Matty and Ken arrive at the dock to look for GC, but nowhere to be seen. Wow, he paddled off pretty damn fast, didn't he? That's the most effort he's shown since he ran for the immunity idol necklace. Ken tells us that GC disappeared right before the challenge. Huh. Can he do that? The producers don't corral him and force him to go back to camp? Did he go off to be with the elephant and kill himself? This is bizarre! Kelly comes forward and says that if they can't find GC in time, they'll have to leave without him, and now they'll be one tribe member down. Haaa hahahaha! He's gone beyond quitting during challenges -- now he's quitting even before them! I didn't even think that was possible! It could be a Survivor first! Even Kathy and Janu didn't quit DURING A CHALLENGE! Kelly, Matty and Ken search the lake for a sign of GC. "What if he got eaten by like a monkey, dude?" Kelly asks. Hey! Look at her, being funny and possibly pleasant to be around. I bet Jacquie wouldn't have made a joke like that. Ken tells us that he hopes GC comes back in time on his own because he's well aware of how GC doesn't like being told what to do, so he can't be ordered to come back to camp. "That's how he rolls," Ken says. And how does Ken roll? With an epic barrel roll in Starfox. You love it, video game nerds!
While Matty, Kelly, and Ken yell for GC, Crystal and Ace are back at camp. Ace is loving every minute of this. Crystal doesn't want to waste her energy yelling for someone who clearly doesn't want to come back to camp. She says she's sick of GC and his tantrums. "From a grown adult," she sighs. True that, Crystal. Even being one tribe member down, Fang is probably better off in the challenge without GC. And just when I was looking forward to seeing how the game would deal with a contestant disappearing, GC comes slowly paddling back like he didn't cause his entire tribe to worry. Kelly tells him that were about to leave without him. He says that would have been fine with him. "Why? We need you!" Kelly says. A+ effort, Kelly, but he's not worth it. Just agree with him and throw a rock in the kayak and sink it.
The tribes arrive at the challenge. Sugar rejoins her new tribe, looking like she just had the best time at Exile. Surprisingly, GC shows some good team spirit and pats her on the shoulder to welcome her back. Not so surprisingly, Ken throws an arm around her. Probst explains the challenge: there are a bunch of balls made of sticks tied together. Tribe members roll the balls down a hill, where they encounter obstacles and blindfolded opposing tribe members with shield are lead by a caller to try to get in front of the ball and stop it entirely. At the bottom of the hill are several goals with different point values assigned to them. So it's Survivor Plinko. Interesting idea for a challenge, but it's weird that the success of a team depends on luck with which goal your ball happens to roll into and the two tribemates at the bottom of the hill. That leaves five tribemates on either team who don't have much to do at all. That just means that if Fang wins this, Probst can say something about their win having nothing to do with team unity or ability, if he mentions their win at all. Fang's blindfolded defender will be Ace with Sugar directing him, while Kota's defender is Dan with Randy calling. Interesting that both tribes picked people who used to be on the other team for those positions.