I honestly think that was by far the most fucked-up Loved Ones Reward Twist of all, and definitely should put Brenda in this thread. First of all, it wasn't the usual reward where they go off and have fun with their loved ones while the non-rewarded hang out at camp; they were in a raft just offshore, so the losers' faces were rubbed in it. This makes it even more impossible than usual to take the reward; it's a total fuck-you to the rest of the tribe. Second, waiting until after she had picked one person to share the reward before offering the choice, and including that person in the choice, which as far as I know has never been done. This means that the person she chose, presumably exactly the person she was trying to improve her standing with, is turned into a victim who resents her. When you're the person forced to decide, you at least feel the power of choosing, even if it's an obvious/forced choice. But Dawn didn't get any kind of agency at all in this process of getting jerked around, which combined with the in-your-face reward, makes the perfect circumstance to create an angry, bitter enemy. She can't vote out Probst or the production crew. She can only vote out Brenda as revenge.
Now a reasonable person, a Kim or a Denise or a Malcolm or a Yul, would not get angry at Brenda. But again the whole idea of choosing who goes on reward with you is to sway people who can be swayed by rewards. In other words, someone relatively unreasonable. So I think in any season, in any situation, the person you choose first is going to be exactly the person you don't want to have "teased", as Jeff put it (putting agency, again, in Brenda's hands only, instead of acknowledging that all this bullshit was his responsibility), with the reward.
So I think Brenda got screwed, definitely. Not as bad as some of the people in this thread; she still had plenty to work with and was too confident, partly I think on the high of having seen her dad, and winning the challenge with him, and, I even think, of having made that choice.
Edited by KimberStormer, May 29, 2013 @ 8:46 PM.