The next morning, Steph and Cindy return to camp on Day 35. Cindy is asked if the car was okay, and she takes this opportunity to wax rhapsodic about how awesome the car is. The car handles so great. The suspension is so great. She calls it a "luxury vehicle." Cindy tells the group that she never anticipated that she'd own a new car. She loves the tires. She loves the taillights. She needs to shut up. She also needs to see more taillights, I think, so she's not so easily won over. Rafe is giving her the stinkeye. The editing is designed to leave the impression that Danni is also pissed off, but I don't believe it for a minute. Rafe, for his part, snottily interviews that Cindy was "grating on people" (by which he means "grating on me") by talking about how much she loved the car. "You can only hear so much about something that everyone else could have had, too," he snots, conveniently ignoring the fact that everyone else could not have had it "too." Everyone else could have had it "instead." Convenient, that little shift. Cindy interviews that everyone seemed to think choosing the car was the right thing to do, and although they set it up to make it seem like she's totally ignorant, I think she's right about everyone but Rafe. I think Lydia and Steph think it was the right thing to do, and Danni might think it was a strategic mistake, but I don't think she's at all on about "four people versus one person" and all that bullshit Rafe is shoveling. Cindy certainly failed to notice herself pissing off Rafe, but I don't think she failed to read the entire camp the way they're setting this up to imply, nor do I think Rafe is correct that everyone was irritated by hearing her talk about the car.
In my favorite scene of the episode -- the one that makes me love Steph again, just briefly -- Steph tells Rafe with disbelief how Cindy actually felt guilty about keeping the car. She explains how she told Cindy how silly that was, that Cindy deserved the car and had won it fair and square. Rafe is caught off-guard by this, because he loves validation and was sure Steph would validate him. Given some of her past behavior, it's not a bad guess, but not this time. Rafe claims that he and Danni both believed Cindy would give up the car, and Steph -- this is where I love the hilarity of this scene -- is like, "So did I -- she was considering it!" And Steph says this as if it's the dumbest thing she ever heard, which leaves Rafe with really no way to tell Steph he thought there was no choice for Cindy but to give away her car. Showing the first sign of insecurity by attaching someone else to his opinion, Rafe says, "Danni and I both thought that there wasn't any other option than to give up the car." Steph, still pounding corn, totally confused: "What do you mean?" AWESOME. Rafe: "If they had asked me that, like, there's no way I would have kept it." Steph, more curiously than anything: "Really?" Steph doesn't get this, and Rafe -- not talking strategy -- says, "'Cause it's like, four of you guys could have cars!" Steph is still confused: "You thought you had to give it up?" Rafe: "Not that you had to, but just...I would've." Oh, well, sure. You would've. In the hypothetical universe in which you will never be required to live. Steph answers that she wouldn't think anyone would give up the car. Steph interviews that she couldn't believe Rafe claimed he would have made that choice: "Sometimes, I just feel like Rafe does try to play the martyr a little bit." She goes on to say that this is the only time she and Rafe have disagreed in the entire game. Steph asks Lydia what she thinks, and Lydia says, "I think Cindy made the right choice."