Mother's Day Massacre
Peachy wants to talk about strategy, citing Jenna's claim of her intention to take the most deserving person to the final two with her. He questions whether Matthew was really the most deserving, or whether the choice was part of Jenna's strategy. She admits that it was strategy, explaining that she wanted the jury to think she believed she was taking the most deserving person to the final two. Peachy wonders what would have happened if she'd chosen Rob, and she responds that he would have kicked her butt. Rob, looking rodent-like, laughs as Jenna concedes that it would have been a well-deserved victory. Peachy asks the seven members of the jury whether their votes would have changed in a final contest between Jenna and Rob, and we see Christy, Deena, and Rob nodding their heads. Butch, meanwhile, emphatically shakes his head in the negative, which is funny since he would have had to change his vote, because voting for Matthew wouldn't have been an option. Peachy concludes that the jury is mixed, and it might have been a wiser move on Jenna's part to take Rob. She snittily agrees, "Well, I guess so!"
Peachy has to give Matthew props for being at the "other end of the spectrum." He explains that Matthew initially didn't know anything about the game and didn't even know what treemail was, but "found a mentor -- sort of -- in Rob," who taught him the game so well that by its end Matthew had developed dual alliances -- either of which he would have willingly betrayed to make it to the end. Peachy rubs in the fact that Matthew only got one vote, before bringing up the one, unchanging issue: "The question about your sanity." Peachy asks Matt if he's really "nuts," but before Matt answers, Peachy wants to take a look back at one of Matt's "favorite, sort of, hobbies out in the Amazon." We see Matthew toothily sharpening his machete while Christy cutely calls him "creepy." In our household, we now sign "creepy" all the time, so Christy's done at least one small service in schooling home viewers in sign language. Matthew claims that it was "all an act," before refuting that claim: "I'm a crazy guy!" Peachy insists that it's a serious question, and Matt further explains that it was a strategic act; he needed people to "dismiss" him as naïve or insane because it was the only way to "deflect" their attention from his physical threat in the game. He claims he "dodged an awful lot of bullets" in doing so, and that it was a "great vehicle" for advancing. Peachy feels like they're at Tribal Council again because everyone else is shaking their heads. He calls out Alex, who is acting "like a puppy dog out there." Alex laughs and manically recalls a time when Matthew flipped out at Jaburu after receiving two Tribal Council votes; he insists that Matthew insisted on doing fire duty by himself and "got all kinds of dehydrated." And while that doesn't sound like the most intelligent behavior, I wouldn't exactly say it's proof that Matthew should be checked into the room next to Brittany Murphy. There's a reason that girl plays all kinda crazy so well in movies. Anyway, I'm not saying there aren't plenty of other reasons Matthew should be committed, but the fact that he watched the fire alone one night isn't one of them. Alex adds that Deena also saw Matt lose it out there, and starts to say something else, but Peachy slaps him down, insisting that they've all got the point. Alex is still getting his bitch on, addressing Matthew: "You were off...there was somethin' -- from that moment on, you checked out." Alex doesn't think it was an act, but unwillingly concedes when pushed by Peachy that it might have been the "best acting job ever."