Season 16 Episode 1

You Guys Are Dumber Than You Look

Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Feb 07, 2008 on CBS
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Episode Summary

10 former contestants (Malakal tribe) face off against 10 die-hard fans of the show (Airai tribe). The two tribes meet and are instructed by Jeff to get their boat and map and also must find 2 Immunity Idols that can only be played at the first Tribal Council. Jonny Fairplay finds the first idol, which is not for his tribe giving Yau-Man a chance to grab the real one. From the Fans tribe, Kathy is the first to find the idol. The "Fans" arrive at their beach and right away start building their shelter. But as the tribe is getting to know each other, Kathy makes a few comments she should not have. Also, their shelter does not come across as planned especially when they are stuck in a rainstorm during the night. Over at the "Favorites", the entire tribe is helping out with the important things at the campsite. Also, Parvati and James start a little flirting while Eliza thinks Amanda and Ozzy have a very close friendship. This creates an alliance between Jonathan, Eliza, Yau-Man and Ami. Both alliances try to persuade others to vote between Eliza or Parvati. At the Immunity Challenge, the "Fans" win sending the "Favorites" to Tribal Council. At the last second, Jonny claims that he misses his pregnant girlfriend and wants to be voted out.moreless

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  • Ep 1: Fans vs. Favorites! The favorites (unsurprisingly) are funner to watch!

    It's always interesting when Survivor brings back former players. It's hit or miss (in my opinion), because sometimes, the players who impressed you the first time fizzle out, while other times, they find new ways to maneuver through the game.

    I'll get to the Fans tribe later, because there were just too many ridiculous things going on with the Favorites. First off, I thought it was a good mixture of players from previous seasons. We got some villainous players (Jonathan, Jonny Fairplay), the more honorable players (Cirie, Yau-Man), the strong competitors (Ozzy and James), and those wild cards that are strategic above anything else (Amanda, Ami, Eliza, Parvati).

    However, I have no idea what the hell Jonny Fairplay was thinking. For a guy who could've easily used his villain status to twist the game into knots and possibly make it to the end, he comes up with this barely sensible plan to pretend to want to be voted off the island so that the Eliza/Jonathan alliance will be blind-sided when he sides with the other tribe.

    The problem is, I don't think anybody (including Jeff) understood what he was doing. For a guy that seems to enjoy the game and the lying it entails, he doesn't seem all that interested in being there. But at the same time, it seems like he tried creating a convoluted plot to twist things up and became a victim of it.

    Over the Fans side: as usual, when a tribe wins Immunity, we get very little focus on them in the back half of the episode, which means everything we learn about the tribe is at the very beginning. For the most part, there are no stand-outs, except for Kathy, and she stands out for all the wrong reasons. First off, she seems confused at Chet, who just so happens to be gay. First off, she acts like gay men and women are a different species, which is horrific to listen to. Second, she seems incapable of not sticking her foot in her mouth. OF COURSE she gets the first hidden immunity idol. We get at least two weeks of stupidity to look forward to with her. We also get the Ozzy wanna-be and the James wanna-be. I'll wait until we get further in the season to make a decision on these new players.moreless
  • Not a bad start! I've only seen Ozzy, Parvati, Jonathan, James, Amanda and Cirie before (and the last three were later on in HvV) but I like this concept!

    Decent start to an interesting concept! I lovethe idea of Fans vs. Favorites, and I especially love to seee Parvati here!

    The rapidity at which alliances developed in the game on the Favorites side was rather startling! There is alreadya 404 split, with Cirie seemingly in the middle.

    The challegne was a good one! I love it when they can successfully combine a rather tricky puizzle and a physical challenge lall in one! That is great to see!

    The Tribal was rather anti-cliamtic. I was expecting an interesting tight vote, but when Fairplay wanted to go home, it became a little broing.

    I hope the season goes upwards from here. A show tonight which was avarage, but I am hoping that it will go up!moreless
  • I missed Parvatti and Yau-Man!

    This season is going to be amazing, just like All-Stars was. I was so glad and happy when I saw Yau-Man! He deserved to win in Fiji, and now he gets a second chance. I really didn't like the fact that Jonathan is back. I hated him in Cook Islands. And he hasn't changed at all! He has the same arrogant and cocky attitude, and I can't stand him. I'm hoping he goes next.

    Really loved the first scene when they are all crossing the sea, so anxious to get that Immunity Idol!


    The Fans, they really seem fun and crazy. And they are really good too. I was glad they won the Immunity challenge, especially because the Favorites were really arrogant, and they should have known that arrogance has its price.


    Since I just finished watching Survivor:China, I was kind of surprised by Amanda. I feel like she's different, kind of playing the flirt thing, like Parvati. She was so focused on China, and I think she was kind of lost in this first episode.

    Parvati is just so fun. I loved her in Cook Islands. Especially because she looked like she was always dumb, but she almost got to the final 3. And I think she will manage it again!

    It is too early to predict anything, but I'm loving this season so far. I was so glad Johnny Fairplay was voted out. He is probably the most false and backstabbing player of Survivor! If they didn't vote him out, he would eventually lie, cheat and betray all of them.moreless
  • The 16th season of Survivor begins in Micronesia, where this time 10 fans of Survivor and 10 favorite previous contestants of Survivor compete for the 1 million dollars. The new alliances are formed and there is a new twist on Exile Island.moreless

    This was a pretty good episode that I enjoyed. It was cool to see (some) of the contestants that I was rooting for like Yau-Man and James come back and get another shot. Basically, there is now a rule where two people have to go onto Exile Island once a challenge is lost, and the fans compete against the favorites. I was kind of mad that the favorites lost the Immunity challenge, mainly because they were overly confident, but I was happy that Johny Fairplay got voted out. He got annoying this time around. This episode was good, but seemed like that it was basically the same as other season's pilot episodes. But it still left many doors open for..."plot twists"!moreless
  • I love the cast and the alliances forming, it looks like this will be a good season.

    I love the fan vs. favorite idea for this show. It should be really interesting to see which side does better. I loved the group of favorites they selected. They are all really memorable and I routed for most of them on their seasons. I also like how two alliances are forming. I think I'm going to route for Yau-man's alliance. I enjoyed seeing couples form, but it doesn't seem like they are very focused on the game. I loved how Jonny Fairplay feel in the middle, and was already lying, even though it wasn't even necassary. It was interesting to see how his life had changed and how he needed to get home to his family. It was good to have him on the show, even if it was just for a short time. One part of this episode I thought was really funny was how Fairplay kept complaining that Yau-man took his idol. This just made him look like a wimp, by getting physically beat by Yau-man. I notice through out this review I haven't really mentioned the fans. We haven't really gotten to know them yet, but I think their will be a chance for that as the show goes on. The one women seems really strange; I don't get why they always need at least one person like this on the show. The fans did really good in the immunity challenge though. They should be tough competition. The one thing I didn't like about this episode was the immunity challenge. It was pretty clear that the fans were going to win and it was just boring to watch.moreless
Ami Cusack

Ami Cusack

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Jonathan Penner

Jonathan Penner

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James Clement

James Clement

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Amanda Kimmel

Amanda Kimmel

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Oscar Lusth

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Eliza Orlins

Eliza Orlins

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Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • All returning players this season are competing for the second time. They all made it to the jury phase in their previous appearance.

    • In a Reality TV Magazine interview (1/27/2010), Jeff Probst stated snuffing out Johnny Fairplay's torch was the only instance up to that point that he had no sad emotion about a torch snuffing. He also stated production regretted bringing back a "quitter" in their mind.

    • With Jonny Fairplay's elimination, the Pearl Islands season is now no longer represented by the "Favorites" and becomes the first season eliminated.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Jonny Fairplay: You guys are dumber than you look.

    • Mikey B.: Our tribe, it consists of Big Bird, we got the southern princess, we got the Incredible Hulk, we got Jon Bon Jovi in his prime, and we then got Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. Man this is gonna be a crew, let me tell ya!

    • Jonny: I think it's insane that there's nine other of your favorite Survivors of all time and they all believe what I say. Have you not watched this show before?

    • Yau-Man: (to alliance, referring to Jonny) We have to turn on him before he turns on us!

    • Yau-Man: (holding immunity idol) All these idols seems to like me and I hope that there will be other idols along the way this season and they will all like me.

    • Jeff: (to Jonny) I'm actually impressed. I like to know that you have aspirations to get out of your current place in life.
      Jonny: Good to see you, Jeff. Always a pleasure.

    • Jonny: I played a perfect game last time. I consider myself the great player in the history of the game.

  • NOTES (7)

    • Jonny Fairplay mentions the name of this episode's title and is also the first voted out of the "Favorites" tribe. Jonny went further in his original season, making it to the final four on "Survivor: Pearl Islands".

    • Yau-Man on the favorites side and Kathy on the fans side find the two Immunity Idols that can only be used for the first Tribal Council.

    • Survivor: Micronesia was filmed in Palau, an island in Micronesia. It is the second time the show films in Palau. It is also the second time where a location is used more than once, the first being Panama.

    • This season was titled "Survivor: Micronesia" and given a subtitle of "Fans vs. Favorites", making the complete title "Survivor: Micronesia - Fans vs. Favorites".

    • The 10 returning castaways include 1 from Pearl Islands, 2 from Vanuatu, 1 from Panama, 3 from Cook Islands, 1 from Fiji and 2 from China.

    • This season marks the third time that previous contestants have returned to play the game. The first and second times were "All-Stars" and "Guatemala".

    • No former contestants from Palau or Guatemala participate in this season. Tom Westman (Palau), Terry Deitz (Exile Island), Shane Powers (Exile Island), Yul Kwon (Cook Islands), Candice Woodcock (Cook Islands), and Courtney Yates (China) were considered for Micronesia, but Tom, Candice, and Courtney declined the offer. Sandra Diaz-Twine (Pearl Islands) signed up for the season, but was cut from the final list.