At Tandang tribe (day 15), Mike Skupin is making quite a stir for eating their rice even without cooking. He does that thinking that it will cook inside the body at 100 degrees temperature. (Really now?) For Pete, "Skupin is the most useless castaway to return to Survivor and he needs to go home". Artis shares the same sentiment saying "We got no food because of Mike. And because of Malcolm, Mike has become expendable."
It's an old school, classic, dirty and gritty Survivor challenge... well, almost. With three members each, the first tribe to push a huge woven ball in the mud pit to their goal three times wins the reward. The reward is a delicious picnic in a dry hut complete with sandwiches, soup, potato chips and brownies. RC and Artis sit out for Tandang.
The first round starts. For Tandang, Lisa, Pete and Skupin battle against Penner, Carter and Denise of Kalabaw. There's a lot of shoving, pushing and taking down between Carter and Pete, Denise and Lisa and Skupin vs. Penner. They are evenly matched, with each pair pinning each other down. Penner's hand goes through between Skupin's leg, with Jeff describing it as "Very intimate way to play this game but totally legal."
The pairs are locked in for a full hour. Until Skupin hatches a plan which is to make a deal - to trade the sandwiches and reward for the rest of Tandang's supply of rice. Jonathan is agreeable with the deal and he assures his tribe that he can catch fish with their boat and spear. Probst tells them that if they got "alternate plan for this, and everybody agrees to it, I'm open, otherwise this will go as planned."
Artis, the birthday boy was asked to weigh in. He disagrees but wouldn't want to share his thoughts about the deal. Abi, tells them to decide whatever they want to do. Carter reluctantly agrees. So, the reward goes to Kalabaw in exchange for all their rice going to Tandang camp. Probst describes what has transpired as "unprecedented."