Tribal council. The group files in. Presumably, the Aitu and Raro members who haven't been here before get fire, but that part isn't shown, because apparently they have enough interesting stuff not to show the boring stuff. Jeff, unsurprisingly, wants to discuss the merge. Or the semi-merge, or the preliminary merge, or whatever. Did the ethnic divisions have anything to do with the way the merge happened? Jonathan says that he doesn't really think so. He claims to be happy about the way the merge happened, and while he would undoubtedly be happy to dish drama if he had any, I think he really doesn't think the race business as been a big part of recent events. Jeff turns to Sundra, asking her about being the only Hiki member who came to the new Aitu. She says that the position she's in can be thought of either as "vulnerable or valuable," which is a pretty good way to put it. It's the "you're dispensable and have no friends" angle versus the "swing vote" angle. She says she just goes with her gut. I think I've had about enough gut-going to last me an entire season. I hope Billy built that toilet.
Jeff asks Yul to "assess" the tribe at this point. Yul says that he thinks some people really want the victory, and some people really want the experience. Jeff says to Jonathan that neither of those is really wrong, and Jonathan agrees. He points out, though, that even if you're there for the experience, you're still voting. So you're in the game, whether you want to be or not. On the flip side, people who are strategizing are still having the experience. Jeff asks Flicka, "Eight days in, is this game already more complicated than you anticipated?" She's kind of a sitting duck for that question, with her hair particularly spazzed out this evening and looking like converting oxygen to carbon dioxide is more complicated than she anticipated. She says that she gets tied up in "where people's intentions are." She can't figure out if people are telling her things to get them on her side, or "to be nice." I think she just wasn't made for this game, I have to say. "People might be trying to get my vote!"