Takes One to Beat One

12.18.2007

By Bryan Buss

If Amanda had not won final immunity, would you have considered voting her out?
No. I don't think I would have considered voting Amanda out, because we also had Denise [at the reunion show] play pity party and get a $50,000 check handed to her, and that's what I figured she'd do at the final tribal council. And I knew Amanda wasn't the best at answering questions, so I figured why not go up against her in the finals.

That's what tripped her up, that final council.
It's the truth, she just choked.

It was really surprising. Courtney came off as together and truthful by simply saying hey, this is how I did it, and she got more votes than I thought she would. And I liked Courtney.
I love Courtney, I love her so much.

People seemed so against her. I think she's young, but also really funny and smart.
Oh, she's so smart. The thing is that she's real. She's just very, very herself. She doesn't try to please you or pretend to be someone just to make you happy. They didn't show it so much, but she was my best friend the whole entire show.

But they edited it so that it looked like you and Amanda were best buds.
Amanda and I were tight, but it was on a game level. I think Courtney and I were tight on a friendship level.

If you hadn't made final three, who else, other than Courtney and Amanda, would you have liked to have seen there?
Frosti or Peih-Gee... Peih-Gee was quite a bit annoying, except I had to respect her game play. And I just love Frosti. He's the coolest kid alive.

Why did you and Amanda take down the first immunity idol in such a public way?
OK, so the rule with the immunity idol is, the person who gets it, it's in their possession. And I saw Amanda messing around over there, and I immediately panicked, thinking, Oh, no, she's going to get it and it will be hers. So I walked over and I thought it was just one of the bats on the corner of the square, I did not realize it was the entire square. So I thought by pulling off the square, I could sneak away and pull one of the bats off. I ripped the square off and the entire back says, 'Congratulations, you've found the hidden immunity idol.' And I was like, This didn't work the way I planned.

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