In an interview, Farmer Beavis tells us that he's been mentally preparing himself for going home, and that now there seems to be this ray of hope appearing. Could it be that Jamie will go instead? Not willing to count on it, Brandon tells Bobby Jon that he's heading into the woods again to look for the hidden idol. Not sure why he wasn't doing that the entire time. While he looks, we get another shot of the idol, and indeed, it is in the trunk of a big tree. They'd like you to believe that people are looking very near it, but none of the shots actually demonstrate that. Farmer Beavis tells us in his interview that he's just hoping it goes the way Bobby Jon said it might and that Jamie gets booted off. I hope so too, dear.
Gary has a chat with Rafe, over whom he fairly clearly holds significant sway, telling him that to "do what's right" means voting for Jamie. "Integrity," Gary says, "and what's right." Rafe wants to know, if he votes with the former Yaxha, where they'll be then. The answer should be, of course, "Well, then you are in a final-five agreement with a bunch of decent people rather than a final-six agreement that includes at least two major pieces of shit." Gary points out that there would then be nine people, and Rafe plus the former Yaxha would be five. That's a majority, Rafe. You don't need more than that.
Elsewhere, Cindy and Danni talk, and Danni says she understands that Cindy will do what she needs to. "I'd rather hurt Jamie's feelings than Brandon's," Cindy says. "Yeah, because Brandon's a solid guy," Danni urges. You can tell Cindy is really close here. "I know...I know," she says.
On the way to tribal council, Cindy says that her alliance is voting for Brandon, but that she's really torn and wants to vote for Jamie, because Brandon -- you got it -- "deserves to be here more." It's funny -- I usually hate the "deserve" talk, and I don't love it here, either, but I have sometimes wondered with something like this...if you know that your odds of winning are still pretty long, wouldn't you be tempted to take out somebody if it was just so offensive to you to think that they would win? I mean, the safe play is to vote out Brandon, no question. But might you just step outside of that and be like, "Yeah, you're too big an asshole for me to let you anywhere near money." I think that would tempt me, not because of my integrity, but because of my petty and vengeful desire to keep people I can't stand from having anything good happen to them. My integrity sometimes flags, but my petty vindictiveness is basically always at the ready, after all. Cindy says she "won't know until [she writes] the name down on the paper." And that's a problem, because if she and Rafe don't talk to each other and provide each other with cover, then they both risk a tie, so Yaxha needed to get the two of them together and get this resolved ahead of time. Boo!