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Episode 6: Unprecedented


After their tribal council, former Ms. Delaware, Katie shares that she feels that she is definitely the weakest link and she must do something to put the odds on her favor. The next day (day 14), Katie and Denise talk about who probably has the immunity idol. Denise says that she could almost guarantee that Jonathan Penner has it. Katie then urges Denise not to trust anyone else and to get rid of Jonathan when the opportunity comes.

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."

The Deal

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."

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Episode 5: Malcolm and Denise, Live to Play Another Day!

Day 11


Immunity Found at Last

At the Matsing camp, Malcolm wakes up, irritated with flies or mosquitoes, all-over his face and wishes for the rain to stop. He says that he is at his lowest low at that point of the game. Both him and Denise believe that their only chance is to move forward is to be with another tribe. Denise reads the tree mail, telling them about the reward challenge ahead. The two remaining tribe members  instinctively scour their camp to look for the immunity idol that Russell obviously failed to find. Malcolm knew that it's their last chance to look for it because they might not go back to the camp. Both of them go over the jar that contains the rice. While  Denise is holding the lid of the jar, Malcolm grabs the machete knife and takes off the emblem from the cover. Malcolm successfully finds the idol and rejoices with Denise. He is so happy enough for him to giggle like a school girl. While Denise admits that she would've want it for herself especially when they split up to different tribes.

Matsing Decimated

Jeff Probst welcomes the three tribes at the site of the reward challenge and presents the last remaining members of Matsing tribe. Probst asks Lisa what she thinks about Malcolm and Denise, to which she replies, "It could be a decimated tribe or two individuals who prevailed." But before they go on with the challenge, Probst asks Malcolm and Denise to drop their buffs, to which the former willingly did so after spitting on his buff. Malcolm ends up with Tandang and Denise goes to Kalabaw.

For the reward challenge, it's a one on one, a square off where all a tribe member have to do is to knock his opponent's idol off first. They are fighting for coffee, tea, muffins and chocolate cookies!

For round one, it's Jeff  Kent vs. Malcolm. Kent wins for Kalabaw. Artis wins for Tandang against Dana. Lisa wins against Katie for Kalabaw. Skupin scores for Tandang agaisnt Penner. Denise scores for Kalabaw against RC. Pete gives Tandang a 3-3 tie against Carter. Abi wins for Tandang against Dawson who even went for her hair. "Play like a man, not like a bitch," Abi says.  And in the end, Tandang wins the reward with Malcolm scoring against Jeff Kent. Malcolm says that he is so happy to be with a new tribe and winning the reward for them. Denise, while on a losing tribe again, says that she feels an awesome vibe about her new home. Jonathan however prefers to have Malcolm on their team.

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Episode 4: Down to Two



Day 9

At the Tandang Tribe, it appears that Pete is creating chaos especially between erstwhile BFFs Abi Maria and RC. While the tribe mates are in the shelter, the clue to the hidden immunity suddenly appears where they lay. Abi says out loud that it was the clue, so RC nonchalantly reads it in front of everyone. Abi thinks that RC got the clue from where they have hidden it. But it was actually Pete who planted the clue to be seen by everyone. Pete says that it's part of his game plan "to create chaos to keep everybody in their toes".

At the Kalabaw Tribe, Jonathan enjoys the tropical paradise as the sun shines on their camp, saying that it was the most amazing place he's been. Later, Jonathan makes his move to form an all male alliance with Jeff and Carter as they set out to the sea with their boat. Jeff says that although he doesn't really want a veteran to win the game in the end, he appreciates that Jonathan is trying his best to reach out and he knows that he should go along with it. Jonathan is convinced that Jeff and him will be loyal to each other deep into the game. Carter meanwhile, didn't think twice getting on board with Jonathan. The youngest among the guys says that Jonathan is no longer his target but a part of his strong alliance with Jeff.

But the women of Kalabaw are not oblivious to what was going on with the men. Dawson says that since they've been gone for hours, it's pretty obvious that the guys are talking about the women left behind at the camp. The androgynous Dana assures the girls that they can survive and stick it out with one another. 

At the Matsing tribe, Russell talks about how a "smoker, lunatic and a beauty queen" got voted off one by one from their tribe. Malcolm on the other hand doesn't have pretty good things to say about Russell either - "I size Russell up from the very start and he met my low expectations pretty bad. He lacks self awareness. It's apparent that he is still here because we are doing so badly and we need muscle."

Russell admits that he is a little suspicious that Malcolm and Denise are plotting against him since the two has been allies from the beginning. He continues to search for the hardly hidden immunity idol. Russell says that people watching might say that "this dummy is walking past it a hundred million times." At least, he got that part right. Denise tells Malcolm that Russell probably has the immunity idol when she saw him digging near the shelter. Malcolm thinks that if Russell indeed has it, they should blindside him.

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Survivor Philippines Episode 3: Three in a Row


The members of Matsing tribe return to camp after the tribal council. Angie thinks that Roxy wanted "to go out with a bang so she decided to throw her and Malcolm under the bus". Meanwhile, Russell realizes that Roxy was right after all because at the end of the day, the cuddly couple could mean two votes.

Day 7

Abi and Pete

At Tandang tribe, Abi Maria is getting more and more snappy indeed against RC. The two sexy ladies are lying at the beach as Abi complains about her knee and feeling that she could be a liability in the tribe. Despite RC reassuring her time and time again that she's not, Abi somewhat decides to go on attack mode. RC feels that Abi's paranoia is getting the best of her. Eventually, RC decides to walk away and appeals to the Brazilian to stop fighting with her. RC says that telling Abi about the clue to the immunity idol should be enough proof that they should trust each other.

Later, Abi tells Pete about the clue and confesses that she is more comfortable with him than RC because he's "more genuine". Their goal is to find the immunity idol first before Abi does. Pete says that he's on a stealth "surveillance" mode. He may seem not paying attention but he knows everything that's happening in the camp. 

And it seems that Pete has some tricks up his sleeves as well. He makes a pact with Lisa who in turn readily agrees to follow his lead. Pete's goal is to go after Mike Skupin first because "he is going to be a real problem in the end" and then get rid of RC. So, if Pete's plan works out, he got Lisa, Artis and Abi on his side. Lisa, who was feeling like an outcast days before now feels that she is "up but cautiously up."

Under their Noses

At the Kalabaw tribe. Dana and Jeff notice that the emblem on top of the rice box is already missing. Jeff tells Carter and Dana that the emblem was probably the idol and Jonathan has it. "How stupid are we? You are staring at the thing the whole time," Jeff tells Dana. "We touched it, we looked at it... We weren't even curious about it," he adds. The three then decide to pull out a blindside against Jonathan when the time comes.

Back at the Matsing tribe, they awake the next day with their raft missing and has gone in the middle of the ocean. Solid allies Malcolm and Denise decide between Angie or Russell if they once again face the tribal council. For Denise, her choice is Russell if they want to win challenges, putting Malcolm in the middle.

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