You knew it had to happen after they started out with twenty people -- it's a double-boot week. Jeff announces early that the challenge is for reward only, and that, no matter who wins, each tribe will get rid of someone. Despite the fact that it's a challenge that seems like bulk should be important, Aitu wins again, partly because Candice (!) is so tough (!). Back at camp, Cao Boi is getting on various nerves quite a bit, but he has himself a plan. He's "figured out" that Jonathan must have the immunity idol, so he wants the rest of the group to split votes between Jonathan and Candice, meaning that Jonathan will play the idol and Candice will be booted. In part, Cao Boi wants to do this because he believes that when the merge comes, the original Raro -- the white tribe -- will get back together and boot everyone, so it's time to make a dent now. Over at Raro (the new Raro, that is), Cristina is still on incredibly shaky ground, despite her efforts to scrape herself off the bottom of the barrel in terms of the esteem of her tribe. It looks briefly like there might be some kind of Jenny-booting coup bubbling, but indeed, when the boot comes, Cristina takes the hit. Cao Boi does, too, and very little winds up changing this week. Six episodes in, we still have thirteen people. More bootings!
Previously on Yeesh, I Take Back Everything I Ever Said About Mashed Potatoes, OKAY?: the Raro men thumped on their chests and growled meaningfully. The reward challenge brought Adam and Nate a little closer to Seven Minutes In He-Man Heaven, and ultimately gave Raro even more ways than that to get all spicy-like. Jonathan went to Exile Island, dug Yao Ming's grave, and decided that somebody else already had the idol. Not Yao Ming -- the other idol. Cristina was beginning to get on everyone's nerves, especially the octopus whose parts she uncaringly slopped all over the beach. Jenny started to seem more and more like one of those girls who could easily get kind of "Oh. Mah. GAHD" about everything, though more figuratively than literally. Aitu won a really cool immunity challenge where they piled everybody onto a tiny little tower, and Raro just had too much bulk for its own good and had to send somebody home. At first, it seemed like Cristina was going to bossify herself right to a place called Sequester, but at the last minute, Stephannie chose the wrong moment for a carbohydrate craving and found herself branded a quitter and sent packing on the slow gravy boat to nowhere. Thus, Cristina was spared the boot, though not the sort of painful lecture at tribal council about what a bossypants she is.
We are pre-credits, post-tribal-council, on Night 14 at Raro. A small lizard wonders what everyone will have to say about who was voted off when they return. He is fascinated. He is on pins and needles. Several rats, meanwhile, are eating as quickly as they can in anticipation of being interrupted at any moment. Parvati walks dead-eyed across the screen in night vision, describing it as a "rough tribal council." Rebecca explains to us that the moments immediately after tribal council were pretty tense, because Cristina turned out to be kind of offended by the wholesale drawing and quartering to which she was subjected in front of Probst. Rebecca insists that nobody meant for it to be a giant, grade-school, dodgeball-like pile-on. These things just happen. They're out of everyone's control. It's not as if you can make choices about what comes out of your mouth; you just have to -- what's the phrase I'm thinking of? -- keep it real! It's keeping-it-real time at Raro! I love keeping-it-real time! It's the best time of the year to see assholes in bloom.
Cristina sits at the fire with Adam and Jenny, and she apparently can't believe she sat through all that dismissive lecturing from such a bunch of scrubs. You can sort of tell that this is her attitude. She tells Adam that, in the past few days, she's noticed people being kind of rude and nasty to her, even just about small matters like passing things to her. "I said you were annoying today!" Adam says, as if this is some kind of...defense? I guess he's arguing that he told her how he felt, and that he didn't merely take it out on her by refusing to pass the coconuts. Or whatever. Cristina tells Adam that he didn't tell her she was annoying. Returning quickly to the matter of manners, Adam accuses Cristina of saying "gimme that" when she wants things passed to her. She insists that she always says "please," and he tells her that she doesn't. This is...riveting, really. The whole matter of who said "please" and who did not say "please" is the reason this show became a hit.