"Do you guys have a tribe name?" Jeff asks them. "We're the Outcasts," Burton remarks gravely. Jeff goes on to make another of his rather limp pirate analogies that has something to do with people who are thrown overboard sometimes returning as ghosts, who would return from the dead with only one thing on their minds. And really, who better to discuss what's on her mind than Michelle? Jeff asks her what she's after. "Revenge, baby," she says very unconvincingly. She really can't pull off that remark at all. When she says "revenge," it sounds like a yearbook theme. Tense music plays as the existing players look around nervously. We close, of course, on a shot of a psychotic-looking Rupert. "WHO THE HELL BROUGHT THESE PEOPLE BACK?" he is thinking to himself. "AND ON MY BIRTHDAY!"
Commercials. I suppose it speaks well of The Amazing Race that it's got Visa Check Card commercials ripping it off now. I think that guy with no Visa Check Card at all is still going to get to the finish line before Team Who.
We return to the Ghost Tribe Challenge, where the remaining members of Morgan and Drake are absorbing the fact that they're staring down all the people they've booted. Jeff explains how the three-tribe challenge will work. They'll all compete against each other, and any tribe that loses to the Outcasts has to go to tribal council. That means that if the Outcasts come in first, both Drake and Morgan send somebody home. If the Outcasts finish in the middle, whoever finishes last sends somebody home. But after the voting out has concluded, the Outcasts will go to a special tribal council to vote for which of them should return to the game in place of whomever is booted. So there's the opportunity for one or two Outcasts to rejoin the game, and they'll be the ones to decide who it will be. Furthermore, if an Outcast makes it back into the game, they'll be immune at the next tribal council, in order to give them what Jeff calls "a fair shot." "If the Outcasts kick your ass, you may be going home," he says, showing unusual candor. "On the flip side," he says cheerily, "if you really are the ten most worthy survivors, this should be no trouble." Snerk. Nice. He then goes on to assure Drake and Morgan that the Outcasts have been living on limited food, just as Morgan and Drake have. Well...probably not just as they have. I doubt the Outcasts were eating moldy rice.
As for the challenge itself, each tribe starts with most of its members tied up in the cages and one person running for a flag. When that person returns, he digs under the edge of the first cage and unties the person in there. Together, they dig under the edge of the next cage and untie the people in there. Then they all have to assemble a pole to snag a hanging key to the last cage. When they've untied the person in there, they'll make a new pole to snag one last key and unlock the cage. When you've got everybody out, you win. So in terms of competition phases, we've got running, digging, untying, pole-building, and key-snagging.