It was a somewhat unsatisfying episode, imo, because so much obviously happened -- from a strategic standpoint -- that we didn't see.
How did we go from a possible Burton/Jon/Lil/Ryan/Darrah/T alliance to a 8-1 vote against Ryan? Were Darrah & T ever even approached with the idea?
What did the ladies talk about on their walk in the woods? Absolutely no footage was shown.
Why did Lil take Burton out of the IC? One coconut was fine as a "cover" to their alliance. The second one was too much and doomed him. I feel that there must have been some discussion between them afterwards.
Rupert looked in danger early on -- even from Christa & Sandra -- yet everyone helps him win immunity. Whereas Ryan was targeted from the first. Why the dramatic shift in focus?
Christa argues that Burton should go, but Rupert puts the kabosh on that, without a great deal of explanation. He calls Ryan "the leader of the weak." There must have been more to it than that.
Based on their final comments, why did Christa hate Ryan so much -- and vice-versa? We never saw anything to illustrate that.
Who approached Darrah & T, and how did they convince them to vote against Ryan? (T's voting camera on Yahoo's Survivor Insider at least helps out a little there. T says she doesn't trust him -- probably because in the final days of Morgan she felt that he & Andrew were about to turn against her -- and that Ryan betrayed their alliance.)
Though we can speculate answers to the above, usually Survivor gives us a little more to go on. Seems like they spent so much time on the challenges and the breakfast, that the inter-tribal dynamics got short shrift this ep.
Two more comments:
Jon showed himself to be a pretty cool customer. He kept mum about the possible Burton alliance when asked about it. Smart move. (Lil should take lessons from him.)
Just who the hell is Darrah??? I swear, if Jeff doesn't ask her something at TC, we almost never see her. If she makes it to the end, I'm going to be very disappointed. I'd rather the winner be someone who was actually shown to be on the show, rather than someone who has been invisible the whole time.