But before they talk about whom Cindy wants to invite, Jeff wants to talk about the curse. The curse is the one where the person who wins the car has never won the million bucks in ten (really nine) seasons of giving away cars. As soon as Steph hears this, she sort of groans, "Ohh," as if she really thinks it's really low of Jeff to be hitting Cindy with this when she was so happy. Jeff goes on to explain that Cindy has a choice. She can keep the car, or she can give up the car. If she gives up the car, all four of the other remaining players will each get a car. Note the immediate reactions to this news: Steph looks genuinely horrified, like that is the meanest thing she ever heard, which is exactly what I thought. My mom watched this with me, and I think her exact words were, "That's horrible." And then the show actually makes it worse by driving up the four other cars that will be given away if Cindy gives up hers.
Jeff asks Cindy what she wants to do. "I normally don't believe in superstitions," she says. "But I also want them to have cars." Steph looks like she intensely dislikes this entire thing. Cindy says that she believes in making impossible things possible, which I guess is a reference to beating the curse, but which didn't make much sense to me at the time. She goes on to say she should be able to win both if she plays right. Probably something she shouldn't have said, that last one. I think my strategy would have been to say as little as possible. Which would be a stretch for me, but I'd do my best. Cindy bites her nails for real, now. When Jeff demands an answer, Cindy ultimately says that she would love to give away four cars, but that she's "here to beat the odds," so she's going to keep her car. Steph is the first to nod like "damn right," and to applaud the decision. Remember, Steph's never had a car. She would certainly have liked to have a car. Rafe applauds with a notable lack of enthusiasm.