As we rejoin our little band of castaways, they are celebrating making the final five. Abi actually thanks them for keeping her. Of course, she thinks it was her big bluff about having a fantasy immunity idol that saved her, but in truth, the other four think she can't possibly beat them so they'd rather keep her in the game, as much as she annoys them. And us.

Malcolm realizes he now knows exactly where former teen starlet Lisa stands. Lisa had said she would rather sit next to someone in the final that she could beat, rather than one who deserved to be there. Now he knows for certain that she'll be gunning for him. But because he has a hidden immunity idol that is good only through the next tribal council, he doesn't have to worry too much.

The next morning, Abi wanders off into the jungle and everyone starts talking about how silly she is being, pretending to have an idol. With her head on the chopping block at the last tribal council, she would have played the idol if she had it. She didn't, so she doesn't.

Meanwhile, Abi tells the camera that she needs to break up Malcolm's and Denise's alliance, and that if Denise doesn't win the next immunity challenge, she needs to go home ASAP. Not sure how she's going to manage to do that, but perhaps she will come up with a fantasy ballot to ensure it.

To set her plan in motion, Abi goes to Lisa and tells her that Malcolm and Michael are solid, and that Lisa is on the bottom of the alliance of four, so she should be very, very careful. This is the worst acting job we've seen since Elvis played Hamlet. OK, we made that up, but imagine how bad it would have been, then double it to get Abi's performance in warning Lisa to be careful.

Lisa tells the camera she didn't buy it for a minute, but she pretends to because she needs to keep Abi close, either to take to the finals or to gain her vote on the jury. It would feel "yucky" to take Abi to the finals, Lisa says, but she might do it.

Lisa feels she is controlling her destiny, but she'll need to wait until the right time to make her big move. But right now, it's time for a treat.

Reward challenge

The contest this time is to race up a wooden pyramid, slide down the other side, run into the ocean and retrieve bundles of rope rings. Then the rings must be tossed onto a board with pegs. First one to ring all of the pegs wins reward, which is a helicopter-boat trip to paradise with pizza, whale watching and, oh yeah, they can take two players with them.

It comes down to Michael and Malcolm, and Michael pulls it off. Michael chooses Malcolm and Lisa to join him, giving Denise all of his rations for the day. Lisa promises to wash the dishes when she comes back. Abi sulks and says she guesses her vote doesn't mean anything.

Abi tells the camera she was crushed not to be chosen and to make it worse, she has to hang out with Denise, who isn't upset about not going on the reward, but is none too happy to have to put up with Abi. Denise describes it as going on a date with the kid who pulled your hair and spit in your lunch in elementary school.

But Denise is determined to let Abi prattle on about being the swing vote and playing her invisible immunity idol, and just get through the afternoon. After a while, though, Denise is wishing for something to gouge out her own eyes and needles to plunge into her ears so wouldn't have to see or hear Abi.

Meanwhile, Lisa, Malcolm and Michael are kicking back on a boat, eating pizza and cookies, and drinking "pop." Malcolm explains that Michael doesn't eat sugar in his "real life," so he got a super sugar rush with the sodas and the cookies, and it all makes him fun to be around. Who knew?

Dining done, they go swimming with whales and Michael, of course, collides with one of them. But the biggest shock is yet to come. Malcolm tells them the only way that any of them can win is to cut out Denise, his longest and best partner and original alliance member. But they all agree that they will be in the final three.

Lisa isn't sure it's a good idea. Michael thinks it is because Malcolm is the most likely to win immunity, which would give him the power to decide who goes with him to the final. Lisa thinks Malcolm is too big of a threat to win it all, but she's leaving her options open. If it works to her advantage, she'll stick with the threesome. If not, she'll work it out.

The next morning, Denise is in great pain. Something bit her in the neck, leaving fang marks, and it's burning and she can hardly raise her arm. Abi helpfully suggests it could be poison. Denise tries to tough it out and Lisa and Michael pray over her to be healed. Abi, not so much into the whole sympathy thing. She came to win a million dollars, not worry about someone else. News flash, Abi, you didn't have to tell us that. We already knew it.

Immunity challenge

As the players arrive for the immunity challenge, Jeff Probst asks how everyone is holding up and Denise tells him about her misery. Probst points out that this could be an opening for Abi, who agrees and says it's the story of her life, going after opportunities.

The challenge today is to use two planks to cross a rope bridge, collecting two pieces of a maze along the way. Then the maze is assembled onto a big tilt table where they players must maneuver a ball through the maze to the finish point. First one to complete the challenge, wins immunity. So let's go.

Malcolm is almost across the rope bridge when he falls and has to start over. Michael is through to the maze part first, followed quickly by Denise and Lisa.

After several tense moments and lead changes, Malcolm comes froms way behind to win immunity, which he doesn't need. Will he give his hidden immunity idol to one of the others? Denise tells the camera that it's a slam dunk to vote off Abi and she will at last be rid of her. Uh, Denise, you may discover that you'll be rid of her, but that's because you've been sent to Loser's Lodge instead of Abi. Oh the intrigue.

Abi talks to Michael about keeping her, and Michael talks to Lisa, who actually is keen on keeping Abi and voting Denise off. Denise asks Malcolm for the "extra" immunity idol, but they agree there's no need. Everyone is voting Abi off. Aren't they?

Tribal council

Probst wastes little time addressing Abi, telling her that her tribemates hate her, laugh at her, think she's clueless and not nice (are you getting to a question here, Jeff, or do you just like rubbing salt into the wound?), so that makes her the perfect person to take to the finals. Denise agrees, if that's the way you want to play the game. She doesn't.

Abi says that no one can beat Denise and Malcolm. Lisa and Michael don't have a chance of winning, Abi says, and when Michael tries to speak, she calls him an idiot and a moron. Pot, meet kettle.

Probst sends them off to vote, then tallies the ballots. No one plays a hidden immunity idol and the votes are thus: Denise, Abi, Abi, and yes! Abi is gone at last. Choirs of angels sing in harmony. As the remaining players leave, Michael does a joyful dance and everyone else laughs with glee. Don't let the banana bush hit you in the rear as you leave, Abi.

Next time: Big season finale, 8 p.m. Sunday, followed by a 60-minute reunion show at 10 p.m.