Sitting out for Lopevi will be Chris. The first shooters are Rory and Chad. They both hit. Oh, and hello, Chad's arm. I am always happy to see you. Then Ami misses and Julie misses. Scout and Sarge both hit. Twila misses, Leann hits. Eliza misses, John hits. Ami hits, Julie misses. Some time elapses, the clouds roll by, and Yasur is up 7-5. Scout hits, and Leann is eliminated. Rory hits. John hits. Eliza misses. Twila misses. Rory hits. Chad hits. Julie misses. Rory hits, and Ami is gone. 17-15 Yasur. Chad's arm hits. Scout hits. Sarge hits, and Julie's gone. We have reached the point where Yasur has two tiles left to hit, and Lopevi has three. Rory hits, bumping off Scout, and leaving Rory as the only Yasurrian. John misses. Rory misses. Chad's arm misses. And Rory, coming up big, hits, finishing the challenge and giving Yasur the win. So the girls can all still pretend to like him, because they don't have to bump him off. Jeff tells everyone that tonight will be the end for one of Lopevi's members. They head back to camp to prepare for tribal council later. Have I ever mentioned that I hate recapping challenges?
Yasur returns to camp, where a bat is still hanging upside-down. That bat is the most bored bat of all time. They're all happy about the win -- particularly Rory, who knows he saved himself from being totally hosed. And you'll never guess what they all think would make a great way to celebrate. Coffee -- by Folgers! One cup at a time! Home Café™! Rory interviews that he "rocked the hell outta [Ami's] world today." Which...wait, is that dirty? He claims that this is because she could have chosen either to be in an alliance with him or to get him out, and she did neither. I don't know if this is so much rocking her world, but...whatever. I think I'm glad it didn't turn out to be dirty. Rory says that Ami, thanks to having blown him off and then seen him save himself, is now "#1 on [his] hit list." The women all congratulate Rory on what a great job he did, while Ami coolly interviews that Rory is "cocky," but that she will graciously allow him his happiness since he did just single-handedly keep himself from being eliminated. She says that while she's happy for the victory, she's sad that either Julie or Twila will be eliminated next, not that she wasn't originally in an alliance that was planning to boot Julie anyway. Ah, well. Consistency is the hobgoblin of people who care about consistency.
Volcano! At Lopevi, Sarge says that they lost, and that they will go to tribal council. Thanks for the update, man. Where would I be without you? He explains to the math-impaired that this left "us" equal to "them," which I guess means, for the moment, that "we" are Lopevi and "they" are Yasur, not that anyone seems entirely convinced that that's the long-term alignment to watch. Elsewhere, Chad has a chat with Chris in which he says that he doesn't trust Julie, and continues to believe that, as of the merge, Julie will flee directly for her women friends. Chris puts in that Julie wants to boot John, and Chad's like, "Well, right." Because she would. I mean, you at least have to suspect that she would suggest someone other than herself, no? Chad interviews that trust is a big issue in the game, and that he doesn't trust John, and isn't sure of Julie either. He tells Chris that although he doesn't want to keep John, they at least have "the guys." See, I think they need to abandon this idea, because even if they boot Julie, there will only be a tie, and that's assuming that Rory comes back and votes with the guys, which I see no reason to believe he would, necessarily. At any rate, Chris confirms that Chad doesn't trust Julie. Chad adds that if he were convinced of Julie's loyalty, he'd boot John, but he isn't. Chris brings up the reasonable point that if the women's alliance were as ironclad as Chad is characterizing it, then presumably, they wouldn't have booted Lisa. So there's obviously some opportunity to crack that alliance. And when Julie wasn't in with Scout and friends at the beginning and has been separated from them for this long? Hell. Most of her original girlfriends are gone, and I see no reason to assume she wouldn't stay with an alliance of guys if she thought it benefited her.