that one. Naturally they show Erik’s, but then they show Natalie’s, and then Amanda’s…and when they get to Cirie even the dimmest of bulbs know that they’re just showing all of the votes because everyone at home knows that it is a dumb move, and that much irony is too good not to show on TV. It’s also so hilarious because, dude, what did you think was gonna happen? (Highlight confessionals: Cirie and Parvati)

    • andythesaint

      It really was wonderfully edited.

  • DrVanNostrand

    Judd is my damn favorite, man, so I will vote for any Judd moment, even though Erik giving up immunity is almost certainly the right answer.

    • Purplerockmatt

      me too buddy, me too