But instead of thanking her for scrambling to save them, her Tandang tribemates basically ignored her — while she was instead consoled by the casualties of her scheming. Malcolm immediately told her he had no hard feelings, and she thanked him for his “grace and mercy.”
But Penner, playing Dr. Lucy in a Peanuts-style psychiatry booth, counseled Lisa that her need to please people derives from the “toll and cost” of her “extraordinary youth” as a child actor.
The nine remaining Castaways divided into two teams, mirroring their alliances because they picked their members. The last one picked, Abi, had to sit out and wasn’t eligible for the reward: a feast by local villagers. (You’re welcome, villagers!)
The challenge called for each Castaway to crawl through a muddy obstacle course and dig up bags of balls to shoot in a basket. Thanks to Penner’s brilliant strategy of retrieving all the bags at once himself, his team took a huge lead and won easily.
Back at camp, Abi instead insulted Lisa, calling her “gullible and naive” — while insisting they need to be strong and vote out Penner.
Even Artis (he speaks again!) recognizes that Abi “needs to shut up before she screws everything all up.”
First things first: fashion props to Jeff Probst, who looks fine in that black shirt.
Instead of spending hours in the hot sun, this challenge only requires the contestants to maneuver six balls into their designated spots while balancing a large paddle. With Pete his only real challenger, Skupin won his very first Individual Immunity — two wins in a row for the vets!
Maybe because they too have noticed him speaking during this episode (always a reality-show tell), Denise and Malcolm agree to vote out Artis in Tribal Council.
Then Penner gets to work on Lisa, breaking the fourth wall and asking her and Skupin to “do the right thing and tell a better story” for the viewers. (Thanks, buddy!) Why stay loyal to those bullies?
After Lisa points out that she experienced more “grace” from the people she hurt than the people she was trying to protect, Jeff notices Abi’s sourpuss — she really is more venomous than those cobras we keep seeing in B-roll footage.
Artis speaks a third time (now we’re starting to get suspicious), inaccurately pointing out that Tandang is one of the most powerful tribes in “Survivor” history — but quickly clarifying that he knows that even he could get blindsided tonight.
Ding ding ding, we have a winner! By a vote of 5-4, Artis’ torch — not Penner’s — is snuffed. While he signs off with grace and dignity, Abi is spitting silent venom at everyone around her. The biggest surprise of the night is that Skupin, not Lisa, flipped. Guess she really doesn’t care about entertaining the audience after all.