Back at camp, Jan uses a stick pointer to demonstrate the layout of the new flag. You can so tell she's a teacher. Clay thinks it will be "real neat" to put their handprints on the flag. In an interview, he tells us that the game has really started since the merge. He says, "I'm gon' tell you what. Hell, I'm here to win a million dollars! To outplay, outwit, and outlast!" So the advertising's working on someone, anyway. Ken seems confused by the whole handprint thing, but goes along with it. In an interview, he tells us that his main concern was making the merge, because he'll be a viable threat in all the immunity challenges. Now Brian tells us that the merger represents a new game; although they're former enemies, it doesn't matter anymore because he'll vote against the most annoying person. CC, sadly, is not eligible for that vote. We now see that they've painted a giant, purple football in the center of the flag.
Penny tells Helen that she gave her the wrong recipe for refried bean dip the previous day -- the recipe should have sour cream instead of cream cheese. I have always confused those two things, so for once I can't come down on Penny. Except any moron can make a bean dip, so trotting it out in a recipe exchange is kind of lame. Helen, know-it-all that she is, was already questioning the recipe because it sounded kind of "thick." Maybe if Helen wasn't so "thick," she'd realize that no one wants to hear another word about Mabel Cunningham's Baked Cheddar Asparagus Poofs. Ted -- who has painted another sun on his chest but sadly refrained from recreating the shiny golden pate -- tells us that Helen's constant talk of recipes and food really bothers him. He sits beside the tribe with his head in his hands and, when Ken asks if he's sleeping, responds that he's just resting his eyes, which is something my father always said when we were growing up. I've always wondered if there's some problem with admitting you're sneaking a nap, or do I just have particularly robust eyes? In any case, Jan has joined in the foodfest, rambling on about Worcester and soy sauces and how when she's used up the bottles, she buries them in her backyard so they can sing songs and play "Go Seek" with each other. Ted voice-overs that he has "internalized" his angst until now, but that he needs to get away. So he takes the boat out by himself and enjoys some "real good, quality me time." And with Grindia gone, we all know what that means. Ted laments that people don't usually take "me time" because people don't want to be perceived as anti-team. Not to mention pro-masturbation. In any case, Ted is aware of the risk he takes in separating himself from the tribe.