Eliza, Parvati, Natalie, and Alexis just stare at Kathy while she breaks down into tears on the beach. They've probably been dealing with this for weeks now, so it's not like they're heartless. They just don't have anything left for Kathy anymore. And she has nothing left, either, except turning a noun into a verb; "I'm downward spiraling," she cries; "I can't be here one more minute." Parvati tells her to be one hundred percent sure she wants to quit. Kathy says she is. And she really does seem totally done and ready to go and I'm sure it's a lot easier watching the suffering on TV than going through it yourself, but...quitters suck. I hope she regretted this decision the minute she got to the Loser Lodge and took a shower, ate something, and hugged a washing machine. Her tribemates try to comfort her and convince her to stay, but there's no way. Not even Alexis can get through to Kathy, and she's a "motivational speaker." I guess she's not a very good one.
The U.S.S. QUITTER comes ashore. Probst jumps off of it and almost lands on his ass. Everyone's waiting for him on the beach, and he sits down next to Kathy and asks her what's going on. She says she can't feel her family. Probst says she's had a really tough time out here, what with the Exile Islands and all, but now she's on a good team that's doing well, so the worst should be behind her. And then Probst apparently gives up on talking her into staying and tells her to be sure this is what she wants. Kathy says she was doing this show for her husband and her sister who apparently wants to live vicariously through her and TMI, Kathy. We don't need your whole life story here. Especially since you're quitting. Get outta here! But way to call out your sister on your way out. Thanksgiving won't be awkward this year, I'm sure. "Pass the yams, BITCH WHO CALLED ME OUT ON NATIONAL TV!" And then Kathy will try to pass the yams but the plate will be too heavy for her and she'll quit halfway through. Kathy says she wants to stay to help her tribe, as if she's any kind of help to anyone there except to compare oneself to, to feel better. Like, some days I'm sure Natalie thinks, "I'm invisible and have to sit every other challenge out" and feels bad, but then she can just look at Kathy and remember she's not the biggest loser on the team. Now she won't be able to do that. Oh well. Kathy says she's making a decision for herself for the first time. "Whatever, let's go," Probst doesn't say. He lies that she gave it her best and she's off. The tribe isn't too sad to see her go, really. Now they don't have to go through the bother of voting her out and hurting her feelings. James says the decision is up to Kathy and you can't fault her for it. Well, I can. And I will. James helps her to the boat and tells us he hopes she has a good trip. Probst leaves Airai by saying they're down to six even though they've won all the immunity challenges. The sun sets, and Alexis says that it's sad that Kathy quit, but the sun came out and they've got their fire back. Funny how the sun came out immediately after Kathy left. Maybe she has a permanent rain cloud over her head. That would explain why only Airai's beach was getting all the rain. "Survivor continues for the rest of us," Alexis says. This is the most we've seen her speak all season!