With the dawn the Masaya camp finally gets fire and Max figures the Blue Collars probably have a much better camp. He'd be surprised if he found out the truth. He then decides to go for a quick skinny dip as a way to get some alone time. Nobody wants to see Max naked, then Shirin follows suit and Joaquin and Tyler have no idea where to look anymore.
At the No Collar camp Hali is trying to befriend Nina but finds it difficult because of the hearing issue and Nina feels like she's being pushed aside because she's missing half the conversations. Then Nina plays the "poor me" card but the girls refuse to play that game. Pretty obvious there's nobody really at fault for a change but I'm sure there'll be viewers who take Nina's side and those who won't. If you're going to sit apart from everyone else beyond your limited hearing range you have no one to blame but yourself.
I kinda miss the drama of the after tribal footage this episode, but then again it was the White Collar tribe and they probably just all accepted it like they would if they just fired someone. Four days in and so far there's not as much drama as I thought there'd be, but it shouldn't take long.
Day 5 at Escameca and Mike is waking everyone up to get to work doing something. That's the blue collar aesthetic at work right there. While he's trying to do what needs to be done everyone else in the tribe just wants to play.
Over at Nagarote, Joe is drawing too much attention away from Vince and he seems to have his coconuts in a knot. When Vince confronts him on it Joe defends his position, and we've got a young alpha and an older alpha butting heads and upsetting the rest of the camp. I'm not sure whether Vince's paranoia or Nina's poor me attitude is more damaging to the tribe, but both are setting the rest of them on edge.
Day 6 and it's time for the Immunity Challenge. Hasn't this episode been pretty dull so far? Im still waiting for the usual drama but everyone seems to be playing it safe. There's no real villain yet. The Immunity Challenge is a water challenge, and the other two tribes get their first look at the diminished White Collar tribe.
One at a time tribe members must dive off of their platform and into the water, swim to a post of bouys, remove a buoy from the group and work it through an obstacle course, then through another obstacle course in the water before getting on to a second platform and hitting the post for the next member to go, collect all 5 buoys and then they can start shooting for the floating basket. First two tribes to get all five buoys in the basket win immunity as well as either the deluxe or the not-so-deluxe fishing gear. Kelly sits out for the Blue Collars and Nina sits out for the No Collars.
The first three guys are into the water, Dan, Tyler, and Vince, working the first buoy along the rope and through the obstacles then back into the water for the second obstacle. Vince pulls ahead with Dan close behind, then both are heading for the platform but Vince struggle to get out so Dan gets out first, then Vince, . . . and eventually Tyler.
Three girls go in next, Carolyn, Hali, and Sierra. Hali pulls into the lead making up the time Vince lost, with Sierra right behind her, then Carolyn. The White Collars are slowly falling behind.
The next group has Jenn, Mike, and finally Max. The No Collars pull ahead even further as Jenn hits the post first and Max is the last to the platform. Then apparently something hits the waves.
The fourth buoy is fed through its course by Will, Lindsey, and Shirin who manages to move the White Collars into the lead. Then Lindsey is out of the water and onto the second platform while Will struggles in the water.
The fifth buoy for the Blue Collars has Rodney working through the course while Joaquin moves the buoy for the White Collars and pulls ahead as Will flounders for the No Collar Tribe and drastically loses their lead. Eventually Will manages to beach himself on the platform and Joe finally gets into the water as the other two tribes get ready to begin shooting.
Joaquin begins shooting for the White Collars and gets two in even before the Blue Collars begin shooting. It's 2 to 1, then 3 to 1, then 4 to 2, then 4 to 3 as Joaquin bounces out his last shot, but finally Jauquin wins it for the White Collar Tribe, 5 to 3, and the Blue Collars take second place before Joe even gets a shot. All the Nagarote Tribe gets tonight is a free walk to tribal council.
With Vince and Joe both standing their ground this should be an interesting afternoon at the Nagarote camp where Vince and Nina discuss taking out Will because he's weak, but Vince wants to blindside Joe. The fear is that they'll lose strength without Joe. Meanwhile Joe wants to take out Vince but knows Nina is the weak link at camp and also doesn't want to lose Vince's strength. Will doesn't want to vote Nina out and goes back to Vince to reveal joes play, but Vince still doesn't know about voting out Joe and thinks Jenn may be the best choice for his gameplay.
When Will goes to Nina and reveals the plan to blindside Joe she asks him about his health because she's worried about him. Now Will thinks he's the target and that was Nina's way of telling him. Finally, a little bit of drama as everyone's paranoia goes up a notch. This should be an interesting tribal.
Night falls and it's time to grab their torch at tribal. Jeff discusses the group dynamics with Nina who feels she's on the outside because of her age and lack of hearing. When he turns to Jenn she can't really relate to Nina's problem, and Vince sees himself as the glue holding things together. Joe feels that the person who needs to go home will go home.
When the subject of strength comes up Will calls water his kryptonite. That's kinda funny comparing himself to Superman, I just can't see Will in a cape. Jeff turns back to Vince about all the layers involved and Vince feels he has it all under control. Jenn knows the worst thing to feel is comfortable, despite how tight her alignment of three feels. With that, it's time to vote. I love Hali's writing of Vincelot.
Jeff goes to tally the votes and there's no HII being played so . . . Jenn, Vincelot, Nina, Jenn, Vince, and finally . . . The second person voted out this season is Vince. That was a big blindside and the stunned look on his face was worth it. Not sure it was the best decision for tribe strength, personally I'd have voted out Will, but it may be the calming influence the camp needs. Funny though that, in order to get calm they need to vote out the Zen master.
Next week the No Collar Tribe is in paradise while the Blue Collar Tribe has gone to hell. Vince took his dismissal in classic zen fashion with calm and relaxation. See you all next week for another review, or this weekend for my TAR review.