Penner confronts the people he thought were in his alliance about nearly voting him out, and no one really has a good excuse, so he decides that he's playing for himself now. Meanwhile, Lisa is trying to decide between staying loyal to the former Tandang, or teaming up with everyone else once Penner and Skupin are gone.
For the reward challenge, they are divided randomly into two teams. A teammate swims out to a buoy and releases a fish trap, then gets pulled in by his or her team. Due to Penner's puzzle skills, the team of Penner, Jeff Kent, Denise, Malcolm, and Lisa get a reward of a homecooked picnic lunch.
While the others are on reward, Pete floats to Abi that they should get rid of Penner first, and then follow up with Jeff Kent and Carter and Denise and Malcolm and THEN Skupin. Pete and Abi seem to be getting on one another's nerves. Meanwhile, the people on the Reward bitch about how Pete, Abi, and Artis are bullies and negative, and Penner tries to convince everyone to do something about it.
Lisa decides that the only way she can win in the end is if she sticks with the former Tandang, since she's more likable than all of them combined. She tells Skupin about Malcolm's hidden Immunity Idol, and adds that once Penner is gone, they need to blindside Malcolm. Lisa's totally right, but she's killing me because she's plotting to take out all of my favorite players.
Penner knows he needs to win Immunity to have any chance at staying. The challenge involves an obstacle course, collecting puzzle pieces along the way. The top three finishers get a chance to solve the puzzle and win Immunity. Pete and Jeff Kent are the first two across the line, and it comes to Skupin and Penner for that final slot. Penner dives across the finish line and wins a slot in the finals.
So now it's Jeff Kent, Pete, and Penner completing a puzzle. I don't think Pete's that great, but Jeff Kent is no puzzle slouch – he's been right there with Penner during all those puzzle challenges. Pete and Jeff Kent take an early lead and then Penner comes out of nowhere and blasts past them and wins Immunity. It's his first time ever winning individual immunity; no one but him is happy.
Back at camp, everyone scrambles to figure out the plan now that they can't vote out Penner. They quickly decide to get rid of Skupin. Lisa sets her plan in motion and tells Pete about Malcolm's idol and that they have to blindside him. Pete doesn’t like any plan that he didn't come up with, so he asks Malcolm if he has the idol, and Malcolm denies it. Pete's spreading lies all over the place: he told Malcolm that Lisa was the information source, and tells Lisa that he didn't reveal that she was the source. They all agree to vote out Jeff Kent, but then Malcolm makes a last-minute pitch to vote out Pete.
So let me review, because this has gone insane. First, they were going to vote out Penner. Penner won immunity, so they all went to the next person on the list: Skupin. Lisa didn't want to see Skupin go, so she made a pitch to blindside Malcolm. Malcolm denied he had the Idol, and somehow they all decided to vote out Jeff Kent (not sure why they didn't go back to Skupin except that Lisa refused to vote for him maybe?) It's also possible the Jeff Kent vote was always a ruse to keep Malcolm from playing his Idol. As they were gathering their things for Tribal, Malcolm and Jeff Kent had a brief conversation and decided to vote out Pete with their six votes (Malcolm, Denise, Jeff Kent, Carter, Penner, and Skupin). I don't know what the fudge is going to happen at this Tribal Council.
At Tribal Council, Malcolm says right away that Lisa threw him under the bus. Lisa just lays it all out and tells the truth about what she did and why she did it. Abi speaks up and says that she didn't want to blindside Malcolm because she thought he was part of their Tandang alliance. Lisa points out that she was willing to vote out Skupin, who was actually on their tribe from day one. Abi says that Skupin was never part of their alliance, but she forgets to mention Malcolm as being in that alliance. Oops. Malcolm holds up his Idol and tells everyone that he's playing it now because it's put too much of a target on his back. Abi stupidly reveals that she also has an Idol, a fact that surprised most of Kalabaw. She is dumb. There was no reason to reveal that information.
Penner makes their alliance overt, and asks that Denise, Malcolm, Carter, and Jeff Kent keep him and Skupin around, at least for a while, to get rid of the former Tandang. Lisa makes her pitch, which is that the former Tandang should stick with their Plan B, which I think is to vote out Jeff Kent. So am I crazy or does this all hinge on Skupin? Otherwise it's a tie. I am seriously counting this out on my fingers. This has been a great Tribal Council. I can't believe Pete apparently didn't have a backup plan THAT EVERYONE AGREED TO in case Penner won immunity. What a dummy.
After Jeff tallies the votes, Malcolm doesn't play his Idol because he doesn't need to and Abi doesn't because I guess she's not scared. Penner throws a vote to Abi. WHY???????? Was he confused? We SAW Jeff Kent tell him they were voting out Pete. So Lisa, Abi, Pete, Artis, and Skupin vote for Jeff and Jeff, Malcolm, Denise, and Carter vote for Pete. That's five votes for Jeff and he goes home. I do not get Penner's vote AT ALL, other than maybe he just wanted to blow things up and see what landed since he was mad at his former alliance for betraying him? And I guess we know where Skupin's loyalties lie. Ugh. This game. Meanwhile, Jeff Kent reveals his true colors in his exit interview as he bitches about how he didn't really need the prize money, since he's a multimillionaire, but he wanted it anyway.
Immediately after Tribal Council, Penner confronts Jeff Kent by basically saying, "What the fuck, dude?" Penner wants to know why the people he thought were in his alliance didn't vote out Pete, as they must have discussed. Jeff Kent mumbles something about not having the numbers and no one would commit, but he won't come out and say that he was working with Pete and the gang, so he really has nothing.
Penner interviews that it does hurt to be betrayed, because it means that you were out of the loop and people were talking behind your back. Penner flat-out asks Denise if she voted for RC, and she admits that she voted for him, because she has her own strategy for herself that may or may not work out in the end. It's nice that she takes responsibility without making things personal or ratting out anyone else. Jeff Kent hops on that bandwagon and says that, as things shook out, he had the choice of either sticking to principle and refusing to vote for Penner -- which would have been bad for him personally -- or latching onto Tandang's vote and hopefully sending himself further in the game. Penner just nods, because he can't argue with making a move to save yourself; it's the centerpiece of the game. You can't be the noble, loyal martyr and also win. It doesn't work that way, unless by being the martyr you somehow curry favor with enough people to escape getting voted out.
Jeff Kent is lying though; he voted for Penner because he has some weird vendetta against the veterans and he wanted Penner to leave. He's making it out like it's nothing personal and he just went with the wishes of the majority. Jeff Kent interviews that the plan is to keep Penner from winning immunity now that his Idol is gone, and then vote him out next. Jeff Kent also knows that he gave up some power by folding in with the former Tandang; he went from top dog in Kalabaw to bottom feeder in Tandang. He's not worried, I guess?
Skupin goes up to Penner and tells him not to give up yet, because there are definitely cracks in the Tandang alliance that could be exploited. Penner wants to know who they should work with, and Skupin is like, "I can't say, but there are cracks, but either I don't know where the cracks are or there are no cracks, but there might be cracks." I mean, he's right; Tandang is not one big happy family by a longshot. But Skupin needs to commit, because he's part of a faction. At least that's how I'd feel if I were Penner. Penner interviews that he's not going to quit, but the only way he can go further is if he backs off and tries to fly under the radar. He adds that he has no alliances or allegiances anymore.