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!
Ian is over by the fire when Tom approaches. Tom first complains about the "tough decision" business, and how that made him feel played, which you can tell is very confusing to Ian, for the same reason it's very confusing to me. Among other things, I think it makes Ian think -- and it totally makes me think -- that Tom was looking for a way out of his deal with Ian, and is very eager for anything that might let him out of it with a claim to the moral high ground. Anyway, Ian says, "There's a lot of things that are said in the game, Tom." A-Jenn then jumps in, wanting Ian to tell Tom what he told her and Katie about voting Tom out. Ian reminds her that he's "playing the game, just like everybody else." Tom asks what Ian said before the immunity challenge, and Ian confirms straight up that he did indeed tell Katie and A-Jenn that, if he won immunity, he'd vote out Tom. Tom cuts off the conversation, insisting that's all he needs. Well, this is going in a depressingly epic and allegorical direction. Shall we adorn ourselves in our finest garments, slaughter a goat, and await the arrival of a wise man? Sigh.
The tribe goes off to tribal council. They settle in, and Jeff brings in the jury, including the recently added Caryn, who has cleaned herself up with the exception of her bitchface, which is still raging. Jeff mentions that tribal council is getting a late start, meaning that something must have been going on back at camp: "Tom, fill me in." Tom tells Jeff that he wasn't really in "panic mode" during today's immunity challenge, because as far as he knew, he had a deal with Ian and Katie. Won anyway, you'll notice. In fact, won most of them anyway, in spite of the fact that everyone knows multiple immunity wins make you a target. So for all that Tom is saying this, Tom has known he wasn't entirely safe. At any rate, Tom harps once again on the "tough decision" thing, which I already feel like I am as sick of as I am of the episode of Friends where Phoebe has the triplets, which I swear is on every time I turn on the television. Anyway, Tom wonders aloud whether he's a fool to risk a million dollars for "honor" when Ian might not have done the same. The thing is...it's not that I don't believe in honor, I just don't think it's part of this game. It's like refusing to take your opponent's piece in chess because you're friends and you have "honor." That's not a stupid argument because honor is bad; it's a stupid argument because playing a game with agreed-upon rules and well-known and anticipatable strategies according to those rules and strategies has nothing to do with honor. But honor is the theme, so we shall soldier on.