May 9, 2004 - The
Night 36: Another Tribal, another reflection.
Big Tom and his glare are
now gone. Down to the best of the best now, and Jenna
still doesn't know why. Rob knows why, though, as he
presses Jenna for Rupert's ouster.
Day 37: Breakfast and a
Jeff arrives for some
breakfast (that they have to make themselves?) - bacon,
eggs, pancakes, fruit, OJ, champagne, and a scrapbook
with a Polaroid camera to just go nuts with.
Rob notes that we're
down to two opposing alliances, and that the only way
this will go down is by either the Paschal English
purple rock or if Rob pulls a Yoko Ono and breaks up the
band. Amber brings up that fact to Jenna, much to worry
malign. "I don't want to have it come down to a freaking
rock." She takes fate into her own hands.
All this, and she still
has time for the best damn pancake ever.
You've seen this before:
each spoke of a maze has a ladder rung to be
assembled before a tower in the center. But you have
never seen it with obstacles in play. Winner makes it
into the Final Three. It's more or less a dead heat
until Amber breaks forth and assembles her ladder first
to win. "I've never worn this before!"
Back at camp, Jenna
reveals to Rupert Amber and Boston Rob's plan. In the
end, she tells him that "she can't do it. I'd rather sit
there and pick a rock than give them a smug satisfaction
of knowing that they're guaranteed a spot."
Rupert's rebuttal: "My
fate rests on the honor of a 26-year-old single mama who
really really wants to win badly."
involves the rock. That said, Amber and Boston Rob step
onto the beach, possibly for the last time. Rob is
genuinely a little scared. Meanwhile, Jenna tells Rupert
that the decision is up in the air still. "I believe she
will write Rob's name down." His emotions control what
he does... Big mistake.
Letting Rob know of that
early on. Bigger mistake.
Night 37: Tribal. Jenna
is worried about the power shift to the jury, especially
after Big Tom didn't know about his ouster. "There's two
sides to every story, and I say that with 100%
conviction," Rob rebuts. It was hard for Amber to do a
similar stunt in Australia. Rupert was high and low
after the challenge, while Jenna tries to fill in the
blanks, as Jeff puts it. She throws around the "this is
a game" defense. Rupert is hoping for the rock. We'll
see after the vote.
Rupert - ROB. "Don't
know what to say. Hope we have two votes. Hope we go
into a tie."
Boston Rob - RUPERT.
"It's been a pleasure playing the game with you. I hope
it's you tonight and not me."
Jenna still doesn't know
how to vote. Ultimate, she and Amber would vote the
same... Rupert. By a vote of three to one, Hagrid, THE
TRIBE HAS SPOKEN. He's given the classy nods as he exits
stage right. If I may say so, if Rob wins this, I will
lose ALL faith in this franchise. ALL FAITH!
Day 38: Jenna squirms
out of Mother Fate... again.
Rob reassures her that
that is her own decision. Meanwhile, Jeff arrives quite
early with news on the final rite of passage. They'll
take a windjammer to an island where they will adorn
their bodies with war paint and dress. Then they'll take
the traditional walk of fallen comrades, where, instead
of personal revelations, we get sound bytes from the
ousted. Finally, Jeff will lead them to the final
Immunity Challenge, which is...
I-CHALLENGE: Hand on the
Two stumps, one Idol.
Both feet must stay on the stump. One hand must stay on
the Idol. Any violation is an out. Last one standing,
literally, wins Immunity. After 2 hours in the hot hot
sun, Jenna decides to move her feet a little. A little
too little. She's out at 2:33. Cut to Amber and Rob
arguing like a married couple about who should get
immunity. In the end, Rob and Amber agreed that it will
be "last one standing." Jeff eggs on as he
brings trust into the forefold.
Amber gets sidetracked
while talking to Rob and touches her way out of the
compeition, giving Boston Rob final Immunity.
Back at camp, Jenna is
regretting the foot incident. "My dad is going to be
very proud." Jenna thinks that she would stand a better
chance against Rob for the million, but calls Amber on
what a good boyfriend she has. Gave her a million-dollar
check? I'd say.
But again, Amber notes that Rob has turned on people.
And yet Rob is still wondering what to do in his mind.
Did Amber really ride his coat-tails? Is he about to
risk losing to Jenna of all people? "I'm going to make
the decision I feel most comfortable with, based on me.
What would you do for a million dollars?"
Night 38: Tribal. Jenna
recalls the foot incident. Jeff brings up a trust issue
again. Rob and Amber both didn't want to come into
Tribal without the hardware. Strategically, Rob doesn't
know whether or not he has a bigger chance of winning
with either of them. Jenna would be shocked if Amber was
voted out, but pleased. Amber is able to separate
business with pleasure. Can Rob do the same? We'll see.
His vote: JENNA. Rob has
spoken, and it's the power couple as your Final Two.
Night 38: The world's an
gushes at spending 39 days with the security, pride, and
amazement that is Rob Mariano. Well it's not herself,
that's for sure. She tuck by her strategy - flirting, if
you can call it that - and got a great friend out of it.
"In a game where trust is fleeting, to have a
partnership, and alliance, that you can trust... that's
huge," Rob says. "They're gonna hate us when this is
Clyde toast themselves, as we head to...
Day 39: Pictures of you.
The game is over, and all
there is now is the Polaroid moments. Oh yeah, and
there's a small matter of Tribal Council. "I'm
completely at peace right now," Rob says.
They head on a private
date at one of their favorite spots, where Boston Rob
gets some blue fish, not the black one. The last supper.
"I don't know how I ever made it without Rupert out
here," Rob says as he notices that his dinner isn't
de-livened yet. he suggests to Amber that they both be
given the million. Amber doesn't know what to expect
from tribal, while Rob says to people who don't believe
that this is just a game, "It's their own problem." The
highs and the lows justify the means, he believes. The
day ends with rain.
All together now... SYM-bolism.
"I think the jury would love to see Rob and I squirm,"
at jury) Yep.
Night 39: Final Tribal Council. First, the opening
summations. Boston Rob is first: "Obviously, the last 39
days have been emotional, and you're sitting over there
and I guarantee that you're all pissed off over there. I
didn't want to let personal relationships interfere with
this game. I had a situation that I made a promise to
someone I wasn't able to keep. In the end, that's where
everything started to go south for me. Obviously when
you have a jury that you have to vote out, it's gonna
come back to haunt you. But I would want you to consider
how well I played the game, always trying to do well for
my team, at the same time trying to look out for
Amber: "I came into the game saying that I knew it was
going to be harder because I was playing against people
I knew. I didn't come out here to make friends. I didn't
come out to, gosh, have a relationship with a guy.
Little did I know that all these little bonuses came
along with it. So, I think the reason why I'm sitting
here right now is luck, all of you guys for not voting
me off, and my alliance with Rob, those are the three
things that got me here. I know that you guys have sore
feelings. I got out of this game what I really wanted to
do. And now I'm satisfied."
Now to the jury. First Lex:
"It's just a game. Something we probably all said a
thousand times while we were out here. I'm sure the both
of you it offers an excuse that helped wash away the
guilt as you played the game, the way that you played
it. You know what that phrase, just a game, is a big
lie. Not just a game. For all of us out here, for all of
you, it's life. And the line between game and life is
not cut and dried. Life blurs into the game constantly.
This game exposes who we are as people to the core, it's
like truth serum, I think the way you play this game is
representative of the kind of person you are. The
hardest lesson I learned out here was about friendship
and betrayal. I think the true measure of a man, what
kind of friend he is, what kind of friend are you, rob?
What kind of friend were you to me? You asked me to do
you a favor, bro to bro, friend to friend I did the only
thing I could do that was to answer the call of a friend
in need. You were paid that by putting a knife in my
back. As far as this game is concerned, I lost and you
both beat me. No sour grapes, no bitterness, with all
sincerity I will congratulate you both. But as I see it
good as your game was, you sold out your values, you
sold out your character, and you sold out your friends
for a stack of greenbacks. I hope it was worth it,
because that money will never be enough to buy it all
bitter. Now onto Kathy who wonders if Rob is concerned
about what people will think of him after the series is
over. He is concerned. She also asks if Amber played Rob
as a patsy. She didn't. Then comes this tirade: "Rob,
you just need to know that I was crushed, obviously,
look at me. I've been off this thing for 12 days. You
were like a son. And I was crushed that you didn't
address what we had, if you didn't want me around,
that's fine. We came, we merged, we were outnumbered, I
got it. I got it. I got that we were out played. I got
it. But I just can't imagine any game in the world where
you can check your friendships at the door. It's just
not in my chemistry and my make up and I thought it
wasn't in yours. So 15 minutes, you made an alliance and
you ruined friendships that took two years to build. And
it just crushed me. I do congratulate you guys sincerely
for being here, however you got here. But I just want
you to know that you used friendships as stepping stones
to get there. And it's a devilish game, but I think you
could have taken a parallel course where these people
wouldn't have been left in carnage and they would have
been feeling a little bit better about their decisions
tonight. Maybe that's immaturity, I don't know, but
there was another path right next to you that you didn't
see that could you have thrown us just an ounce of
respect. And this wouldn't be here. So, good luck with
After congratulating the players on a fine game, Rupert
asks why the two deserve the money. Amber was focused.
As for Rob... "Because you're a man of your word, that's
why you should give me your word."
Alicia goes off with her
finger: There is one factor in my opinion that is the
lowest form of standard of play that you can reach, and
you two not only mastered it but relied on it to get to
the final two. That is the fine art of butt kissing and
ego stroking. You both did so much of it that I couldn't
possibly decide which one of you has got less crap on
your lips. Now, you may have outwitted us, outplayed us
and outlasted us but you have not outclassed us. Let me
ask you both one question. And for the question I need
one answer and one word and one word only. How would you
say you played this game?" Rob: Competitively.
up, Shii Ann's glass-housery and a question of three
reasons why the other player deserves the money. Rob:
Amber was a true partner. She never wavered. She never
quit. She supported their alliance. He wouldn't be in
the final two if it wasn't for her. Amber: Rob ruled the
challenges. He was the person she could depend on. He
stuck to the alliance.
Jenna wonders what they'll
do with the money. Rob wants to fund a scholarship for
his BU volleyballers. Amber wants to donate it to
Finally, Tom. Classic
question: Why should the other guy not win? Amber cites
that her alliance wasn't as strong as Rob's. Rob cites
the plan to vote him out. Tom offers his hand... and
takes it back! "Don't be stupid, stupid. I may have fell
for that once, I fell for it twice. Not this time."
Bitter. Closing arguments.
Amber? "I came here tonight expecting this to be very
difficult because every one of you would love to be
sitting where I am sitting. I really thought coming in
here tonight that I learned so much about myself
throughout the last 39 days but instead after tonight I
learned the most about myself after the last couple of
minutes. I am not happy about what I learned about
myself and I want you to know that I am going to take
away what I learned tonight and apply it to my life. I
know it is very hard for all you guys to express your
feelings and to be completely honest with us. So, I just
want you to know that in every answer that I gave
tonight, I was completely honest and if that's the most
I can give to you tonight, you have it."
Rob? "I guess the first
thing I want to say is that I am sorry to each and every
one of you for breaking alliances, hurting friendships
and all the pain you guys must feel over there. I am not
feeling much better over here right now. I played the
game as hard as I could but I would be naive to be able
to sit in one of the last two seats and think that
people on that side were going to feel all right about
the way I played the game. It got a lot more personal
than I thought it ever would and so tonight, I was
expecting it to be hard but I wasn't expecting it to be
nearly as hard as it was. I really wasn't. (wipes his
eyes) I am really having a tough time even finding the
words, to tell you the truth. I fumbled over all my
answers. This is really not the time to be screwing it
up either but I guess I have been screwing it up for a
long time haven't I? I had fun and I am sorry. That's
all I have to say."
Time... to vote.
Jenna: "Before I show you
my vote, STEP UP! You beat us all. That's my vote,
BOSTON ROB, I think he deserved it. This is a large
amount of money I hope you win it.
Alicia: "Rob, do you
remember back in the middle of the game when you and I
shook hands, looked each other in the eye and I promised
you that I would never write your name down? (AMBER) I'm
a woman of my word."
Big Tom: AMBER - Rob, I
thought you of a brother, I stayed with you for 36 days.
Thought about I was going to vote you off? Never once
crossed my mind. When you find out the truth, maybe you
can call to apologize."
Kathy: "I am such a sucker,
you know what, in the end friendship rules, I know that
we have a really good, tight friendship so I'm giving
you a million bucks because I love what we have and I
think it's still there, it's just damaged. So take it,
man. Take it and run with it, all right? I love you."
It's tied at two. The rest
of the votes are going with Jeff to Madison Square
Garden for the final live reveal, but first... Amber has
a statement to make to the world via T-shirt: "I <3 ROB"
And Rob has a statement of
his own to make... to Amber. "You know what, Jeff,
regardless of what happens here tonight with the vote, I
feel like I already won. I have the most special girl in
the entire world sitting here right next to me. If you
don't mind, I'd like to say something to her. Amber, we
came a long way in this crazy game. I've seen you at
your highest high and your lowest low, and between it
all, we've worked together as a team to accomplish so
much. It was really crazy, and in the end, I ended up
falling in love with you. You're the most amazing person
I've ever met in my entire life, and I want to spend the
rest of my life with you. Amber, I love you with all my
heart. Will you marry me?"
All together now...
Awwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww(projectile vomiting x 6... make that
say, she says yes. So there you go. The twist. Oh,
that's NOT the twist? Okay. Let's get to the vote then.
The final three belong to Rob... and Amber... and AMBER!
Amber Brkich wins Survivor All-Stars! So how did we get
from there to here? "She definitely helped with all the
decisions. From day 1, she was there with me no matter
what. No matter what we decided to do, she consulted and
we both decided together as a team. I give Amber all the
credit in the world. She deserves the win 100%," Rob
professes. But it was Amber's decision to align herself
with Boston Rob, mostly as a cover. No one expected that
they were a team until it was too late. Rob's thoughts?
"In the beginning, I knew that in the end people would
be gunning for me and the whole time in order to keep
our alliance tight she would question me and say...
What's going to happen? We are making too many people
mad. My whole thinking was, if we get to the final two,
they are going to have to vote for one of us and I was
hoping they would see that I was the one kinda taking
those chances and taking the shots."
But judging by the informal
vote, taking Amber to the final two was a mistake, as
Shii Ann would've changed her vote, making it 4-3 Rob
over Jenna. Woops.
So what about Lex's speech
at the end? He held a grudge about saving Amber as a
friend to Rob. Pretty harsh words for someone who voted
out Ethan, Jerry, AND Colby. "We didn't make alliances.
We didn't make a deal. There were no promises made.
There can be only one winner in Survivor. We didn't make
any deal. Quite frankly, they didn't work into my plan,"
Lex defended. Of course, Hatch has a word in edgewise:
"Because it didn't work into his plan doesn't mean that
it isn't part of the game. I love these guys but...it's
a game. It's a game. His speech at the end about it
being more than that is not true when you are playing
chess you do not give away a thing just because you are
playing against your buddy. You play to win and in this
game, the rules are a little different and you should've
known that going in."
"This ain't chess, Rich!" Yeah, whatever, NEXT!
Still some fences to mend with Big Tom and Boston Rob
after the exchanges of the words "pony" and "dumbass",
apparently terms of endearment. Boston Rob asks Tom,
"Did you have an alliance with Lex before the game had
even started? Yes or no?"
Big Tom's answer? "Don't yes or no me! I heard your
mouth the whole time we were out there and I am sick of
it. I just want to tell you this... Big Tom played the
game with Amber and Rob. Rupert will tell you right
here, I never wavered. There is eighteen of us here. I
don't know how many calls I got. I don't know how many
calls you got but I do know that on the very first day I
gave a handshake deal with you and Amber to last through
then Jerri chimes in. Because she is Jerri... and
there's no known cure.
"This whole thing is making me so sick. This show is a
show about entertainment. This entertainment is coming
at a price. What did it cost us? Our friendships, our
feelings, our pain and suffering for entertainment."
Surely Colby didn't see it that way. How about Rudy?
"With all the back-stabbing and double-crossing that
went on, I am glad that I wasn't a part of it and if I
had stayed in, I think I would have done something that
I would've been sorry for."
But Boston Rob eventually apologized to Big Tom for
insulting his son and the two shook hands. Like men.
Other relationships that have forged? Jenna Morasca and
Ethan, Jenna Lewis and her new husband, Sue and the
knife (after having an extreme makeover done for
Extra... looks good), Rupert and Laura, Jenna Morasca
and her dearly departed mother (*bows head*), and Jerri
and her ego... both of which left the stage due to the
realization that she is only seen as a character and not
a real person. Was she right in doing so? You be the
more twist... not THE twist, but usually, the Sole
Survivor gets a new car. In this case, a 2004 Chevy
Equinox. Amber already won a car (so to speak), so she
gets to decide on who gets this new one... She decides
on swing vote Shii Ann. Then we get to the plugs for
Survivor 1 on DVD this Tuesday AND swag on eBay.
THEN we get to the
much-hyped twist. CBS has footed another $1,000,000 for
a most-valuable-player. The winner will be decided by,
get this... YOU. We are judge and jury this game, and
the winner will be revealed on the real season finale
Thursday. How can you vote? Simple!
a) If you are a Cingular
wireless customer, you can text-message the name of your
favorite All-Star to 26161 (remember, standard
text-messaging rates do apply) before 11:59pm ET on May
12 (12:59am AST for our friends in the eastern provinces
and 8:59pm ET for our friends on the west coast), OR....
b) Head online and view
vids of all eighteen Survivors, then vote at CBS.com.
While you're there, you can pick up an app for Survivor
We'll be back
on Thursday with the name of the winner, more All-Star
highlights, and details on Survivor 9, dropping this
fall. See you then!