Tai is still trying to figure out how Michelle got into his alliance and he tells her so. Maybe it's because she doesn't keep flipping. After that Tai takes Aubry aside to ask what's going on and she tells him that nobody liked his decision to get rid of Michelle. She still wants to work with Tai and feels like she betrayed him by not telling him, but Aubry can't leave him with all the strength, not with the way he flips at every tribal.
Day 33 and as the sun rises on the horizon so do the castaways, just in time for a reward challenge. They need to race into the jungle, climb a ladder and retrieve sandbags then return to toss those sandbags into a target. The reward is a spa trip, with an overnight in a real bed and a great meal.
Everyone hits the jungle running with Cydney in the lead. It doesn't take long for everyone to get their first set of bags and start tossing but only Cydney and Aubry hit their targets from the first set. As everyone else leaves to get their second set Joe returns with his first set of sandbags. Joe shoots, misses and heads back into the jungle as the others return.
Aubry has three, then four, as she takes the lead but she can't finish it as she's run out of sandbags. Cydney also runs out of sandbags as Joe returns. Then Tai and Michelle both run out of sandbags as Joe runs back for his last set of sandbags. Now everyone else gets to wait for Joe who finally returns. He needs two more targets and he only has two sandbags. Joe tosses and gets it. One more to go. Joe tosses . . . and he hits the final target and wins the spa reward. Jeff tells Joe he can take one more person so he calls Aubry over, then he gets to bring one more and they bring Cydney on the reward, leaving Michelle and Tai on their own.
Joe, Aubry and Cydney arrive at the spa to find some delicious food and Joe can't believe he won. Cydney's a little worried with the amount of beef Joe's putting away. It's a good chance for them to lock in a final three deal, but back at camp who knows what's going on. While they're chatting Joe points out how much of a threat Aubry and Cydney are and it wasn't until then that Aubry clued in that Cydney is a threat. Now she's thinking she may need to keep Tai.
Back at camp Tai is on damage control as he tries to repair his relationship with Michelle. They both see the writing on the wall that the others may be planning a final three deal and they're a little concerned. Tai offers to give Michelle a massage and he appears to be pretty good at it. Michelle is really enjoying her Tai massages do afterwards Tai brings up the idea of working together. They both know they're on the outs so it's time to restrategize and work together. Tai feels betrayed by Aubry, and rightly so, so it's time for Tai to flip again. His spine must be made of rubber.
Day 34 finds Tai and Mark, the chicken, enjoying the sunrise as they wait for the others to return. As they walk up the beach, Tai walks out to meet them. Now it's Aubry on damage control because she knows that Tai is a very emotional player and she needs to take him with her to the end. They walk off to chat and Tai is a bit non-commital. Aubry tells him she wants the final three to be her Tai and Joe. With all that confession Tai breaks down in tears and Aubry gives him a hug.
Meanwhile, Joe and Cydney are talking about all the food they ate right in front of Michelle. That was a bit rude. When Aubry and Tai return, Cydney thinks there's something fishy going on so she wanders off with Michelle for a chat. Things turn so quickly in Survivor and from the looks of things it could be either Joe or Aubry going home at tribal.
Remember all that meat that Joe gorged himself on? Cydney was right, Joe is feeling like crap and now he's having bladder issues. He keeps wandering off and the others are really concerned because this could cause Joe to be pulled from the game. In comes the medic.
The doctor and Joe discuss options, which include some medication to relieve pressure on Joe's bladder, but the doc's real concern is if it gets worse. Apparently Joe opts for the meds to start with but I'm sure that medical won't be too far away. It would really suck to be pulled with just six days left, but . . . even after the medication Joe feels terrible so he goes to talk to the others.
Everyone is concerned that Joe is masking his pain, which he probably is, and while everyone is getting depressed Tai starts to cry again. Hugs all around as the day continues. Day turns to night and the doctor returns to see Joe, who hasn't been improving enough. Ironic that the last guy to win a reward is taken out because of the reward. Jeff asks if this is a medical emergency or if Joe can tolerate the pain, but the doctor has decided that he has to pull Joe from the game in order to keep him safe.
Joe's not happy with the decision but he knows that his health comes first. Jeff feels that Joe will be an awesome inspiration to others and tells him it's been a pleasure to watch him in the game. Joe bids his farewell to everyone and there are tears all around and then Joe heads off with the doctor to the boat.
This season has had the most evacuations ever with three, and Jeff tells the tribe that it's down to the wire to see who can outplay, outwit, and outlast. On that note he joins Joe and the doctor and that's the end of Joe's journey. Hopefully it all turns out fine and Joe can try his hand again in another season, but that's definitely going to put a kink in Aubry's endgame.
Next week it's down to the final four in a two hour finale, and a big surprise that three of them are female. Aubry has already lost two of her closest allies and her third isn't exactly the most stable, Michelle has played the game based primarily on loyalty but she's been on the outside for so long she's finding it hard to get back back in, while Cydney has begun playing both sides which never ends well, and then there's Tai who's going to need to flip, flop and fly.
I'll be right here to tell everyone how it all ends as I wrap up another season of reviews just in time to start planning out our reviews for Season Four of The Amazing Race Canada. Once again Wayne and I failed to make the final cut but we'll still be here with our weekly reviews and our videos. There will be beer. See you later Survivors.