Six men and six women, merged as one new tribe called “Tikiano”. That’s how tonight’s episode started. Stunned are the newly formed Salani tribe who have bonded tightly and seem to love their new tribe mates. Gone apparently is the men vs. women theme and the Salani tribe vows to target the remaining Manono’s. Back at camp there’s cheese, grapes and champagne to celebrate the merge. Something’s missing….could it be Colton? Tarzan seems convinced that now that the men are together it’s old home week and the men’s alliance is as strong as ever. He realizes his error when Jay won’t allow him any of the coffee that the Salani tribe won. Hmmm, Jay? You’re one tribe now dude.
I would be a terrible contestant because you couldn’t pay me a million dollars to be stuck on an island with Tarzan. His gross visual and grating schizoid comments make him look like a clear target this week.
The newly formed Tikiano is again split up into two tribes just for this reward challenge. Alicia, Jay, Troyzan, Christina, Sabrina, and Chelsea make up one tribe and Jonas, Tarzan, Leif, Kim, Mike and Kat the other. The object is to dig a hole in the sand under a log, (biggest loser just had this challenge), climb under netting and dig a hole for a bag of puzzle pieces. The first team to collect all their puzzle pieces and put them together correctly to form the turtle puzzle wins beer, pizza, and a secret message. (Ha! Could this secret message have something to do with an idol????) Leif goes first for his tribe and apparently thinks it’s a great idea to dig the hole under the log with his face. He digs a very small hole and then dives in face first instead of on his back. He immediately gets stuck under the log and wastes valuable time as the other team steams ahead. As the challenge evolves Mike makes up an amazing amount of time and both teams attempt to put together their puzzle. Jonas and Tarzan are the puzzlers for team number 2. Jonas is doing a great job however Tarzan is distracted by Jeff’s commentary just enough so that Jonas has to tell Tarzan to quit responding to Jeff. Team number 1 wins the challenge. Good thing Jeff isn’t in the operating room with Tarzan you’d think if anyone could keep their focus it’s a plastic surgeon? Alicia, Jay, Troyzan, Christina, Sabrina, and Chelsea enjoy a beer and pizza party while Alicia reads the secret message! Surprise! It informs the six players that they are the only ones who know that there is another immunity idol planted. You’d have to have never watched Survivor to not have figured that out.
Tarzan once again stirs the pot by spewing to Mike that it’s still the guys against the girls. Mike is slightly dumbfounded and says as much to Jonas. Jonas can’t quite figure out what the deal is with Tarzan and he confronts Tarzan. Before Jonas can finish a sentence the beginning of Tarzan’s sentence of course interrupts the middle of Jonas’s, because Tarzan is important and must be HEARD! Seriously if you look up “curmudgeon” in the dictionary you will see Tarzan’s picture. Tarzan calls Jonas an “asshole” and says he’s going to quit the tribe. Wow, that’s some serious Survivor strategy. Even Ozzie had to rethink that one some time back. Mike asks Tarzan what’s wrong and Tarzan says “miscommunication.” I think that must be a recurring theme in Tarzan’s life don’t you?
Troy gets up early and decides to search for the idol. Surprise again! It’s in a hole in a tree. What a great hiding place! Troy is elated and says that the necklace could be worth a million dollars.
The first individual immunity challenge is balancing on a small beam while holding a round flat platter while balancing 1-3 balls on it. If you fall off the beam or one of your balls falls on the ground you are out of the challenge. Tarzan is first out of the challenge. One by one players are eliminated and balls are added until it’s just Troy and Kat left. Just when Jeff exclaims that Troy’s balls haven’t moved in a long time (clever Jeff) Kat falls off her beam and Troy win’s immunity. Troy is jubilant that Jeff is touching him and he’s wearing the individual immunity necklace. It’s not as obnoxious as when his team won the reward challenge and he slammed his fists on the puzzle and said, “This Island is mine!”
Consensus back at camp with the ex Salani tribe is that Jonas is the strongest Manono left so he should be first to go. Some have mixed feelings about this as Jonas is likeable and a good chef. He’s amiable and feeds the tribe. Jay, Chelsea and Kim (who always looks like she’s relaxing) discuss this and immediately agree to pick off ex Manono one by one starting with the strongest. Troy decides to tell Jonas that his name is being bandied about as the one to go home. Jonas decides he should immediately go apologize to Tarzan for their former argument and they decide that Troy, Leif, Tarzan and Jonas will vote out Kat. Troy is obviously playing both sides. The winds are a shiftin’.
Tarzan makes more friends when he throws his poopie pants into Chelsea’s laundry rinse water. It’s okay though because he knows about microbes!!
Jeff does his job looking quite handsome as usual. He asks Jonas a question about who should be voted off and Jonas does a 180 and starts throwing Mike’s name out there. Tarzan immediately interrupts Jonas again and starts slamming Jonas and saying he doesn’t like him and said he was going to vote for Jonas. Jonas discloses that they were going to vote for Kat tonight. Everyone is surprised and can’t make heads or tails of what Jonas and Tarzan are fighting about. Chelsea jumps to Jonas’ defense and says Jonas is much more likeable than Tarzan, and is not a waste of space basically. Instead of rallying the tribe to vote out Tarzan Jonas focuses on Mike being the biggest competition. Hmmm, don’t know where that strategy came from.
It’s time to vote. Jonas votes for Mike. One other person votes for Mike and everyone else votes out Jonas. Not one person votes for Tarzan except the majority of viewers at home. Jonas becomes the first member of the jury. Yeay Ponderosa online!
Will the ex-Salani members reach their goal in voting off the former Manono? Will Tarzan find a pair of swim trunks? Until next week, outwit, outplay, outlast!!