Grindia plans to explain to Helen and Jan why their best chance for long-term survival is a 3-3 alliance against the men. Otherwise, she thinks the women will get picked off. Ted yawns while Clay plays golf; we're supposed to think they're ignorant of this sneaky plot against them, but how could they think it'd be anything else? Grindia and Jan discuss how Clay's "old, old, old, old-school mentality" is the root of the tribe's divided state. And if that's not enough, his back hurts, too! And he's tired and takes naps! In an interview, Jan calls Clay the "main team splitter." What an official title! She thinks that if he leaves, they'll be able to heal their wounds and regroup as a tribe. We see Grindia approach Helen and lay out her plan. Helen is surprised that Ted isn't the women's pick for ejection, and Grindia explains that Jan thinks they'll need his strength in future physical challenges. Although Grindia would rather vote off Ted, she's worried that Jan would still vote for Clay, resulting in a 3-2 vote against her. She says that the worst end result would be a 3-3 tie and insists that if they can keep the girls together, they'll prevail. I still don't know how she's justifying the whole "rock in a bag" issue, but she manages to gloss over it quite nicely with Helen. She claims that they'll be able to vote Ted off next because they won't need him that far along but for now, "Janny is not down for that." She can live with Ted, and will be very happy if Clay goes home tonight. We're supposed to think Helen is considering this; we're also supposed to think Ted and Clay think Helen is considering this. Helen tells us she's still "betwixt and between," which sounds like the title of a Charmed episode to me. She says that this is where the competition part of the game comes in: "I wanna stay. I wanna play." As Helen tells us that would mean voting Grindia off, we see Grindia doing an enthusiastic "I'm awesome!" kind of cheer. Helen won't be happy voting Grindia off, because Ted and Clay do less work every day. She boastfully says, "I am the swing. I never thought I'd be the swing vote! Little old me? The swing vote? If my friends could see me now! You like me! You really like me!" Okay, so she stops after the "never thought I" part, but it's still obnoxious. As they head off to Tribal Council, Helen says she's still making her decision. She's Helen, so of course she knows all the arguments and facts, but the decision may remain unmade until she "pull[s] the cap off the pen."
Episode Report CardJoanna: B+ | 645 USERS: C+
YOU GRADE IT