Survivor recap: Malcolm's Dirty Laundry

Tandang-Kalabaw merge has everyone questioning their alliances; Lisa finds something very interesting in Malcolm's rumpled clothes
Ep. 07 | Aired Oct 31, 2012

THE FIRST SUPPER "He who dipped his hand with me in the bowl is the one who will betray me," they all thought to themselves. Well, probably not.

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Denise won the competition pretty handily among the women, but it was a dead heat between Jeff Kent and Carter for the guys. "Uh, having a necklace on tonight would be sweet," Carter told Jeff Probst in his deadpan sup brah? voice. "And, yeah, I just want to win." With words that steely and unyielding, Jeff Kent knew he had no chance, and he ungripped his spool, giving Carter immunity for the night.

Back at camp, RC and Skupin scrambled to figure out what to do at their first tribal council. They were still toying with the idea of jumping into Kalabaw's alliance and taking out Tandang's ringleader, Pete. But Jeff Kent told Skupin he wasn't sure he wanted to be on the same team as him. After all, he is a returning player, and (insert Phaedra Parks voice) everybody knows how Jeff Kent feels about returning players.

At tribal, it became very clear that no clear lines yet existed in the merged tribe. (Seriously, did they ever say the name?) RC and Abi-Maria still couldn't agree on whether RC stole the immunity clue, which had Pete smirking to himself on the side. Lisa, meanwhile explained to Jeff Probst why she thought jumping from Kalabaw to Tandang could be even smarter than doing the opposite. And Denise simply looked happy that, after six tribal councils in a row, she was guaranteed to survive her seventh. (Meanwhile, it was the first tribal council for everyone on Tandang -- making this the first time in Survivor history that a tribe had never gone to tribal council until the merge.) There was lots of arguing and tense stares, but I honestly found myself a bit distracted by Malcolm's hair. It seems to be turning into one giant dreadlock. Weird!

In the end, Pete and Malcolm got their wish (along with Jeff Kent's loyalty). Penner, sensing his own vulnerability, played his immunity idol, which turned out to be the right decision considering 5 of the 11 votes cast were for him. All those votes didn't count, of course, but Penner no longer has his idol. Of the other six votes, two went to Pete (who looked positively wounded at the sight of his name), and four went to RC, making her the eighth person eliminated, and the first member of the jury. I'm sad to see her (and her bitchy fights with Abi-Maria) exit the game, but that's just the nature of the beast.

So, what did you think of tonight's episode? Is Malcolm the player to beat? Will Lisa spill the beans about his idol? And does the merged tribe actually have a name yet? Ahh, Dalton would probably know all the answers to these already, but I, a mere novice, have to leave these questions with you!

Check out a deleted scene from last night's episode:

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