Needless to say, last week's shocking turn of events on Survivor: Caramoan — Fans vs. Favorites left the Favorites reeling and needing to regroup after they were forced to forfeit a challenge so they could vote Brandon out. But that wasn't the only thing that shifted the momentum of the game.
Just when the tribes were starting to each feel sweet harmony, they headed to a meeting, during which host Jeff Probst told contestants the teams would be shifting. So, meet the new tribes: Eddie, Reynold, Andrea, Malcolm, Sherri, Erik and Brenda on Gota (Orange); and Corinne, Phillip, Michael, Matt, Cochran, Julia and Dawn on Bikal (Purple). "The game just started anew," Cochran noted — and he wasn't the only one who felt that way.
Immediately following the shakeup, the Gota tribe gloated over what they saw as their hands-down advantage, strength-wise, in any and all future challenges. "I'm ecstatic," Eddie said. "I think the Gota tribe is the best that it could possibly be right now. We are the young, good-looking tribe. It's awesome." But their new teammates were a little more hesitant, especially after Eddie and Reynold immediately started bad-mouthing Sherri. The new Gota tribe immediately branched out along gender lines — with Ednold trying to convince Malcolm and Erik to vote Sherri out as soon as possible. That didn't sit well with Erik, who compared Reynold to "a used car salesman" and said the hostility towards Sherri "raises red flags" for him.
While this was happening, Sherri was off in the water with Brenda and Andrea, giving them the scoop on their new teammates from her point of view. "Eddie is a wonderful guy when he's not with Reynold," she said, and added that she would cast her vote for Reynold in the unlikely event they were sent to Tribal Council. Malcolm, meanwhile, somehow managed to convince Andrea that her dream that he found the immunity idol was completely unfounded ... he was wearing it on his wrist when they were having this conversation. "I'm an accomplished liar when it comes to women," he explained. Good to know!
Over at the Bikal tribe, Corinne wasn't being shy about who her new favorite teammate was: Michael. Her somewhat cringeworthy confession? "Oh, do I have a special place in my heart for a gay. If I wasn't a moron and hadn't played this game before I would turn on my entire alliance just to align with the gay. That's how much I like gays." Huh.
Prior to the reshuffling, Phillip had revealed his plan "Operation Thunder Dome" to get rid of Corinne the first chance he gets — and he immediately approached Julia about making a "big move" with him. But Corinne correctly pointed out to him that the Favorites don't need one of the Fans to flip in order to form a majority. "He's the worst federal agent I've ever met," she said of Phillip. "What cases did he crack? And is that the reason our country's in such a mess? ... He needs a warm glass of Shut the Hell Up." (Ed. Note: I'm rooting against Operation Thunder Dome only so that Corinne can stick around for her quote-worthy interviews.)
So, off to the immunity challenge we go! It involved running and pushing heavy crates and, as expected, the Gota tribe won handily, with Probst calling Bikal's effort "pathetic." Ahead of Tribal Council, Phillip gave the team a pep talk, commending the tribe's effort and teamwork during the challenge. "On a scale of, like, one to 'on an airplane next to a baby' annoying, he's on the airplane next to the baby annoying and the baby has diarrhea," said Corinne. Oh, Corinne. Still, she pointed out: "As annoying as he is, he'll vote with me."
In spite of his earlier entreaties, Phillip decided he would vote against Julia — and also gave an amused Michael and Matt the rundown on his Stealth R Us alliance. (Do we think he really has T-shirts?) He and Corinne finally managed to agree on something, with Corinne also advocating to send Julia home because "she's really boring" (yes!) and cost them the challenge. But Cochran and Dawn wanted to vote Matt out to break up the "power couple" of him and Michael — whom no one was considering casting a vote for. "I will say I'm glad that my gay got saved," Corinne noted.
In the end, Corinne and Phillip's strategy failed them, with Matt getting voted out at Tribal Council.
What do you think? Did the tribe make a bad move in keeping Julia around? And how is Malcolm going to "take charge of the game," as he predicted in the previews for next week?