Troyzan makes a good point about how you start to read the nonverbal signals from people: such as who abandons immunity for food and who applauds whom at the challenges (everybody seemed pretty happy when he lost, after all). Talk then turns to hidden idols and who might have one. Alicia puts Troy on blast for changing into cargo shorts before TC, the better to conceal an idol. Tarzan sums things up, saying he predicts that "the alliance that I know of" will vote together and be strengthened and dominate. Which, if you look at whom he votes for, makes you wonder where exactly he thinks he fits in. Oh, and in case you were worried that the game is not afoot, it most certainly IS.
Votes! Jay votes for Alicia and is like, "I told you not to step down," so yeah, that comment at the challenge was laying the groundwork for some theatricality here. Troy votes for Kim as the "strongest player." Kat sadly votes for Troy. We don't see the other votes. When the votes come back, Troyzan plays his idol. So the two votes that get cast for Troy don't count. The one for Kim does. And the two for Alicia do. But so do the four votes cast for Jay and he's eliminated. Bye, cheekbones and spaghetti straps and lazy Southern drawl. I will miss you all. (For those curious: Kim, Sabrina, Alicia, Christina, and Tarzan (?!) voted for Jay; Kat and Chelsea voted for Troy; Jay and Leif voted for Alicia; Troyzan voted for Kim.)
Next week: Troyzan versus the world. The world seems to have the edge. But. You know, I do think the women are poised to finish off the guys and take their alliance Top 6. But I recall another time an all-women alliance decimated the men at this stage of the game, in Vanuatu. And the one guy left standing took the whole thing. There are advantages to being an alliance of one sometimes. I just really hope that one guy this season isn't Tarzan.
Joe R hopes Jay remembers to stop shaving like 2-3 days before the reunion episode. He can be reached for lavish praise and nothing but at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can listen to him yammer on to his heart's content on the Extra Hot Great podcast.