Back in the HoH room, Janelle continues her chat with Will. He tells her to do what she wants to do, and she asks what will happen if she nominates Diane. He says that Diane would go home if that's what she wants. I have to say, this really does appear to be a personal thing with Janelle, because her fixation on Diane to the exclusion of everyone else who could be considered a "floater" just makes absolutely no sense. Will also tells her that no one will care. He apologizes for this sounding harsh. Ha! She says she doesn't want to put Will up, and he says that she shouldn't then, and she whines on how other people will all be mad at her. Will points out to her -- thank God -- that those people who are telling her that she has to act unselfishly all have selfish motives. SERIOUSLY. Including Will, which is pretty much what he's telling her. I've said before that your job in games like this is not to convince people that you're looking out for them instead of yourself; ultimately, no one will believe you. Your job is to convince people that what's good for you is also what's good for them, which is exactly what Will is doing. Janelle says it's "mean" what he's telling her to do. He tells her not to go for the "moral high ground," and not get "self-righteous," because they're all there to be sinners. What he's offering is "honor among thieves."
And then Dr. Will Kirby says my favorite thing in all of reality-television history, pretty much: "The people who are going to lose this are the people who are self-righteous." It's shocking how true that is. Since the advent of the current system, not one single seriously self-righteous person has won. Will, Lisa, Jun, Drew, Maggie? Well, Maggie a little bit, but lecturing about being better than everyone else wasn't her main thing. People hate that. It makes them want to get you out. And if you get to the end, it makes them want to deny you the money, because nobody wants to think you outmaneuvered them and are a better person than they are. Oh, and if you convince people that you're morally better? They know they won't beat you in the vote, and they'll knock you out late in the game. Janelle tells Will that people will be mad at her if she does something she said she wouldn't do. Perplexed, he looks at her and says, "So what? That's what this game's about." She chews her sleeve. "I just never played that way before," she says coquettishly. "Right," he says with a smile. "But that's how you win, and the reason I know that is: I've won." This would have been a great moment for him to say, "It sounds harsh, but why do you think Kaysar got booted twice and didn't last more than a few weeks?" Because he can basically say, "You're right to love your friend; you're wrong to take game advice from him. Because he is nice, but totally incompetent. He's the fifteenth-place ice skater at the national championships. There is someone somewhere who took that position in the early '70s, but you should not let that someone teach you to skate."