Steph, Cindy, Rafe and Judd are walking together, talking about how awesome their alliance is. "Seems too good to be true," Steph says, and I'd sure love to believe that was foreshadowing. She interviews that it really "seems too easy," because last time she felt powerless and this time she feels powerful. And I don't blame her one bit for enjoying that switch; what I blame her for is how it's affected the way she approaches the game and the way she treats other people. What looked like pluck in an underdog reads like serious arrogance in a favorite, and that's where we're running into trouble, Steph and I.
Gasoline/electric hybrid spider.
Lydia and Danni take a walk, and Lydia laments that she was just a warm body to her alliance, and now they're ready to cut her loose. She says that Rafe and Steph and Judd are a group, and that she stuck with them, and now they're ditching her. "Now that the numbers game is over, I'm not useful anymore," she says. I think Lydia really did wait maybe a week or two too long to get to this point. But at any rate, she tells Danni that she now believes she may get the boot before Danni or Gary even do. Lydia gripes in an interview that it's like she did everything her alliance wanted, and now they "don't need [her] anymore." I'm wondering what she thought was going to happen along about here, you know? Because as much as I dislike the way she was treated this week, the fact that she's being put on a list for booting now that the numbers have changed isn't, in and of itself, either wrong or particularly surprising. How is she shocked by this? What did she think was going to happen? "I think I'm screwed," she finishes, and for the most part, I concur.
Meanwhile, back at camp, Gary paces while he says that he thinks he's seen as enough of a threat that he thinks Danni and Lydia will be kept around longer than he will. He says that Cindy doesn't like him -- an obvious bit of animosity we sort of haven't been privy to as far as the explanation -- and adds that, therefore, he's going to "attack the next avenue" and see what he can do. It turns out that the next avenue is Rafe, who admits to Gary that he'd like to go to the end with people he trusts, and that he doesn't trust Judd and only mostly trusts Steph. Gary argues that Danni is very trustworthy, and I think he might be looking to talk Rafe into an alliance of "good people," but it's not my sense that Rafe is buying. Gary thinks that there's an opening based on the fact that Rafe doesn't trust Judd, so Gary thinks that what now appears to be the Big Four will crack at that point, but he also seems to be aware that that may not happen immediately.