Rocky and Erica have a whispery conversation in which he says that they need to figure out what they're doing about the vote. In a truly great moment, he says very seriously, "Smell me, or what?" I sort of can't believe he actually said that as a real element of sneakiness. Erica confirms that she does indeed smell him, and he patronizes, "Don't get sad." She explains that she's not sad, she's thinking. Rocky: "Me, you, and Jess, we'll figure it out, yeah?" He just wants to know if you smell him, Erica! Do you? DO YOU? DO YOU SMELL HIM? Erica explains in an interview that she, Jessica, and Rocky are "really tight," so they should probably have no trouble running over everybody else, since they do have an alliance of three in a group of nine, and one of their three was one of the main challenge-droppers. [Crickets.] "We can swing the whole thing," she says. She so smells Rocky.
Rocky has a chat with Earl and Jessica, in which he says that, "obviously, it has to be a girl." In one sense, I guess I know what he's saying, since bulk matters, and a lot of their women are small, and they're getting Sylvia next, so it kind of makes sense to get rid of someone Sylvia can fill in for, if you see my point. On the other hand, he immediately announces that it can't be Erica or Jessica, so that just leaves Michelle and Rita. "It has to be a girl, but not either of the ones I like" is kind of leaving other people a pretty narrow opportunity to contribute to the discussion. After the boys agree that Michelle (whom they call "Monkey") is too athletic to boot, that leaves just Rita. Earl seems to be going along with the plan at this point. They seem to have a deal as of the time this discussion breaks up. Rocky and Jessica take a walk, and he keeps insisting that he doesn't like getting rid of anyone, but of course...it's a game. As we know. Jessica tells us that she feels so safe, because she knows it's not her, and she knows it could have been her. Because of the puzzle. Darn fool puzzle.