With that, they're off! Probst makes sure to tell the contestants that the swamp is full of leeches as they enter it. Kota has a slight lead over the rope wall until the pretty ladies get stuck and they fall behind. "Do not slow down here!" Probst says. What, really? You mean if they want to win, they should go fast? No way.
Kota gets the lead back when Marcus digs up the first bag of pieces. They get a second bag before Fang even finds their first one, let alone digs it up. And then they've got all three, leaving Fang digging leisurely in their pit. GC and Matty aren't even digging anymore. Bob works on the puzzle while Sugar and Paloma move pieces around to look busy. Back at the pit, half of Fang (specifically, GC, Matty, and Ken) have given up while Kota is almost done with their puzzle. Gillian continues to cheer her team on, but Probst tells her to "put it in the deep freeze," a.k.a. stop yelling in his ear. Gillian says she won't give up on her team when there's still a chance. Standing next to her, Randy makes a series of angry faces and tells us he's sick of Gillian's positive attitude and accent. Yeah, because Randy's accent isn't annoying at all. Stuff it, Texan. Unlike Ace the Prat, Gillian can't control her accent. Fang finally gets all three puzzle bags, but they don't even make it to the game board before Kota finishes their puzzle and wins. "This is not even close. Two absolute blow-outs," Probst says, wincing from the stick that apparently has been lodged up his ass.
A defeated Fang returns to camp and console themselves by saying they didn't lose that bad since they were ahead before they got to the dig. GC, who was one of the people who quit in the middle of the challenge, says he's upset to lose because now they don't have fire and they'll have to lose a teammate. Randy thinks the problem is that they don't have someone who will step up and be a leader. I think the problem is this team has people like Randy on it. GC interviews that he agrees the team needs a leader or "some kind of game plan" but since he doesn't seem at all willing to step up and do it himself, what good is he?
Michelle stupidly goes off by herself to probably trash-talk her team to a cameraman, giving the rest of them the opportunity to discuss voting her off. Matty wants her gone, but Dan doesn't see how her leaving will make their team any better. Matty says the tribe is in a "down and out" position, so they need all the positive thinking they can get right now, and Michelle is the opposite of that. I hope you're paying attention back there, Randy: keep up your bitching and you'll be next to go (I hope I hope). Dan seems happy enough to vote for anyone except himself and says Matty's reason is a good one. Susie tells him to do what he has to do and she'll vote however he wants her to. "Me too," Randy says, but his heart isn't in it. Matty notices and asks Randy if he's "feeling him." Randy says he hears what Matty is saying about getting rid of Michelle, but it's still early. "It's not that early," Matty says.