Welcome back, "Survivor" fans, to the second episode of this 25th season, where we find Russell thanking his Matsing tribe for not voting his booty out at that night's tribal council. And speaking of booties, Angie and Malcolm are doing some serious cuddling -- for warmth they say -- but it gets noticed by their Roxy who is worried about what a romance that could mean for the tribe.
Roxy is determined to put an end to it by getting rid of one or both of them. So, if you're keeping track, that puts Russell, Malcolm and Angie on the chopping block, which is bizarre because it's only a five-person tribe.
Over at the Tandang tribe, morning has broken and RC, checking to make sure the rice isn't molding, finds the clue to the hidden immunity idol, and she promptly tells Abi. RC says she told her because they are in an alliance, but Abi says it's because she saw RC find it and she had no choice.
Meanwhile, Michael -- the former "Survivor" best known for falling face first into a fire -- has a new wound to add to the multiple cuts on his arms, hands, head and foot. When RC sympathizes and checks that he hasn't cut off an appendage, Abi decides they are plotting against her and tells RC she will "bleep" her if she turns on her. In the space of 30 seconds, they go from BFFs to possible enemies.
At Camp Kalabaw, returnee Jonathan is frantic to find the hidden immunity idol, but it's raining and his tribe won't lead the shelter. Eventually they
As it dawns on Day 5, Roxy is once again on her anti-Angie and Malcolm campaign, and enlists Russell in her plot to get rid of Angie. Russell is on board and talks a lot about Angie's "boob action" and a bunch of other euphemisms for doing the snuggle. Roxy then goes to Denise to warn her about the great snuggle threat. Denise isn't so ready to get rid of Malcolm, who is strong and in her alliance. And Malcolm starts to worry that the snuggling might put a target on his back.
At Camp Tandang it's cold and raining, and the tribe is making nice in their shelter, but Lisa isn't doing well. She's a loner and introverted, she says, and isn't comfortable with all this closeness. She wanders off by herself for a good cry, but Abi voices that Lisa isn't with the tribe and is probably looking for the idol. The rest agree that the former "Facts of Life" actress is a big nothing and are ready to write her off. If only Mrs. Garrett would show up and make the tribe live together in the attic in order to create unity and friendship.
Apparently this episode is all about rain and misery because over at Matsing, everyone is complaining about it, but working through it. Everyone except Roxy, who is miserable and not doing anything. Her teammates try to draw her out, but she won't talk about it.
Oh, but wait, the sun has come out and Roxy is happy again, sitting on the beach, praising God and speaking in tongues. Uh oh, Denise and Russell think this might be worse than the Snuggling Alliance.
But now it's off to an immunity challenge. The contest this time involves pulling a sled to retrieve bundles of puzzle pieces, gathering them in alternating pairs. A fifth person then acts as a "caller" to help solve three puzzle, standing high above the puzzles to get a better viewing advantage. At stake is immunity for two tribes, plus tarps.
This time, Russell asks for volunteers and advice, but Roxy and Angie, so critical of the decisions Russell made before, don't really want to do the physical part of the challenge. But then everyone is off, getting the puzzle pieces.
Thanks to Lisa's calling, Tandang solves two of their puzzles quickly. Matsing is also doing well, but Kalabaw falls behind.
Tandang finishes first and gets immunity, tarps and blankets. Kalabaw comes back to get immunity and a tarp. Once again, Matsing is going to tribal. Russell is not happy. He says his tribemates have their heads in their butts -- don't go there Snuggle Alliance. Russell says they need to "go hard or go home." Did Russell just volunteer for the journey?
Russell's mood doesn't improve back at camp. He's mad at Angie for not doing better and mad at Roxy for complaining. But Russell says he needs Roxy because she tells him what is going on in camp. Roxy is launching a full frontal attack on Angie, behind her back of course, complaining about the "fraternization" and Angie's breasts, which are getting more airtime than most of the other contestants. Roxy says Angie is the weakest player.
Russell goes to Denise to plead the case for getting rid of Angie. She isn't as concerned about the Snuggle Alliance, but she's afraid Malcolm might be blinded "by the headlights."
At tribal council, Probst asks what one thing they would change about the tribe. Roxy complains that her tribe is putting too much energy into working at camp instead of resting up for challenges. Angie wants cookies, and we assume that's not a euphemism.
Uh oh, Probst asks Roxy if she sees friendships developing, and she launches into Angie and Malcolm's relationship. She says it's more than an alliance -- she doesn't know what it is. Malcolm laughs and admits to snuggling, but says there is nothing go on; he sees Angie as a little sister, which grosses out Roxy. Angie offers to snuggle with Roxy, but Roxy won't have anything to do with that.
Angie, still longing for cookies, appears completely clueless that Roxy's accusations have put her at serious risk. Probst even claps his hands and tells her to wake up. She blinks in confusion. Roxy warns again that a pair is dangerous, no pun intended we assume, and Probst helpfully points out that after tonight's vote, there will be four Matsingers, and a pair is half of the tribe. Roxy says woe be to the rest of them if they vote her out instead of Angie.
But now it's time to vote. And the second person voted off "Survivor" is Roxy, four votes to one. The Snuggle Alliance lives. Cookies for everyone.
Next time: Lisa scrambles, Russell slides and Michael bleeds from the face.