Albert pulls Sophie aside and suggests that they vote out Dawn before Jim. He thinks that he can beat Jim in close challenges, so they don't have to worry about him going on an immunity run, and he's worried that Dawn seems like the kind of person that people will approach to make side deals, just because she's nice. He says that no one will gravitate towards Jim, which is true. But Jim might gravitate towards others, and he might make them an offer they can't refuse. I don't know why no one is picking Edna's brain. She has to be desperate to get some sort of deal, right? Anyway, Sophie tells Albert to calm down and stick with the plan. Coach and Brandon come up and Albert lays out his suggestion about getting rid of Dawn first. Brandon and Coach are non-committal. Coach interviews that Jim is like a rhinoceros and Dawn is like a snake. You can see Jim coming but Dawn sneaks up on you.
Tribal Council. Probst asks Coach if they can assume that it's either Dawn or Jim going home tonight, since Whitney has immunity. Coach agrees. Probst asks if it's Jim going home, since he's more of a challenge threat. Sophie says that they both have their niches, but she would pick Jim if they were choosing sides for a challenge right now. Okay, I have to look this up. Hold on. I guess Jim was pretty integral to winning the slingshot challenge, and maybe the one where Cochran screwed up the ropes. He barely beat Sophie in the last immunity challenge. I don't get where he's so scary in challenges, or at least scarier than Dawn. But he's a MAN. I think there's a little sexism at play here. Albert points out that Dawn is possibly the strongest female player this season. Edna's like, "Hey, wait! I... oh, that's right. I'm useless." But nice qualifer, Albert. I don't remember you winning the weight challenge. Dawn did.
Probst asks Dawn if it's fair to say that Upolu should vote Savaii out one-by-one. Dawn agrees that her tribe would do the same if the tables were turned, but then she weirdly has to add that she doesn't think Upolu should have eaten the food today, because that was hard for her to watch. But isn't she the one who tried to help them have more time to eat? This seems like a weird time to bring this up. Brandon raises his hand (which cracks me up, what is this, math class?) and points out that Dawn told them to eat longer, and Dawn says she did want them to, but it was still hard for her to watch. I believe that, but I'm not sure why she felt the need to tell them at Tribal Council. Brandon, who can't hold two opposing ideas in his head at the same time, thinks that Dawn contradicted herself. He thinks that, if the tables were turned, Savaii would have been a lot more ruthless about eliminating Upolu. I can buy that. I mean, they're mostly a bunch of assholes, so it makes sense that they would be assholes in voting people off. Dawn keeps trying to clarify her point until Brandon says he forgives her (for having an opinion?) and then vows that Upolu won't stop until Savaii is completely eliminated. Which is pretty much where we were before this whole Brandon/Dawn thing so I'm not sure what the point of all that was, except to show that Brandon is crazy. Which we also already knew.