“I’m just so sick of the honest people getting beat in this game.” —Landon
“I should write a book: How To Dismantle An Entire Alliance, by Mr. Beautiful” —Kenny
Well, that’s not exactly how I would have played it, but, for Kenny at least, everything appears to have worked out.
In an episode that potentially saw the entire balance of power shift, one thing was made perfectly clear: It’s a really good thing that neither Wes nor Evelyn nor Kenny is a world leader. You usually have to watch a Chicago White Sox game to see strategizing that perplexing.
The episode actually opens with some impressive deduction from Wes. If you recall, CJ and Sydney did not actually compete in their Exile (they won by forfeit when Brandon was DQed for drinking beforehand), but decided to say that they did in order to feign an upper hand. As Wes pushes for more details about the Exile, though, and gets more “lawyerly,” he realizes CJ’s deception. All this harsh interrogation does, though, is make CJ and Landon realize that they are at the bottom of the Wes/Evelyn Alliance. This would be the first of many cracks in that Alliance last night. Continue reading »
“I would die for Wes” —Danny
“I’m sorry Danny, but it’s definitely time for you to go home” —Wes
Wes and Danny clearly have an asymmetrical friendship. Both of them described the other as his “best friend” last night, but they clearly have different ideas of what that means. When Danny was telling Mandi about how much he and Wes have been through, he quickly started talking about finding out about the death of his mother during the filming of Real World: Austin, and how Wes was his only shoulder to cry on (well, I guess Melinda, his future wife, was there too. And Nehemiah was pretty supportive, if I recall. OK, Wes was one of several shoulders to cry on). Danny started breaking down in describing how Wes was like a brother to him.
Meanwhile, Wes didn’t even need someone else to suggest the idea of throwing Danny under the bus—he brought it up himself. With Wes and his alliance still worried about the dominance of Kenny and Laurel, but still working with Ryan to manipulate who Kenny and Laurel throw in, Wes, Evelyn, CJ, and Landon sat down to discuss possible victims.
Continue reading »