lol Steph went from fan fav to most hated in less than a year
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This challenge appears to be for two teams of four, which appear to be Cirie, Shane, Aras and Danielle on one team, and Terry, Sally, Bruce and Courtney on the other. Courtney and Danielle are on swinging platforms attached to ropes, and their teammates appear to be trying to maneuver them with the ropes (to allow them to grab something, presumably). Not clear which tribe has the advantage. The reward footage is confusing, but we'd give the strength edge to Cirie, Aras and Shane over Sally, Bruce and Terry
As for the reward, it appears to be something along the lines of videos from home. Cirie, Bruce and (maybe) Sally, and most prominently Shane, are all shown crying, which would suggest they won the reward. The problem there being that they're on different teams. But since Shane is featured so prominently, we'd have to guess he got to see a full video, whereas the others could be reacting to snippets, or even to other people's videos. Then again, they could all get to see previews before the challenge, and every one of the crying scenes could be from that. So uh... no help? Still, we think Shane's team ought to pull this one out.
Exile: Terry, again?
It's unclear who'll be exiled. If Shane's team wins the reward, presumably the exile will come from the other one, and the prime candidate there would appear to be Terry. He's pissing the others off, they know he has the idol already, so there's really no reason not to send him there. And that might be what motivates Terry to "kick their butts in everything."
Immunity challenge: "Fight For Your Life or Eat" - Terry wins
From the previews and episode descriptions provided by CBS, it seems fairly clear that the "twist" in this challenge is exactly the same as in the first post-merge IC in Guatemala: Contestants have to choose before the IC whether to partake in a feast, or compete for immunity. Bruce and Cirie seem to be jumping at the chance to opt out and eat; it's unclear if anyone else takes Probst up on his offer. At least Terry and Aras are shown competing, and we'd imagine Sally would be, as well.
The challenge itself appears to be something in the water - Terry and Aras are shown swimming, neck-and-neck. And (yawn) Terry appears to win yet again: he's seen running up onto the beach alone, and appears to be celebrating in the "How? Why? What?" vidcap, below. Ho hum. Then again, it's not like ChillOne didn't warn us this would happen.
We originally thought Bruce should get removed from the game (most likely) in this episode, after the immunity challenge, and in place of anyone being voted off at Tribal Council. But this was before next week's (Ep10) title, "Medical Emergency," came out. In light of that, seems like Bruce is most likely taken out of the game in the next episode, after all.
Since we've also been told that Courtney goes here, we'll go with that instead.
It's also possible that Sally is the unlucky victim of numbers here, but Courtney seems to fit a bit better, especially in light of ChillOne's spoiler that a blonde (most likely Sally) gets booted right before the family visit (which we think may be way down the road, with five left in Ep12). Also, we've heard that Sally is (temporarily) saved from the boot by Bruce's emergency removal.