Harsh winds of losing menace Rarotonga beach as the tribe makes it back from the challenge. Candice gets some sympathy for her night spent on Exile Island. Jonathan says he's happy to have her back at camp, because it takes some pressure off of him as the only new guy. Candice, of course, isn't looking to take the pressure off Jonathan, and when he's out fishing (and looking like an actual crazy person in his machete-and-snorkel ensemble), Parvati asks her if she's as loyal to Jonathan as he says she is. Candice says that they're "not tight...at all," and Parvati says that's "good." Candice says Jonathan has been more loyal to Yul, and had only tried to form something up with her in the past few days. I certainly don't blame her for not trusting Jonathan, if that was indeed the case.
Inside the Raro hut, Nate and Adam pillow-talk to each other about strategy. Nate laughs a bit at how dumb Jonathan must be for thinking Raro's gonna keep him around. Adam floats the idea that stringing him along wouldn't be the worst idea: let Jonathan try and fish his way into Raro's hearts for awhile and boot him later on. Of course, he doesn't tell Nate the whole "backup plan" thing, but he does offer a decent strategy-based reason: after the merge, Jonathan won't be welcome back at the Aitu alliance, but Brad might be willing to jump back to his old Puka-mates Yul and Becky. But why didn't Brad mutiny when he had the chance, then? You know who could tell us more about that non-decision? Brad. You know who still hasn't been interviewed in this episode? Brad. Nate says that the fact that Brad didn't mutiny when he had the chance means Nate has "an ounce of faith in him." Adam ultimately doesn't care who goes as long as it's Jonathan or Brad.
In Nate's interview, he runs down the salient points: Jonathan work hard! Brad maybe not loyal! He also manages to call Jonathan "Lord Knows What He's Thinkin' Knucklehead." Aw. "Knucklehead." It's so unfortunate that someone with a cute smile and a hot body and who says things like "knucklehead" is also given to flights of "nancy boy." Nate re-iterates his intention to lie to Brad and make him think he's safe. He manages not to fall over giggling about it this time. We see him approach Brad by the fire and tell him "we've" got the numbers advantage. They're both seemingly bewildered as to why Jonathan would jump ship, but Nate indicates that it's Jonathan who will go. Nate adds that Raro can stick together and then "chop [Aitu] up like poop!" Like...poop. You know how the saying goes! "Like a hot knife through feces!" Note to any and all attending Nate's upcoming Thanksgiving festivities: bring your own silverware. Or take the drumstick.