Interview: Joe Anglim talks ‘Survivor: Worlds Apart’

For a couple “Survivor: Worlds Apart” episodes, it looked as if Joe Anglim might be able to pull off the unthinkable. 

Targeted for elimination at every vote — when your nickname is “Joey Amazing,” people don't like to keep you around — Joe was spared pre-Merge elimination when the Joaquin-Rodney romance somehow made them into an alleged power couple. Then he won two consecutive Individual Immunity challenges and it seemed fair to wonder if he would ever lose.

“100 percent,” Joe told me regarding whether he began to believe he could run the Individual Immunity table. “I was very confident that I could possibly go all the way.”

And in Wednesday's episode, even though he lost Individual Immunity, it briefly looked as if the combination of an elaborately designed fake Idol and Jenn's desire to semi-quit might earn him at least one more day in the game.

Joe admits he doesn't know what he would have done strategically if he'd gotten that reprieve. 

He did not. Mike was briefly confused by the fake Idol, but he wasn't fooled and Shirin made a play to get on Mike's good side, leading to Joe's elimination.

In this week's “Survivor” exit interview, Joe discusses the “kryptonite challenge” that ended his Immunity streak, his ideal fake Idol design choices and the questionable Reward participant selection from the previous episode.

[Note that this interview was conducted via email due to my travel schedule, hence a couple places where I wasn't able to have direct follow-ups.]

Click through for the full Q&A…

HitFix: It seemed like you all went into Tribal Council with a lot of uncertainty. Were you pleased at the time that there was at least that chaos and it wasn't inevitable you were going out?
Joe Anglim: The whole time that I was in Tribal I was trying to create a little chaos. At the same time I was 50/50… I was hoping my plan would work and I could swing a couple votes my way but as soon as Mike pulled out the Idol I think he confused everyone that wasn”t a part of that. As soon as Mike asked Jeff about it, I knew it was a fake Idol and I was 90 percent sure I was going home.
HitFix: Going into that Tribal, what would you have told me your chances of survival for that night were and why do you think Mike and I guess Shirin went the way they did?
Joe Anglim: The best way to put it is if you have bullet in the chamber and the deer comes in your cross hairs to take the shot. I think it is in their best interest to not take me anywhere. Shirin and Mike were using each other and I had no part of either one of their plans. I”m an optimist and I would never count myself out completely. It was a true 50/50 going into tribal. Either I am going home or I pulled some magic to buy one more day.
HitFix: Now had you made it that extra night, what were you going to do so that it wasn't just a brief reprieve? Did you have a plan?
Joe Anglim: You know, I didn”t really have a true plan. I just knew that every day is another day to survive. If I stay in one more day now I know that I have some people I can possibly work with. I was pretty confident knowing that I didn”t have Immunity going home, even though I didn”t want to  believe it.