Back at Jaburu, Rob and Deena head off together to check treemail, and Deena proposes that they can safely assume the reward has "graduated" from Coke to food. The clue reads, "Looks like your dinners are tasting pretty bland. Keep your focus and your balance, and give your meals a helping hand." Is my mind in the gutter for going some place dirty with that "dinners tasting pretty bland" bit? Rob asks, "Spices?" as if he's proposing an alternate solution to Fermat's Last Theorem, and then further suggests, "Salt and pepper?" In an interview he tells us that they hoped the reward would be a meal, but couldn't really know what it would be or what "added bonus" might be thrown in.
An aerial view reveals a muddy pool of water spanned by a giant log. Peachy encourages Jaburu to have their first look at the new Tambaqui, and eagerly points out that Jeanne is missing. No one looks surprised. Peachy explains that the day's reward challenge requires both strength and coordination, as the S11 will compete against each other to stay on a revolving log. One at a time, they'll face a same-sex member of the opposite tribe, and the first person to "fall off the log and hit the water" loses. So if they fall off the log and somehow make it to dry land, they're in the clear? Also, Peachy makes it sound like the log revolves independently, when really it is influenced by the movements of the competitors. In any case, Peachy announces that they'll be competing in randomly selected pairs until one tribe reaches five points.
And on to what they're playing for: Peachy points out that their meals of manioc and fish have probably been getting a little bland, and he thought he'd help them spice it up. He reveals a basket full of spices and vegetables, as well as a huge platter of colorful fresh fruit, including an entire pineapple, giant strawberries, and plums. The tribes are very excited and clap for the fruit.
Peachy announces that Jaburu will have to sit out a woman, because Tambaqui is short a girl, and they decide on Deena. Matthew and Roger are first to compete, and Davey Rockett insists on calling Matthew "Mateo," which I find kind of annoying. Or maybe I just find Matthew annoying. Quirky, tooty music plays in the background as Matthew and Roger start hopping around on the log. It's not a very graceful endeavor, and their arms flail as their legs jig over the log. They look like cartoon characters who have been given simultaneous hotfoots, and Roger appears to be practicing his Jane Fonda-taught aerobic arm circles. Finally, he falls in, causing Matthew to suck in his gut and beat his disturbingly puffed-out chest.