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John thinks he has the answer as to why Rob voted off Deena:
The first, and perhaps primary, reason that Rob voted Deena off was she was the only person out there that he respected as a threat. Not a physical threat (that goes to Matt and Alex obviously), but in the one arena that he likes to fancy himself as being supreme in, namely, intelligence.Wow! Well, that’s quite a hypothesis, I must say. And some parts of it could be true. The only problem I have is that we don’t really have any evidence to support it. While I am not saying it’s impossible, I do have a hard time believing that Rob was planning the seed for Deena’s dismissal by joking with the group about what he told Matthew. I further think that it’s a bit too much to believe that he planned the whole thing and then let Alex come to him so he would look like it had been somebody else’s idea. Again, I’m not saying it’s impossible, just that we don’t really have the evidence necessary to support at least some parts of it. And, frankly, if that is the reason Rob decided to vote out Deena, I really wish we’d seen more of it as that would have been an interesting storyline.
Several people wrote in to suggest that Deena had to go because it had become obvious to others that she was sneaky, a back-stabber. However, my take on this is: So what? She became exposed to those who would be voted off, so I don’t think it really mattered. I can’t say what Rob was thinking, so it may have been a factor in his decision, but if it was I would say he didn’t think it through all the way.
Finally, A.J. surmises that Rob simply wasn’t thinking:
He got himself worked up into believing he had a 5 person alliance: Rob, Deena, Alex, Heidi, and Jenna. He then believed the other 3 people – Matthew, Butch, and Christy – were outside of his alliance and should remain that way. He could've easily had the vote of Matthew and Butch, along with Deena and Christy, to take out Alex. However, he had already convinced himself that his alliance was his alliance. He didn't like Matthew and so he doesn't even consider Matthew as a potential ally – a fundamentally emotional problem. Because of this subconscious refusal to ally with the outcasts, he had to look at what would potentially keep his alliance in the best shape, which was to vote out Deena. Voting out Alex would have essentially destroyed Heidi and Jenna's loyalty and, thus, that alliance.Well, you certainly don’t have to convince me of the outcome. And I think this particular point of view may be at least part of the final answer. I had suggested that Rob was simply too lazy to work on getting the votes together so he could get rid of Alex. But perhaps that’s not the full answer. We’re trying to examine these decisions in a logical, rational manner. If Rob had it so ingrained into his mind that Matt was not a partner but a puppet and that Butch was even less than that, it might have taken a complete change in his way of thinking to accept them as new partners. Instead, he could vote out Deena and continue on with the main plan he’d been working on. Really, this converges well with the idea I had mentioned that he was just lazy. Whatever the reason, he chose to continue on with his older – and now flawed – plan rather than think up a new one that would have worked better.
We’ll see how it turns out in the next few weeks, but I have a prediction – he might make the final four, but he will not make the final three. Had he stayed with Deena, I think he could have been in the final two.
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