Previously on Survivor, neither tribe had food and Kathy found protein and "redeemed" herself with Rotu. If "redeemed" means "annoyed," "harassed," and "aggravated to within inches of their lives." Maraamu awoke with a radio show, but Patricia "put an end to their fun." Then, the tribe turned things around and put an end to Patricia's fun, as they voted off both Patricia herself, and her annoying nickname. Fourteen remain.
It's now Night 6 at Maraamu, and the tribe uses a giant fork to cook something that looks like palm fronds. In night-vision shots, they stare at each other. Vecepia tells us in a confessional that returning to camp from Tribal Council with only six remaining members was definitely "a check-up from the neck up." She says they knew they couldn't come back and act as though nothing had happened. She asks how the others are feeling, and suddenly Sarah's off and whining that this morning when she woke up and everyone was gone, she knew immediately that they were off somewhere talking about the fact that she wasn't working. She is angry because "no one even bothered to wake [her] up," and insists that if they need her to do something, "dammit, get [her] up!" Hunter, who really is more of a Gatherer than a Hunter, liking peace and sociability as much as he does, tells Sarah that she's being paranoid; he thinks she shouldn't so sensitive. Sarah flails her hands around and snits, "Apparently, I have to be." And then repeats the phrase because it sounds good. Rob looks on from a few feet away with his arms crossed and a serious expression on his face; he's trying to decide whether it's time to call in Uncle Boomer and his knee-cap-smashing hammer yet. Gina cuts into the argument and explains that she was wavering between voting for two people until Sarah's announcement in the last Tribal Council about saving energy for herself by failing to work at the camp. Sarah argues that she meant she'd been saving her energy for the "chal-leng-es" as if Gina's having difficulties understanding that particular word. Vecepia shakes her head and moans that they need to stop letting it sit on their shoulders. She thinks, "That's just too much drama in this place." And also that they don't need no hateration or holleratin', and that they shouldn't be percolatin', while they're waiting, and they don't need no haters and should just try to love one another, and finally that they should all just dance for her. Or something like that, anyway.
Sean tells Hunter and Gina that it's not that the other members of Maraamu don't know what needs to be done around camp; it's just that they're too lazy to do any of it. Well, that's definitely what he should have said, but he really blames the situation on "lack of communication and lack of respect." He adds, "Because we [sic] all grown people out here." Honestly, I've never heard so many "grown people" insist on that status. After a point, it should just be kind of obvious, and if it's not, then that's your problem. In any case, Gina and Hunter insist that the issue is certainly not a lack of respect, but Sean argues that failure to communicate is in itself a "form of disrespect." He en-un-ci-ates and speaks very precisely to make his words seem more important than they actually are. Ayanna from Road Rules Semester at Sea had that one down. It works for about three seconds, incidentally. Sean claims that it's disrespectful "when you just assume that people are gonna get up when you get up." And I agree with that, but I also think Gina and Hunter don't care at all when (or if, for that matter) the others wake up; they just want them to do some work around camp whenever their lazy asses get out of bed. In a confessional, a perplexed Gina tells us that Sarah and Sean don't want to be asked to do anything because they think they should know to do it, so they'll be pissed off if anyone asks anything of them. She concludes, "So I don't know what kind of communication they want...uh, maybe telecommunication, I don't know." But Sean doesn't want telecommunication because as we all know from last week he's already in possession of that particular skill.