Aras does offer Shane a little quiet counseling later, saying that getting out of the alliance was fine, but that he sort of did it in a way that's going to make everyone hate him. I'm sure Shane doesn't care. "I don't like her," Shane says of Chiclets. "She's a meatball! I don't like Courtney either." I'm sure both women are bitterly disappointed. And: "meatball"? "I feel like Shane just wrote his walking papers," Aras says in an interview, just holding himself back from spitting out an angry, "NAWANDA!" Aras thinks that, short of an apology to the women, there's going to be no going back for Shane after that.
Following a set of commercials, we return to La Mina, still on Day 15, where both lizards and bees are thriving, it would seem. Sally and Nick fetch some treemail that features a cutout of a skull. Have you noticed there's something about skulls going on? The clue for the challenge talks about "strength and smarts," and it clearly suggests that both immunity and reward will be at stake in this particular game. And the reward seems to involve leaving their regular island, which they seem to know usually involves eating. And these people really, really are not eating. In fact, neither tribe is really eating, and I think it's been quite a while since we've seen this much starvation going on. They vow, unsurprisingly, to win. "We need to win this; we need to get the numbers even," Austin says, and he's right. They knock fists and so forth. Terry points out that if they win, they'll go into the merge 5-5, but if they lose, Sally will go. "This is Game 7 of the World Series," he says.
Probst calls the teams in to the challenge course. He points out to La Mina that Casaya got rid of President Beefcake in the last challenge. Very Pale Dan is Very Palely Surprised by that development. Jeff takes back the idol and says that immunity is "back up for grabs," and that today's challenge is for both immunity and reward. Each team will have three members run out one at a time to retrieve puzzle pieces that are tied up with knots at the opposite end of a reasonably long running course. The pieces are big and heavy, and bringing them back is not cake. When they have four pieces, two other tribe members will start assembling them. First to finish wins. The puzzle is hard to explain, but it's not easy -- the pieces are four skulls, all different shapes, and they fit between nine other purple pieces arranged in a grid pattern, all of which rotate. So you have to both figure out how the purple pieces need to be turned in order for the pieces to fit, and you have to figure out how to fit the pieces. For a puzzle on this show, it looks...kind of hard, actually. The reward is a trip to a local village, to which they'll bring toys for the kids. They'll have a barbecue, beer, drinks, and so forth. And, if we're all lucky, a visit from the police. Also, tribal council will be tonight. Special bonus: the person you send to Exile Island will therefore not participate in tribal council, meaning that he or she cannot be voted off. So rather than screwing the person you send to Exile Island, you save that person.