Challenge swampy area. There are six little lanterns hanging over a pit of water -- one lantern for each person. It's a three-chop challenge, meaning that you answer questions, and each time you get one right, you can pull the lever attached to the rope holding up someone else's lantern. Each pull drops the lantern closer to the water, and after three hits, it drops and the person is out. After much consideration, I have decided that if I ever participate in this challenge, I would like to be represented by a three-chambered balloon animal, particularly if I manage to land a spot in the inevitable circus-themed season. ("I will now ask you a series of questions about the legend of Bonko, who managed to transport ten injured friends to the hospital in a Ford Focus.") The last person standing will win reward, which is a ride on a luxury yacht. Shower, feast, bed, and so forth. Boooo-ring. Ready, go!
Palau is famous for the Rock Islands, a question everyone gets right. Tom kicks things off by hitting Gregg. A-Jenn hits Caryn. Ian makes like he might hit Katie, but he's only kidding, because he would never, which is depressing and awkward in retrospect. He actually hits Caryn again. Blah blah pecking order blah. Caryn goes up and, instead of hitting either of the people who have already hit her, she hits Katie, just because, and because as I said, nobody really knows what's strategic to do. Gregg hits Tom back. Katie, muttering, "Surprise, surprise, surprise," gets the pleasure of dumping Caryn's lantern in the water. Caryn sits down.
The next question is about the use of stones as money. Tom is the only one to get it, and he hits Ian, even though Ian is sitting there saying, "Oh, no, don't do that." That seems kind of lame for Tom, since I think with six people left, shouldn't you take people out in order of how unlikely they are to take you on the reward with them? Take out Jenn -- she ain't taking your ass on vacation! Take out Gregg! I suppose Ian already said he was bringing Katie, though, so if Tom assumed there was only one spot to fill, I suppose that might be what he was doing. Ian shakes his head in what I think is genuine frustration, because he doesn't really understand what he did to deserve any of this. Me neither. If Tom is trying to conceal his alliance with Ian, it's probably a tiny bit late.