Day 26 and Tony knows he's in trouble and starts building a spy shack near the water well. That was just the tip of this week's paranoia but I guess it works because Trish and Jefra come wandering along for water and Tony hears most of their conversation. He finds out that Jefra doesn't trust him anymore after what he did to LJ and Trish thinks he should win an award for how he's playing everyone. Yep, he's in trouble
Speaking of awards, it's time for the reward challenge. Divide into two teams of four, get into a really big rowboat and race all the way out to collect 15 paddles then two players will use the paddles to solve a word puzzle. The reward is an awesome, mouthwatering, BBQ lunch.
It's the Orange Team; Tony, Trish, Woo and Kass . . . against the Purple Team; Jefra, Spencer, Jeremiah and Tasha.
Jefra has trouble getting into the boat which slows the Purple team at the start but they make up for it and take the lead. It didn't last as Orange overtakes them gathering paddles, until Tony loses a paddle. Purple moves ahead and it's pretty much neck and neck. Orange gets their last paddle and heads for shore, with Purple close behind.
Now they have to untie all the paddles and solve the puzzle. A three word phrase that will give the winning team a BBQ afternoon. There's a lot of maneuvering of paddles and glancing at each other's efforts but in the end Purple wins reward with "Worth Playing For." Once again, Tony is pissed and now it could be a four against four split with Jefra no longer believing in her alliance with Tony.
Kass points out that while they're away on the reward the other three are gonna pull Jefra in and even the alliances. Tony goes back to defending his decision to vote out LJ and tries to talk strategy with Trish but it seems like she's had enough. So Tony goes off on his own to find the Super Idol. While Tony searches the jungle, Woo is up a papaya tree with a vengeance, until he falls out of it. Fortunately he landed on his ass not his neck and will live to climb another day.
At the reward, Jefra, Spencer, Jeremiah and Tasha enter this huge cave for BBQ chicken, ribs, potato salad, fruit, cookies, drinks, . . . and surprise, letters from home. Jefra was all in happy tears, with Tasha right behind. Jefra really needed that letter and now she's decided she's in a new alliance. Hopefully. I couldn't be happier for Spencer, but his luck doesn't seem to hold. Yeah, I like the kid.
Time for the immunity challenge. Jeff takes the necklace back from Tasha and describes the challenge. Stand on a narrow beam while balancing a ball on a plate like platform atop a pole, at regular intervals you move down the narrowing beam and the pole gets longer, making the balancing act harder. As soon as the challenge starts so does the wind. Despite Kass almost losing her ball immediately Jefra is the first out, then Trish, then Tony, and then Kass. It only took three minutes in and already half of them are out.
Ten minutes later the remaining four move down the beam and increase the height of the pole as their hand moves down to the second section. Tasha has trouble right out, but Jeremiah loses the ball first and he's out. The others manage to keep everything under control for another ten minutes.
After twenty minutes the last three move down the beam to its narrowest part and extend the pole again. Woo's ball is all over the place but it doesn't fall until he does. There's only Tasha or Spencer left and no time limit. Unfortunately the wind pushes Spencer's ball a little too far and Tasha wins Individual Immunity.
We get a nice little camera chat from Jefra who is determined to stick with her new alliance and get rid of Tony. Good for her, but I wouldn't count on it. Tasha's camera chat discusses their goal of voting out Tony, who's already back on the hunt for an immunity idol again.
While Tony goes ahunting, Jefra chats with Trish in the water, about how she doesn't feel safe anymore with Tony. Tony's still searching, as Trish defends his position. Jefra's starting to teeter, while Tony's still searching. Dig, Tony, dig. Damn, he found the Super Idol, it's special power is revealed to be that he can use it after the vote, but he can't give it to anyone else after the vote. I don't think he's likely to give this one away.
Tony joins the others in the water and swears on everyone in his family that they're good and they have a solid alliance. They all intend to go after Spencer until Woo is concerned that Spencer may have an Idol. Jefra returns to Jeremiah and tells him she's not ready to vote with them, because it won't work for her endgame. So much for her new alliance. Jeremiah goes to Tasha and Spencer and Spencer tells them about his idol. As the sun sets on the horizon they're off to tribal.
Jeff asks Spencer if the game was up for grabs for awhile after the blindside and he agrees that it was. Jefra reveals her fear with her original alliance but says she's staying with it. Spencer points out that Tony has made promises and then broken them before and will do so again. Tony wants specifics and Spencer says he's not upset with Tony for breaking any promises as that's how you play the game. Spencer even says that if Tony makes it to the end without Spencer he'll have Spencer's vote. Lots of discussion on how the alliances are balanced, or not, and Woo points out that there could be an idol played. Jeremiah makes a point that Spencer is a bigger threat than he is. True. Tony mentions his bag of tricks again and Spencer calls him on it, but Tony refuses to elaborate.
Time to vote. Love Spencer's impersonation of Woo. Jeff gathers the votes and asks for the Idol. Spencer plays it while Tony takes his out, . . . or did he. He reveals it to be a fake idol, but for what purpose exactly. Jeff reads the votes, . . . Woo, Woo, Woo, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Jeremiah, Jeremiah and Jeremiah. That's all she wrote and the male model is the fourth member of the jury. Sorry Jeremiah.
I'm more sorry though that Spencer felt the need to play his idol only to find it wasn't even needed. It didn't help when Tony was all cocky about it and mentions how Spencer is inexperienced. In the game of Survivor they're both inexperienced. Frankly I kinda hope that Tony misplaces his Super Idol right before he gets blindsided.
Next week, we get the Survivor auction and Spencer finds a way to make Tony even more paranoid than he already is. How is that possible? I guess we'll have to wait and see next week. It should be fun. Hope you've enjoyed the review and feel free to leave comments. Be sure and come back on Sunday for our Amazing Race review. See you then.