Survivor: The Amazon - Why Janet Lostby David Bloomberg -- 02/21/2003
The men finally pulled out a win and sent the fighting women to Tribal Council. Although votes were tossed in four different directions, the majority ended up pointing at Janet. How did this happen? Why did Janet lose? As always, we'll take a look back at What Amazonian Survivors Should Have Learned to see if we can pull together an answer.
The most important thing Janet should have learned was that it would be necessary to scheme and plot. But we saw no indication that she was doing this at all. Indeed, she may have been the target of such scheming and plotting with the whole granola bar incident. Did Jeanne really see the bar in Janet's bag? Or did she just pick a convenient target? I would bet on the latter, since if she saw it in the bag earlier, why did she wait so long to say something?
The best Janet could come up with was bringing everybody together and saying she didn't do it. Not exactly a scheme worthy of Machiavelli. Furthermore, even though she knew it would be strategically better to vote against Christy, she aimed at Jeanne, but without trying (at least not successfully) to get anybody to do the same.
Obviously, she sure didn't scheme and plot too much, so that piece of advice is fine. Furthermore, she seemed nice enough, and she didn't allow her emotions to control her. We're just whizzing through the rules here. She didn't appear to be particularly lazy, though she was ill and therefore may not have been doing as much work as the others.
So where does that leave us? At the end, looking at whether her cohorts did the right thing. The short answer: Yes. Not because of the granola accusations, but because Janet was sick. She said so herself. In the first episode, she said she knew it would be hard, but not that hard! She pulled it together for challenges, but it still seems that most agreed she was not exactly at peak performance.
Maybe this is what made her a convenient target for the granola accusation. Maybe the others were able to convince themselves that they weren't voting her out because of that, but because she, in the words of Heidi, wanted to go and had been ill. This much is true. She was almost certainly the weakest member of the tribe. Although, frankly, it might have been worth it to get rid of JoAnna just to lose some of the fighting!
So Janet had a number of things going against her. She was sick. She was deemed to be the weakest. She was the target of the granola conspiracy accusations. And she apparently did nothing to fight back against any of these things by using any sort of strategy.
When you combine all of these factors, it frankly is rather easy to see why Janet lost.
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