Tribal council. Jeff brings in the jury. Sequester agrees with Edgardo, I'll say that much. Jeff misses the boat, I think, when he asks whether the reward challenge and the physicality displayed therein seemed to show any change in the game. Because...I would tend to say no. Alex starts his hell-raising by talking about how it really says something if people will rub mud in each other's eyes or trip them. Did we...see anything like that? If we did, I missed it. Alex refers to "Dreamz" and his "rats and snakes" from last week. Eh. Asked for his reflections on that challenge, Mookie says nothing interesting. He winds up talking about warring alliances, and seriously, everyone knows, dude. You're not revealing anything.
Mookie also winds up referencing the immunity idol that they "found," and Jeff gets him to admit that he and Alex went through Yau Man's stuff. Of course, Jeff points out that if you're going to go all "rats and snakes," you might want to admit that digging through people's stuff is probably rat/snake behavior its own self. Jeff asks Yau Man whether it's fair for people to dig through your bag if you leave it around, and Yau Man says that people expect some privacy, of course, but desperate people do desperate things, so he doesn't take it to heart. He also says, "It won't affect the outcome of the game for the next few rounds." Jeff goes all, "Whoa, Nellie!" acting like this is a big statement. When, if you think about it, it's not that big of a deal. God. Asked to comment, Earl says (I think for show) that he was really pissed, and that up to that point, people had been more respectful of each other than to rifle through stuff.
Jeff asks "Dreamz" about the issue of trust. "Dreamz" says that once you get rid of Alex and Mookie, the rest of them will have to split up and turn on each other anyway. Jeff asks Alex if there are people who are threats who are "coasting" because they're not perceived to be threats. Alex says yes, but then he goes off on a different thing about how they'll all have to turn on each other...basically as "Dreamz" just said. "Whatever they did to get to that top six is going to come back and bite them in the ass. Karma has a funny way of working in this game, Jeff, and it's pretty immediate." Now, I ask you: what have these particular people -- especially Earl, Yau Man, and Cassandra -- done to get to the top six that's going to bite them? What? What is Alex talking about? What is going to harm Earl's karma? Or Boo's karma? It's amazing how Alex is just loath to admit that he was slam-dunkedly outplayed by people who didn't even lie and scheme. Alex actually says, "Remember past actions, because they foretell the future." I'm really regretful that nobody loudly went, "OOOOOOOH!" in a scary voice. Or said, "Okay, so...that means that in the future, you will do a series of dumb things that make no strategic sense? Good to know!" Seriously, Alex seemed to have this game knocked, like, two episodes ago. I don't know what happened with him and Stacy or whatever, but if Alex had acquired Mookie and "Dreamz" and held onto the people he was originally aligned with -- Stacy, Boo, and Edgardo -- he would have had a 6-4 advantage as of the merge. It's interesting, because my sense is that something happened that alienated Boo from Alex, and it was probably Alex's fault (just based on odds), and if that's the case, then it was a very expensive mistake. I also think part of it is just that Boo likes Earl and Yau Man and goes partly by that, in which case Earl and Yau Man are reaping large benefits for carefully not being assholes.