Probst thinks Lisa and Skupin have been tighter than Denise and Malcolm. Lisa points out that she and Skupin haven't always voted together; she reminds the jury that she stayed loyal to Tandang when Skupin flipped to the other side. I mean, she doesn't address the jury, but you know why she's saying it. Malcolm laughs that Lisa's telling a sweet story, and she and Skupin have been solid for a long time.
Probst wants to know if Malcolm choosing Skupin for a loved one visit will influence the vote. Skupin says Malcolm has favors for life. Lisa doesn't know if any favors exchanged have been worth a million dollars, and confirms that she'll be voting out her biggest threat tonight. Probst asks Malcolm if he's the biggest threat since he has the best story. Malcolm says that Denise has done everything he has, plus she's survived every Tribal, she never had to flip sides, and she's the only remaining Kalabaw left. Skupin says that Malcolm makes a strong case, and he and Lisa have discussed how everyone has a great story, and they've run every possible scenario.
Here's the crucial moment. Probst asks Lisa if there's a reason to take Malcolm to the end and Lisa hesitates for a long time. Malcolm looks incredulous and mutters, "Don't hesitate that long." Lisa swallows and says, "There's not a reason for me to take him to the end." That right there. That's when Malcolm knew he was fucked. Malcolm says it's upsetting to hear Lisa's answer because he's shook hands and made deals and he hopes they take precedence. I will never understand why people think that they're the only ones who made deals. How does Malcolm know that Skupin and Lisa didn't make the same exact deal with Denise a day later?
Voting begins. Denise votes for Malcolm and explains that she respects his game but he wouldn't commit to a final three alliance, so she has to scramble. When Malcolm goes to vote, he's very emotional as he holds up Denise's name and says, "Sounds like it's me or you tonight," but he seems to realize that the writing is on the wall and he stops talking and swears.
Probst reads the vote. One for Malcolm. One for Denise. The other two are for Malcolm and he's gone. As he walks off, he says, "Congratulations, Denise." Probst reminds the finalists that they may have some unhappy jurors to convince the next night. In Malcolm's abbreviated final statement, Malcolm wonders if he pushed the others too hard to play the game and it caused them to finally start playing and realize that he was a threat. Well, that's a little egotistical. And assumes that no one else was playing the game as hard as he was. I don't think that's true.