Poor Brenda remains hungry, weepy and off kilter. Despite the letter from home, she’s not herself. Cochran, as well, cries a little from emotion. Reynold begins to appreciate Sherri’s strong attitude, and chats her up as a potential ally. Sherri’s willing to go with whoever has the numbers; she’s a business woman first and foremost. Malcolm and Reynold figure that if they can pull in Sherri and Erik, they’ll have majority.
Malcolm knows where the idol is hidden, but Andrea sticks to him like fly paper. Try as he might, he can’t shake her. Andrea and Cochran stalk Malcolm, parking themselves near where he’s searching. She’s concerned she’ll be next to go if he finds another idol, so she assures him, she’ll be wherever he is, for as long as it takes.
On to the Immunity Challenge. Jeff’s got their instructions ... and it’s not gonna be easy. The players will hold on to a rope that’s attached to a very heavy log. Every few minutes, they will move one hand one notch lower on the rope, making it heavier. Last one still holding on at the end wins immunity.
Cochran’s sealed immunity advantage is that he can move his hand back up two knots to make his log weigh less, at any point in the challenge. Survivors ready?
Everyone is holding on to the equivalent of one third of their original body weight. With each hand change, the weight gets heavier, stressing upper arms and backs. After 10 minutes, they are at the third notch, and Cochran plays his advantage. That brings him back to the beginning, with much less stress.
After 25 minutes, they are down to the last knot on their ropes ... after this round, they will just be hanging on to a piece of rope. Brenda is the first one to step off, and she’s out of the challenge, followed by Erik. Sherri’s next out, then Malcolm, and of course, Andrea loses it, followed by Dawn. Cochran, Reynold and Eddie are neck and neck at the end! Reynold and then Eddie fall out and Cochran wins Immunity!
He IS the Challenge Monster! Cochran has his second individual Immunity win! Who would ever have thought things would go this way?
Cochran is starting to get a bit of a big head. And who can blame him? From zero to hero, he’s won half of the individual immunity challenges. Suddenly, Cochran is the biggest challenge threat in the game, instead of the Three Amigos, with all of their brawn. He’s determined that he will keep winning, even if that makes him a threat.
Malcolm found two idols without a clue, but now he finds himself in a weird position. Having paid $480 to buy the clue, he’s being watched by everyone, so he’s nervous about seeking the idol. Malcolm tells Eddie and Reynold that they need to fool the girls, bluff them into believing that he’s found, and will play, the idol.
He confers with Sherri. He tells her he’d like to go to the Final Three with her. Sherri still dislikes the ‘muscle heads’ and wants Malcolm to commit to getting rid of either Eddie or Reynold. Malcolm agrees, and they pinky swear. Andrea will be voted out at Tribal Council.
Erik, meanwhile, is conflicted. He needs as much information as possible on which way the majority is voting. In theory, he’s voting with Malcolm, Eddie and Reynold. But in reality, he’s playing both sides. He assures Dawn that no one’s going to flip, everyone is solid.
This is Erik’s proverbial fork in the road, and there’s no coming back after today. He could be the deciding vote, which he finds both exciting and frightening.
Cochran and Andrea want to split the vote between Malcolm and Reynold. Hopefully, Malcolm won’t play an idol, and will be going home. Cochran is a little nervous about Erik, who cast the deciding vote at the previous Tribal, when he voted for “Fillup.” Andrea doesn’t think Erik would be stupid enough to flip at this time, but the others are not so sure.
Meanwhile, Sherri feels like she’s a lynch pin in the game. There are six favorites, and Three Amigos. She could go either way. Flushed with her position, she’s enjoying feeling like everyone wants her vote. She believes that she is the one calling the shots right now. But as the tribe leaves for Tribal, neither Erik nor Sherri is sure which way they’ll vote.