Stephenie and Kim take a walk, and Kim asks what Stephenie's plan is. Stephenie claims not to know, but Kim's all over it, and asks if she's the one going. Steph says plainly that it's her or Ashlee. "Really?" Kim asks. "Who said me?" Steph hesitates. "It's like the consensus," she says, using "consensus" in the less common sense of "opinion of part of the sharply divided group." Kim, in an interview, gears up for a round of the totally weird speech somebody gives every now and then about how in order to earn her "respect," people have to tell her in advance if they're voting for her. I just don't understand that at all, let alone what it has to do with respect. It's a game, isn't it? Why do they have to tell her? They're kind of already screwing her. Kim carries this philosophy to a conversation with James in which she argues that she doesn't deserve to be booted and demands that if he's going to vote against her, he tell her before they go to tribal council. He promises. And then he gives her the wink, the tongue click, and the finger gun. Wow. That's all three elements of Baby, I Would Never Lie To You, Except About Whatever We're Talking About Right Now, Because I Would Totally Lie About That.
Elsewhere, Steph gives the bad news to Ashlee that it kind of looks like it might be her, too. But Steph does at least claim that she thinks this isn't smart, as Angie looks at the ground. Steph warns the other two women that if there's an alliance between the four currently holding to boot Ashlee, then if the rest don't make a stand this week, they'll just be booted one by one. Angie, in an interview, predicts a tie. And here goes the tribe, off to tribal council.
When they're all settled, Probst claims that they're all "very subdued." But first, he wants to talk to Angie about her "amazing turnaround" after her crap of last week, resulting in her reward-challenge performance of this week. He asks her whether she thinks there was "an impact with the tribe," in that her stock rose somewhat. She hopes so, and adds that she's not sure where the perception that she was a "a physical weak link" came from, but she thinks it isn't true. Probst reminds the team that the good news is that they won reward. But then, of course...the immunity challenge. Probst asks Kim how the team took the loss. She says that the reaction was "total devastation." Well, one would hope not. You have to save something for natural disasters and the cancellation of sci-fi shows of which you are a fan. Kim claims that she was unprepared for the bonds that would form between herself and other people. (Chicka-bamp!) Ashlee smiles knowingly. "We rely on each other so much," Kim whimpers. Angie rolls her eyes broadly. Snerk. From self-pitying isolation to confident eye-rolling in three days!