Countdown or Smackdown?
Peachy tells us that understanding alliances is key to playing Survivor. Mike says it's possible to survive without any actual survival skills, as long as you have good friendships, but Kimmi doesn't think you have time to figure out who your friends are. Gervase tells us that he started looking for an alliance as soon as he got there, and since he and Joel had the same method of playing the game, they made a pact. He tells us he cried when Joel got voted off; but if I remember, those two got pretty catty when the allegations of chauvinism started flying. He says he was sad because he was the last guy on "Team Gervase." I wonder how Joel felt playing on "Team Gervase" as opposed to on "Team Joel." Mike says that the people with the best friendships or alliances make it to the end. He doesn't point out that friendship and alliances are -- and should be -- two entirely different things. Tina and Colby go on for the umpteenth time about how great it was that they were faithful to each other until the end. No one mentions how not-so-great it was that they backstabbed everyone else. This whole thing is so tired it has trouble staying awake. Sue tells us she made "one true alliance" on Pulau Tiga; we then see clips of her and Kelly acting sisterly. Sue reveals that on the fifth day Richard approached her with his "rhetoric" and said they should align because they were "both the biggest creeps on the island." If I'd thought about it way back then, I would have called him "Rhetoric Dick." In any case, he continues that if they're the last two left, the others will "have to pick between one of us idiots." Sue tells us she bullshitted Richard and then made her own pact with a snake. Alicia says that a friendship like the one Rodger and Elisabeth share is rare. Jeff says he thinks it was a genuine friendship. I'm wondering if he and Alicia had a falling out? In any case, we see the heart-shaped rock clip. Rodger tells us that Elisabeth reminded him of his daughter, and that they were best friends in the Outback, and they're best friends now. He came away from the game with a "friend for life," and he'd choose that over the money. Jeff says the friendship served Elisabeth and Rodger well, and that "the two good people came together and they were a power of one." I like the "the" part of that sentence, as in "they were the only two good people there."