After determining who's sitting out for Tandang and Kalabaw, the competition begins. Angie is first to go for Matsing, but she can't figure out how to release the puzzle piece from the rope. The other tribes had no problems. I don't think Angie is a strong swimmer. The other tribes both have two puzzle pieces before Matsing even has one and then Russell goes out to get the second puzzle piece. Meanwhile, Skupin dove into the water with the mask on and it shattered on his face, so now he's bleeding from below both eyes. Man, that guy is a walking disaster. When Russell returns with his puzzle piece, he can't heft himself up out of the water and onto the platform, even though there's a ladder. I mean, he physically cannot climb up a ladder. Is he just exhausted? What's his deal?
RC follows Skupin out for Tandang and, once she realizes the mask is broken, tosses it aside. Probst is really impressed with how fast Denise gets her puzzle piece, although I don't know if she was that much faster than the competition; she was just the fastest on her tribe so far. Meanwhile, RC brings back her first piece and just immediately heads back out for another one. And then heads back for a third. On the one hand, maybe no one else on her tribe can swim and I'm impressed that she has the stamina to do this. On the other hand, she doesn't get out of the water and dive in, which has to rob her of a little momentum. For example, Jeff Kent uses his dive to not only gain distance, but also to propel him down far enough to reach the puzzle pieces.
As Malcolm heads out again for Matsing, Denise asks if she's going to go again or if Angie will take a turn. Angie says that she can't do it and Denise says that's fine. Keep that exchange in mind; it comes up again later. Russell takes his turn but when he dives down to get the piece, he apparently didn't have enough breath and had to come back up empty-handed, wasting time his tribe doesn't have to waste. And then he just swims back to the platform without a piece. I don't get him at all. And then he can't get up the ladder again. What is wrong with him? Is he going to be medically evacuated again?
Meanwhile, Skupin took another turn and then RC went back again. I don't think some of their teammates ever went in the water. I guess that makes sense as long as they're confident that a tired RC is still going to be faster than a fresh other tribe member. Note that Probst doesn't lavish praise on RC. If that were Ozzy, Probst would be practically licking him.