Well, here we are back at Camp Discontent and Abi feels bad for Artis, the latest victim to be voted off the island. Michael, the accident prone returning survivor, believes he's sitting on top of the world and is pretty darn happy about it.
His decision to switch alliances dealt the death blow to Artis and he thinks he can ride the crest of the wave. He proposes the new alliance stick together until there are six of them left, and then it's every "Survivor" for his or her self. Uh, if you say so.
Morning breaks and Abi and Lisa are having a chat. Lisa is once again saying how she has been loyal to the alliance, and Abi is again clueless. She tells Lisa that she'll be on the bottom with her new group and why would she want to do that (not when she can be on the bottom with her original alliance). Lisa says it's hard to be loyal when you get accused of being disloyal all of the time. Fine, Abi says. She's not going to try any more (that was trying?) because it's apparent Lisa has already switched. Uh, no she hadn't, but now I guess she can.
The tribe divides into two teams and two players at a time run out and flip over drums. The drums are in three circles. One member of each team runs out and flips the team's drums over while flipping the opposing team's drums back over. First player to have all three of their drum tops showing at the same time wins. It seems impossible, but they manage it somehow. The teams are Malcolm, Carter, Pete and Abi on the red team; Lisa, Jonathan, Michael and Denise on yellow.
Thanks to Abi, who is unclear on what she's doing, the yellow team pulls into the lead, but then Michael returns the favor when the teams are tied and red ends up winning reward, which is a spa day on a neighboring island.
Once they arrive on the island, Malcolm calls a moratorium on the game -- no strategy talk. Everyone agrees, but the real reason Malcolm doesn't want to talk is that everyone he wants to align with is back at camp.
After eating, bathing and mani-pedis, they return and Abi tells everyone how full she is, how wonderful it was, how she felt like a princess. She seriously won't shut up. Way to rub it in, Abi.
Abi also announces she's through with them and she's not going to cook any more. She now expects them to feed her.
Denise tells the camera she can hardly wait to tell Abi what she thinks of her, which she won't do until she writes her name down to vote her out. "Whiners are wieners," she says, which pretty much sums it up.
The next morning, Abi hasn't gotten any smarter or better liked, and the gang is getting restless. Malcolm wants to get a Final Four set today -- him, Denise, Michael and Lisa. Michael fills in Lisa and asks who she trusts more, Malcolm or Jonathan. And Lisa says it's Jonathan. They approach Jonathan about a Final Four with Carter, but Jonathan's not ready to commit. He wants to vote off Pete and Abi, then see what happens.
Lisa thinks he's missed an opportunity, and so do we because Malcolm, Michael, Denise and Lisa now are out in the jungle making a death pact. Michael isn't completely comfortable so he's going to do all he can to win immunity, speaking of which, it's that time again.
The challenge is a gradual elimination. First five to get a buoy through a rope maze moves to the next section, which requires getting another buoy through a different maze on a balance beam. First three to finish then move to the water with yet another maze and rope challenge.
Malcolm, Jonathan, Denise, Michael and Carter make it through the first round. Michael, Carter and Denise make it into the final. And it's Carter winning immunity.
Back at camp, Jonathan thinks it's simple. Three vote for Abi, three vote for Pete. If Abi plays the idol, Pete goes home. If she doesn't, it's a tie and a revote and they'll all vote for Abi.
Pete and Abi decide to try to convince one of them to vote for Malcolm. Abi approaches Lisa, but Lisa says it's a great plan if she was still in the alliance with them, which she's not. Pete goes to Carter, who says no thanks. Abi goes to Jonathan, who does well to keep from laughing in her face. Lastly, Pete goes to Michael and preaches how Malcolm is the biggest threat. Michael appears to be interesting and tells the camera that he's rethinking his decision to align with Malcolm. He tells Pete that Pete has never done him wrong, so he's not saying no. Oh Michael.
Malcolm debates whether to play his idol tonight.
The castaways arrive and Jeff Probst brings in the jury. Abi is smiling and waving at the newest member of the jury, Artis, and Probst asks Malcolm whether it concerns him that Abi is working the jury. Malcolm says he's more concerned about staying in the game. He acknowledges feeling threatened, and Pete jumps in says to say yeah, they want to get Malcolm and his idol out of the game, and all they need is one of the other six to flip their vote.
Abi is feeling unloved and thinks she got in trouble because English isn't her first language and that she comes across as perhaps not so nice. Everyone laughs and Denise says that she works a lot with people whose first language isn't English, and they are kind and helpful, two things Abi definitely isn't. Probst says that's a good reason to take Abi to the final -- no votes for her. Denise says yeah, if that's the game you want to play.
Abi is shocked to discover that people hate her. People love her at home. She's so sad and alone. But not so sad that she can't pretty much tell Denise to shut up. And then she cries, for good measure.
Votes are cast, Abi plays her hidden immunity idol, Malcolm keeps his and the results are read. The plan holds and Pete goes home with three votes. The three cast for Abi don't count and Malcolm has but two. So long Pete.
Next time: Jonathan thinks Lisa has lost her mind and Abi is miserable.