Fans said so long to Lauren Rimmer on this week’s edition of “Survivor: Heroes vs. Healers vs. Hustlers” when the 35-year-old angler from Beaufort, North Carolina, wound up being sent home after a badly miscalculated gambit involving her immunity idol.
The tide shifted for Lauren when Ben overheard his alliance plotting against him, which led him to target Lauren due to her hidden immunity idol and hidden vote advantage.
But instead of using her idol to keep herself safe, Lauren wound up busting it in half and giving half to Dr. Mike — not realizing Ben had one of his own, which he played, sealing Lauren’s fate.
ET Canada caught up with Lauren to get her take on what went down at this week’s Tribal Council.
Why did you feel the need to give Dr. Mike half of your idol?
“Well, I was basically trying to keep Mike close. Mike, you gotta keep him on a leash. I love him to death, he was hilarious, but he wasn’t trustworthy. But at the same time, he lost his trust with a lot of people because he felt like he was on the outs with a lot of votes. So I was trying to basically assure him that everything was OK, like, let’s keep us tight, type of deal. It was a last-minute decision, and I didn’t expect him to do what he did. I would have never thought that.”
What was going through your head when he through the idol into the fire?
“‘What is going on?’ That’s exactly what was in my mind, ‘What is going on?’ I was just so in shock. He could have given it back to me, he could have done a lot of different things than that. Later on I was rethinking all that in my head and I thought, ‘Oh, why didn’t I just grab the idol out of the fire?’ And a lot of people have asked me that today, and well, I literally was just so dumbfounded, I was just stunned. I was like a deer in the headlights.”
Why would you have left your advantage back at the camp?
“The advantage was actually in my pocket. But once I started the conversation with Chrissy about it, I kind of had to go on with it. I couldn’t back out with the conversation. I was trying to get Chrissy to kind of calm down and get off my back a little bit, and at the last moment, say, ‘Look, here’s what I can do for you, blah, blah, blah.’ That obviously didn’t work and… I don’t know, once you get to that point in the game, your mind is kind of going all over the place. But it was in my pocket and I shouldn’t have walked out of there with it.”
What happened to make all the votes land on Ben?
“I knew the commotion that was going on but I wasn’t sure about what the conversation was about. I felt like I knew Chrissy and Ryan were 100 per cent onboard, and I was pretty sure about Dr. Mike until he did that. And then I knew they were kind of discussing, ‘Do we go with Ben or do we go with Lauren?’ And then when Devon got up and went and talked to him and he got back and kind of winked at me, I really did have trust in Devon, because he was the only one who came to me and told me they were trying to blindside me. So I felt a little bit better, but I knew things were going south, and going south quickly.”
How much did your sister scold you with what you did with your idol and advantage?
“She’s cussed me out two or three times. I couldn’t even tell you half of what she’s told me. And I deserve it, I totally deserve it. But she’s not been too mad at me. We started this together, I got to go and she didn’t, and I promised that I would get her as far as I could get her, to the family visit, and I did, and I’m super stoked she got to experience it as much as I did. But yeah, she had a few good, choice words.”
How well do you think she would have done on “Survivor”?
“I really don’t know how to answer that, because I call her ‘Sunny Too Funny’ for a reason. We’re like night and day. I think she’d have done pretty well, and gone pretty far but she likes to talk a lot too, so she probably would have talked herself right into a hole. We’ve joked about that, like, ‘How long do you think you’d have lasted?’ And she’s like, ‘Well, I really don’t know.’ I think she would have done pretty well if she could have kept her mouth shut.”
What would you say was your defining moment out there?
“Probably the immunity challenge.”
What’s your opinion of how many idols and advantages there are now in this era of “Survivor”?
“There’s a lot. We never considered Ben even having an idol. He never gave us any indication. He did a really great job of keeping that [hidden]. Even with the idol being broke up and me giving it to Mike and him throwing it in the fire, even if I had gotten it out of the fire, what’s to say Jeff [Probst] would have played it? If I had it I would have played it myself, for myself. I didn’t honestly think there was another one in play. I assumed that the one that I had was the only one in play. Even after it got broke up, if I’d gotten back to camp then another would have been in play immediately, but that’s not how it worked. It’s ‘Survivor’, they’re going to change it up as much as they can.”
What sort of advice would you give future “Survivor” players?
“Don’t open your mouth. [Laughs] Don’t let your heart play for you. There’s only so much strategizing you can do, so you build personal relationships with these people that will last a lifetime. You build bonds with them, and a lot of them are great people. You have to remember at all times that you’re playing for yourself, and even though I said that to myself a thousand times before I left, you don’t really know what to do until you’re put in that situation. The game is made to break you down, and it did a very good job.”
What has it been like watching the game play back from home?
“It’s been crazy. I look at myself and go, ‘Damn, that’s really me.’ And, ‘Oh god, did I really do that? Why did I do that?’ You don’t really see stuff, you don’t notice stuff until you stop and hit that rewind button. Then you’re like, ‘That’s where I messed up,’ or ‘God, I can’t believe they said that.’ You start seeing everybody else’s relationships past yours, and it’s really crazy to see where everybody else was bonding without you or with you.”
How likely do you feel you are to get the call to go back and play again?
“I would love to play again. I would go back in a heartbeat. I would love for them to call me and ask me. I’d be honoured to come back and play. I would love to see just how far I could get, and try to do better than I did this time. Obviously I wouldn’t make some of the little stupid moves I made. I really kicked myself in the butt, because I did so well not expecting myself to do that well. I would love the opportunity.”