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I have watched Survivor since the beginning (missed a few seasons but not many) and that was without a doubt the most shocking moment in the history of the show. I am really glad that CBS didn’t try to build this episode up beforehand as ‘must-watch’ and I think they did a really good job of treating what Varner did and how it affected Zeke with respect. It got a little sanctimonious, especially for a show that hasn’t always treated its contestants with the proper respect, but it was a moving episode and left me feeling a little icky but not emotionally manipulated (which is a major contrast to say Adam’s experience of playing while his mom was dying of cancer). The show had a “moment” but didn’t try to capitalize on it, which is remarkable in this day an age, even if it shouldn’t be.

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