Now I really love Sugar.
Near the start of the episode, I was shaking my head. I love Matty and Sugar, I decided, but I could hardly call them good at this game. Matty boxed himself into a corner without even realizing he had done it, and his solution was to be angry and bitter about it. Dude, think.
And Sugar, I love the girl, but tossed by the wind again, open to every passing breeze. I usually like to see the prize go to a worthy competitor as well as a good human being, but tonight I said fuck it: Matty and Sugar don't deserve it, but I'm rooting for them anyway.
(Bob, on the other hand, is smart enough to win the thing, but hasn't seemed to figured out he's in the game. He was kind of going backwards. Last week he rigged up a fake idol and then came up with a scheme that made it useless, and all he accomplished was get Kenny in trouble, making him feel so guilty he promised Kenny a future necklace. So now he was at negative one immunity necklace from where he started last week. He's going backwards.)
But then . . .
Little Miss Windblown l decided what she wanted, and man did she make it happen.
She engineered Crystal's ouster two different ways. I don't believe that's ever happened on Survivor before. She organized four out of six votes for Crystal, and then fooled everyone on the idol and let Matty play it as a backup plan.
Wow. The idol play in itself was a bold move, and I think a first, but coming on top of the ouster she had already organized. Impressive.
It was tough organizing the votes to begin with. She had to pull a big act on Crystal and Kenny, faking that she had faked to Bob. At the same time she had to convince Bob that her other fake was the fake one, and her plea to him was legit. She had to do the same to Matty--easier, since he had little to lose--and get him to convince Susie.
Sugar had to work every single person in the game to make it work. And she did.
And she figured out a way to do it so that Bob would trust her more because her plan involved him keeping his idol, and he still got to save face with the jury, by being true to his word, with vote going for Crystal and protecting Kenny.
It all fit together.
And then she wore the idol openly, and convinced everyone she would play it since it was the last night it mattered, so there was almost zero chance of her getting a vote and she could safely pass it to Matty.
Most hidden immunity idols have gone unused, with the holder voted off holding on for later. She got hers to protect two people in the same vote.
Until tonight, no one was really playing the freaking game except Kenny, who was overplaying it, and maybe Crystal. Those were the only two really trying to think ahead and play the game out, but they didn't assess the people around them very well.
It's kind of an odd season, coming down to four of the five finalists fumbling along with no real strategy week to week. In most other Survivor crowds they would be obliterated by an organized pack, but the pack leaders have all self-destructed this year.
And I mostly like who's left standing.
I'd love to see Sugar, Matty and Bob in the final three, and I think I might get to--though this game seldom goes where it seems to be headed.
I'd like that, though. And after tonight, I'm rooting for Sugar first again, and Matty has dropped to second. But I'd be thrilled for either of them. I think it would change either of their lives for the good, and I think they're both wonderful people. And I'd love to see either of their faces lit up. They'll be happy without it, too, though, and that's the best part.
So anyone who's interested, I'll host a live blogging of the finale and reunion show Sunday.
The right side of the country sees the show before the left side, which includes me, but that's OK. Here's the rules:
No rules. Post whatever you want.
I'll open the thread before the show starts east of the Mississippi (more or less), 8ET/7CT. You all on the right side can start posting right away in the comments. Anyone like me wanting to avoid spoilers, just don't look at the comments.
I'll blog in text of the thread as I get the feed an hour behind you and two hours ahead of the Pacifics. You can chuckle about me heading in all the wrong directions, oblivious to what is about to smack me in the head.
Once I get to the winner, I'll plunge into the comments and see what insights I missed.
Everyone else can play it however you want--peeking ahead or not. On other forums, when I'm an hour behind, I've just posted blind: meaning I add comments without reading the other comments, since many are way ahead of me.
And if no one is that interested in Survivor, I'll just post along by myself.
Now if anyone has another idea, I'd be open to adapting.