Back from ousting Malcolm at the last Tribal Council, Reynold and Eddie know their days are most likely numbered, but they’re going to play as hard as they can. I think Reynold is better at challenges than Eddie, so I think he will last longer (of course, now that I’ve said that, he’s going home tonight.)
Cochran isn’t content with being a part of the majority alliance. He wants to make a move that will solidify his power in the game. I think he should stay put for a little while longer.
Treemail comes, and we’re straight into the Immunity Challenge, by the looks of the clue. Really? We’re not even at the credits yet. But yes, right after the credits, we go straight into the Immunity Challenge. Let’s see how Cochran, the best guy at challenges ever, according to him, does without an advantage.
This week’s challenge is a balance challenge in the water, where the Survivors have to stand on a pyramid-shaped thingy. But wait? Now Jeff says that it’s a reward challenge? For information? Then why did he already take back the Immunity necklace?
Oh, it’s the temptation challenge! As everybody stands on their pyramids, Jeff starts tempting them with food, starting with donuts and cold milk. Eddie, for some reason, decides that he doesn’t really need whatever they’re giving away at this challenge (Immunity? Reward?) and takes it with Erik.
Cochran is the next one out, for some soda and hotdogs. During the challenge, they’ve been continuously moving up the pyramid, and now they’re standing on a teeny little board up at the top. Dawn and Sherry are out quickly. Reynold has some close calls, but manages to hang on. But he can’t hold up against Brenda and Andrea, and he’s out. It’s a little in poor taste that some of the Favorites are visibly pleased that he’s out. Andrea and Brenda decide they’d rather see who wins rather than one of them give up, and they last three hours. After deciding to go to standing on one leg, Brenda falls and Andrea wins apparently Immunity and information.
So if we’ve already had the Reward and Immunity Challenge, and we’re only 16 minutes into the episode, what the heck are we doing for the rest of this week’s show?
Reynold is really, seriously hoping that someone decides to make a move. He knows he doesn’t have any power right now, but hopes someone will need his vote so he’ll get to stay another week.
Andrea doesn’t really want to share her note with Brenda, since she might be a threat. So she shares it with her whole alliance. They go to look for the Immunity Idol together, and although Erik finds it, he immediately gives it to Andrea. What? I wouldn’t have done that.
Brenda has apparently painted a big ‘ole target on her back by being good at challenges, and Andrea is talking to Cochran about getting rid of her. She then talks to Dawn about it, and while Dawn’s not exactly against it, she would rather see Reynold gone first because he stresses her out.
Tribal Council time!
Already? Is it a double elimination episode? Jeff tries to stir up trouble between Brenda and Andrea, but that ship has already sailed. Andrea may have also painted a target on her back by fully admitting that she could completely turn on her alliance, but yay! she’s not going home tonight (paraphrasing). Don’t know why that might upset the rest of them.
We see Brenda vote for Reynold, but that’s it. And voting is all over the place, with votes for Erik, Sherry, Reynold, and Eddie. But it’s Reynold who’s going home tonight. He was the biggest threat without an alliance, and his time was up. He thinks he put his trust in people and that it wasn’t reciprocated, but I don’t think he realizes that the first impression he gives of is that of an untrustworthy sleazebag. He’s grown on me that last few episodes, and I don’t have that impression anymore, but I certainly did at the start.
Onto more shenanigans! That night after Tribal, Cochran and Andrea are thinking about making a move before someone else does. She still wants to get rid of Brenda, and then Dawn. Bad move, Andrea, because Cochran’s closest ally is Dawn. So he goes to the aforementioned ladies, and they agree that it might be time to get rid of Andrea. Betcha they’re really regretting Erik giving her that Immunity Idol now.
And it’s Immunity Challenge time! (Again.)
This time they have to push a buoy through a rope/bamboo obstacle, unlock a key and assemble a ladder. I wonder if the puzzle people just draw random things out of a hat to come up with these types of challenges.
Everyone is neck and neck when they get to the locks, except Sherry who has fallen behind. Erik and Brenda pull ahead during the ladder/puzzle, and Erik seriously pulls ahead and beats all of them by a mile.
After the Immunity Challenge, Andrea is still whispering about Brenda going home. She is so obnoxious about this, I hope she goes home tonight. She even tells Eddie that it’s going to be Brenda. He’s a little more skeptical than her. Andrea keeps talking to Cochran about them taking Eddie to the final three. Cochran is not enthused about this plan, and he realizes that he probably needs to get rid of Andrea.
As Dawn, Brenda, Sherry and Cochran talk about getting rid of Andrea, Brenda hopes that this is the real vote, and that it’s not her they are planning to blindside. Andrea talks to Erik, and he’s convinced that she’ll take him to the end; Erik went home last time because he was too trusting, let’s hope that doesn’t happen this time.
Tribal Council time! Jeff starts talking about big moves right away, and everybody looks uncomfortable. They all agree that everyone is lying through their teeth, so we’ll have to see how the vote turns out. We see Andrea voting for Brenda, and Brenda voting for Andrea, which we knew was going to happen anyway.
Given Dawn’s look of panic when Jeff asks about Immunity Idols (which Andrea doesn’t play), I think Andrea’s going home. As the second vote for Andrea is announced, she yells “What!” And, yup, she’s going home. Reynold and Malcolm (in the jury) are positively gleeful, Brenda and Cochran look very pleased with themselves, and Dawn just looks stressed.
Next week: Cochran may be targeted, and Erik seems to be losing it. Also: Visits from family.
Credits: Andrea realizes that when you’re really comfortable, and secure in the game, you’re probably going home.