Malcolm, watching this back on TV, has to realize how brilliant his strategy was, if it wasn't for the puppy love of one of his allies it would have worked to perfection.
My take was this:
Malcolm conspires with Andrea, Sherri and Dawn to perpetrate a blind side of Phillip. This is a ruse to put the target on his own back. He wanted them to hatch a blind side of Malcolm instead. He made sure they know Reynold was the one with the idol to deflect the possibility that Malcolm had his own idol.
Reynold agrees to give his idol to Malcolm at TC. For drama's sake, they have a pre-planned bit where Malcolm asks for the idol and Reynold hands it over. The brilliant part? Malcolm doesn't have to use his, and it's still secret. Once the idol is played, all of Malcolm's votes are tossed and Andrea is voted out instead.
The plan works -- at first. The majority alliance can't wait to go after Malcolm. But Eddie makes the mistake of telling Andrea they're voting for her. Sensing a trap, she had everyone change their vote to Michael at the last minute.
Am I wrong? It seems most people think Malcolm made a mistake talking to Dawn when in my view, it was a deliberate trap laid by Malcolm. The reason none of this is shown is because it would remove all suspense from TC.
BTW, the Brenda not talking has to be a conscious effort by the editors. Aside from a couple of squeals, Brenda said absolutely nothing when she won immunity and didn't speak a word when everyone was congratulating her back at camp.
Edited by Hanson, April 11 2013 - 09:18 AM.