Lisa and Denise are handicapped through the first round, and Lisa loses. In round two, Denise, Skupin and Carter are handicapped and only Carter and Penner make it through. Entering round three, Abi joins Penner and Carter, who is again handicapped with a weight, as they untie knots and work through an obstacle course. It’s neck and neck, but Abi wins immunity!
Probst tells everyone that one of them will be going home tonight, but it won’t be Abi. Everyone is shocked as they head back to camp.
Malcolm interviews that he was glad that Abi won, although he pretended not to be, because it gave them an excuse to go after the real threat in the game, which is Penner. When Malcolm, Denise, Skupin and Lisa meet to agree on Penner as tonight’s target, Lisa has difficulty with the decision. She feels she’s made a ‘heart connection’ with Penner. She thinks the game is too big for her.
Lisa tells Penner that she’s unhappy, and they speak privately. Essentially, Lisa tells Penner that she wishes he’d chosen to ally with her and Skupin, because she’s now in an alliance that wants to vote for him. Penner is angry. She tells him he needs to work his magic to save himself.
All Penner can do is throw someone else into the mix, so he asks Carter and Abi to vote with him to take out Denise. They’re fine with that. Now all he needs to do is get Skupin on his side, as Skupin is the swing vote. Skupin knows that whichever way he votes, he’ll be upsetting three people.
At Tribal Council, Probst reminds Abi that he said anything could happen, and her $500.00 win at the auction has bought her immunity. She agrees. Penner tells Probst that things have gotten a little crazy at the camp, as Abi’s immunity has forced the others to choose him as the next to leave. He warns Lisa and Skupin that getting rid of him basically hands the million dollar win to Malcolm or Denise.
The vote begins. Abi sticks her tongue out at Denise as she walks by. When Penner is casting his vote, he shouts out “Denise,” but spells it “Denies.” When Abi votes for Denise, she tries to make a dramatic gesture in slam-folding her vote, but then finds it won’t fit in the jar. So she has to take a minute to fold the scroll properly.
The votes are counted – and it’s 4/3 with Penner being the one who’s out. He rises, and hugs Carter, but when Abi asks for a hug, he says no. When his torch is snuffed, he says, “That sucks, Jeff.” He then waves goodbye to the others, and tells them to “keep the sunny side up – and suck eggs!” He whistles as he dances down the path, ducks out of sight, and then comes back for one last bow.
Penner’s exit interview: “My strategy, once again, has failed. I’m very, very disappointed in myself for not doing better, but I guess that’s the way Survivor crumbles. I’ve spent six years of my life with Survivor, I’m one of the lucky few that’s played three times, and it’s been fun and extremely painful.”
Next time on, Survivor: A little bit of love can go a long way, or it could cost one Survivor everything, when their family members visit. Malcolm calls his little brother a ‘knuckle-head’ and hopes him running his mouth doesn’t cost him.