Casaya gets its last puzzle piece and heads in. Sally and Austin unsuccessfully try to build the puzzle. They unsuccessfully try again. Shane and P. Beefcake, having watched Austin and Sally for a while, try the puzzle for Casaya. Sally and Austin finally start turning the pieces vertically, and finally, just as it seems like La Mina's going to give up yet another victory, they actually get it assembled and get the gold skull on top, meaning that they don't have to go to tribal council again. La Mina gratefully takes the immunity idol. Casaya is not looking so hot, because none of them knows what the rest of us know, which is that an opportunity to send Casaya to tribal council is an opportunity to get rid of Shane.
When we return, we are with Casaya on the afternoon of Day 14, as they return unhappy from the challenge. Shane is wearing his bandanna wrapped around his head and a girlish flop of hair over the front that I just cannot capture adequately in terms of its stunning ugliness except to say that Katie Holmes wasn't dealing with this level of unflattering even when her hair was two different colors during the death throes of Dawson's Creek. Shane tells the team that President Beefcake must go. There is to be no discussion. His word is law. Aras talks about the loss as if he regrets that he has to vote someone off, when in fact, he loves this part, because it makes him feel powerful. Aras says that he wants Beefcake to stay, even though the group wants him to go. He thinks that Beefcake is worth enough in challenges not to be sent home. It is almost certainly hard for Aras to process the concept that his tribe might send home someone he wants to keep. Why would they? How could they? Shane has an oddly determined thing about sending Beefcake home, however, and he doesn't immediately go along with Aras. Aras says that he'd go with Bruce to be booted, because he brings nothing "to the table," and they can't "control Bruce." I find the concept of Bruce being uncontrollable very funny in some way. Shane insists that switching and getting rid of Bruce is a horrible idea, but he passive-aggressively agrees to go along with it. Shane interviews that he wants Beefcake out because he came from the Young Dudes, and Shane has always feared that, post-merge, those four would get back together. Aras insists to Shane that Beefcake -- who, you will remember, talked openly about his eagerness to flip on his team at the first opportunity -- will not flip on them. Shane gives a sort of "whatever you guys want," and Courtney misunderstands and asks if this means Shane won't vote against Bruce. "I didn't say that," Shane says as if Courtney is an idiot. "What are-- what are you babbling about?" She clarifies that she just didn't understand him the first time. Seriously, if Shane thinks that's Courtney babbling, he hasn't heard Courtney babbling. That was practically a précis, coming from her.