The women anticipate the merge happening and discuss the need to go into it with a united front. The two tribes arrive at the Reward Challenge and Probst tells them they're not merging; they're having a tribal switch, and it's random. So now Salani is Sabrina, Chelsea, Kat, and Kim with Michael, Jay, and Troy. That's a powerhouse tribe right there. Manano is now Tarzan, Chelsea, Jonas, and Leif with Monica, Alicia, and Christina. Wow, Alicia got screwed. She's the only one who got separated from her sub-alliance.
Then they compete in their first Reward Challenge as new tribes. They have to work together in teams of four to carry a giant bucket to a water tower, and then carry it back while using their fingers to plug the holes in the bucket. The first tribe to fill their bucket and raise their flag wins food AND the right to continue living at the One World beach. The losing tribe has to go to a new beach where there is no shelter built. The challenge is neck-and-neck for the first two trips to get water, but then Manano decides to leave without a full bucket because they think they have enough water, and they don't. So the muscle-bound Salani tribe wins reward.
Colton immediately makes an alliance with the women on his tribe, so they have the majority as long as he's not lying. And then he immediately tells Alicia that he wants to get out Christina, but Alicia tells him that's a terrible idea. Later, he tells Alicia that they need to get rid of Monica first, because she's more dangerous. His actual reasoning is that when they finally merge, the other women really liked Monica while they didn't like Christina, so he wants to get rid of her before they merge. Somehow Colton convinces Alicia that they should get rid of Monica and then Christina. This, after Alicia said multiple times that she needs to keep as many women as possible so that they will have the numbers after the merge. Meanwhile, Salani won Reward, plus they caught a ton of crabs, plus they caught another chicken. And then Kim finds the Immunity Idol, and tells Chelsea that she has it.
Immunity Challenge. Three tribe members race to get a ball in the water and then try to shoot a basket while the opposing tribe tries to stop them. The first tribe to make three baskets wins immunity. In the first round, Jay knocks Colton and Jonas down and passes to Michael, who is wide open and makes a basket for Salani. In the second round, Michael gets another open shot but can't make it and Leif shows a lot of heart out there, but ultimately Michael gets another shot and makes it, so Salani has two. In the third round, Monica gets a point for Manano and tries to fire her team up to make a comeback. In the fourth round, Colton actually tries really hard, which is impressive, but then blows his efforts with a wild shot that misses, and allows Michael to make an easy one. Salani wins Immunity.
So everyone tells the women of Salani that they're voting out Tarzan, but they're actually planning to vote out Monica, who has no idea, and is one of my favorite women, so boo, you whores. So everyone votes for Monica except for Monica and Christina, who vote for Tarzan. Christina has to know her ass is grass. And why couldn't it have been Alicia? OR COLTON???? Ugh.
Salani, Day 12. The women are slowly waking up after avoiding a night at Tribal Council due to the men's idiocy. Troy is already over at their camp despite half of them still being asleep. Look at Troy cozying up to the ladies! Sabrina asks him whose idea it was to give up immunity. Troy says that it was Colton's idea and some people disagreed, but they went along with the group. Sabrina interviews that they didn't realize what a mess the men's tribe actually is. After Troy leaves, the women discuss the importance of sticking together after the merge because they don't know what kind of shenanigans the men might get up to. Alicia interviews that the guys screwed up because now the men/women numbers are even and the women are still strong and unified. She's not wrong. As long as the women stick together, they're fine. You hear that, ALICIA?
The two tribes arrive for the Reward Challenge. I am greatly enjoying the fact that there are Reward Challenges this season. Probst welcomes them and then tells them to drop their buffs, because they're switching tribes. Colton looks as shocked and confused as I've ever seen him and I greatly enjoy it. He looks worried. His plan just got screwed up big time, whatever that stupid plan was. Probst hands out eggs and explains that each one has a color in it. They will all smash them simultaneously to find out who will be on which tribe. They really love this visual; it's the same thing they made Coach and Ozzy do last season. I guess it's more dramatic than turning over colored stones and also makes it harder to sneak a peek. They smash their eggs, some having more difficulty than other.
Once everything shakes out, the Salani tribe is now Kim, Chelsea, Kat and Sabrina joined by Mike, Jay and Troy. Holy shit, all of the useful people are on one tribe. They didn't get one garbage person. That means the Manolo tribe is now Colton, Jonas, Leif and Tarzan, joined by Alicia, Monica and Christina. At Probst's questioning, Kim says that the tribal shakeup couldn't have gone better for her. Colton notes that they have all the muscle. This is really sad.
The new tribes are ready to compete in the Reward Challenge. Teams of four have to carry a large barrel to a water tower and fill it. Then they have to carry the full barrel back while trying their best to plug the holes in it and use the water to fill a trough. When the trough is full, a flag will be raised. The winning team gets fixings for peanut butter and jelly sandwiches and coffee. I'm not even starving and that looks fantastic. As the teams celebrate the possibility of a decent lunch, Probst adds that the winning tribe gets to continue living at the One World beach and the losers have to hit the bricks and build a new camp. Why are we even calling it One World when that lasted all of four episodes? Dumb.