Survivor: South Pacific
Finale: Loyalties Will Be Broken, Part 2
By Jim Van Nest, Survivor Analyst
December 19, 2011
Coach starts off by saying that he can't believe he's even up there. He says Redemption Island is tailor made for Ozzy. He says that he's more of a character. He says he came into this game the first time with arrogance and self righteousness. He said he tried to lead with compassion, love, appreciation and respect this time around. He says what he liked so much about this journey is that instead of fitting people to his plans, he fit in more to theirs. He says that when you open yourself to others, you get back what you give ten-fold and he's blessed to have gotten a little piece of each of them.
As the jury thinks about their questions, I'll say that Albert and Coach did very well here. Sophie, while speaking the truth, just came off as cold and calculating...which is exactly what Ozzy was saying about her. Coach came off as humble and legitimately in awe of his position. Albert was very eloquent and his speech was very warm-fuzzy for the jury. I just don't know that his previous actions will be able to be forgotten by a few frilly words.
We come back for jury questions and Ozzy gets to start us off. He says that he has good news and bad news. The good news is that the game is not decided yet. The bad news is that no one wants to vote for ANY of them. HE starts with Sophie saying he still finds her to be a privileged, pretentious brat. He tells Albert that he just happened to be the person who was in the right place at the right time and he didn't do anything of note.
Ozzy tells Coach that he respects him for making it to the end as a returning player. He wants him to be honest, though. His philosophy of honor is a bunch of bull, because if he played honorably, Ozzy would be sitting up there next to him. Coach says that he tried to play the game with honor. But he came to crossroads in the game where he had to break his word. He says it hurt him every time, but as a three-time player, knowing he wasn't going to be out there again, he made some choices to get to the end. He says that he played mostly an honorable game, but definitely was dishonorable along the way.
Next up is Jim. He asks Albert why the other two people should not win the game. And he tells him that if he starts with a compliment to anyone, he'll lose his vote. Albert starts by saying that he loves this question and he loves Jim's approach to the game. REALLY? He just said to not start with a compliment. THIS is why everyone on the jury would feel gross about voting for you. He says that he doesn't think Coach should win because, even though Savaii may think Coach is the leader, that's not true. He says that he and Sophie carried Coach to the end. He goes on to say that Sophie did not play a good social game and that he made better connections than her with everyone on the jury.
Dawn is up next and begins with congratulations. She asks Sophie what her strategy was and why she made an alliance with Coach and Albert so early on. Sophie starts by saying that when she found out she was playing this game, she wished she was a man. As we've seen the last few seasons, men can just find two young girls to follow them to the end. She says that when she saw Coach, she saw him as a potential "young girl" who has always been loyal and she thought that would carry over. She picked Albert because he was very into strategy and she needed someone to talk strategy with. She says that her relationship with Albert deteriorated over time, but she kept him around because she felt she had a better chance to go farther with Albert than with Rick.