She proved to be a competent strategic player during the tribal phase of the game, founding the majority Gota Alliance and authoring multiple early blindsides. However, as the game progressed, Sherri's tactic of re-aligning herself with the dominant Stealth R Us alliance was perceived as a surrender of her strategic autonomy. She ultimately became the first Fan in a Fans vs. Favorites season to make it to the Final Tribal Council, though ultimately lost to John Cochran because of her role as a pawn.
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Name (Age): Sherri Biethman (41)
Tribe Designation: Gota
Current Residence: Boise, Idaho
Occupation: Fast Food Franchisee
Personal Claim to Fame: Finding the right diagnosis for my autistic son, Colby.
Inspiration in Life: My parents. My father ran his own business and taught me to work hard and make my own destiny. My mother taught me unconditional love and how to always be there for my children.
Hobbies: Shopping, Pilates and cycling.
Pet Peeves: Liars, clutter and anything dirty.
3 Words to Describe You: Lovable, sexy and unstoppable.
If You Could Have 3 Things on The Island What Would They Be and Why? Toothbrush, coffee and a computer with wifi.
Survivor Contestant You Are Most Like: Parvati – I have a strong personality and lots of charm. Some people will see that as a threat so I will have to get rid of them first.
Reason for Being on Survivor: I want to win and prove to myself that I can outplay the competition. Plus, I'm looking for an adventure. Just getting on Survivor is an incredible experience and a great example for my kids.
Why You Think You'll "Survive" Survivor: I'm social, hard working and easy to get along with.
Why You Think You Will Be the Sole Survivor: I am lovable and a natural leader. People are drawn to me and they will do what I want. Even when I vote them out they will still like me and vote for me in the end.
Sherri was placed on the Gota tribe at the beginning of the season, which consisted of "Fans". She immediately formed the Gota Alliance with Julia Landauer, Laura Alexander, Matt Bischoff, Michael Snow, and Shamar Thomas, to oppose the other four members of the tribe who had formed the Cool Kids Alliance. At Gota's first two Tribal Councils, Sherri's alliance took control, voting out Allie Pohevitz and Hope Driskill, two members of the rival alliance. However, on Day 10, Sherri would lose two of her own alliance members. Shamar got a piece of sand in his eye, then scratched his cornea, and ultimately needed to be medically evacuated. Also, after losing the Immunity Challenge, Sherri was pressured by Matt to vote out her closest ally, Laura, in order to keep the tribe strong.
At the Tribe Switch on Day 14, Sherri remained on Gota, but was separated from her entire alliance. During this time, Sherri attempted to bond with the original Bikal members, hoping to sway them into voting out Eddie Fox and Reynold Toepfer. Due to Gota's winning streak, Sherri made the merge on Day 20, joining the merged Enil Edam tribe. Noticing her dislike of Eddie and Reynold, Phillip Sheppard approached Sherri, and recruited her into his Stealth R Us. Sherri would then aid the alliance in voting out Corinne Kaplan and her former ally, Michael. Sherri was the main target of Corinne and Malcolm's alliance in the first merge boot, but survived 7 votes to 5, with Dawn betraying her friend Corinne after being told by Corinne of Corinne's plan to boot Phillip immediately after Sherri. She would remain safe the remainder of the merge, never being targeted, and only receiving 1 remaining vote until the end.
Following Phillip's elimination at a chaotic Tribal Council on Night 28, Malcolm Freberg tried to persuade Sherri into joining his alliance to vote out the remaining Stealth R Us members. However, Sherri stayed loyal and contributed to his elimination. She remained safe for the remaining Tribal Councils as the remaining players continued to target threats and finish off "The Three Amigos", ultimately making it to the Final Three along with Dawn Meehan and John Cochran. After being part of major blindsides of both Andrea Boehlke and Brenda Lowe, Sherri seemed to now be firmly set in a Final 3 alliance with Cochran and Dawn, and after Erik was medevaced, a Final Immunity Challenge win by Cochran set up the final boot of the lone remaining outside Eddie.
At the Final Tribal Council, Sherri was mostly ignored by the jury, and those who did address her believed that she had been carried to the finals after the merge. Most notably, Phillip "revoked" her membership with Stealth R Us, and Erik Reichenbach accused her of floating through the game, to which Sherri took great offense, resulting in a heated argument. Sherri received no jury votes, but ended up becoming the co-runner-up with Dawn.
|Sherri's Voting History|
| Voted Against|
|1||Gota Tribe Immune|
|5||Gota Tribe Immune|
|6||Gota Tribe Immune|
|7||Gota Tribe Immune|
|8||Corinne|| Corinne, Eddie, Malcolm,|
| Jury Votes|
|Co-Runner-Up, Day 39|
^1 In "There's Gonna Be Hell to Pay", the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Eddie, Hope, and Shamar, forcing a revote. Sherri did not change her vote on the revote.
^2 In "Zipping Over the Cuckoo's Nest", Eddie used a Hidden Immunity Idol, negating Sherri's vote against him.
^3 In "Come Over to the Dark Side", the vote ended with a 3-3-3 tie between Andrea, Malcolm, and Reynold, forcing a revote. Sherri voted for Malcolm on the revote.
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- Sherri was the oldest female on the Gota tribe and the only female not in her 20's to be on the tribe.
- Sherri is the first contestant from Idaho.
- In an interview, Sherri said that she named her autistic son Colby, after three-time Survivor contestant Colby Donaldson.
- Sherri is the only female Fan to make the merge in Caramoan.
- Sherri is the only Fan in Caramoan to receive no votes before the merge, if the vote Reynold Toepfer canceled out with his Hidden Immunity Idol is counted.
- Sherri is the highest-ranking Fan in Caramoan.
- Sherri is the only new player in a season with half of the cast of returnees and half newbies to reach the Final Tribal Council.
- She is the also the highest ranking new player in a newbies vs. returnees season, being tied for 2nd place.
- Sherri is the only player to have to go up the ladder a second time during the "Smash and Grab" challenge to retrieve her key after missing the first time.
- Sherri is the only female in Caramoan to reach the jury stage of the game and not win at least one individual Immunity Challenge.
- According to Dawn Meehan in an interview, both her and Sherri's total winnings were $92,500 respectively. Dawn said that this was the result of combining the 2nd and 3rd place winnings.
|Survivor: Caramoan Castaways|