Survivor Season 37 Spoilers: Who Was The First Goliath Tribe Member Voted Out?
The latest cast-off from Survivor: David vs. Goliath tells their side of the story.
Mother Nature has had a no-holds-barred attitude toward the castaways of Survivor: David vs. Goliath thus far, and this week, the stress of the living situation may have caught up to the Goliath Tribe. Who, at least until last night's episode, was dominating the game.
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With Natalie rubbing the Goliaths the wrong way leading to a confrontation with Jeremy, their loss at the Immunity Challenge seemed to guarantee Natalie's exit—until an epic blindside sent Jeremy packing, the first major blow to the Goliath Tribe since they lost the challenge on Day 1.
We caught up with the latest cast-off to talk about what went wrong, what he's learned, and what his plan was when he went snooping in Dan's stuff looking for his Idol.
Why do you think the Tribe ultimately sided with Natalie instead of you?
Jeremy Crawford: I think they sided with Angelina. And I think Angelina was vying to get me out. I don't think Natalie had anything to do with it.
Can you talk a little bit about how the blow up with Natalie started? What was the first thing that led you to butting heads?
Jeremy: If you look at the first episode when Natalia was making the shelter, it was pissing Natalie off. The next day it pissed her off even more because Natalie wanted to give instruction but didn't want to help. People weren't really paying her that much attention.
Natalia would listen to her but wasn't incorporating it, because she didn't really know what Natalie was saying. But by Day 3, Natalie was in a full rage. And while we were all working together, she said something to Natalia like, "If you say one more thing to me or you look at me, there's going to be a problem."
And that is when I stepped in. That is when you see me talking to her like, "Calm down how you're talking to people. If you want us to do something, it's better to demonstrate." And that's how that conversation started.
Watching it back last night, did you find yourself thinking that there was anything you'd do differently in the lead up to Tribal Council after you guys came back from the Immunity Challenge?
Jeremy: No. Not with the information that had, there wasn't anything that I'd have been able to do.
What about at Tribal and the way you answered Jeff's questions?
Jeremy: I don't think it had anything to do with me and Natalie and I don't think it had anything to do with Tribal.
Was there anybody whose vote particularly surprised you or that you felt betrayed by?
Okay, moving away from the vote: One of the more memorable moments of your gameplay was snooping in Dan's stuff to find the Hidden Idol. What had you planned on doing with that information?
Jeremy: What happened was, I thought the girls were trying to make an all-girl alliance. So I figured if they're trying to make an all-girl alliance, Natalie is going to stay and I'll probably go home.
But if I get an inkling that they're going to make an all-girl alliance, then I have to try and get Dan away from the girls because it would be five girls plus Dan. And that's why I was going to use that information to tell Dan, "Look, Kara is not trustworthy. She told us about the Idol, so don't be so aligned with her, she's not trustworthy."
But it didn't really work out. Me telling people about Dan's Idol was all in the last 15 or 30 minutes because nobody knew about it except me and Mike. I probably went through his bag on the fifth day and this was the ninth day.
But if I could do anything differently, I probably would've told people about his Idol earlier. But I didn't have an alliance, so if I tell people about his Idol and they don't believe me, then I felt like that was putting me at risk for looking like a liar.
I already knew that he had Kara in his back pocket, Kara had other girls in her pocket, so it was like, you run the risk of saying Dan has the Idol but can't prove it. I could go through his bag, but I couldn't take it and show it to you.
Going into the game as a superfan, how did the experience compare to your expectations?
Jeremy: We hadn't seen that level of torrential rain in a while, so that part I had lulled myself into thinking I wouldn't have to do with, but all in all it was way better than I thought it would be. It was a lot more fun, I loved the people—for the most part—and it was amazing. I would do it again, I really had a great time.
I would love to play the game; I don't feel like I got a chance to play. Even though people are like, "Oh my God, he's scheming!" and all this stuff, I never talked to anybody but Mike about strategy because we didn't need to at Goliath. We went so long without going to Tribal that I didn't really get a chance to really play the game. And that first vote should've been easy. It should've just been Natalie.
Had it been Natalie, then I would've been in the midst of the game and able to really play it. At the end of the day, I wasn't the strongest. I had no alliance. I couldn't do puzzles. And I hadn't talked game with anybody but Mike.
So nobody in their right mind is thinking, "He's the most strategic threat" when you have an engineer from Stanford and a doctor whose brothers do podcasts on Survivor. I hadn't even heard of Reddit when I showed up on the island! So to be thinking I'm the biggest threat in Survivor, I was like... "okay."
What would you say you learned about yourself during your time on Survivor?
Jeremy: That I wasted a lot of time being afraid of certain things. Like I should have been on Survivor years ago. That fear is a waste of resources. And I learned that I can maintain my integrity. There's a certain core part of me that still holds on to what I value.
So even though it didn't work out with Natalie and I took a lot of heat for it, I don't mind doing it because I was trying to help a person. It didn't work, but I'm glad to know that if I see somebody that I think is in need I'm willing to stick my neck out. That's what I learned.
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