Surviving the Amazon, the Finale: A Model Victoryby David Bloomberg -- 05/14/2003
We begin on night 36. Rob says voting Heidi out was a tough decision, but it reminded him of a birthday card that shows a really hot girl on the front and on the inside says that no matter how hot you think the girl is, somebody, somewhere is sick of putting up with her crap. Ouch!
All of them talk privately about being in the final four. Butch says it’s big-time. The conditions are miserable but inside you’re jumping for joy. (Considering how he dances, I don’t think we want to see him jump for joy on the outside!). Jenna says being in the final four and being the last woman is cool – she’s accomplished all her goals and then some. Rob says it’s huge.
Jenna tells the guys that even though tomorrow she’ll be saying goodbye, as of now she’s happy to be there. She wanted to go out at the previous Tribal Council because she was sick, says Butch, but they all felt Heidi was a bigger threat. Makes sense. If there’s something physical – as there usually is at the end – you would rather have somebody sick up against you than somebody who is healthier, not to mention more athletic overall. I mean, what are the odds that Jenna could win a physical challenge in her state? (This, my friends, is called foreshadowing.) Matt says that the next few days are pretty straightforward. They send Jenna home and then the three guys face off – may the best man win! (This, my friends, is called foreshadowing again.)
The next morning, Matthew chops up the old shelter for wood – if they get wood for the last few days now, they can just enjoy themselves at the end. Then Matt tells Butch to dance. Um. Why? Anyway, since there isn’t TV in the rainforest, I guess they need some entertainment. Butch first does the Egyptian and then some, um, others. Scary. Apparently Rob thinks so too, as she says Butch needs to see a therapist when this is all over. He adds that even Matt says Butch is crazy, and if Matt says you’re crazy, “you are out of your frickin’ mind!” Heh.
In case anybody was wondering, Jenna says she still feels sick and she’s not going to get well on just manioc. Oh, I dunno. Maybe they can have some of that moldy manioc from Jeanne – some of the mold might have been penicillin. Anyway, she says while she’s there, she’s going to give 110% and will do her best to win immunity.
The challenge today is for them to navigate a maze – blindfolded. They have to use their fingers to read guides with symbols (for earth, wind, fire, and water) that lead them to the stations. At each station is a necklace. They need to get all four necklaces and make it back to the center.
And they’re off! Probst does a great job of commentating on this one, with a number of humorous jabs at the contestants. For example, as they begin and Jenna appears rather lost, he notes that Jenna is getting acquainted with a corner of maze. They continue. Matt is at the first station. Jenna knocks into a station (which has pegs sticking out of it to hold the necklaces) right in the chest. Ow! (Heidi wouldn’t have even felt it!) Probst says Butch is getting very familiar with the burlap. Jenna has one, Rob has one, Butch is lost in never never land. Matthew, hands out to feel along, grabs Jenna! Probst says Matt tried to grope her and she tells Matt to quit trying cop a feel there. Matt says he finally had the chance! Jenna: “pervert!” (It’s all in good fun – they’re joking around, in case that doesn’t come through in text.) Rob has two. Then Butch grabs Jenna’s chest. Sheesh! Are we sure these guys can’t see through the blindfolds?! Jenna says, “Butch, you’re married!” and notes she’s getting groped left and right here. Matthew has two. Jenna almost impales self in the neck on a post.
Then Butch and Matt decide to try working together to find necklaces. Probst notes that they’re teaming up on Jenna. She replies that they’ll have to fight her to the death. Now that would be a cool challenge! Anyway, it seems that Butch and Matt are not really helping each other much. Rob is wandering aimlessly. Matt has three, jenna has three, Butch finally gets one. Matt is still looking for his fourth, but Jenna gets hers and starts for the center. She still has to find her way there. Matt is moving fast and it looks like he’s getting a bit frustrated. Jenna makes it to the center and wins! “Oh my God! You don’t know how bad I needed this,” she says. Oh, yes we do, Jenna. Yes we do.
They return from the immunity challenge and Jenna notes that it’s always good when they get back to camp and it’s in one piece. The others don’t seem to share her joy as much since they know one of them will be leaving that camp soon. Rob says it was supposed to be Butch, Matt, and himself going to be final three. Now that plan is in chaos. Rob says he has bitten all of his fingernails off and doesn’t know what to do. It’s a very scary time for him.
Jenna says it’s so great to win, she needed this to win, case closed. Now they have to change their plans. Indeed. Matt says he doesn’t know how Jenna feels about who should go (after all, none of them were exactly planning on her having a say!). He figures there will be lots of negotiations this evening.
And so they begin – with Butch?! Wow. He’s plotting. Who’d a thunk it? Anyway, he asks Jenna if she has plans yet. Jenna is noncommittal and deflects the question back to him. He says the only thing he’d like to say is that he wants to be in the final three (well, of course!) and the other two will probably go after him.
Speaking of which, we see the other two going after him. They’re plotting out how the votes might go and come to the conclusion they should both vote against Butch.
Back to Jenna and Butch. Jenna would probably like to see Rob go because neither Butch nor Matt have ever done anything to her – only Rob has screwed her. Butch is excited at the thought of a youngest-oldest alliance, but nothing appears to be set in stone.
At the other twosome, Rob is pleading with Matt not to screw him over. Matt says he’ll do his best to keep Rob around. He notes that Rob doesn’t have a good relationship with Jenna and has no relationship with Butch. So Matt know he is the only one who can keep Rob in the game.
So now it’s Matt’s turn to talk to Jenna. He says he knows Rob has screwed her and Butch never screwed anyone, but then he never really did anything. Rob has betrayed people but he’s playing the game. So, how does she feel about a secret alliance based on a shared voting strategy that evening. Then, whoever wins the last immunity challenge will select the other to go into the final two. They agree. Jenna says it’s a strategic move on her part but Matt could still lie. However, he has to remember that she will be on the jury. Matt says privately that he will either honor that agreement or do some backstabbing.
So, it’s Tribal Council. Host Jeff Probst asks Butch if he’s exhausted. Butch replied that it’s a wonderful feeling to be there and he’s accomplished more than he’s ever dreamed about. So, how did you do it? Butch says he didn’t make lot of loud and noisy comments, didn’t put anybody down, and looked for the good in everybody. What about Matt? He says he had a multifaceted strategy based on honesty and versatility (this answer gets a look from Alex like “What?!”). Rob answers the same question by saying he’s been asking himself that question. He says he’s been fortunate. When he zigs, he should have zigged; when he zags, he should have zagged. He’s very very lucky, and he’s taken risks that have mostly paid off.
Probst moves to Jenna and says at times he thought she would just say she’s had enough. But she’s in final four with immunity. Jenna says she’s had some really high highs and some really low lows. She wanted to quit but knew she would have kicked herself for doing so.
Rob is asked how important immunity was? Pretty damn important! Probst moves back to Jenna and asks if it was an interesting time after she got immunity. Did all the guys approach her? Yes, she talked to them all. She says she was probably the next to go, so it’s a big switch. It’s different to have bit of control considering that in the last three or so days she had none.
Butch is asked what he will base his vote on. He flat-out says strategy to stay in game. He hustled today to try to stay in. (Where was all that hustle and strategy before, Butch?!) Rob is asked what kind of maneuvering he has done? He says he tried to make her lunch, told her she looked beautiful, etc. (This all gets an evil look from Heidi in the jury.) Seriously, he says there is nothing they do now to change her mind. It has to do with what they did before she had that power. (This is something both Jenna and Heidi found out when they were trying to get Christy to vote their way.)
We see Rob vote for Butch, saying, “I don’t think all the firewood in the forest is going to keep our torch lit tonight, buddy. Nice game.” Butch votes for Rob, wishing him the very best and saying he’s a good kid.
The votes are read: Butch, Rob, Butch, Butch. Butch leaves, saying goodbye and wishing them luck. And you know with Butch, he really means it. Matt looks devastated by the vote – a nice show for the jury, I think.
Butch provides us with his final words: He just experienced the adventure of a lifetime. He will never forget the past 37 days. He feels that he played hard and well. The sign he brought about believing in yourself – he meant it. You can do it if you have goals. Look at him, I made it thru Survivor! Anyway, if you want to read about why Butch lost, make sure to check out the article by that very name: Why Butch Lost.
With Butch gone, the final three head back to camp. And it’s the attack of the killer moths! This is particularly strange because Rob says they hadn’t seen a single moth in 37 days. Alright, enough of that. Moving on.
Day 38. They’re having a big breakfast. These folks really know how to party! It’s 16 to 17 manioc patties for ‘em. Woohoo! Jenna says it’s the best day of her life, with nuts out the ass and all the manioc. If she stripped for peanut butter and cookies earlier and she’s this happy about nuts and manioc, imagine what she would do for some good food now!
Their final treemail comes, and it’s a scale. The producers couldn’t even spring for one that measures in pounds. The message on it says they can “see what’s left of you.” Jenna says she looked off to the left. Rob asks if somebody says to her, “that’s right,” does she turn to the right? Heh.
So they weigh themselves and convert to pounds. Matt lost 28 pounds, Rob says his body has deteriorated and he’s lost almost a pound a day. Jenna weighs 99 pounds, down from 118. She says it’s not good to lose that much, but it will be very fun to gain it all back. Wonder if she’ll have to strip every time she eats a peanut butter sandwich while she’s gaining back the weight…
Probst shows up to visit them in camp and has big news. They get a seaplane ride to take in all the sights of the Amazon from above. Oooh. Ahhh. You just don’t quite get the scenery from a recap, I’m afraid. Anyway, then they are dropped off at a new, smaller canoe, and have to follow a map to their next destination. There they find beads, paints, feathers, and one headdress each. They are to adorn their bodies like Amazon warriors did for battle.
When they get there, they start picking up various items. Jenna finds something to go around her neck (if my e-mail is any indication, many viewers would like to volunteer to tie it…). Matt picks up something and wonders if it’s a crotch protector. Jenna says it’s too small to be a cup there, “cowboy.” Hmmm. How does she know it’s too small? Inquiring minds want to know. Well, okay, they really don’t. So the final three decorate themselves, paint their faces, etc.
From there, it is off to the final immunity challenge. Rob says it’s the most important one of the game and he’s prepared for anything. It could cost him a million dollars if he’s not successful. Matt, on the other hand, is thinking the opposite. He figures if he loses the challenge, he won’t have to vote either of them out and both will likely take him along. Perhaps it’s time to throw the game. Matthew probably didn’t know this since he wasn’t a big fan prior to being on the show, but that’s exactly what Rich Hatch did in the first series. It worked for him.
Jenna says it’s time for serious players to be in the game. Some might say a serious player should have been in it all along. But she says she really worked hard to get there. She claims not to know who she could beat in the final two, as she doesn’t know what the jury is thinking. Rob burned a lot of people. He may be easier to beat, but she’s not going to stress over it til after the challenge.
And that challenge will actually play out in front of the jury. It will then be immediately followed by Tribal Council, where the winner casts a vote and decides who to take to the final two.
Probst says the challenge is the purest of them, simply based on will. They have to stand barefoot on a narrow wooden perch, holding their headdress above them, with a string of beads on it attached to their neck so they can’t move it too far forward or to the side. If they fall off or the headdress touches any part of their head or body, they are out. Last one standing wins. So, in other words, it’s not just a matter of will, like Probst said – it’s a matter of balance and strength.
They’re up and getting ready. Probst asks if they are comfortable. Jenna says no. He asks if they are balanced. Jenna says no. But she holds on because the challenge starts as the jury looks on. Matt loses his balance on the perch and steps down. Frankly, it looked rather fake. He should have done a better acting job. From the look on Alex’s face, even he seems to think so.
Rob offers Jenna a deal – step down and I’ll take you to the final two. She almost falls in reaction to his question but says no, they’ll fight it out, and then pick whoever. This immediately tells me (and I’m sure Rob as well) that she’s taking Matt. Otherwise there was no real reason not to take the deal. Probst asks Matt if he’s surprised that Rob tried to make that deal. Matt says a little, but he might have done the same. He doesn’t know because he didn’t make it far enough. Oh please. Spare me.
Jenna keeps looking like she’s going to fall, but always catches her balance again. I’d like to know why Rob isn’t trying to make her laugh! Obviously they are allowed to talk to each other, so why not tell some jokes to keep her – literally – off-balance? Ah well. In the end, Rob just can’t keep his balance. He falls and is out. Jenna wins!
Probst asks Rob how he’s feeling. He replies that he did the best he could. He doesn’t feel like he’s in a great position but what can he do now? He adds that Jenna did a great job. Probst moves to Matt, saying he was the first out and wondering if Jenna might say he doesn’t deserve it. He says he did his best and he’s just exhausted from the day. She did an exceptional job, she won, she deserves it.
So, Jenna, what will you base your vote on? She says she will take someone she thinks deserves it, who worked hard and will be good competition. She doesn’t want someone she can beat easily – don’t pick the easy mark, winning is beating the best competition (of course, if you vote someone out earlier, you’ve still beaten them, so that one doesn’t hold up logically). Probst keeps probing. Is she willing to risk $900,000? She says she played well and good competition never hurt. Yeah, right. Tell it to Colby.
So Jenna votes. The vote is read. It is… Rob! Heidi smiles from the jury. Christy smiles. Alex smiles. So Rob is voted out. Dammit, Rob! If you could have just stayed on there a bit longer! The best player of the season gets sent home. (And if you want to know more about why, check out Why Rob Lost.)
So now, says Probst, the power shifts to the jury. The finalists will get the chance to state their case the next day.
Rob gets to have his say first in his final words. He has no complaints and wouldn’t change one thing about how he played. It was the most tremendous time of his entire life. He said he wasn’t going to stop smiling until they put his torch out. And there he is, still smiling!
Back at camp, it’s day 39. Jenna and Matt paint the last number on the tree they’ve used to keep track of the days. Then they add their names.
It’s raining, so Jenna says they decided to write the names in white paint of everybody in the order they had been booted (yeah, your idea, right – what a coincidence that we have a retrospective of this type in every series). They talk about each one briefly, but we get to hear very little. Jenna says it’s closure to a chapter of their lives that will never be fully closed (considering how many of the previous contestants come back again and again, you have no idea how true that is!).
Matt says he feels great that the strategic part is over. Oh, Matt, it’s not over! You still have to convince the jury! Anyway, he says he went from being the underdog with people gunning for him to learning how to build strategy and make it to the final two. Luck was involved, but there was a lot of strategy. He admits to us that he threw the final challenge (yes, we know). He was convinced that whoever won would select him. And he was right, apparently. He says it was a huge risk that reflects a lot of what he learned from Rob, who is a mastermind of this game.
Matt also says he will come out of this with a different perspective on life. He says he’s too intense and needs to enjoy life more. For example, he should spend more time watching TV. I fully agree! Previously, he’s led his life in a way where, for example, he would spend 20 hours on the weekend studying Swedish. What? OK, dude, that’s just plain weird.
Jenna says she was the youngest one and feels like she worked really hard to get there. It’s the biggest accomplishment in her life. She has learned about herself and how she feels about her life and other people. She can do anything now.
As Matt is out fishing for the final time, he notices their old boat floating nearby. He guesses they forgot to tether it when they boarded the seaplane (or they got knot-tying lessons from the guys in Survivor: Thailand). Matt says they won’t need it anymore but have some ideas on how to use it. He piles on some wood and plants the treemail holder on top, plus artifacts from the site. Matt, Matt, Matt – those were perfect fodder for eBay! He dumps kerosene on it and then lights it up. It flashes from all the kerosene and just about burns off all his hair in the process. Can you imagine if he showed up to the final Tribal Council without any hair, eyebrows, etc.? Anyway, he’s okay and he pushes it out.
Jenna says it’s over, out of their hands, and they’ve done what they can do. She feels that most of the jury has already made up their minds. So let’s see what they’re thinking.
Rob says this game began as a battle of sexes. And so it shall end. Both have been dishonest and both have claimed to be honest people who played with integrity. It’s who did the best job to outwit, outplay, and outlast – Jenna or Matt. He wishes there was a choice C, none of above, but there isn’t.
C says that Jenna is a very determined and very strong woman. You go, girl. Matt is a very sincere, generous, and caring person that everyone likes if they actually get to know him.
Alex is looking for honest answers at the jury. He says the jury already knows what the real answer is, they just want hear it. He wants a person up there says who says they came here to kick ass, they did it, and if you don’t like it you should’a played better.
Heidi says the choice is very easy for me. (Shocker of the season award there.) Jenna is her #1 hero. She is the wind beneath her wings. Wait, no, she didn’t say that. But she adores her. Matt played the game on (airquotes) honesty and values (end airquotes) and it’s not working for him (at this point, the live audience watching in the studio breaks out in snickers and various “Barbie doll” comments).
Butch says Matthew contributed the most. He did more for everybody and is more deserving than Jenna.
Deena says we are dealing with two completely different personalities. That’s for sure! Matt was the work horse. Jenna was the sex goddess. Each used their abilities to advance. Matt worked his way to the top. Jenna… played her way to the top.
Dave says it’s amazing to look at the bull people throw out. It’s not friendship or honesty or integrity. Other people pulled them along. His vote will be answered based on the answer to his question tonight. He wants them to think and give an intelligent answer. We’ll see if they start talking out of their asses again.
So the jury comes in for the final Tribal Council. We begin with opening statements from each. Jenna starts and says that, well, she doesn’t have much to say. She feels like they know enough about her to make an educated decision. She says she played the game morally (hey, don’t argue with her – Bill Bennett can pick and choose what he finds “moral,” so why can’t Jenna?) and that means a lot to her. She feels like they’ll make right decision.
Matt says he’s done his best to provide for the tribe, such as by fishing. He’s shown that he was dedicated to the tribe as whole. He feel that he has shown himself to be serious competition. He played with heart, played honorably, and maintained level of morality and integrity throughout (Alex rolls his eyes).
Butch begins the questioning. First, congrats. Then a question for both to answer. But before he can get it out, he’s attacked! No, not by one of the contestants. It appears that a snake falls out of the tree above him or something. Anyway, he says he’s heard the words “integrity” and “honesty” and wants to know if they’re saying they have not lied and were not deceitful?
Jenna says she did lie to Deena when she was voting for her, but she didn’t tell the truth because she felt Deena had betrayed her and the alliance. Matt also says he lied – to Roger as part of the alliance strategy at the time when they were eliminating him, and he deceived Alex to save his own skin.
Rob is up next. He would like to hear why each thinks the person next to him/her does not deserve to be in the final two. Their answer, he says, will determine his vote.
Matt says Jenna has not done as much as him to contribute at camp. She didn’t collect water, boil water, gather wood, help with the shelter, etc. There were times when she expressed a desire to give up, which he found really inappropriate. Jenna says Matt had not played game from the beginning, but tagged along at the end of an alliance. He doesn’t need the money, doesn’t care about the people here (because, obviously, she was extremely caring towards people like Christy…), and it’s not a big deal to him – just another adventure on his list of things to do.
Alex says they’ve sat around on the jury listening to them at Tribal Council and two words he never wants to hear again are “honesty” and “integrity” – they have no meaning to him anymore. That said, he asks each what the biggest regret was in the game? If there were one thing they could change, what is it?
Jenna does a good job of turning this negative question into a positive (just the way you’re supposed to in an interview setting). She says her regret is putting too much trust in people that she couldn’t trust. Why would they be honest all the time when they could be dishonest and win a million dollars? Matt says it’s his naďveté when began the game and his decision to support Ryan and his alliance and voting strategy that started the whole process of people regarding him as a threat and which resulted in two weeks of near depression for him. Not really a good idea, Matt, to remind people that you didn’t know what you were doing at first.
Heidi says the two of them have been trying to outdo each other. The jury is deciding their fate. So, is somebody in the jury more deserving than each of them? If not, fine, explain why.
Matt says Rob deserves his seat because he’s an amazing strategist. He’s in debt to Rob. Without Rob, Matt says there’s no way he’d be there, but would have been wiped out long ago (ouch, another bad idea – telling people you’re only here because of somebody else). If he won the final immunity challenge, he says Rob would have been sitting next to him (of course, he threw it, so…). He adds that Rob deserves it more than Jenna. Jenna herself echoes what Matt said. Rob has strategy, game play, and a wealth of knowledge.
Heidi isn’t really satisfied with that answer. She asks, is that the only person? Translation: Stroke my ego and say that I’m the one who should be there! Both Jenna and Matt kind of look off in other directions. Rob covers his eyes with an “Oh my God” expression. Probst has to tell her that they’ve covered it, so she can sit down. Nice try, Heidi, but they were not going to say you!
Deena’s up next. She says as she was sitting there listening, Jenna mentioned that Matt doesn’t need the money. Does she honestly think that’s the way they should judge their votes – on need rather than the way they played. Jenna says need should come into it because that’s how she would vote if she were on the jury. She knows everybody is different, though.
For Matt, she reminds him that he stated, “May the best man win” a couple Tribal Councils ago. She says she was offended on Jenna’s behalf and it was a load of hooey that was based on the alliance of Butch, Rob, and Matt. (Well, yeah. So what’s the problem?) Matt says he doesn’t remember saying it but if he did, he regrets it. He’s not a chauvinist and is happy she pointed that out (oh, I bet). Perhaps, he says, it did reflect the fact that they thought it was all locked up (perhaps??).
Incidentally, at the post-finale party, somebody asked Deena why she didn’t debate with them like the lawyer she is. Deena said she did, but it was cut. God, I’d love to see that unaired footage!
Christy comes up and it looks like it’s going to be a good one. She asks Matt what his initial reaction was when he found out he was competing with a deaf person? Matt says he figured she was going to be like everyone else and didn’t treat her any differently. She asks if his opinion of her changed. No. He just thought she had a funky accent.
For Jenna, Christy says she found it fascinating that she said she had a handicap because she’s beautiful. Hmm. How is that a handicap? In the real world she’s never heard anybody say that. Jenna says she doesn’t know if she ever used that word. Christy interrupts and says she definitely used that word while others on the jury nod in agreement. Jenna says she was asked a question and she didn’t mean to compare it in any way to what Christy is going through. (Um. What she is going through?! It’s not like it’s temporary!) She says being 21 and attractive and a swimsuit model, people judge her as someone who is not smart and not tough and can’t think for herself – that’s what she meant.
Dave comes up with perhaps the strangest question of the night. He asks what modern influential leader each has emulated during this game. He wants somebody he can relate to. (Lucky for Jenna, Matt goes first. She’s still trying to figure out what “emulate” means. And trying to remember the name of any world leader.)
Matt says he emulated Colin Powell and that his concept of versatility was a critical factor in his ability to be here. Um. Huh? I have no idea what that means.
Jenna says that she tried to emulate Miss Universe. After all, that’s even better than a world leader – she’s the leader of the whole universe! OK, she doesn’t really say that (but C. Brian Devinney, sitting next to me at the finale, said something very similar and got quite a laugh from those in earshot). What she actually says is that it’s a really great question but honestly, she cannot think of a modern leader (okay, she can stop there, but she doesn’t) that she emulated. She emulate people she knows really well, like her mom. She gains from emulating both of her parents, but mostly her mom because of her fight and her strength. It’s important not just here but in real life.
OK, time for their last words before the vote. Matt says he now realizes that he has been deceptive and has lied and he realizes now that is a part of the game and he doesn’t belong on a pedestal because everyone has done a certain amount of lying and betrayal (um, did you think you belonged on a pedestal before the jury questions?). He says he has come to realize that he does not have the level of integrity or high moral character that he has preached and doesn’t deserve that title. He’s done his best to play to the best of his abilities and learned a lot along way.
What a kiss-up speech. Jeez. He should have just told the jury that he lied less than most of them did, so go look in a mirror and stop whining about it!
Jenna thanks them for poking and prodding her because that’s really what she likes. Wait. Cut that end part. She thanks them because it gave her a chance to look at what she’s done in the game that she perhaps wanted to put out of her mind (what, they didn’t even mention the whole getting naked thing). She says maybe she’s not the strongest person to cut down branches but the put in work at camp (um, when? where? doing what?) and she worked at the challenges (sure, she saved up all her energy for those) and she came through at the end to save her butt. She’s proud of herself.
It’s time to cast a final vote. Butch casts his for Matt and congratulates them both. He’s very proud to know them, but tonight the true survivor is Matt. He appreciates his honest that he did lie and deceive. Matt is the true survivor of Survivor 6.
The only other vote we see if Heidi. In a huge shocker (not), she votes for Jenna. She adores her. She loves her. She wants to have her babies. Wait. Lemme check my notes. Okay, she didn’t say that last sentence. She says she was somebody who she could trust and respect in the most adverse circumstances.
We get to hear Rob talking but can’t see his vote. Well, actually, we can because the light shines through the voting card and we see it from behind – it’s Jenna. At this point in the studio I looked at C. Brian Devinney and said, “Uh oh.” Rob says the person he’s voting for did show they have the will and determination to get to the final two. He has to give credit where credit is due. There were only two players in this entire game he didn’t vote off. (Well, technically he didn’t vote off Jeanne or Joanna or Janet or… oh, nevermind.)
Probst says he would love to read the votes now, but he can’t. So he hops onto a jet ski (I kid you not) and rides it all the way to New York City. Wow! Quite a ride! He stops in front of the Statue of Liberty to studio audience applause (I didn’t know the studio mikes were even on until I rewatched it at home).
Then we see him taking the subway with the votes. OK, now what would have happened if he were mugged? Then what would we do?! I love the strange looks from other people on the subway. He comes out of the station into the rainy New York night and into the Letterman theater (this was obviously filmed just a few minutes ahead of time since it was supposed to be in Central Park!). We see the audience but, as happened last year in L.A., the camera is right in front of me and pointing the wrong direction. Sigh. You think they’re trying to tell me something?
The jury and the final two are all cleaned up and looking good. No attempts to trick the audience into thinking they are still in the Amazon (which is good considering the necessity of the change in plans).
Probst says that Rob said best, it started as a battle of sexes, so it’s fitting that it end same way. You don’t get to final two without doing something right. So before the votes are read, Probst wants to check in with Matt and Jenna to see how they feel.
Matt is asked how many people he thinks voted for him. He says he feels two votes for him, five against. He’s not very optimistic (this earns an “awww” from the live audience). He thinks Butch and Christy are on his side. Rob is a wildcard. What does Jenna think? She says she hopes she has Alex and Heidi, but the other five went to Matt. Probst scoffs and says that now she’s just being humble.
The first vote is for Matt. Loud cheers in the audience. Jenna. Cheers, but they seem louder on TV than they did where I was in the audience. Maybe the microphones are by her family and friends or something. Jenna again. Louder applause. Jenna. Jenna! What?! Jenna wins?! How the hell did that happen?! Matt and Jenna hug. We see Jenna’s family and Jenna tears up. The other contestants – voted out pre-jury – come out to share in the hugs and give their congratulations to her.
The big question from Jeff Probst? How. Did. This. Happen? How did spoiled 21-year-old swimsuit model get all these votes? He flips out the rest of the votes – all for her. It’s a 6-1 landslide, the biggest blowout in Survivor history! (I’m considering whether the votes may have been counted in Florida!) Jenna even got a vote from Christy, girl who swore never happen – we see the “freaking evil stepsisters of mine” quote from her final words again. How did it happen and what else is there to talk about? That will all be addressed in the live reunion. But you can also read about it in detail at Why Matthew Lost and Why Jenna Won.
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