For the reward, Malakal has chosen a shelter, a lighting kit, and a "survival kit," whatever that is. Airai also chose shelter, but they chose a kitchen set and a fishing kit. Winning tribe gets the things they picked. Worth playing for? Oddly enough, Jeff, yes. It is. And then, tragically, Jeff Probst says, "Lez geddit awwn," and he immediately ages about twenty-three years.
By the time the contestants are ready to get going, it's pouring down rain again. So this will be kind of a clusterfuck, I'm thinking. Ready? Go! You'll note that Joel first goes after Amanda and Yau-Man. Because you have to fight logically, not emotionally, and logically, you would rather fight a smaller woman and a little old man than a bunch of big, strong dudes. Interestingly, when James and Joel ultimately face off, James takes Joel down with no difficulty, so if Joel thought he was going to bring an end to the Era Of James Is The Big Dude, At Least With Regard To Big Dudes, he is sorely mistaken. Other highlights include a moment where Eliza is literally holding on to the waistband of Erik's shorts, pulling them halfway down as he drags her while carrying a bag. Eventually, Erik turns and -- in my opinion, as gently as he really can, conks her with the bag to make her let go. Amanda decides to go over and take on Erik, who's got a bag under one arm. Unfortunately for Amanda, she approaches him from the side, and it's the side with the free arm, so it's very easy for him to bend over, slip an arm around Amanda's leg, and lift her up, followed by dropping her in the water. Again, I don't think Erik does that much more violently than necessary, and I can't truly think of a more efficient way he could have dispatched Amanda with one hand when she approached from that side. I mean, she literally comes up from the side and wraps her arms around his neck. I think they teach this at Wrestler College, because it's the most obvious takedown in history.
James takes offense, and he's going to snap Erik in half for daring to, like, compete and stuff. I don't know; I'm not all that impressed with a dude taking offense over the ladies being slammed when the ladies seem perfectly capable of participating. I'm not sure Amanda doesn't weigh more than Erik, to tell you the truth. She's made of girl, and he's made of popsicle sticks. It's hard to tell, with the way people are used to block for each other here, who's really valuable, but when Malakal eventually wins, I'd have to say the most obvious MVP overall is probably Jonathan, though James was also crucial. You know who was practically invisible? Ozzy. Interesting.