How It Didn't Happen
Incidentally, among the million missed questions in this reunion -- and often, Jeff asks the right questions, but in this episode, he asks completely the wrong ones -- is the issue of why Amanda was really a good alliance partner. You know why? Amanda has the magic combination. Two factors. Know what they are? Because Jeff can't put it together, and when I tell you the magic combination, you'll know immediately why Jeff can't put it together. Amanda is great at challenges, but not at politics. This is how, if you are ever on Survivor, you should pick your alliance partner. Dreamz. Boston Rob. Pick someone who is good at challenges, but bad at politics. Jeff Probst can't process this, because he can't look at a slim, swimsuited-woman and think "challenge monster." He thinks challenges are about James, and Aaron, and Colby, and Ozzy. But is Amanda good at challenges? Absolutely. As much as anything else, Todd is here because Amanda is good at challenges. Amanda is the only person who was left, by the time they were desperately trying to get rid of Peih-Gee, who was capable of keeping Peih-Gee from winning an uninterrupted string of immunities and knocking somebody -- quite possibly Todd -- out of F3. If Todd were a woman and Amanda and Peih-Gee were men, Jeff Probst would see this immediately: "You needed him to be strong in challenges, because otherwise that other awesome guy would have rocked you both by bulldozing his way to F3!" But because Amanda and Peih-Gee are girls, Jeff Probst can't see that this was the endgame -- that Challenge Monster Peih-Gee had to be taken out by Challenge Monster Amanda in order to protect Challenge Suckybaby Todd. Good at challenges to protect your alliance, bad at getting votes. Great alliance partner.