Zapato return to camp, defeated. David says he's doing his best to ensure that Stephanie stays and Sarita, who he says is more the "team mom" than a member of the team, goes. Mike tells his tribe that they "just weren't meant to win" the challenge, and it was "an ass-whopping." David suddenly turns to Steve and says the most important thing they can do for their tribe is ensure that "the best six" are there to hopefully win the rest of the challenges. Sarita isn't blind to any of this, and interviews that she's pretty sure David and Stephanie are scrambling to keep Stephanie in and take Sarita out. She says she's not going to "go around campaigning" on her own behalf, instead trusting that her tribe knows how loyal she is and how important that will be to them. Normally, I would say that's a stupid argument, but knowing that Stephanie is probably still planning on flipping to Onomatopoeia the first chance she gets, it's actually a good one.
Stephanie presents her case to Julie. She says the tribes will be even after this Tribal, so they won't have the luxury of sitting a weaker player out. A weaker player like Sarita. Julie says that's true, but "the guys" trust Sarita more than they do Stephanie. "It's not a done deal yet," she adds. Stephanie says all she can do is show her tribe how much better she is in challenges than Sarita, which is unfortunate since I actually haven't seen Stephanie perform all that well in challenges yet. As Sarita strolls over, Julie tells Stephanie that she's a "strong woman in a little package" and gives her hug. Stephanie interviews that if her tribe keeps Sarita over her, they will be doomed to lose every single challenge. Haven't they won plenty of challenges with Sarita? Also, even if they keep Stephanie and win every single challenge until the merge, they'll still be down in the numbers because Stephanie is planning on flipping to the other tribe. So keeping Sarita is probably a wiser decision, not that Zapato knows about any of that.