SCWL Postseason Cast Assessment Entry #17

Entry#17: I’ll reveal at the end of this relatively short post.

Natasha, Dianne, and Gayle voted for Brett. Brett played his idol. Therefore, Brett and Adam would skip Tribal Council, thus forcing Gayle, Dianne, and Natasha to vote amongst themselves. Natasha took the fall as Gayle chose Dianne over Natasha.

IDOL PLAY STAT: When five players remain, the idol has been activated in seasons SCWL Prequel, 3, and 5. By far the most common round in SCWL history when an idol is activated. Natasha, Jeric, and Gloria have been the respective victims.

Brett has Adam’s idol. Gayle has an idol. Adam has individual immunity. Dianne has nothing.

Should be clear cut who is going home right? Company was still over as they saw this second Tribal Council play out. Yet again there was a lot of distractions and confusion as everyone from the Final Five was present in the same place minus Brett. Very weird way to spend Thanksgiving.

Will Adam give Brett his idol? Will Gayle make a huge blunder with an idol of her own? It’s all about playing the idol at the opportune time given the past votes. Gayle and Dianne can engineer the votes to guarantee Brett goes home by having one vote Brett, and the other vote go for Gayle as Dianne plays Gayle’s idol. A 2-1-1 vote would mean Gayle’s idol activates, Brett’s idol from Adam is wasted, thus sending Brett home by default.

Everything is up in the air as many variables with past votes and the idols in Adam’s and Gayle’s pockets need to be shared with their respective allies who will be targeted.

I knew what the outcome would be because:
a) Nobody was tracking past votes
b) I knew a 2-2 deadlock was coming
c) Adam was probably giving his idol to Brett
d) I knew how many past votes each of the three players had

There isn’t really much for me to discuss seeing how the round all played out in the space of thirty minutes. Read on to find out how this messy Tribal Council unfolds.

K, I’VE GOT EVERYONE’S VOTES
Natasha says:
YAY

gayle says:
k

natasha says:
count ’em!

Logan says:
SO LET’S HAVE ANOTHER LITTLE CHAT, SHALLL WE?

natasha says:
ok

Logan says:
ADAM IS ONCE AGAIN SAFE
IT WILL EITHER BE GAYLE, BRETT, OR DIANNE ELIMINATED

natasha says:
dianne is shivering…..

gayle says:
I am scared..adam likes dianne

Logan says:
ADAM: HAS ANYONE COME UP TO YOU FOR YOUR VOTE THIS ROUND?

Adam says:
Nobody

gayle says:
uh I was talking to lyou
oh oh thats right no I wasn’t

natasha says:
hehehe

gayle says:
you were just skulkin

Adam says:
hahaha

Logan says:
ANYONE BESIDES ADAM WILLING TO SAY THAT THEY’RE COMFORTABLE THIS ROUND?

brett says:
definitly not

gayle says:
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

LISA says:
not I

brett says:
unless i was inmy pj’s

Adam says:
even snoopaloop is scared

Logan says:
SO THIS IS THE LAST ROUND THAT AN IDOL CAN BE PLAYED
TWO WERE PLAYED LAST ROUND, AND GAYLE STILL HAS HER IDOL THAT EVERYONE KNOWS ABOUT

natasha says:
da da da….

Adam says:
she used it

gayle says:
one sec

Logan says:
NO SHE DIDN’T
THAT WAS HER SECRET REWARD

Adam says:
i thought you said she wasted it

natasha says:
OH NO!

Logan says:
THAT WAS HER SECRET REWARD

gayle says:
yeh me too hahah
one second

Logan says:
THE SECRET REWARDS WERE IDOLS

EDITOR’S NOTE: This whole conversation made me facepalm at the time. Just. . .ugh. Can this season be over already? When people get by because of a huge streak of inactives and don’t pay attention to what has been going on. . .this is the outcome of such a scenario.

Adam says:
ok

gayle says:
I want to use it

Logan says:
LOL
WE’LL GET TO THAT IN A MINUTE IF THAT’S THE CASE
DIANNE: TRUST YOUR ALLIANCES?

dianne says:
right now i do, I got rid of the snake

Logan says:
LOL
VENGEANCE IS SWEET, I S’POSE?

dianne says:
yes, it is, especially served with a soup ladel

Adam says:
i think tasha is wonderful

gayle says:
me too

Adam says:
i especially like her elf ear

dianne says:
I like her big nose

gayle says:
well I like her flat butt too

EDITOR’S NOTE: Uhhhhh. . .this is why we don’t have TC discussions anymore.

Logan says:
BRETT: IS THE JURY GAME ALREADY STARTING?

brett says:
i enjoy pumpkin pie

Adam says:
i love pumpkin pie too, HIGH FIVE

brett says:
beer me a high five

Adam says:
it gets a laugh like a quarter of the time

brett says:
jury game has definitly started

Logan says:
IS EVERYBODY CONFIDENT IN HOW THE VOTES WILL GO DOWN TONIGHT?

gayle says:
🙂

dianne says:
yes,

Adam says:
no

brett says:
no im not at all

Logan says:
DIANNE: ARE YOU EXPECTING A 3-1, 2-2, OR 2-1-1 VOTE?

Adam says:
cannonical, literary cannon, jane eyre, symbolism, cannonical

dianne says:
TU TU

Logan says:
I’M TAKING THAT TALISMAN OFF OF YOU IF YOU SAY THAT AGAIN, ADAM LOL

gayle says:
that is hilarious

Logan says:
DOES EVERYONE AGREE? 2-2?

dianne says:
yes yes

gayle says:
sure

Adam says:
i’d say there is a good chance

brett says:
i would say 2-2 most likely

Logan says:
ANYBODY ELSE HAVE ANYTHING THEY LIKE TO ADD?

gayle says:
can I use my idol

dianne says:
nope, I am ready

EDITOR’S NOTE: As you can see, it was tough to get any type of conversation going.

Adam says:
final three, time to stop thinking with my ass

Logan says:
OK THEN
I THINK IT’S TIME TO GET TO THE VOTE
I’LL GO TALLY THEM

gayle says:
!@#@!I-was-first!-!@#@!

Logan says:
THAT IDOL HAS ALREADY BEEN PLAYED

dianne says:
Gayle, have some dignity~

Logan says:
. . .BY YOU

Adam says:
#$#$I-was-Third#$#$

gayle says:
one second

Logan says:
JUST THIRTY MINUTES AGO

brett says:
I was seventh

Adam says:
You lose
how’d you score some pumpkin pie?

Logan says:
LOL

gayle says:
Idol Code:
//!!–Endurance Champ–!!\\

brett says:
camera crew snuck it to me

Adam says:
someones a little high on themselves

brett says:
)(*best person in the world(#($(@

Adam says:
well I can’t top that

LISA says:
where is Jeff?

Adam says:
Jeff has been taken away via helicopter

Logan says:
I HAD TO TALLY THE VOTES

dianne says:
OH

Adam says:
rock n roll jeopardy offered more money

LISA says:
does gayle have immunity?

Logan says:
LOL
THAT IS INDEED AN IDOL
AND. . .

dianne says:
………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………………..\’
///
/

Logan says:
GIVE ME A SECOND, HOLD ON

Adam says:
my clothes are going outta style
give him a tennis racket

EDITOR’S NOTE: I was making sure I had all of the tiebreaker procedures in order because I knew these four had zero chance of understanding what was going on. Gayle was already having troubles understanding that she had two hidden immunity idols all along.

Logan says:
SOMEBODY POSTED THIS:
//1C-A-R-N-I-V-A-L1\\
BRETT IS PLAYING THE IDOL FROM EXILE CARNIVAL
HERE WE ARE AGAIN

gayle says:
geez

Logan says:
THE SAME TWO PEOPLE USED AN IDOL LOL
YOU GUYS KNOW THE DRILL
I’LL READ THE VOTES
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.
FIRST VOTE. . .
(Dianne)
SECOND VOTE. . .
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.
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.
(brett)
ONE VOTE BRETT, ONE VOTE DIANNE
.
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.
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.
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.
THIRD VOTE. . .
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.
.
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(Brett)
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LAST VOTE. . .
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.
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(Dianne)

gayle says:
well very interesting

Logan says:
SURPRISE SURPRISE
FOR THE FIRST TIME THIS SEASON, WE’RE TIED
WE WILL HAVE A RE-VOTE BETWEEN BRETT AND DIANNE

dianne says:
but dianne, doesn’t have an idol

Logan says:
ONLY GAYLE AND ADAM WILL VOTE

Adam says:
you sure this is how it works?

Logan says:
YES

Adam says:
seems different than last time

Logan says:
CAUSE THIS WAS A 2-2 TIE
LAST TIME IT WAS 3-2

Adam says:
so the tie overrides the idols?

Logan says:
NO

dianne says:
right

Logan says:
IF BOTH OF YOU VOTE FOR BRETT, THE IDOL WILL BE ACTIVATED AND THE THREE OF YOU WILL STAY BEHIND FOR TC

dianne says:
so no one has officially been voted out

Adam says:
ohhhh ok

Logan says:
IF ONE OF YOU VOTES FOR BRETT AND THE OTHER FOR DIANNE, WE GO TO A TIEBREAKER FOR WHO GETS VOTED OUT
SO IF IT’S A 2-2 DEADLOCK AND BRETT IS GONE, THE TWO PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR BRETT STAY BEHIND
IT’S TIME TO RE-VOTE
WHICH ADAM ALREADY DID

Adam says:
i just don’t get how the idol helps then

Logan says:
GAYLE IS UP
THEY HELP OUT A LOT

Adam says:
ok
so if three people voted for brett he would have been safe, but since only two voted he’s not? I’m just not fully understanding

Logan says:
WHEN DID I SAY THAT? LOL

Adam says:
i like to make stuff up

Logan says:
IF TWO PEOPLE VOTE FOR BRETT AND BRETT LOSES THE TIEBREAKER, THEN THE TWO PEOPLE WHO VOTED FOR BRETT WILL STAY BEHIND FOR THE REAL TRIBAL COUNCIL
HERE WE GO
FIRST VOTE. . .
.
.
.
.
.
Adam says:
ohhhhhhhhhh

Logan says:
(Dianne)
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
SECOND VOTE. . .
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
.
(brett)
OUR FIRST TIE IS FOLLOWED BY OUR FIRST DEADLOCK
WE GO TO PAST VOTES TO DETERMINE THE TIEBREAKER

Adam says:
TIEBREAKER

Logan says:
DIANNE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

dianne says:
3?
Logan says:
THE CORRECT ANSWER IS ONE LOL

dianne says:
ok

Logan says:
BRETT, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

brett says:
3 or 4 i think

Logan says:
TWO
ONE FOR THE START OF GAME PENALTY, AND THE OTHER FOR WHEN JERRY WAS ELIMINATED
BRETT, ONCE AGAIN, SAVES HIMSELF WITH AN IDOL
BRETT OBVIOUSLY DIDN’T VOTE FOR HIMSELF
AND THE OTHER PERSON WHO DIDN’T VOTE FOR BRETT WAS ADAM
THESE TWO ARE ONCE AGAIN SAFE
THIS TC IS VOID

Adam says:
TIEBREAKER

Logan says:
THE REAL TRIBAL COUNCIL IS INSTEAD WITH GAYLE AND DIANNE

dianne says:
dianne is confused…just tell me what to do.

Logan says:
DIANNE AND GAYLE VOTED FOR BRETT, AND SINCE BRETT PLAYED AN IDOL, YOU TWO STAY BEHIND

LISA says:
ok

Logan says:
JUST LIKE WITH LAST TC
LET ME BEGIN BY ASKING THE ONLY QUESTION THAT’S NECESSARY: ARE EITHER OF YOU GOING TO QUIT RIGHT NOW? LOL

dianne says:
no

gayle says:
no

Adam says:
such passion

Logan says:
VERY WELL

brett says:
you 2 are just troopers

Logan says:
SINCE THE VOTES YOU CAST NOW WON’T HAVE ANY EFFECT IN THE FUTURE, THERE’S NO NEED TO VOTE

gayle says:
yeh and I am giving you two coal under the tree

Adam says:
what?

Logan says:
CAUSE IT’S IMPOSSIBLE FOR THERE TO BE ANY MORE TIES AFTER THIS ROUND

Adam says:
sorry that wasn’t directed to you

Logan says:
OH LOL
ALL IDOLS ARE GONE, SO NO NEED TO ASK IF ANYBODY IS PLAYING ONE
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FIRST VOTE: (Dianne)
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SECOND VOTE: (Gayle)
WHAT? WE’RE TIED? LOL

Adam says:
total mindblow

Logan says:
WE NOW GO TO A TIEBREAKER
WHICH HAPPENS TO BE PAST VOTES

dianne says:
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

Adam says:
GRAB SOME FIREWOOD

Logan says:
DIANNE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

dianne says:
1

Adam says:
2 now

dianne says:
oh yeah
2

Logan says:
NOPE, JUST ONE
LAST TC WAS VOIDED

dianne says:
onh
k

Logan says:
LOL

Logan says:
GAYLE, HOW MANY PAST VOTES DO YOU HAVE?

gayle says:
none

Logan says:
THAT ONE VOTE FROM NATASHA MAKES ALL THE DIFFERENCE
THE SEVENTEENTH PERSON VOTED OUT OF THIS GAME AND THE EIGHTH MEMBER OF OUR JURY. . .
(DIANNE)
THE TRIBE HAS SPOKEN

***

And Dianne went home because nobody did their research on the tiebreaker procedure. Everybody just played their idols without really understanding the tiebreaker, thus it was ultimately left to a pre-determined outcome to see who would be eliminated. Brett activated an idol for the second round in a row thanks to help from Adam. It would have been hilarious if Adam withheld his idol at the last minute, but sadly that did not happen.

Here’s what my thoughts are on what happened: Nobody wanted to truly backstab one another or make an over the top move. I think everybody grew tired of the game. It had lasted for four months by this point. Four months. All subsequent seasons have had a filming schedule that is only half of the Prequel. Even when three rounds of the Prequel are played in the space of five hours. Anyone would be worn out by a four month game where the majority of the cast members aren’t present for one reason or another.

In short, people cast their votes and played their idols under the thought process of “let’s just let Logan sort it all out”. And what you see there is a product of that line of thinking. Gayle wasted two idols while Brett activated two idols.

I should note Brett is the only player ever to not only activate two idols in the same season, but use them in back-to-back rounds. Gayle also happens to be the only person to waste two idols in back-to-back rounds.

I am glad that Brett and Dianne had a different number of past votes. If they had the same number of past votes, they would have to do a tiebreaker challenge which would have been ridiculous to do in that scenario given that Dianne goes by default regardless if Brett or Dianne win the tiebreaker because if Dianne wins the tiebreaker, Brett’s idol activates, and Dianne loses the deadlock to Gayle. If Brett wins the tiebreaker challenge, Dianne goes home anyway.

But luckily, on day one I had a twist where if you couldn’t find a partner then you received a past vote. Something they all had undoubtedly forgotten. Brett’s past vote from that penalty along with Dianne’s own vote against him during the Jerry boot gave him an edge over Dianne. Dianne’s only past vote was from Natasha just twenty minutes earlier.

So Brett’s idol activated and Gayle’s idol was wasted. So Dianne and Gayle stayed behind for the real TC. Gayle had zero past votes against her while Dianne receiving a vote from Natasha sent her out of the game just twenty minutes earlier.

Even when Natasha was voted out after fifteen rounds of controlling who went home, she is directly responsible for Dianne being eliminated the following round. Great stuff.

***

And now we are down to the Final Three. For the first time all season Brett and Adam have the majority. They rallied from an eight-to-two deficit to now have a two-to-one advantage. However, they no longer need each other. Gayle has a lot of blood on her hands. Adam and Brett have skated by each Tribal Council because the female alliance decided to eat themselves up until only one remains.

Gayle managed to make it to Final Three without having to activate either of her two idols.
Adam managed to make it to Final Three because he always won individual immunity.
Brett managed to make it to Final Three because of being rescued by others and using two hidden immunity idols.

Even though I made it clear that there was another immunity challenge to be played, they were still uncertain if it was a Final Two or Final Three. So that night I decided to play along with the mystery that did not exist in the first place.

The final immunity challenge will be endurance. Adam has a poor track record of endurance challenges while Gayle and Brett have a track record of a lack of focus.

So the challenge would put everyone on a level playing field. This was the most exciting part of the season, and the whole round would take place that same night. But first, they would go through the Rite of Passage. It is the only season where we do the Rite of Passage before the Final Two.

VOTING

ADAM,

(Dianne)

Well my initial plan was to let brett get voted off since he has more votes than me but I’m not a jackass so I gave him my idol. Hopefully if he wins next challenge he’ll take me to the final two, not sure though. We’ll take Gayle over Dianne because Gayle is drugged up right now.
has more votes than dianne i mean

has more votes than dianne i mean

BRETT,

(Dianne)

idol //1C-A-R-N-I-V-A-L1\\

Well if it comes down that its actually 2 people left and not 3 i think Gayle would maybe be weaker in the challenge

DIANNE,

I confessed on the wrong page…… so now I confess I am an idiot. My vote is for Brett

GAYLE,

I vote for (Brett) I don’t want to vote for brett, but I must.

I vote for Brett I don’t know why I am voting for brett.

Entry #17: Dianne – Inukshuk – (1-1 deadlock–sent home by past votes) – October 11 2009 – SCWL: The Prequel
Records: First person to be involved in a tie vote
– Made it the furthest of all players in the prequel without an idol or individual immunity
– Last Inukshuk member standing
– Involved in two deadlocks in the same round before going home
– Only person to be voted out less than 24 hours after the previous player was voted out
– Only player to be voted out without being able to win immunity in the round she was eliminated

Now a word about Dianne. She did the best out of anyone who did not hold an idol or win an individual challenge. Dianne was brilliant at the social game as she managed to exceed expectations by cracking an unfavourable dynamic at Final Five to be a member of the Final Four.

She was great at figuring out who needed to go which round. Her vote for Brett while Jerry was eliminated was a clear message of “Natasha and Gayle are fools if they aren’t voting out Brett”. If the women’s alliance stuck together, Dianne probably wins this game. Sadly Natasha nearly broke the game and Gayle refusing to use her idols effectively led to her demise.

Yep. Given the scenario, finishing fourth is actually a surprise because of how well Dianne was playing. She was by far the best social player and strategist of the season. It’s disappointing to see her go home practically by default. There were absolutely no other moves left.

And now Inukshuk is dead. It’s two players who have been together from day one against somebody who held major advantages for the entire season. But miraculously it was still anyone’s game.

NOTE: Those who were visiting that saw the Final Five and Final Four play out went home after Tribal Council. So the Final Three would go through the Rite of Passage and final immunity challenge alone. It was roughly 930-1000pm at this point. The night must go on.

This season is almost over.

P.S. This is why you don’t have four idols in a game where only seven out of twenty players are truly active all season.

Next Time on SCWL:
– In a season that has gone as bad as it virtually could have gone, the endgame mess continues. The final immunity challenge ends with a facepalm-inducing conclusion.
– The winner of the final immunity challenge is faced with a huge dilemma as both players are bound to vote for their opponent at the Final Two. Will winning the final challenge prove to be a curse?
– The three players go through the first ever Rite of Passage.
– The Final Two will emerge by the end of October 11th and prepare for the final showdown–but how many jurors will actually show up for Final Tribal Council?

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