Finally, the S3 come to Peachy, who welcomes them and shows them where to place their torches. He narrates that it's very hot in the cave -- about 105 degrees. He announces, "Welcome to the belly of the whale!" and the S3 look very excited -- Clay because, since they're in the whale belly, they just might get to see some fine whale ass. Peachy congratulates them on making it to the final challenge, and drones on about facing obstacles and passing thresholds en route to "your reward. The treasure. The money," in addition to the title of Survivor winner. He thinks they're about to undergo a fitting final "ordeal," which will play out in the darkest part of the cave that was once home to the island's ruling pirates. He explains that it's easy in the game to let the prize money slip through fingers because of lost challenges, bad political moves, and misplaced trust. He says that the other thirteen players did just that, but the S3 are still holding on. The question, he says, is for how much longer? Clay emphatically adds, "That's right!" Peachy continues that today's challenge "is simple: don't let the money slip through your fingers." They will each take a total of six coins -- three in each hand -- and wedge them between their fingers. They will then assume a traditional Thai pose called kahn, and remain in that position for the duration of the challenge. Stock-like frames will force them to remain in place; it would be so much better if the other competitors could stop by and taunt them. Peachy revels in revealing that discomfort will progress to pain -- particularly for the contestants' legs. Although they'll want to quit, it's a test of willpower. Still, the longer they last, the most difficult it will be to hold onto the coins, which will slowly begin to fall through their fingers. When all six coins have fallen into the "wok below," they're out of the game. The last person holding coins wins immunity, a guaranteed spot in the Final Two, and the choice of who goes along. Peachy insists that these are big stakes, and that their concentration will need to remain keen.
Peachy calls the S3 forward one at a time to get their coins, before making them remove their shoes and center the coins between their fingers. They each step onto a platform, placing their heads, hands, and feet into brackets with their palms facing up. The brackets and platforms appear to have been adjusted for their varying heights, and the forced stance is like a second-position plié with extended arms. For the non-ballet dancing minority of readers, the pose involves spread legs, bent knees, hips tucked forward, and extended arms, bent at the elbow with upturned palms. Peachy announces, "The challenge is on!" and we see shots of heads and hands. As the S3 settle in, Peachy grins and announces, "There'll be some initial discomfort; it'll turn into pain." He obviously really likes that particular line. Still, he insists that if they use their minds to block out the pain, they'll get "into a good zone" and be all right. As we see a close-up of Jan's wobbly hands, she says that she's having four beers and a "big fat pizza" as soon as she's done with Survivor. She'll also "try and find some sucker with a cigar and con it off 'im...and then laugh!" Peachy next asks Brian what he's thinking, and Brian barely breaks his concentration to mumble, "I'm just relaxin'. Thank you." Clay says he's going to eat something fattening and "hug the hell" out of his wife. He adds, "She's supposed to have a pie waitin' in the car for me."