And then Probst drops the big bomb: when they are voted out at Tribal Council, they don't go home. They go to Redemption Island, where they will live alone, in the same style that the people at camp are living. And then when the next person is voted out, the two people square off in a duel. The winner stays, and the loser is out of the game for good. At some unspecified point, the person currently on Redemption Island will return to continue the game. That seems a little fishy; it seems like the producers will just wait until either Rob or Russell is on Redemption Island and then let them return. This is a good twist, I think, with a lot of opportunity for producer intervention. I wish they had introduced it in a season without Rob and Russell. We get an interview with Russell where he claims that Redemption Island doesn't scare him, and that if he goes, he'll beat anyone they send out and then return to the game and take some heads off. So he's learned...nothing? Because if he does get to return, he will probably need to kiss some ass, not kick it, if he wants to stick around.
Probst tosses maps to the two tribes and they head to their camps. Francesca interviews that Redemption Island adds a wrinkle, because even if they can get rid of Rob and Russell (her plan, obvs), they might come back. She adds that she wasn't even thinking about getting voted out herself, but instead focused on getting rid of someone and having him or her come back. Something about her verb tense in that interview made me think that it was filmed AFTER she was voted out. Hmm.
I'm not going to recap the stupid "What If" segments because I don't recap commercials, but I felt I should mention them for people who didn't see them. Basically, they used the excuse of Redemption Island to explore "What if person X had come back into the game?" No one cares.
After the break, we join Zapatera as they arrive at their camp. Russell interviews that he's absolutely going to win this season, and his plan is to sit his tribe down and become their leader. So that will probably work. Because anyone who saw his last two seasons will blindly follow him. Or, they might try to vote him out first. Just saying. Russell gets everyone's attention and gives a little speech about how he's not there to sabotage anything, because that would be dumb, given his reputation, but he does want to win. Okay, then. I totally believe him. You guys? David, an attorney, interviews that it would be stupid to trust Russell, since he's made it to the finals twice, although he hasn't won. David has Russell's number: Russell is too aggressive and wants the blood on his hands, and that's why he hasn't won yet.