Reality High Test Results, October 5 – 11: Who’s the Bigger Idiot?by Belle Book -- 10/10/2006
Welcome back to another week at Reality High! As usual, I’ve got contestants and teams who are great when it comes to strategy, and some who just don’t seem to learn.
In any case, the remaining seventeen contestants from Survivor: Cook Islands and the remaining eight teams from The Amazing Race 10 returned, and I gave them the tests for this week. They took the tests, and returned them to me. Once I got the tests back, I took a look at them.
When I took a look at Candice’s reply to the first question, I had to smile a little:
1. True or False: If you think people on your former tribe sent you to Exile Island to protect you, it’s best to play dumb if people from your new tribe ask you about why you were sent there to begin with.
Candice answered “True,” and I was pleased to tell her that she was right. Once she returned to Aitu, Flica asked her why she was sent to Exile Island. She also asked if perhaps Adam and Parvati urged the others on Raro to send her there to protect her from Tribal Council. Candice privately believed they did just that; but she knew that if the others realized that, they’d probably think she’ll rejoin her allies at the merge and get rid of Candice before then so that Raro wouldn’t gain a numbers advantage. If I’d been in her shoes, I’d have done the same thing. The problem is, her dumb act wasn’t likely to fool anybody, but at least she tried.
But when I took a look at the answers from some of those on Raro, I had to wonder if I’d have to call the witch doctor for the third week in a row:
2. You were all recently switched up into a new tribe. What is the best way to do things till you hit the merge?
A. Work hard and form new alliances or maintain old ones.
Cristina, Jenny, Parvati, Rebecca, and Stephannie all answered “A,” and I was happy to tell them that they were right. They were all working very hard on the shelter, and we saw Parvati form an alliance with Nate. She probably also has an alliance with Adam, and she may be getting along with Brad despite the fact that Brad’s gay and gays won’t respond to a heterosexual woman’s flirtatiousness. Meanwhile, Jenny also seems to have an alliance with Brad from Puka.
Adam, Brad and Nate all answered “B,” and I told them that wasn’t the best answer, but it wasn’t the worst one either. Adam obviously still has an alliance with Parvati, since they voted to get rid of J.P.; Brad has an alliance with Jenny from Puka, and Nate has formed an alliance with Parvati since moving to Raro. They should be out working more, but at least they are forming or maintaining alliances.
But J.P. answered “C,” and I had to count to 10 before telling him that he was absolutely wrong! It’s bad enough to lie around and not do much of anything, but to actually act like you’re the king of the tribe and others have to bow down to you, well that’s even worse! When I told J.P. this, he continued to say that there was no way that the girls would even think of getting rid of any of the strong, young men before the merge, since they’d need strength for the challenges. I reminded him that the Sook Jai tribe from Survivor: Thailand dumped the strong, young Jed in the third episode because he was lazy. Of course, they also threw the challenge to get rid of him, which was wrong, but the point still remains: youth and strength just aren’t enough.
Meanwhile, I had to smile when I saw Ozzy’s answer to the third question:
3. Your only ally from your former tribe was voted out at the last Tribal Council. What do you do to make certain that you stick around?
A. Work hard and provide food for the tribe, pronto!
Ozzy chose “A,” and while the best answer is “D,” he got part of the strategy right. Ozzy knew that a great way to stick around is to provide fish for the tribe so that they would be less likely to vote him out. He obviously learned something from Rupert from Survivor: Panama and Tom from Survivor: Palau, both of whom were the big providers for their tribe, ensuring that their tribes would keep both guys around till the merge and beyond. Of course, Rupert wound up on the jury, so providing food for the tribe isn’t enough either, but it’s a start. However, what he needs now are allies, particularly a good “goat” to take to the Final 2, one that’ll make him look like an angel.
Unfortunately, I had to take a look at Stephannie’s answer to the fourth question, and I just groaned:
4. True or False: If you are the weakest link in challenges, by all means announce it to your tribemates after the loss of immunity.
Stephannie answered “True,” and I had to tell her that she was wrong. You just don’t announce that you are the weakest link in the challenges! That puts the target right on your back! It sure encouraged Nate to vote for Stephannie; and if the other women hadn’t realized that allowing Stephannie to go home would make them vulnerable to being picked off by the guys, it would’ve sent Stephannie home, not J.P. Stephannie admitted that she was wrong in making the statement and that she just said out of sheer frustration. I’m glad she admitted she was wrong to do so, but I still had to tell her to reserve such admissions of weakness for confessionals from now on.
Fortunately, however, her mistake was canceled out by the other women’s answer to the fifth question:
5. True or False: It is in your best interests to make certain you have the numbers needed to vote out someone before you get to Tribal Council.
Cristina, Jenny and Rebecca all answered “True,” and I was pleased to tell them that they were right. They realized that there were five women and four men. That means if they get rid of a woman (Stephannie), they lose their gender advantage and are vulnerable to a takeover by the men. This would lead to the women getting voted out one by one. So Cristina and Jenny made attempts to get the fifth person. Cristina first went to Parvati, but Parvati was reluctant (though she wound up voting out J.P. anyway,) and Jenny helped to get Brad to agree to vote out J.P., thus gaining the majority.
J.P., however, answered “False,” and I had to have a long, hard talk with him. True, it’s a good idea to keep strong players for the challenges (just ask Kel from Survivor: the Australian Outback), but Survivor is about alliances, not just about winning challenges. It’s also often a game of numbers (just ask the younger guys from Survivor: Vanuatu and the Pagong tribe from the first Survivor series.) J.P. didn’t realize that he didn’t have the numbers and that he needed a fifth person from among the women. And he paid for it.
What went wrong with J.P.? He had a couple of problems. His biggest one was that he got too comfortable, which led to him being lazy and also made him vulnerable to the women pulling a counter-alliance to vote him out instead. It didn’t help his cause any that he didn’t take a long run before swimming like Ozzy did, and that Ozzy was a better swimmer in any case. If he had run farther before swimming, he might’ve helped his team out more, although Jenny, Rebecca, and Stephannie probably wouldn’t have gotten the fire going before Cao Boi did anyway.
Once I was done with the Survivor contestants, I turned to the answers of the Amazing Race teams. I first looked at the answers to the sixth question:
6. You have just heard an announcement at a statue in a garden detailing where you are supposed to go. What should be your next move?
A. Write it down carefully, then get a cab driver to hear the directions before going on.
Dustin & Kandice and Lyn & Karlyn answered “B,” while the others answered “A.” Although I can understand why the other two decided to just scramble without getting their cab driver to hear the directions, the best answer is “A.” The cab drivers know the Vietnamese language, after all, and they’ll get you there more quickly than if you do it the other way. Lyn & Karlyn found that out the hard way, but hours of operation were on their side again.
Meanwhile, I had to smile when I saw Erwin & Godwin and Tom & Terry’s answers to the seventh question:
7. True or False: It’s a good idea for one team to follow another to the next route marker as long as the other team knows where they’re going.
Erwin & Godwin and Tom & Terry both answered “True,” and I was pleased to tell them that they were all correct. As long as one team knows where it’s going (or in this case, the cab driver for the team knows where he’s going,) it’s a great idea for any other teams to follow the first team. And even if the first team isn’t keen on it, it’s still a good idea. Fortunately, Tom & Terry were okay with Erwin & Godwin following them. Unfortunately for them, it didn’t matter in the end.
Worse yet, I just had to groan when I saw Rob’s answer to the eighth question:
8. You are having the worst taxi cab experience in the world. What is the best way for you to handle the situation?
A. Take deep breaths, and then calmly urge your driver to return to your last location so you can pay him before grabbing a different cab driver.
Rob answered “C,” and I counted to 10 before telling him that he was absolutely wrong! You should remain calm in that type of situation. If you can’t remain calm, at least you should let your partner do so, providing your partner’s calmer than you. The last thing you should do is to rant and rave. Colin had problems when he did that in The Amazing Race 5, and when Jonathan the Ass yelled at his cab driver in TAR 6, viewers cheered everywhere when his cab driver booted him and his wife, Victoria!
And his behavior continued when they had to row their sampan. He kept yelling at Kimberly, although she kept yelling at him as well. And they kept yelling at each other throughout the class! I finally had enough of both of them yelling and told them that they could just cool their heels… in Detention! Rob & Kimberly stared at each other for a moment, and then at me; and finally stalked off to Detention. And then I finally took an Excedrin. I definitely needed it!
I alternately frowned and smiled at Peter & Sarah when I saw their answers to the ninth question:
9. True or False: It’s never a good idea to even consider giving up in the middle of an incredibly difficult task unless it’s a Detour task with both options close by.
Peter answered “False,” while Sara answered “True.” I told them that the correct answer was “True.” Peter was having a very hard time with the Under Detour, which involved grabbing oyster baskets. Peter considered quitting when his and Sarah’s sampan ran into Tom & Terry’s. I told Peter that unless it was a Detour task with both options close by, it’s generally a terrible idea to give up in the middle of a task. To make matters worse for him, Sarah hadn’t ever really considered giving up during the challenging Roadblock, although she did once think that she couldn’t do it. Peter started challenging me, and I told him that unless he stopped doing so, he’d be joining Rob & Kimberly in Detention. That shut him up.
Meanwhile, I just couldn’t believe Dustin & Kandice’s answer to the final question:
10. You receive your clue telling you to head to the Pit Stop. What is the best thing to do with your clue?
A. Keep it safe and sound.
Well, at least Dustin & Kandice didn’t answer “C.” However, they answered “B,” and that was no better. You really shouldn’t allow your clue to get shredded! You might lose valuable information and have to figure out what your next move is. They were just lucky that Tom & Terry were so incompetent when it came to rowing, otherwise they would’ve been done for. When I told them this, they admitted that they made a mistake and that they won’t make the same mistake again. I certainly hope not!
Tom & Terry had been doing well before the Detour, and now they’re out. What went wrong? Well, their biggest problem seems to have been that they just couldn’t row a sampan to save their lives. It also didn’t help their cause any that they couldn’t find any pearl baskets right away, and that by the time they did begin getting pearl baskets, they were in a race with Dustin & Kandice… and the women beat them despite shredding their clue!
At the end of the class, I gave the contestants and teams still in the game their grades. Adam, Brad and Nate each got a “C,” and they seemed okay with it. Candice and Ozzy each got a “B,” and they seemed happy with their grades. Meanwhile, Cristina, Jenny and Rebecca were delighted to get their first “A’s” during the competition! Stephannie, meanwhile, got a “D” for admitting that she was the weakest link during the challenge. She seemed to be accepting of the whole thing and said that next time she won’t say such stuff in front of everyone even if it was true.
Then I turned to the Amazing Race teams and gave them their grades. I had to give Dustin & Kandice a “D.” They seemed accepting of it. Erwin & Godwin got a “B+,” and they were delighted with their grade. Lyn & Karlyn got a “B-,” and they were fairly pleased with it. Peter was pretty mad when I gave him his “D,” but remembered my warning and kept his mouth shut while Sarah got her “A.” She was delighted to get it. Rob & Kimberly returned from Detention, with Rob getting a “D,” and Kimberly getting a “C-.” Neither one was pleased with their grades.
Finally, I was left with J.P. I told him, “Well, looks like the Aitu strategy to throw the second immunity challenge so you can get rid of Billy really hurt your tribe. However, you weren’t voted out because you threw the challenge. You were sent home because you failed to realize that Survivor isn’t about just being young and strong. You failed to get the numbers necessary to keep you around and you annoyed people by acting like the king of the island. Just not smart.” J.P. sighed and admitted that he now knows it takes more than being strong, big and physical and thinking that you’re mentally tough to win Survivor. Unfortunately, he didn’t realize it until he was blindsided.
Then I turned to Tom & Terry. I told them, “I’m sorry that you had so many problems rowing the sampan. If you didn’t have those problems, you would still be in the race and Dustin & Kandice would be out. Unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be. But at least you beat four other teams, and you didn’t lose because you really, really screwed up like you did last week.” Tom & Terry agreed with me, and they were proud of themselves for just not giving up even in the midst of their hardships.
Before he left, I gave J.P. his grade. It was an “F.” He sighed and said, “I knew it.” Well, at least he took both his elimination and his grade like a man. I then gave Tom & Terry their grade. It was a “C.” They took it well. It’s a shame that they had to go, but at least they also went out with class.
Will Cao Boi return to his annoying ways? Will Ozzy continue to impress me? Will Dustin & Kandice learn from their error this leg? Will Peter get a trip to Detention? And will Rob & Kimberly return to Detention? Find out next week!
Belle Book is a library clerk for a community college in Pennsylvania. The Amazing Race is her favorite Reality TV show, so she’d love to be on it sometime! If you wish to contact Belle, she can be reached at BelleBook@aol.com.
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