As far as the pardon, from what I understand the captain/head crew keep hold on it and the other crewmembers bid on it in a silent bid. They have to give the bids before the issuance of the black spot. At pirate council, the three elected to be sent adrift make their cases, the captain makes his/her case, and then they vote.Originally Posted by DoodleBug;2448157;
After this, the person who had the highest bid is announced, he/she has to pay the captain. The votes are read, and if the person who owns it is the one to be cut adrift, he or she is saved from that fate and the person who had the second most votes is cut adrift.
If the person does not need it, however, the person must sell it before the next black spot nominees (Meaning, it's wasted money if you buy it and don't use it. You can't keep it indefinitely).
My thoughts on this episode is that I like the idea of a royal pardon that you cannot keep. It's a gamble: Do I risk bidding and be out X amount of dollars or do I put myself at the risk of being cut adrift? It's not like "Survivor" where you can keep the hidden immunity idol until the final four. This is one idea I'd love to see happen elsewhere. It keeps them guessing, just like drawing lots for teams.
I like the premise of this show, as you do have to work, and it's not set up where one team can outplay another. You have to play based on your skills and wits as well as some strategy. It's nice to see people using their gold to try and buy trust, votes, etc. because it does make you question "Is money more important than your word?" or "Can money truly buy votes (etc)."
The cast for the most part seems likeable as well (in both the good and bad ways). I see Louie's idea about getting rid of Joe Don and why he put Azymuth up to be cut adrift. Joe Don did overstep his boundaries and while I do agree with him the captain should get paid more (he does have a bit more responsibility - assigning duties, people to get the black spot), I agree with Azymuth and Louie that the crew should get more than a tiny amount for what they help search for. It could be more like 15-20/10 (5 each)/rest of crew sted of 50/25 (12.5)/rest. Taking the lion's share as well as eating well in front of your crew who has had gruel or oatmeal is going to cause you problems.
Joe Don probably felt cocky when he sat down, even not needing it. He probably thought Azymuth got the votes. It was 4-3 Cheryl/Joe Don. Hopefully, he finds out and realizes there's a chance that he'll be the next to go.
I like Louie and Azymuth, but Louie did probably hurt himself showing he had a vengeful side. Jupiter is another favorite of mine, and I wish I'd see more of the other cast over this whole Joe Don, Jay, Louie stuff. I'd like to know a little more about Ben, Lauren and a few others in the show. (and, I totally agree with people about Louie... his features are very similar to Rupert. I like Louie a little more though... he does put his words into action without getting overly annoying.)
And, one more thing... I think Louie will keep all of JD's bid money because if he was unsuccessful getting rid of JD, he at least got some of the money that he had.