Once Bikal returns from the challenge, Phillip gives a little speech where he says that they did the best they could today in the challenge, and sometimes the better team just wins. He adds that he didn't see anyone on their tribe slacking off, but the other tribe was just stronger. Corinne interviews that they've all let Phillip believe he's the tribe leader so they just have to grit their teeth through his motivational speeches like this, even though she finds it incredibly annoying. Except everything Phillip is saying is true, so I'm not sure why it's so annoying, and also he's putting himself out there which takes the spotlight off Corinne. I don't get why she's so upset. Anyway, Corinne interviews that she's going to stick with Phillip because she knows he will vote with her and he won't flip.
Julia is in the water, so Matt and Michael catch Phillip and ask what he's thinking about the vote. Phillip says they're going to vote off "the girl"; the implication is that obviously one of the Fans is going home, so they're going to keep the two guys to try to keep the strongest people for challenges. Matt and Michael immediately agree, because what else are they going to do? They should have already been seeking out the malcontents on the Favorites side and trying to flip them, but we haven't seen any of that. Phillip tells Matt and Michael about Stealth R Us and how they should do whatever someone else on the alliance tells them to do. I would be a terrible Stealth R Us member because I don't even understand the instructions that Phillip just gave. Matt and Michael just agree to whatever, hoping to avoid being voted out tonight.
Michael and Matt go to gather sticks and talk about what to tell Julia. Before they can agree on a story, Julia joins them and asks who they're voting for. They say they don't know, and explain that they're just trying to get a sense of what the alliance is thinking, but no one will tell them. Julia says that the best scenario is that they want to get rid of one of their own and ask for help with the votes. Really, Julia? You think that might happen? Is she really that dumb? Julia proposes that they all vote for Dawn, and Michael and Matt agree quickly, because they know they're not really voting for Dawn. And why would they? Wasted vote.
Corinne rounds up Matt and Michael and says that, if they had all started on the same tribe, they would probably be in an alliance. So she wants to know how they're voting, and they say they'll vote however she says. Corinne doesn't answer them, but does ask if either of them has an Idol. They both deny it. Cochran interviews that the consensus seems to be voting out Julia, but that would leave Matt and Michael still together as a pair. Cochran doesn't think Matt has the Idol because he reeks of desperation. Takes one to know one.