The Solana tribe returns to camp after blindsiding Cliff, and Trish immediately decides to explain a few things to her tribe, which irritates Lindsey and the two start arguing.
Trish says she will respect Lindsey, but she won't like her. Lindsey says Trish is disgusting and she doesn't like her either. Trish says she doesn't care if Lindsey likes her or not and Lindsey says she doesn't care if Trish cares or not.
Where's the playground monitor when you need him. Oh, here he comes now. Jeff Probst arrives, called there by Lindsey. She complains that Trish exploded on her and she's concerned that she will flip out on Trish and she doesn't want her daughter to see her acting like this. She needs the million dollars more than anyone else, but she can't take it any more and is quitting.
Probst tries to talk her out of it, but she's sure she wants to quit, and she wants Probst to tell the tribe. He's walks over to the camp and says he's there to officially tell them that Lindsey is pulling herself from the game. Trish admits to coming down hard on Lindsey, but hey, Lindsey got nasty with her and then just stormed off.
Officer Tony says he knew it would happen. You turn the head (Cliff) and the body (Lindsey) follows. They got rid of Cliff and Lindsey just followed him.
LJ compares the situation to a huge zit waiting to pop, and now it has. Woo is concerned because he had been aligned with Lindsey and Cliff, and now they both are gone.
Probst explains what happened with Cliff and Lindsey, which is met with shock and some happiness by the Solana tribe. The Beauties are glad to see their former tribemates still standing, and Spencer is just happy two people are gone and he didn't have to do a thing.
Challenge today is a one-on-one battle. The players have to balance an idol while confronting the opposing player. First one to knock the other player's idol off wins a point. First tribe to four wins reward.
It's not as interesting, and thankfully not as bloody, as we expected. Solana wins and they get to go to Camp Aparri on a raiding mission. Tony and Woo are assigned by their tribe as the raiders and Probst gives them a sealed clue they are supposed to read once they get to camp.
The note outlines what they can and can't take, plus there is a clue to a hidden idol back at Solana Camp. Tony decides to put a target on Jeremiah's back by pretending that they had been instructed to give one of the Aparri tribe a clue to the idol. And the plan seems to work as Tasha voices concern that Woo and Tony are sending a signal to Jeremiah that they want to work with him.
Tony brags about his brilliance when he comes back to camp, and then he decides to fess up and admit that he is a cop. LJ finds it interesting that Tony proves his trustworthiness by admitting he lied. Solana is just one happy camp.
Back at Aparri, the knives come out for Jeremiah. Alexis talks with Spencer, but he decides she can't be trusted. Jeremiah, however, has figured out that something weird is going. They lost, so why would they get a clue. And he says the clue was the same one that they had found at the Beauty camp. He thinks they gave it to him just to put a target on him. Alexis announces that he's being paranoid; Spencer thinks he is just lying. Poor Jeremiah's days are numbered, which should at least save San Jose's Morgan, who had previously been everybody's vote for most likely to get her torch snuffed.
And it's that time again. The survivors march into a big field. The tribes have to build steps up to a scaffold maze, make their way through it, slide down a bamboo slide and then through an obstacle course to free a key through a rope maze. Once they have the key, they unlock a machete and use it to chop a board and release puzzle pieces. The solved puzzle reveals three numbers that open a combination lock. Whew.
The tribes are neck-and-neck until it comes to solving the puzzle. Solana, led by Woo and LJ, whip through it to win immunity. Aparri is headed to tribal council.
The win reveals something to Sarah, who had been in an alliance with Tony before they were separated onto different tribes. The victorious Solana tribe was in a huddle and Tony was yelling "Final five, final five." Sarah does the math and the geography, and decides that it's time for her to move on.
Back at Aparri, Alexis is unhappy. Tribal council, like, sucks. The other tribe members are puzzled on why Solana thinks they can make final five when they don't have the numbers, unless (cue suspenseful music) they know that someone from Aparri will join with them when the two tribes merge.
The decision on who to ax seems to be between Jeremiah and Alexis. Kass, one of the three remaining Brainiacs, says the brains are in charge. All they needed was people to boss around. The brains have found zombies. All is good.
Probst sums it up -- three Brains, three Beauties and Sarah, former Brawn tribe, in the middle. They all agree. Sarah says she's done with her former tribe. Tasha says the Beauties are in trouble because they aren't as tight as the Brains are. And that's true. Alexis is throwing Jeremiah under the bus and Morgan says Jeremiah and Alexis could easily flip in a merge.
There appears to be no shortage of sacrificial lambs, and they are all pretty.
Time to vote. No surprise. The first two votes are split between Jeremiah and Alexis, but it is Alexis who gets her torch snuffed. She leaves slowly, sobbing.
Next time: It's a merge, and Sarah finds herself still in the middle.