Denise, Malcolm and Carter have a strategy meeting in the jungle. Denise thinks that Abi will either be selfish and hold onto her Idol herself or she might give it to Pete to play, but she definitely won't give it to Artis, so they should all vote for Artis. Malcolm agrees and so does Carter. Denise interviews that their plan is to knock out Artis and start breaking down the former Tandang alliance, but they are relying on Skupin and Lisa to vote with them or Penner's going home.
Penner sits with Lisa and makes his appeal. He reminds her that the show is a story and they have to think about whom the audience will be rooting for and what the audience wants to have happen. Penner tells Lisa that the audience will see that she's a nice person and they will admire her loyalty, but they won't like that she's helping three assholes (I'm paraphrasing) get further in the game. Penner concludes that she and Skupin can help him stay and tell a better story. Lisa interviews that she likes Penner, but she also likes the idea of being loyal. But then she also needs to consider that her loyalty is the "old Lisa" from her people-pleasing days. Penner adds that he's not trying to get in her head and it's her decision. Penner admits in an interviews that he's playing his ass off, trying to stay in the game and he hopes he can get through to either her or Skupin.
So now Penner talks to Skupin. He asks if Skupin can vote with them and be guaranteed final five. Skupin interviews that Penner's making a good case, but he's had an alliance with Lisa since day one and he promised to always tell her the truth. Not to mention that she stuck her neck out at the last Tribal Council to save him and he needs to make sure that she's on board before he makes any bold moves.
Lisa and Skupin go for a swim. Skupin says that there are two questions he's trying to answer to determine his vote tonight. The first is, which group can they go further with? And the second is, which group would they rather play with? He adds that he doesn't see why he needs to be loyal to people who haven't been loyal to them. This is true; they will dump Skupin and then Lisa the first chance they get. At least with the other side, there might be some wiggle room. I feel like Lisa, Skupin and Penner could form a voting bloc. Lisa says that she doesn't want to be seen as a flip-flopper. Skupin says his true loyalty is to Lisa alone and he wants to know if she's even thinking about switching sides. Lisa says that she's really considering it. Lisa interviews that she wants to stay loyal to Tandang, as she's promised from the start, but she wonders if she's being gullible and naïve since the former Tandang is not planning on being loyal to her.