Kathy talks to Lex, who does not initially sound excited about the change in strategy. She brings up the "grudge" issue. "If we delivered, I think he would deliver," says Lex. Kathy assures Lex that Rob would indeed deliver, based on...I guess Rob's impeccable track record of believability. Lex says that the only thing hates about this plan is that it's "horrible for Jerri." What I don't get about this exchange is that they don't discuss what I would think would be the highly appealing option of getting rid of Shii Ann, if they're going to do this at all. At least why doesn't Lex bring it up? Why would Lex agree to get rid of the person who's more loyal to him, as opposed to the person who's more loyal to Kathy? Anyway, Lex discusses this decision in an interview. And of course, he says that once they decided to vote Jerri off, he decided he had to tell her. Because the last thing you want to introduce into a game of betrayal and deception is secrecy.
So Lex goes to see Jerri, and as soon as he starts in with the "you know I love you," she knows where he's going. She asks him to explain why he would vote her off instead of Amber. Lex also finally tells her that Rob agreed to help him later, in return for keeping Amber, and Jerri basically can't believe that Lex is falling for that. "Boston Rob will tell you anything to keep Amber around," says Jerri, quite correctly. She goes on to talk about how there's obviously this love connection situation going on, and that Rob is going to stab Lex in the back as soon as he gets the opportunity. She also points out that Lex is giving up an ally in favor of someone who will never be an ally. Lex says that he'll think about it more, and then he interviews that this is where the game really starts to get difficult. There's a summit among Lex, Kathy, and Shii Ann, in which Lex passes on the arguments that Jerri made. Kathy tells Shii Ann that they just want to consider Jerri's arguments before they "blip [her] off into the stratosphere." Kathy, of course, would equate being voted off with ceasing to exist, I suppose. "We probably shouldn't have told her," says Shii Ann, making sense for an isolated five seconds. But as soon as Kathy says that they had to tell Jerri, Shii Ann backtracks, agreeing that of course they had to tell her. Which really makes her look stupid. Or, you know, stupider. There's a great shot of the three of them standing around like they're waiting for an intelligent thought to occur to someone, and you can just tell that no matter how long they wait, they can't will it to happen. It's like watching cows wait for a meteorite. Lex interviews that they're headed for tribal council, and no matter what decision they make, these nights are never pleasant. Don't I know it.