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Things heat up for the Fans…but not in a good way. Things continue to spiral out of control with the divided tribe at camp upon arrival. Matt quickly tells the audience that he is apprehensive about returning to camp because he knows that his vote is what ultimately sent Allie packing. Lucky for him, he wasn’t the main target in the sparring of words.
Reynold addresses the tribe, stating that they need him to win challenges. In turn, he states that he needs the tribe so everyone needs to start acting like a family. Oddly enough, he threatens to use the immunity idol, just minutes after attempting to reunite the nine, telling the tribe he has no problem using it if he feels they plan to backstab him. Reynold then ends his hot and cold speech with “game on.”
Shamar instantly jumps down Reynold’s throat and accuses him of saying “game on” because it was he who returned from Tribal council, not his buddy Allie. Of course Reynold denies the claim, but that doesn’t stop Shamar from letting everyone know exactly how he felt about tribal.
Shamar turns to Eddie and yells at him. Eddie yells back, but eventually backs down. Shamar then turns on Matt and continues down the line of every tribe member not in his immediate alliance. Laura grows concerned that Shamar could potentially be more of a liability then an asset.
The Favorites camp life opens with Phillip boasting about his age and how he is super in shape for Survivor. The camera then cuts to a montage of scenes with Phillip doing pushups, various exercises and fake dribbling. Talk about creepy.
The scene switches over to Corinne, who offers insight on the solid six’s dynamics. She states that Cochran and Dawn are close because they played in the same season, Phillip and Andrea are close because they played in the same season also, so naturally she gravitated towards Malcolm because they were the only two left.
While walking in the forest talking strategy, Corinne and Malcolm stumble upon the hidden immunity idol. Thrilled, they bury it and start to plan their next move.
On the other side of the forest Andrea is spotted talking to a few of her alliance members. She tells them that Corrine needs to be the first in their alliance to go and that they can pull in Brandon as the new sixth. When asked why, Andrea simply says she notices that Corinne has a lot of one-on-one conversations with multiple people. They all nod their head in agreement.
Andrea walks away and tells the camera the real reason she wants Corinne gone. She states that Corinne had to go because she is a threat and wants to get rid of Corinne before Corinne gets rid of her. Realizing that she needs a strong player whom she can trust, Andrea goes to Phillip and tells him the plan. Surprisingly, he agrees.
Andrea decides to clue Brandon in on the plan. Brandon smiles and nods, but says he doesn’t trust any of them. He notes that they will tell him anything just to advance their own game and refuses to go out like he did before. He claims he will try 100 percent in all challenges, but if it’s not good enough for the tribe, he will give them hell if they try to vote him out. Woah ohh! Guess the solid six isn’t as solid as we once believed.
Day six brings a new type of drama to the Fans camp. That morning Reynold and Eddie regroup from their second loss at tribal council. Shamar is officially Public Enemy Number One and they both hope that Shamar steps on enough toes so he is voted off next.
Sherri pulls Shamar aside and the two talk. Sherri tells Shamar that he needs to manage his temper. Shamar immediately jumps on the defensive. He tells Sherri that he isn’t the problem, it’s Eddie and Reynold. Sherri responds by saying the duo are going to ruffle his feathers, it’s part of their game. Shamar responds by telling Sherri he is an easy target, which is something he doesn’t like.
After the conversation, Shamar’s vocal displeasure for the game is drowned out by the instrumentals in the background. He starts to rethink playing the game and says he doesn’t like feeling like he’s the black sheep. He also states that no amount of money is worth his unhappiness.
Shamar goes to the rest of his alliance members, Sherri and Laura, and tells them how he feels. He tells them after thinking long and hard he’s come to the conclusion that he isn’t happy. He also tells them that he refuses to be the angry black man in the tribe and that it’s best if he leaves.
Laura tells Shamar to his face that she doesn’t want him to go. He admits to them both about how he became an alcoholic after Iraq, and had anger issues. He also admits to having a hard time coping because most people didn’t want to be around him. Luckily, he eventually made it out of the dark place. Shamar shares that he came into the game as a happy person, but people’s critical and condescending ways makes him go back into that dark, unhappy place.
Sherri tells Shamar that if he leaves he will look back and regret his decision. She also fears that if he quits then they could lose two. In her mind, if Shamar quits they lose him, and if by chance they lose the immunity challenge, they will have to vote someone out at tribal council. When Shamar hears that, he reconsiders quitting because of his loyalty to the ladies.
Eddie listens to the whole conversation from the shelter and holds out hope that Shamar will leave. After Shamar decides to stay, Reynold is disgusted that Shamar is now the hero because he un-quit the game.
At the immunity challenge Bikal gets a first look at the new Gota tribe. They see Allie was voted off last tribal council. Brandon then walks the immunity idol up to Jeff and the rules are explained.
Both tribes must race in water and swim to a bamboo cage. Once there everyone must climb over the cage and locate a chest. Tribe members will then untie knots to open up the cage door and drag the chest to shore. Tribe members must then work together to put the chest on a range and drag it to the finish. First team to drag their chest across the range wins immunity and reward, which are comfort items.
When Jeff yells "go" everyone rushes in the water. The Favorites start swimming first, but the Fans aren’t too far behind. About mid swim, the Fans start slipping behind due to Laura, but Reynold goes back for her, helping the tribe to gain ground. Both tribes reach the cage around the same time and begin untying their knots. The Favorites struggle with their knots and fall behind, losing the slight lead they had at the beginning of the challenge.
The Fans are the first tribe to grab their chest and swim back to shore, but the Favorites are right on their tail. Once on the island both tribes notice how heavy the chest is. The favorites work out a system and get to the planks first. Malcolm throws twice and misses, while it took one throw from Reynold to secure the first section of trap for the Fans.
Malcolm throws again, but misses so Phillip steps in and connects. Reynold decides to throw again, but misses so Shamar steps up for his tribe, securing their second trap. Malcolm jumps back in for the favorites and secures the second trap. Each tribe is dead even. Eddie throws twice for the Fans but misses both times. Brandon throws for the Fans but misses twice as well. Brandon throws a third time and connects. Favorites win!
Back at camp, Reynold says its sucks that their tribe has to go to tribal council again,
fervently searching for someone to blame. Shamar, in an attempt to skirt the blame, tells anyone within ear shot that he wears contacts and repeatedly asked for the goggles. Shamar then blames Reynold for the loss because he refused to hand over the goggles. Reynold, yet again, grows disgusted and says Shamar is worse than his 3-year-old nephew.
Laura actually blames herself for the loss, apologizing to the tribe for her slow swimming. Nevertheless, the group plans to vote out Hope, but is scared that Reynold may give his idol to Hope. The group decides that the only way to ensure that Hope is the one going home is to split the vote between Eddie and Hope. To keep it simple the men will vote for Eddie and the women will vote for Hope, flush out the idol and re-vote to vote out Hope. When Sherri tells Shamar the plan he grows nervous realizing the other three votes will be for him.
In a conversation with Shamar, Hope tells him that she doesn’t believe that Reynold will give her the idol because it’s a risky move. Shamar talks to Hope and tells her that he wants her to stay so he offers up a solution, giving away his alliances plan for tribal. He tells her that the votes are between two people and the only way to save herself is to vote for one of her own, hinting to vote out Eddie.
Shamar’s alliance finds out that he told Hope the plan. Angry and scared that he flipped, everyone believes that he isn’t voting with them. Laura turns paranoid. She believes that her name might come up so she flips the vote to get out Shamar, pulling in the party of three. The only way to secure Shamar’s departure is to find a fifth.
At tribal council, Reynold talks about the fallout from last tribal and Jeff calls into question Shamar’s temper. Shamar defends himself stating that he says he’s a misunderstood individual. He claims that he’s the tribe’s scapegoat and that Reynold is a liar.
Hope turns on Shamar and tells everyone about the conversation on the beach. She said that she told Shamar that she is 99% sure that she is going home, so Shamar hinted that she turn on her friends because Reynold won’t give her the idol. Shamar denies some facts in the conversation.
Matt comes out of left field and says that Shamar is rubbing everyone the wrong way. Sherri comes to Shamar’s rescue. She tells Jeff that she gets Shamar and sums him up perfectly. Jeff then switches gears to Hope who admits she is nervous to go home. She says Shamar needs to go because he brings a lot of negative energy to the tribe and doubts he will change.
Jeff closes the floor and everyone starts to vote. Surprisingly, Shamar’s alliance sticks to the plan and it’s a three way tie between Hope, Eddie and Shamar. Only problem with the plan was that Reynold didn’t give the idol to Hope so they were unable to flush it out. A re-vote happens. Anticipation builds as everyone but Eddie, Hope and Shamar go to vote. After the revote is tallied, Hope is voted off.
Wonder how this tribal council will affect the tribe’s dynamics?
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