At T-plus 1:43, Ryan notices blisters forming on his hands, although he confuses them with "scabs." I suppose a little noun trouble isn't unexpected under the circumstances. Down on the ground, Sharon quietly predicts to Adam that Sheila's going to win. Sure, right before the unicorns arrive. They also agree that they're all screwed if Natalie wins. Sheila nearly slips, but hangs on. With a little over two hours down, Sharon and Adam head inside for a few minutes, so Natalie proposes making a deal between the three of them that Adam and Sharon should go up. They pretty quickly agree to that, and also that they'll let Sheila win; Sheila just has to promise that she'll not only put up Adam, but cast a tiebreaking vote to boot him in order to prevent the backdooring of Ryan and/or Natalie if it comes down to it. Despite promising to protect Adam to the end in the DR, Sheila agrees. A while after Adam and Sharon return, a numb-legged Ryan drops at 2:47.
Later still, Natalie is loudly wondering to everyone what she should do. Sharon is taking the lead in a group effort to convince Natalie to drop, annoyed with her whole "WWJD" bit. Natalie overcloses so much that Sheila's starting to wonder if Natalie's not planning to stick to the deal at all.
In fact, Natalie's still up there after the ads, making everyone insane with her noisy vacillating. Everyone's looking at her, like, drop or don't drop, but either way, shut the fuck up about it. Sharon had better hope that the PoV is another endurance competition, but one based on not talking. Even Sheila's getting irritated with Natalie's routine, until Natalie finally announces, "I'm a giver," and drops. Sheila follows soon, with three hours and nine minutes down. Jeez, if that's how Natalie throws a competition, she makes it pretty hard for other people to catch it. And how irritating is it, the way she made sure everyone knew that she, Natalie, is responsible for Sheila's victory in this competition. I deserve at least some of the credit; I was just getting into a nice groove mocking her for never winning anything.
In the DR, Natalie is confident that Sheila isn't going to screw her over. Adam isn't so sure about his own chances for avoiding nomination, since he nominated Sheila last week. Sharon predicts that she's probably going to go on the block, but she's counting on people going after bigger threats, namely each other. I really feel bad knocking Sharon's low-profile strategy, because that's how I'd have played it, but I don't see how it can get her into the final two. On the other hand, I don't predict lots of things that end up happening on this show.