Cirie, of course, wants to know what that was all about, about "earning it" and so forth. Chiclets basically explains this plan directly to Cirie, who immediately recognizes that it assumes she would go at F4. Cirie doesn't understand why Chiclets would want to take Courtney, who she thinks would probably come in second to Terry in an F3 challenge, and hand the finals to her like that. Cirie tells Chiclets that the thing to do is take away the person Terry wants to take to F2. It doesn't need to be a big thing where they fight with Terry, because it's not like they need to tell him in advance what they're doing. They can say they're voting for Aras and then just get rid of Courtney. She also makes the point to Chiclets that Terry would, in actuality, take Courtney to the finals every time, no matter what kind of a deal they made in advance, and that claims to the contrary are frankly bullshit. "Courtney's going," Cirie interviews. And then she kind of laughs at herself for being diabolical, even though she's in the process of being as successfully diabolical as anyone has been thus far this season.
Challenge setup. It's a big complicated thing with hanging bags and whatnot, but what it comes down to is a big old physical challenge -- again -- involving kneeling on a plank and holding up increasing percentages of your own weight on two ropes. Brute strength. Again. Some more. They all kneel. Ready? Go. Assume that for the rest of this paragraph, the sun is beating down, people are squinting, arms are trembling, and so forth, okay? Because that way, I won't feel obligated to tell you. At the opening of the challenge, they're all holding 20% of their own body weight, and Jeff is helpful enough to tell us how much that is. It's about the same for Terry, Aras, Cirie, and Shane, and then less for Courtney and Chiclets. Does Shane really still weigh as much as Terry? That surprises me, dude. Shane looks skinny as hell, like he's all bones and veins sticking out. I wonder if these calculations are based on pre-show weights, in which case the people who haven't kept their bulk up as well are presumably the most seriously SOL.
Cirie is the first to look uncomfortable. At fifteen minutes, they'll be adding another 10 % of your body weight. Shane quickly announces that he won't make it, and he drops the weight. He's out after only thirteen minutes. See? He got skinny! I love it when the empirical evidence is not directly contrary to my rank speculation. Two minutes later, weight is added for the first time. Cirie, who first complains that the ropes are burning her hands, drops out at eighteen minutes. Danielle drops out at nineteen minutes. Aras, Courtney, and Terry are left. Aras drops out at twenty-three minutes. So now, it's Terry and Courtney. Shane promises Courtney that Terry is wavering. Which kind of looks true. And Courtney actually looks very Zen at this point, like she really has a shot at this challenge. But at thirty minutes, when they add another 10%, she is utterly and immediately undone by the increase. Neither one of these people is going to make it a lot farther, but Courtney is in more immediate trouble. At thirty-one minutes, Courtney drops, and Terry wins yet another physical immunity challenge. This part, y'all, is getting really boring. It's not to take away from his victories, but...he's just not that interesting enough for his preservation to be compelling to me. I don't care if he stays. I don't care about his ability to save himself endlessly. He has, as far as I can see, no personality, except being kind of full of himself and talking too much about his military days. These are not things that make me think I really want to sit around talking to a person.