Jeff turns his attention to Rupert, which of course makes the audience -- apparently made up entirely of representatives of the tie-dye industry -- start screaming. Rupert, never one to be graceful when he can be an overbearing attention hog instead, turns to the audience, raises his fist, and goes, "RUUUUUUUUH!" Jeff beams, because he doesn't know yet how many times that's going to happen and how far it's going to be from endearing by the time we get done. The audience screams. Rupert does the holler again, trying to rinse that last shred of dignity out of his beard. Rupert then looks at Jeff, smiles at his own hilarity, and says, "Sorry, I had to do that." Gee, if he's sorry, I bet he won't keep doing it, don't you? Sigh. Jeff starts to talk again, but when Rupert hears a couple more people in the audience still cheering, he turns to the audience YET AGAIN and does the roar YET AGAIN. That's three times, if you're keeping score. And this is where I got over the Rupert hating, in a very small way. And you know why? Because the guy is absolutely pitifully sad. If you look at the begging, the pleading, the roaring, the self-pimping, the self-importance...it's hard to hate anybody who's quite that sad.
Never mind, that doesn't work. I still hate him, even though he really is a pitifully sad case. Anyway, Jeff finally says, "Let's get back to where you screwed up." Hee. He mentions that they did have opportunities to get rid of Rob, and they did have an opportunity at F5 to boot Amber: "The only thing I can surmise is that everybody here thought Rob was their ticket to the final two." Rupert says that "there was a lot of talk" about getting rid of either Rob or Amber. He starts to talk again, and then hesitates and turns to Big Tom with this sort of "tsk, tsk, I know you will deny it, even though the crust between my toes knows the truth" thing, and says that there was talk between himself and Big Tom about getting them out. Jeff asks again whether Rupert and Big Tom talked about ousting Rob, and Rupert says that he wanted to, but that Big Tom "stood behind Rob." Now, wait a minute. You mean Rupert tried to break his F4 alliance with Amber and Rob and Jenna? Hm, you don't think that's possible, do you? That doesn't sound like "honor" in the way that Rupert talks about at all. I must be misunderstanding him.
Jeff asks Rob why he ultimately went to F2 with Amber rather than Jenna, because Jeff isn't sure that was right call. Rob says straightforwardly that when it came down to it, Amber had been with him from the beginning, so he stayed with it. He then points out, "I didn't think that I could beat either of them." He says, "I realized that I had pissed off just about everybody on the jury." He says that the final tally was actually closer than he expected. Jeff tries to prove something by asking who voted for Amber and asking whether any of those people would have voted for Rob if he had taken Jenna instead. Unsurprisingly, Shii Ann says that she would have. Jeff tries to imply that this means that Rob could have beaten Jenna, but he blows it by not asking whether any of Rob's votes would have switched to Jenna in that scenario. According to some of the post-game stuff, Rupert would have voted for Jenna rather than Rob, so indeed, just as Rob said, he wouldn't have beaten either of them. Because if there's one thing that absolutely could not have prevailed in this particular season, it was merit. Although I have to say, I would have found the sight of the rest of these people sitting around after giving the money to Jenna much funnier than it was the way it actually turned out. Seeing Alicia forced to choose between voting for Jenna and voting for Rob would have been the highlight of my entire season.