Previously on Survivor, Chuay Gahn and Sook Jai lived together as separate tribes, and Brian saw the enemy. Peachy -- evidently confused by the fact that Jake did better than every other member of his tribe in the underwater immunity challenge -- determined that he "hand[ed] Chuay Gahn their victory." There was an "uneasy atmosphere" around the camp, likely due in no small part to Ted's whining that he was unable to enjoy his tribe's win. Clay, had no such problems, and declared himself "damn happy." Jake squeaked his dismay over Sook Jai's losing situation before joining his tribemates in unanimously unloading Erin. Eight are left. Who will be voted out tonight?
It's Night 24, and shadows pass over the moon. As Chuay Gahn waits for Sook Jai to return from Tribal Council, Ted tells his tribe that everyone deserves what they get at this point in the game; he thinks they've earned their current good standing. Helen punctuates his commentary with exclamations of "I know!" and "Oh no!" and "No arguments about that!" and "Sing it, sister!" and "Right on, brother!" and "You don't have to tell me twice!" and "Amen!" and "Hallelujah!" and "No shit, Sherlock!" and "Darn tootin'." Except without those last few. Ted thinks the members of Chuay Gahn have earned the right to boil soup. He actually says that. In an interview, he posits that at the beginning of the game, no one could have anticipated Chuay Gahn's success. No one except Mark Burnett, that is, who not only anticipated it, but engineered it. Ted explains that they're in a very good position right now, with or without a merge. Brian tells the tribe that they've already had their "downtime" and now it's Sook Jai's turn. In an interview, Jan reveals that they tried to guess which member of Sook Jai would be voted out, and have narrowed it down to Erin or Ken. I'm not sure why we're seeing this now; we already know that Erin's gone, so there's nothing particularly suspenseful in it.
Chuay Gahn begins to enact their version of Sook Jai's current Tribal Council. This might be funny if any of them remotely sounded like the people they are attempting to imitate. As Penny, Helen simpers her indecision before Jan jumps in with bizarre and incomprehensible giggling about being a cheerleader. Helen finishes it off: "I think I'm gonna have to stab my friend Erin in the back and take her out." Jan then calls on "NYC himself!" and Brian begins an imitation of Ken that's more like an imitation of himself. He pretends to ask Peachy how his hair looks, then says he wants to make sure everyone knows he's a police officer and one of "New York's Finest." This, from the man who includes being a member of the "National Association of Homeowners" on his CBS bio. In any case, Jan yells, "And I don't want the women to know that!" As usual, I have no idea what she means. Brian concludes, "When you put on a uniform, you get all kind of bitches. Yo, yo, yo, yo." Jan tells us they felt bad that Sook Jai had to lose someone, but not bad enough to refrain from mocking them. And poorly so. She's just glad they're not losing a member of Chuay Gahn.