After revisiting Brandon's big meltdown that we were subjected to last week, the Favorites take turns bashing his memory. Phillip is genuinely perplexed about why Brandon hates him. Corrine compares Brandon to "Mel Gibson or any other crazy person." But everyone is happy that Brandon's gone, leaving just one crazy person -- Phillip -- left in the tribe.
Phillip announces he's done with Brandon, and now it's time to move on to another of his top secret stealth operations, getting rid of Corrine.
Meanwhile, over at the Fans camp, they read tree mail about an upcoming reward challenge. Reynold says he's giving up on trying to play a social game. He's just going to eat rice and save his energy for the challenges. Nothing is going to happen to change anything, he says. Cue the horns of foreshadowing.
As they meet for the challenge, Jeff Probst decides they need to talk about what happened the last time they met. The Fans say they felt sorry for the Favorites, but they're feeling pretty good. The Favorites say life is much better without Brandon. Probst concludes that both sides are feeling a lot of unity. Well guess what. Things are switching up. Probst gives everyone an egg, which they must smash on themselves revealing orange or purple paint.
The new Gota tribe is Reynold, Eddie, Brenda, Malcolm, Andrea, Sherri and Eric; Bikal is Phillip, Corrine, Cochran, Michael, Matt, Dawn and Julia. The tribes are even again, and they each get a new
At the new Gota camp, Reynold tells the new tribe members that he and Eddie are sort of gods, but that Sherri has been trying to vote them off since day two. Eric thinks Reynold sounds like a used-car salesman. Meanwhile, Sherri is telling Brenda and Andrea that Reynold is a snake who had an idol and is looking for another one. Malcolm and Andrea are pretty happy because with Eddie, Reynold and Sherri gunning for each other, they have nothing to worry about.
At Bikal, Corrine likes her new tribemate, Michael, mostly because he's gay, but she's planning to stick with her alliance. Meanwhile, Phillip tells Julia the only way she'll survive in the game is to join his secret agent alliance. He then reports back to Corrine, who doesn't think they need to flip anyone. She tells Dawn about Phillip's general un-federal agent behavior and Dawn says Phillip can't be left alone. Corrine wonders if the country is in such bad shape because of federal agents like Phillip. We'd wonder, too, if we believed Phillip was ever a federal agent. He may have been an agent of the federal government, but that doesn't make him a federal agent.
Day 16 and it looks like we're going to see the challenge that we were supposed to see last week. It involves two tribe members at a time rolling six giant crates to the start line and then stacking them on a raised platform to build a staircase that spells out "Fans vs. Favorites." First to do so wins immunity.
Gota takes an early lead and get all of their crates back first. Phillip somehow ends up going out three times, including two back-to-back trips, which he complains about. Bikal seems to spend all of their time arguing about what to do and Julia tries to help, but when they mess up, everyone blames her. Gota wins before Bikal gets even one crate in place.
With the Bikal tribe back in camp, Phillips give a speech about how sometimes the better team wins. They tried their best, so no one should hold their heads low. Rah, rah, rah.
Corrine says Phillip is the most annoying player ever, like sitting next to a crying baby on an airplane, and the baby has diarrhea. Now that's annoying. But she has to keep him because he'll never turn on her. Do we hear horns? Only distant ones.
Meanwhile, Phillip is going sort of Godfather on Matt and Michael, telling them that sometime, somewhere, someone will approach them and give them a task to do and they should do it unless Phillip tells them not to. There are two secret leaders, Phillip being one of them. He set up that way in case something happens to one of them, Stealth R Us could continue. Matt does a credible job of not laughing in his face.
Michael and Matt then talk to Julia, who wants to vote off Dawn. Michael wants to vote off Julia. Cochran would like to vote off Julia, too, but he's worried about Michael and Matt being so close.
Then Stealth R Us meet and Cochran tells them his idea of voting off Matt, which Dawn is on board with. Phillip and Corrine aren't convinced, though. Phillip wants to vote off "a girl" and Corrine thinks Julia is boring and has a nasally voice, plus she likes Matt. Oh what to do, what to do.
It becomes clear that it's still Fans against Favorites on the Bikal tribe. Michael says it's 100 percent sure that one of them will be going home. Corrine says she likes Michael because she likes to play with a gay man -- say what? Phillip says what's important to him is loyalty and trust, and whether they will do what he tells them to do at the merge. My gosh, he is the Godfather.
But now it's time to vote. We see that Julia votes for Dawn, and Matt and Michael vote for Julia. No hidden immunity idol gets played and Probst reads the ballots. Julia, Matt and Dawn all get votes, but in the end, the seventh person voted out is Matt. Aw, he and his amazing beard head off to Loser Lodge.
Next time: Phillip talks the talk, but can't keep up; Malcolm is giddy with the belief that he's about to take over the game.