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Survivor: The Amazon - Cinderella's Mistakes and the Stepsisters' Quotablesby Ken Kellam III -- 05/06/2003
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Like just about everyone else on the planet, I thought one of the "evil stepsisters" would be getting the boot last week. And like everyone else, I had no idea at the start of Thursday night's episode that Christy would see her torch snuffed. But come tribal council time, it should've been obvious that there was a chance she might be headed to jury duty. It REALLY should've been obvious when the only two votes shown were the ones for Jenna. But alas, it wasn't. One of my online friends im'ed me and asked me why Christy, and I reminded her of the footage of Rob talking to the others about giving Christy the boot. Her response: "I must've blinked." She didn't even remember seeing it.
Apparently, she wasn't the only one blindsided. Christy clearly didn't see it coming. And folks, don't get me wrong: I like Christy, and wish she had gone farther. In fact, I was relishing the thought of one of the "Bobsey Twins" getting the heave-ho. But in some ways, it made for a better ending. Let me explain: If anyone had evidence that this was going to happen, I didn't hear about it. In fact, the words on the streets was that Heidi would win immunity, pass it along to Jenna, and get voted out herself. But no such luck. The fact that it was such a surprise just goes to show how unpredictable this season is, and although I wish Christy were still in the game, here are a few observations that may not sit well with her fans:
1. She brought this on herself. It became obvious that she had no idea how much her indecisiveness would weigh on Rob. And in the end, it cost her a chance to beat the other two women. The sad thing is, it was needless, since she ended up voting against Jenna anyway. But like Roger, Deena, and Alex before her, she got a little too cocky for her own good, and thought she had the game wrapped up. When she referred to herself as being in the driver's seat, she apparently didn't realize her seat belt was off and her door was partly open. And that bring us to this question: Why, oh why do the players keep getting cocky? It's almost like it's bad luck to say you're in control. Hopefully, the other five have learned. Well, the other three males anyway.
2. Say what you will about Rob (and many do, and have). Call him a liar, slimeball, or any other adjective. But his engineering the ouster of Christy was brilliant in more ways than one. Not only is she more of a physical threat than the unglamour twins, she's infinitely much more likable. Plus, she's more likely to vote for him against either of them anyway in the final two.
3. As for her comments that she didn't deserve what she got, she should know by now that at this point in the game, "deserve" sometimes has nothing to do with it. Gretchen didn't deserve to miss the jury, but voting her out ended up being pretty good strategy. And does Christy think Dave's ouster was deserved? She voted against him herself, most likely out of strategy, as the others did. Hopefully she will come to see that in the game, people don't always get what they deserve.
Now it's time for some more shots at the unglamour twins. I'm not going to make any pretense of being objective; indeed, I've come to realize that I tune in each week wanting to let 'em have it.. But this week, they've made it even easier than usual. When the show ends, they should both consider careers as sitcom actresses, because some of their quotes are about as funny as anything heard on Everybody Loves Raymond, albeit unintentionally. Let's take a look at some of their better lines:
Jenna: "I didn't think people would sacrifice personal relationships for a gamble." Is she that naïve, or did she think she had the game that wrapped up? Apparently, she doesn't realize that gambler Rob weighed all the options after Alex's "disclosure" last week, and decided he had better odds by jumping ship.
"We hate him, and me and Heidi cannot ever forgive him." First of all, whichever high school she graduated from must be really embarrassed that she don't speak English too goodly. Of course, maybe it's only appropriate, seeing what a "me-first" person she is anyway. And since when did she start speaking for Heidi? Certainly not as of next week. At least Heidi seems to understand that it's a game.
"I would be embarrassed to know (Rob) because he's such a slimeball." Is Rob just as embarrassed to know her? If not, maybe he should be. She certainly didn't think he was a slimeball when he was on her side. But now that she's in the minority it's obviously a different story.
(To Rob): "You don't care about personal relationships you just care about yourself.." Well boo hoo hoo. Haven't you figured it out by now? What Rob cares about is playing the game. Jenna probably thought he would never betray her simply because she's a swimsuit model. What really makes her upset, probably, is that she is unable to "strut her stuff" to influence the vote.
"Someone stabbed us in the back, and eventually, they'll pay." Honestly, she sounds here like a homecoming queen who just saw her boyfriend run off with one of the attendants, and can't believe someone would shatter her world, which she IS the center of, after all.
"I'm not going to be easy to work with and I'm going to make your life miserable." Translation: "I'm going to pout and suck my thumb and throw a tantrum because I didn't get my way." Then again, she hasn't been easy to work with from the get-go, and has probably made more lives miserable than she knows.1 2 Next-->
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