Yul and Becky have a talk, in which he asks what she thinks the dangers are of Raro's knowing that he has the idol. He's not sure there's that much danger. "They don't have the numbers to arrange a split vote," he points out, instantly understanding use of the idol as few people have, including some who have found it. Yul handles the idol in an interview as he explains that they've come up with a somewhat "desperate" plan based on trying to exploit the fact that he has the idol. Yul goes on to tell Becky that he's fairly certain Jonathan is "a rational player" who's not going to be dominated by personal things. He's not sure that can be said about anyone else. (Like, presumably, the professional canoodlers of Raro.) He thinks that maybe they can approach Jonathan and basically point out that, if he flips, they'll have the numbers, Yul will still have the idol, and they'll be able to put something together that might have an excellent shot at picking off the Raros. So in sum, in a moment that's really quite rare on this show, a man and a woman consult together about what to do on what appears to be a very equal footing, and when they agree that approaching Jonathan is the right move, Yul goes off to do it.
A couple of cool time-lapse shots later, Yul finds Jonathan and says that he wants to "talk strategy." Jonathan sounds dubious, but says, "Okay." Yul starts the pitch: "Does it make sense under any scenario for us to work together again?" Jiminy. You know, call the guy a management consultant right out of management consultant school made of management consultant with management consultant sauce, but he did a better job of opening that pitch than anybody ever does. He didn't blaze in saying, "I want to get you to flip and save me." Or "I want you to flip and help me." Or "How can I talk you into pursuing my goals?" He said, essentially, are there any circumstances in which they could work together? Not "I want to be the boss of you," or "I promise you my blood." People who study these things could tell you that the way you initially approach conversations like this has a huge effect on whether they work, and while I don't think Jonathan is easily led, I think Yul deserves monster credit for making an incredibly skilled approach, just in that one opening line. He's my hero. Jonathan says, "At this point, I could not entertain what you're talking about at all." He says that Ozzy would never trust Jonathan ("first to die" and so forth), and then he says he doesn't even know why Yul would trust him. Again: not real trust. Predictability. Game trust. And if Yul thinks he can make it rational for Jonathan to stay with Aitu and he thinks Jonathan is rational, that is trust, as good as you need it in this situation. As they talk, Yul tells us that Jonathan left Aitu behind once, but it's not like they have a lot of choices. I'm sure he'd rather not feel like Charlie Brown setting up to kick the football, but what are you going to do, right? If you do nothing, and you just beg, you know you're toast. You have to make a move. Jonathan says that while he's not entertaining the idea of joining Yul again, he also doesn't think anybody makes F4 without being aligned with the person with the idol. That's a really interesting point. And very possibly true in many, though probably not all, circumstances. Jonathan explains that, of course, if you aren't aligned with the person with the idol, then it eventually bounces back on you when the idol gets played. So while Jonathan claims not to be "entertaining" this, he basically tells Yul that if Yul had the idol, he'd have to seriously consider it. In an awesome little interview, Jonathan says, "If I flip again, the Raro people are going to go mental." Heee hee. That's why we want you to do it, Jonathan! Come on! Do it!