Filmed: July 3-4, 2005 || Aired: September 29, 2005 || Re-watched: August 2, 2015
Notes: As we mentioned on twitter, it's nuts that, 30 seasons into Survivor, the show has yet to figure out that they incur a huge number of serious injuries having people run and/or jump on nets (Amy here, Kourtney in One World, Missy in San Juan del Sur). Particularly as set up here, where the net was draped over a hard wooden skeleton, forcing people to transition from loose to hard footing repeatedly. It's bizarre that nobody thought that might be a potentially ankle-popping arrangement during Dreamteam testing. But even so, Amy still performed better than Brianna.
Also, with Yaxhá utterly demoralized and Amy injured, one wonders if this pushed production into accelerating the swap, moving it up an episode ahead of the original plans. It makes no sense to swap if it creates uneven tribes, but that's what they do the next episode, instead of waiting until Episode 5, as is commonly done today. Certainly, had no swap occurred, there was a high probability of two more straight Yaxhá losses, and probably an Amy boot. If an early swap is what it took to avoid that, we're okay with it.
One more thing... for a guy who keeps going on and on about prizing athletic ability above all else, and not wanting to lose any more challenges, it's hilarious that Gary (1) insists "I'm a landscaper," and (2) has been demonstrably terrible in the physical challenges. Seriously: he directly gave Judd and Nakúm a point in the mud IC, by idiotically tackling Judd to ensure the rope was closest to Nakúm's end; and scored zero points in the Ball Game IC here, despite being a foot taller than everyone else. Even Rafe scored a point. Rafe! But hey, Gary did do well in the RC here, where he was yelling and telling people what to do.
- Brianna received 7 votes, from Stephenie, Rafe, Lydia, Gary, Jamie, Amy, and Brian (voted out, 7-1).
- Lydia received 1 vote, from Brianna.