John asks Mick for the "hard sell" on why he should vote for him tonight. Mick says "you're not gonna find a better, more solid guy up here" and he doesn't think it's worth a million dollars to treat people "like pawns." He says it's not how he lives his life and it's not how he played this game. No, he let someone else do it and happily reaped the rewards. Mick "concludes" his "argument" by saying he's a "stand-up dude." Since this show is called Most Stand-up Dude, Mick's point is truly a valid one. John has a different question for Natalie. He says he values her strategy of getting to the end via Li'l Russell, but now wants her to win this thing on her own. Natalie says she didn't exactly ride Li'l Russell's coattails, but was "smart enough to see" that she had to appear to do so to keep from getting voted out by Li'l Russell. As soon as she saw aggressive females being targeted, she realized she'd have to be passive. Lo and behold, she was the only female on Foa Foa to make it to the merge, and now she's in the end. She makes sure to mention that she killed a rat, so she's not completely helpless. John interrupts Natalie to say that she is saying the right things here and illuminating her strategy for a jury that was looking for a reason to vote for her.
Erik is the last to speak. He doesn't have any questions. He addresses Mick first, saying that his tribe elected him to be their leader and he never saw Mick do anything to "deserve" it. Well, they elected him based on looks alone and the title was meaningless and stupid anyway, so who cares? Besides Erik. And the dead Russell. "You did nothing," Erik says, and blames Mick for Foa Foa's suckiness at challenges. Erik turns to Li'l Russell next and says he played an "unethical" game and admittedly so. But it got him to the end, while Erik acknowledges that he's just a jury member. Erik says he's never been in a situation where someone got to the right place "the wrong way," and not only did Li'l Russell do that, but he's also proud of it. Has Erik never seen this show before? Why is he so surprised? This happens like every season! And what makes him think that he's so ethical and honest when he was ready to backstab his tribemate Monica only for her alliance to get him first? I think Erik's biggest problem, really, is that Li'l Russell is "proud of it." And that's a problem for many people on the jury. Li'l Russell has every right to own the way he played this game and the fact that he played it better than everyone on the jury. He can be proud of it. But on the inside. It's not good gameplay, jury-wise, for them to see your huge ego when they're all waiting for you to grovel and beg for their votes. You took their power away and they want to get it back tonight and you're supposed to indulge them. Tell the camera how awesome you are in interviews, then suck it up and be humble and sorry in front of the jury. That's how you win.