When we return, it is Day 11 at Raro, after the challenge, and everyone is downcast, including the music supervisor. In an interview, Stephannie says that nobody is happy about the fact that they have to go to tribal council later. As they all stand around, Parvati comments, "Too bad we went up against a Zen fire master." For some reason, in an interview, Stephannie is intensely blaming herself for their loss. It's insane, because while she didn't see J.P. get smoked, she saw her tribe leave ahead and return behind, so she knows that there was a breakdown somewhere. Furthermore, Jenny and Rebecca did no better than Stephannie did making fire. I don't really understand where Stephannie's individual feelings of responsibility come from, or why she fastens on this idea that she's "the weakest link." In fact, not to harp, but I don't see how anyone could feel like the weakest person on a tribe that included Parvati. She looks like Survivor Barbie. In an effort to make the failed fire-makers feel better, Brad tells the group that Cao Boi is always the fire maker, so he has special powers, and they really shouldn't worry. "That fool's been making fire since he was like two, so I ain't trippin'," Nate agrees. All of a sudden, however, Stephannie announces that she's the one who caused the loss, and that she's "probably the weakest link." Nate looks at her in disbelief. In an interview, he talks about how weird this was, and that he was bummed, because he and Stephannie have "Hiki hood love" (heh), and that she's one of his "Supremes." You can kind of see how desperate for inside jokes you become when you have nothing to do. In a completely different interview, he says that if somebody wants to leave, he doesn't feel like you make them stay. ["Which everyone should have kept in mind last season when the one who wanted to leave was SHANE." -- Wing Chun]
Cristina and J.P. chat with Nate, and Cristina thinks that they should just come clean with Stephannie about how they feel if they're going to vote her off for professing her own weakness. They talk about giving Stephannie "respect," and Nate says, "She leaves on a red carpet, all right?" Oh, so it's to be one of those. An honorable exit. I understand the instinct to give people a chance to walk away under their own power with a shred of dignity, lest they become Brett Favre (BOO-yah!), but I still think that falling on your sword is lame. "I'll be in the tent if you need me," J.P. says to Rebecca as she chops a coconut, and he wanders off to take one of what appear to be frequent naps. Jenny hangs laundry and eyes Rebecca. "So," Jenny says, "did they tell you that's the decision? Stephannie?" Rebecca says yes, because Stephannie apparently wants to go. Jenny supposes that makes the voting easier. "I wish she hadn't, though," Rebecca adds. "Because I feel like it makes us weaker." Something rustles in Jenny's head. "You mean us girls?" she asks. Rebecca looks meaningfully at Jenny and nods. Jenny glances over at a hovering Parvati, and then says to Rebecca, "You want to go fetch coconuts?" Rebecca nods again. J.P. snoozes. Rebecca and Jenny walk off past him into the jungle.