SCWL Postseason Cast Assessment Entry #14

ENTRY #14: I am not posting the player and their records until the end of the post to preserve suspense.

You have read through thirteen episodes of SCWL: The Prequel. The thirteen eliminated players were voted out for being inactive regardless of circumstance, a mercy boot for being disinterested in the game (Wendy/Kristen/Cindy), or had a fear of failure (Lyndsay).

Only Kyle and Wendy were voted out in a round where they themselves didn’t cast a self-vote.
Wendy was the only one to be present when eliminated back in the very first round of the game to finish in 19th place.

After this struggle we finally get to a round where all seven remaining players have been active since the merge. Jerry is the only one left who has self-voted multiple times, but had shown up to multiple TC discussions and virtually every challenge to be crowned as an active player of SCWL.

By the way, I did a bit of research: If I held everyone to the same rules that are in SCWL 1-5, fourteen of the twenty players would have been ejected by this point. Only Wendy, Brett, Adam, Dianne, Gayle, and Natasha would remain.

We could have been down to six players after about round six or seven if I enforced the future rules of the series. The fourteen players have either:
a) Self-voted twice
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b) Missed three challenges

But as was the case this season, people like Lyndsay had self-voted six times and skipped eight challenges.

And you’re lucky to have voting confessionals for the past three rounds because I continued to bug people about sending in a confessional along with their vote. It is the only time all season where people were willing to cooperate with the game.

We just came off of booting Lyndsay–the last person who isn’t related by blood to all other contestants. She’s gone.

It is down to Adam, Brett, Dianne, Gayle, Jerry, Lisa, and Natasha.

Am I happy with this group being the last seven standing? Considering they are the only active ones, yes.

Am I happy with this group of seven if several of the other thirteen players were active as well? No.

Why is that? Because this was the last seven expected to be remaining in the game if it went in a linear and inactive fashion. Remember that during this time I used to host Mole games, and many of these players are usually who you see playing. I really wanted to create some new endgame players for the series. I thought with Loren’s crew consisting of four out of six superfans within their clan were virtually guaranteed to make it to the end of the game. Loren’s dial up, Kyle’s demanding hours to fight forest fires during the summer, Simone being on the wrong side of the numbers in an 8-person group that assumed all others would be active, and Lyndsay being Lyndsay/fearing to fail/quitting/stomping off because things weren’t going her way.

I cannot emphasize how much of a disappointment it was for their mixed series of circumstances to come into play. Kai wasn’t a superfan yet he was active for a chunk of the first half of the game. Serene is always online and would have played too if it weren’t for people assuming the other sixteen would actively participate. I think Serene would have been a great player if she was given one more round.

For longtime veterans, it’d be like if CANE made it to the Final Four together. That’s pretty much my reaction to seeing these seven in the end together. The only difference is that I expected Jerry to be swapped out with Loren considering Jerry was brought in as Dianne’s partner in the day 2 twist.

If Jerry goes this round the season goes virtually the exact opposite of how I wanted it to go from start to finish.

Perhaps on day 1 the idea of seeing these seven at the end together means they failed the social part of the experiment. A big part of a game where you are bringing people who aren’t normally Survivor fans, haven’t seen the show, or are on the outside of people who have known each other for decades, it is pretty much the responsibility of the ‘in’ players to reach out and converse with the other players.

I know Wahaj lost interest after five rounds because he personally came to me and said “These people are so boring. Nobody is playing. Nobody is talking to me!”

A round later they vote him out as he self-votes too. Alisha, Simone, and Kai would have committed much more time if someone actually approached them. I assumed they just weren’t answering messages, but I have come to learn that the fact is nobody took the initiative to talk about the game in a strategic sense.

Go back a few entries to FireWire’s group page conversations. Nobody would talk on the wall for a week at a time unless a challenge was going on. Seeing how each TC was just voting out whoever was the most inactive, it is safe to say no one really spoke to each other outside of Adam talking to Brett and Natasha.

And why am I mentioning all of this? Because as I said before, this game was a trial run to see if an outdoor game could be played. My biggest test was to see if people were willing to engage and socialize with others or if they would merely stick with their ‘in’ group to make the top six or seven a foregone conclusion.

And guess what? The top seven is a foregone conclusion. I haven’t really talked about this until now, but most of the people here in the top seven are Type ‘B’ personalities. Everybody kept to themselves, didn’t really think outside the box, and voted out every outsider. The only person who was Type A is Lisa.

Look at the partners too recruited on day two.
Brett’s partner is nobody because he refused to ask anybody to be his partner. He incurred a self-vote for failing to bring someone into the game. However, Natasha is brought into the game as his partner because all he said was ‘Natasha is my partner’ without even asking her. Someone who didn’t have a computer nor much interest in playing. Only brought in because of Lisa.
Adam’s partner is Alisha. Someone he hadn’t talked to in years, but brought in because of Gayle and Lisa.
Dianne’s partner is Jerry because that’s her brother.
Lisa’s partner is Cindy. It’s her friend.
Penner didn’t bring in a partner because he was strictly dedicating himself to trolling the game.
Scott and Wahaj didn’t bring in partners for obvious reasons.
Gayle’s partner is Wendy who had no interest in playing, but refused to look around too.
Kyle’s partner is Kai because he actually asked posted it publicly as I requested everyone to do so.
Loren’s partner is Serene but he didn’t ask her in the first place.
Lyndsay’s partner is Simone because she knew she was a superfan.

The only two people who achieved this task properly were Kyle and Lyndsay. The last two things either of them really did properly all game too, incidentally. Yep, I gave credit to Lyndsay for something.

Was the Partner twist really stupid on my part? Yes.
Is it the only reason we had a full cast though? Yes.
Does that stop from some of the players earning blame for tilting the table? No.

Once we added the partners to the cast it was clear that Lisa, Gayle, and Dianne found themselves in a huge advantage. They pretty much forced people into a game that they had no idea what was going on or even how to play, and dumped them along the way without really talking to them. This was probably done unintentionally and were likely just trying to get people who would be the easiest to convince to sign up because of their personal connections.

This made people from Loren’s group feel distant as the partners could have been used to grow a community, but instead all it did was shut people out who were justified to have a chance in the game.

Keep in mind the Partner twist lasted multiple days. I kept delaying it so people could find better partners. Believe it or not the following two things had happened with the Partner twist:

a) Penner infamously said his four year old son is a partner, and Penner bragged “You never said it couldn’t be someone outside of this game.”

In which I replied “Uh, it was supposed to be someone outside of the game. Alright, once your four year old messages me, he’ll be in the game.”

Penner found other ways to attempt trolling after that.

b) Adam tried to add Natasha’s dog as his partner. He even filled out a whole profile.

So you can see why I just gave up on restricting Partnership beyond that because of those really dumb and stupid instances that I still can’t believe actually took place in the game.

A third player was nearly blocked from playing–Natasha. In fact I blocked Brett/Dianne/Gayle/Lisa’s joint request to make Natasha to be Brett’s partner for the day 2 twist. I kept saying ‘no’ because they weren’t understanding how silly it was that someone without a computer could compete in the game. After two days of putting up with Penner, Adam, and also a not-so-computer-savvy Cindy being added to the game, I gave up and let Natasha in. If Wahaj or Scott brought in a partner, Natasha would have been cut.

In fact, there was also a point where somebody tried to convince my dad to play but he didn’t even know how to use the computer. Again, there was lots of pleading, but luckily I was able to put my foot down there. You can see how much of a problem players attempting to add fodder at the time was.

In short, Natasha should never have been part of the season. It suddenly shows because she missed half of the pre-merge challenges, virtually every TC discussion, and missed every challenge post-merge. The only thing she did successfully all season was vote.

There’s pretty much your answer to the question of “Why I wish this wasn’t the top seven of this season”. All it would confirm is that the game would go down as a failure because the social and strategic aspect of the game was failed to be embraced.

Four years later it has changed from “failure” to “lifelong ORG lesson”. It may sound like I am blaming the cast for why the game went horribly wrong, but because I was the one who did the casting and responsible for the rules and regulations, the responsibility ultimately lies with me. Oh, and it’s tough to keep new players interested when I do twenty twists per round, and a couple of subjective challenges mixed in there. That might not help either.

I shall always wonder if people would have been more engaged if I did zero twists and just stuck with one quality challenge per round. Again, the prequel’s production couldn’t be more different than how I have hosted games ever since. I doubt the prequel would have helped me earn more ORG awards like seasons one through five have.

Alright. Now that we’ve nailed down why the past thirteen rounds have been so wonky and weird, it is now time to get to the last five rounds of the season. In other words, the only part of the season where Survivor was played.

You have been waiting thirteen rounds for this. Let’s get to it.

The women’s alliance is still in power. Dianne, Gayle, Lisa, and Natasha. The mother-daughter pairs are Dianne-Lisa and Gayle-Natasha. Those four have dictated who has been eliminated when regardless of the fact they have been spread over three tribes since day one. They have always voted for the person that has gone home, and none of them have ever self-voted.

I was 150 to 200 percent certain that these four will continue to run this game to the end, and the only trap will be if Adam or Brett use one of their hidden individual immunity idols, become immune, and force a new Tribal Council where their four-person alliance has to vote one of their own out of the game. In which case it will probably be Natasha because she doesn’t have a computer and her right hand is burnt too. Plus she was the only one of the four who was brought in as a Partner.

Adam has won the past three individual immunities. If he loses they MUST go for him this round because they may never have the chance again.

Brett has no more inactive players to hide behind. If Adam wins immunity, he will certainly need to play his idol because there are no more targets left to eliminate.

Jerry played a fake idol last round. He has been playing challenges, voting, and shown up to TC discussions. He is currently under the radar because he is not viewed as a threat. Is this brilliant strategy from the poker player and councilman?

And all of them are at the mercy of the Women’s Alliance. Gayle has two idols and a Double Tribal Council Trigger. Jerry warned Lisa that Adam probably has the real idol, but Lisa refuses to listen. It doesn’t matter because she is in power. And Natasha is always the reliable fourth member of the alliance.

Immunity Challenge XIII: Live Number Switch

Our trend of only three to five people playing in each immunity challenge continued. This time Dianne, Adam, Gayle, and Natasha were the only four to play in the challenge. Jerry, Lisa, and Brett did not show up.

It is the same challenge from SCWL 3. You have a sequence of ten numbers in a line. You must switch the ten numbers following the three guidelines:
a) Push one letter to the opposing end 2-3-4-5-6-7-8-9-10
b) Switch the middle two letters 1-2-3-4-6-5-7-8-9-10
c) Switch letters that are two letters apart 1-4-3-2-5-6-7-8-9-10

However, this challenge was live. Whoever was the first to put the ten numbers correctly from 1 through 10 would win immunity.

Jerry had not played the past two challenges. For whatever reason he participated in the past two immunities, but because he didn’t need it this round, he skipped out on it.

Lisa didn’t show up because her four person women’s alliance was intact.

And knowing Brett, he was probably out playing sports or something like that. He could have been discouraged by finishing second place in three of the challenges and missing out on the first post-merge challenge. This is only the second challenge he has missed all season.

So it was Dianne, Gayle, Adam, and Natasha.

Gayle has her Double Tribal Council Trigger. It has to be used this round, next round, or the round after that. Will it be used this round?
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Nope. So we’ll be in for a crazy round in the future.

So who won this immunity challenge?
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Adam. Yet again. Fourth time in a row.

ME: Adam wins immunity for the fourth time in a row!

GAYLE: crap

DIANNE: I say we all poke him with sharp sticks

It’s pretty clear why Adam has won four immunity challenges since we have been down to ten players: Because virtually nobody else was showing up to play in the challenges! He has had a 1-in-4 or 1-in-5 shot of winning every challenge since the merge. He lost the first one because he couldn’t read, but has won the following four challenges since then.

So Adam was immune. The four women must now take out Brett or Jerry. Can they blindside Brett along with his idol? Or will Brett play it and force the four women to turn against one another?

Brett knew he was in trouble. Adam knew he needed safety because he figured his streak couldn’t last much longer. Everyone else would start trying much harder very soon. Once the women no longer have the safety net they will not be so forgiving towards Adam.

What would ensue is the craziest scramble in SCWL history. Nothing like this has happened before or since, and is the apex of this season.

Strategy Session 1: Phone Conversations.

Gayle, Dianne, Lisa, and Natasha were in multiple phone conferences to determine who would go. Brett or Jerry. It was the first “real” decision of the game, so to speak. It had been a matter of eliminating inactive player after inactive player up to that point.

One of the biggest parts of the conversation is everyone mad at each other for not showing up every round to help beat Adam in a challenge. Again, I thought people were coasting because they felt bad for booting Adam despite his efforts, and wanted him to go home in 5th or 6th just before the women had to eat each other.

Strategy Session 2: Text Conversations.

Adam and Brett texted each other throughout the round. They thought about bringing in Jerry, dividing the women’s votes, and send home somebody 3-2-2. Probably Gayle or Natasha because they appeared to be the safest and most in power to them.

Also, Brett knew this was the first round he was in danger. He sent a text to ME to tell somebody else about a possible F4 or F3 deal. Brett, not understanding how Survivor works, was met with a text in response by me of something along these lines:

“Do players tell Jeff Probst to strategize for them? No. You’re on your own.”

Brett was a bit upset at the time not realizing how silly the idea of a host strategizing for him was, but managed to text people on his own anyway.

Strategy Session 3: Face-to-face conversations.

Now this I had never seen before. I have said this before that most of the players from the beginning were related to most of the others by blood or in-laws or friends of relatives in some fashion. Therefore players are in relatively close proximities to one another. During this round I saw multiple pairs and even a trio quietly talking about strategy. They all giggled, laughed, frowned, worried, and were excited about the plans they had hatched.

Strategy Session 4: Ghost e-mail idol giveaway

Adam won immunity for a fourth time, and knew his days were numbered. The idol only covers him for one of the next three rounds. He has no true alliances. Adam created a fake e-mail address during this time and intended to send Dianne his real idol code in order to keep her safe down the road, and hope it would not only keep her in the game but somehow attach herself to Adam to the very end. Adam didn’t want to expose himself for giving the idol away initially, and that’s why he wanted to be anonymous for a round or two before revealing what he had done.

However, Adam ditched that plan at the last minute. It never came to fruition.

After two days of strategy leading into Tribal Council a plan was hatched. The votes are in. Canada and America has voted. . .someone is going home.

The decoy boot that Adam, Brett, Dianne, Gayle, Lisa, and Natasha all agreed upon is that Jerry would be voted out. The only outsider and somewhat inactive player remaining.

Is this a trap for Adam or Brett to give him their idol? Or is someone else being duped? Read on to find out.

Oh, and because there are still FOUR idols left in the game with only seven people remaining, and only four rounds left to use them, I gave everyone a refresher on the rules.

ME: Hidden Immunity Idol Rules

1. The last time all individual immunity idols can be used is on Day 37.

2. If you wish to play a hidden individual immunity idol, send the ‘idol code’ along with your Tribal Council vote. If you wish to give the idol to someone else, simply give them your idol code and you will effectively be ‘sharing’ an idol. Keep in mind that only one person can play it.

3. You may NOT play an idol during a revote of a Tribal Council.

4. If you play an idol, and you in fact would’ve been eliminated at that Tribal Council, anyone who did NOT vote for you will be excused from Tribal Council. The Tribal Council will be completely scrapped and it will be as if it never happened; a new Tribal Council will take place amongst the alliance that tried to eliminate you.

5. If you play an idol, and you in fact wouldn’t have been eliminated at that Tribal Council…you just wasted an idol.

6. If the idol at Exile Carnival is played, it will be re-hidden continuously unless we’ve reached Day 37.

7. If you voted for yourself and played the idol, and you in fact would’ve been eliminated, you will stay behind for the new Tribal Council because you voted for the person who played the idol.

The upcoming Tribal Council will make this game at Day 33.

That’s right. I forgot that I had enough plans for re-hidden idols at Exile Carnival for three re-hides. So if Adam uses his idol at this Tribal Council or the next one I would re-hide it at Exile Carnival, thereby making Exile Carnival relevant once again.

And yes, after the Prequel this would never happen again. No re-hides ever. Once an idol is used, wasted, or flushed, it is gone for good.

Oh, and there have only been exactly three idols up for grabs all season long in every season from SCWL 1 – 5. So not only are there no re-hides after the prequel, but also a decrease in the number of idols.

This is much more manageable than a possible SIX idols, and one of them being re-hidden upon each use. Holy crap. I was not thinking. At all.

So let’s get to TC #14 a.k.a. The First Real TC of the Game!

ME: Tribal Council #14

Who’s all here?

LISA: me

DIANNE: me, me

GAYLE: that walk seems to get longer each time

DIANNE: and harder

DIANNE: just where is mister immunity?

GAYLE: hmmmmmmmm he is in his study room

ADAM: here

DIANNE: I say if he doesn’t show he cant play in next challenge

DIANNE: DAMMM

LISA: Lisa looks uncomfortable…

GAYLE: lol

LISA: Did anyone else notice that the word DAM is VERY close to the name Adam?

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Adam wins immunity AGAIN! What do you do to stop this guy?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

I all can do is try my best and hope to dethrone him.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

Since Lyndsay has been voted out, has strategizing become much more difficult?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

Yes, this is the hardest vote for me personally.

ADAM’S QUESTION

How does it feel to win four immunities in a row?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I feel fortunate

LISA’S QUESTION

Has anyone thought about if the end game will be a Final Two or a Final Three?

LISA’S ANSWER

I am just thinking about tonight adn hoping I stay around

GAYLE: I second that

DIANNE: I third it

LISA: third what?

DIANNE: hoping to stay around tonight

LISA: AHHHH yes

LISA: Lisa wonders WHY it is such a hard vote for her MOTHER!!! Shifty Eyes, shifty Eyes…..

EDITOR’S NOTE: The problem with the season I just pointed out earlier. :/

GAYLE’S QUESTION

It’s very clear that everyone is feeling uncomfortable tonight with the exception of Mr. Immunity. Do you think the paranoia will work against you?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

I don’t know. People will have to stay calm, and I am sure its hard for everyone.

LISA: Shifty shifty shifty!

DIANNE’S QUESTION

Why is this vote much more difficult?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

because it is getting down to people i know better

LISA’S QUESTION

So what do you do to make sure you stay around?

LISA’S ANSWER

Well, I just may have some insurance lying around here somewhere.

ADAM’S QUESTION

Have you put any thoughts into what you’ll do when you lose an immunity challenge?

ADAM’S ANSWER

I have put some thought into it but not too much, I’ll cross that bridge when I get to it.

GAYLE: Its so nice and warm here.

LISA: What a weird thing to say!

GAYLE: by the fire..with a good roof

GAYLE’S QUESTION

How disappointing would it be to be voted out with only two episodes remaining?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

very disappointing…do you know something I don’t know jeff? Keep that brain in tact please

LISA’S QUESTION

What do you mean by an ‘extra piece of insurance’?

LISA’S ANSWER

I just mean, that I feel the parts I have played in this game have been good ones. I feel I deserve to be here and the people left here know what I have contributed to the tribe.

ADAM’S QUESTION

What’s your take on the feeling of paranoia amongst the other three?

ADAM’S ANSWER

Paranoia killed the cat

I think it’s inevitable at this point in the game

DIANNE’S QUESTION

There’s still two idols, a major advantage, and two secret rewards lying about with only six days left. How do you take all of that into account when strategizing without your brain exploding?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

Who said my brain didn’t explode? Have you seen my results on the challenges?

LISA’S QUESTION

Who do you think DOESN’T deserve to be here, then?

LISA’S ANSWER

ER…UMM…….I think we ALL deserve to be here. I really couldn’t pick one person out of this group who doesn’t deserve to be here. We have all contributed what we could, when we could…..I just couldn’t point the finger at one person, Jeff.

ADAM’S QUESTION

Have you been figuring out who has idols, a major advantage, and two secret rewards, or do you just ignore that when strategizing?

ADAM’S ANSWER

Well Mr. Probsdfnt, I have no idea who has those things and no idea of how to figure it out so no I haven’t taken that into account at all.

DIANNE’S QUESTION

So if your brain has exploded, does that mean you’ve given up on trying to use any over-the-top moves in this game?

DIANNE’S ANSWER

No, I still think I can do wonder moves with only half a brain.

GAYLE’S QUESTION

Do you trust the alliances you’ve made at this point?

GAYLE’S ANSWER

Alliance?? Did I ever say I had an alliance? When you are down to 7 players the game gets really hard, you have your friends you gel with.

QUESTION FOR EVERYONE EXCEPT ADAM:

How concerned are you that you might be voted out tonight?

GAYLE: Very

DIANNE: I am concerned because of my lousy challenges.

LISA: I think we all have a chance of going tonight. I just hope my past performance will keep me here a while longer.

ME: Alright. I think it’s time for me to go tally the votes.

BRETT: im here

EDITOR’S NOTE: *facepalm*

BRETT’S QUESTION

Did you want to be asked a question?

BRETT: just in time

LISA: Where have you been??

GAYLE: What happened to you on the way here, that head injury slow you up

DIANNE: Hey, the boy has a brain injury!

BRETT: yeah i was kidnapped by island tribesman

BRETT: i bartered coconuts to let me go

LISA: scary! How did you get away??

LISA: Good Job!

GAYLE: very good, you tricked them into something they can get themselves

ME: Let’s bring in medical to check him out!

So, I’m just going to bring in medical. Can we get medical in here right now?

Just relax, medical wants to take a look. Where’s medical? Medical?

Medical has decided that you’re fine.

BRETT: theres been a coconut drought and the network bought the last remaining area of the island that has them

LISA: Brett, I am glad you are fine

BRETT: oh good cause i wanna stay in for sure, ill just throw some mud and leaves on the wound and i think i should be fine

BRETT’S QUESTION

How do you feel about tonight’s vote?

BRETT’S ANSWER

Im feeling not bad im probably seen as the weak link now that im injured

GAYLE: gee taking brett a long time to answer jeffs question

ME: If anybody played an idol, this would be the time that I’d reveal it.
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Nobody played an idol.

ADAM: Ya you be dumb now

ME: First vote, which happens to be a self-vote:
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Second vote:
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Third vote:
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Fourth vote:
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Fifth vote:
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Sixth vote:
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Last vote:
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The fourteenth person voted out of this game and the fifth member of our jury. . .
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(Lisa)
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(Lisa), the tribe has spoken.

LISA: Good luck to all of you…….see you in the JURY BOX!

LISA: STOMP STOMP STOMPING through the jungle………

ME: Let’s see, what should Jeff Probst’s closing comments be for this episode?

I think it’s safe to say that Lisa thought she’d get through tonight’s vote. Evidently, you guys made the message clear that this was not the case.

Only three immunity challenges to go in your last six days. This is going to be fun.

BRETT: whens the next challenge

ME: I’ll send out a message later to set the date for the next challenge.

ME: Grab your torches and head back to camp. Good night.

BRETT: have good sleeps jeff

GAYLE: good night…very sad

TRIBAL COUNCIL VOTING

ADAM,

(Lisa)

Just going with the crowd, I’m surprised they decided to vote out Lisa.  Hopefully they aren’t just messing with me but I’m pretty certain it’s Lisa going home.  Warren next time hopefully then it will be the five of us and hopefully me or brett get immunity then one of use will be immune and the other can use the hidden immunity idol.  Then hopefully I will win the next one too.  That’s my plan.

BRETT,

(Lisa)

So Im hoping this new alliance isnt back stabbing me cause i wouldnt be that surprised. But with four of us (hopefully) voting for lisa we should get here voted out. Im going to save my idol for the very last council i can which i think was when we are down to four  and will get me into the top 3 which would be awesome

I was at the hospital for the last challenge thats why i couldnt make the last one

DIANNE,

I vote to evict Jerry
I at least tried at the last immunity but I was too slow. I think the first time Adam doesn’t get immunity we have to boot him. I guess that Brett had a pretty good reason for not being at the challenge. I think my alliance is holding up ok so far.

GAYLE,

I vote for Lisa

I really really don’t like this vote. Some of my fellow tribe members and myself had a discussion and decided we needed to keep with the participation for challenges vote and she was next in line.  We do have an alliance with her but you need to put forth the effort to help out the alliance also.

JERRY,

self-vote

LISA,

OK, I REALLY Feel like I am hanging on by the skin of my teeth here! I am just crossing my fingers and hoping that I don’t get the axe tonight! I think I will bring my immunity that I found on exile…I think I need it tonight…I don’t know how things got so out of control. I feel so out of touch with the game. If I make it through tonight which I should if I have the guts to play the idol, I will have to be much more focused.

[Jerry]

Sorry Jerry,

This vote is for no other reason than my alliance says to pick you. You did great in the game.

NATASHA,

i vote for (Lisa)

confessional:
this was a really hard vote because i went against my alliance but i just didn’t feel right keeping Lisa in when she rarely participates. I know i will make some enemies doing this but i feel it is the right thing to do. it will be very tense around camp if she manages to save herself, eeek.

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And that concludes one of the greatest episodes in SCWL history. The only above top notch episode in the entire prequel. The epic nature of this episode nearly makes up for thirteen snoozers and sloppy rounds.

Actually, no it doesn’t. But it is a great episode regardless. You were entertained enough until this episode aired right?

What was expected to be the Final Four all along ate one of their own. Your question is. . .
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WHY?!

As much of a blindside as it was at the time, it seemed like a really stupid move by Gayle and Natasha.

I told you to pay attention to Natasha’s vote reasoning since the beginning of the game. Why is that? Because it is exactly why she voted for Lisa and betrayed her this round. She thought Lisa could have participated more, and punished her for it.

The ironic part about Natasha’s vote reasoning is that she has missed not one, not two, not three, not four, but ALL FIVE challenges since the merge on top of the three challenges missed in the pre-merge phase.

And Natasha hasn’t shown up for any of the TC discussions since the merge. So the only thing she has done since merge is send in a vote against who was going home along with a short reason why. And every time it was “they are not participating enough”.

Natasha is the least talkative out of everyone remaining. You know almost nothing about Natasha yet she led the voteout against Lisa. She eliminated somebody from the most active alliance in the entire game since day one.

But Natasha is just one vote.

Gayle went along with voting out Lisa because she agreed Lisa could participate more.

But even so. . .Lisa was participating more than Jerry and Natasha at this point. If Natasha is playing at ninety percent capability but doing a third of what Lisa is doing at sixty percent effort, should Lisa therefore be penalized for it?

Brett has missed challenges and TC discussions. Jerry has self-voted four rounds in a row since merge and missed two challenges. Dianne has missed a couple challenges.

In fact, Lisa missed only two TC discussions all season. Just two.

The pitch just isn’t valid. Voting her out for not participating enough is like putting her in the same class with Kai, Alisha, and Lyndsay. Lisa was in the top five active players all season long.

Was anything else at play? The only other reason I could think of is that thirteen players have gone home because of inactivity in one form or another. This was round fourteen. I think everybody was itching to make a move that was unexpected. Any move.

And eliminating Lisa who had a clear path to the Final Four was one of them.

What makes Lisa’s elimination more brutal is that Jerry self-voted at Tribal Council. Lisa and Dianne didn’t even want to vote Jerry, but did so because Natasha and Gayle told them “we need an inactive player to go”.

Think about how hilarious that is.

LISA AND DIANNE: We want Brett to go home because him and Adam could still overthrow us.
NATASHA AND GAYLE: No, we need to vote Jerry. He is the most inactive player left.
LISA AND DIANNE: Ugh, okay. We’ll vote out the last inactive player. Then we eliminate Brett and Adam.
NATASHA AND GAYLE: Yeppers.
(LISA’s torch is snuffed.)
LISA: Why did you vote me out?!
NATASHA AND GAYLE: We wanted to eliminate somebody who wasn’t being active enough in the game.
LISA: That’s why I voted Jerry! He self-voted, didn’t play in the challenge, AND didn’t show up for TC Discussion!

Originally everyone was set on voting Adam if he lost. Brett was the contingency if Adam won the challenge. Jerry was the other option if they felt forgiving.

But one of the four women going home seemed unthinkable unless an idol was activated. But it happened. They cracked. Brett, Adam, and Natasha voted out their closest cousin, and Gayle voted out her own niece.

Lisa and Dianne were the real heroes of the situation. They decided to not vote Brett and instead went for Jerry who was not a threat that round.

Why the blindside was even bigger is that everyone thought Lisa had the real idol from Exile Carnival. Adam had told NO ONE up to this point. Even Brett was in the dark. The only person suspicious of Adam having the idol was Jerry, and it’s safe to say nobody took him seriously because people didn’t think he was savvy when it came to Survivor.

Lisa called me the next day and said “I feel like James” because she kept teasing that she would play her idol but ultimately didn’t. She thought she had an idol and didn’t play it when she was voted out.

The phone call was a bit interesting. She told me how she appreciated the pressures that real survivors go through when they have an idol in their pocket. It’s very tough to play an idol.

Dianne asked if she could use Lisa’s idol, but I said whoever found it originally will take the idol with them out of the game if they are voted out. She was not impressed.

Speaking of Dianne, she becomes a free agent next round.

99.9999% of the time, Brett goes home to weaken Adam or Jerry gets booted for inactivity. The only other person who I thought could be blindsided was Gayle because she held two idols.

Lisa watched her own torch get snuffed. She called angrily minutes after to yell at Gayle and Natasha. It would take a few weeks before Lisa recovered from the elimination. The blindside was brutal because Lisa ust didn’t think it could happen. Neither did I because Lisa wasn’t the best nor the worst at challenges, and she didn’t have any qualities that could lead to an alliance turning against her.

But it happened. Lisa is gone.

Now we enter a weird situation. Jerry is very valuable to Brett and Adam. They each have an idol, and Jerry to use as a third. A tie vote is now to their advantage. Gayle nor Natasha committed to an alliance with Brett and Adam–they strictly eliminated Lisa because of their own independent thinking as Adam and Brett tagged along.

Not only do we have six players, but we STILL have four idols and a Double Tribal Council to deal with in the next Tribal Councils.

The Double Tribal Council Trigger must be used by Gayle in the next immunity challenge or it will be automatically activated at Final Five.

The four idols have a slightly longer expiration date. They can be used at the round of six, Final Five, and Final Four.

And with a talisman up for grabs in each challenge. . . .the headaches for Logan have yet to end.

Entry #14: Lisa – OkaYakaCalga -> Inukshuk – September 13 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: – Second person to be present at TC Discussion when voted out
– First person to be truly blindsided from the series
– First person to go home with a fake idol in their pocket
– First person to be voted out while somebody else in the game voted with them at their Tribal Council elimination
– First truly active player eliminated from the series

Next Time on SCWL:
– With Lisa gone, everybody is on their toes because all bets are off. Will the women’s alliance restabilize or will new bonds be formed?
– Dianne is on a mission of her own as she was the only one left out of Lisa’s elimination. Will she work with her old enemies to seek revenge?
– For the first time all season, the number of men equal the number of women. Will a gender divide occur as Tribal Council looms?
– A Double Tribal Council Trigger has one more round of its use being considered. Will Gayle finally pull it and double the stakes at the immunity challenge?
– Adam has won four challenges in a row. However, the challenge is presented and very easy to rig. Adam is left speechless as the results will leave you yelling and screaming at your computer screen.
– Lisa’s elimination has proven anything can happen at Tribal Council. With three of the six players holding at least one idol, will one of them finally play an idol? Or will somebody suffer the same fate as Lisa but instead a real one stays in their pocket?

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