Matt tries to get Jonas on his side before Tribal Council.
<Jonas and Troyzan are fishing in separate areas; Matt is walking with a coconut in his hand>
Matt (solo): I've talked to Troy at length about a new alliance. It's understood with Troy and I, and the rest of the guys I'm with, Mike and Jay, that things are changing, and Troy is good with that, he seems. Jonas is Troy's right-hand man. I don't really have much of a relationship with Jonas at this point, and I want that to change. I have to open up those lines of communication. I have to show Jonas he can trust me.
<Matt goes to talk to Jonas>
Matt: You and Troy spoke about what Troy and I (?).
Matt: It's currently me, Mike, and Jay, and there a bunch of guys in the middle of it that are ultimately going to determine our fate if we don't rearrange something. Why are we doing all the work around here, why are we playing this game the best and the hardest, when we have everything to lose?
Jonas: I agree with you, because ultimately I don't want someone who's been lazy ass, doing nothing, beating me.
Jonas (solo): So Matt came up to me, and he said, you know, hey, I know we've been on opposite alliances, but now it's time we unite. And I said, OK, that sounds really good. But I don't want to work with Matt and Mike. I don't really have any relationship with him. They could be a little more liked, especially by the women - I think the women think they're all hot and sexy and all that stuff. I don't need that against me.
Matt: We're also a bunch of smart guys, you know what I mean? I want guys on my side I can count on, because when we merge, and I look around, I have to look around and say, these guys are with me. When you look at Colton, look at Leif, look at Bill, all the guys that are trying to have it every which way possible, guess what's gonna happen? Ding! You're gone, I'm gone, whichever one makes the merge, they're all gone. I want us to do each other like a five, not like a three and a two, whatever it is.
Jonas: I respect that quality. That's who I am. I believe in that. I do.
Matt (solo): I think I got through to Jonas. I usually know when I get through to people, and I felt like he heard me. His eyes were open and so was his ears, and I think he heard what I said. I think he realized it makes a lot of sense.
Jonas: I'm gonna talk it over with Troy, and if and when we commit, it's 100%.
Matt (solo): One way of looking at it is if he goes along with my plan tonight, he's already telling me he's with me. We're gonna go through this game five-strong, see where that takes us.
Matt: Just for now, let's keep this conversation in confidence. The only people who know what the real plan is you two, me, Mike, and Jay. Everyone else is going to get to Tribal Council tonight and be shocked.
Jonas (solo): Matt is the kind of guy, he doesn't talk to me all 7 days, and all the sudden, out of the blue, he comes rushing up to me and wants to make an alliance. I'm looking forward to getting rid of Matt, cause he is such a power player.
<Matt and Jonas shake hands and Matt leaves>
Matt the Day After
Matt reflects on his time in the game the day after he is voted out of SURVIVOR: ONE WORLD.
"My experience was great. I was really looking forward to playing. I wasn't anticipating the male vs female format, and I think that really worked against me as much as anybody in the game. That part of it was frustrating. I can't help feeling like I don't deserve to be here, didn't anticipate being here. I feel like my game is better than most people, if not everybody out there. To be one of the first people out was quite a shock and really frustrating. With that being said, I'm grateful I had an opportunity to play. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity for most people, and I learned a lot from it."
"I learned that even though I'm a white-collar guy, I've got kind of a blue-collar edge to me, surviving out here, that a lot of people probably wouldn't want to give me credit for. It's not something I learned about myself, but it was nice to kind of put myself in a position where you can kind of prove what you're worth, test your mettle, find out what you're all about, deep down at the core when you don't have all the amenities of modern society. You're out there just kind of roughing it, y'know? I can rough with the best of 'em."
"I think I have a whole lot to offer this game. I think every single person who encountered me out there realized that quickly. I think my tribe was smart to put my name on the priority list. I don't think it was the top priority, and I think they made a mistake by getting so focused on me that they lost sight of using Tribal Council efficiently - for example, flushing Colton's idol. Or doing two things instead of one - if Colton hadn't played his idol, they could have got rid of a player and an idol. If he had, they could have got rid of an idol and somebody else. They didn't do that. To me, that's wasteful. Being a student of the game, I can't help looking and saying, 'You guys aren't playing right.' That's not sour grapes from my point, but they're not playing the game as well as they should have."
"Being on Survivor is a big deal. People...it's a popular show, otherwise it wouldn't be going on for 12 years. I'm sure in the foreseeable future, for years to come, I'm gonna be asked a million questions about my experience out here and how it really is. All I can is it's intense and it's real. There's no handouts, no helping hands when you need one. You're stranded. You've got yourself, you've got nature, you've got your tribemates; that's really about it. There's nothing you don't see. There's nothing going on behind the scenes that makes the game any easier than it is. If it looks hard, it is. If it looks easy, you're wrong."
"I think my tribemates looked at me and said, here's this big, athletic, handsome dude that's gonna come in here and take the spotlight away from me. He'll probably beat me at the challenges, maybe the tribe of women will take a liking to him and that will give him an advantage. Seems like he's smart, so I'm not sure exactly where I excel over this guy. That's what you do when you're out there, you make comparisons between yourself and others. That's the name of the game. You have to try to select who you can beat for the million bucks. I think there was a lot of things about me that made an easy target, in terms of this guy's threatening. Without the aspect of the game that protected me, which is the team element at first, I didn't really have anything to combat that. For that reason, I was somewhat helpless out there."
"When we split men-women, I was like, it's gonna be tough now, it's gonna be tough. I could have played the women angle better. The main thing to point out about the male vs female split, format of the game, was that the guys were right to assume the challenges would be pretty unisex. It can't be super-physical when you're competing against the women. The guys assumed very quickly the challenges would be based on coordination, or balance, or puzzle-making, or that type of thing, as opposed to any physical aspect, and they were right. When you took that element away, there's a lot of guys on my tribe who said, 'Well, I might not be as physical as Matt, but I'm sure I can make a puzzle up as well as he can, or I can balance as well as he can. So that being said, why do we need to keep around a threat?' They were gunning for me from day one. Typically, I think a guy like me is probably running for his life from the merge; I was running for my life from day one."
"The only thing I can say is how grateful I am to come out here. It really is a dream to be involved with something so iconic as the game of Survivor. If I can do my little part in making it what it is, making it as great as it is, associating myself with something held in such high esteem, I'm proud of that. I'm proud to have been a part of it. I'm proud to have spent 8 days out there and survived. I'm proud to have met the people I did, and I'm proud of myself. I'm just very thankful."