On the road to the reward, Steph talks to Cindy about how "sweet" her car is, and Cindy interviews about how excited she was to win the car like that. Her next comment to Steph is that "zookeepers don't drive cars" (you can't insure them, I'm sure, because of the constant risk of a stampede on the way to work), but Steph insists that this one does. They also talk about how neat it was to see three women playing against each other in the second round, and my sense is that their happiness about that is pretty genuine. When not accompanied by revolting sexual politics, I don't mind people being happy about women doing well in a competition that often doesn't favor them. When Steph and Cindy pull up to the camp, there's an archeologist waiting. He welcomes them to the Yaxha archeological campsite. He invites them to come and eat, and he shows them the spread of meat and veggies and, of course, rum. I don't really drink rum by itself, though, so I hope there are some mixers or something. Diet Coke with Lime works well.
Cindy and Steph start cooking up the meat, Cindy commenting that it's "more meat than [they've] seen in thirty-some days." I would make a Naked Judd joke here, except I fear that he would choose to find it flattering. Steph offers a toast to the new car, and "to final four." Cindy voices over about the car issue again, and she explains how she didn't know what to do, because you think to yourself about when you'll ever get another chance to give cars to four people. Sure, it's four people you don't really care about, but...okay. Unfortunately, rather than let this drop with Steph -- who has already agreed with her -- Cindy keeps talking about how "if you win, you win" and so forth, forcing Steph to say it's okay over and over again. Cindy goes on in her interview to repeat the part about "no guarantees," and about how nobody is necessarily going to give you a million bucks because you give them a car.
Here's my take on how Cindy misread the situation. She accounted for the part of the equation where giving away her car might make people vote for her, and she decided how she felt about that. And she also accounted for the fact that it would be fun to give away four cars. But I think she never accounted for the possibility that anyone would be enough of a dickweed to feel entitled to have her give up her car, and that this would make people vote against her. I think Cindy saw the choice as an opportunity to give a gift, but I don't think she seriously considered that anyone (Rafe) would conclude that she was somehow obligated (Rafe) to give him a gift (Rafe, Rafe, Rafe) and that anyone (Rafe) would turn on her as a result specifically of her failure to make that gift. Honestly, I would have made the same mistake. When I saw the situation presented to Cindy, my reaction was that I'd probably keep the car, but I'd be very tempted by the opportunity to give four people cars. But it would have never occurred to me, if I were one of the four other people, to think anybody had any obligation to do that, or that it was somehow selfish or inappropriate for her to turn down that opportunity. If I won the lottery, I'd give away a lot, including to my friends, but if my friends won the lottery and didn't give me any -- particularly to the point where they got ZERO as a result -- I certainly wouldn't be pissed at them, you know?