After Tribal Council, Rob approaches Phillip and includes him in his alliance with Grant, Natalie and Ashley. The next morning, both tribes receive tree mail. Each tribe must send two members to Redemption Island to witness the duel between Francesca and Matt. Back on the Ometepe tribe, Rob assures Andrea she is safe, but she doesn't believe him and is still upset that they voted Matt out. On Zapatera, Russell doesn't feel safe without an idol and continues looking for it. Instead, Stephanie tells Russell to pretend they have an idol to make everyone paranoid. Later, Steve thinks the tribe should throw the next challenge in an attempt to vote Russell out, but Julie doesn't think it's a wise decision. Ometepe win their first reward/immunity challenge and when they return to their beach, Rob finds the hidden immunity clue. On Zapatera, Russell suspects his tribe lost the challenge on purpose. Stephanie approaches Julie to get her to join Russell's alliance and vote Ralph out. At Zapatera's first Tribal Council, the tribe discuss the apparent 6/3 alliance .moreless
On Ometepe, Phillip tries to repair the damage after his outburst at the last Tribal Council. So he tells Rob that he will do whatever and vote for whoever he says. Later, Rob sees Matt with Andrea and plans to break up the duo knowing how powerful a couple can go. Meanwhile on Zapatera, Ralph sees Russell trying to look for the idol, so he does a search of his own and is able to find it. Then, when the tribe wins the reward/immunity challenge for the second time, Ralph knows that Russell found the clue for the idol and confronts him about it.moreless
Sixteen new castaways arrive on a beach in Nicaragua and right away are surprised to learn that previous players Rob Mariano and Russell Hantz will be joining the tribes. The two tribes then learn about another big twist. After they are voted out of their tribe, they will go to Redemption Island. After another tribe member is voted out, the two will duel which decides who will go and who will stay for a chance to join the tribe once again. Once the Zapatera tribe arrives at their camp, Russell approaches Stephanie to persuade her into an alliance. But the others realize what he is up to. Meanwhile on Ometepe, everyone praises and idolizes Rob. Everyone except Christina, who thinks Rob is too dangerous to have around, so she goes to Phillip and Francesca to try and get Rob out. But after Ometepe lose the reward/immunity challenge, Phillip jeopardizes the alliance after revealing their secrets.moreless
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