Challenge beach. The tribes come in, and Terry returns to his group, looking better than his tribemates do. Jeff reviews the information that Misty obviously didn't find the mini-idol, and that Bruce or Terry might have it. He then takes the three-headed idol back from Shane. Immunity is back up for grabs! Jeff says that this challenge will involve balance, teamwork, and patience. He says that one person will be on a chair attached to a pole. Another will be over her in a crow's nest with an empty drum. The other four tribe members will be tied together in two pairs with buckets. They'll walk across balance beams to get out into the water and fill their buckets, and then they'll bring them back on the balance beams. They'll empty the water into a big bucket, and the crow's-nest person will pull the pail up and empty it into the drum. When the drum gets full enough, it will drop, and the person in the chair will rise. When the person in the chair gets to the top, she can release the tribe's flag, and the first to that point wins. Oh, and: if you fall off the beam while carrying water, you lose all that water and go back to the start. So you don't want to fall off. President Beefcake will be sitting out this challenge for Casaya.
Shane and Courtney are tied together for Casaya, as are Bruce and Aras. At La Mina, Sally and Austin are tied together, and Dan and Terry. In the chairs are Chiclets and Ruth Marie; in the crow's nests are Cirie and Nick. Balancing ensues. Of note: Sally and Austin are good. Shane and Courtney are good. Dan and Terry are slow, as are Aras and Bruce. Austin calls Dan "Dan Fuego." Heh. You get Dan near any actual Fuego, and he will burn to a crisp. He looks kinda papery. Dan falls off once, but fairly early in the run, and it's not clear whether it even matters that much, given the way they have to make way for each other on the course. Basically, it ends in a tie, with both tribes bringing back the last buckets they need at exactly the same time, and Ruth Marie and Chiclets starting to rise at essentially the same time. Casaya takes it by about three seconds, it looks like, so it's really not a very satisfying challenge. It's hard to identify where anybody went wrong. But either way, Casaya celebrates, and La Mina despairs. For another week, I am denied the opportunity to get rid of Shane.
Later, La Mina returns to camp. They ask Terry a little bit about the clues, and he says that, indeed, he got the full accumulation of clues. They ask how much time he spent looking, but stupidly, they do not actually ask him, it appears, whether he found it. They are suffering from a serious lack of intellectual curiosity. ["Or, they think it's gauche, like asking someone how much something cost them. Or, the editing is making it look like they are." -- Wing Chun] Terry says in an interview that he intends not to tell anyone he has it. The folks at La Mina also have a discussion about how much they hate losing. They're presumably at least getting used to it, though. Austin interviews that he doesn't think the voting out of Sally can be avoided.