Game Fail: Why Peih-Gee Law Lost Survivor
John Powell – GlobalTV.com
As any good general knows, if you are going to war you better have the support of your troops. With no cease fire on the horizon despite a tribal swap, Peih-Gee Law took aim at her Second Chances arch enemy Abi-Maria Gomes. When the smoke had cleared though, only Woo had stood beside Peih-Gee leaving her outgunned, outnumbered and outplayed.
From Day One, Peih-Gee and Abi-Maria were at each other’s throats. Instead of putting their differences behind them and moving forward as part of a larger alliance, neither would give ground in their personal feud.
Following the tribal swap which saw two tribes become three, Peih-Gee and Abi-Maria could not mend their fences and their public feud was all the opening Andrew and Tasha needed to turn the tables on the former Ta Keo Alliance.
Peih-Gee underestimated Abi-Maria’s ties with the others and was completely off base about how the others saw her as a player. She wasn’t as trusted or as valued as an ally as she thought she was. In a game where the politics can change without warning, Peih-Gee just didn’t have the influence she believed she did.
Peih-Gee’s feud with Abi-Maria steered her strategy and that cost her the game. Although she managed to mitigate the damage caused by Abi-Maria’s accusations back at Ta Keo and worked an alliance with Jeff, she didn’t carry any of that over to Angkor.
Sometimes you have to team with people you may not necessarily like to get ahead in Survivor. Instead of making it work as best she could, keeping the Ta Keo alliance strong, biting her tongue and playing into Abi-Maria’s insecurities and massive ego; she allowed battle lines to be drawn when there were so many other vulnerable and easy targets.
She played too forcefully when she didn’t need to, analyzed, questioned things too much and that resulted in her being seen as wishy-washy.
Rating: 2 / 5
Peih-Gee was so wrong about so much. Her social radar was just not functioning properly, despite a fairly stable start. At Ta Keo she finessed her way through things quite well working with Jeff and aligning with the new-schoolers to take out Vytas and then the old-school alliance to send Shirin out.
She has to be applauded for being able to smooth over a number of situations which could have been very catastrophic. She made a number of good saves. That all went out the window though at Angkor where she misjudged everyone but Woo.
Her inability to make concise and rapid decisions when it came to loyalty ruined the reputation she had established.
Rating: 2 / 5
Granted it was her eventual undoing but her bad blood with Abi-Maria has been the source of so much appetizing drama this season. Sure, she lost the war. The battles though were highly entertaining for all the right reasons. It is unfortunate their quarrel couldn’t have lasted longer.
From the start of the season, Peih-Gee has been in the thick of it all, a part of whatever spectacle was unfolding. She didn’t fade into the background ever.
Rating: 4 / 5
Final Castaway Rating: 8 / 15
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Bronze Amateur: Short end of the swap
While the tribal swap boosted some alliances carrying them forward with solid numbers, others got a raw deal. Finding themselves on an express elevator to the basement, it will be up to those players to regain their footing and put the odds back in their favour.
Silver Amateur: Woo Hwang
Once again, Woeful Woo backed the wrong horse and has found himself on the outside looking in.
Gold Amateur: Peih-Gee
She played with her heart and not her head. That almost always ends badly.
Bronze MVP: Spencer, Stephen
From the outhouse to the penthouse, Spencer and Stephen gained the most from the tribal swap. Spencer though has really stepped up his social game. As he predicted, it could be a difference maker later on.
Silver MVP: Abi-Maria and Jeff
Thus far, they are both made of Teflon. No matter how damning and awkward the situations get, nothing seems to stick to them for long.
Gold MVP: Andrew and Tasha
Taking advantage of the strife within the former Ta Keo Alliance, they successfully flipped the script and bought themselves some valuable time.