Back at Sook Jai, the tribe has located its next clue: paddles, drifting, keeping the tribes together, etc., and this most poetic of phrases: "Life is like a flower, so be the first to bloom." How very seventh-grade Health class of them. Jake posits that it's a "water deal or a swimming deal," and Stephanie reveals that she's nervous because she's not feeling well. She wants to show the tribe she's "still in the game." As opposed to "still in the rain."
The tribes stand on a floating dock as Peachy explains that the challenge is a "floating lotus-flower puzzle." Well, that just makes everything clear. He further explains that six pieces are missing from the puzzle and have been tethered to the ocean floor. One at a time, the contestants will swim out to a puzzle piece, untether a petal, and swim back with it to the puzzle. Each piece precisely fits one spot in the puzzle. One member from each tribe will stay on the flower as navigator. They all pretty much stay on the flower, though, so I'm not sure what purpose said navigator really serves. In any case, the first tribe with all members sitting atop a completed puzzle wins immunity. Peachy adds that a member can tag out if he or she feels he or she can't finish his or her leg of the challenge, but the tribe member has to make it out to the puzzle piece and back before doing do.
Shii Devil is sitting out for Sook Jai, and Brian and Jed are first. They're both strong swimmers and are able to untie their petals quickly. Jed breastrokes back with the rope in his mouth; he looks like a dog, but he still manages to just beat Brian back. Jake is second, and Helen hits the water shortly afterward. At first, I think it's ridiculous that she's a swimming instructor and can't dive, but then I realize that the puzzle from which they're launching themselves must be very slippery. It's another tight race, and Helen makes up some ground. Robb takes a flailing, flying leap from the back of his puzzle, while Jan is smarter and dives from the edge. Robb is very, very enthusiastic. Jan is the first to experience any trouble releasing the tether, but she eventually gets it. It looks like she thinks the latch is at the base of the rope, whereas it's really midway down. Jan then decides to backstroke back to the puzzle, which is a questionable choice. Penny also goes to the bottom of the rope, and winds up having difficulties as well. Peachy yells, "Now Penny's in trouble," and doesn't that sound like the title of a Molly Ringwald movie? Penny tries twice to untie her puzzle piece, but then gives up. Meanwhile, Ghandia has successfully released her piece and is heading back to her tribe. Jed, taking over for Penny, basically laps Ghandia. It's now down to Erin and Clay; Erin totally bites it diving off the puzzle. She has the teensiest bikini on! I can almost see her lotus, if you know what I mean. She practically does a full split, and Peachy grimaces. Hee. Peachy grimace. Ted makes a big splash, but the cameras return very quickly to Erin's breasts propelling her upward through the water. Stephanie is next to go for Sook Jai, followed by Clay for Chuay Gahn. Robb's hair looks a little purple in this light. Peachy is yelling that it's another tight race, and it is close, but not that close. Stephanie pulls it out for Sook Jai, and no one helps poor exhausted Clay get back on his tribe's flower when he finishes a few seconds afterward. Peachy makes the members of Sook Jai swim for the idol, but only Robb seems particularly interested. The tribe hugs, while Chuay Gahn looks rejected, dejected, and in general all kinds of -ected.