First, Cecilia and Parvati play rock-paper-scissors to see who goes first, and Cecilia's scissors cut Parvati's paper, so she has the lead pick. Jeff tells her that she has to pick someone from a different tribe than herself. She pouts, at least making it look like she would have liked to pick Cristina. She picks "pretty lady with the dreads." Really? Out of all those women, you picked JessiFlicka? Of course, JessiFlicka runs over and is all, "Call me Flicka!" as they hug. I predict Cecilia regretted that move immediately. Parvati picks the "cutie in the pink," who turns out to be Jenny. Now, JessiFlicka has to pick someone who isn't from either of the tribes now represented, so she can pick Becky, Rebecca, Sundra, or Stephannie. The choices narrow quickly, you'll notice. She goes with "the sister on the end," that being Sundra. I don't know about the use of the term "sister," there, dear. Jenny can now choose between Stephannie, Sundra, and Cristina. She takes Cristina. Good call on the cop, I think. Sundra has no choice but Becky. Cristina picks Rebecca over Stephannie, which I find an interesting decision based on appearances alone, and seriously, I wonder if Stephannie hurt herself with the ugly floppy hat she has on. Becky picks Candice over Stephannie; Stephannie joins Rebecca. So basically, we have one tribe with two white women and one tribe with two black women, which is a function of the fact that both of the first two people booted were men, so because the white and black tribes were the ones with two women, each side has a spare. Got it? Okay.
Brad's scissors cut Jonathan's paper, and he doesn't take more than about one and a half seconds to choose J.P. He knows J.P.'s name, too. None of this "cutie with the almost bald head" for him. Jonathan chooses Yul, who is unquestionably the most desirable remaining teammate, but strategically is the wrong choice. As the EEFPs pointed out (and I never would have noticed), the other team wouldn't have been able to pick Yul for its next pick, so Yul will still be there next time. The right pick was probably Nate, whom J.P. can pick next time if Jonathan doesn't. Take Nate, and you force J.P. to pick Adam (who you, Jonathan, know to be a jackass anyway), and you can still get Yul. Of course, Jonathan didn't have all week to work this out like we did, and I'm not sure it's surprising that it didn't occur to him. Anyway, he picks Yul. So J.P. picks Nate, and with that, we have a mismatch of brawn, because Yul is forced to pick Ozzy, who is wiry at best, leaving Nate to pick Adam and Ozzy to pick Cao Boi. I'm not a big believer in muscles being more important than anything, but seriously, that's four young gym guys to one, or possibly one and a half if you give partial credit for Ozzy. In Palau, widely considered a major physical mismatch, it was only three to one. And in this group, if you're tracking the racial breakdown, one of the sides has one from each tribe, and the other has two Asian guys and no African-American guy. (I try to mix up my terms, because it minimizes the picketers outside my house.) So they're not quite as even as the women's groups chosen earlier.