The tribes are called to a meeting on the beach, which they all assume is the merge. There's a feast and everything, and Ken finds a clue to yet another hidden immunity idol, but is unable to grab the clue for himself before Charlie sees it, too. As soon as all the players are aware of the hidden idol, Randy and Marcus lead the charge to dig it up and throw it away, confident that they, in the new Kota Six, won't need such things against the Fang Four.
Too bad there is no merge -- the contestants pick rocks and find themselves reshuffled once again onto two separate tribes. The new Fang consists of Matty, Sugar, Randy, Corinne, and Charlie, while the new Kota is Bob, Marcus, Susie, Crystal and Ken. The old Kota Six are confident that their 3-2 advantage in both tribes will serve them well, but after Fang wins an endurance immunity challenge, thanks to Matty, the new Kota tribe's vote comes down to Ken vs. Marcus. Marcus decides to trust Crystal upon realizing that her cousin is his best friend and says he won't vote her out, but he does want her to vote out Ken.
Crystal won't turn on Ken, so the deciding vote comes down to Susie. At first, it looks like she'll stick with the Kota Six, as she makes Marcus promise her a ride to the Final Three in exchange for her vote. But then, at Tribal Council, Bob says something that makes it pretty clear where she rests on the totem pole, and, either because of this or Crystal's earlier machinations, Susie ends up siding with her old Fang tribe mates. And that means Marcus, who threw an immunity idol away, suddenly find himself on the business end of a torch snuffer.
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Probst kicks off the "previously on" segment with his usual Fang hate. He uses the word "dissed" when referring to how Susie said she had more upper body strength than Corinne. Heh heh, "dissed." Probst is so Nineties. He then says that Susie "narrowly avoided" being voted out, when that's not what happened at all -- her tribe mates made the vote close on purpose just in case Dan had the immunity idol. If there was no chance Dan had the idol, the vote would have been unanimous against him. Finally, Probst calls Ace a "physical force" even though he didn't help Fang win any challenges and was always getting hit in the face and whining about it.
We go to Kota first, and Marcus asks Randy how this Tribal Council compared to all the others he's been to. "The other ones were easy," Randy says. At this, Susie laughs, earning her a lecture from Randy, who says he wasn't making a joke there. I think she's laughing because Randy's acting like that last Tribal Council was hard when she's the one who got three votes and he didn't get any. Anyway, now Randy's all offended that Susie would dare laugh at something he said, since he sincerely meant that seeing Dan be voted out was tough. Not so tough that he didn't try to save the guy, though. Like Susie, my sympathy for Randy's pain is very limited. Randy tells us that Dan was voted out tonight, although Randy himself voted for Susie just in case Dan had the idol. "He was my friend, but ... he had to go," Randy says. Well, he can add Dan to a long list of people Randy isn't friends with. And that list includes the entire population of the planet Earth, as well as any life forms that may exist throughout the universe.
Marcus gets down to business, saying that he thinks the merge is coming very soon, so they need to make sure they're going into it as a unified team of six. Randy agrees, saying that they'll be the Final Six without a doubt. Or will they? Because Marcus points out that Susie said she wanted to vote for Corinne, and that worries him. Not enough to keep Dan around, but still. Corinne takes the lead on this, saying that she was totally fine with what Susie said about her not contributing around camp (yeah, right), but was shocked to be called out by Susie yet again at Tribal Council. Right, so ... was Susie supposed to say "yes, Jeff, you're right. I am totally weak sauce?" Please. No one wants to admit she's the weakest person in the game, even if that is the truth. Except for Scout. She had no problem telling anyone and everyone that she sucked at everything.