Out in the water, Anonymous Jen and Katie have a conversation in which Katie talks about Janu's behavior at tribal council. She compares Janu's face to a jack-o-lantern, which...isn't nice at all, but I have to give Katie the fact that Janu does look pretty weird and a little...desiccated at this stage of the proceedings. Janu's actually sort of lucky Katie didn't say she looks like a jack-o-lantern as of, like, November 8th. Katie interviews, showing her usual capacity to be That Obnoxious Girl In Study Hall, that "Janu is completely mad." A-Jen and Katie talk about how Janu was all excited, thinking she was going home, and then it didn't happen. Katie goes on to say that Janu's reaction was "scary," and that Katie "didn't like it at all."
In an interview, Caryn explains, pretty level-headedly, that Katie was "gossiping" about Janu, and Janu overheard it and got upset. Indeed, as we watch, Janu and Katie get into it, and Janu calls it "junior high" that Katie is talking about her behind her back. When Janu makes it clear that she wants to hear directly from Katie about whatever is bothering her, Katie says, "You were being creepy. I'm sorry." And if you demand to hear things directly, that's what's going to happen. You're going to hear things you don't want to, like, "You're being creepy." And then Janu goes into a big thing about "why don't you tell me to my face?," and...again, I swear, I do not understand the value these people place on being insulted directly. I mean, if it's someone you're supposedly close friends with, that's one thing. But Janu and Katie aren't friends. Come on! Janu got her feelings hurt because she overheard something Katie didn't mean for her to overhear, and it's certainly clumsy and probably insensitive of Katie and A-Jen not to make sure they weren't overheard, but you don't actually have the right to tell people that they can't say negative things about you unless they're willing to share them with you. There's nothing dishonorable about telling a friend that a third party was making weird faces at a meeting. People who claim not to do that, ever, are lying. (Or boring.) And it occurs to me that the world really would not be a better place if everyone shared all of their unkind thoughts directly. ["To me, that was the message of the climactic school-wide riot in Mean Girls: the social order works because we say mean things behind each other's backs." -- Wing Chun] You're meant to have outlets to express your frustrations within reason, and while you're responsible for the content of your venting when you do it on television, you don't do anything wrong merely by keeping your less flattering comments about people from the people at whom they're directed, it seems to me.