who is struggling with his own issues of race and sexuality.
Is he struggling with his sexuality, though? If his THs are to be believed, he seems quite confident and at peace with who he is, or is at least on the road to getting there. Trishelle was completely out of line and is an absolute idiot, but I think she was irritated by Aneesa making every little thing about herself, which she is guilty of on more than one occasion. Aneesa did a TH after that left me thinking "did she listen to a single word that Marlon said?" I think it's great that she wants to be helpful, but there was such a huge disconnect between what Marlon was saying and how Aneesa was trying to help, which fits Trishelle's initial complaint that Aneesa likes to talk and talk about nothing at all.
This is what Jemmye probably heard, and then decided to be a shit-disturber; and since Trishelle has the intellect of a cucumber and can barely form sentences, she was completely unprepared to defend her stance to Aneesa and went for low-blows instead of actually making her valid point. Hence why I think all of these people suck.
Sarah just can't win...that was messed up to do that to her two challenges in a row.
When you're thrown into a producer-selected team, half the battle is working with that person. Obviously Vinny was beyond Sarah's control, but Sarah's pitch to Trishelle was pathetic. Despite being kind of an asshole, Dustin somehow managed to keep Trishelle, Nany and Alton from quitting in BOTS for an entire season and Sarah couldn't even convince Trishelle to last one more round? Maybe more went down than we were shown, but I think Sarah is a shitty teammate. She was a bitch to CM, she was superior to Devyn, and I find it hard to believe she made Trishelle want to stay in the game.
Trishelle quit and Trishelle sucks, but I don't feel that bad for Sarah.
I don't actually think Paula's that terrible of a competitor, it's just that none of these challenges seem to play to her strengths.
Exactly - her main strength is running/endurance, which is very handy in a final but never comes up in an Elimination round. And, as you noted, her IQ is above that of a sandwich, which makes her one of the more intelligent people on the show - but even then, puzzles and strategy games are more about spatial reasoning and quick thinking, both of which are negated by Paula's frantic nature. She should really count her lucky stars she's been paired back-to-back with two of the best ever female competitors.
It upsets me to see that the accepted power structure has returned, with all the Floaters kowtowing to whatever the majority wants. Nany/Jonna seem to understand that without numbers, they are screwed. Yet everyone else seems to think eliminating floaters and rookies will advance their game by not pissing anyone off - but that will only get you so far. Right, Paula? (Who am I kidding. She still hasn't figured that out.)
Edited by Oholibamah, Jul 29, 2013 @ 10:41 PM.