Notes: If the last episode's reward challenge seemed to have a bizarre, completely unnecessary number of sit-outs, this episode decided to top that. Colleen and Rudy sat out BOTH challenges, which is what happens when the tribes are crucially matched up at six versus five, but you make one challenge for three people and the other for four. MAYBE the IC was designed that way for some other reason than to protect Rudy and give Tagi a fighting chance at hitting the merge even with Pagong, but... we can't think of one. Wow. So... RC had three people competing per tribe, and IC four.
In Tribal Council, a couple of historical notes: First, Gervase continues his historical string of voting for the wrong person here, voting for Jenna instead of Joel. Second, this was the only time in his entire Survivor experience that Greg voted for the person booted. Good job? (Also, note that in SurvAv, Gretchen has far and away the best score, making her exactly the right person for Tagi to target at the merge.)
One more thing: It's difficult to tell from the episode what really happened, when. By the show's date stamps, both tribes received the RC treemail (with dog food) on the second day (Day 17), for that night's RC. Then the next day, the Green Berets show up with treemail/instructions for the obstacle course, to be held "tomorrow" (which would have to be Day 19, but is shown as Day 18). It's possible the Green Berets actually came to camp before the RC was even held, but it's all very confusing to a poor webmaster who's just trying to accurately fill out a calendar. Thanks, SEG.
- Joel received 4 votes, from Colleen, Jenna, Gretchen, and Greg (voted out, 4-2).
- Jenna received 2 votes, from Joel and Gervase.