Last week's episode of "Survivor" saw the tribes merge, and its first jury member selected. The Hollywood Reporter spoke with the first eliminated "Dangrain" tribe member about why things didn't go her way.
Ordinarily, second-place in the tribal council vote would mean staying on the island by the skin of your teeth. However, Jonathan Penner playing his hidden immunity idol meant the runner up, Roberta Saint-Amour aka RC, was selected for "Survivor" jury duty. The castaway admits she had an inkling the vote would swing against her. "I knew there was a possibility, but I made strong connections with people from Kalabaw [the other tribe with whom Tandang merged] who promised me they'd vote with me that night," she said. "I knew if something didn't work and they were lying to me, 100 percent I was going home. I knew Penner was getting votes and Pete was getting votes. I knew it was possible but that it was up in the air."
The most surprising aspect of the vote was that her one solid alliance member, returning castaway Michael Skupin, wound up voting with the majority. "He gave me his word he'd vote for Pete, and I guess he changed his vote somewhere in there. I don't blame him for changing his vote," RC said. "It's an individualistic game, and there is only one sole Survivor. He did what I guess he thought he had to do. I'm a very loyal person. If I were in the same position he was in, I don't think I would have ever have done what he did, but I wasn't in the same position, so I can't say for sure."
While RC professes to not hold a grudge against Skupin, she admits that his vote was essentially a vote against her. She explained, "We knew [Penner] would try to use the idol and talked at length about [what would happen if he played it]. We knew there was the possibility of him playing it that night. If you go back to Michael's vote, he knew Penner would play it too, so that was really a vote against me [by not voting for Pete]."
Ultimately, RC's undoing had less to do with Penner's immunity idol and more to do with the one she thought she held with initial alliance member Abi. The rift between the two started with a villainous move by Pete, though RC again claims to not hold a grudge. "Pete has apologized to me a couple of times. He knows it was a very dumb move and sort of led to Tandang's disaster, and I think that has a lot to do with age and maybe wisdom. I know he was playing the game, but the move itself made no sense," she said. "At the time, he was very confident because they had the idol. To cause drama for absolutely no reason, that told me and Michael exactly where we stood in the tribe. If he had never done that, we could have been in a power alliance."
Last week seemed to be the end of Penner's stay in "Survivor" -- will he be the next to go? Be sure to check out the latest episode Wednesday night on CBS!