That evening, the tribe is sitting around talking, and Katie talks about how much she feels like a jerk, because she screws up in challenges and she thinks people on the jury might not think she did anything. Apropos of nothing, really, except bringing up what a good guy he is, Tom talks about how that conflict is nothing -- he thinks he "just made a decision that might cost [him] a million dollars." "Well," Ian says with an understanding chuckle, "if I'd won immunity today, it would have been a really difficult decision for me, too, Tom, so...I'm glad that I didn't have to make it, and I appreciate you sticking with me." Tom then gives an interview in which he talks about how upsetting it was to have Ian say that when Tom thought they were "rock solid," and here's Ian saying it was a tough choice. For Tom's part, he insists that it would have been no choice at all. Now, get this straight. Tom already told Ian how "tempting" it was to get rid of Ian, and then went on to say, basically, "Gee, Ian, I am in the uncomfortable position of having made a decision that isn't in my own best interests, which I did out of loyalty to you." To which Ian basically replied, "Goodness, Tom, I agree that making a decision that isn't in your own best interests is difficult. I'm glad I didn't have to be in that uncomfortable position you just described of making a decision that isn't in your own best interests, and I appreciate your loyalty to me for which you just requested a pat on the head." It's just not a big deal.
But oh, it is a big deal to Tom. It is such a big deal to Tom that he has a chat with A-Jenn in which he complains about Ian's apparent conflictedness. In fact, on the basis of this, he tells A-Jenn that his decision is up in the air again. In other words, when all he knows is that Ian thought it would be a "tough" decision, Tom has already decided that he doesn't have to stick with the alliance if he doesn't want to. Of course, there is more. "[Ian] said he was going to vote you out," A-Jenn tells Tom eagerly. And there are those who believe this was great game play by A-Jenn, but I am not one of those people. Because if it didn't occur to her until now to tell this to Tom? Then she's a fool. I can't imagine why she didn't tell this to Tom back when he was boohooing to her about his allegiance to Ian, except that she's defeatist and goofy. At any rate, Tom wants to know whom Ian told that he would vote Tom out, and A-Jenn says it was her and Katie. Tom says they should go talk to Ian right now. We will get this straightened out, indeed. Like men!