Yeah, that was highly manipulated. And apparently, folks are speculating (still unspoiled, so maybe there's more info) they were given "special instructions" before the tribal that we did not see.
Hallie: I didn't consent...
Meaning, they were told they could share info and discuss with each other...and voting wouldn't begin until they all greed they were "ready" because the producers WANTED the whispering and last minute in-tribal strategizing. And that "surprised" look on Probst's face was acting.
But I bet they did NOT think Malcolm would be the victim, but Sandra... hahaha