Season 16 Episode 13

If It Smells Like a Rat, Give It Cheese!

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM May 08, 2008 on CBS
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At the Dabu camp, Erik thinks about teaming up with Natalie to find the new hidden immunity idol, but still doesn't trust anybody. One the other side, Cirie, Parvati and Amanda vow to stay together until the final three. After the Reward Challenge, Natalie is upset with Erik for taking Amanda on his reward win. Then, after Erik returns from the reward, Natalie overhears him telling Cirie that he thinks Natalie and Amanda are the biggest threats for the jury's vote. Erik wins the Immunity Challenge and once the tribe returns to the beach, Natalie tells the others she wants to be told if its her being voted out. Cirie confirms she is the next to go, but suggests she try to get Erik to give her the immunity necklace with promises of forgiveness. During Tribal Council, Erik is willing to do anything to get the girls to forgive him. But what Erik doesn't know, is that depending on his decision, the girls are planning to vote him out.moreless

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  • OMG!! The IQ of the male population has officially dropped dramatically.

    Erik Erik Erik! I have never seen someone been so duped so clearly, but YOU never saw it.

    Your a sweet guy, I give you that. But sweet guys tend to get used by others for their own agenda. The best out of this is probably that this life lesson will stick to you for the rest of your life...

    Good luck in the future Erik. You fought bravely, but you were very very naive.

  • OMG - the Men of Micronesia is just so dumb...

    Wow, again! Every episode leaves me speellbound! I am stunned again!

    Firstly to the challenges. Reaward was interesting, with the Survivor trivia quiz, and itnerestingly enough, a Fan won, not a Favorite! And then Eirik wins Immunity too, meaning that it looks like Natalie is done for/.

    I can't believe the strategy talked by the girls. It was the most hilarious thing ever! And then Cirie's and Parvati's comments when voting were just... OMG! Cirie says, "My mom told me you can't always beat them with these (biceps) but you can always beat them with this (brain)". Hilarious! And Parvati was hilarious too!

    James's reaction was GOLD - "I've lost my reign as Dumbest Player to Play Survivor"!!! Insanely funny stuff! Also, if only they knew about Heroes vs Villains and JT's omove, and then they'd be talking!

    So the women have it! Four amazing girls in the Final Four! I love them all, but I would love Parvati and Cirie to win it, with Natalie being my third favourite. Amanda is someone I like as well, but not as much as the other three.

    Can't wait for the next episode! The finale should be spectacular!moreless
  • Oh My God! Erik, are you sure you are fan of this game?!

    Erik is like a crazy survivor fan and he seriously didn't see this coming? He is definitely the dumbest player ever!

    I got handed to you Cirie. She's the best mental and social player of Survivor. She's so smart, so adorable and at the same time she's the master player. I still can't believe that she made Erik give up his immunity! I never thought that was possible and especially when you're in top 5! So, right now I'm really leaning towards Amanda, Parv and Cirie. I think Cirie is the most deserving winner. And Amanda should win it too, because she beat the odds. Parvatti, I think, is not going to win because she already has Ozzy, Eliza against her. But, we'll see! Until the next episode!moreless
  • How stupid can one person be?!

    This season has just been one big mistake after another. It seems that the guys are just trying to out-stupid each other, while the girls keep pissing me off. Honestly, I don't think I can even watch the season finale now, because of how utterly p.o.ed I am at this season. No one can honestly fall under the "Smart Player" category. There is basically "Idiot Players", "Very Idiotic Players", and "Annoying Female players whose right to speech should be taken away"

    There is no one in the final 4 that I can honestly say deserves to win. The two guys that I wanted to win, were both medically evacuated from the game, leaving me to just see how it ends, which I don't even think I can do now.

    Overall, this was possibly the worst episode in survivor history. good day.moreless
  • "It would be the ultimate Jedi mind trick." - Cirie

    How can you describe this episode in words? It's nearly impossible. One really has to watch this episode to get just how shocking it is. I would even recommend re-watching the past few episodes to see where Erik thinks he lost the Jury. As far as I know, the jurors like him. It's only at the Final 6, where he voted Amanda instead of sticking with her, that he the idea appears. The hilarious thing is no one says anything about master manipulator Cirie. She is just the best at the social aspect of this game. It was her suggestion that maybe Erik is dumb enough to give up his Immunity, which he, incredibly, does. This is the dumbest move in Survivor history, just barely ahead of or tied with Ian jumping off and telling Tom to take Katie instead of himself to the Final Two, but definitely more so than James getting voted out with two Idols (though that WAS pretty daft on his behalf), or Ozzy this season (which was just a pure evil brilliant blindside) or Jason (who was insanely mental as well) or Dreamz taking Yau-Man's car and then betraying his deal or even JT from Season 20 where he gives Russell his Idol (at least there it would've likely made him a Final Three had his plan worked). By keeping the Immunity for himself, Erik would've guaranteed himself a spot in the Final Four, and then, likely, the Final Three. Had it been Erik and two women as the Final Three, they'd *spoiler* probably not have changed gears at the end and made a Final Two with an odd-numbered Jury (the first time ever that that has happened).

    Who would have won were it:

    Erik, Parvati, Cirie

    Erik, Cirie, Amanda

    Erik, Amanda, Parvati


    Or maybe they'd have done a Final Two anyways, and he wins that, too. Would he be the Sole Survivor if he had outlasted all those brilliant Favorites? Quite possible. Thus, this is the dumbest move in Survivor history, or on par with Ian from Palau.moreless
Erik Reichenbach

Erik Reichenbach

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Eliza Orlins

Eliza Orlins

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Amanda Kimmel

Amanda Kimmel

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Natalie Bolton

Natalie Bolton

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James Clement

James Clement

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Alexis Jones

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (4)

    • From a production point of view, for a final five situation, this episode marks the first time that every vote was revealed before Jeff's official tally of the vote.

    • Erik is the final male player to be eliminated from the game, and his ouster guarantees the first female "Survivor" winner since Danni Boatwright in Guatemala in season 11.

    • Amanda has now lasted 36 days in this "Survivor" installment. Combined with her 39 days in China, she now holds the record for longest time playing as a "Survivor" contestant. She breaks the previous record held by Tom Buchanan, who played for 73 days total in two appearances (37 in Africa, 36 in All-Stars).

    • Erik is the second castaway ever (Jolanda Jones from Palau was the first) to win an individual immunity challenge and get voted off in the same episode. He is also the first castaway ever to surrender immunity to another player at Tribal Council and end up being voted off.

  • QUOTES (8)

    • Erik: (final words) Damn, damn! They got me! I shoulda known better! Those damn girls! I mean, it's one thing to be said about surviving the elements and there's another thing to be said about surviving four crazy, sexy women!

    • James: (after Erik is voted out) I've lost my reign as dumbest Survivor ever!

    • Parvati: (voting for Erik) You're crazy! You'll officially go down as the dumbest Survior ever! In the history of Survivor! Ever!

    • Erik: Uhhh, I might have screwed up quite a bit. I've been telling these girls all these different things and I walked up on all three of them talking to each other and I'm worried. I'm definitely worried.

    • Natalie: (referring to Erik) Ya know what, I could have bitch slapped him, smacked him like his mother!

    • Cirie: The only pleasure I'm getting out of today and not going on the reward is seeing Natalie stress out over Erik taking Amanda and Parvati being on Exile.

    • Erik: I can't, a hundred percent, trust anybody but I do have to pick sides.

    • Cirie: Hoo whee, Tribal Council, boy, is getting dangerous from the idols floating around and people using them and not using them.

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