Meanwhile, Kalabaw is getting the same message. They are psyched to merge, which seems a little weird since they only have four people to Tandang's seven. I'd think they'd want to compete a few more times and try to knock down Tandang's numbers before a merge, but as Penner explains, they're hoping there is some dissent on Tandang and they can sway a few over to their side before cutting them out. They gather up their things and head to the boat. Denise interviews that she plans to stick with her fellow Kalabaw members, but also stick to her alliance with Malcolm if possible.
The formerly two tribes arrive at their new beach and become one. People introduce themselves. Penner and Skupin hug. Jeff Kent interviews that he strongly believes that no veteran should win and now that he's on a tribe with Penner and Skupin, he's prioritizing getting them out. He doesn't really explain WHY he feels that way. I guess they've already had their chance? Except that, especially with Skupin, his one chance was taken away from him due to injury. And even if you discount that, I feel like if that person is able to learn and overcome any prejudices (see: Boston Rob), that person does deserve to win. But I'm not Jeff Kent, who might just be threatened by other strong men his own age? He doesn't seem as nervous about, say, Malcolm.
Anyway, the tribes get a feast of fruit, cheese, crackers, and meats. And wine! Jeff Kent is psyched to find out that no one seems to recognize him. Pete interviews that they had hoped to keep Tandang strong after the merge, but he doesn't think RC is with them and knows Skupin will do whatever RC tells him to do. Skupin interviews that he is just delighted that he made the merge this time, and is also psyched that his tribe has the numbers. However, he has noticed that Pete and Abi are being quiet and that they haven't been cool with RC and Skupin for a while now, so Skupin considers himself and RC as free agents.
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.