I guess we're not having a reward this week because they got all the food when they merged? It's individual immunity from here on out, and this challenge is a series of elimination rounds until only two remain. They draw for positions, probably because some items are grosser than others.
The first item is live beetle larvae. And I would be done. I can't do bugs. Especially not moving ones. Andrea is the first one done, followed by Malcolm and Eddie. Erik keeps chewing after the challenge is over — I would have spit those suckers out the minute I lost. Second round is the same thing, and moving on is Cochran, Phillip, and Michael. The six winners have to eat shipworms, which are part of the clam family, and look like a bunch of slimy worms. Cochran is proving to be a champ at this, and he, along with Eddie and Malcolm move on to the second-last round.
Next round is balut, which are duck embryos. Eddie just keeps asking "Why, why?" I have heard of this being a delicacy, perhaps on another reality show. Cochran is the first done, by a long shot, and Eddie can't keep the balut down, so Malcolm finishes first and also moves onto the final round. The final round is brain, and Cochran barely edges Malcolm out to win the first individual immunity.
So now we're done the Immunity Challenge, and there is still half of the show left. Sigh. That means there's going to be a lot of strategerizing and shenanigans. Sigh. I have a low tolerance for that.
As soon as they get back to camp, Cochran has to crow about the fact that he beat golden boy Malcolm. And, as Malcolm points out, and I concur, Cochran had better enjoy it because it's probably not going to happen again. And while he's right, I'm not enjoying the more arrogant Malcolm we've been seeing this season.
Phillip and Corrine talk about who to vote out, and Phillip wants either Reynold or Eddie to go, which makes sense. But since Corrine needs them to help her get rid of Phillip next week, she'd rather get rid of Sherry this week. The rest of the Favorites don't seem to care which of the Fans go this week, but they also don't seem to realize how much hangs on how the vote turns out this week.
After talking to Corinne about her plans with the boys, Dawn decides to not make the mistake she made last season, and goes to Cochran to tell him what Corinne has planned. This was the best thing she could have done, because you can literally see the wheels in Cochran's head turning as he tries to figure out how to turn this around.
Now Cochran and Andrea are trying to figure out how to get the numbers they need to get rid of Corinne. Phillip is on board; he talks to Sherry about it, and she's willing to listen, even though she can't stand Phillip (don't worry, Sherry, no one can.)
Erik seems like he's the swing vote (and it seems like he is); he's been told by different people to vote for both Sherry and Corinne, and he claims that he has no idea what he's going to do. I didn't watch his season, but it seems like he either doesn't like the strategy part of "Survivor," or he's not very good at it.
Tribal Council time!