We're now at the fancy new Tribal Council set. Upon Peachy's instruction, the members of the tribe approach the flame and get fire. He gives the standard "fire represents your life in this game" and "when your fire's gone, so are you" schlock, but it loses significance since we saw nothing about the tribes' plights to get fire this time. Maybe the S16, after four seasons of fire-making flailing and failing, finally figured out that they should actually learn how to make fire expertly before going on the show, so it was a non-issue. Or maybe Production gave them fire, since they seem to be giving them everything else.
Peachy smirkily claims that he's sorry to welcome the group to their first Council. He says that they'll be held accountable for their actions, some of which will help, while some will hurt. He immediately calls out Ghandia for losing the team's lead. She says that she was "workin' it out," but got flustered when the other team caught up. She should have gotten flustered in the ten minutes before the other tribe arrived. She says she finished the challenge shortly after, but that it was too late. She does get credit for taking responsibility for the loss, and for not calling anyone a "retard" or "bastard" in the process. Peachy singles out Clay as he says that it's hard enough to get along with known people, let alone seven strangers in a "high-stress situation." Clay responds that it's always difficult to figure out other people, and that he has problems with disagreements. Peachy asks whether there have been disagreements, and Clay says that there have. Peachy wonders how conflicts are resolved, and Clay responds, "That's why we're here!" He hurries to point out that although they don't want to be there, it's the game. John then goes on about how great the team is, but claims he's still "waitin' for it to get hard." It's going to get real hard for him in about three minutes. Peachy asks whether Brian thinks he has an advantage as a used-car salesman. Brian goes on a tangent that may or may not include accusing Peachy of judging him and being shallow. He says that his career isn't important, and that it's really "about love -- and it's a beautiful thing." Funny that -- amidst his denial -- he still gave the stock used-car salesman answer. Peachy snits that someone always has "the unfortunate distinction" of being the first voted out. He then says, "John, you're first." What timing!