Jolanda continues her campaign to play in a way that has never worked for anyone, ever, when she bossily lectures the team that for every two hours of work, they're going to rest for one hour. No discussion -- this is apparently just the way it's going to be. Because it's Jolanda's world, and they're just living on it. Ashlee declares Jolanda "a strong personality" and, worse, "not a team player." A chat takes place among James, Kim, Ashlee, Jeff, and Angie, in which they decide that Jolanda is just a little bit too pushy and obnoxious, and now that they know they have agreement on it, they're thinking that's what they'll do, vote-wise. Angie interviews that she was certainly happy to jump on a train headed in the direction of someone other than herself.
The tribe paddles to tribal council. When they get there and seat themselves, they come under the watchful eye of Probst, who forces them to dip their torches, not that they'll get to keep their fire. He gives the "fire is life" speech, because there's no meaningless flourish quite like a Burnett-ian meaningless flourish, and then it is time to get things underway. Jeff welcomes the group, tells them he knows they don't want to be here, and starts by asking Stephenie what the biggest surprise has been so far. She hesitates before talking about how they can't get fire, and they're hungry and thirsty. Is that a big surprise? Or is that just the thing she decided she wanted to talk about, irrespective of what the question was? Asked if he's happy with the tribe, James says that he certainly is. Actually, it's a "da-im fahne trahb," and he's sure that there are lots of wins to come, despite today's loss.
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.