As promised last episode, the tribes are mixed up in this episode, with the new twist being that (for the first time ever?) two tribes become three. The new tribes are:
Monica, Jeremy, Stephen, Kimmi, Spencer, and Kelly Wigglesworth.
Spencer and Jeremy bond, or at least try to. Meanwhile Stephen, who was in big trouble on his own tribe, is glad he’s not in “camp macho” anymore. Monica only says a sentence or two, but that’s still the most we’ve heard from her all season. Everyone seems eager to look for an idol and Jeremy finds one … or rather, he finds the clue to an idol that’s hidden in the next challenge.
Keith, Kass, Joe, Ciera, Terry, and Kelley Wentworth.
Terry loves this as a challenge team: “We’ve got three or four number one draft choices.” Meanwhile Kelley tells someone that Terry was off looking for an idol for hours (when of course it is Kelley who has one).
Woo, Andrew, Varner, Peih-Gee, Abi, and Tasha.
Woo immediately tells Varner: “Let’s get these guys out of here,” meaning Andrew and Tasha who are the only two who are newcomers to the group.
The challenge is, we’re told, a repeat of one from the Cagayan season. Jeff Probst is not shy about pointing out that the Brains tribe (including Spencer, Tasha, and Kass) lost that challenge, and since each is now on a different tribe, two out of three can redeem themselves.Well, Joe and Kass’s tribe comes in first while Andrew and Varner’s tribe comes in last. Also, Jeremy grabs the immunity idol, though this was made way too easy for him and this lacks the drama we saw when Kelley was in the same situation.
Right after the challenge, we see Varner mouthing something to Kelly Wigglesworth who is now on another tribe. Tasha tries to block his view and yells, “We got a rat!” Varner’s defense doesn’t make it better: he says that he had a deal with Andrew but Andrew turned around and made a deal with Peih-Gee. A hurt Woo says “Why didn’t you make a deal with me?”
So suddenly a clear choice (Woo, Peih-Gee, Abi and Varner band together to vote out newcomers Andrew and Tasha) becomes anything but. In fact, somehow Andrew and Tasha are suddenly in control! Plus you would be hard-pressed to find three worse strategists than Woo, Abi, and Peih-Gee. Abi tells the other two that she is going to vote with Andrew and not with them. So Peih-Gee wants Abi gone … which Andrew uses to firmly convince Abi that they should all vote Peih-Gee out! Which they do, and once again Woo is confused by what just happened.
A pretty weak episode, but perhaps it’s the setup to something better. And it’s probably time that I started doing weekly rankings for this season.
Favorites: Tasha, Spencer, Joe, Kelley Wentworth, Andrew
Not sure: Monica, Jeremy, Stephen, Kimmi, Kelly Wigglesworth, Keith, Kass, Ciera, Terry, Jeff
No chance: Abi, Woo