Probst asks what the general consensus is on returning players. Pete says that every season has bad feelings towards the returning players and theirs is no exception. Probst points out that it seems that Skupin and RC might be willing to defect and no one is talking about the possibility that Denise and Malcolm might still have an alliance. Hey, maybe you should let them figure this shit out, Probst. Lisa pipes up and says there's also a possibility that some of the former Kalabaw members will decide to slide in with Tandang, even though they won't be in a top slot on that tribe, just to avoid being voted off. Jeff Kent looks nervous, since she figured him out and Penner suddenly gets a worried look on his face like, "Oh, shit. What does she know? This could be really bad for me."
Probst asks Pete what he thinks about Immunity Idols and Pete says that he's pretty sure there are only two in play, because he thinks Matsing's is gone. Malcolm looks down and smiles. Pete has a lot of confidence for someone who knows nothing about anything. Probst asks Pete if he's worried and Pete says he is and Abi agrees that he's in trouble. They don't believe that. They just don't want to give away that they have a plan. Probst finally asks Jeff Kent if there's going to be a blindside tonight and Jeff Kent says that there will be, since it's really obvious that they're all still scrambling to figure out who's going home tonight, even now. Penner just nods to himself and I think that's the moment he decided to play his Idol because he knew he was screwed.
Time to vote! This would be my concern with the plan to vote a tie between RC and Penner: that's relying on eight people to vote in an assigned way or else it doesn't work. Plus there are wildcard votes and you don't know whom RC or Penner or Skupin are voting for. That's a lot of people who have to agree and keep their word. I mean, it's a good plan, but I would be scared is all I'm saying.
So we see Penner and RC vote for Pete and then one vote each for Penner (from Abi) and RC (from Pete). When Probst goes to tally the votes, some wild animal cries out and freaks everyone out. Before reading the votes, Probst asks if anyone wants to play an Idol and Penner stands up and says he will. Probst reminds everyone that this is a legit Idol and any votes cast against Penner won't count.
Probst starts reading the votes. The first three votes are all for Penner. Then there's one for RC and one for Pete. The next two are for Penner. Then one more each for RC and Pete. The last two are for RC, so she goes home with four votes against her, as the alliance planned. Penner would have gone home otherwise; he had five votes against him, so their big plan to force a tie wouldn't have worked. Man, if only Penner and RC had somehow gotten wind of what was happening, they only needed a few people to switch from RC to Pete and Pete would be going home. Penner looks both bemused and angry, if that's possible. I don't know what his move is now, but I hope it involves winning immunity or I don't think he's long for this game.