Brandon is freaking nuts.
I do seriously think there is something wrong with him, bipolar, manic depressive, something besides the anger management issues he has. Unfortunately he has reproduced so this particular DNA will continue. How sad.
Oh, Reynolds just confirmed my suspicions that he is a douche bag.
First, I should say I don't hit the 'like' button unless I really agree strongly with a post, and it doesn't happen often, but I think I've hit it about 12 times in this thread alone. I think most people have called it well on Brandon and Phillip, so I just have a couple of little things to add. :lol
I agree that Jeff was diffusing the situation and did a good job of it, but there was a little part of me that was wondering if he wasn't enjoying this moment just a little too much. He knew it would be a big 'moment' in the show, and though reality shows are meant for us to see how different people react in different situations, I think when it comes to mentally ill people, enough is enough.
Second, I agree that Reynolds is a complete douche bag. Nothing else to say, that's it in a nutshell.
My main concern is that Brandon cares very much what other people think of him. How much will he want to get help if he knows the whole world has pinned him as a crazy guy? Will he just give up and say it doesn't matter, because the whole world will never see him any other way? It's too bad. Kid never had a chance growing up a Hantz, and thanks to Survivor, I'm afraid he never will.
I'm hoping this was a joke! It kind of bothers me that much because the Hantz family problems aren't that they are sick mentally... but the enviroment they live in. A lot of mentally ill people live productive, wonderful lives.Quote:
Originally Posted by Bearcata
IMO, there was no way that Jeff was going to let Brandon go back to camp with the Favorites last night, even if they had competed and won the Immunity Challenge. He would have been made aware of Brandon's behavior from cameramen and production staff, but he probably didn't know that the Favs were going to forfeit the challenge. Once they did that, he immediately - rightly - physically removed Brandon from them because of his instability.
I don't know that TPTB could have handled it any better than they did, since decisions had to be made on the fly. I didn't feel icky about Jeff's massaging Brandon's shoulders or speaking softly to him and then promising he'd come and find him. He was trying to keep him calm and connected to one of the few people in the area Brandon trusted. The only alternative would have been to go into camp and remove him before the IC. And with Brandon's inability to control himself, someone could easily have been hurt.
Brandon needs help. Quickly.
One thing I found interesting about last night. No one on the Favorites tribe mentioned the spilling of the rice and the beans until Brandon bragged about doing it. You would have thought someone would have told Jeff about that pretty quickly.
I went to bed last night feeling very sad for Brandon. I hope he gets the help he so desperatly needs. I thought Jeff handled the situation extremely well.
Phillip was the last man still holding onto his rope at the end of the challenge... BUT, if Reynold had been tossing coconuts into his net instead of Sherri, HE wouldn't have lasted as long either. I think I heard Jeff say that Reynold hadn't missed a shot, while Sherri missed almost every one (she may have actually missed every one).
I agree that Brandon is not the most mentally stable person, but what he said was spot on. The problem is that Phillip is so full of himself and delusional, that I doubt he believed anything Brandon had to say.
I thought for a minute there during the revamped tribal council that Jeff was going to put Brandon in the fans tribe. I think they all realized that the situation was much too volatile and that they needed to get him out of the game.
I guess I'm in the minority in that I like Reynold and I'm glad he found the idol again. I admit that I didn't like him when the game first started and he was so sure of himself and his little "cool kids" alliance, but I suppose the fact that he's become the underdog is what put me on his side. Plus he's an animal at challenges and not too hard on the eyes. :)
I know I'm in a minority but I love Reynold! I sure picked a winner for my captain in the Survivor pool. I'm thrilled that he's found the hidden immunity idol twice now. That's my boy!!! I hope he makes it to the merge and then bands with the favorites to pick off the rest of the fans.
As for Probst coddling Brandon, I agree he was just defusing a ticking time bomb. What we didn't see after Jeff told Brandon to go take a walk and he'd find him later was the men with white coats tackling Brandon as he went around behind the challenge.
I think Brandon should have been removed from the game by the producers for breach of conduct. Sabotaging his tribe's food supply and making physical threats to other players should be grounds for instant removal. His tribe shouldn't have even had to vote him out. Probst could have started out the immunity challenge removing Brandon from the game and then having the remaining players compete in the challenge.
For a second there, I thought maybe Jeff might put Brandon in the Fans tribe. Maybe he could see he was too unstable and while he might do better over there for a short time, before long something else would set him off.