Gregg interviews that Janu has become "something that we need to, you know, put up with out here." He calls her presence "kind of a buzzkill," but goes on to say that's not a reason to vote her out. Janu plays a role in his strategy, whereas -- dun dun dunnnnn! -- Stephenie does not, and in fact, Stephenie "threatens" Gregg's strategy. Gregg points out that while some people think Stephenie "deserves" to be here, his opinion is that whoever helps him, that's who deserves to be there. And, amen to that. "Winning this game is hardly about deserving," he says, and as much as I love Steph, I could almost jump through the TV and kiss Gregg for saying that. I won't, though. That's how I wound up in the emergency room trying to explain the glass shards in my nose that one time. "If you have a role in my strategy, then you deserve to be here so you can help me win a million dollars," he says. And really, they ought to print that on every buff they hand out for the rest of this show's life.
We move to a challenge beach. Jeff welcomes the tribe and tells them that, in this challenge, the tribe will divide into two groups of four. Each group will carry six pieces of scaffolding out into the water, one at a time, and use them to construct a tower. Once the tower is built, one person will climb up it and get a flag, and then they'll come down, and the team will race up onto the beach. First one to get there with the flag will win reward. The reward will involve meeting with a high chief at a traditional meeting house, where they'll have beer, dinner, and dessert. Time to get going.
The two tribes are Steph, Ian, Katie and Jen, versus Tom, Gregg, Janu, and Caryn. Ready? Go! I have to say that of all the really tedious challenges I have ever recapped, this is the most tedious. There's just very, very little I can tell you, with the exception of a few things. Janu and Caryn initially do nothing, while the entire other group gets to work. After Probst makes a couple of hinting remarks, Janu finally starts participating, and ultimately does well. Katie becomes the drag on her team, because she's just...really not fast. Ian and Steph are very frustrated with their team, but they can't move as quickly as the Tom-and-Gregg-driven other group. So it goes on and on and on and ON and on, but very little happens, and ultimately, Tom, Gregg, Caryn, and Janu win reward. Man, that damn thing took forever. And for someone who hasn't apparently had the energy for two weeks to do anything around camp except lie in a hammock, Janu certainly did pour it on during the challenge that stood to net her a reward. That's the kind of thing that will not make you any friends on your tribe.