Immunity challenge! I have no idea which season this challenge is recycled from, but there's an obstacle course in the water with a rope threaded through it. Five bags of puzzle pieces are attached to the rope, and each contestant must guide one bag through the obstacle course and onto a mat on the beach. Once all five contestants have their bags, they can work on assembling a fairly easy puzzle of a giant Tiki statue. I think this is from the Vanuatu season? The Villains sit Sandra out, and we begin. Jerri and Rupert go first for their tribes, and Jerri has a slight lead throughout the first part of the obstacle course that she soon loses, no doubt weighed down by all that steak. Rupert makes it back to the mat first, though Jerri doesn't seem to be too far behind him. J.T. and Danielle are next, and we have to listen to Probst talk about how Jerri "lost" time for her tribe.
By the time J.T. hits the mat, the Heroes' lead over the Villains looks pretty insurmountable. Amanda jumps in next, then Parvati for the Villains, who are about half a lap behind at this point. She's coming towards the mat as Candice jumps in for the Heroes. Courtney is the next to go, so there goes any hope the Villains had of winning this thing. Also, it leaves Colby and Li'l Russell alone on the platforms, which gives Colby the chance to talk to Li'l Russell. "You going home tonight?" he asks Li'l Russell, who nods sadly. "When the challenge is over you go to J.T. He's gonna give you something. Use it tonight. Protect yourself. Get rid of one of them. You can come on board with us." I love how the Heroes have now painstakingly explained to Li'l Russell how the immunity idol works twice, like they think everyone playing this game is as stupid as they are. Li'l Russell tries not to giggle as he asks Colby who he should use the idol to get out. "Parvati," Colby says. "She's running the show," Li'l Russell says; "I wish I could shake your hand." "We'll have plenty of time for that,' Colby says. With that, Candice makes it to the mat and Colby dives in the water, leaving Li'l Russell standing on the platform shaking his head in amazement at just how very far the stupidity and shortsightedness of others has gotten him in this game.
A thunderstorm starts up, but Li'l Russell is not hit by lightning. Pity, although at this point if he was struck by lightning, it probably wouldn't hurt him at all and would leave him with seven immunity idols, just because. Colby has a big lead on Li'l Russell, who doesn't slack in the challenge even though I suppose he could have at this point. You can tell he's trying his hardest because his hat fell off and he didn't waste time trying to put it back on to cover up his bald head that he's so self-conscious about. Even so, he doesn't make it to the mat by the time the Heroes solve the (really easy) puzzle and win immunity. The tribes shake hands with each other, and Li'l Russell makes sure to scamper up to J.T., who takes a small package out of his shoe and hands it to him. Li'l Russell stuffs it in his pocket and hugs J.T., then walks back to his tribe's mat with quite the "I can't believe what just fell in my lap" look on his face. Probst hands the immunity idol to the Heroes and sends everyone away before J.T. can write a book about how to use it and give it to J.T. to use against Parvati. On the way out, Li'l Russell interviews that he no longer has to look for idols because "people are actually givin' me idols. You don't hand the enemy the idol, especially when his name is Russell Hantz. You don't do that. That's a no-no." And as much as I hate Li'l Russell, he's pretty much spot-on there.