A conversation toward the beginning of tonight's "Battle of the Exes 2" episode went a little something like this:
Johnny Bananas: "What everyone wants to say is the heroic thing, like, 'No, I want to get rid of all the weakest players so the strongest people are here at the end.' It's like: Bullsh**."
Sarah: "I want to get rid of somebody who could beat me in a final."
By the episode's end, though, Bananas' tune seemed to have changed more quickly than a clarinet with a broken reed.
In "Don't Let Me Down," an exciting nighttime mission that would guarantee the winning team a spot in the final mission, Sarah and her partner Jordan pulled out a victory, while official Dome ambassadors Leroy and Nia found themselves in last place and learned they'd have to fight through one final elimination round for a spot in the game's last leg.
As Power Couple, Jordan and Sarah had the choice of Nia and Leroy's opponents: either conceivably weak rookies Jay and Jenna, who'd yet to see a match in The Dome, or friends Johnny Bananas and Nany, who'd battled their way back into the game through the "EX-iled" losers bracket. And in spite of Jordan's protests, Sarah made good on her earlier promise to weed out the strong and cast a vote in favor of Team Banany. This time, though, Johnny wasn't so on board with the strategy.
"They executed arguably the most calculated, callous and heartless move ever," he said between stunned pleas of "Sarah!" So, did Sarah really earn such scorn? She told MTV News at the recent filming of the "Challenge" reunion that she thought the reaction was a bunch of BS.
"All that was playing through my head at the time was Johnny's famous 'All's fair in love, war and challenges,'" she said. "Two days before, he was saying that anyone who wanted to keep around the toughest person is an idiot. And I went, 'Well, why would I want to keep around the guy who's won five times?'"
"Everyone is friggin' delusional if they don't see that as the best move," she added.
Sarah, who'd officially grown tired of the title of nice girl whose fair play never got her anywhere, cited her strategy on "Battle of the Seasons" as the most glaring error on her "Challenge" resume, and the one from which she'd learned the most. In the game, she and the entirety of Team Brooklyn survived until the final race but settled for last place.
"We said we would play as a team and we were all gonna win together," she recalled. "I know that if we played strategically, and got rid of JD and Devyn, Chet and I would have smoked it. That was when I remembered what it was like when I kept around somebody just to be nice."
What's your take on Sarah's decision? Share your thoughts in the comments, and be sure to see how the next Dome goes next Tuesday night at the show's new time, 10/9c!