At the reward challenge, Jonathan heroically drags around his bum leg, insisting it's getting better when it clearly isn't. After Airai takes the reward -- which is having locals come and help you figure out how to live in their environment and not die -- Probst brings in medical to take a look at the knee. The doctor opens up the bandage to see that Jonathan's puncture wound, inexplicably allowed to happen in a challenge where pointy things were mixed with dragging, is not healing. On the contrary, it's got a raging infection going, which she gets him to admit seems to be working its way up to his lymph nodes. She can't force him to do anything, but she urges him in the strongest language she can muster to leave the game so he can be admitted to the hospital for IV antibiotics and surgical work to clean out the wound. Jonathan resists at first, but she tells him that the infection isn't far from becoming entirely systemic and thus life-threatening. "What can you do?" Probst asks sympathetically, and Jonathan weepily gives in. He leaves his friends, he leaves his beloved game, and he takes a dignified but very difficult exit. Poor baby. Fortunately, Probst later gives the news that Jonathan did well once he made it into the arms of real doctors, and if you're sitting around thinking that the real villain here is whoever designed that idiotic challenge in the first place, then you and I are on the same page.
The immunity challenge brings James an opportunity to use all that strength for something, as he short-circuits a two-pole balancing challenge by just muscling Eliza, and then Parvati, across the course with one of the poles. It's complicated; you'd have to see it. Anyway, Airai wins again, and Malakal is faced with sending someone home. The obvious target is Chet, but Ami is kind of annoyed with Cirie's continuing arrogance toward the fans (similar to Cirie's earlier arrogance toward Jonathan, and supporting the Cirie-has-read-her-own-press theory), to the point where she's willing to align with Erik, Tracy, and Chet to vote out Cirie. Or Ozzy, who is the other possibility. Unfortunately, Chet decides that he's had enough. He has an infected foot, but really, he has a terrible case of not wanting to be there anymore, and he takes a powder, providing Cirie with an incredible stroke of luck she will undoubtedly never acknowledge. So Chet goes home, and the Pagonging of the fans begins.
Okay, but what's great? Is that earlier in the episode, Jason and Chet go to Exile Island, and Jason finds the idiotically obvious fake idol that Ozzy made -- which is literally nothing but a stick with eyes and a mouth carved in it -- and he decides it's real, just like Ozzy hoped. So that's going to pay off down the line.
Previously on Ozzy's #1 Lesson On Both Kissing And Subterfuge-itudinal Whittling: Subtlety Is Overrated: Ozzy found himself a hidden immunity idol, and he made a little fake one to put in its place. Hey, it looked like he learned some things from Yau-Man, even if none of them were "keep Yau-Man around." Ozzy decided to share the news with his "four-clique," as Amanda barfily put it while doing a little dance we'll call "The Wax-On Wax-Off Modified Push-It." (It's too bad there's no obvious, well-established name for a group of people who are allied with each other, or we might not be learning the unfortunate fact that Amanda is one of those weird people who uses "clique" to refer to a group she's actually part of.) Unfortunately for the Four-Sex Mafia, things got tricky when Jeff brought out a tribal mix-up that no one except a person who had watched the show before could possibly have predicted.
While the scramble left Ozzy with Amanda, it split the two of them from BFFs James and Parvati. So now, it's just a couple of sad little two-cliques. The new Malakal included Ozzy, Amanda, Ami, Cirie, Joel, Erik, Tracy, and Chet; the new Airai included Natalie, Jason, Kathy, Alexis, James, Parvati, Eliza, and Jonathan. An asinine challenge, based on the book The Marquis de Sade's Outdoor Games For Fun And Bleeding, forced people to drag each other around in a woodsy area full of muddy brush. Jonathan took a predictable sharp stick to the leg, resulting in a very ugly puncture wound that was stitched up as some of us lay on the floor or breathed into paper bags to keep ourselves from passing out, because: there is a hole...in...his...leg. Airai won the challenge, and it looked like Chet was not long for this world. But Cirie talked the rest of the old-timers into throwing in with Chet and Tracy to bounce Joel instead. (My favorite part of the previouslys is where Jeff says, "Joel came up with a plan," and the tricky plan was to boot Chet, the most pitiable patsy to come along since Not Me was tracking mud all over the Family Circus house.) The other weird thing is that Jeff says "the Favorites used Tracy and Chet," where my impression is that this is what Tracy wanted to do for herself. I don't think anybody "uses" Tracy for much of anything; Tracy was looking out for number one, and she knew exactly what she was doing. It's not like Joel was otherwise going to be Tracy and Chet's ally. Fifteen left: who's next?