Ultimate Survivor Tribal Council Bracket – The Finals

It’s the finals: Parvati’s double idol play vs Erik giving up immunity. Let’s do this.

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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.
  • 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.

Voting ends on Tuesday, April 19th.

No need for write-ups this week. One match, one winner.

1. Parvati’s Double Idol Play vs 1. Erik Gives Away Immunity

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1. Parvati’s Double Idol Play – Heroes vs. Villains, episode 10 “Going Down in Flames” vs 1. Erik Gives Away Immunity – Micronesia, episode 13 “If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese”



1. Parvati's Double Idol Play vs 1. Erik Gives Away Immunity

  • 1. Parvati's Double Idol Play (70% Votes)
  • 1. Erik Gives Away Immunity (30% Votes)

Total Voters: 168

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19 thoughts on “Ultimate Survivor Tribal Council Bracket – The Finals

  1. I have done the only reasonable thing and watched both tribal councils in full.
    I forgot how sorry I felt for Erik through the whole thing. This 22 year old ice cream scooper who has very little real world experience vs these grown women, sure Amanda is only a year older than him but she has a full 39 days of play (great play in China) under her belt and it’s just no contest. They manage to twist him up in knots trying to get their approval, which he didn’t need, the only thing that got him to FTC at that point would have been to continue his immunity run, which you expect he would have done!

    The double idol play is a huge moment that swings a game into the favour of one side, it’s perfectly played by a theatrical player who is undoubtedly one of the best Survivors to watch play.

    Parvarti’s double idol play is a brilliant thing and it would be a deserving winner but I had to vote Erik because the whole tribal from the first question to Jeff saying “I think that is what you call a life lesson” is magnificent. The editing is some of the finest, cutting from each voting confessional to him with his fingers crossed looking anxious and then it ends with him running into the sunset. Superb, just pure entertainment.

  2. I know it’s losing, but I’m going with the Erik moment. It’s one of the most entertaining TCs of all time. As clever as Parvati’s strategy was, it doesn’t hold a candle to how entertaining Erik’s fall was. And to cap it off is the second greatest James jury quote, “I’ve lost my reign as dumbest Survivor ever!” (Which is, of course, second to, “He shut up him!”)

    1. And I just re-watched all the gifs above. What is Erik’s reaction to making a fool of himself in front of Probst, all the other Survivors, and eventually millions of people at home: “You guys drive me crazy.”

      1. i loved Erik’s exasperation there. like he just got voted out and he is like goddamn they twisted my mind good

    2. I had to go Erik in the end because that TC is entertainment from the first question through to the very end.

  3. Fun fact – if you go back and look at the Entertainment Weekly archives for the HvV merge, Dalton Ross was out that week, but the woman who was subbing in for him was really scornful of the double idol play because Parvati wasted two idols when she didn’t need to. It’s kind of an interesting time capsule.

    I’m voting for Erik over the double idols, because they only real moment of drama in the latter is the moment when Parvati stands up. Which, yeah, is cool, but the Erik tribal is crazy throughout, so more fun in my book.

    1. is this where Dalton starts his long standing tradition of missing the best episode every season? because back when I read him that always happened and it was always funny

      1. I think it starts before then.

        But on the other hand I think it is when he really leans into the whole idea that the key to comedy is implying that women are dumb sluts.

  4. I am going with Parvati’s double idol play not just because I’m bitter that Erik’s TC beat Snakes and Rats (my favorite TC of all time) but because it encompasses a lot of what we are looking for in great TCs. It’s a double blindside. Yes, the Heroes absolutely get blindsided 80 million times in the TC, but let’s not forget that Russell gets blindsided by the two idols as well, which leads to Russell being angry at Parvati (but we are not focusing on that end result right now). Both TCs are massive gambles on both sides, but Erik knew what he was dealing with the Black Widows since he helped or watched them take out Ozzy and Jason. The Heroes had no idea that Parvati had two idols or that she would not play an idol on herself. Also, Parvati’s double idol play is a first-which would lead to other crazy modern Tribals like the Cagayan merge and No Votes Counted. While I will say that Erik’s TC is the best edited TC of all time, Parvati’s double idol play should be voted as the best TC of all time.

  5. I love James’ reaction when Erik gives up immunity. I’m with Andy where I don’t think Micronesia is as good as its reputation, but man that tribal was fantastic. Ended up voting for Parv’s double idol though. The irony that J.T. got burned by his own idol is still amazing.

    1. I love the fact that he knows it as soon as Parvati plays it. For as much grief as JT gets in the Survivor community, he at least saw the outcome coming when it was played.

      1. I will defend JT forever. He played great in Tocantins and if his assumptions in HvV were correct that would be seen as an incredible outside the box move

        1. It would have been interesting to see him in the post-merge of HvV more, especially if he wasn’t the target of Parvati’s double-idol play. Imagine if Parvati had taken out Amanda that way.

        2. We’ve repeatedly defended giving Russell the idol. The Heroes had no idea who Russell was, and they’d seen Parvati lead a women’s alliance before. So it was reasonable to assume Russell was the next to go, and that by saving him the Heroes could use him to gain a numbers advantage at the merge. It obviously didn’t work, but it was a reasonable risk.

          1. That is my exact argument when I defend him… and I don’t think Tyson’s move was bad either. It was definitely risky and maybe not the right time to pull it off, but if you think about how he saw it in his mind he would be trusted by both alliances and be perfectly set up until at least the merge.

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