The Funny 115 - The Third One

#22. Listen to the Woman
Worlds Apart - All Season Long

It's the fourth episode of Survivor: Worlds Apart.

And the blue collar tribe has just lost their first immunity challenge.


Which means, for the first time ever, the most progressive tribe in Survivor history will have to vote out one of their own.

Sadly, Obama is about to take 17% of them

And in the lead up to their first Tribal Council, we get an interesting look at the gender dynamics among the blue collars.

As usual, it all starts with the Rosa Parks of gender discussion, Rodney

Sit back and enjoy the carnage.

"Girls need to hold themselves to a higher standard than guys."

What the fuck? No we don't.

Men are all dogs. You girls need to be ladies.


You're fucking insane, Rodney

"Rodney, there's so much wrong with you."

This is just the way the world works, ladies, you just gotta deal with it

This goes on for a while...

"This is what's wrong with so many relationships."

"Guys think they have the right to do things that a woman can't."

"I look at someone like that and I'm like, who raised you?"

"What kind of woman would raise a man to think that?"

And then it keeps going on for a while...

"Is that how your mom raised you?"

"Your attitude SUCKS."

Also, rom-coms aren't funny

"That's ridiculous."

And... well... suffice it to say, there's a bit of a divide between the men and the women on this tribe.

And then Rodney simply whips it out

And so here we are on Day 11. The day of the first Blue Collar Tribal Council.

Because of the division between the men (Rodney) and the women, tensions are high.

But luckily, there happens to be ONE member of the tribe who happens to be a international scholar of gender relations. And he's about to step in and make things all better.

You might know him as Dr. Dantavius Foley, Ph.D., WGS

Known in academia as "The Danimal"

See, Dano has been studying intergender relations for most of his life. And he has a pretty keen grasp on the differences between how to deal with a man versus how to deal with a woman.

And he sits down to explain this to us in a helpful confessional.

"There's two ways to listen to people in this world."

"You can listen like a guy. Or you can listen like a girl."

"When you listen like a guy, you try to solve the problem."

"Because that's what we do. We wanna fix things."

"When you listen like a girl, you empathize."

"You just nod your head, and agree."

"You just smile and nod."

"Yes, dear. I understand. You're right."

So Dan lays it out there in black and white as to how you are supposed to negotiate with a woman.

You don't argue with a woman, the way that Rodney does. You don't antagonize them. What you do instead is you just smile and nod. And you listen.

You agree with them, and let them know they are right. That's the proper way to get on good terms with a woman.

Either that, or you just give them their hat


Oh like you're ever getting invited back again

So anyway, with Dan's expertise on how to interact with a woman, we then watch him go out with Lindsey, and he shows us how it's supposed to be done.

"Lindsey, let me tell you a little about the Fallopian tubes."

Just kidding.

At this point, the good doctor is actually (surprisingly) pretty good at it.

Lindsey and Dan go out for a walk, and Dan basically just nods and empathizes and listens

"Rodney's my vote. He doesn't have morals."

"He has absolutely no respect for women."

You're right. I totally agree.

We have to vote out Rodney, he's killing our tribe

"I completely agree. I think that is the best way to go."

So you agree that Rodney's the problem?

"I can't disagree with you. I really can't."

In other words...

Yes, dear. I understand. You're right.

The girl whisperer

Lindsey, of course, is completely won over by this empathy. Because Dan has managed to work his intergender magic all over her.

Thank you, large mountain man. I feel valued by you.

And Dan, of course, just sits back later and he laughs about it.

Because he knows how good he is at this stuff.

In a way, he feels it's almost not fair.

"I am soooo much smarter than I look."

Naturally, you can probably guess what happens next.

"Tonight, it's going to be bye bye Lindsey," Dan announces

Then we go to Tribal Council. Where it is indeed bye bye Lindsey.

As the evil version of Emile Durkheim simply sits back and laughs

So Tribal Council starts. As expected, it's basically all of the women against Rodney.

"I don't get along with Lindsey."

Something something chicken pahm and tuna fish

"The way Rodney talks about women is so demeaning."

"I do get frustrated with Rodney, like SHUT UP."

Rodney doubles down on his opinions, of course. Because he's Rodney.

"Women should hold themselves to a higher standard."

"They should respect themselves."

"Cause that's how my mother did."

And the facial reactions to Rodney doubling down are just very telling.

Rodney, fuck you

Holy crap Rodney

Are you nuts, Rodney?



Although the greatest reaction of all comes from the esteemed Dr. Dantavius.

Who knows he's soooo much smarter than that little street hooligan, Rodney 

And that's why he'll never take a hit for being sexist like this

At the end of the night, of course it's bye bye Lindsey.

Which Dan literally jizzes over

And chapter one in Dan's book of gender mastery is officially over.

You're right, I agree with that.

And thennnnnnnn... unfortunately for the good doctor.... we move on to chapter two.

Where everything sort of falls apart on him.

See, Sierra is upset about what just happened at Tribal Council tonight

She's angry that the guys claimed to be with the women, and then they all teamed up to vote out Lindsey

She doesn't feel that the tribe has any unity anymore

And here comes one of the greatest Dr. Dan moments of them all.

Like the great Frank Costanza, he calls for an airing of grievances

Much to Karishma's delight, he calls for a Festivus

Dan suggests they they all go around in a circle, and everyone talks about what they are angry about.

Naturally, he'll start

And what is Dan's first grievance with the blue collars? About why the tribe might not be feeling so unified right now?

Sierra, it's because you suck

No, seriously. This is his exact argument. He tries to cheer Sierra up by pointing out how terrible she is.

That's literally what he does.

"The first puzzle challenge, you couldn't do it. You stepped out."

"The second challenge in the water, you nearly killed Mike and I."

"Because you missed so many shots."

Oh god. Kill me now.

I bet you don't even know about the Fallopian tubes

So anyway, Dr. Phil continues his little lecture for a while. And then he concludes it with, basically...

We all look at you as an asset

You just suck

And this is why you don't hold a Festivus right after Tribal Council. 

Oh, and what is Sierra's reaction to hearing Dan's grievances with her?

"It's really hard to hear that little bit that I'm an asset, but I have all these other flaws."

"I don't disagree with that."

Okay, so at this point, Sierra is pissed. And Dan doesn't really get why.

Despite all his years of gender studies, and gender relation mastery, somehow Sierra has managed to become upset with him.

This isn't the way that men and women usually interact, and the whole thing puzzles him

And so here we go. The long, painful saga of Dan attempting to apologize to her.

In my opinion, this is probably the funniest part of the season. This is exactly why I love Worlds Apart so much.

Mike pulls Dan aside the next morning, and he yells at him for being an idiot.

You moron. We NEED Sierra. We need to reel her back in.

(yelling in hoarse) SHUT YOUR MOUTH AND APOLOGIZE!

And this, of course, is where we get part two of Dan's lecture on how you interact with a woman.

It's the exact same lecture that we heard a couple of days ago. When you're talking to a woman, you simply nod your head, you listen, and you tell her she's right.

Mike doesn't know this, but the good doctor has already written many books about this.

"I'll take her for a walk, and I'll listen like a woman."

"I'll tell her, I was upset. And I'm sorry."

Okay, so far, so good.

But then, for some reason, Dan decides to improvise a little on this particular apology.

He decides to add on a little coda at the end.

"I'll tell her I'm sorry, and then I'll try to explain..."

Mike IMMEDIATELY sees where Dan is going, and he attempts to shut that shit down.

"From my personal experience with women, they don't want the explanation."

"They just wanna hear you're sorry."

Again, I should point out that this is almost EXACTLY what Dan said in his earlier confessional. That women don't want an explanation. They just want the apology. They just want to be heard. Mike is saying exactly what Dan did earlier, ALMOST WORD FOR WORD.

Also, I suggest watching the movie White Men Can't Jump

So Dan says he's going to apologize. And then he's going to give an explanation. And Mike says no, fuck that, don't do that. Just give the damn apology and shut up.

(still yelling in hoarse) JUST KEEP IT SIMPLE, DONT PISS HER OFF!

Dan, of course, who is a master of male/female relations, is a little annoyed by this.

I mean, how daaaaaaaaaare some young whippersnapper like Mike try to give him advice.

This leads to one of my favorite overly dramatic confessionals of the season.

"Dude, you're HALF. My AGE."

"I have talked to sooooooo many more girls than you have, it's silly."

"Dude. Dude. I got Sierra."

"I got this."

So let's watch as Dan's... uh... "got this."

Dan goes back to Sierra, and as planned, he lets her yell at him for a while

I'm a bad boy. I'm a very bad boy.

Dan, you're an asswipe

"I don't disagree with you."

"I own that."

So far, so good. So far he's doing exactly what the great Doctor Dantavius eventual winner Mike has suggested. He is simply listening and apologizing.

Happy Dance

But uh oh.

Then Dan goes off book.

Then he starts trying to explain things to her.

"But what hurt me was, you attacked me."

You didn't think of my needs

Wait, what?

Then he escalates it from an explanation into a full blown argument.

"What we did was exactly the same."

"Yet yours was more of a slight than mine?"

"We both said some pretty not nice things to each other."

Dan, no!

That is NOT how you apologize!

And... uh... have you ever seen the movie A Fish Called Wanda? Ever seen the scene where Kevin Kline is supposed to apologize to John Cleese? But he winds up beating him up and kicking him in the stomach instead?

This scene is kind of like that.


In any case, Sierra is NOT satisfied with Dan's apology. And she immediately gives him a negative Yelp review.

"If you're sorry, you don't go into an apology saying I'm sorry I made you feel that way."

"But you did it to me, so like that's why."

"It was THE crappiest apology I've ever received in my life."

So that's Dan's first attempt at apologizing to Sierra.

But guess what, he's going to try it again!

Here's Dan's second, and even more hilariously bad, attempt at trying to listen to the woman and apologize.

It's episode six now. And Sierra is even MORE mad at Dan now for being a douchebag.

Mike suggests that Dan go try to win her back over

Is Mike just a sadist at this point? Does Mike just like comedy? I don't know.

All I know is that he suggests Dan try to win her back over again.

Which leads to this hilarious exchange.

"Dan, she's still mad at you. She hates you."

"And I've done nothing but grovel."

Dan, groveling

And so here we go. Episode six.

Dan's second, even more spectacularly crash and burny attempt at an apology.

"Sierra and I hit a rough patch."

"I blew it. Hands down. I screwed up."

"And now we need to bring her back into the fold."

So Dan meets up with Mike and Sierra down in the lagoon.

Yes, I peed in the water. I don't disagree with that.

And he begins his second little apology session.

Like a cat eyeing a fresh ball of yarn

Apologize away, Dan.

"Listen, I screwed up."

"And I wanna earn your trust back."

Okay. Please continue.

And how exactly does he earn her trust back?

Well he starts with the finger pointing

"We all have to vote for Joaquin tonight."


"Just close your mouth. Open your ears."

"And just watch what happens."

And that, my friends, is how you apologize.


Dear god

So that's Dan trying to apologize to a woman.

It, uh, never went well.

So Shirin, that's why you're going to hell

But what makes this entry especially awesome is the ending.

See, there's a moment at the end of Worlds Apart that I don't think everyone appreciates. Which is a shame, because it's an absolute perfect capper for the Shakespearean downfall of Dr. Dantavius Foley. Noted gender scholar.

And also, Worlds Apart punching bag

This is one of those moments that I feel should really turn you around on Dan as a legendary Survivor character.

I hope you enjoy it.

So it's the finale now, and Dan is PISSED

He's furious that Mike is up there as a finalist, and he's not

Thinks Mike has a lot of unmitigated gall

And here comes the punchline to Dan's entire Survivor storyline.

Dan comes down to speak as a juror, and he only addresses Mike

As usual, he is his over-the-top, overly dramatic self

"Mike. Ohhhhhh Mike."

"Colby Donaldson proved that just because you win immunities..."

"... doesn't mean you get to win this game."

"You gotta get to the end with the right people."

"And you gotta put the right people on the jury."

Pause for dramatic effect.

And then...

"Mike, you didn't care about the jury."

"All you cared about was makin' it to the end."

"Well let me tell you, brotha..."

"Ya damn well better care about us tonight."

"Cause there's no necklace gonna save your ass tonight."

Then Dan climbs back up into the jury box.

And he shoots Mike a look of pure rage and hatred and anger.

I'm not your brother anymore, brotha

And this, of course, is where we get the highlight of Dan's entire storyline.

"Can I say one thing to Dan-o?"


Dan just sits there. And listens. And seethes.

I wish Obama would kick 100% of your ass

As Mike does the ONE thing that both Dan and Mike have suggested you do to a woman all season.

You listen.

And you empathize.

And you apologize.

"My biggest regret in this game is losing your trust."

"At the auction, goin' back on my word."

"Put a wedge in between us that I was unable to repair."

"And I'm truly sorry for that."

"This goes beyond gameplay right now."

"Like I hope that you and I can be friends."

"But if not, I wanted to say in front of everyone..."

"That I apologize to you publicly for going back on my word."

And how does Dan react to Mike treating him like a woman? And using Dan's own suggestions for gender relations against him?

"Can I go back up there for a second?"


The master of gender fluidity goes right back down to the speaking spot

"That is... the most genuine thing..."

"That you have said to me since the auction."

"You have danced, you have skirted, you have dodged what you did."



"Was real."

Yes, dear. I understand. You're right.

"And for THAT, I am grateful."

And guess who Dan winds up voting for in the end?

All because he treated Dan like a woman.

And he listened.

And apologized.

And because I brought you your hat


 (yelling in hoarse) "I AM SOOOO MUCH SMARTER THAN I LOOK!"

*Thank you to Cory Gage for the Reem/FUBC picture

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