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Viewers cringed when Stacey of the summer TV hit “Survivor” stuffed two live beetle larvae into her mouth. Her colleauges at Brobeck, Phleger & Harrison had a far more visceral reaction. “I’m embarrassed to admit it,” says partner Christopher Vejnoska, “but I was rooting for her to eat the bugs.” Stacey Stillman is a second-year corporate associate at the San Francisco firm — and one of the 16 people on the CBS show. The network plopped them on an island in Malaysia for 39 days and rolled tape. The show’s producers then created 13 one-hour shows. A castaway is voted off the show by his peers every few days, and the winner gets $1 million. Stacey’s decision to go on the show raised some eyebrows. “My first reaction was, ‘You’re going to do what?’ ” Vejnoska says. Now he’s hooked. “ It’s this combination of Gilligan’s Island meets Lord of the Flies with this Jerry Springer element.” Besides Stacey, more than 6,000 people sent in audition tapes. “She submitted a very funny, very self-deprecating videotape that had people in her law firm saying she wouldn’t last on the island,” says Mark Burnett, the executive producer. Humor wasn’t her only asset. “She’s pretty,” he adds. But humor and good looks only got Stacey so far. She was voted off the island in the third episode. “People tend not to like lawyers,” Burnett says. Before the long trip back to San Francisco, Stillman spent a week in a hotel — eating only food that wasn’t moving.

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