Game Fail: Why Abi-Maria Gomes Lost Survivor
John Powell – GlobalTV.com
When you strip everything away, all you really have in Survivor is your word. It is your bond. It is your currency. Often it is what determines whether you stay to fight for another day or Jeff Probst snuffs your torch. Especially in the final phase of the game, the trust others have in you could very well earn you the title of Sole Survivor.
Faith and trust is what cost Abi-Maria Gomes a million dollars. Unlike Kass, Abi-Maria was able to transcend her reputation. Her skilful dodging and weaving got her so very far despite not having a long-term partnership or alliance. Her social lapses finally did catch up with her. Unable to fully rely on her, the others removed a potentially chaotic variable from an already frenzied environment.
One thing is for certain, Abi-Maria played the game her way. She didn’t rein herself in. She didn’t wear kid gloves. She stayed true to herself. She was Abi-Maria, for good and for bad.
We may never know what really happened to Abi-Maria’s bracelet but whether it was a contrived drama or not, Abi-Maria tried to play it to her advantage. Although it made people question Peih-Gee, the situation caused far too much instability. Abi-Maria was almost voted out because of it.
After causing more unpredictability at camp, Abi-Maria seemed to settle in once Terry comforted her. She got her head back in the game, aligning with Jeff and flipping things at Ta Keo.
She shrewdly aligned herself with the ex-Bayon members once the tribes were swapped uniting the tribe against her nemesis Peih-Gee. Her crack at getting the others to vote out Woo failed as it was Jeff who was targeted. Abi-Maria would get her wish though. Woo had his torch snuffed after Abi teamed with Kass and Ciera.
Knowing she was in the minority, Abi-Maria sought to rally the troops against challenge threat Keith. At Tribal Council, the core alliance weighed their mistrust of Abi-Maria with Keith being such a competition beast. They voted in favour of keeping Keith over her.
Rating: 3 / 5
Not since Russell Hantz have we seen such a disaster on the social front. There is nothing wrong at all with being outspoken. That is an admirable quality to be sure. There is however a difference between being opinionated and being discourteous. Abi-Maria not only didn’t bite her tongue no matter how sensitive the situation was, it seemed like she just couldn’t or wouldn’t. That rubbed so many players the wrong way. It cost her allies. It cost her trust. It cost her the game.
Even though she came out on top, she could have handled the situation with Peih-Gee much better, seeing as it almost sent her home. Confronting Woo in front of everyone about voting against her twice probably wasn’t the best way to undermine the confidence others had in him.
Making impolite comments to exiting players, who are in turn becoming jury members, wasn’t a wise thing to do either. Those are the people who are going to determine whether you win or lose. If you don’t show them some manner of respect, it shouldn’t be too much of a surprise when they don’t vote for you.
Rating: 1 / 5
Every series has to have its polarizing figures. Without conflict, without drama, there is no life or interest. Whether they liked her or they hated her, Abi-Maria and her theatrics affected people on an emotional level. They tuned in each week to cheer her continued success or her demise and those are the hallmarks of a genuinely unforgettable Survivor castaway.
Keith Rating: 4.5 / 5
Keith: Final Castaway Rating: 8.5 / 15
Powell’s Picks: Episode 12
Who played it cool and who proved themselves to be a fool? Every week John Powell makes his picks for the worst and best players of the week.
Bronze Amateur: The Final Six
I would rather not have that many players making it to the finale. More than four tends to muddy the waters, in my opinion. I would rather have an elite group playing for the title of Sole Survivor.
Silver Amateur: Keith Nale and Kelley Wentworth
Things aren’t looking good for either of them. They are not in the core alliance and both are challenge threats. Kelley does have a Hidden Immunity Idol but one wonders if it could be off-set by Jeremy’s at Tribal Council. Could it be that “for the first time in 31 seasons” all the votes at a Tribal Council are nullified? Curious to see how that situation plays out.
Gold Amateur: Abi-Maria Gomes
She really struggled at the end. Things could have turned out very differently if she had just played a better social game.
Bronze MVP: The Survivor medical team
Once again they are there when the cast, production team needs them the most. They have had their hands full this season for sure.
Silver MVP: Jeremy Collins and Spencer Bledsoe
Still maintaining focus while also jockeying for position in their own alliance, Jeremy and Spencer are both playing strong strategic games.
Gold MVP: Latasha “Tasha” Fox
In the last handful of episodes she has taken the wheel and directed the core alliance in the direction that benefits them and her. She will be a very strong adversary in the finals.