We saw that Dan's plan was brilliant but it only worked because Frank is gullible.
Hence the brilliant moniker. If everyone could figure out the plan then it wouldn't work, so it's imperative you utilize the plan fully intending to dupe people. And just because Frank is the MOST gullible doesn't diminish the fact that the plan worked on EVERYBODY in the house.
He not only duped Frank but he duped Frank enough to dupe Jenn into giving Dan her veto. Danielle is now destined for the finals, Britney is on the block and determined to go home and Ian is everybodies target. What a remarkable difference from a mere 24 hours prior.
And to touch on RR's comments as well;
And it will happen, because not even their allies will pass up the golden opportunity to put the 2 biggest threats in the house on the block together. No chance in hell of that.
All I have to refute this is... EVERY single decision made in every season for the past 13 years. The Hamsters NEVER do the smart thing, never do the thing that seems most logical. They just plain don't do it.
CBS purposefully cast individuals whom are easily influenced. They do NOT cast clear thinking, seeing the Big-Picture people.
They just plain don't do it.
However, 'brilliance' as imagined having to possess longevity in order to be classified as being brilliant is kind asking for a lot.
IOW This move doesn't have to insure Dan's safety throughout the remainder of the game in order for it to be considered brilliant.
It would be different if we were calling Dan a brilliant player. (Only slightly, really. As through the 13 or so years of castmembers he definitely rises to the upper echelon of brilliant hamsters. A very small upper echelon.)