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Survivor: The Amazon – Why Christy Lostby David Bloomberg -- 05/02/2003
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Christy, the first deaf person to play Survivor, lasted 33 days and made it to the final six. But just when she thought she held all the power in her hands, it all slipped through her fingers like so much sand on a beach. Let’s look back at What Amazonian Survivors Should Have Learned to see if we can pinpoint the cause of such a steep dive.
Right off the bat we have a problem. Christy did not scheme and plot. Throughout her entire stay, she was used as a swing vote by others or simply voted on her own. She was never really an integral part of any discussions on strategy, and she certainly never took the initiative to do her own plotting. She seemed to wait for people to come to her, and then either went with them or didn’t.
In her final episode, she finally began to scheme. Even so, she was not the one who started it. Heidi came to her. Rob came to her. She was in the middle.
And that is where the problem cropped up. Although I just said she didn’t scheme and plot, I’m now going to turn around and say she blew the second rule by scheming and plotting too much. Huh?! How is that possible? Well, as noted, she was approached by both Heidi and Rob. She told Heidi she would think about it. She told Rob she would think about it. She further blew the second part of this rule about keeping your scheming secret. There is absolutely no way she should have told Rob that she was on the fence and might possibly vote against him! Did she not see what happened to the last person who said that just a few days earlier?
While Rob is becoming the king of scheming and plotting too much, so far he has made it work. Christy tried it just one time and it blew up in her face. If she had told Rob that she was voting his way, she would have had her choice – either stick with him and get rid of the evil stepsisters, or go back to them and say, “Hey, I just pulled one over on Rob!” Frankly, it should have been the former. She should have gotten rid of Jenna and Heidi and in the meantime worried about solidifying her position with Matt and/or Butch to get rid of Rob. He was the last addition to their outcast alliance and could have been the first to go.
Christy did alright in pretending to be nice – mostly because she really was nice – and keeping anything controversial to herself. Sure, Jenna and Heidi likely knew that she didn’t like them, but apparently they blamed that on the “Don’t hate me because I’m beautiful” line of thought, which may be the only line of thought they are capable of. Even after the way they treated her, Christy allowed Jeff Probst to put another letter from home up for bid in the auction last episode, knowing it would likely end up with Jenna. Why? Because she was nice and cared about other people’s feelings, unlike a certain two other women.
But that is also part of the problem. The fourth rule is to not let your emotions control you. As noted, Christy is a nice person. She often seemed to vote with her heart rather than strategy. And part of the hemming and hawing that caused her fall was because she so wanted Heidi and Jenna to go before her. Remember when Colby decided he didn’t want Keith to have a shot even at second place? It cost Colby $900,000 because he thought with his emotions instead of strategically. (It also earned him a Reality TV Hall of Shame Moment for horrible strategy.) Christy seemed to have an internal battle – which she made external by talking to people about it. Should she try to win or should she try to be the last woman? She didn’t seem to think it was possible to do both.
One area where there can be no doubt that she excelled was in providing food and working hard. From early on, she was one of the hardest workers. It helped her hook up with the other outsiders – Butch and Matt – who were also hard workers. But in the end it wasn’t enough to keep her around at this stage in the game.
So, did the others do the right thing in voting her off? Heidi and Jenna certainly did. They were toast otherwise and they knew it. What about Rob and Matt? Normally you’d want to eliminate people outside your alliance at this point. But what is an alliance in this series? They have changed almost every episode lately! Rob has definitely been doing too much talking – he’s getting paranoid. He has to win. But also, he found himself in a vulnerable position. He knew Jenna and Heidi were voting against him. He knew Matt and Butch were with him. But he did not know where Christy was. She wouldn’t say. This made him vulnerable, and if there’s one thing we’ve seen about Rob, it’s that he never wants to put himself into a vulnerable position. So he had to find a backup plan.
Frankly, it was ridiculous for Christy to think that after everything that had gone on, Rob would simply walk into Tribal Council not knowing if he was going to stay or leave. I don’t know if the feeling of power went to her head or she just didn’t see the strategic game the same way Rob did or what. But Rob felt he had to get rid of her.
As for Matt, I think Rob simply told Matt the facts – if the women got rid of Rob, they would then control the game. Jenna and Heidi had wanted Matt out before and he’s still a challenge threat (as we saw in the reward challenge), so if Rob was voted out this Council, Matt would likely be next. It was therefore also in Matt’s best interest to get rid of Christy.
There is another reason for Rob and Matt to want Christy on the jury. Although they screwed her at this particular point, the fact is that they know she despises the evil stepsisters. Indeed, who did she talk about in her final words? The guys who screwed her? No. She talked about the evil stepsisters and how she would make sure they didn’t get the money. So now Rob and Matt have a friend on the jury.
Looking at everything in summary, it really seems that in some ways Christy was lucky to get as far as she has. In this, she is not all that different from Butch. They are both nice people who coasted along (though Butch is still coasting) on being friendly and non-threatening. Until now, the alliance had so much in-fighting that it was better to be on the outside! But then Christy got to be part of the inside – indeed, the deciding vote. And she handled it all wrong. She was honest with Heidi (and by extension Jenna). She was honest with Rob. She told them both that she didn’t know how she would be voting, so neither felt they had a solid deal with her. Both could feel confident in going against her. One of them was staying and one was going, but neither knew which. So they joined forces to ensure that they knew where the vote was going – against Christy. That is why Christy lost.
David Bloomberg is the Editor of RealityNewsOnline and can be reached at email@example.com.
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