During the reward, Dawn took a shower, admitted to losing her “marbles,” and used a loofah. Reynold ate beef. Phillip decided to jump into the resort's glorious pool without showering off first, so the filth from the past 26 or so days slid off his body into the pristine water. He reminded me of Pig-Pen from the Peanuts comics, with a halo of filth around him at all times. And then something shocking happened: Eric expressed a thought. He said he’s sick of Phillip. That’s almost game talk from Eric, who’s been so silent all season you know he’s not going to be top 3, but you also know you’re not going to care when he gets voted off. Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe he’ll make some massive move one of these weeks. But I doubt it.
Dawn woke up on day 28 with a new lease on life. She slept! Stealth R Us decided that “Reynolds” should go first, which was good news for Reynold as he seemed to be on the chopping block. It’s been 28 days, people. Learn each other’s names. And by people, I mean Phillip. So they decide Reynold will go home, but they’re going to throw three votes Malcolm’s way just in case. Secret awkward handshake and off to the immunity challenge!
Man, what a doozy this challenge was for the lungs. Jump into the water, swim under a platform while pulling yourself along with a bar, climb up the other side of the platform, and hang up a ring. In the first heat, Reynold and Andrea moved on. Before everyone could get ready for the next round, Phillip decided he was going to sit this one out. Probst looked rightfully shocked and appalled. At this point in the game, I don’t care what your scars are from your youth. I don’t care if your bottom teeth fell out. You play and you play hard because that’s why you signed up for in this game. You can decide to sit out of strategy talks, but not challenges.
Alas, Phillip thought he was safe as could be, as the grand poobah of Stealth R Us, so he figured he’d take the break and not dredge up painful memories of childhood when he got stuck under a similar platform. For that round, Brenda (who, by the way, is kind of a mermaid, no? I’m not entirely sure she needs oxygen to breathe, she’s so at ease in water) and Malcolm move on after Eddie misses the only easy part of the challenge (putting the ring on the stub thing).
The final round was five rings, as opposed to the earlier two-ring rounds. Immediately, I knew the girls didn't have a shot because it’s a lung capacity and upper body strength challenge. Oh well for them. Much as I like Brenda in water challenges, I didn’t want either of them to win. I wanted to see a Reynold vs. Malcolm showdown and that’s exactly what it turned out to be. Damn, those two are good at challenges, but Reynold was that much better and got immunity this time.
Back at camp, Phillip yapped on about his childhood, causing Dawn and Andrea to think about anything else…an idol! Let’s go look! The boys were already at it and just as Dawn wondered aloud, “Would it be too much for a clue?” Malcolm gave her one by finding the hidden idol. Soon after some whispering and a plan that seemed like a sure thing (split votes, flush the idol, get rid of Eddie), it was time for tribal council. I was positive Malcolm would keep his second immunity idol a secret and stay safe two weeks in a row. Eddie, too, knew Malcolm would be safe, as he announced that he’d be going home tonight. One of the smartest things he’s said all season. But still, he was wrong!
NEXT: Three people are safe at tribal council?