Zapato arrive at Tribal for the first time. Probst gives them his traditional torch fire life speech, although now that we have Redemption Island, he has to alter it slightly. Taking himself off auto-pilot like that must have thrown Probst off, as he begins by talking to Ralph and not his favorite contestant ever. Fortunately, though, Ralph soon talks about Li'l Russell, saying one of the "good" things about coming to Tribal Council is that they can remove the division in their tribe. It takes Ralph a while to actually get this out, with some help from Probst, because Ralph is an idiot. An idiot who found an immunity idol faster than Li'l Russell ever did. Steve has no problem telling Probst absolutely everything that's going on in his tribe, saying that there are six of them in one alliance and three of them in another that is "lead by Russell." Li'l Russell, of course, stays pretty quiet, as he usually does at Tribal Council. Which, I have to admit, is one of the smartest moves he makes in this game. Probst asks Sarita what caused the tribe's division, as if he doesn't know. Sarita blames it on "Russell and his legacy," saying he told them all in the beginning that he was determined to play this game differently, but as soon as it became obvious that he only knew one way to play, most of the tribe sided against him.
Probst seems disappointed in Li'l Russell, saying he must have known there would be a target on his back coming into this game. Did he? Li'l Russell isn't very good at reading other people's feelings and emotions. For instance, he thought he took Natalie, Mick, Pavarti, and Sandra to the end with him so he could destroy them in front of a jury when the truth was that those people were actually taking him to end because they knew they could beat him in front of a jury. And he still doesn't seem to realize that. Li'l Russell claims that people judged him by the way he played before, but he isn't playing like that now. For example, he tried to win the challenge today. Other people did not. When he says he believes his tribe threw the challenge, Steve makes this ridiculous indignant double take motion with his head. The rest of his alliance, however, doesn't feel the need to lie to Probst or claim they tried their hardest. Mike says most of his tribe probably didn't give their all in the challenge, knowing that, while winning would be nice, losing would give them a chance to "trim some fat." Ha ha ha! Mike just called Li'l Russell fat. He's awesome.