Credit to Sandra for understanding what makes Russell tick and capitalizing on it, playing him like a fiddle. If there's no merge, voting out Coach is ridiculous. They'll absolutely get creamed again in the challenges with him gone. But if the merge happens, it's genius. Russell's right-- tipped off at the reward challenge that the Heroes think there's a women's alliance on the Villains tribe, voting out Coach will only make the Heroes more sure that Russell will be desperate and receptive.
But I don't even want to talk about that. The biggest moment of the entire show happened after the credits. The preview hints that JT intends to offer Russell the immunity idol to get him to flip, which (if it actually happens) will surely go down as the most boneheaded move in <I>Survivor</I> history. Completely understandable tactic from his point of view, mind you-- they haven't seen Russell's season and don't know anything about his play style. Wooing him to your side by offering him the idol is a reasonable ploy. In this case, it's also an unmitigated disaster.
Can't wait for next week!