James and Amanda talk, and James says that he doesn't blame Peih-Gee for being "on her hustle." Amanda says that Peih-Gee knows she's going home. "She'd better, 'cause I can't leave before her," says James. He keeps telling Amanda that there's no reason to mess with the successful plan they already have, blah blah. He interviews that he's "been the main guy" attempting to make sure nothing happens to the alliance: "We get past tonight, I'm good!" Well...right. Because this is literally the last night he can be voted out before he has one immunity idol for every remaining tribal council at which the immunity idols can be used. I wonder if anyone else might notice that. I wonder. Elsewhere, Courtney asks Todd whether he thinks "it" will work, and James voices over that he's going to have the idols with him, "in [his] possession," at tribal council. That way, should he "get a sense that someone's going to do something they're not supposed to do," he can play the idol. So the way everyone plays tribal council here is important.
Tribal council. All are seated. The jury comes in: Jaime, J-R, and Frosti. Frosti is adorable and grinning. Jeff tells Denise that she's "beaming," and he asks about the reward. She says that it was "so much fun," and that she loved the energy in the temple, and now she has "plenty of energy." Jeff asks Peih-Gee whether she's tried to "penetrate" the Fei Longs, and Peih-Gee says it's "like butting against a brick wall." Jeff makes this extremely idiotic comment to James: "For all this talk of 'Fei Long,' Peih-Gee's still in this game, just like you!" Well...right, Jeff. They haven't had enough tribal councils to get rid of all the former Zhan Hu just yet. They did get rid of J-R, but that's because "Fei Long" decided to. So...what? James basically says that he has it easy, since he's in the guaranteed five, instead of the sad little two. And he says that, obviously, with anyone left from the little two, you have to get rid of them. Dude is just...not a very strategic thinker. If there are five, then they don't need all five, so the wisdom of remaining a group of five becomes...less. They can still boot the two without you. That's what makes this time perilous. And the idol situation...James should be able to see this coming. He really should. But he doesn't, and actually, he accuses Peih-Gee and Erik of trying to "just slide in" or "keep on losing to win." Peih-Gee takes offense, which is exactly right, because she and Erik are winning immunity. If anyone is trying to "slide in," it's James, who hasn't won any immunities and hasn't played any idols and only has idols because they were given to him. So let's not get too "you gotta want it" about this whole thing, there, Gravedigger. Peih-Gee also points out that even if James's five successfully vote out her and Erik, they'll want votes from them in about a week, so maybe a little less hurling of insults.