Aitu gets some treemail, which Ozzy -- who seems to be on Perma-Pout at this point -- reads aloud. It indicates that they will compete in pairs, undergo strain, and compete for food. Pretty thorough, for crap-ass Survivor poetry, which usually says something like, "Something will happen/ What will it be?/ You will soon find out/ If you don't get stuck in a tree."
Challenge beach. Well, "clearing." Well, "area." Jeff brings in the tribes. There is some happiness on Aitu about J.P. being gone. Yeah, the pure muscle challenges might be about to get a little easier. That's sure to help, right? Jeff explains that, in this challenge, each tribe will pick three pairs who will play together. Each pair will stand on a platform with each person hanging onto a handle with one hand. The handles go to pulleys, and then down to hooks. So it's a weight-hanging challenge, the twist being that you work in a pair, and you each hold up weight with one hand. The leftover two people on each tribe are the ones who hang weights on the other team's pairs. Now, Jeff doesn't quite say this, but he implies and it certainly appears that each time you add weight, you have to add the two bags you get to each of the two people in a single pair. And each bag is five pounds. The last pair standing wins reward for the tribe. And what's the reward? Extra fishing stuff, spices, and wine, along with the opportunity to send somebody from the other team to Exile Island. Jeff sends them off to decide what pairs they want to use. Aitu picks Jonathan/Yul, Candice/Sundra, and JessiFlicka/Ozzy. Raro picks Nate/Adam, Rebecca/Stephannie, and Cristina/Brad. They have at least all noticed the part where a pair is only as strong as its weakest member, since they're not sharing the weight, so you put your two strongest on the same pair and pin your hopes on them, basically. So this means that the ones put in charge of loading up weight on the opposition are Cao Boi and Becky for Aitu, and Parvati and Jenny for Raro.
First to get weights are Adam/Nate and Candice/Sundra. So Aitu is going after the big dogs, while Raro is trying to knock someone off quickly. Honestly, I think either of those strategies is probably all right. I've never been convinced that it matters that much what you do here, though it feels like it should. If you go after big dogs early, then you leave the weaker people standing around doing nothing and you don't get on the road to wearing them out. If you don't, then you just make the big dogs wait around and let them save themselves. I think I would take the approach of going after the big guys, though, because my hope would be that they're the ones you'll have to break down over time, while the weaker people will snap right away when you put maybe fifteen pounds in their hands. Adam mutters to Nate that he hopes the other team will just pile it on so that they can "hold it for as long as [they] possibly can." He learned that kind of sharp, critical, super-logical thinking from The Grind.