Paschal rubs mud all over his body while Neleh squats and most likely pees in the water next to him. He's scrubbing and scrubbing and scrubbing, but he's not getting clean. Or is he getting technically clean, but not metaphorically clean? Because we're definitely supposed to take this as Paschal finally "getting dirty." He tells us in a voice-over that he has no clue how to play the game, and he doesn't want to know, either. He explains that he tends to lay back and figure out the "lay of the land" before taking any action, and that he's like that in the courtroom and in life. He also believes himself to be fair and consistent, and to his credit, we haven't yet seen anything to disprove that. Just wait a few minutes, though.
The tribe packs up their stylish thatched bags, now available at Payless. Tammy starts packing and then stops, perhaps realizing that she's sticking around no matter what. Or perhaps she's debating giving away her immunity, and thus she'd be as much at risk as any of the others. Sean explains that he's packing up all his stuff because he's fully prepared to go tonight. He says he doesn't want to go out "like a wimp," thinking fifth, sixth, or seventh place is the best he can do. He says he wants to go out having given it his best and if it's tonight -- in ninth place -- at least he will have tried. John and Sean have a conversation, and John acts like they're buddies and gives Sean a chump punch on the shoulder. Neleh and Paschal make perplexed faces, and then the tribe hikes around the side of a little mountain.
Jabba the Tribal Council Hut. Tribal Trill. Tribal Trill again. Peachy stands at attention, and welcomes them. He doesn't b.s. around this week, and gets straight to the issues. He asks Vecepia whether the elimination order of the challenge was suspicious to her, and then answers his own question by saying that Sean was "clearly marked," Vee was next, and then Kathy in a "boom, boom, boom" order. He wants to know if that's the way the game goes, or did she "reflect upon that and go, 'Hmm'?" Vee says several members of the tribe noticed the gloating of John, Zoe, Robert, and Tammy, and that it caused them alarm. Peachy next asks about "the godfather kiss" John blew to Sean, noting, "Sean received it good-naturedly and put it on his ass." John says he was only "taunting" Sean because they're friends, and that friendship allows for an understanding of the game, and they have no hard feelings toward each other. Sean smirks his "understanding." Paschal's objective was to be as honest as he could be "given the framework of the game." He says didn't start playing the game until very late -- maybe even today. John says he wanted to be "Mr. Integrity, Mr. Honesty," (hey! My cousin is the newly crowned Miss Rhode Island. Shout-out? Most certainly), but when he started building alliances, doubts began accumulating. He doesn't think he flat-out lied to people, but he definitely "adapted to the half-truths" necessary to play Survivor. He says he's done his share of lying, wishes he hadn't, but still thinks it's just part of the game. Sean is one hundred percent proud of the way he's played the game, and insists that he hasn't lied to anyone. He says, "The people I kept my word to, I kept my word to up to this point." I'm not sure that's the way Sean meant for it to come out. Still, he insists that integrity is important to him and his credo is, "Stand for something or you'll fall for anything." He then dumbs down the expression -- as much as that's possible -- most likely for Neleh's sake. Tammy didn't "give a shit" about winning the challenge because she wasn't worried about her position in the tribe, but now she is worried, and realizes how valuable the necklace is, so she's keeping it. John looks a little upset by this, and Kathy's hair looks shaggy and stylin'.