The Final Three arrive at the Final Tribal Council. Final Probst calls in the Final Jury. Laura feels the need to grab onto Erik's upper thigh as she sits beside him. Shambo, on the other hand, "flirts" with Li'l Russell by pointing her finger-guns at him with a huge smile. The Native Chanters trail off with some sinister giggles that kind of undermine the seriousness of the event as Probst congratulates Natalie, Mick and Li'l Russell on getting this far in the game and says their fate now lies in the hands of the people they voted off. And, he points out, all three jury members voted out every single person on the jury, a rare occurrence in this game. But only one of them made promises he didn't intend to keep to most of those jurors. The same guy who had the immunity idol that got rid of Kelly and then rubbed everyone's faces in his third immunity idol that he then never played. So as much as Probst (and Li'l Russell, no doubt) would love to believe that all three are equally complicit in this and thus no one contestant should be the focus of the jury's bitterness, that's not true.
Mick's opening statement is first. He says things like "sort of" and "I guess" and "uh" a lot as he says that he knows that this game pressures contestants to give themselves a "moral sort of leeway" but that he never gave into the temptation to screw people over and violate his own principles. Well, yeah. Because he didn't have to. Someone else did it for him. The jury scowl and shake their heads at him, most notably Jaison and Shambo.
Natalie speaks next. She says this game was the hardest thing she's ever done and has been a "humbling" experience for her. She concludes that without the jurors, she wouldn't sitting in the Final Three now. I hate it when contestants say that in their opening statements because it just seems like they're rubbing it in. "I appreciate it. Thank you," she says. Yes, thanks for being stupid enough to get voted out by a 4-person minority alliance when your tribe had twice as many people. Natalie really appreciates that.
Finally, Li'l Russell talks. He says his speech will be "a little different" than the others, which makes John smile. Li'l Russell says he came here to do whatever it took to make it to where he is now and that he made "huge strategic moves," starting with engineering the ousters of Marisa and Betsy. Then he got Shambo on his side, enabling him to get rid of Kelly. Then he got John in with him to get rid of Laura, agreeing to vote out a member of Foa Foa next. Instead, he got rid of John. As for the rest of the jurors after John, they "went like dominoes." Monica does not appreciate this. Li'l Russell says one of his most difficult moves was getting rid of Brett, but he ultimately did so. He concludes by saying that if Natalie or Mick outwitted and outplayed Li'l Russell, then vote for them. If not, vote for Li'l Russell. "May the best man win," Li'l Russell says again, thus alienating three of the four women on the jury straight away.