'Survivor: Heroes vs Villains' Finale Recap: Let Me Tell You About Hard Work
Part Three: The Jury Burns The Hat

You know it's the end when you see the editors set up the final three's back story. Russell's talking about him going to the end twice. Parvati talked about embracing her villainous side this season. And then there's Sandra, who's just worried about her husband, who's in Afghanistan on duty. "It's worth it," she said of joining Survivor again. "Inside I know he's okay. I have that gut feeling."

The final day means the send-off feast, which just looks delicious despite me not having an idea what's in it. There's a frying pan, too. But Russell is not relaxed: he's still talking jury votes with Parvati, who admitted that she would vote for Sandra if she got tossed.

All along, Sandra was pretending to be asleep. "He don't know how it's like to be up against two chicks," she said, before standing up, getting his hat, and throwing it into the fire. In other words, karma has bit Russell's back--remember the burnt sock last season? Poetic justice. Even funnier, he doesn't know what happened to the hat. He decides to leave without it anyway.

In a final gesture, the Villains torched that beautiful shelter the Heroes built. And then they meet the jury.

The opening statements: Sandra decided to play up how hard she worked throughout the season. "I've been sole-surviving since my alliance was wiped out," she told the jury. "I did that by myself."

Russell, as expected, played up the way he played the game. "Everybody thinks this is a game of luck, but I don't," he said. "I played as hard as possible. I feel people look at me like I did something wrong. If I did anything that offended anyone, I apologize, but I played the game."

Parvati was still amazed at how big of a threat she was perceived to be. (I mean really, Parvati, you've been here three times and you don't know?) "I had to put a line of defense together and that's how Russell came in," she said. "I kept him as my pet. I think I played the ultimate social, strategic and physical game."

Colby grilled Russell with his "there wasn't any luck involved" thought earlier. "It was strategy," he insisted. "It was delusional," Colby answered, before asking Parvati about why she's a better player than the other two. "Everyone over there wanted me out," she said. "I felt like I had to fight harder, make some bolder plays."

Coach didn't ask any questions.
He thought Russell could be the strongest player in the game, and felt he should be in the place of "fairly useless" Sandra. His best words were reserved for Parvati. "I was dead wrong about you," he said. "You were a warrior in challenges. The ironic twist of fate is, the day the decided to trust you was the day you turned on me."

Amanda asked Sandra about why her strategy was better. She admits it wasn't that good. "Had it been really good Russell wouldn't be sitting here," she said. "I spent my nights trying my hardest, [but] every time I went to the Heroes they never listened."

Courtney applauded Parvati for being "athletic as hell," but obviously focused on Sandra, her closest ally before she was eliminated. I bet she already decided her vote, but she asked Sandra to defend her loyalty anyway. "If I tell you I got your back, I got your back," Sandra said, "but if you win we need to split."

JT asks Russell about how he thinks he'll win this season. "I believe the jury is gonna respect my game play, especially the people who've played the game before," he said. JT then asked Parvati about her progress, where she insisted she had to work, unlike Sandra, who was so weak in challenges that nobody thought of voting her off.

Danielle's still bitter
about what Russell did, so she asks him if he'd consider changing his game, now that he's heard some of the jury speak. "Nobody respects the way you play the game!" she said. He said he won't change a thing. "That's too bad," she said.

Jerri's undecided on who to vote, so she merely asked the three about why she was voted out. "I felt that it would be a bad move for me to take you because you didn't do anything to anybody in the jury," Russell said, pretty much revealing that he wanted her on the jury. Jerri then told Sandra that she felt blindsided by the vote.

Candice also didn't ask any questions, and pretty much hinted that she'll vote for Sandra. "You told dirty lies, lies you don't need to tell," she told Russell. "Parvati, you played under Russell's thumb the whole time, like a spouse in a bad relationship. I wanted you to get out. I like you but I can't support that."

Rupert's mind was also made up, judging from what he told Russell. "It's hard to be a manipulative, deceiving and lying person," he said. "You took the easy way out. And if you think you should be proud, you're sadly mistaken." He admitted feeling bad not talking to Sandra more. He thinks Sandra and Parvati deserve to win because they worked for it.

Up next: It was a close one... or was it?