Reynold opines that the nattering between Matt and Shamar will destroy any unity, making it harder for the tribe to win challenges. Luckily, Reynold has a plan – to hook up with the ladies.

Shamar watches as some of the tribe try to make fire, but bides his time until he’s certain that he can be the hero. Sure enough, he swoops down with his observations, organizes the workers, and produces their first fire.

The Faves, meanwhile, arrive on their (Bikal) beach. Malcolm feels like the ‘new kid on the block,’ but is glad that he scored the winning point at the challenge, which he hopes will win him points with the others.

Francesca, first out in her season, wants to be in an alliance with teeth. She’s even willing to make up with Crazy Phillip, despite her misgivings. As she tries to speak to him, he ignores her, interviewing that Francesca is still stuck in a time warp, whereas he’s above that pettiness. In fact, he sums up, “She annoys me greatly.” Francesca interviews that she will eat a rock if she’s voted off first for a second time.

Over their first meal of rice, Phillip establishes that he loves rice, and will be looking for seconds pretty much all of the time. He shares with us in an interview that his strategy for this season is based on Boston Rob’s success. He’s created a list which he calls the B.R. Rules. Here’s his list.

B.R. Rule 1: Get in an alliance. B.R. Rule 2: Get in an alliance within an alliance. B.R. Rule 3: Get rid of your alliance before it gets rid of you.

Phillip chooses Corrine to be his first alliance, and of course, gives her a code name. She will be “The Dominatrix.” Andrea will be “The Eliminator.”  He has his sights on Malcolm and Dawn as well. Phillip himself will be the Undercover Brother, the Stealth, the Specialist. The Whatever.

Cochran’s gonna be “The Intelligentsia.” Wait until Coach finds out that “Zeus” has a new boss. Phillip basically bullies Erik into joining his alliance, but says that Erik must trust him 100%. But guess what? Phillip, paranoid that Erik will out him to others, tells Erik that he himself is just the errand boy, sent to bring him a message. Erik is open to Phillip’s proposal, but then interviews that “He’s (Phillip) a combative idiot loser who makes everybody crazy.”

They’re talking alliance over on Gota as well. Reynold takes a walk with Allie, claiming he’ll take her to the last two, if she sticks with him. Reynold tells us that he is, of course, aligned with the guys, but he also wants Allie on his side, as she’s not the obvious choice. Allie flies under the radar. She isn’t the cutest, she’s not unlikeable. His gut feels good about his choice.

Eddie and Hope, admiring the night stars, decide that their alliance is inevitable. After all, they are the two best looking people in their tribe, Eddie tells us. Later, everyone cuddles together under the shelter for warmth. Laura notices that Reynold and Allie are cuddling just a little bit more strenuously than the others.

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