Rob meets with his entire alliance and informs them that they're going to split their votes tonight along gender lines: the three guys will vote for Phillip and the three girls will vote for Kristina. Andrea confidently interviews what she thinks the plan is and that she's pretty sure Kristina will use her idol and Phillip will be voted out tonight. I think it's really mean of her to send Phillip to Redemption Island with poor Francesca like that. Rob interviews the plan again, adding that Kristina had better play her idol, even though she actually doesn't need to tonight.
Phillip asks Rob who he's voting for tonight. Matt is standing right there (not like Rob would be stupid enough to clue him in on the plan against Matt anyway), and Rob says he doesn't know yet. Phillip just asks him to let him know and walks away. Matt tells Rob that Phillip is screwed: "he doesn't have a single play. He has nowhere to go." Matt has made the biggest Survivor mistake you can make: assuming you know everything that's going on in this game.
Rob gets a chance to speak to Phillip alone while the rest of his alliance watch and think Rob is doing what's best for them, because they are all stupid. Matt interviews that Rob impresses him every day, and it's "unbelievable" how well he can talk to people and play this game. He realizes this, but he doesn't realize that Rob's talents could just as easily be used against him as he thinks they're being used for him. Rob pulls Phillip aside and talks about vague plans and wheels being in motion before claiming that he doesn't know who they're voting for tonight yet, just that it won't be Phillip. Rob says that all Phillip has to do to stay safe is to keep his shit together at Tribal and not "go off on a tirade" like he did last time. Rob interviews that his plan is to wait until the absolute last possible moment before telling Phillip who to vote for, because Phillip is crazy and therefore can't be trusted with any information. Rob tells Phillip that he won't tell him who to vote for until it's time to vote, at which point Rob will put his hand on the shoulder of the person he wants Phillip to vote for. In the meantime, Rob says, Phillip should walk around camp acting like he's expecting to be sent going to Redemption Island tonight. "You're a smart guy," Rob says, so good at buttering people up and telling them what he thinks they want to hear. "You're an actor, bro," Rob says, which probably isn't too far from the truth. Phillip is from Los Angeles and I have hard time believing this show would cast someone truly insane, so my guess is that this whole Former Federal Agent? thing is just an act. Phillip seals their deal with a hug. Rob interviews that if Phillip votes the way Rob tells him to, then he'll know he can trust Phillip and Phillip may have a shot at joining his alliance.