That evening, the cruisers all enjoy a big plate of fried chicken and mashed potatoes. So not really the "traditional meal" you might have been expecting. Frosti interviews that Erik is a threat, and that he's clearly getting in good with Courtney and Amanda on this trip. "It does worry me," he says. He fears that he will be "replaced." Heh. Yeah, I know that feeling, too.
The next day, the cruisers return to camp, and Todd welcomes them with "Hey, bitches! Welcome home." Heh. I feel you, Tiny. The group demands to hear everything, and the cruisers claim that they ate "Chinese food," very much like what the other feasts have included. In an interview, Amanda claims that revealing the fried chicken dinner would have made everyone more jealous and hateful, so they decided to keep it to themselves. Later, a discussion ensues in which Todd completely makes up a story about the disagreement between Peih-Gee and James, claiming that Peih-Gee "lost it" (didn't happen) and "started screaming" (didn't happen), and at first, I wondered whether he had just blown it up in his own head, but it's so far from anything that occurred that I think he's clearly telling a story for what he thinks are strategic purposes. I wonder whether, should he make it to the end, having made stuff up to make other people look bad might backfire. Perhaps we'll find out! Asked what James said in response, Todd adopts a falsetto voice, claiming that James said, "Biiiiiitch, what're you talkin' bout?" So in Todd's fantasy, Peih-Gee was a hysterical, shrieking female from an Andy Capp cartoon, and James was Arnold from Diff'rent Strokes. Slow clap, asshole. ["Ha! He's getting them all over the place this week." -- Wing Chun] Erik interviews that the mood is pretty anti-Peih-Gee, so he's hoping that will improve his chances at sticking around.
Immunity challenge. Jeff welcomes everyone. He takes immunity back from Courtney. Basically, today's challenge is like playing Simon. Did you ever play Simon, where you had to repeat the notes that Simon played? Right. Were you terrible at Simon, like I was? I thought so. Here, Jeff will call out a series of names of animals, and you have an array of tiles in front of you with each animal shown. You have to pick up a knife and impale the tiles on it in the order Jeff gave them. So it's a challenge about remembering the order Jeff called out, and since the pictures are obvious pictures of the relevant animals and the "rabbit" tile, for instance, says "RABBIT" on the front of it, it has nothing to do with being a Chinese person and therefore being able to recognize Chinese symbols, Scout, you asshole. If you pick them up in the wrong order, you're out. Last one left wins immunity. So single-elimination is the name of the game.
But! There is a twist. You have the option of sitting out the challenge if you want, and eating instead. You can eat cheeseburgers and fries while everyone else competes. Of course, the typical construct here is that what it means if you eat is that you feel like you don't need immunity, but it certainly does more than that. Whatever person your alliance wants to vote out (here, it's Peih-Gee), if you eat, you're putting it on somebody else in your alliance to keep immunity away from that person. You're basically saying, "I will eat, and you will do the work." It has a way of exposing either (1) people who genuinely believe they won't be voted out and they don't care who is; or (2) people who care very much who's voted out, but believe that someone else will take the hit and give up the food so the eaters can gorge. When everyone reveals (simultaneously) whether they're eating or playing, it turns out that Denise, James, Todd, and Courtney are all eating. Courtney is easy -- she's eating because she's made of popsicle sticks, and because she doesn't think she's going home and doesn't care who does. James and Todd are eating because they think somebody else will keep immunity from Peih-Gee. I don't know why Denise is eating; if I were her, I'd want immunity for myself, given what's been going on around camp. The ones who are playing are all people who might need immunity -- except Amanda. Amanda, of course, is not going home, but she plays anyway, because in case you haven't noticed? She came to win, and she wants Peih-Gee out, because she correctly sees Peih-Gee as by far the person most likely to possess enough initiative to get up a revolt. She's not playing because she needs immunity; she's playing because she doesn't want Peih-Gee to get it. Peih-Gee doesn't even look at the food as Jeff describes it, because she knows she's not eating any of it.