After last week's tribal council, Missy tries to address the fact that her alliance voted for Keith as a second choice if Dale had an Immunity Idol, even though he's supposed to be part of the alliance. It doesn't go over well with Keith, as you would expect, and he says he's done with them.
Lucky for him, Hunahpu gets Treemail that implies that it's time for a merge. Josh is upset that they didn't have a chance to get rid of Jeremy before the merge. Well, I'm sure Keith and Wes are ready to make an alliance, Josh.
Copyopa gets the same Treemail, but they are also told to gather their belongings and follow the map. So are they going to a new beach? Don't they usually pick one of the two existing beaches?
They arrive at what looks like a hilltop, and it's time for the merge feast. Jon is super happy, because he hasn't gotten a food reward yet. Julie is bitter and wants to go cry because she no longer has her partner with her, and other people do. Julie is not made of the strongest stuff, is she?
Keith is relieved to be finally playing with Wes, and it looks like his first target is Missy and Baylor. Josh is already trying to plan what he's going to do with the new merged dynamics. He notices all the single players (except Alex), Natalie, Jeremy, and Julie banding together and he's watching it.
Jeremy and Jon talk about who their alliance should be, and they agree on themselves, along with Jaclyn, Natalie, Julie, and Missy and Baylor. That would give them seven, and the majority.
They agree that the new tribe name should be a combination of the two, and they decide on Huyopa. I'm relieved because I spelled Hunahpu wrong almost every single time.
It's Wes' birthday, and Keith forgot, but gets him a breakfast crab to make up for it.
Josh and Reed talk about the numbers, and they realize that they need some of the other couples, namely Missy and Baylor. Josh and Baylor have been aligned since the beginning, and Josh plans on guilting her about it. Baylor feels bad, but has no plans to actually help him, because she does whatever her mother tells her to do.
Baylor tries to talk to her mother about it, and Missy shuts her down hard. She basically tells Baylor that it's too bad that she (Baylor) has an alliance with Josh, because Missy has an alliance with Jeremy, and that's the one they're going with. Ugh. I do not like Missy. She wonders where Baylor's need to please comes from, and I say it's from a lifetime of trying to get Missy's attention and approval.
Josh realizes that Baylor is now completely under Missy's thumb, and now he's scrambling. So he goes to Jon and Jaclyn about aligning with him and Reed instead of Jeremy. Jon and Jaclyn are stuck in the middle again, and don't know what to do.
Everyone is hungry again (come on, you ate yesterday!) and they are looking for the big bowl of the trail mix. Julie has hidden it, and doesn't want to share. Well, Julie, that's a good way to get a big 'ole target on your back. And in fact, while Julie is napping on the beach, the rest of the tribe goes through everyone's bags and finds her enormous stash. So they eat it. Ha.
Jon is super pissed off that Julie is hoarding food. That may influence which way he and Jaclyn swing with the alliances. Julie comes back to camp and feels the tension. Doesn't do or say anything about it, but she feels it. She needs to go home.
Immunity Challenge time! As usual, the first individual Immunity Challenge is an endurance challenge. This time, players have to hold up and balance a platform with ropes. There is a ball on the platform; as time goes on, more balls will get added.
The wind comes up, and messes with a lot of people. Jeremy first one out, followed by Missy and Julie. The first round is ten minutes long, and they get to drop the ropes between rounds. Reed goes out in the second round, along with Baylor, Alec, Jaclyn, and Natalie.
After 25 minutes, Josh, Keith, Wes and Jon are left and make it to the last round, which has two balls on the platform. Josh is out right away, followed by Jon. It's down to Keith and Wes, and Keith wins it. Yay, I like Keith.
And now it's time for the shenanigans as everybody scrambles to find an alliance they feel safe with. Well, except Julie, who is tanning on the beach. Again. Jeremy can't believe that he did so badly at the challenge, and especially that Julie lasted longer than him.
Julie comes to get broth, and the tension is palpable. Alec makes a comment about trail mix, and Julie gets angry about it. Really? You're angry that your tribemates are pissed off that you hoarded food? That's an interesting sense of entitlement you have there.
Missy talks to Julie, and tries to be sympathetic to her, but only because she needs Julie's vote to get the majority that they need. Wonder if Jon feels the same way. Surprisingly, Julie sees through Missy's bull, and may just go a different way because she honestly doesn't care about the game anymore.
Josh and Jeremy are both spending all their time trying to convince everybody to vote the other out. Keith realizes that if they vote for Jeremy and don't get him out, he's going to be on the warpath. It looks like Jon and Jaclyn are looking at jumping ship and siding with Josh, but we won't see until Tribal Council.
Julie has disappeared with her bag, and Alec admits that she probably heard him hating on her. And indeed, Julie has gone to see Jeff, which doesn't bode well for Jeremy's alliance. She tells Jeff that she can't stand being around all the other couples, and admits that she's only been apart from Jon for no longer than four days at a time in the last three years.
I think Julie is a little co-dependent, and can't function alone. She thinks that people don't like her because she's pretty. I do respect that she recognizes that Missy only wants to keep her around for a vote, and doesn't care about her, and kind of wants to mess with Missy's game.
So Julie quits the game, and is going home. Jeff goes to the rest of the tribe to tell them. Missy and Jeremy are super pissed. Alec doesn't care because she doesn't do anything around camp. Jaclyn bring up the trail mix incident, and some think that Julie may have quit because she thought she was going to be voted out.