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An "Insider" Look at Survivor: Cook Islands, Episode 12 - No Place Like HomePage 2
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Aitutonga Enjoys Leftovers
Immunity Challenge: Flotsam & Jetsam
Yul Before Tribal Council
Yul says that he does feel bad about voting Jonathan out. It's a matter of timing. He doesn't plan on going to the final two with him, although he does respect and like Jonathan – which is in contrast to pretty much everyone else in the game (presumably excluding Becky). This is a good opportunity to send Jonathan home. Yul's biggest concern is that if he sends Jonathan home too early, he'll lose his vote. But with Jonathan in exile and his causing a brouhaha a few days ago with the decision not to share fish with Adam and Parvati a few days ago. Yul has been building that up in Jonathan's mind about it being a big issue and he hopes Jonathan will focus on that.
What Yul doesn't feel bad about is breaking his current agreement with Jonathan. Jonathan broke their initial agreement when he mutinied. That put the Aitutaki in a bad position. So, Yul doesn't feel bad about misleading Jonathan now. Ethically, it doesn't bother him, but he likes Jonathan and feels bad about that. Yul plans to let Jonathan feel like he dug his own grave – which to a large extent he has done. He hasn't built the personal relationships that he needed to build, and he's never been able to shake the untrustworthy image. Yul knows that the surest thing for him would be to go to the final two with Jonathan, but he plans to go with the Aitutaki four.
Changing subjects, Yul says that he's grown to like Adam and Parvati the past few days. Especially getting to see their families made him see them more as people. So, he's happy with them on the tribe right now. It's weird for Yul, because he feels like a “Godfather” right now (presumably, given his position in the game and possession of the idol.) Yul feels bad when people have to go, but everyone will eventually lose except for one person. So, Yul's sticking with his Aitutaki four and moving forward.
This was a pretty meaty clip – both in terms of content and in terms of Yul's exposed torso. Yul comes across as a very shrewd player who is playing the game very well. He does acknowledge that taking Jonathan to the final two with him would guarantee a win, but I believe he also knows that if he is in the final two with anyone else, he will win. So, Yul has the strategic luxury to keep his original tribemates with him. Although Ozzie is certainly the biggest threat right now to ruining a Becky-Yul final two, given his amazing physical skills.
Becky votes for Jonathan. “Basically, after everything that's been said at tribal council, plus your behavior at the reward challenge, and the fish incident I think I really saw your true self come out. That's why I'm sending you home tonight.”
Sundra votes for Jonathan. “The funniest thing I find is that it seems like everyone in this game had a negative, suspicious feeling about you. I hope to God I'm wrong, and I'd love to be proven wrong, but thank you and I'm glad that we could rely on you to help us progress a little further.”
Jonathan votes for Adam. “What can I say? Biggest threat to me. It may be my night tonight, but you deserve to go home.”
Parvati votes for Jonathan. “I'm just going to keep voting for you until you're gone. Thanks for going to exile because I think it showed everyone that life is so much better without a big, crazy, crazy guy around camp.”
Ozzie votes for Jonathan. “Waited for this moment for a looooong time. This is for Cao Boi. Flika, Nate, and because you're just a cocky guy.” Said with some animosity too.
Adam votes for Jonathan. “You should have been voted out a long time ago. Hopefully, we got it right this time.”
Yul votes for Jonathan. “Jonathan, you've been a great competitor and a really great strategist. I really enjoyed playing the game with you, and against you. I'm sorry to see you go. If you hadn't stepped off the mat then we would be going to the final four together. But, you did, and my original highest allegiance has to be with the people who stayed with me. So, I wish you the best and I'll see you.” Yul is one classy guy.
I agree with Yul that Jonathan is actually a good competitor. I think some of the other players maligned him more than they should have done for his strategic play. Judging from his interviews both on the show and afterwards, I think Jonathan has a good attitude about the game and played it as a game. I liked watching his machinations and I'm sorry to see him go.
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