Worst Twists in Survivor History – Number 6: Message in a Bottle
- First Appearance: Cook Islands (Season 13, 2006)
While no one wants to insinuate that Survivor is rigged, there have definitely been occasions where it feels like it might be (and we’ll get to a few more instances of this in the coming entries). One such occasion was with the message in a bottle twist that was used in Survivor: Cook Islands.
The premise was that Jeff Probst informed the two tribes prior to an immunity challenge that the losing team would be given a bottle that would then be opened after voting someone out at tribal council. The obvious thought at the time was that this message was going to inform the losing tribe – which ended up being the Raro tribe – that they were merging with the winning tribe – in this case Aitu.
Instead, what followed was the news that Raro would be forced to vote out another tribe member. They weren’t allowed to discuss it, instead voting immediately with Jenny Guzon-Bae becoming the victim of this stupid unfair twist.
The reason this twist felt like it might have been rigged is because after the mutiny occurred a few episodes prior, Raro was ahead eight players to Aitu’s four. This twist allowed things to become a little more fair for Aitu, who were clearly the fan favorites, once the tribes did merge. Had they lost the challenge, would it have really been all that farfetched to think that the message in the bottle would have been different? r
It’s never fair to hold a tribal council where people aren’t allowed to strategize or plot and voting two people off at the same tribal council was beyond unfair and felt totally rigged.