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“Judd Wasn’t Somebody That I Would Trust”: An Interview with Survivor: Guatemala’s Brookeby David Bloomberg -- 10/07/2005
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Brooke fell prey to the same type of thinking that has lingered over much of Survivor: Guatemala, survival of the fittest and voting out of the “weakest.” But does she think she was the weakest? Who really caused their immunity loss? Who was she allied with? Brooke answers all these questions and more right here.
RealityNewsOnline: Hello, Brooke, and thanks for taking the time to answer these questions for RealityNewsOnline’s readers. What was your initial plan for playing “Survivor” and how did that plan change as the game began?
Brooke: My initial plan was kind of to take a little bit of the lead at the start and show that I am strong but not too strong that I would draw a target [from] anyone.
RNO: How did you feel about having previous players in the game?
Brooke: As soon as I saw Stephenie and Bobby Jon, I thought “not fair.” They’ve had their chance at a million dollars and I thought they already had their chance but once we got Bobby Jon on our tribe, we saw he was a hard worker and it was good to have him there.
RNO: Before your tribe was split and reformed, who had formed alliances that you knew of?
Brooke: Danni and I had an alliance and then she had talked to Brandon and Bobby Jon about what our next move/vote would be so before the merger, I felt pretty secure.
RNO: Did you think Jeff Probst’s question about who has the most tribal spirit might be a trap?
Brooke: Nope, I was blindsided.
RNO: Did you suspect that Judd would jump ship so quickly?
Brooke: From the first day out there, I realized that Judd wasn’t somebody that I would trust. He was always quick to bad-mouth other team members and would be lazy around camp so it didn’t surprise me so much.
RNO: From what we saw on the show, Margaret took the lead in trying to keep Judd on your side. Did you do anything we didn’t see to try to persuade him to stick with you or to try to pull over one of the new tribe members?
Brooke: Yes, Margaret and I both talked about approaching Judd and I actually talked to him first but couldn’t get him alone because Jamie was there. I asked if we were sticking together and voting [against] Lydia.
RNO: Speaking of what you did on the show, we didn’t really get a chance to see much of you – what were some things that you did that producers didn't show us?
Brooke: They didn’t show a lot of stuff around camp such as the fact that Danni and I had an alliance, the fact that I caught 18 minnows on our last day before the tribe merger, and I think maybe downplayed my role in some of the challenges.
RNO: How did you feel about the Darwinistic approach so many players have been taking this time around regarding getting rid of who they think is the weakest link?
Brooke: I think it happened because Guatemala had such extreme conditions being the extreme heat, no water, that it REALLY did feel like survival of the fittest, but I think that people stereotyped as to who was the weakest. The guys always saw that the women were the weaker ones when in truth we were faring better than the guys.
RNO: Who did you think was most responsible for your immunity challenge loss?
Brooke: Definitely Judd and somewhat Stephenie. Judd was the worst at throwing the axes and when we tried to switch out, he wouldn’t do it. We told him to take a break like the other team and he wouldn’t listen to anyone and then Stephenie took about 30-40 tries to hit the first tile whereas Danni hit it in about 4 tries (on the other team).
RNO: Is there anything else you’d like to tell our readers about your time in the game?
Brooke: It was definitely too short and I definitely wasn’t the weakest one on our team. I think I got “picked” from Stephenie because she was afraid that I was stronger than her.
RNO: Thanks again, Brooke!
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