There is a difference between Brenda voting out Andrea, and Dawn voting out Brenda.
Dawn leaned on Brenda for SO much! Brenda found her teeth lol, Brenda was the one constantly consoling the ever crying Dawn, Brenda gave immunity to Dawn because she felt safe. The list goes on. Basically, if it weren't for Brenda, Dawn would have left the game awhile ago on her own accord. The same can not be said for the relationship between Brenda and Andrea. Dawn totally stabbed Brenda in the back and she was happy to do so even. Not an ounce of questioning the move whatsoever. I am on team Brenda on this one. Dawn is a cry baby, bitch this season. Can't stand her.
Strategic or not, Dawn's true colors are flying high and man are they ugly.
People can win and keep their morals in tact for the most part... Tina. Ethan. Tom. JT for sure did as he got a unanimous vote to win hehe. Obviously one has to vote out everyone else in order to win, but there are gracious ways of doing so. Dawn hasn't figured that out.
Actually it is about finding friends to some degree. Friends are more likely to vote for you at the final TC. I just don't see Dawn winning the million dollars at this point.
One thing I keep trying to remember: we don't see everything that happens. We don't know if Dawn provided more support for Brenda than what we've seen, and we don't know if Dawn cried at other times. There's a lot we don't know because the editors are weaving a story.
I don't have a problem with Cochran going after Brenda because Brenda was going after him. I'd feel the same if it was the other way around.
I would imagine Dawn anguished over the decision (remember they don't show us every time Dawn cries!)....I think these "betrayal" situations are very hard for her, one reason she's such a mess---but by Brenda proposing to her that they oust Cochran she was going to have to betray someone, Cochran or Brenda. Brenda is proposing that they get rid of Cochran and then no doubt Sherri, leaving Dawn the weakest (physically) player there...not good odds for Dawn to get into the F3. Her real loyalty is to her family,as she's said all along---she's here to win money for them---not to be a foil to make it easy for Brenda to win.
I understand that Brenda was hurt, but it is rare that a final 4 group holds together until the end (as they did last season, when Malcolm went out at F4), much less a final 5 or 6. And it was NOT Dawn or Cochran who proposed breaking up the group before Eddie was out, it was first Andrea and then Brenda. It wasn't that Dawn didn't feel some loyalty to Brenda, it's that she had closer ties to Cochran. So, I have to say, it appears to have been Brenda's own fault that she left when she did. I'm not saying that she wasn't right to try to get out Cochran, but she can't complain about being blindsided when she was plotting the same, if only a bit further down the pike.
Also, I would note, that we saw Brenda leaning on Dawn as well...it wasn't a one way street.
BTW - they weren't in a F4 situation yet, they were in a F5, with Eddie being the one that was supposed to be on the outside.
On a completely different note - did ya'll notice that Reynold's stache was gone? LOL He said that he wore it to be funny the first time because he thought it was hysterical looking. LOL
Brenda wasn't blindsided because she was nice, she was blindsided because she was a challenge beast and was trying to shore up Erik and Eddie into a voting block to take out Cochran.
When you know you have one more endurance challenge before the end, you take out the person most likely to win it. When you see a challenge of another three person alliance, you break it up.
Cochran's Mom was right...if Brenda had stayed, she would have won. Strategically, her niceness played well with the Jury and as a challenge beast, she would be wearing another immunity idol. This was the last chance to for Cochran to shore up his own alliance and take out his greatest competitor.
(Brenda did say in the Ponderosa clip that being nice was a strategy for her this time.)
I watched the newest Ponderosa clip and I don't think many of them will be voting for Dawn if she makes F3.
I think it will be interesting if somehow Eddie makes it to F3. I think he could win. He was not part of the stealth-r-us, didn't screw anybody over, didn't make anyone mad at him, plus his amigos are all on the jury.
Anyway, whoever makes F3, it should be very interesting!