Jeff Probst Poses an All-Important Strategy Question to ‘Survivor’ Fans

by John Jamison

It’s that time of the week again. Longtime “Survivor” host Jeff Probst is back on social media with another headscratcher for the strategy-inclined fans of iconic survival game show. Over the past few weeks, he’s been bringing fans into the game by posing questions revolving around the upcoming episode.

Today, Jeff Probst’s question had to do with personal property. And let’s just say it has us excited about what happens in tonight’s episode.

“Here’s a what would you do from tonight’s episode,” said Probst. “Alright, this is a three-parter, and it has to do with every player has a personal bag. So if you have an advantage or an idol and nobody knew about it, would you keep it in a personal bag and just keep an eye on your personal bag at all times? That’s the easiest way; then you know where it is.”

“Or are you more likely, because you’re suspicious, to never put it in your bag and to dig a hole up somewhere hoping that you don’t go to a challenge and then there’s a switch, and you don’t have your advantage because you left it back at your beach?”

Decisions, decisions. The thought of losing an idol because of a surprise tribal switch probably wouldn’t have occurred to us had Jeff Probst not brought it up.

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Jeff Probst’s question has our gears turning. Leaving a hidden immunity idol in a personal bag would mean trusting your tribe not to look through it. Is that a good gamble on such a cutthroat show? The legendary “Survivor” host may be able to help.

“Part two: Would you ever look through somebody’s personal bag, or is that off-limits? There’s no rule saying you can’t do it. It’s just a philosophical approach,” Probst continued.

If you’re willing to look through someone else’s bag, then there’s your answer. It’s hard to make an argument for leaving something so valuable in such a vulnerable place if you’re willing to go to those lengths yourself. Then again, some contestants might be confident in their ability to keep an eye on their bag.

“Part three: If you found something in the bag that helped you vote somebody out and you made it to the end, and they were on the jury, would you tell them you did it hoping they give you credit, or would you hope they never found out?” Probst finished.

Fortunately, we’re not the “Survivor 41” contestants with a million dollars on the line. It’s easy to hypothesize, but pressure has a funny way of forcing decisions. Whatever they decide, it’ll be fun to watch them play it all out on tonight’s episode.