Well, well, well. Looks like a certain credit-card-dreaming, Plan-Voodoo-hatching wild card named Cao Boi wasn't crazy about everything. Turns out Candice and Jonathan actually do have designs on reuniting with their fellow Whiteys back on Raro after the merge, even though Candice isn't exactly wild about the "and Jonathan" part. But her desire to hang out with Adam and Parvati again is so strong that when, before the Reward Challenge, Jeff offers an open invitation for the Survivors to "mutiny" (i.e. switch tribes), Candice takes it. Left with a split-second decision, his ostensible closest ally jumping, and the possibility of now being the odd man out at Aitu, Jonathan mutinies as well. Which leaves an eight-member Raro tribe against Yul, Becky, Sundra, and Ozzy on Aitu. But, and perhaps inevitably, the adversity bonds the new Fun Size Aitu far closer than before, and its members rip off a decisive Reward Challenge victory and then come from behind to take the Immunity Challenge as well. Back at Bloated Raro, Jonathan is doing more of that "making people distrust me by merely existing" thing he does so well, and it looks like he's high enough on Nate's shit list -- Nate really seems to have crowned himself king of Raro, with Adam as his man-at-arms -- that he'll get the boot. But Adam would like Jonathan around as a backup plan, and Brad's still getting the stink-eye for being a nancy boy, and also for not being able to keep his trap shut about how it's every man for himself in this game. I mean, it totally is, but...you don't say it, dude. In the end, Brad's mistrust of his own tribe proves justified, and he's voted out of the game...and onto the jury? Jeff doesn't elaborate on this new twist, but the math suddenly isn't adding up for a two-person final tribal council (or an odd number of jurors) anymore, so...no idea. Who's the most confusing stranded-on-an-island show on TV now, eh Lost?
So. Moonlighting from my regular recapping duties and spending my time with reality TV. Aaron Sorkin is going to be SO disappointed in me.
Previously: Flicka ticked off her tribemates to the tune of getting herself voted out, despite tribe-wide feelings of distrust toward Jonathan. Ozzy climbed things and killed things and managed to make himself both valuable and threatening to the Aitu tribe. And Nate called Brad a "nancy boy," which meant your guest recapper here had to reluctantly break up with him. We could've had something special, Nate! Why you gotta be a stealth homophobe like that? Twelve Survivors are left.
It's Day 19 at Aitu, and the credits haven't even rolled before Jonathan starts plannin' and schemin'. Okay, all he's really doing is solidifying the already-established alliance of himself, Candice, Yul, Becky, and Sundra. But everyone else seems to want to attach sinister motives to the guy's actions, so I will too. It looks like he wants to make super-double sure that Ozzy is the next in line for a booting. He says that even if they go to the merge with six, the plan is to keep Ozzy around until they've whittled Raro down enough to where it's safe to boot him. Jonathan interviews that everybody's a little "antsy" with the merge in the not-too-distant future, and with a five-person alliance, you can't be perfectly sure everyone's going to stick to the plan. Coincidentally enough, Candice tells us at home that she's not really interested in sticking to the plan. She wants to get back together with Adam and Parvati. Ooh! Somewhere in sequester, Cao Boi just had a dream about low-interest financing that told him he was totally right about the old Raro tribe sticking together. Candice says it's the "calm before the storm." Also the calm before the...
Credits. It occurs to me that Billy seemed much more menacing when he looked like Jazz Hoyt from Oz and before we realized the fake-love of a bland woman was all it took to tame him. Also? Way to recycle episode titles, Survivor.
A rainbow greets us at Aitu, symbolic of God's promise to re-unite the original all-Caucasion tribe some day. To that end, Candice and Jonathan are having a private conversation about how, with an alliance of six, there's going to come a point where somebody's gonna get turned on, and Jonathan is determined to "not be the guy who made that move too late." To that end, Jonathan poses a final four scenario of him, Candice, Parvati, and Adam. He tells Candice, and then us, that his number one loyalty is to her, and their trust will take them through to the end of the game. So it looks like Jonathan's being pretty honest here. Candice, however, joins the rest of the people on the island -- and likely the animals and sea creatures as well -- in not trusting Jonathan at all. She thinks he has no allegiances but to himself, and she'd like to see him go.