Why don't the players ever learn that you don't vote off people perceived as threats before the merge? You keep as strong a tribe as possible until then. One of Phillip's arguments against Francesca was that she was a threat. How could anybody know that? She was never around long enough to prove herself one way or the other. But those dumbbunnies listened to him, and she was gone...and these are the experienced players. Phillip simply didn't like Francesca and put the satisfying of his gigantic ego before the best interests of the tribe. Frankly, I hope the fans pulverize the favorites.