We meet up with our nine remaining castaways returning to the camp after last week's execution of Baseball Jeff. Michael voices his good fortune to have survived tribal council thanks to Lisa, and Jonathan realizes he screwed up by voting for Abi instead of Pete. Abi is being snarky about getting one -- count it, one -- vote.
Lisa is in tears, though, because she lied, broke promises and betrayed Malcolm, who congratulations her, with apparent sincerity, for taking a risk and playing the game like a champ. Lisa is overcome with emotion and says that she tried to play like a real "Survivor," but that the game may be too big for her.
Lisa and Malcolm win our votes for the nicest connivers to ever play, at least in this season.
The next morning Jonathan offers commentary on the players. He thinks Lisa and Michael are the most Christian players while Pete, Artis and Abi are playing something that he likes to call a "bully" game. Jonathan is full of himself, but he's nailed it.
Next Jonathan psychoanalyzes Lisa and her past as a former teen star. And Lisa is in tears again as he taps into her painful past as a child who grew up trying to please everyone in order to be loved.
Oh boy, it's time for the reward challenge and ugh, it involves crawling through a muddy field to retrieve bags of balls, and then crawling through a box of rice. Once the four bags are retrieved, they toss
Teams are chosen and oh, big surprise, Abi isn't picked. It's the red team -- Jonathan, Carter, Denise and Malcolm -- versus the yellow team of Lisa, Michael, Artis and Pete.
Jonathan goes first for the red team and digs up all four bags before taking one through the box of rice. The strategy pays off and the red team pulls massively ahead and even though they have trouble sinking the last ball, the reds win it just as the yellows are getting started.
And now it's off to the village where all the kids come running to thank them. Jonathan proceeds to confuse everyone by telling them that back in the United States, his name is normal, and they all repeat "Normal" like that's his name.
Malcolm taught school in Indonesia for a year and this reminds him of how much he loved it. Now he's doubting his decision to give up teaching to pour drinks for girls.
As they eat, they talk strategy, sympathizing with Michael, who they believe has been mistreated by former Tandang. The plan is get to Michael and Lisa to join them.
Back at Camp Bitter, Pete is angry about losing the challenge and he's not happy about having to be nice to Michael and Lisa, but he needs them. Abi pretty much shoots that plan in the butt by scolding Lisa and explaining to her, over and over again, that they need to vote out Jonathan if he doesn't win immunity.
That makes Lisa consider going with the other group, although she doesn't want to be disloyal.
It's carnival time on "Survivor." The challenge involves balancing six balls on a paddle. And yes, it's as difficult as it sounds. Michael gets the hang of it quickly, followed by Pete. But Pete falls apart and Michael sticks it, winning immunity.
Artis voices his belief that everything will go smoothly, they'll vote out Jonathan and come back to camp relaxed and happy. Someone cue the Orchestra of Irony for we fear that it's going to be playing a lovely tune very soon.
The tribe heads back to camp and Jonathan is sweating about being on the chopping block. Abi so wants to vote off Michael but she can't for two reasons -- she needs him for the numbers and oh yeah, he has immunity. Abi also is thinking about voting off Lisa, but guess she'll vote for Jonathan, who she also hates. She seems to hate everyone.
Meanwhile, Jonathan works on Lisa to flip her loyalty. His alliance is gunning for Artis, knowing that Abi likely wouldn't share her idol, and it will make a great blindside. After working on Lisa, Jonathan goes over to Michael and manages to use the word "fulcrum" with both Lisa and Michael.
Lisa and Michael then get together. Michael says its hard to be loyal to people who aren't loyal to you. Lisa wants to stick with Tandang, but she's seriously considering turning her back on the alliance.
All the folks are gathered and Jeff Probst asks Lisa how things went back in camp and she says she was stunned that people showed grace to her. Probst asks if Abi showed grace to Lisa, and Abi asks Lisa if she did. Not really, Lisa says, and Abi looks like she could chew nails.
Jonathan manages to use the word fulcrum again. Michael is happy to have immunity, and he thought Lisa's move last tribal council was done for the benefit of himself and Tandang, and was awesome.
Abi says she doesn't trust Lisa and Lisa says she has done nothing but show her loyalty to Tandang, but maybe she needs to reconsider.
Now it's time to vote and after Probst tallies, he reads the ballots. Artis gets the first vote and looks shocked. But not as shocked as when he gets four more and is sent packing. Jonathan ends up with four votes. So who cast the fifth and deciding vote for Artis? It was Michael. Lisa stayed loyal after all.
Next time: Lisa is having trouble breaking up with Abi.