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An "Insider" Look at Survivor: Guatemala, Episode 5: Golden?by Mike DeGeorge -- 10/17/2005
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Blakeís Final Words: True to his reputation, Blake rambles a lot and is very hard to follow, so bear with me. He didnít humble himself enough. He had prepared himself physically and mentally, but he didnít expect to hurt himself. He recovered, and that combined with the Golden Boy thing made people aware of him. That and your incessant talking on and on and on about nothing, as weíll see later.
He wasnít the weak link, he thinks he was kicked off because of his competitive nature. They had the alliance of four, the others said it was those four to the end, but he thinks Danni flipped on him. No hard feelings, it is a game. She knows Steph tried to play everyone. Danni was supposed to vote out Brian, and Blake knew he would get the three votes. Danniís the sweet girl, the cheerleader, why would she play him? He doesnít understand taking that risk. Brian is the weakest of the group. It made sense to him to vote down Brian and Amy and try to bring Gary into a five person alliance.
He loved the experience, wish heíd played it better. He should have seen it coming. He doesnít think Brandon or Bobby Jon would go back on their words, but he may be wrong. Amy or Brian could have turned her. Why would you turn 4-3 odds to 3-3? He wishes them all the best, and will miss the competition. Heís a type A personality and sitting on his ass in the sun doing nothing was killing him.
Blake, the Day After: I have a feeling this is going to be painful.
Heís a little dejected, considering the competitive, type A people are being voted out of the game (like who? Morgan?). He didnít see it coming. When they had the split, the four people that came over were all in his alliance except for Margaret (I assume he means that Danni came instead of Margaret, because youíll see later what Danni has to say about this). The plan was to vote out Amy, Brian, and Gary.
He wanted to ďbe a manĒ and tell Brian he was going home following the immunity challenge loss. I thought he was a Survivor fan. If he is as big a fan as he says, heís a moron. But Bobby Jon told him to hang back. Later, he was told by his alliance that it was going to be Brian, so he felt confident in the 4-3 decision. Sure enough, he got Gary, Amy, and Brianís vote. It was 3-2, which he expected, and then Jeff pulled out ďthe last voteĒ and it was him. He couldnít believe it. He also canít add. He knew immediately that Danni flipped on him.
If all his stories at camp were this rambling, Iím not surprised they got rid of him. He tells a story about how youíve seen enough Survivor to know how tribal council goes, but the whole thing has no point whatsoever and made my head hurt, so Iíll spare you. Itís funny, when he gets rambling, itís almost like he shifts into another gear, and his eyes light up and he smiles really wide. He loves talking, itís obvious. He needs to be a radio host.
He says people go on Survivor for three reasons: a million dollars, the TV exposure, and the experience. He would have liked the million, but the big part was the experience. Itís such a weird microcosm of people, itís amazing. One night everyone was asleep and he was hyperventilating, and he started talking to Brandon. He thinks his life has been amazing (cut out a minute of crap), and Brandon hasnít done anything. If Brandon doesnít win, heíll still go home with a big prize.
No more coming home late at night and throwing in a bag of Ramen noodles for Blake. Nope, now heís going to cook, spend more time with his family, and so on (and on, and on, andÖ) Heís focused a lot on food, saying he knows exactly what the three spots heíll go to when he gets home will be. Hmm, I wonder what theyíll be. Mine would be Humperdinkís, Razoos, and the seafood place outside the mall at Preston and Belt Line which I can never remember the name of. Oh, sorry, got distracted. Itís hard to pay attention to his rambling, I swear.
He was totally healthy around day 12. They didnít have a competition, which was bad. He was dying to compete, and it was just boredom. The best part of the day was at 7 at night, when the sun was coming down and youíve finished eating, and you can just lay back. It was the noon to four spread when youíre just waiting for something to happen that was just killer.
He didnít get eaten up that bad by mosquitoes. Heís got his momís skin. Bobby Jonís back was just a road map. Kill me. Please, someone shoot me, preferably in the ears. Heís lot a lot of cuts and scrapes. Everyoneís feet are swollen. He came here knowing he needed to take care of two areas Ė his feet and his groin. OK, thatís it. Iím done.
On the Ropes: Reward challenge. Couldnít anyone on Nakum have told Jamie what Brandon was doing? Jamie had his back to him, but still. ďChop at it, Jamie!Ē Would that be so hard? If they did that and he didnít listen, well, heís an idiot.
Fish Bait: Margaret and Lydia try to fish. Itís about as interesting asÖ watching someone fish. Seriously, itís been about three minutes and unless the Jaws music starts up, Iím falling asleep. I know I complained about all the clips being from the show, but this is ridiculous. Oh, Margaret loses their next-to-last minnow. Lydia puts the last minnow between her teeth, where it thrashes around. That was different. I would have laughed if she swallowed it. She baits the hook, and a fish ďwalks right upĒ and takes their last piece of bait. Oops.
State of the Union: Four minutes of Bobby Jon, as he discusses Yaxha after the immunity challenge. I live for Bobby Jon clips Ė he needs his own talk show. Itís no oneís fault they lost. When Lydia catapulted, it was going more in her tribeís direction than Brianís went toward them. But if they win, they win, they lost, they lost. So itís no oneís fault, but if it were, it would be Brianís, basically.
The rain was a nightmare. They all got soaked and had to sleep standing up. Blake somehow stayed dry under the shelter. Things like that matter, when people are trying to get dry, you have to share the wealth. Heís called Golden Boy because whenever he tells a story, he always comes out squeaky clean, like in the shelter.
It takes a while, but peopleís true personalities come out. Come day 11, the person you allied with and liked on day 4 isnít the same person as they were before. Thatís when character starts showing. Maybe they donít work as hard, or arenít as nice. Thatís why Blake is lacking. It comes into play because theyíve got a long way to go.
Blake started out really sick, as did Bobby Jon, but Blake had it worse, he had breathing issues. They both overcame it, Blake toughed it out. Itís going to get a lot harder. He doesnít see Blakeís character being a strong as Garyís in the long run. Well, that explains why he voted for Blake.1 2 Next-->
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