Night seven at the Fans' camp and Reynold and Eddie are going nuts as they've lost two of their four-person alliance and come off looking like idiots at tribal council, which prompts them to say well, we're not going to have anything to do with you and just see how many challenges you will win without us. To which Michael says, quite rightly, that they aren't winning with them.
Time to go eat worms, Reynold and Eddie. About the only thing that can save them is a tribal mash-up or Shamar actually killing someone.
But right now, it's time to visit the Favorites' camp and more of Phillip wisdom. He rambles on about Napolean. He then welcomes everyone, one by one, into Stealth R Us. So it's an alliance of everyone, we suppose. The only one more confused than the audience is Phillip himself.
As we puzzle things out, it is time for a reward challenge.
This challenge involves running out to a platform in the water and untying planks, then using them to transport tribe members to the next platforms. Everyone then has to get on the last platform, which is quite small.
Laura gets blamed for slowing down the Fans, and the Favorites win another one. Shamar wrongly thinks the Fans won and celebrates, which leads an awkward moment. But the Favorites are awarded the victory and the reward, which is a visit from a bushman, who will bring them a chicken and help them improve life at camp.
The bushman, who is 4 feet tall and 60 years old, wastes no time demonstrating how to cook rice in bamboo. Malcolm describes him as a Filipino Golum. There is much joy in camp, but it's all gloom at the Fans' camp. Everyone gets busy doing chores, except for Shamar, who heads to the shelter and announces that he will stay in the game as long as they bring him rice once a day.
That doesn't go over well with anyone, including his alliance. Shamar doesn't help himself any when he starts moaning that while lying in the shelter, sleeping, he someone how scratched his eyeball. It would seem his fate is sealed. Shamar may soon be napping at Loser Lodge.
After a stormy night with rats, Shamar is suffering. His eye is bother him and Jeff soon arrives with a medical team. Shamar's eye is swollen and hurting. The medic puts a dye in Shamar's eye and discovers that he has two divots in his cornea, which could impact his vision. She wants to pull him from the game and have a specialist look at it.
His tribemates gather around and give him some halfhearted condolences. Eddie and Reynold actually manage to avoid dancing on his grave. Reynold admits that he thought Shamar was overstating the injury and he realizes he was wrong. Still, he says, Shamar is lazy and disrespectful, so adios.
Down two players to the Favorites, the Fans know what's at stake. This week's challenge involves trying to get across a floating bridge, swimming to a platform, climbing to the top of taller platform and jumping off while simultaneously smashing a tile that releases a key. Once all five keys have been retrieved, they are used to open three locks on a chest. Inside the locked chest are balls, which are thrown to knock down a series of stacked blocks.
The Favorites take an early lead, but Reynold brings the Fans close. In the end though, Phillip saves the day, sending the Fans back to tribal council yet again.
Back at camp, Matt decides he needs to rethink the alliance. He goes to Michael about keeping Reynold and Eddie and getting rid of Laura, who is the weakest link. Then he goes to Reynold, who is not convinced he's not being played, but he doesn't want to waste his hidden immunity idol.
Matt clues in Sherri, who is worries that if the trend of getting rid of the weakest will eventually mean she and Julia will be targeted. The only thing that's certain, heading into tribal council, is that everything is in play.
Jeff Probst asks the tribe if they miss Shamar. Meh, not really. Sherri misses him in the alliance.
The conversation turns to strength. Sherri says they still are losing even with the strength. Eddie calls out Sherri and Laura as being the weaker ones.
Laura says loyalty of the alliance can play a big part in the future. If the tribes are jumbled, the alliance will remain loyal while the same can't be said of Reynold and Eddie.
But now it's time to vote and tally. Reynold plays his idol, meaning none of the votes cast for him can be counted. And it would appear the alliance buckled and strength won out. Laura is voted out, and the hidden immunity idol is, at least for now, history.
Next time: The Honey Badger finally does what he has promised and destroys the camp, dumping the rice while the other players weep.