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There was a lot of talk last night about Dreamz being smart, but come on. The guy can't string two thoughts together, let alone articulate them. You don't have to be educated to be smart, and you certainly don't need to be educated to realize that reneging on a public promise to a popular player will win you no friends. I'd wonder what he was thinking, but I know the answer-- he wasn't thinking. At least not coherently. When asked simple questions, the guy couldn't even give a simple answer. And when he did finally answer Probst's oft-repeated question, it was revisionist history and a blatant lie. It was clear from his interviews at the time that when he made the deal with Yau-Man, he fully intended to honor it. He understood the consequences, but he wanted the car and he claimed to value his integrity. But when the moment came, greed trumped honor. I certainly understand the dilemma, but a truly smart man would have realized that by reneging on the deal he was burning any chance of beating Earl in the finals. He simply couldn't win. A smart man would have realized that the winning play was to honor his deal. It wouldn't have been a million dollar win, but it would have allowed him to walk tall and possibly parlay that display of integrity into further opportunity as the man who decided his honor couldn't be bought. Instead, he revealed himself to be callow and untrustworthy and became one of the biggest losers in the history of Survivor.

In a world where the best player wins the money, Yau-Man would be a lot richer. His gameplay was brilliant, from sending himself to Exile Island to secure the second immunity idol, to sensing the trap his opponents had set for him and deciding on the fly to use the idol he had when he most needed it. It wouldn't surprise me at all if the show's automobile sponsor decided to give Yau-Man another truck for the positive PR value.

The jury was particularly bitter this season, notably-- and bizarrely-- Lisi. She practically voted herself out of the game, so where the hell is all that venom towards Cassandra coming from? News flash: EVERYONE's there for the million dollars. EVERYONE on the show is motivated by greed to some extent. Get over yourself. Another news flash for Boo: Tribal Council isn't exactly the forum for holier-than-thou Christian rhetoric. You all knew how the game was played when you signed on, and I don't recall anyone appointing Boo as Dreamz' spiritual guardian. I never got a good sense of who Boo was during the show, but that glimpse last night made me understand why everyone else wanted him gone.

If Yau-Man couldn't win the money, Earl was the right second choice. He may not have won any individual immunities, but he was definitely playing the game (unlike Cassandra, who was flying so far below the radar she had grass in her teeth). That he did so without ruffling any jury feathers is a remarkable accomplishment. Normally they show some of the voters' commentary during the final vote, and when they didn't do that this time I suspected it might be a sweep.

One of the more satisfying seasons of Survivor. Next, we'll see if Burnett can work his magic with pirates.

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One of my friends made the comment that if Dreamz actually had honored his deal, he'd probably be getting another new car or something from Oprah or Rosie to reward him for being such a stand-up guy and resisting temptation.

And a side note on Boo: He might not have been trying to portray himself as being more Christian than Dreamz, but rather trying to point out yet another incident of Dreamz' hypocrisy. I seem to recall early on Dreamz talking about playing a good Christian game, do unto others and all that. Somehow that doesn't mesh well with his post-show statements that he left his honor at home when he went off to Fiji.

Whoops - I forgot to put my name. I wrote the bit about Oprah/Rosie above.

dreamz wasn't playing/able to play the social aspect of this game. if dreamz had given back the car when he decided to keep immunity he might have gotten some votes.

i totally agree about the bitter jury. i said the same thing while watching. some of those people were booted two weeks prior and they were still fuming. lots of holier than thou going on from lisi, boo, and others. i also agree that earl was a strong second choice, and that this was a good season overall.

i wonder if yau-man topped rupert in popularity.

If Dreamz had kept his word, I would not have been surprised if Survivor had invented another "fan favorite" award like they did for Rupert. On the other hand, if he had made it clear in his confessionals that lying and manipulation was his scheme from the start (a la Richard Hatch or Johnny Fairplay) he'd have gotten more respect as a good player. But instead he just came off as opportunistic.

Going into the finals, I was thinking to myself that it had been a good season: no one played the race card or the religion card. And then Boo's rant came out of nowhere, sigh. Still, I was surprised (but relieved) that no one ever made a big deal about the fact that the final three were African-American, or that Earl was the first African-American man to win. Maybe they did on the Early Show, I forgot to record it.

Does anyone know the payout scheme once there are three at the end? If it was 100K for 2nd & 3rd + $0 for 4th, perhaps Dreamz just figured he was not going to make that much post-production. Pure cash seems the lever Yau-man should have pulled. "You can have the truck and make even more money after the show than by going to a final 3 you could not possibly win."

I would have been interesting to see how Burnett would have put in a discussion about profiting from Survivor fame outside of the game itself into the mix.

Of course, all this only works if Dreamz can defer gratification. . . .

Good point about Dreamz being a poor player by his choice to renege. If he truly intended to betray Yau from the start, he wouldn't have made any effort to get Yau voted off before the final immunity challenge to avoid breaking his promise. He must have been having second thoughts during the final immunity challenge or else he could have just let go after Earl dropped out. That should have been a clue to Yau. But if he had made up his mind, then as soon as he had the idol, there was no need to continue the charade. So I think that he truly didn't make up his mind until tribal council. I don't think that he is a bad person or devious or anything, I just think that he has no impulse control whatsoever. When told a secret, he immediately had to tell everyone else much like a child. He did this twice and each time seemed a little surprised by the consequences. When confronted with an awkward silence, he felt compelled to speak nonsense and alienate himself. It was a good survivor because Yau Man was such a great player and it was like a weird psychological experiment for Dreamz and others.

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