Funny 115 - The Third One
Worlds Apart - all season long
As a guy who does a lot of writing, one of the things
on Survivor that has always caught my ear is when a
player has a very distinct way of speaking. Or, even
when they have a distinct little verbal quirk (or two) that other
people don't ever seem to possess.
One great example of this is Sue
Hawk. She is a blast to write dialogue for because she has a
distinct way of conjugating her verbs.
fun one to write for is Tina Wesson. As my wife Diana likes
point out, Tina always says "whenever" when she really should be
saying "when." So when you're writing for Tina you wind up
her saying sentences like this:
And, of course, then there's Sandra, who has the best verbal quirk out
But it wasn't until season thirty - Worlds Apart - that we got maybe my
favorite Survivor wordsmith of them all.
Yep, that's right. It's time to meet the poet laureate from
New England that we know as Rodney.
question, Rodney Lavoie was my favorite character in Worlds Apart.
that's not an insignificant thing, either, considering that Worlds
Apart is my favorite season of the ten seasons on this countdown.
was basically my favorite character of my favorite season between
seasons 21-30. Which means that, from a dialogue perspective,
would rank him right up there with Sandra, Tina, Chris Daugherty, Judd,
and Sue. I would put him right up there with anyone
on the Survivor "They Have a Distinct Way of
Saying Things" Mount Rushmore.
Did somebody faht?
Why do I think that Rodney is such a fun character to listen to?
Ah, let me count the ways.
First off, we have the comical Boston accent. You can never
wrong when a player has a super extreme comical Boston accent.
Second of all, he likes to make analogies. Some of the
he comes up with make sense, and then again some of them don't.
But it never
deters him from still making them.
Don't worry, we'll talk more about Rodney's strange analogies in a
Thirdly, he's a motormouth. He never shuts up.
also speaks faster than just about any other player I have ever seen in
the history of Survivor. Which is awesome for two reasons.
It's awesome because A) it shows that he is actually a pretty smart
guy. People who talk that fast, from my experience, are
way smarter than they seem. It is also awesome because B) he
speaks so fast that, a lot of times, he winds up screwing up the
sentence and using a word he didn't mean to use. This is
my favorite little Rodney quirk because, as you will see below, he
makes up words because he is talking so fast and because his mouth gets
of his brain.
The little motormouth
Fourthly... actually... you know what? Rather than
explaining all his fun little verbal quirks, how about I just show them
to you. So here is a list I came up with. Here are
twenty five "Rodneyisms" that our friend Boston Rod came up with during
Survivor: Worlds Apart.
Get ready for this, this is going to be fun.
It's time for a big ol' heaping spoonful of Rodney Time.
THE TOP 25
"RODNEYISMS" DURING WORLDS APART
No babe, you're beautiful
#25. The Mike Tyson
is a great introduction to the way Rodney talks. From the
accent to the very-much-Rodney word choices, to the random sports
analogy at the end, this is why Rodney was one of the best narrators in
Survivor history. Say what you want about the
could spin a tale.
They think I'm blue till I die, I aint blue to nobody
I got my boys back home, I don't need no more friends.
What I need are zeroes in my bank account
They aint gonna see it comin'. I'm just waitin'
for my time, waitin' for my moment
And I'm gonna hit 'em with a Mike Tyson knockout punch.
Puttin' on his De Niro
That time when he convinced Mike he was just pretending
to bromance with Joaquin. That wasn't really a bromance, bro.
That was all acting.
"I'm actin', bro. I'm puttin' on my De Niro right
#23. The Realest
Dude That Plays This Fuckin' Game
Rodney goes on a rant after the episode 8 reward challenge.
"I keep it real, man. I'm the realest dude that
plays this fuckin' game, bro."
To which Jenn rebuts.
#22. I'm real, they're Steak-umms
Here is one the more memorable Rodney analogies. It's also
the first thing we ever hear him say in Worlds Apart.
I'm guessing he probably did not get an endorsement deal out of this.
look at me, they just think I'm a meathead.
But, it comes to
competition, I'm filet mignon and they're a bunch of Steak-umms.
Mike and Rodney's makeup sex
Episode seven. Because we all know that makeup sex
is the best.
"This is the makeup right heah"
"The makeup sex, brother."
#20. The Random
Michael Jackson reference
From episode four.
"Anything you do, you gotta be a smooth criminal like
Michael Jackson, baby."
Operation Hot Mother
From episode five. Rodney explains his love for his beloved
"My mother's sixty four but if you seen her you'd maybe hit
"That's how good she looks."
Hot Mother, Part Two
Rodney's feelings for his beloved mother are very complicated.
From episode thirteen.
"I can't even be with my mother for 24/7, maybe want to
wring her neck."
"And I love her to death."
Sierra enjoyed that one
and Sierra's Prime Time Story
Speaking of Sierra...
From episode seven.
#15. Me and Numbers are
"I felt extremely disrespected by these blues"
"So me and numbers are dunzo"
#14. Tip Top Toes
episode ten. The players have just received their letters
home. And Mike stirs up a bunch of drama around camp while
is trying to enjoy his letter.
is mad that Mike has ruined everyone's big moment. So he goes
a rant where he talks too fast and (as usual) he screws up an
"If this wasn't Survivor I'd go tip top toes with Mike."
"And battle it out with him like real men do in the streets."
#13. You better relax, bro!
Speaking of the classics...
"You better relax, bro!"
lot of people remember this quote. But what they don't
is that, to say it correctly, you also have to grab your balls.
Woulda Destroyed That Thing
one isn't technically a Rodney quote. But it is Shirin doing
impression of something Rodney would say. So the judges have
ruled that it counts.
From episode six.
The players are enjoying their picnic reward. As
usual, a picnic sans Rodney.
"Rodney's gonna be like, I woulda destroyed that thing!"
"I need the protein!"
As usual, Jenn rebuts.
"God, what a tool!"
#11. The Face Tattoo Girl
Well, we're back to Mike Tyson again.
Lindsey and Rodney get into a big argument.
Rodney takes exception to her cranial accessories.
"Lindsey, she looks like the female Mike Tyson out heah"
"I mean, who the hell gets a tattoo on their damn face
unless you got some serious problems."
#10. It's a wrap out heah
It's episode thirteen, and Rodney is starving. And then, lo
and behold, Dan goes out and he finds some melons.
This makes Rodney very happy.
Dan with melons
Rodney destroying the thing
Now that he finally has some calories in him...
"I'm ready to put the pedal to the metal to the end now."
"I mean, these watermelons that Dan found makin' Rodney feel
some type of way."
"And once I get feelin' like this and I'm back in my hustle
game, it's a wrap out heah."
Funday, rippin' shots
In which Rodney explains to Joaquin why the two of them are way more
fun than devout churchgoer Mike.
is where Rodney speaks too fast for his brain yet again and he screws
up a word. And yet, at the same time, he invents a new word.
Joe wins immunity at the end of episode eight
Rodney takes exception to this
"Joe won. All he does is win challenges."
"Like, he's the protocol typical All American White Boy.
Who wouldn't want him to win Survivor?"
#7. Redneck Horseshit
In the Worlds Apart finale, Mike forces a tie at the final four, and he
makes Rodney compete in a firemaking tiebreaker.
Rodney loses, and as you would expect from a paragon of the three C's
like Rodney, he takes it like a man.
"For this scumbag redneck to make me do a fire competition,
it's a bunch of horseshit."
"He's a scared little baby. He's a silly redneck."
"And he's gonna get what's comin' to him."
Spoiler: Mike never does get what's comin' to him.
A Reward That Will Fix Wishin'
is one of Rodney's most notorious Rodneyisms. And it is
because, in a challenge where one of the Blue Collars butchers a common
Survivor phrase, for some odd reason, this time it's not Dan.
What the fuck is this phrase supposed to be?
1 hour later. Neither tribe has managed to figure
This picture just makes me laugh. Yes, I'm sure
the word Jeff uses all the time is "shain't."
Rodney is completely stumped. What phrase does
Probst say all the time?
And then, suddenly...
You guys are dicks
It's episode one, and Rodney already can't stand Dan. And no,
it's not just because the guy keeps breaking the bamboo.
Dan pontificating about something. Already.
"The guy with the beahd, can't stand him. He's
"You know what I mean? So we need to get Harry
Pottah's grandfathah outta here."
I don't actually know which one Rodney was talking about, but the joke
works either way so take your pick:
"Your mother's a Dementor."
#4. Work hahd, play hahdah
Well you knew I couldn't resist this one.
This is Rodney's first speech to the other players on the
very first day.
move furniture, I move office stuff, I move jacuzzis, all the stuff
that the lazy people sitting at the desks don't wanna move."
"I'm a hahd workah it's what you see me, I'm jacked, that's
what I do."
"I work hahd, play hahdah."
Somewhere, Zoe Zanidakis heard that quote and she got very moist.
The original work hard, play hard girl
#3. I feel
like I'm Luc Longley, bro
This one is great.
It's episode seven, and Rodney is complaining that Mike broke their
alliance at the last vote.
Naturally, he goes for the most obscure sports analogy he could
possibly pull out.
Mike explaining why he didn't vote with Rodney last night
"I expected me and you to be Scottie Pippen and Michael
"Now I feel like I'm Luc Longley, bro."
I know there isn't a lot of crossover between "Funny 115
and "NBA fans", let me point out the reference here. Luc
was a slow, white, pudgy, obscure Australian player who played for the
Bulls in the mid 90's. He was never a star. In
hadn't heard his name in nearly twenty years before Rodney
it completely out of his ass in episode seven of Worlds Apart.
Luc Longley is absolutely, without a doubt, the most random
athlete that anyone has ever referenced on Survivor.
Only Rodney could have pulled a name like that out spontaneously in the
middle of an argument.
Who Rodney feels like right now
Chicken pahm and tuna fish
Here is one of the absolute best Rodney analogies.
It is episode four, and Rodney is explaining at Tribal
Council why he and Lindsey don't get along
And, of course, the #1 best Rodney-ism that he will always be
1. The Three C's
This is Rodney's mantra. His catchphrase.
The slogan around which he lives his whole life.
wonderful catchphrase, and an amazing way to live your life.
Rodney tells us this endlessly. In Survivor, he's
got to go back to his three C's.
The only problem?
Well the problem is that this is already a well known phrase in
American English, and he is simply saying it wrong.
Here is an even better explanation from an English usage website.
And so there you go. Rodney's trademarked, hashtagged,
catchphrase. And he isn't even saying it right.
Cool, calm, and coming for my head now. Sorry Rodney.
know what? I had so much fun coming up with my top
Rodneyisms, that here is a bonus one. Here is lucky number
This is where he rambles so much that he forgets what the question was
at Tribal Council.
Rodney Forgets the Question
This is from episode thirteen.
"Rodney, where is trust for you at this point in the game?"
"Uh, day thirty five, trust is... ah..."
"Trust is.. ah.."
"Honestly, hang on, lemme think."
"Um, I'm kinda like, outta my mind a little bit."
"Is this a sign of fatigue?"
"So your brain really has to work hard to try to form a
sentence, because you're just depleted?"
"When you have very limited food, sometimes that can affect
your decision makin'."
you're very fatigued and you go into an immunity challenge, and you
can't really perform 'cause your just head's* not there."
"It can get a little hahd on you, so..."
"What was the question again?"
* - note: He really does say his "just head's
not there." That's not a typo.
Okay that's it. I've had enough fun with poor Rodney.
Actually, I lied. I still have one more.
May God have mercy on me for posting this last one.
"I'm a big dude, I'm probably one of the biggest dudes out
One of the biggest dudes out here
Damnit, I knew I should have quit when I was ahead.
here's to Rodney Lavoie. My favorite character from my
season on this countdown. You may not love him yet, but
you will soon. Because he has at least two more entries
on this countdown.
Oh, and he also looks like Templeton from Charlotte's Web
is a great collection of Rodney's greatest moments from
Survivor: Worlds Apart. I love that even non Survivor fans
were amused by the legend that is Rodney.
Some of Rodney's interviews are just as good as his
confessionals. Check out some of these answers that he once
to Gordon Holmes:
Holmes: Your inspiration in life is a gentleman by the
name of Tom
Brady, quarterback for the New England Patriots. And, you refer to his
wife Gisele Bundchen as a “slampiece.” Could you do me a
favor and define the word, “slampiece”?
she’s a dimepiece!
Alright, the bio I was handed says, “slampiece.” What is a dimepiece?
You can be good looking, but you’ve got no personality. You’ve got no
gift for gab. But she’s a businesswoman, she’s a superstar, she’s a
model. And you can tell she’s not one of those trashy pigs who’s
sleeping with everyone. She’s with Tom Brady. She’s with the G.O.A.T.
Those two are like lamb and tuna fish. They’re grilled cheese and a
(expletive deleted) cup of (expletive deleted) joe.
dimepiece is the highest possible compliment. Where did “slampiece”
bio must be wrong. Brady, I ain’t calling your girl a slampiece.
Watch Brady’s a huge “Survivor” fan and is going to come after you.
(Laughs) Yeah, he’s like, “This (expletive deleted) kid!”
And don't forget this one:
you open to flirting to get ahead?
you look on the Internet, people who watch pornos…
There’s porn on the Internet?
(Laughs) That’s good. The number one thing you see is
(expletive deleted) their college professor. I banged my professor.
C’mon, Rodney. “Made love” to your professor. Let’s keep it classy.
(Laughs) She was awesome. She was a good girl. She took
care of me. She
calls me “The Italian Stallion.” I also banged my babysitter. Older
women love me for some reason.
Whoa…back up. Your babysitter? How old were you?
was like 17 or 18.
OK…so it wasn’t like you were literally in need of a babysitter at the
(Laughs) Yeah! It wasn’t like I was twelve.
The babysitter slayer
P.P.P.S. Okay, we'll let Joe have the last word on this
thanks to Vic Shuttee for the Brad Culpepper picture **