The tribe heads off to catch the van that shuttles them to Tribal Council, for which they may or may not be using the grand concourse of a shopping mall. Peachy explains the "little ritual" of the "personalized tribal torch" to Neleh, Paschal, and Kathy because they've not yet been to Tribal Council. Peachy says that a lot has changed in the past couple of days; he wants to know Paschal's reaction. Paschal was initially shocked, because he wasn't expecting the switch, and says that after they got to Maraanu, it was like "being thrown in a briar patch." He then turns it around like the politician he is and says that the group has "taken care of an old man pretty well," and that it "worked out great." I do like his grin -- I may be caving. Gina thinks that the switch was awesome, and that it made for one of the better days she's had on the island. She says she would have been next to go if the tribes had stayed the same, and that she's not missing the old tribe members at all. Kathy was not happy during the buff exchange, because Rotu was a strong team and she's a competitor. She talks of "the range of emotions" she experienced at the time, and cites "anger," "sadness," and "oh my God, what's gonna happen next?" as the emotions that plagued her. Peachy asks whether Kathy thinks she's among the losers now, and Kathy yells, "Who are you calling a loser, you short, semi-charming, no-Joe Rogan, glorified talk show host?" Actually, she doesn't say that, but you know she's thinking it. Instead, she says she doesn't think of the group as losers, but as a "new era." She tells Peachy that, at this point, they're just trying to enjoy themselves and develop some tribal spirit. Neleh says she was disappointed when she turned over her Maraanu disk "expecially [sic]" because two of Rotu's strongest tribe members had just rejoined Rotwo. She waited patiently for some of her old Rotu tribemates to join her, but she still didn't know what to expect. She says that the situation changed when they got to camp -- it was beautiful, and she "gotta [sic] meet some new people," so every day things are getting better. Sarah half-heartedly says that the switch was definitely a "shocker" and a good thing, because she got to experience new faces and new energy.
Episode Report CardJoanna: A- | 491 USERS: C+
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