With another Kalabaw loss, the question becomes whether it will be Penner or Katie to get the boot. Since Jeff and Carter can’t quite decide, Carter does what any sane person would do in that situation and asks Penner to cast the tiebreaking vote: “Penner, what do you want to do — Katie or Penner?” Penner shockingly decides NOT to send Penner home and says Katie should be the one to go. The other men would do well to listen to him, because since Kalabaw will likely go into the merge down in numbers, they don’t need to worry about someone like Penner flipping from their tribe. They need to get someone on the other tribe to flip, and Penner is more likely to bring someone over (like he brought over Jeff and Carter when he was on the outs to form a male-only alliance). Plus, Penner has the idol and that can be used by the Kalabaw crew after the merge to perhaps flip the script one week. You vote out Penner, you vote out your idol.
At Tribal Council, the main topic of discussion seems to be a competition between the two Jeffs as to who can say the word “sucks” more. Jeff Kent wins, saying the game sucks because everyone is too chicken to tell their friends they are blindsiding them. (Au contraire, mon frère — that is precisely why they game is AWESOME!) Katie and Denise are the only ones who say they feel vulnerable, and they’re on to something because Katie is indeed voted out. The best news for Kalabaw is that Penner does not use his idol, so they should have that as a weapon in the likely event of a merge next week. Of course, Tandang has two idols, so even there, the red tribe is coming up short. Still, I have a feeling we are not looking at a straight-up decimation with Tandang running the table. Too much friction right now on that tribe. Things could be ripe for some flipping once the two tribes come together.
Speaking of flipping, make sure you flip on over to my weekly Q&A with Jeff Probst, where I ask the host which tribe he thinks got the better of the big trade. You can also check out an exclusive deleted scene from last night’s episode as well as my pre-game interview with Katie in the video player below. And for more Survivor scoop delivered right to your virtual doorstep, follow me on Twitter @DaltonRoss. Now it’s your turn. Very curious to hear which tribe you feel got the better end of the deal. Hit the message boards, and I’ll be back next week with another Skupin of the crispy. If there’s any rice left, that is. Could be time for another trade.