On last week's “Survivor: Worlds Apart,” several castaways talked about talking much-maligned underdog Shirin Oskooi to the end because of the assumption that nobody would vote for her.
This was crazy-talk and I figured Shirin would have been a lock for at least four votes.
“Five, bro! I had five Jury votes bro, five,” Shirin was quick to tell me when we spoke after Wednesday's “Survivor.”
Of course, the fact that we were speaking on Thursday meant that Shirin would actually be receiving zero Jury votes, because she was sent to join the Jury herself in a vote that at least had drama thanks to an Idol bluff from Mike. Sensing an inevitable vote against Shirin, Mike feigned like he was going to give the former White Collar member his Hidden Immunity Idol and suggested the ruling alliance would be wise to cannibalize itself. Mike's move caused a couple surprise votes to go against Dan, but he opted not to actually give Shirin his Idol and she went home.
Shirin still insists she didn't expect Mike's Idol and says that the minor upheaval was, itself, a small victory for Team Shirin.
In general, despite a number of unpleasant “Survivor” interactions, with the aforementioned Dan and more dramatically with Will, Shirin sounds positive about her overall experience.
She's very candid about the mistakes she made in over-aligning with fellow superfan Max to start the season and how she'll be a better player if she gets a chance at Cochran-esque redemption.
Oh and who was the fifth vote she was counting on?
You'll have to read Shirin's whole exit interview below…
HitFix: You said after you were voted out that you understood why Mike didn”t use the Idol on you but in the moment as you kinda skipped off to cast your vote what did you hope or expect was going to happen?