Things are misty at Alinta on Day 26. Ami asks the rest of the girls whether they're all still voting for Chad. Scout decides that the thing to do here is share her plan -- that would be the plan which has booting Ami as its second step -- and this is where you start to realize, as does Scout, that she hasn't thought this through, and did it all wrong. Anyway, Scout says that she's thinking that they should boot Eliza in order to keep the guys around for a few more days. And she chalks this up to the notion that the guys are needed for menial labor, which is a good way to ensure that Ami is able to leverage her "girl power" crapola as a strong argument for why it's a stupid plan. Indeed, Ami dismisses the fire concern as BS, assuring Scout that they can handle the fire without help. Ami returns to the idea that they have to get rid of the guys to keep the guys from getting immunity a bunch of times.
Ami interviews that she and Scout find themselves at odds, because Scout wants to toss Eliza, and Ami thinks it's not time for that yet. Ami just wants to keep chipping away at the guys for as long as possible. Of course, Ami's own argument is rife with sexist claptrap, as she is all concerned about the "two strong men" winning immunity, despite the fact that Chris is basically a complete washout in challenges, and Chad, while a strong competitor, hasn't been setting the world on fire. I mean, sure, one of the guys could go on an immunity tear. But so could Twila. And so could Eliza. Those two have both shown some surprising grit in a couple of situations, and Eliza is very, very determined at this point and knows she doesn't have allies, which can make people pretty formidable competitors. Next thing you know, Ami is coaxing the bulk of her alliance back to the Chad boot. Leann claims to be up in the air, but you can tell she'll ultimately do whatever Ami says, because Leann has absolutely no mind of her own. Similarly, Julie gives in, saying that she had liked the idea of throwing out Eliza, but that she now sees the wisdom of everything Ami is saying. And, you know, there's a shocker.
Chad, concerned, comes to Scout wanting to know what the story is. She hedges, claiming she's not exactly sure what's going to happen tonight. She assures him that she, for one, is voting for Eliza. Chad interviews that the mood seemed to be a little shifty when they got back from the challenge, and that he wasn't sure Scout was finding it possible to get the votes they needed to get rid of Eliza instead of, say, him. He heads off to try to talk to Twila, who is down by the beach washing the dishes, but she offers him no reassurance either. "From the way that they're acting," he tells her, "it just doesn't look good for me." "Ami's not stupid, and she sees something's coming," says Twila. Chad interviews that there is some scrambling going on, as is often the case, and that it's just hard to say at this point quite what's going to happen. This is one of those sequences that they have played out on this show so many times with different people that it's just almost impossible to give a good goddamn, and I don't know what they need to do to fix it, but they'd better think of something.