Back at camp, Lex Loser grins from ear to ear; I'll bet he was insufferable after this victory. He tells us that he has a lot invested in Survivor, and that the longer he plays, the more he wants to win. He says that the game has a "strange way, psychologically," of working out that way. Actually, I wouldn't call it "strange" at all; in fact, it seems natural that the more time and effort put into something amplifies its importance. But Lex thinks he's so smart and goes on about it being "less and less of an option to take that long walk out of the game." Of course, it's all easier to talk about, anyway, with an immunity dog collar around one's neck. Lex Loser tells us that the next few days are going to be very difficult for the tribe. He says that he, Tom, Ethan, and Kimj have a decision to make. Despite what he said earlier about not wanting to be the one calling the shots, it's clear here that is what he really wants. Lex Loser says he's already told the others that he won't vote against Brandon, so if they choose to do that, they'll have to find enough votes elsewhere, so they don't lose the balance of power and, as a result, get picked off by the former Samburu tribe. He makes a grabby gesture when he talks about their alliance. Meanwhile, Kimj sleeps with her finger up her nose. Lex Loser whispers to Tom that he can't let his personal feelings get involved anymore. He says it doesn't matter that Tom likes Frank more than he likes Brandon. According to Lex Loser, what matters is that Brandon has already helped them out, and that he might do it again. Lex Loser insists that Frank would vote for Tom in a heartbeat if he thought it would help him win the game. Lex Loser then tells Tom that if Frank gets Brandon back on the Samburu side, they will target Tom, and then Brandon will go next. This all seems like a very desperate attempt by Lex Loser to retain control. He concludes, "Think about that, but don't take too long. Because if you take too long you're going."
Tom tells us in a confessional that Lex Loser is dead set against voting for Brandon, and that's fine with him, but "it's kind of like goin' to the dance. If you dance with my old lady, I'll dance with yours." My husband needed to translate this from Tomglish to English for me. Frank tells Tom that he knows he can trust Teresa like family, and that he has the same feeling about Tom; he wants the three of them to make it to the final three together. Tom says that if he shakes on something, he's good for it, and Frank responds, "If I see you put it out there, then I know." But we don't see them shake, and we don't know if they agree on anything. Whispering while pretending to look at wildlife, Tom tells Ethan that Frank hates Brandon and wants him gone. Pretending to look at wildlife is a dead giveaway -- no one out there really gives a damn about elephants and giraffes. Ethan says he knows the way Frank thinks, and that Frank wants to go as far as possible in the game. Tom agrees, but also thinks that any of them would, and that it's "the American way." Ethan is worried that Frank will align with Brandon to win the game, but Tom says he still feels safer being on Frank's side than Brandon's. As singers sigh in the background, Kimj tells us that anyone who tried to manipulate people, jump ship, or come up with a back-up plan "got gooned." She says that when you reveal that you're investigating alternate options, you estrange the people currently on your side. Kimj says that she's stuck with her original alliance, and it's worked for her so far. We see a shot of Tom sitting under a tree with his legs in front of him, knees bent, looking perplexed and fingering food into his mouth. In a confessional he says, "Hey, Big Tom got himself between a rock and hard spot." He explains that he'll "hold to [his] guns," but if Lex doesn't "hep" him, they "may not have as tight a marriage as [they] want to." Since Tom slurs his words so badly while sober, maybe his speech actually clears up when he's drunk.