Tom is in full-on self-righteous asshole mode now, and says, referring to Katie's little speech (which she herself could certainly have given repeatedly), "I like that. That's kind of refreshing. Actually, you can borrow that speech. That was a good one." And then Tom just keeps rolling: "I'd love to tell you that it's time to just step up, be a man, and admit to the whole thing, but you know, that'll...I don't know, that'll come with age, I guess, where you're just willing to fess up. It's just weaselly to still be saying that, 'oh, I wasn't going to do it, I wasn't going to do it.' You slipped tonight, and you blew it." Ian looks around, stunned, wondering how he landed in this low-end production of The Crucible, and whether he needs a lawyer.
It just sucks so bad, because Tom is the one who's selling out the friendship for money. I've said it before, and I'll say it again -- if they were playing poker for charity, and Ian fooled Tom, Tom would laugh it off. If this were a game for twenty bucks, Tom would laugh it off. Tom is only pissed off because it's a million dollars. Tom is pissed off because Tom wants the money. It's easy for Tom to say it's about honor, because the deployment of honor in this case got him closer to the money. If you ask me, Tom was begrudgingly going to take Ian to F3, not because of honor, but because of the jury votes he would lose if he betrayed his "best bud," and because he believed -- probably correctly -- that he could beat Ian in a jury vote if necessary. I think Tom was thrilled beyond belief at some level to have an excuse to try to vote Ian out at F4. It's always easy to say that everyone should behave honorably when your version of everyone behaving honorably results in -- what do you know! -- your getting a million bucks. If this were about honor, Tom would be equally angry at Katie. The reason he's not is that he could absorb the loss of Katie's vote without losing the money. It was Ian's willingness to vote against him that potentially put him out of the game. When Katie flipped, that was okay, because it didn't actually threaten to put Tom out quite yet. But when Ian flipped, or threatened to, that feels much more immediately like it could cost Tom a million dollars, so all of a sudden, his honor muscle starts to ache. It's pretty transparent, and not at all as admirable as Tom thinks it is. This isn't about honor, it's about money -- and there's absolutely nothing wrong with that, but dressing it up as something it isn't and specifically setting out to excoriate somebody who looks up to you on a personal level, and doing it over entirely legitimate game play, makes you the worst kind of puffed-up hypocrite, and it's a rotten thing to see happen to somebody who's been, up until now, one of my favorite contestants ever.