Now, Judd and Margaret have a chat. She says she'd prefer for the old Nakum group to hang together. Judd: "Mm-hmm." Judd tells Margaret that you just vote off "the weakest player." Judd goes on to give the stunningly stupid explanation that what will happen is "we lose one; they lose one." Because they're going to trade off, Judd believes. Because when the former Yaxha have the former Nakum down 4-3, they will behave in an honorable fashion by taking their turn voting off one of their own members. Here's where the ability to count would really come in handy again. Margaret looks at him like he's nuts, and she tells him that won't happen. They'll get picked off once they're down 4-3. Judd says that they'll still need him and Margaret for challenges, and Margaret points out that she's not saying they'll vote all three of them off at the same time. Just one at a time. I love the shot of Howlie looking down at this conversation and saying, "I cannot believe she has to explain this to his sorry ass." Judd claims that he's "like whoa." And that Margaret has his "wheels turning." I really kind of doubt he has any wheels to speak of.
Rafe applies wet leaves to Lydia's back in a move I suspect is about either sunburn or, more likely, bug bites. I doubt it does anything, but it might feel good. Lydia asks whether it is indeed the four former Yaxha sticking together. Rafe says yes, and that they hope they'll also have Judd. Lydia feels insecure, but all Rafe can really say is a lot of "hopefully" talk.
Elsewhere, Judd and Steph agree that they're still going with Brooke. Judd interviews that he's concerned that he might not have the three-person alliance with Jamie and Steph that he thinks he does, because if he doesn't, then he's at the bottom of a five-person deal with the former Yaxha. "That's a little scary," he says. Brooke comes over to Judd and Steph, so that's awkward. Judd interviews that there's a lack of trust and so forth. "I don't know until I get there," he says of voting at tribal council. Liar!
Tribal council. Torches. Jeff brings in the group. Jeff opens, as he must, by pointing out to Steph that she's 1-for-7 in challenges this season. This brings her total, over the course of her experience in two seasons, to 4-for-21. He asks her whether it's possible that she doesn't so much attract bad luck as make bad luck. She says she hopes not, because that would suck, but it's not like it hasn't occurred to her.
Jeff asks Margaret about the new dynamics. Margaret says that she was a little nervous about the Judd-Jamie-Steph summit, although she hopes it was just socializing. Asked whether he knew people were watching, Judd claims they were just "getting to know each other." It takes him way too long to do this, and he carries on and on to such a degree that his defensiveness becomes preposterously obvious. He's almost as good a liar as Gary, I'll say. Jeff asks Lydia about tribal council and whether she feels any better; she says she still feels vulnerable, and that the tribe doesn't "know her strength yet" (might want to get on that). Asked what worries her, Brooke says that because strength seems to be at a premium, she feels like the women are generally at greater risk than the men are. Interesting point.