Probst asks Jeff about their strategy and the fact that they got beat on the brains issue of what to take and how fast to leave. Of course, I think that, given their paddling, they'd probably have lost anyway, to be perfectly honest. But Jeff agrees that they did just screw up by taking too much stuff. Probst mocks them a little more for not even bringing the fire, getting one more "hay-ll no" out of James. "Dumb-ass," James also declares. (About the tribe, not Probst.)
Probst asks Ashlee whether the tribe has a leader. She says she thinks that they don't, which is what's holding them back -- they haven't unified and found themselves anyone to lead them. Probst asks Jolanda whether the group can self-lead, and Jolanda says no, and that she thinks they need a leader. She says she'd lead, but that she knows that she has "a very strong personality," and she knows it can be off-putting. Probst then moves to Angie, driving it home to her again how she was picked last. He asks her whether that's weighing on her, and she says that it is, but she tried hard at the challenge. She does a really stupid thing by declaring that she considered her head to be "on the chopping block." I hate that, because it's always self-fulfilling. Make yourself look like an easy target, especially early on, and you're going to wind up as one. Poor self-pitying Tattoo Girl.
Probst sends them off to vote. Jolanda votes for Angie, saying that she's just too darn weak. Steph votes. Jeff votes. Ashlee votes, Bobby Jon votes, Kim votes, James votes. Ibrehem votes. Angie votes for Jolanda. "It's nothing personal," she says, "but it's either you or I, and I don't want it to be me." Wow, that's awesome, pronoun-wise. Probst heads off to tally. When he returns, he reminds them all of the rule about fleeing the tribal council area promptly, or you will be chased by dogs. First vote goes to Angie. Next vote Jolanda. Angie. Angie. Jolanda. Jolanda. Tied at 3-3. Jolanda. And...Jolanda. So we've got one vote we will never see. Jolanda gets up, wishes the team well, and leaves. Probst tells the team to "stop with the excuses and get a plan," tells them they have to earn fire on their own, and sends them out. All in all, not an entirely unpromising season premiere, especially compared to last time.
Next week: Rats. Storms. Flint-hunting. And canoodling, canoodling, canoodling! You won't want to miss it.