After Tribal Council, Shamar is really angry and I'm not exactly clear why? But he yells at Matt a lot. Reynold and Eddie realize they're screwed, but hope Shamar continues to piss people off so they get rid of him first. Shamar might beat them to it because he's thinking about quitting. He opens up to his tribe about his vulnerabilities and they convince him to stay -- was all this legit or gameplay?
Malcolm and Corinne have become buddies because they're the only people in their alliance who don't have a season mate (Phillip/Andrea and Cochran/Dawn). Together, they find the Hidden Immunity Idol. Later, Andrea decides that they need to ditch Corinne and pick up Brandon instead, because Corinne seems to be playing the game too hard.
Also, Phillip is still crazy and claims that he plays pick-up basketball against guys who are twice as tall as him (so, actual giants?) and he shoots the ball and gets "nothing but air" (so, an air ball?)
The Immunity Challenge involves the entire tribe climbing over a bamboo cage in the water and retrieving a heavy chest, then dragging it back to shore where they have to use a grappling hook to assemble a track and move the chest to a platform. The winning tribe gets immunity and comfort -- some chairs, pillows, blankets and a tarp.
The Fans lag behind at first, but get their cage door open first and seem to have a good system for dragging the chest through the water. The Favorites catch up near the beach and get their chest up on the track first. It comes down to the third piece of track and Eddie tries and tries to hook the track with the ring for the Fans, but can't do it. I don't know why he didn't let someone else try; he ended up being the goat. The Favorites win Immunity.
The Fans majority alliance decides to split the vote between Eddie and Hope in case one of them plays Reynold's Idol. They want Hope to leave because they need Reynold and Eddie's strength for challenges. Shamar takes matters into his own hands and tries to convince Hope to vote for Eddie so that he'll go home and she'll be saved. Julia finds out about Shamar's blabbing and Laura freaks out and decides they need to get rid of Shamar.
Everyone rags on Shamar during Tribal Council, but Laura and Julia actually stick to the original plan and vote for Eddie, resulting in a three-way tie between Hope, Shamar and Eddie. On the revote, the people who got votes can't vote again, so there go two of the votes against Shamar. Everyone but Reynold votes for Hope and she goes home.
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The Fans return from voting out Allie and nervously talk about whether they should discuss what just happened. Matt interviews that he was especially concerned, since he and Michael had played both sides before the vote. Reynold confronts Matt and Michael and says that they need him to win challenges and he did intend to us his Idol to help the tribe as a whole, but now he doesn't trust any of them. That's such horseshit. I'm so sure he was going to selflessly give up his Idol to someone else. If that's true, he's an idiot. Reynold declares that now it's "Game on."
Unfortunately for him, Shamar walks up behind them as he says that and wonders aloud how they can claim that they weren't playing the game before, since the couples ganged together and tried to vote him out. Eddie tries to claim that the "vote Shamar out" plan didn't originate with his alliance. Look, Shamar is right. They can't claim that the tribe was one big happy family and then also hatch a plan to vote out one of the family. I never understand that on this game. Just say that Reynold said he was voting for Shamar (because he said that TO SHAMAR) and they decided to join him because they didn't know who else to vote for. Or admit that they have a couples' alliance. Everyone knows it. Laura interviews that they just saved Shamar's ass, so you'd think he'd shut up for a while. He is really angry for someone who just didn't get voted out. And it's not like he didn't know that the couples were trying to get rid of him.
Then Shamar is yelling at Matt and Julia for some reason? And not just a little -- he is screaming at them. I think they should treat him like I do my preschoolers when they have a tantrum: tell him they can't talk to him until he uses his big boy words, let him have some time to blow off steam and then come back and hug him. I mean, would that be worse than trying to engage him and letting him scream at you? Mike interviews that all the anger of the past few days is coming out now. Laura interviews that she gets that Shamar is a vet and has lived through some tough times, but he used to balance his anger by being fun sometimes and they're not seeing that anymore.
The next morning, Reynold and Eddie talk about how they got blindsided at Tribal. Eddie calls it "Revenge of the Nerds." If he wants to have any hope of sticking around more than three more rounds, he should probably stop thinking of his tribemates as nerds. Eddie thinks he'll go before Reynold, since Reynold has the Idol. Shamar walks by and Eddie offers him some coconut, but Shamar refuses. Hey look! Shamar is out of the shelter! Eddie interviews that Shamar keeps pissing people off, and he hopes that people will get mad enough to vote Shamar off and keep him.