Funny 115 - version 2.0
mean... my ASS!!
Fans vs. Favorites - episode 5
There are a lot of funny running subplots in Survivor history, but for
my money one of the funniest and most underrated ones is the
running rivalry between Jonathan Penner and Jeff Probst.
There will be blood
I love the most about the Penner-Probst rivalry is the fact
it's so unique. At no other point in Survivor history have we
ever had a player who is constantly trying to bitch out the rules of
the game and the host. Nope. Nearly every other
twenty seasons will just go along with the rules and do whatever Probst
or the producers tell them to do. Even if things aren't
necessarily going their way.
But Jonathan Penner?
Nope. Jonathan Penner isn't like that at all.
Jonathan Penner is upset with something, he is going to bitch about it.
And he is particularly going to bitch about it to Jeff
And he is going to be very LOUD about it. Which can
some incredibly funny scenes, like the one that comes it at #76 on the
It's episode five of Fans vs. Favorites, and Jeff Probst explains the
rules of the challenge
tribe has four ceramic tiles they have to smash with rocks.
tribe to smash all four of their tiles, collect the puzzle pieces that
drop underneath, and then solve a puzzle, wins immunity.
Penner already hates this challenge
Survivors, ready and... go!
Ozzy smashes the first tile for Malakal!
Tracy smashes the second tile for Malakal!
Jonathan smashes the first time for Airai. Now Airai is on
So far things are looking good. But... uh oh.
Because that's when the wheels start to come off for Penner and the
hits a tile for Airai, but he doesn't hit it good enough.
of smashing all the way through, now he is left with a dangler.
"James smashes a tile, but not enough!"
And, yep. Here it comes. Now Penner gets annoyed
and starts going into Penner mode.
"Awww that SUCKS. Come on!"
"You have to obliterate that tile to get the rope to drop!"
hits another tile for Airai, only she hits it too softly just like
James. This time the rock just bounces harmlessly off.
hits another tile for Airai, and just like before, he doesn't hit it
hard enough. It just becomes another dangler like the first
Eliza reacts in horror
So does Chad
"James breaks another tile, but it does not drop!"
And now the shit officially starts to hit the fan.
Malakal finally breaks their fourth and final tile, and they start
reeling in their puzzle pieces
Penner's reaction on the other side?
"Bulllll! We say bull! Bulllll!
should know better, since Jonathan does this at pretty much every
challenge. But for some reason this time he can't resist.
"Penner... you got the same tiles, the same ropes."
And now comes the best part.
Out of spite more than anything, Penner walks up and tries to break the
third Airai tile.
His hits the tile, but his rock bounces harmlessly off
The classic reaction shot
he turns away. And then (as James is cracking up at his
frustration) Penner yells out, loud enough for people back in the
Ponderosa to hear...
"I mean... MY ASS!!!!!
Parvati starts laughing, she can't believe it
James is dying
Jeff should probably know better, but he can't resist. After
fifty-two challenge protests in a row, Jonathan is officially getting
under his skin now.
"Airai, you need to stop bitching and start throwing."
Penner retorts: "Just hitting them as hard as we can, Jeff."
love this challenge. In fact I love just about every single
moment of the Probst-Penner rivalry. Pretty much every single
time the two of them appear in a scene together, either Penner will be
yelling at Probst, or vice versa. It's unbelievable.
time you turn around, it seems like one of them is getting bitched out
by the other one.
In fact-- spoiler alert-- this isn't even the
best Penner-Probst rivalry moment on the Funny 115. There is
another one from Cook Islands that I like even more, and we
be talking about much later.
However, if you have ever wanted to
see a grown man scream "My ASS!!!!", and if you have ever wanted proof
(outside the bathroom) why danglers are horrible and annoying, all you
have to do is watch the immunity challenge in episode five of Survivor:
Fans vs Favorites.
Now say it with me one last time, Mr. Penner:
P.S. Oh yeah, and the best thing about this challenge?
Airai comes back to win.