Over at Raro, there's a discussion of how frustrating the loss was. Nate tells them all that they needed to be humbled, so now they've been humbled and won't need to lose anymore. J.P. explains that they take pride in winning (the one time they've done it), so they feel bad about losing, and about Adam being in exile. J.P. says to the group, "Let's cook," by which he means, "You cook, and I'll sit here and boss you around while trying to figure out which way of arranging my limbs makes my pecs look bumpiest." He proceeds to direct the making of the fire, the placement of the logs, and the boiling of the water, all while lounging back in his seat. The editing suggests that the women all make unhappy faces. Parvati tells us that she finds J.P. "very demanding...in a very sly way." She refers to how much she did not enjoy the entire act in which everyone was "waiting on him." We cut back to camp just in time to see J.P. get Parvati to fetch him a machete. He does not recognize the making of enemies, even as it is happening. J.P., you are officially qualified to run the country.
The sun goes down, and it is nighttime at Raro. Parvati and Nate are chatting by the fire. They are supposedly cracking nuts, but suddenly, Nate notices that one of the nuts is kind of painful to crack. He throws it down suddenly, realizing that in fact, it is a hermit crab. That's terrifying. I think I'm going to have a hard time with Cheetos for a while. Parvati explains that this method of getting close to guys is the one that works for her -- blink-blink, gigge-giggle, and so forth. It's too bad if that's the case, because she's missing out on little things like...having friendships with men that aren't designed to be manipulative, you know? ["Um, that's for lesbians, Miss Alli, duh." -- Wing Chun] She says that she had to figure out how to "infiltrate the little group." Parvati asks Nate if the guys all have an alliance, and he confirms that they do. He also says, though, that he has Parvati's back, and that none of the other guys knows that they have this tight bond. In an interview, Nate says that he digs Parvati, and that he could be hot for her, but he's trying to avoid that. Good idea, Nate. "I don't want to find myself thinking like a dum-dum," he says. "Guys sometimes, we can't control ourselves." This message was brought to you by the Holy Brotherhood of Lowering Expectations. Parvati does tell Nate that she's not crazy about the way J.P. appears to be unilaterally running the show. Nate tells her that this is how you do it -- you let the king think he's safe. In an interview, Parvati repeats this "let the king sit pretty" motto. "Right now, the ball's in his pocket," Nate [sic]s, "but it can easily leave." Parvati says that would be "interesting." I'll say it would. I don't even know what that means, but the next time I'm doing something sneaky, I'm definitely going to say to someone, "Well, the ball's in your pocket...but it can easily leave." Sometimes, all you have to do is confuse people in order to win.