The moon. The next day. Day 27 has arrived, and it's time for another immunity challenge. The first part of the challenge, Jeff explains, is traditional breath-holding -- the most riveting of all challenge formats. The men and the women will compete separately. The two men and the two women to hold their breath the longest will compete against each other in the final round, and the man who wins and the woman who wins will both win immunity. The final round involves diving repeatedly to untie a series of ten buoys. Interestingly, this challenge gave something of an advantage to men, who had a one in four shot at immunity, versus women, who had a one in five shot at immunity. Not 100% fair, really, but it is Survivor after all, and unlike some people who shall remain nameless who will be staging irrational freak-outs shortly, I don't expect it to be fair.
The contestants all go underwater for the breath-holding. The first person up is Alicia. Then Jenna. Then Shii Ann. That leaves Kathy and Amber for the final round. That didn't take long. Next person up is Rupert. Then Big Tom. Leaving Lex and Rob for the final round. Oooh, dramatic!
The first run of the buoy-untying challenge is between Kathy and Amber. It's a tie through about the first four buoys, after which Amber takes a slight lead, and is then passed by Kathy again. What I think is very difficult about this challenge is that holding your breath over and over again like this is apparently very draining, because Amber jumps out to an early lead, but then it's like she can't get her breath to go down again, and she just stalls. She basically bobs helplessly as Kathy keeps diving, and although I can't think of a reason Amber would have thrown the challenge, I have to admit it looks a little bit that way. I'd think, though, that if she were going to do that, it would have been less conspicuous to give up the breath-holding, though she may have been surprised at how fast the other women popped up and may have barely had time to throw in the towel. I mean, it's no harm to Amber not to get immunity, because she's pretty confident Lex is going, and it doesn't hurt her for Kathy to get it. Although you might think they'd worry that Kathy would give immunity to Lex. I suspect Amber just got really tired. There's a great moment when Kathy, who has swallowed a ton of water and air, lets out an enormous belch, and then Amber yells, "This challenge sucks!" Kathy, in the end, beats Amber out and wins immunity for herself.