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Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« on: December 14, 2004, 11:59:46 PM »
Final Survivor was the best liar
Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear

ANALYSIS
By Andy Dehnart
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Updated: 8:18 p.m. ET Dec. 13, 2004Two highway construction workers with tenuous grasps on the rules of the English language but remarkable abilities to inspire ferocious emotion were the final two ďSurvivors.Ē But the one who lied the most and the best was the one who claimed the title, and the million-dollar prize.


Since he was incapable of crossing a balance beam during the very first challenge, viewers thought Chris Daugherty would surely be the first "Survivor: Vanuatu" contestant to be voted off. Instead, he ultimately outlasted 17 other players and easily won the game, beating Twila Tanner  on Sunday night's finale.

Although this outcome was strangely predictable, the finale did keep us guessing, and this time it wasnít just because of Mark Burnettís skillful, manipulative editing. The confrontation between the jury and the final two during last tribal council proved emotional. At one point it seemed like everyone was crying, even tough-guy Sarge and even-keeled Chad.

What did Chris and Twila do to inspire such passion, such hatred, such animosity? How did they outplay the more attractive, albeit clownishly dressed jury? Why did the jury overwhelmingly vote for the person who was less-than-honest throughout the game? What was with Jeff Probstís machete-hacking, parachuting, motorcycle-riding cavalcade through the jungles of Vanuatu, L.A., and CBS Studio City?

Rewarding the liars
The last one aside, ousted contestant Julie answered those questions during the reunion, telling us that, during the game, ďhuman nature took over.Ē Oh, did it ever. And what did we learn about human nature?

Liars win and losers reward the liars.

Of course, having just finished an election cycle, most of the United States of America knows this well. We like to be lied to.

 

We want to feel good regardless of the veracity of the statements that are making us feel that way, and we believe in fiction when itís more appealing than nonfiction. From an early age, we learn that lies take precedent over truth when it comes to interaction with others. We lie and say that someone looks good even if they donít; weíre told ďgood jobĒ even when we fail. We always want to be removed from the ugly truths; we want our reality filtered.

Itís no wonder that reality television is so appealing ó and itís also not a surprise that itís so condemned, because itís a revealing, harsh reflection of the way our world works. Real things get edited into palatable, entertaining things, and we consume them with fervor. And of course, we donít want to admit any part of that.

That childhood lesson clearly impacted at least three members of the jury, all of whom expressed teary regret over the trust they placed in Chris, and then turned around and voted for him despite (or because of) the fact that he lied to them yet again. The jury forgave Chris when he said what they wanted to hear. Twila refused to do that, and it cost her the game.

Both Chris and Twila lied on their way to those final two fireside chats. Twilaís biggest lie was ultimately more damning than anything Chris said ó she literally swore on her sonís life. Chris ended up in the final two by constantly course-correcting; he adjusted his game play based upon the present situation, and made the best move available to him.

Fail to adjust and get your torch snuffed
Though viewers rarely see it, this is the only real way to play ďSurvivorĒ; those who fail to adjust their expectations based upon changing circumstances ultimately get voted out. Still, in Chrisí desperation as the last remaining man, he told a number of smaller, quieter, emptier lies, but ones that still impacted those around him. He twice betrayed Eliza, although smartly, as each of those decisions moved him closer to the final two. Each time she believed him. He lied to Julie after having a heartfelt discussion in which he confessed his brotherly affection for her and reaffirmed his friendship. Although theyíd known each other for, quite literally, only days, Julie bought it, and then he voted her out without even flinching.

This set viewers up for some dramatic final tribal council confrontations. Instead, we had emotional clashes, ones that showed how impossible it must be to separate yourself from the game you are playing. When the pawns are real people and not plastic pieces on a cardboard surface, everything changes. Except it doesnít, really; weíre still the same flawed human beings, ones that donít like to look in mirrors that show clear reflections. We prefer mirrors that are cloudy or gauze-covered.

In a passionate final speech, Twila told the jury, ďPeople kill for less than what weíre playing for right now. Ö And ["Survivor"] actually turned me into someone I donít like. Ö It wasnít the game I intended to play, it was the game that ended up playing me.Ē

Although she apologized and asked for forgiveness, Twila still was telling the jury what they didnít want to hear: that the game somehow revealed a truth about all of them, that they all played in a way they didnít really want to. Voting for Twila would be tantamount to admitting that, on some level, they were just as guilty as she was of playing ruthlessly.

And everyone on that jury played ruthlessly. The men, Sarge and Chad, allied with others to vote off the younger men who were physical threats, even though Sarge admitted later that many of the younger men had stronger characters than the flabby old ones.

The women united arbitrarily, based solely upon their sex, and systematically eliminated men ó until they started to turn on one another.

Thus, Chris, the one survivor that was able to lie the best, pulled ahead and became the sole survivor, winning easily with five of the seven jury votes. Most of those votes came from the women he disparaged routinely in interviews and betrayed during the game. Twilaís problem was that she was genuine, and that genuineness, although the source of some thoroughly satisfying one-liners, was exceptionally irritating to her tribemates, and frequently to viewers.

Twila also refused to apologize for who she is and what she did, whereas Chris instantly kowtowed and gave transparent but effective answers, the ones his interrogators wanted to hear. He did what he did throughout the entire game, and the jury bought it once again. And ultimately, so did we.

Andy Dehnart is a writer and teacher who publishes reality blurred, a daily summary of reality TV news

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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #1 on: December 15, 2004, 10:07:33 PM »
I think they both told the jury a bunch of BS  B:) B:) B:) B:)

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« Reply #2 on: December 15, 2004, 11:02:03 PM »
I think Chris tols them a lot more BS than Twila. JMO  She didn't swear on her sons life btw. She only said she swore on his name. I don't think Chris was one bit sorry and that in itself was the biggest lies.

Sarge was a huge disapointment. He wasn't even there when Twila did the swear on my son thing. His butt had already been booted so, he sure as heck didn't really know what went on. I think he was just angry because she didn't vote Chris off to or, because she didn't help him more. If he is the best we have in our military we are in deep doodoo. He needs to grow up.

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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #3 on: December 16, 2004, 04:17:07 AM »
River, I agree with you on Sarge.  *()*

Talk about being righteous! He was coming down on Twila for hearsay and it didn't even have anything to do with him. I can't believe I had to listen to his BS just to find out he wanted to make sure Chris was going to still be his friend.  :':') What a big baby!
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« Reply #4 on: December 16, 2004, 06:36:17 AM »
Yeah, and I kept asking myself if Sarge actually believed Chris. Ole Chris, to me, didn't have a good lying face. I was surprised that he fooled so many people. Didn't Sarge swear on his honor or conutry or, something early on in the show? Dang one day I am going to start taping this stuff.


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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #5 on: December 16, 2004, 12:36:49 PM »
I can't believe no one on the jury didn't bring up Chris shrugging off Eliza as she was booted! What an arrogant SOB.

Didn't Sarge swear on his honor or conutry or, something early on in the show?

I can't remember a specific incident. He was big on honor. Any idea who he might have said something to? I am trying to remember what he said to Twila when they decided to take her to F4 after the splitting of the tribes.   ?:)?
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« Reply #6 on: December 16, 2004, 05:12:27 PM »
Yeah sarge should have kept his mouth shut about Twilas son thing

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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #7 on: December 16, 2004, 07:53:57 PM »
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   SURVIVOR INSIDER: Vanuatu, Episode 14
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Chris Worked on Twila
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Description: Hours before the Final Tribal Council decides his fate, nervous Chris assesses his chances against Twila. He has just spent the day with her, trying to get her ďworked upĒ enough to blow her chances with an outburst.

Chris (Confessional): I look pretty good. Spent a little time on my own and just reflected on the game and everything thatís happened. Got to go on a walk with Twila Ė me and Twila decided to go on a walk and maybe venture into some places weíd never been, and ended up going down. We ran into where the Yasur camp was at the beginning of the game, which was really neat because Twila was familiar with the area. I think she liked going back there and seeing her old camp. Seeing the hut the women built and the kind of life that just 9 women put together.

And they did a good job. They had a fire hut. They had a really good little bungalow that they built to live in. They were real close to the creek. They really put their camp in a good location. It surprised me how capable they were of making a life there.

Twila immediately took us up into the jungle and found some sugar cane where she knew itíd been growing previously in the game. That was nice. A little energy boost.

Basically, I wanted to go for the walk with Twila basically to work with her on Tribal Council tonight. The jury and how she might react to the jury questioning us about the game. She was pretty quiet. I think Twilaís stressed out. She realizes that she played a hard game. She definitely made some enemies. She made it to the Final 2, but I donít think Twilaís feeling real confident about her position in the Final 2 with me.

I didnít get much out of her. I worked on her a little bit. Messing with her head. Letting her know Ė I was a little bit persistent that Iím not going to take any verbal abuse. Tried to get her worked up a bit.

Twila Ė I donít know. Sheís been thinking all day. I think sheís been feeling a bit of stress. Sheís pretty worried about tonight. She hasnít had much to say about it. Sheíll talk about anything but Tribal Council tonight. So there was only so much I could do. Just working her.

Iíd really like her to shed some of that attitude tonight towards Ami or Leann. Itíd definitely help to solidify my number one spot for the million bucks. I think Twilaís got a different game plan. I think sheís going to go in looking for some remorse and votes that way.

Iím extremely concerned. I chose Twila. I did it Ė I chose Twila, itís been a couple weeks ago. Long before, there were 6 or 7 left. I chose Twila because of how she played the game and the enemies she made. I worked the vote. I was playing Twila for the jury and how the jury would react to her being in the Final 2. I donít know. I donít know if Twila can pull it off. It definitely concerns me. I can sit here and think to myself, ďIím in a great position right here.Ē I definitely got the head up. I think Iím in the lead to win this. And then I get to thinking, Twilaís ready to go in there and try to steal some votes for sure.

(Cut)

The closer Tribal Council gets, absolutely, the more concerned Iím getting. Anything can happen. I donít know what the 7 jurors are going to base their vote on. I hope they base their vote not so much on game but maybe on more of a personal standpoint and how Twila came across. Iím real confident with 2 of the votes, of course. Iím real confident with Chad and Sarge. I played the game from Day 1 with them and we were tight.

In the back of my head, I just keep thinking ďThat Womenís Alliance.Ē That whole tight alliance they carried clear to the Final 7. That Ami, Leann, Julie, Eliza, Scout, all of them, might say, ďThe only way we can show this alliance worked Ė the only way we can prove this women alliance worked is for a woman to win this game.Ē And just out of spite, out of some kind of redemption because it ainít a Final 2 with women in it, they can vote for Twila. Thatís definitely a possibility. And thatís a possibility thatís come to mind in the last hour.

The closer Tribal Council gets the more scenarios that run through my head. Iím just going to have to go with it. Iím just going to go to Tribal Council and go on. Take it on the chin. Hopefully I made the right choice (laughs). Cause I keep thinking, like Iíve been thinking Iím going to go crazy before it even gets here.

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Twila on Day 39
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Description: Mere hours before the Final Tribal Council, Twila defends her actions in the game and speculates about her chances with the Jury. Though sheíll try her best to convince them otherwise, she thinks the Jury may not be with her.

Twila (Confessional): Day 39. Fantastic feeling. Itís almost over.

(Cut)

A little apprehensive about tonight. Nervous about Tribal Council tonight. So yeah, Iím a little nervous. Yep. Chris did a number on the girls when there towards the end before we changed on him. He played big-brother-little-brother syndrome. Did a bunch of stuff. And then the guys, seeing their expression on them when they saw he won immunity one more time in a row, I think Sarge is for Chris, definitely. So thatís what Iím thinking. Yeah.

(Cut)

I played the game to win. Iíll say that till Iím 100 years old. I played the game to win. I play to come out here to make friends. I talked a mouthful out of my ass a couple of times, Iím sure. I made one major regret that I had in the game, and besides that - I didnít come out here to make friends. And now at the point of the game, itíd kind of be nice if you did.

(Cut)

I swore on my sonís name and I broke that promise towards Ami and Leann. They just keep running it in the ground and Ami made some pretty rough comments about it. Iím tired of hearing about it. Like I said, itís between me and my son and the man upstairs. Thatís all Iím worried about.

(Cut)

Nah, I think at Tribal Council, the jury pool that I have is pretty hardcore themselves. I donít see it flopping. I honestly - Scout might be the only vote I get. That bothers me. Iím going to do my best to change it tonight, and reassure them I was just in it for the game. If I was back home Ė I lied more in the last 39 days than I have in the last 10 years. Thatís not me. So if I can convince them of that.

Itís a game. I come out here to win. I didnít come out her to kiss ass or hoo-haw round about it. I did what it took. If I had been in the alliance with Ami Ė for one thing, Ami was too strong. For two, Ami wouldnít have took me with her. She would have took Julie and Leann with her first, no matter what our alliance was. I feel that, anyway. Look where Iím at and where I couldíve been. So I played the game. So I can say I played the game.

(Cut)

I donít know. Some of the things thatís been said. I look at Sarge and Chad being buddies with Chris first Ė I feel like heís going to get his vote, their vote. And then let Ami and Leannís a follower of Ami, and whatever Ami more or less says and does, she does it, and I feel like they know, or one or the other of them knows theyíre not going to vote for me or something. So itís all, like I said. They told Eliza and Julie both to try to keep me out of the Final 2 no matter what because they werenít going to let me win a million dollars. So, no, I ruffled some feathers. It might have done me in.

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I think the only thing that is my real downfall in playing the game, again, was bringing my son into it. I think theyíll use that as a stepping stone to squash me. To make sure - If I was on the jury Ė it was reversed Ė and I would probably swear this Ė Iíd vote for the person that I thought played the game the best. That is just me.

And I feel like, out of Chris and I, I played the game the best. I honestly feel like I deserve the million because I did play the game the best. I didnít suck up to anybody. I didnít pretend to be something that I wasnít. I kind of had to play the game between Sarge and them for awhile, and then between Ami and them for a while. It was part of the game.

But I didnít act fakey and phony in the sense that I didnít try to come out here and something that I wasnít. Iím not a prim and proper girl. Iím a tomboy. Thatís what - I donít mind it. People back home donít seem to mind it. So that donít bother me none. I donít care what these people think. Maybe thatís a bad attitude to have or a bad way to look at it. I fight for everything I have in my life, and I just donít Ė stuff donít faze me, I guess.


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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #8 on: December 17, 2004, 06:15:51 AM »
Thanks, puddin!

I am glad Ami was able to see past her emotions and vote for the person that played the game the best!
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« Reply #9 on: December 17, 2004, 09:23:43 AM »
The night this aired and Twila was saying she came to win to make a better life for her and her son. The camera cut to Ami and I saw the look in her eye. Right then I knew she would vote for Twila. I had hoped that she would have some influence over Leann and Julie to. Actually I didn't think Julie and Eliza needed any other reminders of how bad Chris lied to them.

People are strange critters. It's almost like they are saying you can treat them any way you want to if you like them better than the other person. Little city girls didn't like Twilas personality so-----


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« Reply #10 on: December 17, 2004, 10:37:02 PM »
In My opinion Twila didn't play the best game and she was lucky to get as far as she got.  She made no attempt to convince the jury why she deserved the mill and her inability to make friends in the game was her downfall.
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« Reply #11 on: December 17, 2004, 10:56:24 PM »
I was just logging off and wanted to shout† Hiya to Cecil† :)_{} ..nice avatar† †;)..I† just Love Eliza† :)()


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« Reply #12 on: December 17, 2004, 11:01:30 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: December 17, 2004, 11:45:33 PM »
Welcome to Cecil.  (#) Please come post with us often.

You're right. Twila didn't try very hard to make friends. She did admit that and said she was there to win the noney not make friends. Isn't that what they are all there for? 

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« Reply #14 on: December 17, 2004, 11:50:03 PM »
Twila played the game hard, but not smart. her plan was to make it to the final two, but she didn't seem to put much thought into the final tribal council. chris played smart, and thats why he got the jurors votes. he knew that people voting would look beyond his betrayals to the friendships that led to those betrayals. no one felt too betrayed by twila (leann and ami were more suprised than betrayed) because twila didn't have any friends outside of scout. the jurors were smart to look at the whole picture when voting and not remaining bitter about a single vote (i.e. sue in borneo and lex in all stars).
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« Reply #15 on: December 18, 2004, 05:40:47 AM »
Twila played the game hard, but not smart. her plan was to make it to the final two, but she didn't seem to put much thought into the final tribal council.

That was Twila's downfall. I believe if she would have stressed the point that she was playing a game and she wasn't there to make friends, she would've got the votes.

I think Twila wanted to play it down, because of how she got to the F2. I felt the same way about Rob in ASS. Both of them should have kept playing with the same audaciousness that got them to F2.  |:( |:(
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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #16 on: December 18, 2004, 07:27:22 AM »
Chakeeta, I'm thinking the swear thing by Sarge was when Twila told him he had promised both her and Julie final four spot. He was swearing that he didn't promise Julie anything. Anyway, a whole lotta swearing goes on in those games so if they are dumb enough to believe it,  :\/ 

The best and most disgusting had to be Jonny Fairplay. "I swear on my grandmothers grave." Yeah, the ganny that isn't even dead. Everyone thought that was a brilliant move. UGH!!!!

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« Reply #17 on: December 18, 2004, 03:20:28 PM »
Ahh Johnny Fairplay what a ploy that was.    :()()  Thats one survivor moment nobodys going to forget anytime soon.
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Re: Twila told jury the truth they didn't want to hear
« Reply #18 on: December 19, 2004, 02:28:15 AM »
Jonny was such a weasel...I loved it! I also enjoyed Sandra being the only one that saw through him.
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