Or...Moto wins the challenge, anyway. Ravu looks dejected and miserable, but they're about to have a little bit of relief. Jeff gives the secret bottle to Lisi. When she opens it, the note inside tells the tribe to choose between immunity and comfort. Basically, you can either have the Couch Camp and go to tribal council, or you can have the Ouch Camp and have immunity. For Moto, this note sucks, because they otherwise would have both the good camp and immunity. For Ravu, the note is awesome, because they otherwise would have neither. The note does not say, interestingly, whether the camp change is permanent or, if not, how long it will last. Jeff calls this an "interesting dilemma," choosing between being down another person after tribal council tonight, or going to a camp where they don't have food and blankets. Moto consults, and it doesn't take long for them to choose to keep their camp. Of course, everybody thinks it's going to be somebody else voted off. There was a ton of debate over the question of whether it made any sense for Moto to do this. Of course, in a sense, they're wusses, and they should have kept the numbers advantage, et cetera, but the impact of the better conditions is obvious. If they don't have to keep making this decision every three days or so, then next time, they have an excellent chance of winning again, and who knows? Maybe later, they can have camp and numbers. If it were just luxuries, like the bed and the hammock, that would be one thing. But they're sleeping and eating, and the other tribe isn't doing much of either, and it certainly seems to be affording Moto a huge challenge advantage. I'm not sure I wouldn't have done the same thing. Of course, in my case, it would be because I love a comfortable pillow, but for them, it should totally be the challenge-boosting protein. At any rate, Ravu takes possession of the immunity stick for the first time. Jeff will see Moto later at tribal council. He sends everyone back to camp.
When we get back from commercials, it's Day 11 at Moto, post-challenge. Boo calls Moto "still undefeated," which is true or not true, depending entirely on the view you choose to take about whether they essentially forfeited or whether you inherently "lose" when you wind up at tribal council. Liliana (hey, Liliana!) interviews that confronted with loss of their "home" or voting someone off, they chose to vote someone off. Too bad for that person! Sucker! She says that, with Gary gone, they're actually losing two people in one swoop. It's interesting to contemplate that, indeed, when this is over, the tribes are going to be tied in numbers. In spite of the absolute pants-down spanking that Moto has been delivering to Ravu, it's all going to mean nothing in terms of the slide into the merge. For the last few seasons, numbers at the merge have been really big, in that they've either made the difference or they've had to be overcome through crazy acts of Yulsmanship. But after this, it's 7-7. Moto still has the good camp, but that's all they have now. The numbers advantage is vanishing immediately.