Now stop and think about what Burton just said, and the fact that it literally makes absolutely zero sense. Is it possible that post-merge, the strongest people will be targeted? Of course. Is that bad news for Rupert and Burton? Of course. But there is nothing about intentionally losing an immunity challenge now that will help that situation. By losing an immunity challenge on purpose, you don't save a Drake over another Drake. You save a Morgan over a Drake. Looking post-merge, why would it be better to get rid of Christa as opposed to, say, letting Morgan get rid of Darrah? Darrah isn't going to vote to keep Burton and Rupert any more than Christa would have, on the post-merge strength-ousting theory. If he thinks he's capable of single-handedly winning every immunity challenge, as he apparently does, then that will stop his team from eliminating him pre-merge. Post-merge, he'll be in no worse position than he will be if he throws the immunity challenge this week. In other words, he tried to make this about strategy, but it was nothing but an effort to get rid of someone he didn't like (Christa), which he couldn't do if they didn't lose a challenge. The guy just lost patience, got way too full of himself, and blew it.
Anyway, Burton the Not-Exactly-A-Brain-Surgeon asks Rupert whether he can stand to throw a challenge. Rupert says he can, "to keep the strong together." Heh. Yeah, right. Rupert now interviews that when Burton said he wanted to sacrifice a team member, Rupert wanted to smack him for being a traitor. "If this were a pirate culture, he'd already be dead," Rupert growls through clenched teeth. Dude. It is not a pirate culture. It is a game. Morally, it's just Twister. Or Risk. I get the feeling Rupert's the kind of guy who would be like, "You sank my battleship!" and then would run over and punch you in the head. Sometimes, I think Rupert is a little...off his rocker, actually. Anyway, back on night-vision, Burton emphasizes to Rupert the importance of getting rid of Christa. Rupert nods. Burton also asks him to keep it between the two of them. "As long as no one else knows, we can run the game," he says.
The next morning, Jon goes through a grotesque bit of non-comedy before opening the trunk containing what he is calling "seamail." I refuse to transcribe the non-comedy or the seamail, but the idea is that it's time for the immunity challenge. It sounds like it's got something to do with board games and going in the water. I'm trying to forget the entire thing as quickly as possible, because it involves Jon, and listening to Jon makes me feel like my ears are being chewed off by weasels. Michelle interviews that the group is considering throwing the challenge, and she says that her little group is ready to boot Christa.