Asked to reflect on how the voting becomes harder, Cindy says that you have to think in terms of who has what alliances, and about how that affects your game. Furthermore, whoever goes home is going to have a jury vote, so you have to think about that. Jeff asks Rafe about how things will be different with five people, and Rafe says that you have to follow your gut feeling about whom to trust, because only that will get you to the end. Blah blah blah, I've heard all of this before. Move along! Let's get rid of someone! Jeff asks Steph how important it is to control the way people are voted out, and Steph gives a surprisingly cogent response by saying that she thinks the most important thing is that, when you vote people off, you be able to explain yourself. I don't know if she and I would mean the same thing by this, but I've had this conversation with one of my Survivor pals many times -- that we wish someone would just get to F2 and explain their votes without apology. "You, I voted out because you weren't in my alliance. You, I heard from so-and-so, intended to vote out strong players, and I was afraid that would mean me." And so forth. Just vote strategically and then explain why you thought that vote was strategic. It might not work, but I'm surprised it's never even been tried, really. When you start apologizing for the personal implications of your vote, you implicitly accept that your vote is personal, you know? At any rate, that's Steph's thinking -- that you just need to be able to explain what you did.
Steph talks about how the group is like family, and this seems to make Judd roll his eyes. When asked about this "family" dynamic, Judd goes into the following rant: "I'll tell you what, to be honest with you, no matter what they all say, everybody wants somebody to go home. So, you know, they're sitting here making believe like, 'Oh, man, it's gonna stink,' and...that's not the case, man. Everybody wants somebody to go home. That's the bottom line. That's what we're here for. I mean, the only way you move on is somebody goes home. No hard feelings, but...deal with it. That's basically the way I look at it. If somebody goes home, that's better for me. You've just got to trust and love the ones you're with right now." At this last comment, Steph closes her eyes. I think she's shocked that he didn't say "man" more times.