How in the world is Tracy pulling off the stuff she's pulling off? I can't figure it out, but whatever she's doing, it's working.
The first shake-up of the season occurs (usually, when there's 20 players, they do this pretty early on), which results in Fans being placed with Favorites, and more importantly, alliance members being seperated. Ozzy's alliance is split after James and Parvati are transplanted to the other tribe, so as a result, he approaches Joel about voting Chet off. The idea is to keep the tribe as strong as possible, and while Joel disagrees at first (he wants Cirie gone), he goes along with it after witnessing Chet's pathetic attempts during the challenges.
The problem is, Cirie knows that Ozzy and the others want to keep the tribe strong, which means she would be one of the first voted out. It's a perfect example of why Cirie is great at this game: she's nice, she's flexible, and she's extremely perceptive. She notices Ozzy and Joel's plan and quickly approaches Tracy and Chet about pulling a fast one on Joel. Of course, it was Cirie's idea, but it shows that Cirie and Tracy are on the same />
Cirie, for the second time this season, convinces her alliance to vote a stronger player out of the game instead of the obvious weak player. Watching Joel go tells me one thing: Cirie and Tracy seem to have this game in their back pocket (at least right now).
So far, this is a very good season, probably my favorite since the Exile Island/Cook Islands seasons. There's just a lot of scheming and maneuvering going on by the players. Plus, you got Jonathan Penner. What else could you ask for?