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.
The next question involves the Philippine Sea, and everyone gets it. Tom hits Anonymous Jenn. A-Jenn hits Tom right back. Ian steps up and puts out Tom -- again, I just don't really understand the basis for all of this. Why not Jenn? It seems silly. Gregg now leans over to Katie and says, "I'll save you if you don't get me on this." Gregg is next, and everyone remaining has two hits left. Gregg steps up and hits an unhappy-looking Ian. Katie says, "This is tough!" as she goes to take her shot. As she walks up, Gregg notes to her that if she hits him, he'll hit her right back, but if she hits Ian, he'll be done, and he won't be able to retaliate. Katie turns around and tries to do a cutie-pie thing with Ian, going, "Would you hate me? Would you hate me?" "Yes," Ian says emphatically, unable to believe that Katie would screw him in this particular fashion. Katie starts to walk toward Ian's lever. "Katie, no way," he says, genuinely shocked and a little hurt. She knocks him out. Ian sits on the bench. "I'm sorry, Ian," Katie tries to sing-song. "Shot through the heart!" he says, and he's laughing, but he took note of that. Not only am I sure he noted being screwed, but I'm also sure he noted her attempt to cutie-pie her way out of it, which is a really ominous sign in a woman you're supposed to be aligned with. A woman who will try to wiggle out with a giggle and a hand over her mouth is a dangerous thing, because she's fetishizing her own irrationality and trying to make it appealing, and that makes her untrustworthy.