Well, it had to happen sooner or later. No, not Ravu winning a challenge -- they lose both again. First, they lose the reward challenge after several of them turn out to be kind of bad at shooting baskets and/or extremely bad at running and sliding on slippery surfaces. You'll just have to trust me. So Moto takes home even more fishing gear and sends Sylvia back to Exile Island, where she gets a clue that basically says "Look here for the idol, dummy." She only returns when the immunity challenge comes along, and it turns out it's an eating competition. Much of Ravu fails to deliver, and in the end, Gary (also known as "Papa Smurf") faces off with Anthony and is faster on the draw at eating pig snouts than Anthony is, so Ravu loses again. Mookie is in the mood to get rid of Anthony, because he can't understand that eating a big dry hairy pig snout might be harder than eating a little wet slimy worm, so he thinks Anthony is a wimp. But in the end, the tribe is pretty confident that Sylvia isn't going to pop out the idol, so they throw the majority of the votes to her, with a few Anthony votes as a backup in case she does have the idol. (And a random Earl vote to avoid the 4-4 tie.) It turns out that Sylvia just didn't have time to look for the idol between the challenge and tribal council, so she doesn't have it. Sylvia heads home, and the tribe most likely is thinking it might have been better off booting her in the last episode. Alliances still appear very loose, but Anthony seems to be on the outs, and should be hoping for a victory next week. Oh, and Ravu finally has fire, thanks to Michelle and a pair of glasses. That much, at least, is a relief.
Previously on I Tan't Talk, By Bouth Is Too Dwy: Boo was a hazard to hisself. Sylvia was bossy in general, while Erica was bossy very specifically. While Sylvia thought she was done for when Ravu kept losing, Mookie went bazoo at the last minute, and ultimately, Erica took her leave. This didn't really change the fact that people really, really didn't like Sylvia. Seventeen are left. Who will be voted out...tonight?
Some animal with a big slimy mouth full of teeth (it kind of looks like Jabbini the Mini-Hutt on night vision) is making itself at home at Ravu on Night 6, just as the tribe returns home. I sense that somebody is about to be eaten, which is cool. Everyone looks defeated, and Yau Man interviews that two straight losses have been really hard on the tribe. He adds that, as of this tribal council, they realized that the tribe isn't really together right now. Except, of course, for the togetherness that comes from slowly turning into desiccated husks. Rocky and Mookie are having some kind of a casual "strategy" session, and Mookie comes up with the great idea to cut some coconuts and pineapple in the morning to help with the dehydration. That isn't so much "strategy," I guess, as "recitation of elementary morning plans such as 'get up' and 'use potty.'" Rita tells the guys that if there's a high, hot sun tomorrow, she wants to try to start a fire, and Michelle agrees. I'm not sure why decisions need to be approved at this level, but I'm never one to ague with diplomacy.
Rocky interviews that the tribe is now "the biggest group of losers that Survivor's ever seen," which means he is not a longtime viewer, or he is losing his perspective. I think Ulong has to be considered much bigger losers, considering that they were whittled to one person and eventually absorbed. These people have only lost two tribe members consecutively. It's not, as of this point, anything history-making, especially since they're up against the added disadvantages of Ouch Camp, which past losers have not been. There's some distance between you and the bottom of the barrel, Rocky. Don't despair! At any rate, Rocky says that he's not sure whether somebody put a whammy on them or something, but that Ravu "just can't win right now." I think it has more to do with dehydration and exhaustion than the forces of darkness, if I'm being honest. Satan also has a tub, after all. In the post-tribal-council group discussion, Rocky tells everyone that tomorrow, at the challenge, they should try to let somebody lead, and try not to all talk at the same time. Yau Man understates that they "really need to get [their] act together." I wasn't surprised to hear that he was a professor, because he has that persistent optimism combined with a solid grounding in futility that haunts everyone who has dealt with college students. Rita tells the tribe that it's time to "put egos aside and put tribe and winning first." They know in theory what to do, of course. It's going to be execution. This conversation is kind of like standing around saying, "Tomorrow, I suggest we win. My suggested strategy is to do everything slightly better than the other team." Yau Man adds that the more challenges they lose, the harder it is to come back. Ah, yes. The big mo, she is a harsh mistress.