Deena and Jenna talk, and Deena says that while she feels compassion for Shawna, she also wishes she wouldn't be "a whiny baby." All right, I am getting the impression that Shawna is physically lagging pretty significantly, so at this point, the judgmental snotting is getting just as irritating as the whining. ["I agree that she's weak, but I also think she's acting even weaker to ensure that she'll be booted, because she's a quitter." -- Wing Chun] Jenna talks about how Shawna's downfall could hurt the alliance, and Deena declares that she doesn't want to get screwed just to help somebody else. Wait, even somebody else who's sick? That seems kind of...wrong. I mean, if they don't really think she's unhealthy or needs any help, that's one thing, but if they're saying they wouldn't care if she was sick or needed medical attention, then I don't think I like that. I like Deena even less after she interviews that her attitude is that it's too bad for Shawna, because she's not in charge: "It's about the core alliance." Even if she's sick? See, I object to that. I used to like Deena, but I think I'm done with her. Deena goes on to say that she needs to get rid of Joanna, because she's too strong a player. Again, I think Deena is way off-base. Joanna is not a threat to win. She's not a skillful manipulator, and she's not well-liked, and the guys will hate her even more than the women do if she lives to see a merge. I think voting her off at this point is utterly unnecessary. I think the "strong players" it makes sense to vote off early are the people who are strong as in "likely to get people to vote for them." Remember Hatch and his cronies voting off Gretchen? Yeah, that was smart. Because she was really well-liked and a leader, and was a threat to win, and it was after the merge, when they didn't need her for team challenges anymore. Joanna is physically strong, but nobody likes her, so I don't think this is good thinking by Deena at all, particularly this early.
Christy comes upon a conversation among Deena, Heidi, and Jenna about voting off Shawna. Christy seems initially inclined to vote Shawna off if that's what Shawna wants, but Jenna voices over that it's important for the Axis of Skeevil to get Christy to go along with them in case Shawna does bail out and fall apart. Deena tells Christy that they're not voting off Shawna, they're voting off Joanna. Heidi tells Christy that by going along, she's "securing [her] position as well." I think Heidi gets all her strategy talk from a book that has pictures in it. Or possibly from the Get Tough! issue of YM. Seriously, why would Christy believe that she was "securing her position" by going along with them? What's she going to do, join an alliance that contains everyone who's going to be left except Jeanne? What good does that do her once Jeanne is gone? In an interview, Christy talks about the conflict she feels over the fact that Joanna is annoying, but does a ton of work around the camp and catches a lot of fish for them to eat. Christy is also clearly not completely comfortable with the fact that Shawna is being trapped in the game when she clearly wants to go home. ["Which is fair enough, but I doubt there is anything in the rules that prohibit people from leaving voluntarily. Shawna, I'm sure, could just show up at tribal council and announce that she was done, if she wanted, but she's too wimpy to just admit that and move on with her life, so I think she's making a big show of wilting all over camp to try to have that decision taken out of her hands." -- Wing Chun]