Challenge beach. The teams approach. They put down their crates, and then Probst takes back the coconut monkey from Janu. (Coconut monkey: "Mom! Dad! I don't want to go to a different school!") Jeff reminds them about the crate and rope they got this morning. Now, there's more. The teams will have twenty minutes to swim out and get three bundles of lumber that are floating in the water and bring them back to shore. You basically then use the lumber and additional rope to build what Jeff calls a "fortress," hee hee, around the foot locker. (You know, "If I Built This Fortress Around Your Foot Locker" is a really fucking deep song, man.) Ultimately, you're just entangling the crate in the messiest possible wad of wood and rope that the other team will have to undo before they can get into it. After twenty minutes, each tribe will start trying to free up its crate. Once you get to the crate and open it, you grab your flag and raise it, and the first team to do that will win.
For Koror, the team consists of the four people who sat out the reward challenge -- Ian, Janu, Jen, and Katie. Not quite the most formidable squad of all time for a challenge that has a physical aspect, especially given the rough shape that Janu has been in. Anyway, ready, go! As usual, I love watching Ian run, because he's delightfully spazzy and looks like a marionette. Ulong has Steph and Bobby Jon swim out to the lumber while Ibrehem dawdles in the water halfway back. Not sure what that brilliant plan is about. And James is standing around on the beach doing nothing with Ulong's crate and rope. Which is...also, what? Meanwhile, Ian and Jen swim out for lumber for Koror, while Katie and Janu are on the beach already adding additional knots to their crate. James, however, is preoccupied with retying his skirt. Because he was in the Navy, and while he learned to tie a knot that no one would ever be able to decipher, he apparently didn't learn how to tie a piece of fabric around his waist so that it wouldn't fall down or leave his naked ass to flap in the breeze.