makes his opening statement. He talks about they were partners in
strategic crime, and that he has grown up a lot during the game (is
that really a valid reason to vote for somebody). J.T. isn't nearly as
eloquent as Stephen, but he's more natural, more genuine and he's very
humble. Dammit - J.T. has to be one of the most likable humans on the
Brendan asks Stephen my
question - why does personal growth matter when deciding a winner?
Stephen gives a non-answer. J.T. succinctly makes his point - growth
does not matter. This gets J.T. and Stephen bickering at each other
about Stephen flying under the radar.
Erinn asks why should she
vote for Stephen when most of the alliances he was involved in fell
apart. Stephen gives another non-answer. She asks J.T. why she brough
Stephen to the final two, and J.T. says his piece about loyalty and
Debbie is next, and says she is still undecided. She's
upset that J.T. lied. THIS IS SURVIVOR. Debbie asks if J.T. would be
up there with him had he won the final immunity. After much badgering,
Stephen finally answers and says it probably would have been Erinn up
Coach Time! He's proud to see the Warrior and the Wizard
up there. Again, it's about honesty. J.T. explains again that,
BECAUSE THIS IS SURVIVOR, he couldn't be completely honest with
everyone all the time. Stephen brings up the point that he's been
noble during tribal by not saying anything bad about J.T. yet tonight.
is petty and mean and awful, basically sayign that Erinn and Stephen
are extremely weak players. And then she says that she lost a lot of
respect for J.T. because he didn't take the strongest people to the
Tyson asks if Stephen helped J.T. get to the
final. J.T. says that he thinks he could have made it to the final
without Stephen, and this really hurts Stephen's feelings. I think
Tyson just wanted the two dudes to get pissed at each other.
decides to be a drama queen. She says she's crushed and disappointed.
She asks J.T. why it seemed effortless to write her name down - J.T.
says it was his hardest vote. Taj also feels betrayed by Stephen, and
then Stephen drops the bomb that J.T. had been thinking about getting
rid of Taj for awhile. J.T. pipes up and says that idea to get Taj out
was a joint idea. Stephen retorts by saying that there were a lot of
times earlier in the game when J.T. tried to get rid of Taj and he
talked J.T. out of it.
Stephen and J.T. are really pissed at
each other. Both appear extremely disappointed in the other. Kind of
awkward, even. Time for the final vote, everybody. The show is
running over, which means that the reunion special will be shorter,
which is fine by me.
As always, the final votes are read live
from the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City. I miss the old days,
when Jef Probst would arrive by helicopter or parachute down into the
city with the dramatic tribal music playing behind him.
I love the reveal of the Survivors on live TV. Who's gotten fat? Which ladies look worse with make-up on?
George in the house. J.T. has gained some weight back, and Stephen is
still rocking the beard, looking very nerdy. Here are the votes
(remember, the jury voted for either J.T. or Stephen):
J.T. (The Warrior)...definitely Coach's vote
Wow. That's all that was needed.
James Thomas, Jr. wins one million dollars. Congratulations, sir, you deserved it.
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