On the last episode of Survivor #1, Sue Hawk had delivered a magnificent speech of Shakespearean proportions. Like her or hate her, Sue gave the show it's filip; just the right zest, the right capper. It helped to insure many future editions.
Gervase Peterson had decided to riposte Sue's remarks, because, he said, someone had to! And he did so, quite splendidly.
[ This was lovingly transcribed by Susan Brown copyright 2000 ]
SUE HAWK'S SPEECH:
"I have no questions; I just have statements. Rich, you're a very openly arrogant, pompous human being; but I admire your frankness with it. You have worked hard to get where you are at; and you started working hard way before you came to this island, and I admire that. So, with my working ethic background, I give that credit to you. But on the other hand, your inability to admit your failures, without going into a whiny speech, makes you a bit of a loser in life.
"Kelly: the rafting persona queen; you did get stomped on, on national TV by a city boy [ Gervase ] that never swam, let alone been in the woods or jungle or rowed a boat in his life. You sucked on that game.
"Anyways, I was your friend at the beginning of this, really thinking that you were a true friend. I was willing to sit there [ as one of the two finalists ], and put you next to me. At that time, you were sweeter than me--I'm not a very openly nice person; I'm just frank, forward, and telling it the way it is;--and [ I was willing ] to have you sit there next to me, and lose $90,000, just to stomp on somebody like this [ indicating Rich ].
"But as the game went along, and the two tribes merged, you lied to me, and showed me the true person you were. You're very two-faced and manipulative to get where you're at anywhere in life, that's why you fail all the time."
[ Kelly is shaken, gasping, but gathers herself. "Hmmm. Interesting," she remarks. ]
"So, at that point of the game, I just decided then to just go out with my alliance to my family, and just to hold my dignity and my values in check, and hoping I hadn't lost too many of them along the way. I'd tried to play the game as long as possible, and hang in there as long as possible.
"But Kelly, just going back to what Jeff says, 'what goes around, comes around': it's here. You will not get my vote; My vote will go to Richard; and I hope that it's the one vote that makes you lose the money. But if it's not, so be it. I will shake your hand, and I'll go on from here.
"But if I were ever to pass you in this life again, and you were laying there, dying of thirst, I would not give you a drink of water. I'd just let the vultures take you, and do whatever they want with you, with no ill regrets."
"I plead with the jury tonight, to think a little bit about the island that we have been on. This island is pretty much full of [ looks as if they censored something! Sue continues, after a dissolve-edit: ] only two [ other? ] things: snakes and rats. And in the end of Mother Nature, we have Richard the Snake, who knowingly went after prey; and Kelly, who turned into the Rat, that ran around like the rats do on this island, trying to run from the snake. And I feel we owe it to the island's spirit that we have learned, have come to know, to let it be in the end the way Mother Nature intended it to be: for the Snake to eat the Rat."
[ What most people probably miss, is Sue expressing her disgust with Richard. She knows damn well that he's a snake; but she blames Kelly for simply playing the game the way Rich had wanted her to. ]
"As I stated before, I admire your frankness. You have worked hard to get here, and you're honest about why you're here, so..."
GERVASE PETERSON'S RIPOSTE, DURING THE VOTE:
"My vote is for Kelly. I feel Kelly played this game better than anybody else. She came into this thing, she formed her alliance, played both sides of the fence, did her lying thing, but you know what? When it comes down to it, that's all good; that's what this game is about. She did it better than anyone else. She stayed low under the radar, and just did her thing, and I think she really deserves it more than anyone else here.
"And just one other thing: Sue's comments?: That's what we in my home town call a sore loser; 'cause while Sue was backstabbing, and throwing the knives everywhere, she was happy. And if she was sitting in Kelly's spot right now, she'd only be thinking about nothing but the million dollars, and that's it. That just goes to show you how *tripe*trite? she is.
"It disgusts me what she just did! It was so foul. You know, Sue put knives in my back....
"Sue talks about a rat and a snake; well, Sue formed her alliance--that's her little snake part; and then she did the rat part when she lied in Colleen's face when she asked if she voted for her.
"And that just goes to show you how people play this game; if it's saving their butt, they'll do anything to save their butt. And when they're out of this game, they cry about it! They bellyache about it the whole stinking time, and it makes me sick. So Kelly, I hope you win it, and after you win it, you can stuff it in Sue's face."