It's Day 20 and now Rodney's mad about who's cooking the food, who's sorting the food, who's . . . whatever. He's not yelling at anyone but his general attitude is that ofan angry young man. I'm thinking this guy needs a bit more protein.
Time for today's reward challenge. They need to make their way across angled balance beams collecting puzzle bags that are tied to the beams, until all three of their bags have been taken across one at a time. The first three with their bags across will move to stage two where they'll need to open their bags and assemble their puzzle. First one to finish the puzzle wins reward, . . . a trip up into the forest to a zipline, which they'll then ride to the bottom to a pizza picnic.
There's a lot of initial stumbling as people fall off the beams but Joe gets his first bag pretty quickly, followed by Jenn, then Mike, then Tyler. Joe gets his second bag, then Mike, then . . . I kinda lose track because it moves really fast. Eventually, Joe, Mike and Hali are the three tribe members moving on to stage two.
It's puzzle time and they need to assemble an anchor. Mike takes the lead, with Hali right behind as Joe takes a moment to focus. Unfortunately Mike has started to slow down and when Jeff mentions it Mike says " thanks Jeff". That's gotta be really encouraging to hear Jeff say you're falling behind. Hali and Joe are neck and neck until Joe removes a big section of his anchor allowing Mike to catch up when Hali also removes a few pieces. In the end though Joe once again wins the reward.
Jeff tells Joe that a picnics no fun on his own and tells him he can pich three others to join him so Joe picks Tyler, Will and Carolyn. Then Jeff decides that five is a much nicer round number and Joe gets to choose one more. Who the heck is doing Jeff's math? Despite Rodney trying to plead his case to be chosen, Joe picks Shirin. I'm not sure why but she's even more shocked than I am.
The zipline looked pretty cool and everyone seemed to enjoy it, even Shirin who forgot to brake and nearly ran into the post. While they're all sitting around Joe notices there's something inside Carolyn's soda. He mentions that he's still thirsty so she passes hers across to him and Joe chugs it back and gets the clue but he also gets caught by Tyler when Tyler chooses that moment to glance at Joe as he removes something from his mouth. He keeps quiet about it but let's Joe know that he saw.
It's the dawn of Day 21 and Joe takes Tyler aside for to help wash up the dishes and have a chat, unaware that Mike wasn't asleep and is now following them in his best ninja imitation. Mike can't figure out why Joe would share the clue with Tyler unless he's trying to woo him over. Mike immediately heads over to join them and Tyler knows he needs to cover his ass so he later tells Mike the clue who then runs off to tell the others. While nobody's watching Joe, he goes off to find the idol. Now they're all trying to find Joe and the idol.
Mike sees Joe near the water's edge but decides he can cause more trouble by telling everyone else that Joe found the idol even if he hadn't. He even congratulates Joe on finding it and tells him how great that is and everything. Joe confides to Hali that he never found it so at least she knows Mike is just trying to stir things up. While everyone else is out searching Dan and Shirin are left alone in the water and Dan tells her that she's now seen as one of Joe's girls and has just made herself a big target. Shirin puts up with Dan's rambling as he keeps tearing into her in his calm yet misogynistic way. As annoying as she can be, I find Dan's attitude almost as bad as Rodney's. It's actually far more destructive to his own gameplay because eventually he'll mouth off to the wrong person and he'll be the next blindside.
For some reason Mike is now the only person hunting for the HII, when he's not eating termites. Apparently everyone else believed him when he said Joe found it. How gullible are these people. He's climbing through the trees, digging in the dirt, reaching through the stumps . . . and he finds it. Now it's all up to Joe to win individual immunity or Mike is going to make him the next target.
Speaking of immunity it's time for the Immunity Challenge. They need to race a puzzle piece through three slide mazes and then use that piece to complete a slide puzzle. Shirin's been waiting for this kind of challenge because she feels that as a computer programmer she should have no problem beating everyone else. Good luck with that but so far it's been Joe who's been good at all the puzzles.
Joe is out first with Sierra right behind and then everyone else, except Rodney. Joe stays ahead with Shirin finally on his tail and then Joe is on to the puzzle. Then Shirin, then Tyler then . . . well, everyone else except Rodney and for some reason Hali who got stuck on the third maze. Dan is now racing through the puzzle and he thinks he has it and calls for Jeff so everyone stops, . . . but Dan is wrong. He tries again, everyone stops, . . . but he's wrong again. As Jeff steps back from Dan's feeble attempt Joe throws up his hands and calls for Jeff. Joe is correct ance again Joe wins immunity. Joe is now undefeated in the last three challenges, and Rodney is pissed again. What a surprise.
After the challenge they return to camp and Shirin's a little upset that she lost to Joe. While most of the tribe is relaxing in the water Mike pitches Shirin as the target but Tyler mentions that he thinks Shirin has an Idol. Dan can't believe it because he can't believe she'd be smart enough to not have told everyone by now. Keep diggin' buddy, that sand is looking pretty soft.
The girls on the other hand have finally gotten together and are thinking it may be time to get rid of Dan. It's about time. Now they need to get the numbers to make sure the plan works. They know they can count on Joe so Shirin goes to Tyler to feel him out and complain about Mike and Dan running everything and how one of them needs to go and Tyler seems to be considering it. Let's hope so otherwise they're gonna be short because I don't see them talking to anyone else. Too late now as its time for the Tribal walk.
At Tribal Jeff asks how the response was after Jenn played her idol and the blue collar group all agree that they were a bit upset about it. Mike knows 1000% how he's voting and Dan makes some comment about how flippers never win. Hali points out that, if the colonists hadn't flipped on the British there'd be no 'Merica. Nice try Hali, there's a certain logic to it, but with that it's time to vote.
Jeff gathers the votes and calls for the HII, but nobody plays it. The votes are Dan, Hali, Dan, Hali, Dan, Hali, Dan, Hali, Hali, and finally . . . Hali. Damn. On the upside, Hali becomes the first member of the jury, as the others return to camp.
Next week everyone hits the water during the challenge, and it looks painful. During the credits it's revealed that Tyler didn't flip after all, apparently afraid to upset his alliance even though they'd never know. No worries, he'll be sitting next to Hali soon enough.
Check out my Big Brother Canada review following this one and remember to keep coming back to catch up on my Amazing Race review on Friday. See you then, or at least I'll see your numbers. Feel free to leave comments. I love comments.