Coach is next. He makes his big speech, calling Parvati "the charmer and also the manipulator," Li'l Russell "the schemer but also the liar," and Sandra "the coattail rider." Which she isn't, but whatever. He uses Rob's words on Li'l Russell, just like Li'l Russell's been doing since Rob was voted out, calling him a "little man in stature and also in word." Do you guys think Coach practiced this speech in front of a mirror at least 48 times before Tribal Council? I do. Coach says that if Li'l Russell came to this Tribal Council contrite and admitting that he crossed some lines, he could very well win it. Again, someone on the jury is kind of trying to help Li'l Russell to get some votes here, or at least teach him something about how to interact with people, but it all goes over his head, like most things. Those rulers in front of carnival rides that say you must be this tall to ride them, for instance. Coach then turns to Sandra and calls her "useless in challenges" and rambles on about how he played with strength, honor and integrity (uh, except for that one time when he broke his promises to both Rob AND Li'l Russell by voting for Courtney) and wishes he was sitting at the end instead of her. Well, he isn't, because Sandra got him voted out. Ha ha ha. Coach finally addresses Parvati, saying he thought she would be weak in challenges, but he was wrong. He now believes she is a "warrior." But, he says, the same day he finally trusted her was the day she "turned" on him and voted him out. Finally, he tells the three that he doesn't know who he's voting for tonight and will make his decision based on what happens. He takes his responsibility as a jury member "quite seriously." I wonder how much of that they had to cut out. I bet he spoke for, like, three hours.
Amanda goes next. She asks Sandra how her strategy was better than Li'l Russell's or Parvati's. Sandra says she actually wishes her strategy was better, so she could have gotten rid of Li'l Russell. But every Hero she went to to try to take Li'l Russell down and keep the Heroes in the game, they turned her down and let him take them out one by one. Li'l Russell finally speaks up, asking Sandra if her strategy worked. "It didn't work for me. It just never panned out," she says. Li'l Russell probably thinks he's got this in the bag now, what with Sandra admitting her strategic failures and him telling the jury about his strategic supremacy. "I could never get Heroes on my side," she says. Basically, Sandra has realized something that Li'l Russell and even Parvati (to a lesser extent) didn't: how much this jury hates Li'l Russell. And she is going to use that to her advantage and paint herself as the anti-Li'l Russell while Li'l Russell tells them how awesome he is and Parvati admits to being part of the reason why he's there at the end and they aren't