September 16, 2010
Jane Hammett Bright was true to her word. Things do happen around Jane. The dog breeder from Jackson Springs was dubbed the "Survivor MacGyver" during the first tribal council of "Survivor: Nicaragua," which aired last night on CBS.
During the episode, which was dominated by clips of former football coach and current NFL analyst Jimmy Johnson, Bright earned her nickname by starting a fire using glasses, grass and the sun.
Bright's tribe lost the first tribal challenge and was forced to vote out one of its 10 members at the end of the episode. The first to go was Wendy, a goat rancher from Montana.
Ironically, Wendy said earlier in the show that her husband predicted she would be the first to be voted out. She earned that right at tribal council by not being able to shut her mouth. Whatever slim chance she had vaporized as she nervously (an annoyingly) prattled on just before the vote. What's that old saying, better to be thought and idiot by keeping quiet than by opening your mouth and removing all doubt?
Talking to Bright earlier this week she told me the she was made for the show. I have to think that she may be right. She is a self-sufficient, outdoors-type person who will bring a lot of value to her tribe. And that should keep her around for a while, even if her tribe finds its way back to tribal council and is forced to vote out more members. If she plays the game right, I think she can get to at least the final five, but ultimately, I believe her brash confidence -- a big asset in some situations -- will be her downfall on the show. Don't forget to check next week's episode. It airs on CBS at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 22.