On the Fans side, Shamar alienated his tribemates by spending his time either relaxing in the shade or napping in order to "conserve energy." "Once they see that I don't really care about the game, then I'm not really a threat," he explained. Good plan, Shamar!
Over with the Favorites, Brandon kept flying off the handle, trying to get on people's good side one minute, sniping with teammates Dawn and Phillip the next, and generally keeping everyone on edge. At one point, he confessed that his strategy was, "I was planning on sabotaging everything." (He eventually decided against it because he didn't want to be seen as "a quitter.") All this back-and-forth led Cochran to compare Brandon's unpredictable (possibly bipolar?) behavior to that of "a murderer who is kind of sociopathic."
The night's immunity challenge involved the tribes pulling three or four of their teammates on a raft out to a platform, where they'd dive under water to pull out bamboo sticks from a cage to release rings. After being pulled back to the beach, their other teammates needed to toss three of the nine rings onto posts. (It was less complicated in action.) The prize was immunity, as well as a complete fishing kit, which the Favorites easily won thanks to the ring-tossing efforts of Malcolm and Phillip.
So, heading into Tribal Council, it seemed obvious that the Fans were going to send Shamar packing. "He's disrespectful, lazy, he doesn't contribute," Reynold pointed out. "Tonight's vote is an obvious vote for Shamar." The issues came out in the open before the council, with Reynold leading the way in telling Shamar that he should prepare to be voted off that evening and chastising him for his behavior. "Vote then," Shamar said, and before lying back down.
Well ... not so fast. Laura suggested voting off Allie, whom she sees as a "strategic threat" thanks to her four-person alliance and "the only one of the four pretty people (Allie, Hope, Reynold and Eddie) that's really thinking." Meanwhile, Reynold finds a hidden immunity idol elsewhere on the island and brings it with him to Tribal Council, prompting concerns that he might pass it off to Allie, his ally.
At council, Shamar says he feels like "a scapegoat," and Laura (with a look) calls Reynold out on having the idol. He pulls it out, saying he's just going to use it that night and be done with it — but it's a bluff, as Reynold re-pockets the idol for later use before the votes are read and Allie is voted out 6-4.
As host Jeff Probst reminded the divided tribe at the end of the night: "In order to win this game, you have to get to the end. In order to get to the end, you have to beat the Favorites. In order to beat the Favorites, you've got to get it together."
What do you think? Did the tribe make the right call in sending Allie home, or should they have gotten rid of Shamar when they had the chance?