Last up is Taj. "Crushed. Betrayed. Extremely disappointed," she starts. Uh oh. Here's the bitter grapes speech. There's always one. I'm sad it's going to be from Taj of all people. She says the way she was voted out was unnecessary, although she knows that's how the game is played. Okay, so, not too bitter then. She asks J.T. why he couldn't vote Douche or Stephen out but had seemingly no problem when it came to taking her out. J.T. says his hardest vote was the one against her, and they both stuck their necks out for each other plenty of times before that in the game. Voting her out was "almost harder" than voting to keep Stephen, J.T. claims. I think if J.T. had gone to the end with Erinn and shown that he could turn his back on both of his alliancemates, Taj probably wouldn't have been so hurt. Taj turns to Stephen and says she thought they were so tight, only for him to blindside her. I love the melodramatic sad piano playing in the background, by the way. She asks if she was really such a threat that she had to be blindsided out of the game. Stephen goes for broke and says J.T. wanted to take Taj out for a while and Stephen was the person who kept her safe. He wanted to have an all-Jalapeño Final Three against an all-Tempura jury (I guess they figured there would be a Final Three, not a Final Two?). J.T. was the one who thought Taj was tougher physical competition than Erinn, and Stephen worried that Taj wouldn't take him to the Final Two and knew that Erinn would (so I guess they knew it would be a Final Two after all and just did the math wrong), so he went with J.T. J.T. speaks up and says it isn't true that he was gunning for Taj and Stephen was trying to protect her. Stephen says it's time to come clean and says J.T. wanted to take Taj out going back to before the merge, like when Taj gave Stephen the idol and J.T. thought of taking Taj out to keep it for themselves. J.T. argues that was Stephen's idea. According to what we saw, it was really a team effort between them. J.T. was the first person to say it out loud, though. Taj says she doesn't need to hear it, and J.T. mutters "is this the same guy I brought with me?" "Yes!" Taj says. Stephen gets mad and says J.T. "slandered" him all night, only to get all upset when Stephen finally tries to fight back. J.T. says everything he said was accurate. The jury loves every minute of this. Yes, it's always fun to be rendered completely inconsequential to the game. "Our friendship means more to me than winning does," Stephen says. Aw, and he really means it! I was not expecting Stephen, of all people, to let his feelings take over his logic. "But you'd've brought Erinn," J.T. says. "I never made that decision in my heart," Stephen cheeses. "I just feel like a fool, man," J.T. says, looking very sad. "Oh come on now, I mean, look, whatever," Stephen says, and that's pretty well representative of his performance tonight. I really thought he'd be awesome in front of the jury, but he just fell apart like Amanda. Except Amanda is dumb, and Stephen is so smart! Meanwhile, I clearly underestimated J.T. this entire season. There's a real brain hiding under that Southern drawl.
Episode Report CardSara M: B- | 657 USERS: B-
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