After the tribal council, Vytas could only thank the girls alliance so much for keeping him and assured them that they are the solid 5, including Aras, come the merge. He also professed that Gervase would surely jump on their boat to make a majority from the 11 remaining castaways. Tina also offered Monica a slot in the top 5, but the latter in unimpressed.
At the Redemption Island, Laura B. narrated how she got voted off after trying to be nice with Vytas. John and Laura M. agreed that taking out Vytas would've been a smarter choice. The clueless Laura B. insisted that it's a mistake for them to keep Vytas who would join his brother, Aras and the rest of the guys soon to take out the girls.
It's the last pre-merge challenge at the Redemption Island Area and only one will re-enter the game. John thought that the final duel is the only thing that matters and he has been training for it for 12 days. Laura M. was also adamant about winning to get back to her daughter, Ciera.
And the final duel was an endurance challenge where the three competitors would cling on a pole as long as they can. Laura B. struggled early into the challenge but soon found her foothold. After 20 minutes, John took off his shoes, and recovered. Laura M. has not moved, Laura B. wrapped around the pole. Expectedly, the big John fell down, frustratingly. Laura B. slid down to the most bottom foothold soon after. Laura M. earned her way back to the game, embraced by Ciera.
Laura B. said that she defied the odds and she going home as the strongest woman she's ever been in her life. John, said that he didn't want to leave after being at the Redemption Island for 12 days and overall it's the hardest 19 days he had experienced. But before Laura M. officially entered the game, Probst announces that it's already merge and gives a new buff to the castaways. Probst later handed out the clue to the hidden immunity idol to Laura M., but like the others, it's also thrown into the fire. At least, this is the first season in the longest time that nobody cares about the idol.
Aras and Vytas reunited and the former was now more confident than ever that he got 7 members on his alliance.
At the merge feast, Hayden, analyzed his standing on the alliance, now with Laura M. joining Ciera into the fold. Laura M. knew that she has a lot of work to do playing with her daughter, finally. However, Ciera, admitted that with her mom being back in the game, would hurt her. The mother and daughter took a moment at the beach to talk about her alliance with the people without loved ones left. Ciera told her mom that Aras is next to be voted off and she should not talk about anyone about strategies.
When everyone thinks that nobody cares about the hidden idol, Tyson took a solo walk into the forest thinking about the clues Hayden spilled with them during the tribe swap. Tyson was sure where the serpent tree located and started digging. Lo and behold, he found the idol and swore not to share it to anybody for now.
The brother, Vytas and Aras talked about their 7 member - alliance. Aras insisted that they should keep Tyson around think he doesn't pose a threat with his broken shoulder. Then they put their sight to Laura M., whom Aras considered as the most dangerous. However, Vytas warned Aras that if the rest of the players are smart, they would consider the two of them the biggest threat and they would deflect the attention to Laura M. and Ciera. But Aras is confident that the two of them would reach the final 3 against anybody.
That night, Monica and Tyson took their moment to play out their strategy. Tyson assured her that Gervase is with him. However, Tyson admitted that he would rather have a spoon jam into his eye-socket into his brain than talk to Monica any further.
At the frst individual immunity challenge, the castaways would match photos on their cube to whatever image Probst has shown in series. Monica got eliminated first, Caleb and Katy are out next, followed by Tyson and Tina. Hayden got eliminated last at the first round. At the second round, Laura M. got eliminated first, followed by Ciera. Only Aras, Vytas and Gervase remained. Ultimately, Vytas won the first immunity against his own brother.
Aras immediately laid out his plans for the rest of his alliance, telling the girls to vote for Ciera while the boys will vote for Laura M. Aras thought at it's a good plan to target the mother and daughter couple. While Laura and Ciera are also targeting Aras, taking into consideration if he has the idol for being too comfortable in the game. But Gervase and Tyson already have their own plan in mind with Monica, Hayden, Laura and Ciera, which is to vote for Sir Aras.
At the first tribal council of the Kasama tribe, the discussion started off with Tyson saying that it's pretty obvious that blood couples would work together as far as they can. Aras agreed and added that relationship with everyone, not only with a loved one, is equally important. Hayden said that any pair would become a swing vote, not only Laura and Ciera. Tyson said that the game is not only about the 3 pairs of blood but it could also be about having 6 guys and 5 girls in the tribe, and in the end, it's all about the people you trust the most. Tyson said that there's a lot of different ways to cut the pie and he intends to get the largest portion. Laura is just elated for having Ciera to give her advise in the game. Gervase said that after the vote, the game will not change for the smart ones, but definitely will for the not so smart ones.
After the vote, Laura got 2 votes, Ciera got 2 and Aras got 5. Aras becomes the first to be voted out after the merge, but he still has a chance to return to the game at the Redemption Island.