That second point may seem completely off base, but I had a visceral sort of empathy for Zac when he was sitting against the wall and McSweeney was sitting on the bed taunting him...
I am a younger brother and a cripple, and as such have been victimized much the same way Zac was. A few times when I was dominated to such a ridiculous degree, I did indeed snap. No one could've known that Zac was claustrophobic, but it wouldn't have been an issue if nobody fucked with him in the first place. So Zac snaps, and his tormentor continues to dominate him physically. After losing the fight, Zac then has to deal with his tormentor dominating him psychologically. Only once in my life was I put in such an outrageous position (when I was still a child), and I still think about how lucky I am that I didn't commit murder that day.
This is not to say that I'm a violent maniac, or that I ever was in the past, but a scenario such as that presents a very serious problem: the person being tormented has been pushed to his/her breaking point, and then
must decide how to resolve the situation. The tormented person can't possibly be of sound mind when making that decision, thus murder might seem to be a valid option.
Consider the progression thusly:
- Zac was bullied for an extended period of time (even though the show is only six weeks, he had a great deal of contact with his bullies).
- Zac was pushed to his breaking point (to be fair, this was accelerated by his claustrophobia).
- Finally driven to retaliate physically, he is soundly defeated.
- Now that it is proven that Zac is helpless when physically attacked by McSweeney, McSweeney starts to attack Zac psychologically (e.g. not leaving Zac's room when told to, followed by reminding Zac that he's physically helpless by replying "Whatcha gonna do?").
- Zac now knows that he won't get any peace as long as the situation with McSweeney continues. Either Zac has to physically leave the situation (which he can't do), or McSweeney has to be removed from the situation.
- This is where things can get crazy, since Zac has been pushed to his breaking point and is not of sound mind. Zac knows that he can't beat McSweeney in a fight, so the only way to remove him from the situation is a surprise attackódebilitating enough to negate the possibility of a counterattack.
Even I think that this is a lot to write about a possible action which we already know wasn't taken, but I do think it's worth discussing how close Spike and the UFC came to having to deal with horrendous violence during the production of their reality show.*
*I don't know Zac and am not claiming that he had any such thought process.