When treemail arrives, the Survivors find out the winner of Reward will get to go away from camp. Kim and Kat immediately agree to take one another as long as they can also avoid leaving Christina, Alicia, and Troy at camp together.
Reward Challenge: Answer questions about how the majority answered questions. If you get it right, you get to chop someone else's rope and three chops sends a doll representing that person into the fire. The creepy part is that the dolls are dressed like each person, and after they burn, they leave a skeleton hanging there. To the surprise of no one, Troy gets the most chops and goes out first. Tarzan and Chelsea follow. Then Kat and Sabrina, and then Christina. Alicia and Kim are the final two, and Kim wins the reward of a helicopter ride to a private beach for a picnic. She gets to pick someone, so she picks Alicia. And then despite her earlier promise to Kat, she picks Chelsea. Troy talks a lot of smack about how this shows the pecking order in the alliance, and Kat is PISSED. This challenge was just like the board game True Colors, which I think got pulled from the market because (at least in my group of friends), it always caused fights and someone stomping out of the room, pissed. Genius.
While on the reward, Kim worries about the lasting effects of the challenge. And she's right to be worried, because Troy is using the opportunity to work on Kat's mind. Sabrina lets Troy talk to see who will go along with his plan, and Christina seems most willing to flip. When Kim gets back and sees how upset Kat is about the whole thing, she regrets not taking her.
Then a pig wanders into camp and they all run around and giggle, but fail to actually catch it. Well, Troy's the only one who even gets close, and I suspect he might be botching it on purpose because he doesn't want to deal with it. Kim is happy that something happened to break the tension after the Reward.
Immunity Challenge: Slide down a slip and slide, grabbing rope rings along the way and then toss the ring on a post. They compete two at a time in rounds. Troy goes out in the first round, losing to Tarzan. And then acts like a dick for the rest of the challenge, refusing to watch and drinking water instead of watching or cheering people on. The final round ends up being Chelsea versus Kim, so it doesn't even really matter who wins, right? But Kim wins.
Kim decrees that they should split their vote again and throw a few votes to Christina in case Troy does have an Immunity Idol. Sabrina decides it would be a good idea to tell Christina that, and I guess just hopes that Christina doesn't realize that if Troy does play an Idol, Christina could go home? Christina tells all to Troy, like a dummy, because now Troy plans to vote for her so that she goes home.
At Tribal Council, Troy continues on his plan to cast seeds of doubt in the minds of the alliance members, and Christina just proves that no one likes her and she is clueless about why and how to change things. And then, since Troy didn't have an Idol to play, he gets voted out, but he tries to continue his mind games with Kat on the way out. Everyone followed the plan except for Christina, who voted for Chelsea and not Troy. Not that it mattered, so I'm not sure what her strategy is, if she even has one. I guess she wants to get Troy's vote if she makes it to the end?
Night 27. The tribe returns from voting out Leif at Tribal Council. Tarzan interviews that there are only two men left and it's hopeless unless he wins Immunity. He adds that his plan is to do what the women tell him to do regarding voting and hope that he's part of their alliance. Alicia and Kim whisper about how Troy is just doing everything he can to stay. Kim interviews that Troy throwing her name out was "a curveball" and she wasn't planning on being a target this early. She adds that this vote solidified the women's alliance so she needs to stay calm and keep everyone happy. Troy interviews that Tarzan is voting with the women, so he's still a man alone even though the women think he has an Idol. So his plan is to just win every Immunity challenge. He might want to work on a back-up plan in case that doesn't work out. Although I guess his back-up plan is, "Get voted out."
Day 28. Alicia and Troy walk into camp with Treemail. Alicia reads that today's Reward Challenge isn't physical and the reward will mean getting away. They talk about how the winner might get to choose other people to bring and Kat interviews that she thinks it's time that she gets to go on a reward. First of all, shouldn't she hope to win herself? And second, why is it her turn?
Later, Kat says to Kim, "You're picking me, right?" Way to put her on the spot. Kat interviews that she and Kim have a great relationship, so she thinks they will pick one another if either of them wins. Here's the thing: everyone (but Troy) thinks that she or he has a great relationship with Kim. It's why Kim is running the show. Anyway, Kim says that she doesn't want Troy, Alicia and Christina back at camp together while she's gone, since they would get up to things. Kim mutters something about taking Kat and Alicia, but I didn't see any kind of pinky swear that she would take Kat. Then again, she didn't say that she WOULDN'T take Kat.
This Reward Challenge is creepy! As the tribe enters, they see large voodoo dolls that represent each tribe member. Probst explains that they each had to answer questions and the goal now will be to answer as the majority of the tribe answered. Getting an answer right means the chance to chop someone else's rope. Three chops and that person's doll will burn, meaning that they're out of the running. This is basically like that defunct board game, "True Colors." My friends and I used to play it in college and it ALWAYS led to fights. One time my roommate got so mad that she quit playing and went in the kitchen and banged pots and pans around and slammed cupboards. Another time, my guy friend's roommate threw a chair across the room. Shit got personal! So the producers are obviously trying to shake things up. Anyway, the winner gets a helicopter ride to a private beach and a picnic lunch.