So Alex and Mookie are on the ropes, obviously, following last week's wonderful developments. They know it, too, which is what makes it particularly satisfying. Struggling hard to be relevant, Mookie decides to rummage around in Yau Man's things to see if he has the other individual immunity idol. When Mookie actually manages to find the idol, he and Alex begin gloating and high-fiving each other, in spite of the fact that they really have no idea what good this information is going to do them. They finally hatch a "plan" in which they're going to confront Yau Man at tribal council about having the immunity idol, which will sway...someone? Into doing...something? Rather fortuitously, Cassandra and Stacy are sitting nearby, and Alex and Mookie are so convinced that the women overheard their "plan" (they didn't) that they abandon it entirely. Instead, they simply run back to camp and threaten and bully Yau Man that they're going to tell everyone he has it. He basically says, "Whatever." Alex gets all Matt Dillon in My Bodyguard, like, "Nyaaaaah, should be interesting, huh?" And Yau Man's response is to point out that, while he might have chosen to keep this private a bit longer, it's not going to make any difference. Which it's not. When Yau Man announces to everyone else that Alex and Mookie did this, they are all very shocked and indignant, but not in the way Alex and Mookie intended. Rather than being angry at Yau Man for not telling them that he had the idol, they're angry at Alex and Mookie for going through somebody else's stuff while he wasn't there. When Stacy wins individual immunity in a kind of cool "Battleship" challenge, everything is aligned to kick out Alex. But, as they tend to do this season, complications arise. Boo returns from Exile Island, concerned that, based on the clue he saw, the idol would be so easy to find that he's afraid Mookie or Alex might have stumbled on it without any clues. If they did, then voting for either of them could result in someone, who might be Boo himself, going home. For that reason, the six members of the current Earl-liance decide to split their votes three-three between Alex and Mookie, and once there's no idol, they'll break the tie and send Alex home. This seems like an okay plan, except that Alex eagerly turns on Mookie and votes against him at tribal council just in case it helps, giving Mookie four votes and sending him home. Everything is just a little chaotic this season, in an almost entirely good way.
Previously on HA HA HA!: "Dreamz" let the Earl-liance in on the fact that Mookie had an immunity idol, and Alex was targeted. But then he told Mookie and Alex that Alex was targeted, and Mookie gave the idol to Alex. Then he told the Earl-liance that Mookie gave the idol to Alex, so Mookie was targeted again. Stacy decided that this was too much back-and-forth to trust anything, so Edgardo was targeted. "Dreamz" wasn't told, or the cycle presumably would have gone on forever. ("Now Edgardo has the idol! Now They're targeting Mookie again! Mookie has the idol! They're targeting Alex!") In a most brilliant display of your best-laid plans peeing on your leg, Edgardo went home. Eight people are left. Who will be eliminated next, and what will Alex and Mookie do that will be completely awesome?
Bula Bula, Night 27. The tribe is returning from the Greatest Tribal Council Of All Time, not that all of them see it quite that way. The usual bat hangs on his usual branch, squeaking, "Can you believe these people? I totally knew Mookie would give Alex the idol, that moron." Mookie and Alex are, as it happens, currently discussing their situation, in that Mookie is telling Alex that they're done and will inevitably be the next ones removed from the game. They're also concluding quite astutely that they were "double-crossed" by "Dreamz." Alex thinks that "Dreamz" might have been "playing [them] all along." And I have to say...I don't think so. I don't think he's that calculating. I think he just...does stuff. He does stuff, and then he's like, "Hey, that worked!" And then he figures that next time he gets the chance to do stuff, he totally should. Mookie explains in an interview that "Dreamz" betrayed the "four horsemen." Fortunately, that appellation is pretty much a thing of the past after this. Now it's the "two dipwads," which doesn't sound as much like you'd want to embroider it on a jacket.
Elsewhere, "Dreamz" is a little concerned over not having been in on what was happening, so he's assuring Stacy that he's "not a liar." She reassures him that the only reason they didn't tell him what they were doing in switching to Edgardo was that they feared that the other "horsemen" might have been giving him bad information. If you think about it, that wouldn't really justify not telling him, but it seems to convince "Dreamz." "That was smart," "Dreamz" says admiringly. "It felt safer with Edgardo," Earl adds, clearly still buzzed from the adrenaline of that vote, and "Dreamz" agrees. In an interview, "Dreamz" says that indeed, when it first happened, he feared that they didn't trust him. But then, he decided that what they did was pretty smart after all. "Now the power is pretty much on our side," Earl says confidently. In fact, he says, there are now "two people just waiting on death row." Yow. Stacy sees things a little differently, and has switched the same treatment she used to dish out to "Dreamz" and Cassandra over to Alex and Mookie: "They'll be lucky if they get fed," she says dismissively.