Reward Challenge: The merged tribe is divided again into two teams for the challenge only. Obviously, they planned this challenge before realizing that they had to merge since the gender numbers were equal again. They have to dig in the sand to find puzzle pieces and then assemble the puzzle to win. Leif goes first for the blue team and fails to dig a hole big enough to get under an obstacle, causing his team to lose a lot of time. Luckily, Sabrina for the orange team totally sucks at digging up her puzzle pieces, which allows the blue team to catch up, and the two teams are even when starting to solve the puzzle. Christina and Troy work for the orange team and Tarzan and Jonas work for the blue team. Tarzan seems fairly useless and despite Jonas's best efforts, the orange team wins the reward, which is pizza and beer. So that means Chelsea, Alicia, Sabrina, Jay, Troy, and Christina get to eat and drink. They also get a secret note to read after their reward. The big secret is that there's another Immunity Idol hidden. They all agree to keep it to themselves.
After the challenge, Tarzan and Jonas get into a big fight because Jonas thinks Tarzan is going behind his back, trying to shore up votes. Tarzan gets really pissed! So does Jonas! And then Troy wakes up early and finds an Immunity Idol, so that happened.
Immunity Challenge: They have to stand on a log and balance a ball on a disk. At regular intervals, they have to add another ball. Dropping a ball or falling off the log means they're out. It's fairly windy, and the wind blows the balls around a bit. Tarzan is first out, falling off his perch fairly quickly. By the third round, the only people left are Troy, Kat, Sabrina, Alicia, Jonas, Leif, and Jay. They drop out one by one, and ultimately. Troy wins immunity. So he has double immunity! He's looking like a contender.
Chelsea and Jay decide to pick off the non-Salani members from strongest to weakest, and they think the strongest is Jonas. Troy tells Jonas that he's getting the women's votes (?), and Jonas realizes he needs to support. He apologizes to Tarzan and then reminds everyone that he's the one who cooks all the meals. Jonas thinks all of the men are going to vote for Kat. Then Chelsea starts to reconsider the Jonas vote when Tarzan throws his dirty underwear in her clean laundry, but Jay counters that they have to stick to their plan or else chaos will reign.
At Tribal Council, Jonas says that he's voting Michael out, because he's too strong. Tarzan interrupts to say that Jonas is actually voting for Kat. In the end, Jay prevailed and the former Salanis plus the women stick to the plan and vote out Jonas. Jonas tries to make up with Tarzan on the way out, but Tarzan rebuffs him.
The newly merged tribe returns from Tribal Council and finds food and champagne at their camp, much to their delight. Troy interviews that this is what he wanted out of Survivor, to be playing as an individual in a merged tribe. Everyone starts swigging champagne, except for Jonas who doesn't drink, so he gives up his sip to someone else. Alicia interviews that she didn't know the merge was coming so soon, and this might change Christina's fate. Alicia also knows that she's screwed without Colton or his Immunity Idol and she might return to the women and their "girl power" alliance. She might? She should. What's her other shot, to be a turncoat and join the men who will ditch her as soon as they get rid of the rest of the women? That would be a real Cochran move.
The next morning, the tribe realizes that they need to come up with a new name. Troy suggests Tikianu, because Tiki means god and anu means year. So God Year? Why is that a good tribe name? They're not there for a year and God has nothing to do with this game.
Jonas is cooking diced coconut in a frying pan and he gives a whole Top Chef-style speech about his cooking method, which actually made me laugh. I think it's because I've often lampooned the pretentious Top Chef descriptions of their dishes. Kim expresses appreciation for Jonas's cooking skills.
Jay starts making coffee from the Reward Package that the former Salanis won before the merge. Tarzan says something about how to make it and Jay says it's only for the people who won it. Because of his accent, Tarzan thinks Jay says it's for the people that want it. They clear up that confusion and Tarzan mumbles something about it being for everyone on the tribe, but he doesn't ask for coffee again. Jay pours it out for those who won it and Tarzan stands creepily in the group and stares at their coffee. I mean, I get why they don't want to share, I guess, but they're making it clear where their allegiance lies. I wouldn't ask for it if I didn't win it, but if I did win it, I think I would offer to share at least a few sips for the sake of goodwill. It's hard to say how you'd act in reality though; it's easy for me to claim I'd share when I can just go to the store and buy more coffee. Jay interviews that the former Salani tribe has the numbers and plans to pick off the others one by one. Tarzan interviews that he thought the guys would reform their alliance after the merge, but now it doesn't seem like that's going to happen.