The contestants arrive at the challenge to some ridiculously over-dramatic music. Settle down, Survivor music people. I know you're bored with playing the Evil Women Flute song all episode, but still. That was out of control. Jason arrives and Natalie makes sure to welcome him back with a smile on her face. CUTTHROAT! Probst explains the challenge, which is a bunch of other challenges all mixed into one. Between the recycled immunity challenge and the auction, it looks like the challenge planners got this week off. First, contestants have to throw rocks at tiles to release puzzle pieces which are locked together. The first four to do so move onto digging in the sand for the key which will unlock the puzzle pieces. Players will then assemble their puzzles, which will form a wheel that they will put on a winch and spin it until two planks have been lowered onto a platform. The first two to do this will advance to the final round, where they will have to use the two planks to cross a rope bridge. Then they cross another rope bridge with disks like the one Erik leaped across until the time he missed and hit the platform, chest-first. First person on the platform wins immunity. I can't imagine why the challenge that almost killed three contestants isn't making a reappearance here. Perhaps they couldn't get enough pointy sticks to hide in the mud in time.
During the brief pre-challenge "strategy" time, Natalie drops her plan to convince Jason to let her win in favor of telling him to make sure James doesn't win, because he's the one they're voting out tonight. "Don't ask any questions," she warns, like this is some huge covert operation; "I sent you to Exile for a reason," she says, promising to tell him more when they get back to camp. Jason whispers to Natalie that once he thought about it, he knew she had a reason. Right now, Jason thinks he's the most important person in this game. He thinks this is The Matrix and he is Keanu Reeves. More like Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey. Bummer, dude.
The challenge starts. James, Jason, Erik, and Amanda advance to the next round. Way to go, Awesome Evil Ladies Alliance. All four of you are no longer in the competition. The men should consider their jugulars cut already. The second round starts, and James and Erik are the first to dig up their keys. James and Erik get their keys first. Jason also finds his, but is behind the other two. James is the first to get his wheel assembled and on the winch, followed by Erik. Amanda, meanwhile, is still digging for her key. She appears to have dug up her entire square, so either the key is buried deeper than she thought or she already dug it up and tossed it in the pile of sand without knowing or someone really messed up and didn't plant it in the first place. James is the first person to get his planks and move on. Erik will be the second. Amanda never finds her key. She is useless. USELESS! What happened to "game on?"