Now it's time for Skupin and RC to discuss their options. RC is "fifty-fifty" on staying with Tandang versus making a move. Skupin points out that he's not assured that Tandang will unilaterally vote out Kalabaw before moving on to cannibalizing their own. RC interviews that Pete and Abi have ostracized Skupin and her for days and Penner is offering to let them join his alliance of four, so why wouldn't they? Well, there are a few possibilities. First, how confident are they that Penner is speaking for his alliance? It would suck to agree to join them only to find out that the other three aren't on board. Second, do they want to make such a bold move against Abi and Pete on their first time out as a merged tribe? Or pretend to play along, get rid of a few more Kalabaw members and then make a move once they see how things are situated? There are still a lot of people left. Abi isn't exactly a challenge monster, they don't know she has an Idol AND she's been an asshole around camp, so she could be an easy target. I mean, I get why RC wants to immediately make a new alliance. I just feel like she's so excited to be with someone that values her that she's jumping in with both feet without considering the alternatives.
Jeff Kent talks to Pete, Malcolm, Artis and Abi about how much they hate returning players and want to vote them out. Someone (Pete, I think?) says that he thinks Penner has an Idol so they would have to blindside him to get rid of him, and Jeff Kent says he might be able to help with that. Interesting that Jeff Kent doesn't reveal that he KNOWS Penner has an Idol, but he does interview that he'll join up with any gang that will help him get Penner out before himself. Why is he so fixated on Penner? If everyone hates returning players, wouldn't it make sense to take one to the finals with you? Ultimate goat, right?
Jeff Kent, Artis, Pete and Malcolm sit around and strategize. Pete says that RC is their first priority and then either Penner or Skupin is second. Man, Pete is anxious to get rid of his former tribemates. What is his core alliance? Abi? Maybe Artis? I guess he thinks Malcolm is on his side and Lisa, but they'd drop him in a heartbeat. Jeff Kent says he can get Carter and Denise's votes, so with Abi they have eight. Pete wonders what happens if they give four votes to RC and four to Penner. Does he really not know or if he trying to make it look like he's not the architect of this plan? Malcolm finally speaks up and says that if Penner plays his Idol, votes for him are nullified and RC goes home. If Penner doesn't play it and there's a tie, they will have to revote and they can all just vote for Penner and send him home. They agree to that plan. Malcolm explains the whole plan in an interview and then says that the whole plan is kaput if Jeff Kent, Carter and Denise don't go along with it. Pete puts a cap on it by reminding everyone that RC and Penner can't win individual immunity either. I hate Pete. I hope he gets voted out soon. He thinks he's so smart and he's an average game player at best.