Now that there are two people on Redemption Island (Semhar and Christine), it's time for a duel. As with last season, two people from each tribe are invited to witness it. Upolu sends Coach and Stacey and the Savaii tribe sends Ozzy and Elyse. The challenge involves balancing a totem on a platform on top of a pole. At regular intervals, they have to add a segment to the pole, making it longer. If the totem falls, you lose. Before they start, Semhar does a weird spoken word thing all about this awesome man whom she has not yet met. I think she's losing it on Redemption Island. That's assuming that she was normal before she went there, though, and I'm not so sure about that. Semhar eventually loses, which means Christine and her filthy neck (seriously, there were layers of grime) get to stick around for a while. Semhar gives a big speech about how she felt abandoned by her tribe and whatever. That girl needs therapy.
Brandon finally takes off his shirt and reveals that he's Russell's nephew, mostly because he's feeling guilty about getting caught trying to oust Mikayla. Not that I don't think he felt guilty about trying to oust Mikayla; just that he got caught. The tribe is pretty whatever about the reveal. Later, Brandon kind of goes off about Mikayla and tells her that he's not the only one who wanted her out, and yells at her in front of the whole tribe. And then Brandon reveals to the camera how much he struggles with good versus evil. He needs to join Mikayla at the therapist's office.
Over on the other tribe, Ozzy reveals to Keith that he has an Immunity Idol. Keith immediately tells Whitney. Meanwhile, Papa Bear is feeling like an outcast in his own tribe, because he's not clicking with anyone.
The Immunity Challenge is as convoluted as they've all been lately, which is fun to watch but difficult to explain without a visual. I'll give it a shot. One person runs out a floating dock holding a body board attached to a rope. That person grab a bag, then hops on the body board and the rest of the tribe cranks a winch to pull him or her back to shore. Repeat five times. When all the bags are retrieved, the rest of the tribe is on top of a wall, and they use grappling hooks to retrieve the bags, which contain puzzle banners (because that's a thing). They must unroll the banners and arrange them on the wall to make the tribe's flag. Got all that? Good. In addition to immunity, the winning tribe gets reward – some staples like sugar and coffee, along with milk and cookies, as well as another clue to the Immunity Idol, because those clues have been really useful, historically.
Brandon and Ozzy are chosen to run out to the bags first. One glitch not mentioned in Probst's description is that the tribe has to feed the rope OUT before cranking it in, and Ozzy's tribe does a terrible job, so Ozzy can't go very quickly. It doesn't really matter, as the lead changes several times during this segment and the teams are dead even going into the grappling hook portion. Coach is some sort of grappling hook savant and gets the pieces up pretty quickly, earning enough of a lead that Upolu wins handily.
Papa Bear catches wind that he's probably going to be voted out so he goes hunting for the Immunity Idol. He obviously doesn't find it, since Ozzy has it, but he makes a fake one. No one is fooled, and he is voted out. He did call out the alliance of five during Tribal Council, but the others on the outs (Cochran and Dawn) don't seem overly concerned.
Redemption Island. Night 5. Christine arrives and finds Semhar huddled up under a blanket. They introduce themselves, since they've never met, being on different tribes and all. Christine tells the camera that she's not sure why she was voted out, except that maybe her tribe wasn't ready for someone who wanted to play the game. I don't know if that was the problem. I think it was that Christine didn't know enough to keep her mouth shut in the early days and avoid making enemies before the power structure of the tribe was established. Once Coach kind of took over, Christine was on the wrong end of the power balance, and was his most vocal opponent. And then she was gone. At least, that's my take on it. Christine just thinks Coach didn't like her for random reasons, but she's happy that she gets another chance at the game due to Redemption Island.
The rest of Upolu arrives back at camp, relieved that they made it another day. Mikayla expresses concern to the camera that Brandon targeted her to be voted out, since she has no idea why he would do that. Back at camp, Coach tries to reassure her that she's not in any danger, but before they can talk too much, Brandon barges into the conversation, mostly just to break it up. He doesn't have anything to add, and Coach and Mikayla clam up as soon as he appears. Coach even gives Brandon a little hug, which only reveals that Brandon might be under five feet tall. Seriously, he is a short little thing.
In a confessional, Brandon talks about how he lied to everyone and feels horribly about it. Just to review, he lied to Coach and said that some of the other women were going to vote out Mikayla, in an attempt to get Coach to persuade the rest of the tribe to vote out Mikayla too. Brandon did this because he resents that fact that Mikayla is so hot and he wants to do dirty things to her. At least that's the only viable reason he's given. And it's not really that viable. Anyway, at Tribal Council, Brandon's lie was outed so now Mikayla is all, "What the hell?" and everyone else knows that Brandon is a liar, and not a very good one at that. So Brandon is acting all sorry, but it's fairly unclear if he's sorry that he lied, or sorry that he got caught. If his lie had worked, and Mikayla had been voted out, would he be giving us this sob story? Probably not.
The next morning, the tribes get a Treemail, informing them that the first Redemption Island challenge will be happening today, and two people from each tribe will be invited to witness it. I really don't get this whole "two people from each tribe business." Is it an attempt to get people to lie about what they see to the rest of the tribe? Is it to get two people away and hope that the others plot against them? I would just love to know what the producers were thinking when they came up with that rule. Anyway, Coach asks to go and Stacey (the older African-American woman) wants to go with him. Everyone else is like, "Whatever," because what's the point? It's so dumb that they don't even show how the other tribe decided who got to go. Coach claims he wants to go to make sure Christine loses. Because if he didn't go, Christine would win? I'm done trying to figure this out.