Remember how, last week, I said that I finally understood the appeal of Nick and that I thought he actually was kind of hot and how I was hoping he would go far? Well, forget I said that because, during last night’s episode, Nick pretty much destroyed whatever good will I had built up towards him.
Seriously, I love confident men but there’s a difference between being confident and being an arrogant, cocky, preening jackass. Last night, Nick revealed himself to be a jackass. He strutted around camp. He spent all of his time hanging out with fellow wannabe Alpha Males, Jason and Scot. He mansplained all of his plans. Stupidly, he interrogated Cydney after he saw her talking to a few members of the Brain Tribe and it never occurred to him that maybe, just maybe, he might end up alienating one of his key allies.
Would I have preferred to have seen someone like Jason or Scot voted out last night? You bet I would. It worries me a little that both Jason and Scot were given opportunities to talk about their lives back in the real world. Jason talked about his autistic daughter and, as much as I dislike him, he did come across as being a genuinely loving father. Scot talked about growing up poor. As I listened to them talk, it occurred to me that this was the type of stuff that probably would have been edited out of the show if they had been said by anyone who wasn’t going to make it to the end. Is someone planning on carrying Scot and Jason to the end? It might be good strategy since most of the jury will probably hate Jason and feel that, as a former pro athlete, Scot already has enough money. But it won’t be emotionally satisfying because I’ve been waiting this entire season to see Stinky Jason and his Idiot Man Child sidekick blindsided.
But , last night, it was Nick who was blind-sided and it was satisfying to watch. Since the entire episode was basically just Nick acting like a jackass, it was fun to watch his attitude come back and bite him.
Nick was voted out as a result of the remaining girls forming an alliance. That’s right, it’s another all-girls alliance! All-girl alliances always start with a lot of fanfare but — with some very notable exceptions — they never seem to last more than an episode or two before they fall apart. As a girl, I always cringe whenever an all-girl alliance forms because they always seem to collapse in ways that conform to every negative stereotype that you’ve ever heard about women trying to work together. As for this season’s all-girl alliance, Cydney, Julie, and Michele are all strong players. But Debbie is way too unstable and Aubry is too whiny.
(“Neal didn’t give me the idol, I didn’t have any friends in high school, boo hoo…”)
Along with Nick’s jackassery and the all-girls alliance, the other big development of last night’s episode was Tai emerging as a force to be reckoned with. His immunity win was the stuff of legends. Of course, at Tribal, he let slip that he knew about the super idol. He tried to cover up by saying that he was only repeating rumors that he had heard. We’ll have to wait and see if there’s any fallout from what Tai said.
My prediction for next week: All-girls alliance falls apart. Either Debbie or Joe goes home.