Both tribes have the upcoming merge on their mind. The Tagi alliance think they have the upper hand because Pagong isn't taking the game seriously. Susan wants to target Greg, Jenna, and Gervase first. Richard is confident that he's the one calling the shots.
We're having a Pagong day. We're laying around doing nothing.
I think it'll be cool when we merge. I think they're nice people. I don't think they're taking this... seriously. They're playing "Island 90210." They think that they'll go to their little mud volcano and give each other facials and they don't need to really do anything because they're just here to... look cute on TV, I don't know.
At Pagong camp, the tribe prepares to eat one of the chickens they won at the previous Reward Challenge. Though some tribe members are squeamish about killing the bird, Joel does the deed and the tribe chows down. Pagong plans to eat all three chickens before the merge so that Tagi can't have any.
I don't have any emotional attachment. From the moment I saw them, they were food. You know, they never were pets to me. I don't enjoy killing things. It's not, like, a thrill to kill something, but anybody who eats meat has to realize that somebody killed that. Someone's killing it for you.
Oh, we're going to eat, uh, three chickens in three days. We want to eat them before we merge tribes. We don't want them getting any of our chickens. Besides, one of them was pecking the hell out of me.
I've interacted with the chickens as little as possible. I'm not petting them, putting them on leashes, taking them for walks, naming them and, you know, calling them my very own. It does no good to befriend dinner.
People were happy before, I know that the nutrition hit their bodies. It was, I think, the first really recognizable piece of protein that people have had that, you know, everybody kind of knew what it was and make you feel like you chewed on something. I think, mentally, the chicken was more important than it was physically.
I don't agree with his lifestyle and I told him that, and he probably don't agree with mine. But, anyway, we got to work together up until this merger, anyway. I finally went along with this alliance and if I didn't, I'd be out of here probably the next vote or the one after.
I've been trying to support keeping Rudy from Day 1. I want to bring him along to the next round where... he won't care much and probably will get voted off before, uh... winning. I don't think somebody's in control of our group, in particular. I think... I'm in control of... who's being voted off and I think that's all that matters to me.
Pagong has a controversy of its own when Gervase makes an offensive joke, declaring, "Girls are the stupidest thing on this planet next to cows." Jenna and Colleen were angry, and privately wonder why Gervase hasn't been voted out already. Gervase theorizes that his charm and personality are keeping him safe in the game. Jenna and Colleen are also annoyed with Joel, who congratulated Gervase on the joke.
I made a totally dumb statement now that I regret. You know, it was kind of just a poke at the girls, give them a little shot. "Girls are the stupidest thing on the planet next to cows" was the remark.
Well, I said, "You know, Gervase, I told those girls that all they had to do was, like, when they write your name on that piece of paper and hold it up to the camera they can look straight into the lens and go, 'Moo!'" (laughs) His mouth dropped open like he had never considered that maybe that was not the best thing to say to a woman who had that much power over him.
I haven't done a thing out here since I've been here, it seems like, and that's cool. Joel does the fishing. He does the paddling. I'm just out there hanging on the raft with him. When they built that hut on the beach, I was nowhere near there. I was in the shade somewhere. You know, I was looking for a coconut or something. I think everybody has done cooking rice at one point in time. I have yet to cook anything.
I didn't see him do anything yesterday, but that is nothing new, and that surprises me that I still haven't voted for Gervase. He doesn't seem to pull his own weight, and I know for a fact that he voted against me, so why the hell haven't I voted for him? I don't know.
Both tribes received Tree Mail for their next Reward Challenge wrapped around a canned good. Opening the can, revealed what appeared to be dog food. Some castaways proceeded to eat it but were not pleased with it.
It could be some natural thing from the island, man. Larvae in tomato sauce.
For the Reward Challenge, three tribe members must search an abandoned campsite to find three items. After Tagi found its first two items, Richard accidentally returns with a duplicate item, handing the victory to Pagong. They win canned foods and a chocolate bar.
Back at camp, Joel and Gervase talk about Pagong sticking together as an alliance when the merge comes.
Pagong discusses the impending merge and says that the six of them should stick together or risk getting voted out one by one. However, Gretchen isn't too interested in joining an alliance. Elsewhere, Jenna and Colleen are getting increasingly annoyed by Joel, whom they perceive as condescending and bossy towards the women. Joel insists he isn't a chauvinist.
We need to stick together, really, as Pagong, still, and just wipe them out. Just pick them off one by one.
Colleen-- she said that she does not want to vote anybody on our team off until all of their team is gone. We want to stick together. Jenna also has said that she is not going to vote anybody on our team off. Greg said openly that he's not going to vote anybody on the team off. Gervase has said it openly. I've said it numerous times openly. I've never heard Gretchen say "I want to keep this team together."
Joel seems to be ignoring the fact that we have one more Immunity Challenge before we combine the tribes, and if we lose it, somebody's being voted off, and he talked way too much about what he's going to do when the tribes are combined the strategy, the combination-- da-da-da. What if he doesn't make it to the combining of the tribes?
Towards us ladies, he seems to be pretty condescending like, he has to explain everything so thoroughly that we just couldn't understand it without Joel. I don't see why he feels the need to treat us like we're children.
You can't be a woman who's strong enough to volunteer to come here and take what comes... and then overlook a comment like he doesn't trust you to cook the rice. A woman just is not capable of doing the things as good as he is. And it took us a while to even bring it up to each other, but once we did, it's, like, "Oh, you feel that way, too?" And I know that, you know, all three of us are feeling that.
Day 18 on the island. For the past few days, the tribes have had their minds on just one thing-- the merger. Tomorrow, the two tribes become one. Nobody can predict the impact of unification. As new alliances will form, strategies will change. That makes today's Immunity Challenge critical. If Tagi loses, they enter the merger outnumbered by Pagong six to four and could then be eliminated by a Pagong voting alliance. On the other hand, if Pagong loses, the tribes will merge even at five members each. Joel and Jenna will run the first half of the course for Pagong; Sean and Kelly for Tagi. They will meet their two fellow tribe members-- Rich and Susan for Tagi, and Gretchen and Greg for Pagong-- at an obstacle called "Blown Bridge." All four will negotiate this obstacle and then race to the finish line, where the tribe members who are not participating in the race-- Rudy for Tagi and Colleen and Gervase for Pagong-- are waiting to cheer them on.
The Immunity Challenge is a relay race that involves swinging on a rope, scaling a wall, and crossing a series of boards to reach the finish line.
The blown bridge requires them to now stop and think because this obstacle involves strategy. The runners are carrying the instructions on how to proceed. Each tribe is given four boards of various lengths. The object: use the boards to move all four tribe members across the pylons without touching the sand.
A dejected Pagong returns to camp to find that the nearby monitor lizards ate "Dinner," Pagong's last chicken. Meanwhile, the women of the tribe target Gervase or Joel as the night's boot.
The thing is, we're coming back after the challenge, you know-- I'm sore, you know-- we lost. Tired, beat up-- coming back here thinking, "All right, we're going to have some chicken." Um... coming up the trail and what do I see? I come around the box... and that little one was still there. Had his head stuck in the side of the box. Just pulling. And I yelled and he took off. The monitor got the biggest meal of the day. I mean, that monitor ate twice as much at one meal than I've eaten since I've been on this island, man. Totally ate my chicken.
The Tribal Council is a necessary part of the game. But it's the nasty part of the game. It's the part that I enjoy the least and that I could do without. I don't know who's going to go. Could be anybody.
I've seen how Jenna acted the last couple times when she voted against somebody. She really didn't want to look at them or talk to them-- she showed guilt and she hasn't... she's really been avoiding me the last couple days.
Gervase-- he's just as chauvinistic as Joel is, God! He just hides it better. I want to vote for him at the next Tribal Council because he voted for me, and I'm starting to just have, like these little conflicts with him.
At Tribal Council, Gervase pleaded ignorance about the cow joke, claiming he doesn't remember saying it. He insists he feels safe from the vote. His feeling is vindicated when the women, plus Greg, team up to vote out Joel in a 4-2 decision. Joel is the sixth person voted out of Survivor.
One at a time, each tribe member raced to a barrack. There were three different items in there (a can opener, a knife, and an army helmet). The first tribe to get all of their items (with no duplicates) back to the start wins reward.
After being split up into pairs, the tribes must race through a military-style obstacle course. The first pair will run the first half of the course where they will meet up with the second pair. Together the two pairs will run the second half of the course. The first tribe to cross the finish line wins immunity.
(voting for Joel) I picked Joel for two reasons, both small ones. He seems a bit condescending to women and it makes it difficult to work with and, two-- he seems to have the most money of anybody, so... I think he needs to win less.
(voting for Joel) Okay, Captain America, Mr. January. Um, I don't want to vote for anybody, but it just comes down to, uh, it seems like you're in a good place right now with a good job and things like that, so I think-- I think it'll be okay, okay.
I wish I could've made it a little longer. I think maybe the girls on the team maybe had a little inferiority complex that they took some of these remarks wrong. They think I'm a chauvinist. I am definitely not. I mean, so, that is my main regret-- that I'm going to leave here and I got, you know, four people that think I'm a chauvinist.
Pagong discovered their last chicken got eaten by a lizard, Greg Buis asked who counted a chicken before it hatched and accused Joel Klug of doing that and they got into a argument.
Starting with this episode, every member of Pagong would be eliminated until none were left.
This was the first episode to have a challenge held at night.
This episode marked the ending of the two competing tribes having a pattern when visiting Tribal Council. Tagi visited first, then Pagong, then Tagi again, and so on. This would happen again in Survivor: The Amazon and Survivor: South Pacific.
The now-defunct Survivor: Borneo website mislabeled Pagong as the Immunity Challenge winners in the challenges section of this episode.
This marks the first and only time that Greg ever votes with the majority, excluding the Final Tribal Council.
This is the first episode where both competing tribes sat out a member in a challenge.