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.
It's now Day 3 as we join Maraamu, where tribe members are sadly weaving fronds. Rob tells us in a confessional that because they lost the challenge, they will have to go to Tribal Council. Sean tells the others -- as if they didn't know -- that "reality has set in," and someone will be voted off. Peter Pandit explains that his strategy is to keep the "strong as strong as possible," while Patricia looks sullen. In a confessional, she tells us that the tribe gave her the impression that she would be voted off. We see her telling Rob that she may not be twenty-five or be able to keep up with him in a foot race, but wait until the food challenge. Actually, she doesn't say that, but it would have been damn funny if she did. Instead, she insists that she will be "steady" and "endure." She continues telling us in her confessional that she doesn't know if the others are against her because she's an overweight female "mama figure."
Peter Pandit attempts to explain his voting strategy to the others, and pisses Gina off in the process. She tells him that he can't know what's going to happen, and Peter Pandit answers, "That's called life," which is sort of a lame answer. I think from now on whenever anyone says something I don't agree with or that makes no sense, I'll just counter with the equally nonsensical "That's called life." Gina tells Peter Pandit that she's happy to know his strategy, but that she has no desire to discuss it with him further. She says they're going to go to Tribal Council that evening, and that nothing anyone else says will influence her vote. Looking suddenly pretty and exotic in a palm-shadowed confessional, Gina tells us that Peter got on her nerves because he tried to inflict his voting strategy on the other members of the tribe. As we see the conversation continue, Peter insists, "I'm not this magical, mystical person." He's Peter Pandit, not Puff the Magic Dragon. He tells the others that if he wants to know the truth about a person, he just looks in their eyes. He then says it's not like "ooooooohhhhh," which is I think supposed to be less "spooky" and more "amazing," but comes out pretty much dead-on at "crazed." Sarah tells us in a confessional that she intends to vote for Peter because he always looks like he's up to something, with a "strange smirk" on his face, and besides that, "he's just strange." We see Peter Pandit attempting to talk to Maraamu about alliances, and Hunter claims that "an alliance right now means absolutely nothing." Sean tells us in a confessional that he intends to vote out Sarah as we see a clip of her floating on her back in the water. He continues, "When you look at Sarah and go, other than having two floating devices that can help us out there, what value is she to the group, other than looking cute?" Sean tells Peter Pandit that Tribal Council is an uncomfortable situation because they're all one family. He then wins over all the female watchers by claiming that he's not chauvinistic, but "the more males you have in the camp, the better, [he] think[s], you can survive."