The challenge for the three Redemption Island players is an old one; they must manoeuver a piece through a wobbly, windy course, and the winner will be allowed to leave Redemption Island, and join a team of their choice. There is another twist to this challenge: whoever finishes first in the duels also gets to give a clue to a hidden immunity idol’s location, to anyone on either tribe.
I hate Redemption Island. It not only eats into prime Survivor time, but it eliminates the sometimes wonderful quotes that the person voted out by Tribal Council spews.
Anyway .. ok … duel. We’re back to Redemption Island, where the players must not only get their pieces through the warbly course, but also stack those pieces on the top of a pole. We cut away from an interminable dual to see that all three players are basically neck and neck at the ending. Rupert’s almost done, until his entire stack of pieces fall to the ground. Candice and Marissa both complete the task, and will go on to further duels.
Rupert tells Probst that he can’t believe he is the first one out of the game. He loves Survivor, but he loves his wife more so he will accept the way things have to be. Rupert tosses his buff into the fire, tells Laura he loves her one more time, and then is gone from the game.
As the winner of the duel, Candice can give her immunity clue to anyone on either tribe. She gives it to husband John and Probst runs up the stairs to deliver the sealed note.
Candice and Marissa must now head back to Redemption Island for another few days. Neither is very happy about their fate.
At Tadhana, John is congratulated for having received the clue. He’s not 100% happy that Rupert lost at the Redemption Island duel, but hopes Candice can continue her winning streak. He tells his guys alliance that they need to get more women voted off with strong ties to the champs team, in order to hopefully knock off the best players in the other tribe. That puts Rachel, as Tyson’s girlfriend, squarely on the “next to go” list.
Brad’s happy that everyone knows that John has the clue, as that puts a target on John’s back. John’s pretty sure he knows where the idol is, based on the clue, but wonders if that’s a good or bad thing.
On Galang, Laura says she almost relieved to no longer have to worry about Rupert. She assures her team that she’s empowered to be the best she can be. Colton, on the other hand, has his eye on the million dollar price, and begins a campaign to oust Laura. He continues to stir up paranoia, which, unfortunately, both Kat and Tina Wesson are insecure enough to worry about. When Kat tries to tell Colton to stop over-strategizing, he causes a late night scene, and insists on addressing the entire tribe, saying, “I’m all for burying the hatchet. I don’t want to look like it, I don’t want to be it, but I can’t forge forward in our relationship … “The rest of the camp tells Colton in no uncertain terms that they want a peaceful camp, and they want to win. Colton tells the others that he’s trying, but it’s all too Kumbaya for him.
Tina interviews, “So this is what Survivor 27 looks like? There is just so much drama. You don’t want drama for 39 days.”
Tyson interviews that he believes Colton wanted to be different this time around, but was not able to maintain a façade for more than a day and a half. Colton says that the returnees are not aware of what will happen, and seem to think they’re in the movie “National Lampoon’s Horrible Vacation.”
The next morning, Colton cannot understand why everyone is not easy with him; it couldn’t possibly be his attempt to cause dissent the night before. Monica, whom Colton backstabbed on their last encounter, assures Colton that she’ll keep an ear to the ground to see what’s going on, but admits that this time, she’s playing for herself.
Tyson’s wise to Colton’s game of turning players against each other, so he brings together the group, and warns them about Colton’s previous tricks, adding that they should all talk to each other before believing any disruptive lies. Aras calls Colton a “gay Russell Hantz” and that they should all be wary of Colton’s words. He feels that what he did to Kat and Tina was bullying, and should not be tolerated. With Colton’s actions, a new alliance is formed, of Tyson, Aras, Monica, Gervaise and Tina.
Hey! It’s Challenge time! I was so involved with minutia that I forgot we were playing a game! But luckily, Probst was not, so everyone gathers to see what will be on the menu. This time, three members of each tribe will be roped together, while they push a fourth member of their tribe inside a barrel to a series of flagpoles.
As they reach each flagpole, the person in the barrel must untie and retrieve a bag which contains balls. Once all 4 bags are found, the remaining tribe members must roll the balls up a ramp and into six targets. The first tribe to land all 6 of their balls wins immunity. In addition, they are playing for a reward of fishing gear, a key to survival on their island beach. Survivors ready?
Galang, with one extra member, sits out Kat. The rest begin the challenge. Tadhana has Katie in their barrel, while Galang has Laura. And off they go!
Laura takes the lead, but Katie is close behind. They are neck and neck throughout, until Gervaise attempts to toss the balls into the targets. Tadhana’s Hayden has three landed before Gervaise can even sink his first.
It’s close, but Gervaise wins for Galang! And again, Gervaise bellows his joy at winning, while Tadhana contemplates whom they’ll be sending home that night. Galang gratefully accepts their fishing gear and heads for home.
Brad reassures his tribe that they’ve all done their best, but he is spitting mad at Gervaise’s poor sportsmanship. Brad vows he’ll eventually have a one on one with Gervaise.