FINALLY, Brendan goes for a walk with Taj and asks if she's "ready to change the game." It never occurs to him that she's already gotten an offer like this from someone else. He tells her of his plan to get rid of Douche and Tyson, then acknowledges that this is the first time he's actually spoken to her since the merge. "I know, we haven't had a chance to," Taj says, forgetting to add; "because you've been so busy being a moron." Brendan says he's sure she's feeling "uncomfortable" about his loyalty because of that, but still wants her to trust him. Taj interviews that since half of Tempura is trying to get rid of the other half, the old Jalapeño members appear to be sitting pretty for now, which is not what any of them expected to happen, I'm sure. Once again, Brendan talks about what a "good dude" J.T. is, and Taj agrees that she loves J.T. "to death." If he ever gets voted out, look for a mass suicide from these people.
Immunity challenge! Stephen returns from Exile looking very much alive and Tyson and Douche immediately set upon him with welcome back hugs and fist pounds. Take note of this, Brendan. Probst takes back the immunity necklace from Tyson, which really isn't fair since he never got a chance to use it the first time around. Tyson "jokes" that the necklace is "too gaudy for me" and Debbie, of course, busts out laughing. Tyson confidently predicts that he'll wear it again, though. With that obnoxiousness, Probst explains the challenge: each player is attached to a rope with a carabineer. The rope has been wound through a wooden obstacle course, so players must navigate that in order to follow the rope through to the other side. The first three to do that will compete in another wooden obstacle course, although this one adds height to the obstacles. First one to finish gets immunity.
We begin, and it's fun to watch Douche have trouble right from the start. Taj barely makes it past the beginning, as does Stephen. I don't know how you'd have that much trouble with this, since it looks pretty easy to figure out, if not to throw yourself over and through the obstacles. Tyson, J.T., Brendan, and Sierra make it to the middle post and start trying to thread their rope through to move onto the second obstacle. Douche has given up, as while the rough Amazon waters present one with plenty of opportunity to toss metal balls at ceramic tiles, they do not, apparently, also come with obstacle courses and ropes. "Nothin' prepared him for the rope-a-dope!" Probst cries out gleefully. And ha!! Even Erinn makes it further in the course than Douche. If only he was being beaten with a club, he might be able to find a way to "wear through" the rope tying him down and escape. Tyson and J.T. easily finish in the top two spots, with Brendan and Sierra competing for third place. Brendan gets it. I am very much rooting for him even though he's stupid.