After Tribal, Reynold and Eddie yell at their tribe for… not switching things up? I never get the whole, "Yell at your tribe for the way they voted because it wasn't the way you wanted them to vote." You're mad because you're in the minority alliance. That's on you. Don't take it out on your tribemates if you want any chance at all to turn things around.
Ooh, a Reward Challenge. The prize is time in camp with a local bushman, who will help them learn to live off the land, and who will bring food. The challenge is actually really interesting; they have to hold boards in the water such that two tribemates can walk on them from one platform to another. And then the entire tribe has to swim to a third small platform and all stand on it for five seconds. It's neck-and-neck throughout. Laura is a bit uncoordinated for the Fans when moving from board to board but her hesitation doesn't really matter in the end. The Fans are just unable to get everyone up on the platform before the Favorites do, so the Favorites win Reward. Shamar thought his team won (mostly because he was buried at the bottom of the platform) and embarrasses himself by celebrating his team's loss.
The Favorites are delighted by the tiny man who comes to show them how to cook and survive on the beach. The Fans continue to be annoyed by Shamar, who continues to lie in the shelter and order people to bring him rice. Then he gets a grain of sand in his eye and he scratches it and they call in the medical team. The medic says that he has a divot in his cornea and she wants to pull him from the game rather than potentially compromise his vision in that eye. Shamar acts all sad that he's leaving but honestly? I think he's relieved that he didn't have to make the decision to quit. And his tribe is sad to lose a big guy but probably happy that they didn't have to vote him out just because he was being annoying.
Both tribes report for the Immunity Challenge and the Favorites find out that Shamar is gone. For the challenge, they have to swim out to a platform, climb it, jump off and smash a tile, which will release a key. Once five keys have been retrieved, the other two tribe members use them to unlock a chest full of sandbags, and they have to throw them and knock over blocks. The best part of this challenge is watching them run out into the water on this wobbly bridge because just about everyone wipes out in spectacular fashion. Sherri goes first for the Fans and misses the tile when she jumps off the platform, so she has to climb all the way up again. This puts the Fans way behind. Reynold almost catches them up by knocking the blocks off quickly and efficiently. Out of like forty blocks. Reynold gets his down to five left while Phillip has two for the Favorites, but Phillip is some sort of major-league pitcher in addition to being a federal agent and he wins immunity for the Favorites. Again.
Matt and Michael claim to want to vote out Laura because she's so useless in challenges, especially compared to Reynold or Eddie. Reynold worries that they're trying to lull him into not playing the Idol and then blindsiding him. Sherri worries that her alliance is falling apart.
At Tribal Council, the various factions make their cases for keeping strong challenge players versus rewarding loyalty and then they vote. Reynold does play his Idol. But he didn't need to, because the rest of the tribe (probably wisely) realized that they need to start winning challenges if they don't want to get picked off one-by-one after the merge; they vote out Laura. She really was terrible at challenges.
As usual, we open right after the Tribal Council where the Fans voted out Hope, leaving Reynold and Eddie with none. No hope, get it? Eddie starts yelling at everyone because they said they wanted the strongest team possible and yet Laura is still there. At least I think he pointed to Laura. It's tough to tell in night vision. Eddie interviews that they got rid of Hope because she's the prettiest one there. Yeah, Eddie. That's exactly why they voted her out. It has nothing to do with her alliance with you and Reynold. You dummy.
Then Reynold calls Laura out for tricking him into voting for Shamar. Wasn't he already going to vote for Shamar? All Laura did was give him hope and keep him from making another play. Everyone else points out that Reynold's just mad because he got played, which is totally true. Reynold basically says, "Fuck y'all." Keep that in mind for the future.
The next morning, Phillip is still keeping his whole "Spy Team" thing going. He explains that Napoleon, when going to Waterloo, couldn't pay his troops so he gave them titles. First of all, Napoleon was defeated at Waterloo, so bad example. And second, giving someone a title instead of a raise is the shittiest kind of corporate bullshit, and anyone who falls for it deserves what they get.
Anyway, Phillip has decided to give Brandon a title so that he thinks he's part of the group even though Brandon isn't part of the group. Phillip takes him into the jungle and welcomes him to "Stealth R Us" and Brandon asks like he just got into the National Honor Society. Anyway, his spy name is The Conqueror, due to his challenge performances. Brandon interviews that Phillip is a terrible agent (duh) because he doesn't know that Brandon is totally lying to him. Phillip gives Erik the name "The Silent One" (come on, he's not even trying).
Okay, so you may be thinking this whole naming business is ridonk, but Phillip's the only one who takes it seriously so who cares? Except then Andrea interviews that she was okay with giving Brandon a name, although she wishes Phillip had checked with her first, but then he gave Erik a name, and she wonders if he's going to give Brenda a name too! How dare he! Give out stupid names for his fake alliance? It just devalues Andrea's stupid name for her fake alliance. Gah, she is dumb. So then Phillip gives Brenda a name and tells her the names of everyone else in the tribe, and her name is "Serenity" which doesn't even make sense. But whatever. I don't care about Phillip's fake names other than they are slightly amusing and they make everyone else look dumb.