John tells Rachel that they're voting for Ciera and she doesn't have to worry. He interviews that he doesn't want Rachel to go, but he needs his alliance. He continues looking for the Immunity Idol with no luck. He seems to know the importance of his alliance-mates having faith in him, but he might be too late because they're already expressed doubts.
Tadhana sits around eating rice. Ciera notices that John has wandered off alone and wonders where he's going. No one answers her, but they're all obviously thinking that he's looking for the Idol. Hayden interviews that John hasn't shared the clue and it "makes you a little weary." Oh, Hayden. I think you meant wary. Although it reminds me of Bull Durham when Nuke thought the first line of "Try a Little Tenderness" was, "Oh, she may get wooly." He meant weary; Hayden means wary. They're both big galoots with lots of muscles and very little brains.
Vytas, Hayden and Caleb watch as John and Rachel take a swim together. They discuss how John was really against voting out Rachel, plus he might have the Idol. They don't think that he'll use it on her, but they are worried about his loyalties. Vytas interviews that maybe they should blindside John now, before he can use the Idol. Hmm, then he would compete against Candice on Redemption Island. I don't know if that would be the best strategic move for Tadhana, but it would be interesting to watch.
Tribal Council. Probst starts out by pointing out that they only have three women left and wonders if this worries the female part of the tribe. Ciera says that she's noticed that the men have banded together. Hayden gives a mystery answer that amounts to, "We hang out together and we've bonded informally or maybe formally, but yeah." Katie says that they're still trying to figure out how to manage this situation. Keep on figuring, Katie, and soon there will be no women left.
Now Probst brings up the clue that John got to the Idol, and asks Caleb if it's made John a target. Caleb says that it obviously has. Brad says they're assuming John has it, and now it's up to him whether or not to share that information. Probst doesn’t push this, uncharacteristically. Instead, he reminds John that whoever they vote out tonight will be going up against Candice. John adds that there could also be a loved-one switch before the next duel as well. Hayden says it's twisted that they could potentially weaken the other tribe by voting someone out tonight. Rachel looks like she just figured out that she's the real target; based on Hayden's statement, they're not going to vote out Katie or Ciera to get rid of Tina or Laura M. Probst says that there are more layers to votes this season than ever before. That's definitely true; these early votes were usually quick and easy, and now they require a lot more strategy.