Everything Old Is New Again
At the next reward challenge, the first "twist" was revealed: in addition to the winner of the challenge picking up the reward, the last team to finish would be dissolved and sent to the other teams. This particular challenge involved improvised bamboo rafts, and Mogo Mogo's incredibly lazy raft did very well, while Chapera's more complex raft did slightly less well. Sad little Saboga -- riding a raft Rupert designed and promised them would carry them to victory -- predictably got its ass kicked, as usual, and Jerri and Ethan went to Mogo Mogo while Jenna and Rupert went to Chapera. Jenna and Rupert were pleased to arrive at Chapera and learn that at least someone had food and shelter. And the ability to build a raft that can travel faster than the current.
Moreover, it turns out that Jenna, Alicia, and Amber worked on making necklaces for Chapera in order to show team unity. (These would be the necklaces I commented on a couple of episodes ago.) We certainly do come closer and closer to cheerleading camp. They made the necklaces out of shells, and gave one to every member of the tribe. Amber insists that they will have no shame in wearing their shell necklaces -- they will show their team pride, though others may mock them. Well, sure. If people had surrendered their individuality just because the world mocked their jewelry, there'd be no Ivana Trump. There'd be no Zsa Zsa. There'd be no Mr. T. The arrival of the necklaces, by the way, made Rob the most extravagantly bejeweled player in Survivor history, I think. Jenna interviews that when she was at Saboga, she didn't really understand the Chapera magic, but now that she sees the bonds between the members of her new tribe, it all makes sense. Or something. Plus...unity jewelry! "We're going to take [Mogo Mogo] down one by one," Amber says. And how are they going to do it? Necklaces, people. I'm telling you. They are not to be trifled with.