Mookie and "Dreamz" catch a big fish with a big mouth, which makes a good symbol for the tribe right about now. When they return to the group, everybody is all excited about the fish, and Mookie interviews that returning to Ouch Camp hasn't been as bad as he thought, now that they have the capacity to catch fish: "These guys...they brought life, new life to Ravu." How inspiring, the way jackholes make each other happy. Rocky interviews that the fish-catching was wonderful: "Big, huge fish. With teeth." He adds, "It's over. It is over. The bad times are about to go." They all give another team cheer, because it is so totally obvious that they are going to win all the challenges. Totally obvious! "Right now, on paper, we're a superpower," says Rocky.
And now, it's time for the challenge. This is, of course, for immunity. Jeff brings in the tribes, and takes immunity back from Moto. The challenge is meant to challenge communication skills. Jeff says that each tribe will be belted to what he calls a "six-point sliding hub." What this means is that there are three long poles tied together in the middle so that they form a sort of six-pointed star pattern, and they're tied such that they can slide, so you can make one end of a particular pole long and one end short, you know? And each point has a person attached to it, so, for instance, one person can push in toward the center and the person on the opposite end of the same pole would walk backwards, right? Are you getting this? The entire group, all attached to this big "hub," will have to move through a field of poles, passing through several "gates." On top of that, the paths the tribes have to take through the gates cross over each other several times, so the tribes will presumably collide, if they go at about the same speed. First tribe with everybody across the finish line wins immunity. It's a really complex challenge, and although it incorporates some of the same skills as always, including spatial reasoning and cooperation and remaining calm, it demonstrates the innovative way that the challenge producers continue to come up with new kinds of puzzles, even in the fourteenth season, when you have to figure there have probably been...what, at least 350 challenges? Sure, there are repeats, but still.
At any rate, Jeff sets the teams up and waits for them to get in their hubs. Ready...go! The teams start out at similar speeds, and when they cross over, Michelle winds up tangled in not only her own team's hub, but in Ravu's as well. Basically, the challenge isn't hard, but you have to be methodical and logical. Ravu takes the first notable lead. Cleverly, at one point -- apparently with encouragement from Stacy (ew) -- Michelle hops over a Ravu pole, so she's even more tied up with them and they can't get around her. The hubs get completely locked up here, and for a bit, nobody can move, but Moto manages to free itself, so now they're all on the move again. What's surprising about this is that, perhaps out of sheer motivation not to get booted, the person who seems to be directing Moto is Boo, believe it or not. And he's doing a decent job of it, I will admit, as much as I am not a Boo booster. There are moments here where I'm a little concerned about the screaming when people have ends of poles directly into their abdomens, and when other people are exerting enormous force on those poles. Everybody manages to untangle, though, and Ravu gets moving again. The fifth gate involves a really tight squeeze, so that presents a new challenge. Particularly to Boo's pants, which are now giving up his butt crack. Nice. The challenge remains really close as the teams get close to the finish line. Team Woman-Hating versus Team With Women On It! And then suddenly, there is a push, and Moto stumbles across the finish line, taking immunity. Yay! "That's the way to hold it together, team!" says Boo. I'll give him credit -- he's trying like hell to get a foothold in this new tribe, as insincere as it all probably is. He's got to be the MVP of that challenge, so I give him that, too. He's kind of clueless, but I'm not sure he's as mean as, say, Stacy or Lisi. The men of Team Dude do not look happy. Particularly Anthony, for obvious reasons of the "uh-oh" variety. Jeff sends everybody back to camp, and Ravu will have to send Anthony -- I mean "somebody" -- home. Seriously, is this not the least suspenseful elimination of all time? As Moto leaves for camp, Yau Man notes with wonder, "I've got strength now to carry the flag!" Hee.