Candice and Marissa take off. John interviews that Candice kicked ass, and she doesn't seem mad at him for not taking her place, plus now he has a clue for the Hidden Immunity Idol. John is pumped.
Tadhana returns to camp and John is still flying high on Candice's win and general well-being. He comments that Marissa is really pissed, and he would rather have Rupert out there. I guess because he won't come back and go after them? They did vote out Rupert's wife. John interviews that he wants only weak people who suck at challenges to go to Redemption Island now, so that Candice can keep beating them.
The Tadhana men's alliance gets water and talks strategy. Vytas brings up a new wrinkle he's discovered this season: whomever they vote out will be given the chance to switch with his or her loved one. Thus, by voting out the right person, they could potentially send a strong player from the opposing tribe to Redemption Island, if the switch takes place. That's a lot of ifs, if you ask me, and I'm not sure if it's enough of a surety to bet a vote on, especially since the only person to switch so far has been the right honorable Rupert. And we all saw how well that worked out for him. Then again, the men's alliance has a few more ladies to vote out, and they don't really have a good reason to vote out any of them.
The practical example that Vytas gives is that they should vote out Rachel, because they all think Tyson will switch with her. And then they get to compete against Galang minus Tyson, one of their strongest members. Everyone is on board except for John. He claims publicly that it's because there are too many variables in the plan, which is true, but in an interview, he explains that he also doesn't want Candice to have to go up against Tyson.
Vytas tells John that he just needs to find the Idol now, because then they will know that none of the women have it. Brad interviews that he likes John, but getting a clue publicly is both a blessing and a curse. It's a blessing because, you know, you have a clue. But it's a curse because it puts a target on your back.
All five guys agree that they need to keep their alliance going at least until the merge, when they can use John's Idol to keep themselves safe. That's yet another example of this alliance putting the cart before the horse. They don't seem to understand that this game can completely change in one or two days, because people are unpredictable and get paranoid or win immunity or whatever. Anyway, John reads his clue and decides to keep his search for the Idol private for now, because he wants to make sure that no one else finds it before he does. Smart.