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The odds were stacked against Jillian Behm on Wednesday night's "Survivor: Nicaragua" when the new La Flor tribe lost the Immunity Challenge. The only other player she had in her corner was her former Espada tribe member Marty -- and that made the odds two to five. Now, ET talks to the ER doc from Erie, PA about how the deck was stacked against her.
ET: It seemed that once the tribe swap happened there wasn't much you could do to save yourself, short of winning individual immunity. In looking back, do you think that there was anything you could have done differently?
Jill: Two things jump out. Obviously, I should have kept the Immunity Idol for myself and kept it secret. Because then I could have played and gone a little farther in the game. That was a huge game-ending mistake. The other thing was possibly Marty and I were a little cocky when we assumed control of Espada. We didn't pay enough attention to the tribe swap. I think we figured we were invincible. When the swap happened, we had the misfortune of going to a tribe that outnumbered us five to three, and we went over with someone who disliked us. Had we gone over with Yve or Danny or even Tyrone, I think it would have been fine. It was a bunch of mistakes on my part and some bad luck.
ET: What did you think when you heard that Marty gave up the Immunity Idol? And do you think with the merge next week, he can be saved?
Jill: I don't know because Sash promised to give [the Immunity Idol] back. I don't know. I knew I was going home and I knew the situation because Marty and I talked about it because he asked me, "What should I do?" Because Marty and me, despite me being edited as a sidekick, we were pretty much a 50/50 partnership. We would talk about what was best to further ourselves in the game. Sometimes I would get my way; sometimes he would get his way. I actually knew and we kind of decided on that option together. Like you said, there was nothing we could do. We might have had a fighting chance if we had gone over with Yve, but as it was, with Jane turning completely on us, it was two to five at that point.
ET: How different was strategizing and making alliances actually being there than watching from home?
Jill: It is a lot different. At home, you are not given all the information. For example, we came under a lot of fire when we told Espada that we had the Idol. "Why did you do that? That is so dumb!" What happened is Jimmy Johnson by accident and trickery found out that Marty had the Idol. So, we were, "Crap. Jimmy knows, if he tells everyone, it will make Marty into a target. What we are going to do is circumvent that." We told everyone and you saw Jimmy J's reaction: "This is going to strengthen the tribe. I have faith in you." When you don't have all the information, it is easy to sit at home and say, "That is dumb!" You don't get all the nuances. Plus, when you are in the game, you are hungry and starving and up all night. You know how fuzzy you feel if you miss one night of sleep. Can you imagine being starved 18 days in with very little sleep and food? You are not thinking good at all.
ET: Was the food deprivation the hardest part?
Jill: It depends on who you are. I know Holly had a hard time with the sleep. Maybe because of my medical background -- my residency -- I was used to thinking after having been up all night. For me, it was the food because there is nothing out there. You see us eating on the show all the time, but that is us eating our one cup of rice, which is 140 calories a day. Or we have our one tablespoon of catfish, which has maybe 30 calories. Or one coconut washes up. Nicaragua is a pretty barren place. I lost 18 pounds in 20 days.
ET: So when you saw Jane eating the catfish on her own last night, you could understand that?
Jill: No. Some people are: "She caught them, so she could eat them." No. While she is off fishing, Brenda was up at one, two, three, four and five feeding the fire. Marty is going for water. I am going crabbing. Your canteen is getting full. You are getting warmth. You are getting our benefits 100 percent and you are holding back on us. I think that is pretty despicable.
ET: So Jane thinks the young tribe members on La Flor have accepted her? I think they will get rid of her shortly, do you agree?
Jill: It would be a reasonable assumption on your part, but you will have to see how it plays out.
ET: Now that you're gone, who are you rooting for?
Jill: Of course, Marty because he is my boy and we are tight. I suppose if that alliance is not long for this world, I would say Holly, because she got off to a rough start. Personally, we didn't gel, but I think she is coming around, she is getting on top of things, she is playing the game. I would like to see her do well.
ET: Was your "Survivor" experience positive enough that you would want to do it again?
Jill: Actually, my "Survivor" experience was negative enough that I would want to do it again. Let me explain that: I want to go back and fix it. I arguably played a great game. I was great in challenges, I solved the Immunity clue, I had some stellar moments, but I had some dumb ones that cost me the game. I would like the opportunity to go back and fix it.
"Survivor: Nicaragua" airs Wednesday nights at 8 p.m. on CBS.