Steph and Danni take a dunk in the pool and wash their clothes, and Danni tells us that Steph is "the toughest competitor" in the game, and that she likes the idea of going up against the toughest. So much for Rafe's theory that only he was viewed as deserving. They sit in the chairs on the deck of the pool, and Steph tells Danni that the game is unpredictable and that "everything happens for a reason." Except for The Amazing Race Family Edition, which happened for no reason. Danni says she'll miss the jungle, which is "awesome."
Back at camp, the final two spontaneously decide, as people spontaneously decide every season, to burn their camp, "sacrificing everything to the Mayan gods," as Steph puts it. ("Those are palm fronds. Where the hell is my chicken?") As the fire burns, Steph and Danni talk about how proud they are to be there, and then Danni literally says that she's learned that it's possible to be down but not out. And if all she's learned is that you can be down but not out, I fear she has not taken as much from her experience in the game as one might have hoped, because that could have come from a fortune cookie. Danni says that, with the jury, she plans to just be herself, the "All-American girl next door," and that she'll just have to see what they ask. For her part, Steph says that she did everything she could to get as far as possible, and that she feels like she has a good reason for every move she made, and "outwitted, outplayed, and outlasted every one of them." They should understand that, right? Juries always vote without regard for their own egos, after all. Steph and Danni gather their things and head off for the final tribal council.
Later, we swoop back to the tribal council staging area, and when Steph and Danni are seated, Jeff brings in the entire jury, ending with a newly clean-shaven Rafe. Jeff has Danni take off the immunity necklace. He congratulates them on making it to F2, and reminds them that the jury they voted out is now passing judgment on who should win. Who will get the big toy check? Anyway, they will make opening statements, then there will be questions, then closing comments and voting. Jeff starts with Danni's opening statement. She says she's honored to be here because, making the merge, she didn't see any "chance in heck" that she would be here. Not enough people say "heck" anymore, I find. Heck! (See?) Weirdly, Danni basically starts telling the jury how dumb they were not to recognize that she was a threat. She says that she's a pretty good athlete, and that she's mentally strong enough that she knew she could take an endurance challenge. It's not that I don't recognize that she's right that it was surprising that she wasn't seen as a threat and targeted earlier, but this is a really weird jury tactic. She says she played as well as she could, and that, whatever happens, she hopes they'll all come and have barbecue. Gary smiles at her. He wants to offer her some free landscaping services, you can tell.