Jonny Fairplay must be back in his living room, watching Survivor: Micronesia and kicking himself. He managed to get himself voted off the new Survivor show, the first person voted off, by playing some kind of twisted game that nobody understood the rules for except him. Fairplay (aka Jon Dalton) is a media hound, always out for publicity. Getting voted off Survivor: Micronesia definitely wasn’t in his plans, which shows how many brain cells he may have damaged when Danny Bonaduce threw him on his head. Jeff Probst, the host of Survivor, however was the real villain in the Fairplay dismissal. Probst has said on several occasions he does not like Fairplay, and was rumored to be very upset when Fairplay was chosen for Survivor: Micronesia. In the final five minutes of the show, Probst showed how easily he could plant seeds in the cast members’ minds. Thus eliminating Fairplay in one fell swoop.
The new Survivor: Micronesia has a different twist than previous Survivor shows. This one pits a team of ten ‘Favorites’ (past Survivor cast members) against ten ‘Fans’ (people who love Survivor and want to take part in a show). The show started this week in Micronesia, where it introduced the Fans and reintroduced the Favorites.
Another twist was also introduced quickly when host Jeff Probst announced right at the beginning that there were immunity idols up for grabs. These could only be used for immunity for the first tribal council, so team members had better swim across to the boats quickly and find the idols. There was a mad dash for the water, Jonny Fairplay was the first one across to the boats, and he immediately figured out where the idols were (hanging on the front of the boats). However, when he grabbed one, he grabbed the immunity idol for the Fans team, and Yau-Man was able to grab the Favorites idol. Jonny Fairplay was incredibly angry saying once Yau-Man had used his immunity, he’d make sure he would be the next one voted off. For somebody who really wanted to go home to be with his pregnant girlfriend, seems he was still planning on sticking around at this point.
Both teams then rowed for their camps where the Favorites made short work of setting up camp, building a shelter, finding food and making fire. The Fans floundered, and didn’t even manage to get a shelter up before night fell and the rains came.
The day after however, the Fans redeemed themselves by winning the first challenge, thus sending the Favorites to the first Tribal Council. This is when the fun with Jonny Fairplay began.
Four Favorites players had created one alliance, and four Favorites players another alliance. Both alliances tried to get Jonny Fairplay to join them (which, if you knew anything about him, seemed to be the stupidest decision ever). Fairplay of course agreed to go with both alliances, and then went to the other one to see what they were offering.
At this point, he also started to complain that maybe he should be the first one to go home. Starting to cry (real tears or crocodile tears?) he said his girlfriend was at home seven months pregnant and he thought, as a good Dad, he should be there. He then spent all day telling every team member to vote him off.
There was obviously some little game plan going on in Jonny Fairplay’s head when he hatched this little plan. It seemed as though he thought if he did this, it would confuse the other players, split the vote, and somebody other than him would be voted off.
Once he got to tribal council however he continued his whining and Jeff Probst took advantage of the situation. Asking 90% of the questions at tribal council either about Fairplay or to Fairplay, he made his dislike known very quickly. He pushed him about why he wanted to leave, mentioning he “wasn’t a father yet” when Fairplay pushed the father angle, and even asked him “So this is a quit then?” So, it wasn’t a surprise to anyone except Jonny Fairplay when he got voted off. Come on, if you’re going to beg to be sent home, don’t be surprised when your tribe members honor your request. And don’t be surprised if the host, who does have power and hates you, will do everything he can to make sure you’re the one going home.
His final video taped snippet showed him talking about how he had left there under his own terms, how people now liked him and some people loved him. Um…..yeah. Right. With the 15 minutes he was actually on TV this time around, those who hated him still hate him, and there’s never really been many people that loved him anyway. I expect to see him in another 20 years in a “Where are they now?” television special.
It’s a pity the Survivor producers chose Jonny Fairplay to come back. They more than likely felt it would be a good move for the show’s ratings as he would provide controversy in the show. In effect, it started the show out in an incredibly lame way, and will have made some viewers think twice about watching more of it. My guess is,Jonny Fairplay’s TV career is on a rapid decline. I hope he enjoyed his 15 minutes of fame. Oh and way to go Probst!