After giving itself a nice long mud bath, Survivor: Heroes vs Villains claimed its third victim Thursday night, and the choice was far from a surprising one. 50-year-old Randy Bailey claimed before the game that he was in it to win it, but truthfully, he never stood a chance. He was neither strong enough to help in challenges, nor social enough to get into the good graces of his younger tribemates who talked all episode long about needing to get rid of Parvati, yet deemed Randy more expendable instead. Randy called into EW.com this morning to talk all about his big challenge feud with James, why he threw his buff in the fire, and, of course, his awkward reunion at the sequester house with (former?) enemy Sugar. [Read the entire interview after the jump.]
When we spoke before the game, you were confident you would win, yet you ended up being the very first one voted off your tribe. What did you in? Was it your lack of physical strength or your inability to socially integrate with your tribemates?
I would have to say the social integration. Not that I am socially inept, because despite the edit I actually can put two sentences together. My downfall was definitely more social than physical. I could just not connect with the young girls.
We saw you talking about Parvati and how it was going to be Micronesia 2.0 once she met up with James and Amanda and Cirie. What’s interesting to me about this is that before the game, that’s all the other players could talk about. They were really worried about that happening, yet still didn’t want to cut her loose. Why didn’t they pull the trigger?
Russell. And then Rob finally flipped, too. Russell had an alliance with Parvati since day one and he wasn’t gonna let that get screwed up. And Boston Rob and I just kinda clashed. He’s tough to work with. I let him have his way all the time. He’s good at challenges and he’s good at puzzles, but these puzzles are like 6 pieces to put together. I think there are other people that are capable. And Boston Rob doesn’t see it that way. He claims to have played this game 3 times and every time he’s on what he called “the buffoon tribe.” The common denominator in all three tribes is him! I think he might want to think about that a little bit.
Did they tell you that you were going home?
Oh, I knew before the challenge that if we didn’t win I was going home. Honestly, I was hoping for some sort of tribe flip-flop because I knew I was a dead man walking on about day 3 or 4. Coach, Tyson, Rob and I would put a shelter together and Danielle or Courtney would step up with their civil engineering degrees and redesign the hut, and we would do the work while they would work on their tan. And you don’t take charge like that unless you’re absolutely positive you’re safe. So I was absolutely sure if we lost that it was gonna be me.
What the hell happened between you and James at the challenge? What led to him violently chucking his bag at you?
I was trash talking, James was trash talking back. I think the difference was, I was kidding. You saw me wink and smile. If I do that challenge against James a million times, I’m gonna win one of them, and that’s the challenge where he gets struck by lightning. And I knew that. We got beat 8-0. Fortunately, it wasn’t the tiebreaker with me going against James.
Did he at least calm down and apologize later?
Yeah, he came up to me after, trying to apologize, but I wasn’t gonna have any part of it because he cold cocked me after that challenge was over and I did not see that coming. And I was pissed, not because he hit me or beat the hell out of me in that challenge — I was pissed because I knew I was going home in 4 or 5 hours. And there was not a thing I could do about it.
Well, let’s look at the silver lining. You lasted longer than Sugar! That must feel good.
Yeah, it did, but if we had lost the first challenge it probably would have been me to go so I’m not looking at it as me beating Sugar.
Tell me what it was like when you two had your big reunion at Ponderosa. How awkward was that?
She ran up to me and kissed me on the check, and then I proceeded to drink all night with Stephenie. Sugar and I were polite to each other at Ponderosa, You’ve got to let your anger go at some point. It’s not healthy. And I didn’t want to fight with Sugar the whole time at Ponderosa.
Was throwing your buff into the fire at Tribal Council something you had planned out beforehand?
There was no thought to that at all until Jeff said “That’s enough, bring me your torch.” And that’s when it occurred to me. I didn’t need it anymore.
To see a deleted scene from last night’s episode (featuring Boston Rob talking strategy), as well as the pep talk Randy recorded before the game to cheer himself up after he got voted out, click on the video below. And for all the Survivor scoop, follow me on Twitter @EWDaltonRoss.
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