Immunity Challenge! The tribes report. I just realized that the Idol are chickens and it's making me wonder whatever happened to the chickens that the tribes rescued in the premiere. Did they eat them? Did they escape? Anyway, the challenge involves using a yoke to carry two heavy clay pots filled with rice to various stands. Once all six pots of rice are in place, they have to use a wrecking ball to break all six pots. First place team gets supplies for a steak dinner. Second place gets veggies and some spices. Third place gets nothing. Probst reminds Kalabaw and Tandang that they need to sit out three tribe members and they both choose to sit out their three females.
The first flight is Malcolm vs. Skupin vs. Carter. Malcolm makes a fast start. Carter breaks a pot right off the bat and then struggles going forward. Probst is happy to point out that Matsing has the lead for the first time ever. Have I mentioned that they have to carry the rice pots through an obstacle course in a slippery mud pit? So that adds a layer. Denise is the final one to go for Matsing, and her team has a lead when she begins, but Pete's long legs help him step easily over the obstacles and he takes the lead for Tandang. Matsing remains in second and Kalabaw in third, going into the smashing pots portion of the challenge.
Artis is smashing pots for Tandang, Malcolm for Matsing and Jeff Kent for Kalabaw. Artis doesn't have any wasted swings from what we see and Tandang gets first place. Now it's down to Matsing and Kalabaw, who each have one pot left. Malcolm swings and misses. Jeff Kent swings and misses. Malcolm swings and misses. This is intense. Jeff Kent swings and glances his final pot, which shifts but doesn't break. And just when you're thinking Matsing might pull this off, Kalabaw's ball hits the pot on the backswing and smashes it. Awesome, awesome cinematography, editing and score on that challenge. I was on the edge of my seat and felt like I could smell the mud.
As Tandang and Kalabaw congratulate one another, Russell smashes the final pot on the ground and then throws a big temper tantrum. He stomps around and yells, "Same old crap! Lord, I don't know what happened!" The other tribes are just awkwardly standing around as he yells to God. Probst finally interrupts and asks what's up and Russell mistakenly calls Probst, "Lord." Heh. Probst wonders why Russell talks like he's not supposed to fail, but he's just a human. Russell says that he was formed by God as a perfect creature and he's supposed to live in excellence. Probst explains the world to Russell: someone wins which means someone has to lose. Russell finally settles down. He has mental problems. Tandang takes the food and heads out. Kalabaw decides to trade their food for a tarp. Smart move, since the rain is killing them.