The men are worried that leaving Bill in the game could come back to bite them in the collective ass, because they think he might be able to split their "misfit alliance." Meanwhile, the women are eating snails, and they turn down Jonas's offer to use their fishing net and give them half of the haul.
Reward challenge offers a choice of three prizes: Comfort (pillows, blankets and a mattress), Protection (tarp), or Luxury (donuts and coffee). The challenge involves using a slingshot to fling coconuts at a giant grid of wooden panels. The winners must knock out five squares in a row or column. The women make quick work of it, disproving Coach's theory last season that women can't handle this slingshot. The women take the tarp, even though they really want the donuts and coffee, so at least they're not being complete idiots, yet.
Leif accidentally tells Bill that they nearly voted him out at the last Tribal Council. Mike rats him out to Colton, who pulls Leif aside and tells him that it was a dumb move, and Leif has sealed his fate. Of course, Colton can't go against Leif without calling a number of derogatory names related to Leif's stature, because Colton is a garbage person.
When the women get the invitation for the next challenge, it's a puzzle, so they figure that the challenge will be a puzzle as well, and they'll be paired. Kat immediately admits that she's terrible at puzzles so she needs to be paired with someone awesome, and not Alicia. Alicia takes offense to that, and thinks Kat is calling her stupid, and of course starts a fight with her minutes before they go to the challenge. Sabrina tries to quash it.
The challenge involves being paired up. Each pair has to cross a teeter-totter and solve a puzzle, and then retrieve a key. Once all three keys have been retrieved, the team has to open three locks and raise a flag. Chelsea and Alicia are the first pair for the women, and they still haven't solved their puzzle while the men are on their third puzzle. They even look at the men's completed puzzle and it still takes them a lot of time to finish. Tarzan gets really mad that they're "cheating", even though Probst says it's fine, so it's not really cheating. It doesn't really matter because the men win, which gives Probst plenty of opportunity to lecture the women on how terrible they are and how they aren't taking the game seriously. Ugh. Note that the men didn't get this lecture when they lost immunity – he just questioned if they were losing momentum.
After the challenge, the women are thinking about dumping Alicia. Meanwhile, Bill wants to talk to Colton about their beef, but Colton refuses to talk to him. Bill gets in Colton's face and it makes Colton so mad that he proposes offering to go to Tribal Council instead of the women so they can get rid of Bill. Tarzan gets wind of the idea and he confronts Leif and says that Leif betrayed them and has to go. WTF is happening? Bill's all for this idea so that he can take advantage of the tribe's anger at Leif and spare himself.
So the men end up giving Immunity away and going to Tribal. They are idiots. They are numbskulls. What are they doing? Even if someone is incredibly annoying, better the devil you know going into the merger, right? Probst is dumbfounded when the men show up, as no tribe has ever won immunity and then gone to Tribal Council anyway. The only way I would enjoy this would be if they blindsided Colton. That would be great. If only one of them were smart enough to put that together.
At Tribal, Probst tries to make sense of the whole thing, but there's no sense to be made. Colton tells Bill that he needs to get a real job. Does Colton have a job? Also, Probst gets Colton to admit that they only African-American in his life is his housekeeper. Ouch. Bill finally flips and accuses Colton of never working an honest day in his life. Colton digs his grave further by talking about how the rednecks live in trailers and they judge him for being gay, but his country club friends are educated and open. Tarzan tries to stick up for Colton, but Probst sees right through his blatant ass-kissing and when Tarzan can't back it up with facts, Tarzan just starts yelling about how we should live in a post-racial world. I am seriously confused as to what is happening here.
So it appears the whole Leif thing was a smokescreen, and Bill goes home. I don't think I can root for anyone anymore. They're all idiots.
Manono. Night 8. The men are returning from Tribal Council. Michael laments that they got rid of Matt, and he thinks it's a case of the weak guys trying to get rid of the stronger guys, but he thinks it will backfire because they will start losing challenges. He could be right. Then again, if their weakest guys are stronger than the strongest women, they're fine. Tarzan and Troy have a quick sidebar where they discuss how they think they can let Michael float for a while, because he's so inconsequential.
Tarzan interviews that his alliance is solid, and reviews that his alliance is Troy, Jonas, Colton, Leif, and him. Hey, did you guys know that Leif sleeps in the box they won in the knotted rope challenge? Seriously. There's a shot of him getting into the box and putting the lid on, like a tiny coffin. It's simultaneously creepy and awesome. I would bet it's pretty quiet in there, and the lid contains his body heat and keeps out rain. I couldn't do it due to claustrophobia issues, but more power to him. Anyway, Tarzan and Troy agree that Bill needs to be the next to go, because he's the most likely to pull people away from their alliance with his charm and "beguiling character." Really? Him? Then again, if your competition in the charm parade consists of Garbage Person Colton and Blahsicle Michael, I guess Bill would win.
The next morning at Salani, Monica and Chelsea are taking snails out of their shells to eat. Monica interviews that the women are having a turnaround, and they're eating well between snails, coconuts, and rice. Don't they have fishing equipment? Why aren't they eating fish? I don't understand. Jonas and Troy come over to the women's camp and make small talk about snails before Jonas lays out his proposal: being from Hawaii, he knows how to use fishing nets, and the women don't. So he will use the net and catch a ton of fish, and the women get to keep half of the haul. Chelsea interviews that she finds it hilarious that the tables have completely turned. Chelsea tells Jonas that she might sound like "a cold-hearted bitch" but she can't feed the enemy. Interesting how Sabrina is supposed to be the team leader but Chelsea seems to be calling the shots here.
At first, I thought the women were making a mistake here, because half the fish is better than the zero fish they have now. But if what Monica said is true, and they're doing fine without fish, then it makes a little more sense to have zero fish as long as the men also have zero fish. Jonas claims he doesn't care either way, because they're totally fine without fish. Well, if that's true, then why is he making this offer at all? Out of the goodness of his heart? I doubt it. Kim points out that Jonas obviously does care. Troy loses the tiny amount of goodwill he had built up with me when he basically interviews, "Them bitches be crazy! Because bitches be crazy, amirite? LOL." He blames the women's no vote on their hormones and whatnot. Ugh. Troy interviews that the women can do nothing and get free food, so he doesn't see the problem. He's kind of leaving out the part where the men get half of the food, which is more than they would have otherwise. I mean, if they were going to use the net and give the women ALL of the fish, that's a no-brainer.