Credits. The short ones. That's so you can don't have to miss a minute of Lisi's Schadenfreude World Tour.
When we return from commercials, we're still at Ravu on Day 20 during the post-idol-finding celebration and general back-slapping. Never has beer seemed so conspicuous in its absence. Edgardo, Alex, and Mookie are now huddled in the woods, and the others look on as Mookie unwraps the turtle. Now, by this, I mean that he literally unwraps the burlap bundle containing the turtle figurine serving as the immunity idol, so don't get gross. (Not that "unwraps the turtle" isn't my favorite accidental euphemism since "buffing the lobby floor.") Mookie interviews that there are "no words to describe" the significance of the idol. At least no short, easy words. Mookie tells the other two that they'll all use it together -- they'll use it as a team, and if any of them looks like he might be going, they'll give it to that guy. Alex brilliantly opines that they shouldn't tell Lisi that they stole the idol out from under her nose. Good one. Edgardo interviews that Lisi is "an unstable person," so she's not part of the club. He also doesn't think she would use the idol right, since she's not very smart. She is, after all, a girl. She'd probably use it for a decoration, or she'd put it in her hair. Alex adds that, on top of this, they're not telling "Dreamz," because he's close to Cassandra, and they're afraid he'd tell her. "Once they know we have it, its effect is gone," says Alex. Even with the change in the rules this year, I really don't see how this is true. In fact, with the rules the way they are now, if they know that three of you are sharing it, it's actually hard for them to vote against any of you, because they risk you finding out whom they're targeting and protecting that guy. So if you have three people who are all committed to handing it around willy-nilly as necessary, a group wanting to vote you out would really have to be confident that it could keep you from guessing correctly, or else it can't vote for any of you. Also, there should be instant runoff voting, but I am getting distracted. I certainly think Alex's notion that the value of the idol is gone as soon as anyone knows you have it is proved wrong by...pretty much the entire history of the show. The question is whether you think the idol's power lies in actually deflecting a vote, or whether its power lies in deterrence, and I think the history suggests that deterrence is what makes it a real weapon. Of course, Mookie tells us that all three of the guys can say they have it, but that he's the only one who really does. He's right about that -- there's no way everyone is really equal here -- he's substantially more equal than the other two, having it in his hands and everything.