After losing eight out of the 10 challenges they've competed in, the Foa Foa tribe's morale is at an all time low. And even though Liz Kim was a fierce competitor during challenges and an asset around camp, the competition turned against her at Tribal Council. "They voted me out because I was a serious threat, pure and simple," Liz tells In Touch. "My whole strategy going into the game was to talk less, listen more and not ruffle any feathers. But after two weeks of losing and sitting through the rain, I ruffled - or I should say Russell-ed - a few feathers that I shouldn't have. I shouldn't have called Russell out for lying about having the immunity idol, because that put my head on the chopping block. That's why I went home instead of Jaison," she adds.
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You did a great job of fishing out the puzzle pieces, so why do you think the tribe turned on you, when Jaison was the one who totally gave up during the Immunity Challenge?
Liz: It was really disappointing to see Jaison give up. Watching it play out last night was really, really difficult. But, Jaison had Nick and Natalie had Russell and I had no one. Survivor is a social game and it's about hiding your true self and sharing secrets with only those people you trust, and I had absolutely no one in my corner that I could trust. If we had won just one challenge, just one, I would have made it to the merge and definitely gone further in the game.
Did you like your tribe?
Liz: I did and I didn't. I felt like I got the short end of the stick. I kept thinking that the tribe sucked.
Why do you think your tribe didn't perform very well in most of the challenges?
Liz: We couldn't pull it together. I mean, we tried, but it was like we were Murphy's Law personified. Even after we would catch a lead, something always went wrong. We lost time and time again. It was ridiculous. We felt like we were cursed.
What was going through your head as Jeff was telling Foa Foa that they were probably the worst tribe in Survivor history?
Liz: I agreed with him. The facts speak for themselves. I don't know what it was but we just couldn't get our act together. Eventually I started to wonder if someone was throwing the challenges. It was impossible to think that there was not an external force working on us to make us lose that much.
Why did you butt heads with Russell?
Liz: Russell is a chauvinistic pig, who has a very vulnerable ego, and he never want to feel as if any woman is showing him up. When I called him out and told him that I knew he was lying about having the immunity idol, he freaked out. As soon as he freaked out, I knew he had it. He confirmed any suspicions that I had up until that point.
Did you have any idea that he was so conniving while you were in the game?
Liz: No. I didn't know that he was dumping out water or burning our socks. I knew I couldn't trust him from day one, and I tried to tell people that he seemed very slippery. I suggested we keep him at arms length, which they didn't show. I also managed to avoid being part of the dumb girl alliance because I didn't want to ever get that close to him.
What was the hardest aspect of your 18 days at camp?
Liz: Enduring the rain. I was starved and sleep deprived, but I knew that would happen going into the game. I had researched and found out that Samoa was supposed to go into the dry season while we were there. Instead it rained for five days straight at one point. That's completely not motivating, you know. It makes it very difficult to get your head in the game and so the combination of losing and getting soaked in the rain made all of us just so indifferent. We were all questioning why we were there.
Would you do it all over again?
Liz: I would because I am wiser. I would try to look for that damn immunity idol from the get go. Next time I'd play a much more social game.
Who are you rooting for now?
Liz: I'm rooting for somebody from Foa Foa. I don't care who it is; it could be Russell at this point. I feel like I was a sacrificial lamb. I just want somebody from Foa Foa to make it to the finals, and if it has to be Russell, so be it. At least it was somebody from the underdog tribe and we came back from behind.
It would redeem the tribe in some way.
What are you doing now?
Liz: I am happily living at home, working and having fun. Watching the show has been great. This is gravy. The show was not, but post-show everything's fun.