Well, that was terrible. Let's hear what J.T. has to say. He opens by saying he's not a Yale graduate like Stephen, but he is the first person in his family to graduate college and worked very hard to make it to the end of this game. While Stephen said "we" throughout his opening speech, J.T. says "I." He points out that he never received a vote against him (although Stephen only had one, and must be a little annoyed at Erinn for casting it right about now), was friends with everyone there, and had a hard time voting people out. Debbie looks all shocked when J.T. says he picked the people to vote out that he thought were going to try to get rid of him first. And he reminds everyone that he kept his word and picked Stephen to go to the end when he could have beaten Erinn for sure.
And now, the jury. First up is Brendan. He decides to open by putting Stephen down, saying that he's never seen a sporting event where the winner was decided by who grew the most. His question is can Stephen think of one. Well, Brendan, I can tell you who definitely doesn't win: the guy who throws an alliance away because he thinks he doesn't need them since his tribe has the majority, only to be voted out at the first possible opportunity. Stephen says Survivor could be that sporting event, and that he played to his strengths, focusing on outwitting his fellow contestants rather than outplaying them. "So you should be handicapped?" Brendan asks. Stephen says no, but J.T. is an outdoorsman and Stephen came into this with none of those skills but still did just as well. Brendan turns to J.T. and asks him if Stephen's point that he grew during the game is a relevant one. So basically, both of Brendan's questions are about how he didn't like Stephen's opening argument. Way to come to the Final Tribal with nothing prepared, Brendan. Kind of like how you came into the show itself. J.T., of course, says that Stephen will benefit from growing during this game, but it's irrelevant when it comes to who should win. He says he outplayed Stephen, and even had to push him to participate in some challenges when Stephen tried to "hide in the shadows." At this point, Stephen asks if he can have a "rebuttal" and says that "hiding in the shadows," is a legitimate strategy in this game. True, but then when it comes time to go in front of the jury, you have to own it in your opening statement and tell them what you were doing when they weren't looking. J.T. thinks that someone who puts himself out there "should get more respect" than someone who hides. Okay, but respect is not the same as a million dollars. Stephen looks stung, as if he didn't realize that this was going to get nasty.