Welcome back to "Survivor," where stuff just got serious.
We join the "favorites" after the first tribal council and the torch snuffing of Francesca, who became the first contestant to ever be voted off first, twice.
Brandon, the evil little troll's nephew, is upset with the vote because he thinks that it was cruel and stupid. Dawn tries to get him to understand the other side, but he just gets angry, declares himself a honey badger and warns Dawn and Cochran that they are now targeted.
The encounter leaves Dawn crying alone on the beach, and Brandon deciding to embrace the inner troll and channel his uncle, Russell. He vows to play dirty and make camp life miserable. Like it isn't already?
As Day 4 dawns, we join the Gota "fans" tribe where lots of people are working, but not Shamar, who seems very concerned that moving will cause him to suddenly dehydrate. The other players thinks he's lazy; Shamar thinks he's playing it cool.
He's probably in no danger because he's part of a six-person alliance against a foursome that's a little too lovey-dovey for their own good.
Meanwhile, Brandon the Badger confesses to Cochran that he was considering spilling food, losing challenges, and being evil, but now he's decided to set a good example for his children. Cochran compares him to a psychopathic murderer, but Phillip thinks Brandon is a middle manager. Six of one, half dozen of another.
Brandon immediately goes to the rest
Yes, it's time for a challenge, but it's for immunity and reward. It's a water challenge, diving to get rings. It's complicated, involving teams pulling ropes to get rafts out to the platforms, then diving to pull out bamboo poles and release underwater rings. Once nine rings are collected, the rafts are pulled back. Then the remaining team members toss the rings onto posts. First tribe to finish wins immunity and fishing gear.
The favorites take an early lead as the Fans are extremely inept. It gets a little close at the end, but Favorites pull off the win and all is good at camp Bikal.
Phillip takes a few minutes to fill Malcolm in about his top secret organization, "Stealth R Us," and each of his tribemates' code names. Malcolm is the Enforcer. Phillip is the Specialist. We never knew that also meant "Out of his Mind," but whatever.
Things aren't so happy at Gota. Reynold calls out Shamar saying his behavior is "unacceptable." What is his going to do about it, Shamar asks. He's going to vote for him at tribal. Shamar says fine, he knows that Reynold is just trying to convince others to vote him off. The testosterone is literally dripping off the jungle fronds.
Matt and Michael have a strong bond and Matt thinks he can get him to join with him, Hope, Allie, Reynold and Eddie to vote off Shamar. But the others, Laura, Sherri, Julia and Shamar want to vote out Allie.
Reynold decides to search for a hidden immunity idol and randomly looks in a hollow tree, and finds it. Seriously? That's the best place they could hide it? Reynold waits before going back to camp because he doesn't want them to see the big grin on his face and a bulge in his pocket. But as they prepare to go to tribal council, Laura notices the bulge in Reynold's pocket and is now freaking out because she's the only one who knows and is afraid Reynold will give the idol to Allie, and they want Allie gone.
The tribe settles down around the campfire and discussion quickly turns to the foursome and their connection to each other. Matt says he's not concerned. Eyes role.
Shamar explains that he weighs 300 pounds and has had only two servings of rice in almost a week. He's suffering, he says, but it's not new to him, having done two tours of duty in Iraq. The difference, he says, is that there were leaders in Iraq. Eddie and Reynold complain about how Shamar sits in the shelter 19 out of 24 hours while they do all of the work. Shamar just laughs.
Laura says she is confused because she thought they were voting as a family, but she saw a bulge in a pocket, looking at Reynold, and wonders if they are family, why someone would bring a hidden immunity idol. Exposed, Reynold pulls out the idol and everyone, especially his alliance, is shocked. He says his pants obviously are too tight, and by the way, good job, he's now going to play the idol and come the merge, they won't have it.
But, no surprise, Reynold keeps the idol in his pocket. And the vote comes down four for Shamar and six for Allie. Bye-bye little bartender.
Next time: Shamar is making camp life unbearable, and over at the Favorites, Honey Badger is threatening to pee in the food.