Peachy tells Tambaqui that they're going to have to hit tribal council that night, and somebody will have to go. Aww!
Back in the Amazonian mist, a sad Tambaqui trudges back into camp. Jeanne interviews that they weren't counting on having to go boot somebody, so they have "no idea how to vote." I'm not sure that applies to everyone, but it seems to apply to Jeanne. The women go off on a boat trip together, and Jeanne interviews that they knew that they needed to vote together for one of the guys, in case the guys all voted for one of them, because then they could at least force a "tie-off." Yeah, she said "tie-off." Hee. In the boat, they quickly agree that they don't want to boot Dave. If they phrased this in terms of Dave's obvious strength, it would make perfect sense, but Heidi unloads some ridiculous crap about how they should keep Dave because Dave "saw something in [them]" and selected them for his tribe. The fact that it doesn't occur to her that he might have picked her because he thought he could easily beat her is...well, hey, it's exactly why he picked her! Oh, look, irony is shiny. The Tambaqui chicks draw straws between Butch and Roger, and wind up deciding to vote for Butch. Aww.
Dave and Heidi, however, go off to find some firewood, and Dave makes his big move. Ew, not that kind of big move. Fortunately, because boy, would it be over between me and Dave practically before it began. Dave tells Heidi in the Reassurance Phase of his grand manipulation that he picked Heidi because he wants to take her into the merge. Then he tells her that he's talked to Butch and Roger, and she's going to go into the merge with the guys -- Christy and Jeanne will go next. Note that Dave does not quite say that Butch and Roger agreed to this -- he merely says he talked to them, and then he says this is the case. "If you were in my position, what do you think you would do?" she asks Dave. "I'd come with us," Dave says plainly. "You would?" Heidi says. Heidi, seriously. Did the pilot light go out again? I mean, throw some coal on the fire and poke your brain, girlfriend. What's the point of asking a guy who's trying to get you to do something to give you an honest opinion about whether he, in your place, would do what he's asking you to do? What's he going to say? "Well, if I were you, I'd go back to the women and try to come up with a way to eliminate me, because I'm clearly a bigger threat than Jeanne is, so yeah, you should probably ignore what I'm asking you to do here." That is not likely. Dave interviews that Heidi "needs to know" (and whether that's "needs to know" or "needs to think" is hard to say) that they intend to boot Jeanne and then Christy. He also mentions that Jeanne was next up on the chopping block at Jaburu anyway. Heidi laments her difficult position, saying, "I am really in just a rock and a hard stone." Way to miss the point of the entire cliché, there, dear. The point is that on one hand, there's a rock, and on the other hand, there's something that's also hard, not that there's another rock, or the saying would be "I'm between two rocks," which even Heidi must know doesn't really have the same kick to it. Ah, well. Either way, Heidi is out of the frying pan and into the skillet, because she still has to come up with a voting strategy and she has no idea what to do. And she totally can't stand having all this attention focused on her! Yeah, right. Self-described cute girls are always looking to avoid the spotlight.