The next morning, we are at Koror, where an antsy Ian, Tom, and Caryn are getting ready to put their plan into action. They see the boat approaching, carrying the returning reward people. As they go out and look, though, they see that there are other people on the boat. And in a very bad moment, Ian and Tom realize that these are loved ones, meaning that the "loved ones" moment has come and gone, and they are not going to be part of it. Tom chuckles in an interview that this was the realization of his worst fears, since it meant that he would not get to see anyone. Nevertheless, the visiting L1s are greeted warmly. There is a conversation between Ian and Katie's BIL Stan, in which Ian assures Stan that he's looking out for Katie. "I promise that," Ian says. Oooh. Promises to the family! Pretty heavy.
Gregg and Gregger take a walk together, and Gregg voices over that when Gregger had to leave, it was very hard for him. Apparently, Gregg's dad died about a year ago, and he and his mom must be really close, because he gets very weepy asking Gregger to give all the love to his mom back home. They hug. Aw, boys. Boys who love their moms! That's why I love Colby, too. Well, it's one of the reasons. A-Jenn and Katie hug their L1s as well, and everyone takes off. "Now it's time to get control of the game again and focus on the coming six days and what needs to be accomplished," Tom says. "That little trip that they took may cost them big," he adds, as we watch all the waving goodbye. I have to say, I really was surprised that it didn't occur to Gregg that taking his entire alliance with him and leaving the other three people together wasn't a good idea. I understand he wanted to take his girl and felt obligated to take Katie, but there's a point at which you have to watch how much privacy you leave the people you're scheming against.
The next day, Day 33, Gregg opens a treemail box and shows the tribe a clue that implies that this is the loved/dreaded Second Chance challenge, where you repeat challenges from previous weeks, because...seriously, dude. The challenge producers work hard. Let's give them a week off. When Gregg reads the "or tonight you could be through" part, A-Jenn goes, "Woooow," like she's really surprised at the strong language. Maybe someone ought to tell her that it's not actually a death threat. In fact, anyone who is spooked by treemail needs to be less easily frightened, I would say. Ian reviews the situation in an interview and points out that obviously, the worst-case scenario is for Gregg to win immunity. "I'm going to do my damnedest to make sure I come across the finish line first," Ian says.