Yaxha. Still Day 15. The returning tribe is glum, and Amy talks in an interview about how much they don't want to go to tribal council. They all talk about how they gave their all, and Danni tries to buck up the group, saying how Nakum was just ultimately too big to beat, which I think is basically accurate. "We just can't dwell on it," Gary says. Farmer Beavis says quietly to Bobby Jon, "When you got in Jamie's face, man," and it's not exactly clear whether he's going to say it was awesome, or it was scary, or what. Bobby Jon interviews that Jamie is "cocky and arrogant," and that today, he crossed some sort of a "line," and so forth and so on. It doesn't make a lot of sense, really, considering that all Jamie did was hoot in precisely the same way Bobby Jon does when he wins. This does not make Bobby Jon look very graceful, all this business. He's lost enough that you'd think he might take it better than this. Bobby Jon also seems to think he "put [Jamie] in his place," when it really didn't seem like either of them got the best of the situation, and what Bobby Jon mostly accomplished was making people think he's kind of nutty and unstable -- especially Jamie. Nevertheless, Bobby Jon rather proudly gives Farmer Beavis some speech about how he was just trying to teach Jamie that it's fine to "buck up," but -- and I'm not making this up -- "there's another bear out in the woods, too." You can scribble that one down in your Colorful Bobby Jon Metaphor Notebooks. Bears...in...the woods.
Amy, bless her heart, is fretting over having let the team down when she rolled her ankle during her second run. As usual, she minimizes how bad it is. "It's swollen, but I can live with it," she tells us. She should feel free to tell the camera the truth, you know. It can't vote for her. Brian counsels her to maybe keep it up, but it looks like he may do so in front of other people, so, not wanting to talk about her ankle at all, Amy quickly insists that it's swollen, but it's fine. Speaking of Brian, he tells us that, given the current makeup of the tribe, everybody is potentially on the block. He says that it would be easy, on one hand, for him and Gary to vote out Amy to protect themselves in the short term, but that might not be the right move in the long term. He whispers to Gary that the three of them should try to hang together, but Gary fails to reassure him, replying, "So long as it's not a tie." We hear Brian tell Gary that he wants the three ex-Yaxha to vote for Bobby Jon, but what we don't hear is what Brian revealed in a post-game interview, which is that he had a better strategy here than meets the eye. His plan for avoiding the tie was to try to get Danni, Brandon, and Bobby Jon to split their votes by telling them all that he and Gary were going to vote for Amy on the ankle theory, and then by telling Brandon that Brian wouldn't mind if Brandon voted for him instead of Amy. The idea was that Brandon doesn't like to vote against anyone and definitely wouldn't like voting against Amy. If this plan had worked, Gary, Amy and Brian would actually all vote for Bobby Jon, leaving it as a 3-2-1 vote. It sounds convoluted and kind of unlikely, but it's something I've always been surprised people don't try -- avoiding the tie by fooling the other bloc into splitting their vote somehow. It's at least an interesting idea, better than just walking around going, "Please? Please? Please?"