The last two remaining Matsing tribe members @Malcolm and Denise return to camp after just voting out Russell of the island. As they’re getting ready for bed they discuss whether or not they’ll be separated and put on the other two tribes or if their tribe of two will continue to compete against the others. Malcolm comments:
“Two against twelve, the odds are long but I wouldn’t count us out just yet.”
Waking-up after what I’m sure was a restless night, Denise reads tree mail, which announces a reward challenge. Malcolm admits:
“Seems like a good time for some sort of tribe mix up or swap or to just be absorbed.”
Keeping that in mind, Malcolm and Denise seize this final opportunity to find the hidden immunity idol in their camp. They begin turning their camp upside down, trying to find their one chance of guaranteed safety. Malcolm suggests they concentrate on things that are significant that were there before they arrived. Denise starts digging around unique trees. Malcolm grows interested in the rice basket. At first pass, he and Denise inspect the basket only to find rice. Later, Malcolm gets the idea to pry off the icon from the lid successfully revealing the hidden immunity idol. Malcolm exclaims:
“This is huge! We have no safety net going forward except each other against twelve other people and now I have this as leverage.”
Denise and Malcolm celebrate the idol discovery, but Denise can’t help worry, admitting:
“If we’re split, Malcolm’s got the idol in his possession and I’m on my own.”
The Reward Challenge
Malcolm and Denise were correct in guessing they’d be shipped off to a new tribe, Jeff tells them to drop their buffs and draw a new one out of a bag. Malcolm goes to Tandang and Denise heads to Kalabaw.
It’s pretty evenly matched and the tribes are tied at three. Michael had a nice move where he threw his idol high in the air and knocked Jonathan’s idol before his hit the ground. Then Dawson had a moment where she knocked off Abi’s idol with a hair pull which prompted Abi to tell her to “fight like a man, not like a bitch.” Abi should probably not be giving anyone any advice on how to not act like a bitch, no matter what the context.
In the end, Malcolm gets to be the hero for his new tribe, they win the cookies, muffins and coffee as reward for Tandang.
Between the challenge win and his immunity idol Malcolm is feeling like he’s got his swag back. Everyone in the tribe seems pretty much smitten with him and they’re all trying to get him on their side. Pete, who still seems to think he’s in control of things, actually tells Malcolm that he and Abi have an idol. That may not end up being the best idea, considering that if Pete still has it at the merge, Malcolm still has Denise at the other tribe and that knowledge will be pretty valuable to both of them.
Over at Kalabaw before Denise gets to feel out the dynamic of her new tribe, the one that luckily for her has a female alliance already going, Dana falls ill and the medical staff is called in. The medic examines Dana, who is suffering from extreme stomach pains and nausea and is running a fever. The medic tells her and Jeff Probst that her condition is not life threatening and they are willing to pump her full of fluids and give her another 12 hours before pulling her from the game. But Dana decides that the pain is too extreme and that she wants to remove herself from the competition.
Jeff Probst removes his jacket and covers the shaking Dana who is lying sick on the ground. He tells her that he’ll bring the tribe over and help break the news of her departure so she can end her game on her own terms. No one understands the grueling nature of this game more than Jeff and while he’s always such a keen observer of the game and its players, he’s also very compassionate.
The Immunity Challenge
This Challenge pretty much looks like a big ‘ole obstacle course with some knots thrown in for fun and a puzzle (What’s with all the puzzles this season?), at the end.
Abbi sits out for Tangdang, and Jeff points out how much they sit her out. Kalabaw falls behind at the start and never quite catches up. They lose by mere seconds,they show them side by side in the shot, so you know it was actually close, not just editing monkey business.
“Dana leaving hit us harder than the rain every could.”
Jonathan agrees and comments that they would have won the challenge today if Dana was not sick and still part of their tribe. After tonight, they will have two fewer members than the Tandang tribe. Katie admits to doing poorly in today’s challenge and says:
“I feel like the biggest idiot in the world.”
She hopes that her tribe judges her by her performance in other challenges and not this one. Dawson praises Denise for her contribution to the Kalabaw tribe. Jeff asks Dawson what contribution she makes to the tribe. She replies:
“I try to keep the spirit of the camp up.”
Jeff Kent lists three things on which he is basing his voted tonight: work around camp, loyalty and value at challenges. The Kalabaw tribe then votes. Jeff reveals the first five votes, which are one vote for Denise and four votes for Dawson.
Now things turn a littler stalker freakish. Dawson’s expression went all glassy and she refrained from moving after Probst snuffed her torch at Tribal Council. Is she going to out Jeff’s baseball career or is she going to freak out and start speaking in tongues, those where the thoughts running through my head. I was shocked when she leaned in hugged Jeff and puckered up, I laughed my ass off when Probst gave her the old head dodge and the kiss landed on his cheek!
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