Following last week’s shocking turn of events that saw Pat Cusack sent home in a medical evacuation after a freak boat accident during the season premiere, there was no lack of drama during the second episode of Global‘s “Survivor: David vs. Goliath”.
After a decisive loss in this week’s challenge, the David tribe prepared for Tribal Council, with the general consensus being that Lyrsa was the weakest member of the tribe and would be heading home.
Instead, Lyrsa lauched an 11th-hour campaign to save herself, pitching 19-year-old waitress Jessica Peet instead — a gambit that paid off when Jessica was voted off in a 5-4 blindside that she didn’t see coming.
“I had no clue at all,” she tells ET Canada of Lyrsa’s frantic last-minute manoeuvring. “I didn’t even know there was anything like that going on. That chat happened right before Tribal, so maybe like 10 minutes before we went to Tribal there were all these conversations happening, where my name was being brought up, so I really didn’t have a lot of time to prepare myself. So yeah, I really didn’t think that Lyrsa would have any luck convincing anybody that she’d be more valuable than I would.”
When she heard host Jeff Probst call her name, she admits she “kind of like blacked out for a second. I was completely shocked. I was mad, I was sad, I was a lot of different emotions. But yeah, it was really hard, getting up and getting my torch. Before I went out, I would always joke with my family, like, ‘If Jeff ever snuffs my torch, I’m gonna say this, or I’m gonna say that.’ And in that moment I was so mad I was like, ‘I don’t want to say anything. I just want to to leave. I want to get out of here.’”
In hindsight, is there anything she now thinks she could have done differently that could have changed her fate?
“I wish that I would have focused more on my relationship with Gabby,” Jessica admits. “I wish I would have tried to put myself in her shoes a little more, because watching it back I see where she was coming from. She just felt like I was kind of blowing her off. I wish that I could have been there to reassure her, to let her know that the vote was really going to go that way, and if I would have done that this could have been a completely different ball game.”
Looking ahead, which members of the David tribe does she think have what it takes to make it to the final four?
“Ooh, that’s a hard question,” she says. “I think that right now my tribe, there are three players that really stick out, they’re playing a really strategic game, and I think they’ll continue to carry that out. Further in the game, hopefully, I would love to see my alliance, Davie and Carl, make it further. I don’t know if they’re going to be playing the strategic game to get them there, but if I’m talking from a ‘Survivor’ fan perspective, I’m really intrigued by Gabby, Christian and Nick’s game play and I’m really curious to see how far it gets them.”