There are two immunity challenges and two Tribal Councils tonight. In the first challenge, they have to balance on a wooden pyramid in the water for immunity AND reward, the reward being information about the game. Probst offers up temptations in the form of doughnuts, and Eddie and Erik jump in together to take them. Eddie is an idiot. No one needs immunity more than him, except maybe Reynold. Cochran takes the next temptation and gets some hot dogs and soda. They move up to the top of the pyramid and that's when things get really tough. Dawn and Sherri fall down, leaving Reynold against Andrea and Brenda. Reynold makes a few great saves, but ultimately goes down. Andrea and Brenda talk about a deal, but they both ultimately decide that they want to win. They decide to add their own twist to the challenge by lifting up one foot. Brenda immediately falls in and Andrea wins both immunity and information.
Andrea's info is the same clue that Malcolm got about the immunity idol. She tells her whole alliance about it -- since they pretty much know already -- and they all go searching for it together. Erik actually digs it up and he immediately hands it to Andrea, to Cochran's chagrin. Andrea then floats the idea of blindsiding Brenda, since they have to get rid of alliance members at some point, so why not now?
At Tribal Council, Probst tries really hard to make a case for everyone to do something to shake up the game. Instead, the majority alliance split their votes between Reynold and Eddie and since neither of them has an idol, Reynold goes home.
After Tribal Council, Andrea continues to muse on voting out Brenda or Dawn next instead of Eddie. Cochran TELLS Brenda and Dawn about it, and then they start musing on blindsiding Andrea. This could get interesting.
The second immunity challenge we've also seen before. They have to thread a buoy through a course, then unlock a chest to retrieve ladder rungs and complete a ladder puzzle. The first person up the ladder wins immunity. It's a blowout as Erik runs away with it and secures his place in the final six.
Andrea tries to convince her alliance to blindside Brenda. But Brenda knows it's happening, so Cochran proposes that they split the vote between Andrea and Eddie in case Andrea plays her idol. Andrea promises final two to Erik and Cochran promises him final three, so it looks like Erik will determine what happens.
At Tribal Council, they do actually blindside Andrea, who goes home with an idol in her pocket. Eddie and Andrea vote for Brenda, Dawn and Cochran vote for Eddie, and Sherri, Brenda and Erik vote for Andrea. She takes it really well, laughing and shaking her head over the idea of getting blindsided AGAIN.
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The tribe members return from voting out Malcolm at Tribal Council, celebrating making the final eight. Reynold immediately acknowledges that he and Eddie are short-timers unless something changes, and adds that he thinks he can go on an immunity run. Eddie interviews that he and Reynold have been up against the wall since about day two, but they're still there, and anything can happen. Well, not anything. Like one of you probably won't win the whole thing, let's be honest.
Cochran and Andrea have a quick strategy talk about the possibility of Reynold going on an immunity run. Cochran interviews that his alliance has all the power, and he wants to "suck up all the power" for himself. Cochran admits that he sounds scary right now. It would be scarier if he were saying this to his alliance-mates; as long as he keeps his power-mad statements to himself, he'll probably be fine.
Day 31. Only eight days left! Cochran and Andrea walk into camp with Tree Mail, and it's something about shaky footing and losing focus causing one to lose a challenge. They are all disappointed that it's not another Reward Challenge, and Erik interviews that now they all need to beat Reynold and then vote him off because Reynold is a threat. I guess Erik is not part of the bro-lliance?
When the tribe arrives for the Immunity Challenge, they find a bunch of colored pyramids floating in the water. Well, they're not exactly pyramids -- they're more like the roofs of doghouses, whatever geometric shape that would be. Probst makes a crack about how Cochran is going shirtless now, which he never thought he'd see. I'm shocked that he's shirtless -- didn't he already get one bad sunburn this season? Why go for two? Maybe they got better sunblock in one of the reward kits.
Anyway, the challenge is to stand on the platform in the water with their feet on tiny boards. At intervals, they have to move their feet up the roof until, finally, they are perched on the top like Snoopy, except standing instead of lying down. So more like Woodstock. Last one standing wins immunity and a reward that is information about the game. Reynold interviews that he's "number one on the hit list" and he has to win or he's going home. One would assume.
The challenge begins. Probst brings out a plate of doughnuts and a glass of milk for anyone who wants to give up now. Eddie is intrigued, and Erik says he'll take it if Eddie doesn't. Eddie and Erik decide to go together. Does Eddie understand that either he or Reynold is going home tonight, and if he doesn't win immunity, and Reynold does, it will definitely be Eddie? I mean, at least try! I don't think he gets how this game works. Anyway, Eddie and Erik jump off together and eat some donuts. Brenda, Dawn and Andrea all smirk at one another.