Both tribes meet to witness the Redemption duel between Christine and Ozzy and after the winner re-joins the game, both tribes merge. When the merged tribe is at their beach, Cochran plays the double agent and lies to Coach about being treated badly by his tribe. But Coach doesn't believe him. After the Immunity Challenge, Cochran and Dawn are faced with the decision to stay loyal to their respective tribes, ending in a tie and a possible vote by a rock, or join an alliance of the opposing tribe.moreless
After witnessing the Redemption duel, Ozzy thinks it would be a smart move to purposely vote out a strong player in order to eliminate Christine. Ozzy approaches Cochran about his plan and suggests that he could be the one to go. On Upolu, Coach calls upon his religion to lift the tribe's spirits and find the idol as a group. When Coach returns to his tribe mates with tree mail and the idol, the entire tribe rejoices.
When Savaii lose the Immunity Challenge, Cochran felt confident in Ozzy's plan to send himself to Redemption Island, but when Ozzy voices his frustration at the loss, he begins to think otherwise. But the next morning, Ozzy interprets a dream he had and tells the tribe he is willing to be voted out afterall, but the others on the tribe don't agree with the plan.moreless
Stacey arrives on Redemption Island and tells Christine that "Coach" is in charge of the tribe. At the duel, the two competitors spill the beans to the spectators about Benjamin's control at Upolu, refusing to call him "Coach". Albert and Mikayla return to the tribe and tell everyone about theduel and what Stacey said which angers "Coach". Albert also feels worried after Stacey's comments, so he goes on a search for the idol after finding a clue. Albert reveals the clue to "Coach" and Sophie and after another search,"Coach" eventually finds the idol.
On Savaii, Elyse feels strong about the alliance she is in, but when Ozzy finds out that "Coach"is in charge at Upolu, he lets it slip that "Coach" should vote out a strong player next. Jim picks up on it and plans to warn Keith. Later, after a fishing trip, Ozzy is proud to be the provider of fish for the tribe.
Upolu arrive back at their beach after winning the Immunity/Reward Challenge and enjoy a nice salad and meat from the challenge. Over on Savaii, Ozzy thinks Cochran is the weakest link and should be next. But the secret alliance of Cochran, Dawn and Jim approach Keith to try and vote out Elyse, but Keith doesn't want to lose Ozzy's trust.moreless
The morning after Tribal Council, both tribes choose two people to see the Redemption Island duel and when Christine sees "Coach", it gives her motivation to compete. After the duel, Brandon feels huge regret about lying to the others in order to try and vote Mikayla out. Brandon doesn't want to lie anymore and reveals to everyone on his tribe about his connection to Russell Hantz. But when Brandon argues with Mikayla in front of the others, the tribe start to wonder how similar he is to his uncle Russell. On Savaii, Ozzy feels Keith is a strong ally and tells him he has the idol. Keith then tells Whitney to try and gain her trust.
After Savaii lose the Immunity Challenge, Cochran and "Papa Bear" know they are the outsiders of the tribe and that either one will be voted out. After Ozzy tells Papa Bear that Cochran will be voted out, Papa Bear knows that's a lie andgoes on a desperate search for the idol. Although he doesn't find it, he makes a fake idol and tells everyone he has it. But Ozzy knows the truth since he already found the real idol.moreless
Savaii return from Tribal Council and Cochran is thankful to have been spared and promises to change his way with the tribe. The next morning Ozzy searches for the idol on his own and successfully finds it. Later, during a fishing trip, Jim wants to create an alliance with Keith and Ozzy.
On Upolu, "Coach" and Edna share a bond and solidify their loyalty for one another. Later, while the two are alone, Brandon tells "Coach" that he is Russell Hantz's nephew now that they are in an alliance with each other. Meanwhile, Christine continues her search for an immunity idol clue and eventually finds it, but she isn't sure if she should share it or keep it to herself.
Then, after Upolu lose the Immunity Challenge, Brandon wants Mikayla out because he feels uncomfortable around her, but Coach feels differently.moreless
18 new contestantsare divided into two tribes and are joined by 2 returning players. Everyone on Savaii is thrilled to have Ozzy join them, while those on Upolu are much more hesitant to have "Coach" on their tribe. The two returning players then participate in a reward challenge specially designed for them. With the help of a very vocal tribe, Ozzy wins the challenge leaving "Coach" feeling rejected by his new tribemates.
Savaii arrive at their beach and right away the tribe start to get to know each other. When Ozzy suggests to go for a swim, Cochran is very hesitant but ultimately dives in. Over at the Upolu beach, the tribemates take advantage of "Coach's" prior experiences while building the shelter. But while everyone is working, Christine starts her search for the hidden immunity idol. That night, "Coach" feels more comfortable and welcomed by his tribe as a new alliance of five bond under the stars.
The next day after Savaii wakes up, Dawn has a rough morning and needs to be consoled by Ozzy. Later that day, the tribes meet for their first immunity challenge which is won by Upolu. When Savaii return to their beach, Dawn hopes that an argument between Semhar and Jim will keep her safe. But Ozzy feels that Semhar should stay and that Cochran lacks the physical strength needed.moreless