Peachy asks how the tribes enjoyed their journey to the challenge site. Sean, wearing tiny little shorts, says, "Y'all are crazy, I know that much!" It sounds like a non sequitur until you weigh in the factor that it's not much of a journey for the tribes at all, since they are driven to Tribal Council, and since this challenge is occurring there. Peachy asks whether the tribes achieved fire, and Rotu cheers while Maraamu stands quietly, even though both teams were successful. Peachy now explains that they will not be given fire or matches at any point during the contest, so they need to maintain and protect their fires. Peachy passes around the idol so that they can all touch it, and Zoe seems particularly excited.
Peachy then explains that today's challenge guarantees the winning tribe another three days on the island, whereas the losers will proceed to Tribal Council and vote a member out. Tribal Council, it turns out, is one big hut this year, instead of a bunch of tiny ones like in Africa. For the challenge, each tribe has an outrigger canoe with two torches in it. They will run down the beach with the canoe, swim with the canoe to a center wok, light both torches, and head back to shore lighting four team woks on the way. Once back on the beach, they'll sprint to light three more torches, put the canoe in a raised stand, and light a final torch for immunity. It's typical of the people who invent these challenges to have them swim while pushing a canoe instead of actually rowing in it; it's like making them run with bicycles or tow a car.
The challenge begins. The tribes are in a dead heat as they hit the water, but Maraamu takes the lead by the time they reach the central wok. It's chaos as both tribes attempt to light their torches from the same source, and suddenly Rotu's ahead and on their way back to shore. Maraamu continues to have difficulties lighting their torches, while I think I hear Kathy loudly yelling at Rotu, "If this [torch] gets water in it, we are screwed!" We see Sarah swim carefully over to a wok with a raised lit torch, and then dump it in the water before managing to ignite the second torch. By now, Rotu doesn't even have to run up the beach; they just slowly amble toward their canoe's stand, and although Maraamu puts a lot more hustle into the end of the race, it's clearly too late. Even the editors don't try to make this suspenseful. There's some brief confusion at the finish as John is unsure whether he's supposed to light the last central wok, but then he does, and the tribe takes the victory. Rotu cheers Maraamu on as they finish, but Maraamu just looks pissy. Peachy proclaims Rotu the winner and then he turns toward his favorite activity: taunting the losing Maraamu.