Gary and Amy have a chat about the fact that if they don't win immunity, they're going to have to fight pretty hard to save themselves. Gary says that Brandon, Danni, and Bobby Jon are still pretty tight, and his sense is that they might be leaning toward getting rid of Amy, so she may be on the block if they lose immunity. She teases Gary about how she'll track him down after the game if he tells lies about her. There's a lot of ho-ho-ho here about how she'll kill him if she finds out afterward that he really is a professional football player, but in fact, every evicted person for about the last four weeks has said over and over that they knew all along that Gary was ex-NFL, and that nobody really cared. In other words, I think Amy's kind of screwing with Gary, because she's since said that everyone knew. My favorite part is that after she talks about how she's going to find him after the game, Gary interviews that because his real name isn't Gary Hawkins, she'll never find him. "She could be searching for years," he says. And assuming that his existing fool's paradise is built on solid ground, that's true, assuming she doesn't, like, watch the show. Or read any publicity about it. In other words, even within Gary's fantasy world in which he's actually pulling this off, that makes no sense.
When the next treemail arrives, it implies that the challenge will have something to do with "excavating" clues. I'll tell you...I thought basing a season on pirates was boring until I saw a season based on archeologists. ["Wait until they get to the season full of allusions to the Lost Bookkeepers of Madagascar." -- Wing Chun] Amy interviews that they really need to win immunity so that, in the event of a merge, they'll go in 5-5, as far as the current tribes. Bobby Jon interviews similarly, that he doesn't want to go into a merge down 6-4, because that will be Pagong City. The tribes head off for the challenge.
The teams head out to a challenge course that appears to be right up against one of their big pyramids. The way this will work, three members of each team will go out, one at a time, to retrieve puzzle pieces from a sand pit. Once you have twelve puzzle pieces, two different members of your tribe are responsible for putting the puzzle together. When finished, the puzzle will resemble the Maya calendar. First tribe to get the puzzle put together will win immunity. Losers to tribal council. Guess who's sitting out the challenge? Lydia! What a surprise. I wonder how much discussion they put into that.