Polynesian Pete Report - Episode Twelve
Just how much is a bazillion?
The Polynesian Pete Report is a weekly look at the political intrigue and alliance related trends occurring in the Alinta tribe. Who is wheeling? Who is dealing? And of course, who is reeling?
Well, we are down to the final five, and despite MBís efforts to fool us in the previews, I expect the next boot will be Julie. However, if Chris and Julie do have some kind of actual agreement, then they may choose to rope in Eliza and go after Scout or Twila. I just donít think that would be a wise move for Chris or Eliza though, as Twila and Scout do indeed make a far better final four combo. This week we change formats, and will look at some key questions:
Was booting Amy the right choice?
Yes, definitely. She is a strong player, and an influential one. Twila and Scout toppled her world, but Chris and Eliza were there too, and the longer you keep Ami around, the more time she has to stir up trouble, especially when it gets down to five players. Despite the editing, I really had no doubt that Eliza was going to boot Ami. I think she had already considered the backlash that would soon follow that vote.
I found it somewhat ironic that Ami tried to claim loyalty, and play the ďI saved you a bazillion timesĒ card when she was put in the position she was in due to her own desire to break the pact and go after Eliza.
Why then all the female bonding and apologies to Ami?
First, I am sure she actually does feel bad. It is not like Scout and Twila have treated her with anything but disdain up until the day they needed her vote. Eliza is young, constantly talking, and probably a bit flaky, this is true, however, the major mistake I think the players are making here is assuming Eliza is not smart and needs to be led on in the game. I donít think that is the case. I believe she weighed her options fully here, and would have been more than happy to jump again if she felt it would make her case to the finals easier. Whatever her other faults may be, she is playing a clearheaded game and is not purely driven by emotion, which is the trap Twila and Ami have fallen into, and probably Scout too.
Given all that, I think Elizaís discussions with Ami were far more nefarious in nature. Eliza must know at this point she has an excellent chance of making the finals. First, if they dump Julie this week, then you can argue she is the strongest physical threat left in the game for the endurance immunity challenge. Secondly, given she has been on the block for eviction throughout the entire game, and I feel many folks will think she is a good choice to take to the final two.
What would it take for Julie to save herself?
She has to win immunity.
Now, if Julie wants to start playing the game again, she would do well to think about driving a wedge between Twila and Eliza. With five left, she only has to split off one of the enemy to continue on in the game.
She would do well to try to get in good with Scout and Twila. We already know Scout and Eliza are not best buddies, and now the previews say that Twila and Eliza are not going to get along. Julie has her opportunities, but her problem is getting back into the game and playing politics. This episode Twila and Scout were openly talking about going after Ami and worrying about Elizaís loyalty. They had this discussion right in front of Julie. That is just not wise on the part of Scout and Twila. However, Julie didnít even get involved. At a minimum a smart player would see the implications of what was unfolding and began the process of trying to save her own skin. Instead she seemed to just sit there. She has no such luxury this week.
Why is Chris still here?
The same question that Jeff had at tribal, and it is a good one. The irony of this season is that Chris was easily the best Survivor player of the men who went to Vanuatu. However, he avoided early boot when he completely failed in the first immunity challenge, and then later somehow survived the testosterone purge led by Ami. In this case he had to do nothing but wait for the game to come to him. In fact, he is my second choice for the final two now, and I think it is time to prepare for the possibility of Eliza/Chris at the end, but all he has done is let the ladies kill each other.
Should Twila feel guilty about her promise?
Of course not. After all, she didnít claim her son was dead or some JFP comment like that. No, she merely lied, as has everyone there, and everyone who makes it far in Survivor. I am really sick and tired of people trying to claim they played the game with integrity. Please. Twila is not in Vanuatu to earn Amiís respect. She is there to win, and while her comments back at Ami during tribal council were just as vindictive as Amiís, they were right on point. She out played Ami, and that is the point of the game.
Lying to get ahead of the game is nothing new, and outwit is in the freaking logo of the show, so no one should feel guilty about it. That doesnít mean though that she has a free pass here. The most intriguing part of the game is that you could be the best player remaining, but if you anger the jury then you could lose anyhow. Twila needs to watch her attitude, and telling Ami ďscrew youĒ might have been many of our sentiments at home, but it is not good game play at all, and should she make the final two, she could pay a heavy price in votes for it.
Why is Scout still here?
Thatís the better question Jeff should have asked. My answer?
Damned if I know.
Seriously though, I think she has been good at nurturing alliances for her purposes, and staying out of the firing line. Ami tried to turn the crosshairs on Scout, but it was too little, too late. That is how the game should be played. All that said, she needs to go, and fast. Were she actually able to make the finals, she would end up being the most undeserving winner ever in this game, in my opinion of course, and there is some esteemed company in that group, starting with Vecepia.
I suspect though that all of the remaining players know they cannot risk keeping her around, and if Julie is gone this week, then I expect Scout to go the following .
We are almost done
This has been largely a snooze fest of a season, not withstanding the last couple shows. I am hopeful the final five keep scheming, and perhaps there is yet another twist or two to be had.
I Guess That Didnít Work
Ami did try to stir things up before her boot. I also think she successfully targeted the one person who would be receptive to a move. However, it is telling that she had no active allies (Julie tried to hide during the entire episode) left. Ami obviously lost the game the week before when Leann left, and given little hope, she tried and failed.
Ami was a strong player both physically and mentally. She continued to fight right up to the end. I have a lot of respect for her game play. All that said, I was appalled with her departure. Rather than accepting that she was outmaneuvered . . . rather than admitting she herself was getting ready to backstab Eliza, so claiming the ethical high ground would be seen as a bit silly . . . rather than continuing to follow through on the boot of Chris . . . she deluded herself into thinking she played a clean game, and was somehow wronged by Twila.
She reminded me of Lex who foolishly gave into Rahbís request to keep Amber around, and predictably was backstabbed later for it. Lex was mad too, but even he didnít say he wanted to drown his opponent. I was hoping she would accept her own misplays for the reason she was leaving. That didnít happen, and her exit speech was one of the most embarrassing we have seen yet.
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