After Tribal Council, Alicia realizes that the jury members think Christina is dumb, but that Sabrina could potentially sway them.
The Reward Challenge involves family members, who are there on the island. You guys, I actually got choked up when Tarzan's wife came out. She loves that old coot. The challenge is the old "hooked to a rope by a carabineer and then do an obstacle course while untangling the rope." Their loved ones are running it with them, and the winner gets to have a private feast with the loved one. Kat and her cousin with the way-too-close relationship win. Kat chooses Kim and Alicia to go with her. Holy shit, I can't believe that she didn't pick Tarzan. Kat then gives the rationale that she wanted to get drunk with her friends. So that goes over well. Everyone else agrees that Tarzan and Christina should have been chosen – did I mention Christina's dad just had a kidney transplant and only has five to ten years to live?
While on the Reward, Alicia and Kat assume that they are going to final three with Kim. Meanwhile, Kim tells her sister that she probably will take these two, because she thinks she can beat them, but she doesn't plan to vote out Sabrina first. Meanwhile, the people not on the Reward Challenge all agree that Kat should go next. Some think so because they're mad at her about the Reward, while others (like Chelsea) are worried that Kat might get jury votes from the guys, given Troy's support for her.
Immunity Challenge: hold a skiing tow rope behind your back while leaning forward over water. Every so often, Probst lets out more rope so that the contestants are leaning further and further forward. Sabrina is the first one out, which might be her death warrant. Tarzan is next, and then the rest of the women go until it's just Kat and Kim left. Kat whines about how Kim wins everything and she just wants to win one, and then she falls and Kim wins.
People are still talking about getting rid of Kat, and now they have the added reason that Kat has shown that she can win challenges, while Sabrina can't. I'm not sure why no one is talking about Tarzan; he can win challenges and he would definitely get the men's votes. At Tribal Council, Kat acts like a total idiot and a brat. She actually says that she thinks blindsides are funny and exciting, and then she gets blindsided and it's kind of awesome. I might have been sad if she hadn't been such an asshole this week. Instead, I literally LOL'd. Poor dumb Kat.
After Tribal Council, Chelsea celebrates finally getting rid of Troy. Kat tells everyone that he told her, "Do it!" before leaving, and expresses surprise that he chose her to encourage that way. Kat wants everyone to believe she's a brilliant strategist, but telling everyone that she's Troy the Jury Member's favorite was not her best move. Kim interviews that she feels incredibly relieved that Troy's gone. They discuss the voting and Alicia points out that Troy voted for Christina and she could've gone home. Well, wasn't that your alliance's backup plan, Alicia? That if Troy played an Idol, Christina would go home? Don't act so surprised.
Alicia interviews that Christina just looks dumber when she answers questions at Tribal Council, while Sabrina can talk and persuade people, so she might be more dangerous in the finals. Alicia feeds that information to Kim, starting to make her case to vote out Sabrina next. Alicia interviews that people don't like Christina and Sabrina is scary as a competitor, so Alicia thinks he's in a good spot. In fact, she believes that she's controlling the game. Mmm hmm. Sure you are. You keep thinking that.
The next day, Sabrina and Alicia go to get treemail and discover a product-placed cell phone containing video messages from their family members. My favorite part is that Alicia gets so excited that she shakes the box up and down while showing it off to the tribe and Chelsea snaps at her, "Stop shaking it!" I don't think Chelsea likes Alicia all that much.
They gather around and watch the messages from family members. It's the typical cryfest, with the loved one offering messages of support and hopes to spend time together. Christina explains that her dad had a kidney transplant last year and now has only five to ten years to live. I'm going to assume he has an underlying illness, because kidney transplants don't limit your life expectancy that way. Tarzan gets all emotional when he sees his wife, which is sweet. Sabrina interviews that Tarzan deserves to see his wife, since they don't have much time left on this earth (? He's 64) and don't have children (?). I would point out that Tarzan is the only one with a spouse that came to the island, which is reason enough to let him visit I guess. I'm not sure why the no children and the age thing matters. Does Sabrina know that she could get hit by a truck tomorrow? And Tarzan could live to be 100 and his wife could be 101? Anyway, Sabrina's point is that whoever wins should make sure Tarzan gets to spend time with his wife, which is not a bad point.