Survivor: Cambodia Player of the Week – Episode 8

Each week on Inside Survivor we will be naming one castaway from the current season the title of Player of the Week. After reviewing the latest episode, we will determine which player impressed us the most with their social skills, strategic prowess, craftiness, and creativity. We will keep a tally throughout the season so that we can keep track of who is impressing the most.


Week 1: Kelley Wentworth (Inside Survivor pick) | Kelley Wentworth (Readers pick – 53.7%)
Week 2: Jeff Varner (Inside Survivor pick) | Jeff Varner (Readers pick – 52.69%)
Week 3: Tasha Fox  | Tasha Fox (56.68%)
Week 4: Tasha Fox  | Tasha Fox (34%)
Week 5: Jeremy Collins | Kimmi Kappenberg (50.74%)
Week 6: Ciera Eastin | Ciera Eastin (55.1%)
Week 7: Jeremy Collins | Ciera Eastin (20.7%)

Yesterday we opened up a fan poll for the Inside Survivor readers to vote on their player of the week for Episode 8. Currently leading the fan poll is…

WEnt1Kelley Wentworth with 81.2%

Inside Survivor’s choice for Player of the Week for Survivor: Cambodia – Second Chance Episode 8 is…

WentWorthKelley Wentworth

Here is what the Inside Survivor contributors had to say about Kelley Wentworth after Episode 8:

Martin: Last week there was no obvious front-runner, which made it difficult to make a final pick for Player of the Week. That’s not the case this week, as can be seen by the overwhelming fan vote for Kelley Wentworth after this episode. Wentworth made the biggest move of the season so far with a perfectly executed idol play; negating a record-breaking nine votes against her. By keeping the idol secret and playing as if she was going home, Wentworth was able to sneak attack the dominant alliance and removed one of the solid Bayon Strong members, Andrew Savage, from the game. She may still be on the bottom going forward, but for this tribal council, she was in control.

Shawn: While some might have questioned why Kelley was voted back for a second chance, her moves in the last episode confirmed to everyone that she’s here to play. Kelley did a stellar job of convincing everyone that she did not have an idol while airing dirty laundry at tribal that showed a clear pecking order. While the three amigas aren’t out of the woods just yet, Wentworth’s bold moves this week gave them the necessary time to make moves. I guess Drew Christy wasn’t so dumb after all?

Jacob: Does… does anything else need to be said? Did you watch the episode?

Rob: What he said. ^


Written by

Martin Holmes

Martin is a freelance writer from England. He’s represented by Berlin Associates for comedy writing and writes about TV and entertainment, currently for TV Insider and Vulture, previously Digital Spy, ET Canada, and Yahoo. A finalist for the Shortlist Sitcom Search in 2012 for “Siblings,” Martin received his BA in English with Creative Writing from The University of Hull. Martin is the owner and editor-in-chief of Insider Survivor.

4 responses to “Survivor: Cambodia Player of the Week – Episode 8”

  1. Drew Christy. Was dumb, is dumb, and always will be dumb.

    Reminds me how Brian Heidik insisted that Romber would do badly in All-stars.

  2. Joe basically told Kelley they’re voting for her, so of course she played her idol. You don’t have to be a genius to do that, so I don’t think Kelley did anything special. I think it was more stupidity in the major alliance’s part not to split the votes as they had numbers to do that. I think the key player in this episode was Joe, who’s clearly playing both sides. I don’t know yet if it was smart thing to do telling Kelley they’re voting for her, but clearly he’s up to something. I don’t think he’s that stupid he did that unintentionally.

  3. Personally, I’d say that Jeremy was player of the week this time around. He’s top of the food chain, and no one even knows it-if they did, he’d have been the second jury member, not Savage. In contrast, Wentworth is still in the minority and, while it was a flawless move on her part, it won’t save her for much longer. Perhaps the strongest reason I have for Jeremy’s case is that he singlehandedly convinced his alliance to swap targets from Stephen, a key ally, to Wentworth, someone who would probably never work with him unless he made her offers, which would be detrimental to his game if he did that anytime soon. Wentworth unarguably played fantastically this episode, but so did Jeremy, and I think Jeremy’s moves set himself up for a better long-term finish, which would give him the edge for me this episode.

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