The Funny 115 - version 2.0

#88.   If Ozzy proposes?  Done deal.
Fans vs. Favorites - episode 7

You know, there have been a lot of funny characters and funny narrators over 21 seasons of Survivor, but if there is one character who I think is horribly underrated in this regard, it is Cirie.  

"A gangsta in a Oprah suit"

I don't know about you, but I find myself laughing (or at least smiling) at just about everything that comes out of Cirie's mouth.  And she doesn't even have to be telling a joke either.  Cirie has such a clever way with words, and she is such a naturally gifted speaker and storyteller, and she is so good at pointing out the ridiculousness around her, that she can just sit there and giggle and comment on whatever is going on in the game, and even if it's not all that inherently funny, it can still come off like it's the funniest thing in the world.

They key, of course, is the giggle.  Nearly every Cirie confessional ends with "The Giggle."

You know the one I am talking about.

So anyway, take one of the funniest storytellers in Survivor history (Cirie), take one of the most awkwardly goofy subplots in Survivor history (Erik's man-crush on Ozzy in Fans vs Favorites), and you get the very Cirielicious #88 entry on the Funny 115.   To this day, this is one of my all time favorite Survivor quotes.

Ozzy Lusth - one of the two godlike players in Micronesia

The other

It's the seventh episode of Fans vs. Favorites, and naive ice cream scooper/shorts model Erik Reichenbach has just recently been put on the same tribe as his favorite player in Survivor history, Ozzy.  

And, well, needless to say, for a fan as big as Erik, this is very exciting.


Ozzy and Erik wind up on the Malakal tribe together, and at the start of episode seven we get scene after scene showing Erik's total man crush on Ozzy, and how he is utterly just in awe of the guy.

Erik watches Ozzy climb a coconut tree

Erik admires shirtless Ozzy at the reward dinner

Erik studies how Ozzy is just able to be awesome

Mmmmmm.... Ozzy......

By the way, want to see a subtle way the editors try to tell a funny storyline in Survivor?  Did you ever catch this subtle transition before?

Back to back shots of Ozzy and Erik eating a banana

Cirie sure caught the back to back banana shots.  You better believe it.

*insert the Cirie giggle*

So anyway, Erik is totally mesmerized by his new relationship with Ozzy, and here's Cirie off to the side, noticing it and (like usual) taking it all in.  Cirie really doesn't miss much when it comes to the game.

Cirie giggling as she points out Erik's man-crush to Amanda

"Ozzy is amazing.  I honestly like Ozzy, he is an awesome guy."


 "And I wanna learn, I wanna grow, I wanna go outside the small scope that I've lived in, and just see a lot more of the world."


"And everybody thinks that Ozzy is like the Wonder Kid, or whatever, and I was like, I can do that.  I can climb a coconut tree too."

And now we come to the scene that makes the Funny 115.

Erik decides he is going to climb a coconut tree, just like his idol, Ozzy.

As Master Ozzy watches and instructs

Cirie sits down to watch this with Ami

And then Cirie sits down to give us a typically awesome Cirie confessional.

"Erik and Ozzy are like the Lion King.  The father when he was teaching the cub.  And you can just see, like, stars..."

"Whenever he says Ozzy's name, like star dust comes out of his mouth."  

"Erik is just like, (reverential) Ozzzzyyyyy."

And then comes the big finisher...

"I think if Ozzy was to propose marriage to Erik, right now?"

"Done deal."

One of the single best confessionals in Survivor history.  

And that might not even be the best Cirie confessional.

You'll see more of me later.  A lot more.

P.S.  Here's a great quote about this entry from a reader named Joe Coombs:  "You should also point out that while Erik is drooling over Ozzy at the reward, Amanda and Ami are both topless in the shower.  But Erik is still just like, Ozzy is soooooo amazing."

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