But without Sean, the Tagi 4 was outnumbered. Sean was doing his dumb jury-management ABC vote. While he may have not planned on voting against any Tagi member, Tagi 4 still only had 4 votes. That's why I said, if Pagong had it together about alliances and Tagi didn't know it, that could have been the end for them. On a side note, I wonder if Sean said in interviews that he would vote in ABC order at some point to avoid getting dirt on his hands and to make things fair-and if they purposely put everyone at the end of the alphabet (minus Dirk) on Tagi for that reason.
Gretchen was one of those who naively thought the show was going to be about survival and skill, not about scheming and alliances. IIRC, Greg was actually the target at the merge, but won immunity, so the target shifted to Gretchen. Assuming Greg was voted out first at the merge, and Gretchen made the jury, does Kelly win? Because Gretchen wasn't crazy about Hatch's pompous attitude from the beginning, and after Sue's speech, I can't see her voting against Kelly for that reason. And yeah, if Joel had made it to the merge, he probably would have been pushing hard to get Pagong in an alliance. He claimed years later that he was told by a cameraman about the Tagi 4 alliance, which is why he was trying to get his tribe united. Maybe he shouldn't have picked on the women so much. There really is such an innocent element to the first season. It's actually one of the earlier seasons that I don't feel is a chore to sit through, watching everyone on the beach and catching fish and not doing much except challenges and voting people off. I liked how Tagi made their camp a home and had little rooms. And Pagong had that god awful shelter. But even the Tagi alliance, it was an alliance, and you knew it, but there wasn't all this constant scheming going on like we get now.
And back to Sean-once again, to show how naive and gullible I was when it came to editing and reality shows in the early years, it actually scared me that Sean seemed kind of stupid and was a doctor. Who knew editors might try and make you look bad on purpose!