In an interview, Erik says that when he came back in to tell the others what happened, he wanted to test the waters and see how they would react if he took the exemption and lost the money. Erik explains the first offer Ahmad made. Kathy says she would have never taken an exemption, which is a bald-faced lie. Erik explains the second offer and admits that he didn't take the exemption. Kathy says that's definitely what she would have done. Frederique thinks it's cool. Corbin thanks Erik for "making it perfectly clear who The Mole is." I guess. I mean if Corbin were suspecting Erik and one other player, he might have just eliminated Erik from suspicion, because The Mole definitely would have taken the exemption to prevent the money from going in the pot. It's a way to sabotage without having it look like sabotage, since most players would want the exemption. Everyone thanks Erik, and he looks really disappointed that the other players aren't more appreciative of his sacrifice. In an interview, Erik says he thought the players would be more overjoyed and less suspicious. In an interview, Kathy says she was shocked that Erik took the money, because any other player would have taken the exemption. In an interview, Michael says that turning down the exemption made Erik look both less like The Mole and more like The Mole. I understand where Michael is coming from, because it does seem like you could spin any action in this game either way, but I really think it makes Erik look less like The Mole. In an interview, Frederique says it was honorable, but it adds something to her "Erik list." That he's a dumb-ass? Frederique walks out of the water, looking like the supermodel she is. Kathy notices and says, "Look at this one. Like I need that shit." Then she prances out of the water, imitating Frederique's gait.
Corbin tries to explain to Kathy what Erik's actions mean, but I don't even understand what he's talking about. In an interview, Kathy says that Erik is frustrated because he thinks they should all be happy, and she allows that they would have been furious if he had taken the exemption, and yet they weren't happy that he didn't. Corbin says to the group that Erik that gave up the exemption, but he can't be executed anyway if he's The Mole, so it's too "on-the-nose Mole-ish." Yeah, except for the part where $60,000 went into the pot. I think Erik should be happy that people think he's The Mole, if he isn't, but I think these people are overthinking it.