And here's Bill's Moment Of Ruin. In his interview, he says: "Control the game, period. Play the game our way. Group Guido arranged the whole passage." Note that, as far as we know, the "arranging" consisted of telling the agent how many of them there were, and perhaps collecting the money. There's no indication that without Bill, they would have had any trouble getting on the boat. Back to Bill: "No one can leave without this ticket [holds up ticket]." I would venture to say that if Bill had taken money from other teams as part of paying for group transportation, and then had refused to hand over the tickets, that would have constituted cheating, as much as if they had gone around the airport canceling other contestants' flights. Bill, again: "I controlled the group, intimidated the whole group by speaking French for two hours to the people that were there, also leaving doubt in their mind what I was doing. The other contestants? Of course, we're playing them like a violin, you know?" He grins. I throw up, and this is the point where Team Guido becomes unambiguously the villains of this tale as far as I'm concerned. It's not the takeover of the ticket-buying that annoyed me so much -- the other teams could and should have stepped in and put a stop to that, so that much is partly their own fault, especially since they've all learned that Team Guido cannot be trusted. What annoys me much more is this self-inflating attitude these guys have in which they always make themselves out to be these incredibly clever manipulators, when in fact they're just acting like dicks. When you leave a room full of people hating you, and when you leave them more committed than ever to the shared goal of doing whatever you can to make sure you don't win, not to mention rolling their eyes at your delusions of grandeur, you may have gotten your own way in the narrow sense. You may have aced them out, in a way. You may very well be beating them in the game. But you are not "playing them like violins." "Playing them like violins" would have been if you had managed to buy the tickets and make them LIKE you for it. Richard Hatch played some of the people he dealt with like violins (with the fish-catching, for instance), but you, Team Guido, are no Richard Hatch.
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