Not that Steph recognizes this. Instead, she just declares that she doesn't want to hear any more about it, and then she interviews that "if you're going to be jealous, then you're an idiot." She certainly is a person who is not flattered by success. Particularly since she has been insanely jealous on many, many occasions, like when other people win things, which is usually. It's remarkable how yesterday's "it's so unfaaaair, it's a bad dream and I can't wake up" becomes today's "somebody wins and somebody loses, so suck it up." She also declares that this last challenge shows "where your loyalties lie," which is what's really going on. Steph resents Lydia's open challenge to her authority, because the routine with Steph's alliance up to this point is that they politely sit back and treat her with a sort of neutral friendliness in challenges, and while they try to beat her, they don't specifically try to beat specifically her, and they certainly take her on the reward or share it with her to the degree that they possibly can. Lydia is in trouble here for rebelling against the queen bee, not for saying anything that isn't true. I think Steph is also irked, for the same reason, that Cindy didn't take her on the reward, so some of this is status insecurity.
What's more, a new issue arises when Gary makes what is in some ways a much more serious allegation in an interview by claiming that Steph eats more than her share of the food around camp just day-to-day, and says that this is why she hasn't lost any weight. And while I respect trying to keep yourself fit and not letting yourself wither away, if she's eating more than her share and if that's being allowed to happen because she has so much power in the voting -- if, say, that's causing Lydia and Gary not to get their fair share of the food -- that's kind of sucky. Steph goes on blustering about how they're "pretty damn even now" with food, even though she herself just proved that this is bullshit, particularly with regard to Lydia. I mean, maybe Steph can make some kind of argument with regard to Judd's or Danni's having had some food rewards, and at least Gary had the last one. But all of them? Even? Overall? Not even close. Lydia's point is pretty sound, and Steph's freakout is your best clue that she has no argument. Lydia tries arguing that it's not personal, it's about who's eaten -- she says she was planning on taking Rafe if she won, because Rafe hasn't had much to eat either. (Which is true, aside from the same non-immunity feast Lydia enjoyed.) But Judd comes back by saying that everything in the game is personal. Because it is, to Judd. It's not like Judd has a setting for "philosophical." This leads to a Lydia interview rant about the way people treat Steph like this special person, and the way nobody is willing to make a move against her, despite the fact that she's clearly the biggest threat in the game. Steph -- still eating the entire time she's talking -- declares the conversation over and says something incoherent about how she doesn't want to hear about it. And she really, really needs to stop acting so goddamn bossy, because she is incredibly annoying right now. Boo!