For Tina's part, she's off collecting a fish for her ungrateful team to eat. It takes her a couple of tries, but she ultimately picks it up and brings it back to camp. Cirie looks ill at this development, which makes her desire to get rid of Tina look even stupider. Melinda interviews that there are lots and lots of sound reasons not to boot Tina, which is how you can tell that Melinda will vote to boot Tina. It just seems like it's that kind of tribe. Lots of reasons not to do something? Well, let's swim against the stream! Cirie scales the fish as they prepare to eat, and she says she's actually trying to convince Ruth Marie and Melinda that they don't need Tina in order to survive. I'm not sure if the other ladies are convinced, but I'm not.
Tribal council. Jeff welcomes the older women, and he commands them to dip their torches and take part in the ritual and This Is Serious and so forth. Jeff asks Melinda how it's going. She says that she's "in Panamanian hell." She tells him that it's the hardest thing she's ever done, because it's very difficult on all kinds of levels -- physical, emotional, whatever. "That's why it's so difficult," she says, and then she throws in "you should try it," which would be a funny line if it weren't so clear that she's had it stored up in her pocket since the day they told her they were putting her on the show. Cirie concurs with Melinda: "For the people at home that are like me, on the couch? Stay on the couch." The other women laugh. ["The people at home that are like her are smart enough not to apply to be on the show in the first damn place." -- Wing Chun] Cirie does say that, now that she's here, she wants to do well.
Jeff asks Tina how she's doing. She says she's doing all right. She knew it would be tough, and it is. She also mentions, however, that she's been outdoors much of her life. Jeff asks Ruth Marie if it's comforting for there to be someone who knows that much about living outdoors. Ruth Marie agrees, for all that that's worth. Jeff asks Cirie if Tina is the leader, and Cirie resists, though she grudgingly admits that Tina started the fire. Oh, and found the water. Jeff basically shames Cirie by making it clear that you can't exactly say those are just two little tasks, since they're really the only two things you absolutely had to do the first day. Cirie starts to tip her hand by saying a bit snippily that if Tina hadn't found the water, someone else would have. Cirie wants to know if Jeff thinks they should have broken Tina's arm so that she wouldn't do things. It's like she doesn't even remember saying she was afraid of leaves.