In the final battle, Erik goes up against Frosti to eat a thousand-year-old egg -- a battle you'd think Frosti might win, based on past performances. But it doesn't happen. Instead, Erik aces him out by about half a second, and Zhan Hu wins immunity. So...that's not what was planned at all. Todd looks miserable. His plan! His wonderful, beautiful plan!
Fei Long, still Day 18. They return to camp, with Todd in the front of the line, and they look miserable. J-R tries to reassure Denise, telling her that her challenge food was definitely the worst. Since he didn't have to do anything, I'm not sure he knows what was the worst. Denise is feeling low, and she tells everyone how sorry she is. In an interview that she conducts under the gaze of a fairly creepy statue, Denise says with good humor that James was certainly trying like hell to go as slowly as he could so that she could take the round, but she just couldn't swallow the balut. Unsurprisingly, Todd spends his interview contemplating his "perfect plan" and "genius idea," and how it was utterly destroyed. He says, however, that they're trying to be upbeat and keep in mind that they can bounce "one of the old Zhan Hu" and "still have [their] numbers." Causing me to wonder again: if that's true, why did he give up something as valuable as the idol? Just to get rid of Jaime instead of Sherea? I just don't get it. The fact that he came up with a plan to create an outcome that was otherwise unlikely doesn't necessarily make that plan smart. In other words, manipulating the outcome doesn't necessarily mean you've manipulated it to your own benefit.
Todd, Amanda, and Denise have a little chat by the water well, in which they reassure themselves that when you add Courtney and James, they have a group of five, and Todd thinks Frosti will stay with them, so that's six. "We need him to trust us," Todd says. (Why? Because he knows about the idol? Which you don't have anymore?) Courtney wanders up to the discussion (saying she's also "coming to get water," complete with finger quotes, heh), and the four of them agree to boot Sherea, with Amanda using as supporting evidence the fact that Sherea has no friends. This would strike me as a reason to boot someone other than Sherea, not a reason to boot Sherea, but the little group seems settled on it.