But what a meal it is! Everyone drools over the spread. They dig into huge sandwiches. Jonathan notes that they doubly lucked out, as they only have five people sharing the food, rather than Tandang’s group of seven. Jeff enjoys the feast, but is already worried about what they’ll do from them on, without their rice.
Making the victory even sweeter, Jonathan notices a pile of envelopes marked with their names. Denise is in tears as she realizes it’s messages from home. Soon everyone is crying as they read their letters. It’s bittersweet. “Better than food,” note Jeff and Denise. This is the motivation they need to keep on going. They feel they made the right move, and feel they will be strong going into the Immunity Challenge.
At Tandang, things are not nearly as cheerful. Artis is clearly angry. He feels that Jonathan made a brilliant move for his own tribe, while Mike made a decision for their tribe, against the tribe’s wishes. And everyone is even more disappointed when they realize that the rice bag from Kalabaw isn’t much more than what they themselves had left. Lisa chooses to feel that they have at least doubled their rice, which is better than nothing.
But Lisa interviews that forfeiting the game has been bad for the morale of the tribe. It’s a ‘giving up,’ a double loss, “if you choose to focus that way.” Whiny sad sack Abi calls the trade “one of the dumbest moments of Survivor.” Big words coming from someone who’s sat out 90% of the challenges! She crabs on about how they only have about two days of rice left, and will have to start taking smaller portions, despite their hunger.
RC warns Mike that Artis is furious about Mike’s decision, and has been cursing him out ever since. She agrees that he asked everyone to weigh in on the decision, but Artis is still pouting, as is Abi. Mike wonders if he’s ever met anyone as negative as Abi.
Okay Kalabaw – let’s get fishing! Jonathan is all gung ho to catch some big fish, but only succeeds in bringing in one tiny specimen. Carter admits that he wasn’t happy with the trade the day before. He consoles himself by moping on the beach with Katie, complaining about being hungry, rather than attempting to fish or forage for edible vegetation. They’re worried about being weak for challenges, and hope that there will soon be a merge.
Why does Abi always get to carry the Immunity Idol into the Immunity Challenge? What would she know about competing? Anyway, it’s that time. This challenge involves one member for each tribe launching a ball from a sling shot that the other members from each tribe try to catch for a point. Anyone can catch any of the balls, regardless of which team launched the ball. First team to five points wins.
Guess who’s sitting out yet another challenge? If you guessed Abi – who claims that her track record of sitting out 6 of the 8 challenges wasn’t her choice – you’d be right. Mike also sits this one out.
Jonathan grabs the first point for Kalabaw, followed by Pete and RC catching one each for Tandang. Probst has a few harsh words for Katie, calling her ‘completely ineffective in this challenge.” Hey, Probst, sling a few insults at Abi for sitting out challenge after challenge instead!