And, accordingly, Dawn goes right to Cochran and rats Corinne out entirely. Cochran seems utterly surprised (though a shade impressed?) that Corinne has been working her own game this whole time. Which is his own fatal flaw -- he can never quite believe that anyone else is as smart or strategic as he is. It should also be noted that the way Dawn is talking, the Favorites WERE on their way to voting out Sherri, which means Corinne blew it TWICE, first by not taking Phillip's split offer and then by telling Dawn too early. Dawn wants to vote Corinne out now, but doesn't think they have the votes. Right now, it's Cochran, Dawn, Phillip, Andrea, Brenda (they think), and Sherri (they assume). That leaves things at 6-6, a situation nobody wants.
Cochran goes to Andrea and gives her the update. Andrea also seems halfway impressed, but Cochran really underlines how fucked they would be, numbers-wise, if they lose Sherri and Phillip in succession. Andrea seems just as eager for a blindside as Corinne is, but once again it's a matter of numbers. Andrea thinks Erik is "wishy-washy" and persuadable. She then interviews how freaked out it makes her to be relying on Sherri and "even Erik of all people" (ouch) to survive when just hours ago, she was in the driver's seat.
Oh my god, the B-roll of this snake is getting worked to DEATH this episode. Anyway, Andrea gives the update to Phillip (it's really quite something how the Favorites alliance snakes information around without ever having the four of them -- Andrea, Dawn, Cochran, Phillip -- conferencing together) and he of course is thrilled at the idea of voting out Corinne. He delivers a very expected "How dare she try to maneuver against me?" interview, which is part of what makes him the anti-charismatic creature he is. He then goes to Sherri with the offer to vote with them against Corinne. He manages to do so in the most condescending way possible, thus ensuring that while Sherri may indeed vote with them this week, she's never going to be truly loyal to him, because (as she interviews) she can't stand him.
Far more effective in her methods of persuasion is Andrea, with Erik, although I'll admit she's working with a certain natural advantage that Phillip is not. Erik -- in a move that's pretty stealthy for a guy who, as Andrea said earlier, talks strategy with no one and is a complete question mark when it comes to where he stands -- acts like he's asking for Andrea's help straightening the flag but really he's asking her to point to the name on the flag whom she wants him to vote for. She points to Corinne, and Erik is like, "...Okay." Cochran then interviews and echoes Andrea's somewhat condescending annoyance at having to rely on Sherri and "Erik the ice-cream scooper" who has previously proved himself to be "incompetent at the game of Survivor." The worst part (because I do think Erik seems like a very sweet, unassuming guy) is that you can't even refute such a claim, considering he voluntarily surrendered Top 4 in his original season. We then see Malcolm approach Erik with instructions to vote for Sherri. Erik interviews about his two different marching orders, and how he has no idea what's going on. Perhaps a follow-up question or two to one or both of his overlords might've cleared that up. I guess he really just doesn't talk strategy? Is that an approach that could possibly work long-term? (Also, after getting burned the way he did last time, you'd think Erik would be concerned about just blindly doing what other people tell him to do.) Anyway, Erik makes that ill-advised observation many people make on this show, deciding that being the swing vote means he's in a great position, rather than a momentarily great position but in a deep long-term hole. He says he has no idea what way he's going to go.