And also, "greenbacks"? Thanks, Mugsy.
Kathy goes next. She says to Rob that when he was done with Marquesas, he expressed a lot of concern about how he would be perceived. She asks him, in light of the way he treated his friends, whether he's concerned about that now. "Yeah," he says simply. "I'm concerned about it." He tells her that, quite honestly, he's still reeling from Lex's little speech there. "Here's the thing, Kat," he says. "Looking back, I'm not one hundred percent sure how I feel about the game anymore. I mean, somewhere along the way, I got caught up with playing people against each other and doing whatever I had to do to get to the end." Eck. I was disappointed that he did this. This came across to me like giving in to a lot of shit he didn't need to give in to. ["I thought he was just pretending to be contrite to win over any jury members who might still be fence-sitting." -- Wing Chun] Rob tells Kathy that, looking back, he sees it "a different way." He assures her that he didn't intentionally come out to ruin friendships, and that he's not malicious, and that he didn't intend to hurt anybody. Kathy turns to Amber and asks whether Amber played Rob as a "patsy." She demands to know whether Amber will be continuing her relationship with Rob if she wins. "And it can't be a gray area," Kathy demands. "It has to be yes or no." So in other words, Amber isn't allowed to say anything other than yes, she will definitely stay with him, or no, she definitely won't. Which is patently ridiculous, and just shows how desperately Kathy is trying to achieve relevance by beating people up just because she can. Amber says that she certainly hopes to continue her relationship with Rob. She admits that it started as strategy, but that she has genuine feelings for him. Again, she mentions the "security" and "support" things.
Kathy thanks Amber for saying yes or no, and then she's all got her hands on her head like it's just so tiresome being the only person who has any sense. She tells Rob, "You just need to know, I was crushed...You were like a kid to me -- son. And I was crushed that you didn't address what we had." She goes on to swear that she understood about being outnumbered, but says that all she wanted was the respect of Rob's taking into account something something...she's not making any sense and needs to sit down. "I can't imagine any game in the world where you can check your friendships at the door," she says. I can name some. Poker. Chess. Checkers. Hockey. Baseball. Chutes and Ladders. Trivial Pursuit. That card game that my mother likes (and always beats me at) where you have to draw your train tracks and then carry the load of sheep from Billings to Nashville or whatever the hell it is you do. (No board game should have "Bauxite" in it. I'm just saying.) In short, Kathy, you can check your friendships at the door in any game. You can play your friends at cards, at sports, at -- well, yes, at anything. And you can play hard, and they can play hard, and you can try your hardest to beat them. That's actually the norm for many, many people. Try as you might, you just can't come away with the high ground in this particular circumstance. "In fifteen minutes, you made an alliance, and you ruined friendships that took two years to build." See? She just said it again, just as Lex did. They are not pissed that Rob betrayed their friendship. They are pissed that Rob did not flip on Chapera and join them, and you know what? I don't think the thing with Amber being saved really has a hell of a lot to do with it. Had they merged a week earlier at six-four when they still had Jerri, and had Rob kept Big Tom with him and voted out Lex and Kathy and the other Mogo Mogos, I believe Lex and Kathy would have been just as mad. They simply expected him to ditch his other alliances for them and save their outnumbered asses. I believe it was as simple as that, and this is just kind of a convenient excuse to make it into something it's not. And that is not even getting into how much Kathy is dragging me into her core of whining.