We start the night at the fans' camp where Shamar is yelling, screaming and lecturing everyone. Dude has anger issues. He's yelling at anyone who opens his or her mouth, even if they open it to agree with him. He seems to be lining up to be the next snuffee, but because it's only 45 seconds into the episode, it's a bit early for that prediction.
As dawn breaks, Team Attractive is coming to the realization that it is in trouble. Reynold and Eddie see they, along with Hope, are in the minority, and unless Shamar starts hacking people with the machete, one of them will likely be voted off next.
And speaking of Shamar, Sherri tries to get him to hold onto his temper, but he gets mad about that and wonders whether he really wants to stay in the game.
Let's move on to Camp Favorite, where the returning players should be happy and carefree, having avoided tribal council, but they seem a little dazed and groggy. Everyone except Phillip, of course, who tells us that he's 54 but he has brilliant physical moves and even though he plays basketball with guys twice his height (seriously?), they are in awe of his Larry Bird, Magic Johnson moves and think he must play pro ball. Delusional much, Phillip? Why yes, he is.
Meanwhile, Corrine and Malcolm pair up and go in search of the hidden immunity idol, which they find easily. Corrine seems to think "they" have the idol; Malcolm is under the impression that it's his. We're sure this will be discussed
Oh good, Phillip has a magical seat where he sits with a basket on his head. The air swirls around and does something to the brain.
Andrea doesn't need a thinking cap to notice that Corrine and Malcolm seem to be close. Andrea wants to get rid of Corrine and break that up. She goes to Phillip and Brandon (aka the Honey Badger) and talks to them. Both agree to join the anti-Corrine alliance, but Badger Boy later says if they turn on him, he will burn the camp down. And we believe him.
Over at the Fans camp, Shamar confesses to his tribe that his happiness is worth more than $1 million, and he doesn't want to be the angry black man. He says that when he came back from Iraq, he had a hard time. He became an alcoholic, had anger issues and people were afraid to be around him -- kind of like now. He doesn't want to go back to that dark place, so he's going to quit and get his happiness back.
Sherri tries hard to talk him into staying. If he quits and they lose the next challenge, she says, they will have to vote someone else off and then they will be two people down against the Favorites. Reynold, however, is drooling at the prospect of getting rid of Shamar. But sorry Reynold, that dream is not going to happen. Shamar says because Sherri and others have been loyal to him, he will be loyal right back. He'll stay for a few days more.
Reynold is sickened. He thinks Shamar was faking his desire to quit, and that by agreeing to stay he has made himself look heroic.
Today's challenge involves racing out to a cage in the water. They have to retrieve a heavy chest from the cage by untying knots that hold the cage door close. They must then drag the chest to shore and onto a series of sliding tracks. There are missing pieces of the track that must be hooked and dragged into place. First to complete the challenge wins immunity and reward, which is a pair of deck chairs, blankets and pillows.
Favorites win again in what we admit was a pretty exciting challenge. Fans head back to camp where Reynold tries to talk things out about what happened, and of course that irritates Shamar. Then there is a big argument over goggles.
Laura and Sherri decide that the vote should be three votes Hope and three votes Eddie to flush out the idol. Shamar has his own plan. He likes Hope, so he'd rather see Eddie or Reynold go. He sort of tells her the plan, and Hope tells Julia, who tells the others.
Laura is freaked out and she goes to Reynold and says she can get Julia to join with her, Reynold, Eddie and Hope to vote out Shamar. Our heads are spinning.
With the tribe seated around the campfire, Jeff Probst asks Reynold if there was fallout from the last council and he says Shamar was yelling at everyone. Shamar says everyone is out to get him and he's a scapegoat. Reynold says he's not allowed to speak to Shamar anymore. Eddie apparently is on the "no-talk" list, too.
The discussion turns to Shamar's anger and how everyone, except Sherri, doesn't understand him.
With the psychoanalysis over for the evening, the tribe votes. And shockingly, there is a three-way tie with Shamar, Hope and Eddie all getting three votes each, and triggering another vote. In this round, Eddie, Shamar and Hope aren't allowed to vote, and their tribe can vote only for one of them.
In a shocker -- at least to us -- Hope is sent packing. Shamar lives to yell some more and the hidden immunity idol still is in Reynold's pocket.
Next time: Hurricanes, rats and angry players.