Abi, Lisa and RC quietly discuss strategy. RC says that she thinks she can make a connection with Denise and Abi wants her to use that to get information. RC says lightly that she would, but that if they're being honest, Tandang isn't "one big happy family." Lisa puts her head down and stays quiet, but Abi agrees that they're not. If RC were smart, she would hustle to put together a new alliance before Pete gets his dirty claws into the former Kalabaw.
Now that the feast is over, the new tribe members are starting to put their stuff together, including gathering bamboo to build a shelter. Lisa starts gathering clothes to hang them in the sun so no one has to sleep in wet clothes. And of course, she finds Malcolm's hidden Immunity Idol. She doesn't say anything immediately and luckily is hidden by hanging clothes when she finds it, so no one else sees her. Malcolm and Denise walk into the woods, and Malcolm is panicky, realizing that someone must have found his Idol since his clothes are all laid out in the sun. Denise is sure Lisa found it. Malcolm interviews that he thought he'd have at least an hour before he needed to secure the Idol, but jokes that the estrogen took over. Yeah, that was a dumb thing to say -- implying the women are unable to let wet clothes go undried -- but he seems chagrinned that he even said it, so I'll give him a pass unless he shows further evidence that he's sexist. I think his strong alliance with and admiration for Denise wins him lots of points in that regard.
Malcolm finds Lisa and takes her for a walk on the beach. He just looks at her, and she realizes that he knows what she found and she smiles and says she wasn't looking for it and didn't mean to find it. Lisa vows that she won't tell anyone, and Malcolm tells her that he has an alliance with Denise already and now the three of them will have an alliance as long as Lisa is cool with that. Lisa readily agrees, and they both know that they can't mention it to anyone else. Malcolm interviews that he's now involuntarily locked into this alliance with the two people he doesn't think he could beat in the finals, because Denise and Lisa are so nice and well-liked, but he doesn't really have a choice. I'm impressed that he thought that far ahead; I'm worried for him that he doesn't have a goat. I think his best bet would be to win immunities and then make the "I earned my way here" argument that might beat out the "You like me, you really like me" argument. Maybe. He has to make it to the finals first. Lisa interviews that Malcolm promised her final three with him and Denise, but she also recognizes that he could be playing her so she's proceeding with caution.