In a sequence I do not enjoy because it involves two people who are dully self-satisfied, Gregg asks Coby whether he knows about the vote and is "cool with that." Coby tries for "bitter ironic laughter" or something as he looks away and then looks back. That was...obnoxious. Gregg asks Coby if he wants to take a walk, and Coby agrees. They wander off, and when they finally stop to talk, Gregg tells Coby, basically, that he and Anonymous Jen are aware that they're stuck in a five-person alliance in which they're a minority. In other words, Ian, Tom, and Katie will ultimately stick together, in all likelihood. Thus, Anonymous Jen and Gregg have a plan to switch, once they're rid of everyone else, and make a new four-person alliance with Coby and Janu, in order to boot Tom, Ian, and Katie. This, of course, delights Coby to no end, because he doesn't like Ian, Tom, or Katie, and because it's his first glimmer of hope at not being ultimately crushed under the wheels of that five-person alliance.
It's an interesting strategy lesson, because it's always been clear that the emergence of a sub-alliance before its time is the biggest threat to a larger alliance. (See: Ami.) If you're going to survive, you either have to avoid the emergence of sub-alliances altogether or you have to confuse people endlessly as to what your sub-alliances actually are. (See: Boston Rob.) Of course, Gregg talks about it as if the unmerged Koror is going to go on indefinitely, saying that once they get rid of Willard and Caryn, there will be seven, and then they'll do the switch and so forth. And that undoubtedly won't happen -- there will be a merge at some point. It doesn't mean they can't do the same thing provided they effectively get rid of the Ulongians once there's a merge, but his plan is certainly missing a step or two. At any rate, Coby interviews all about how interesting this was and so forth, and he treats it like it's a giant scandal. Oh, and he calls Gregg and Anonymous Jen "Ken and Barbie." I'll buy the part where they're plastic, that's for sure. Big trailer, house with an eternally broken elevator...good times. Coby tells us that "the game is just now getting interesting." For him, that is. It was already interesting for me. He claims to be "very excited" that "the game is going to a new level." Eh.
Tom and Gregg have a talk in which they reaffirm that Willard is going, and that he seems relatively at peace with it. Gregg interviews that, in fact, he's not entirely sure what he and Anonymous Jen are going to do. So Coby isn't sitting quite as pretty as he thinks, because what Gregg is doing is leaving himself a couple of choices. He says he could stay with the alliance he's in now, or he could do the new one. And that's pretty well played, really, to leave himself that opening. He partly capitalized on the animosity Coby feels toward Tom and Ian, because Coby is probably going to cling blindly to the hope that Gregg's going to do what he said he would, in spite of the fact that there are reasons to believe he might not. Gregg and Anonymous Jen relax in the hammock, and she giggles. Again. I have a vision of sticking a pompom up her nose. I wonder what that's about. Gregg also claims to be unhappy about being perceived as part of "a cute couple." I don't think they're cute at all, if that makes him feel any better.