It's time for family week, so we get a glimpse at a bunch of blood relatives and Denise's husband. Amanda's sister looks just like her, right down to the blurred behind (which is pretty damn funny), Peih-Gee's dad is amusingly businesslike, Courtney clings to her father like she's never clung before, Erik's mom thinks he's too thin, and everybody cries. And Todd's sister lets slip that Todd's other sister, who's even younger than this sister, who's even younger than 22-year-old Todd, has had a miscarriage of a very early pregnancy. Denise wins reward, and she chooses to take Todd and Amanda with her, despite the fact that Peih-Gee just included her in an awesome reward last week. And then, just when viewers at home are hating on themselves for fleetingly wondering whether there's any chance that Todd and his sister were putting on that sad story, it turns out that everyone not on the reward is wondering the same thing, including Courtney, who's so sure it couldn't be true that she guarantees herself a place in the history of the insensitive jerk if it turns out that her eye-rolly "whatever"-ing is wrong. Later, Peih-Gee wins immunity again (where's her big love for being such a challenge monster, Jeff Probst?), and Erik is in trouble. There's an effort to get Denise to force a tie so she can have some chance at finishing better than fourth, but she's the kind of inert player who really just can't bring herself to act if there's any risk to acting, because she underestimates the risks of not acting. So Denise dutifully votes along with Todd, Courtney, and Amanda, and Erik goes home. His mom will be glad he can eat now. So Peih-Gee is basically the Boo at this point, going into the endgame with an absolute requirement that she win immunity every single time, because there's no way they're letting her get near a jury including Erik, Jaime, Frosti, and a bunch of people with good reasons to hate Todd and Amanda for dicking them over. It's immunity or bust, lady. Keep it up.
Previously on Midnight In The Garden Of James's Discontent: An Apple-Eating Primer: Peih-Gee took Denise and Erik on a great reward that allowed Denise to show off her kung fu skills for a bunch of monks who probably would have been more impressed with a nice turkey tetrazzini. According to the Jeff-over, James "was in the best position to win it all." Apparently, Jeff is privy to information the rest of us do not get to enjoy. Erik used throwing stars and channeled his natural aggressiveness and super-secret combat training to win immunity for himself, so in theory, Peih-Gee should have been on the block. Amanda and her blurry bottom, however, came up with the idea that perhaps allowing James a free ride to F3 wasn't the smartest possible move, so she arranged to have James blindsided. Despite the fact that he had two immunity idols and three tribal councils in which to use them, and despite the fact that he certainly could have won immunity once or bluffed once or something, James chose just to sit there and do nothing. Unlike Jaime, who at least went out swinging, James went down on a called third strike -- a pretty unspectacular ending for such a heavily hyped player, which James took quite well and Jeff Probst undoubtedly did not. "The most powerful player in the game was gone," says Jeff. "And I went home and curled up with James's shirt, which I had stolen from camp by a production assistant I threatened to fire if she didn't bring me things that smelled like James." (I made up the last part.) Six left; who will go next?
Hae In Da Noise, Hae In Da Fung, Night 30. I've never noticed that Todd's name is rendered on the team flag as "T-Roc." Oh, I'm sorry: "T-ROC!" Apparently, he is a gay Mormon flight-attendant-slash-rapper. Amanda comments that this was "the most shocking tribal council yet," which means she is ready to start her new career as a promo writer for The Bachelor. Courtney notes that Jean-Robert very much enjoyed James's booting, and you know how Courtney likes to look out for Jean-Robert's good time. Todd interviews that he was really, really concerned that this idea might not work, but, as he eloquently says, "It did." He's got his little gray cap turned slightly at a jaunty angle, like he's the moppet in a Cary Grant movie...about a moppet. They all discuss how concerned they were about how ugly things were going to be back at camp if they had to come back with James, having tried and failed to get him out. Considering that James's major weapon appears to be pouting, I'm not sure they have that much to worry about. The top six share a group hug. Well, except for Peih-Gee. She interviews that seeing the original Fei Long choose to start eating each other "absolutely gives [her] hope." She interviews that if she can get one or two more people on her side, she could force a tie or otherwise do damage to the obvious plan to take her out the minute she doesn't win immunity. "I love it that I'm still here," she grins. I'm a little confused by the robe she's wearing in this sequence. Did that come from the reward? If not, she waited a long time to bust out her bathrobe. Maybe this is somebody's solution to how tired they all are of blurring everybody's ass.