It's another rainy, dreary morning in the jungle, and the remaining contestants are trying to adjust to life in the huts without their friends from the recently departed Red team (Rachel and Kareem). JD meets with the survivors to read Red's departing letter and, more importantly, to find out which team Red has left their pyramid piece to. In the letter, the Red team reveals that they found Reece and Sara (Purple team) most trustworthy, so they have decided to bestow their Trust piece upon them. This revelation miffs Tom (Brown team), who expected his good friend Kareem to leave the piece to him. The addition of Red's piece gives Purple the lead in the game, with three pyramid pieces total, followed closely by Yellow (Bryanah and Monroe) and Orange (Nicole and Bryanah), who are tied for second place with two pieces each. JD quickly segues into the day's Endurance mission, which is on everyone's mind. But in typical JD fashion, he slyly throws in a twist: he informs the teams that the Samadhi in the day's mission will be the first one in Endurance history that every team wants to get! He goes on to warn that the contents of the Samadhi could drastically change the game for everyone on the beach. And with that small but intriguing piece of information, JD releases the group to ponder over the day's mission. After a few hours of speculation, the time finally comes for all of the teams to meet with JD to play the day's Endurance mission - Pipeline. To win this game, the teams will have to display good teamwork skills by using two poles to balance a large ball on a slim, ascending pipe and guide the ball up and into the top of a towering basket. Should the ball fall to the ground, the team will have to start all over again. The first team to guide three balls into the basket wins the game, and the mysteriously beneficial Samadhi. The teams take their positions, and JD begins the game. At the start, it seems that most of the teams are having trouble with their communication skills and cannot manage to balance the ball on the upward-sloping pipe. All of the teams other than Gray (Lindi and Chris), that is. With relative ease, Gray successfully manages to guide their first ball into the basket in a matter of seconds, while the rest of the teams struggle to keep the ball from falling. In fact, Gray gets their second ball in their basket before anyone else even gets their first ball in their basket! But just as Gray is about to seal the deal, their third ball falls to the ground about 1 foot short of the basket, forcing them to go back to the beginning to try again for that elusive third ball. The small misstep doesn't prove to be harmful to Gray, however, as they still manage to get their third ball in before anyone else gets one! With the win, Gray must now decide whether they want to keep the "good" Samadhi or give it to another team. After a brief discussion, Gray decides to keep the Samadhi for themselves. When Chris breaks open the Samadhi, the contents reveal the mystery behind the "changing the game" comment JD alluded to earlier. With this Samadhi, the Gray team has the choice to either take all of another team's pieces or to switch teammates with members from another team! JD gives the Gray team the afternoon to think about what they want to do with this newfound power. Back at the huts, it seems everyone knows that the strong Gray team is going to stick together and not switch partners so the question that everyone is gossiping over is which team's pieces Gray will take. Vanetta (Brown) seems to think that Gray will break loyalty and take Purple's three pieces, but Nicole (Orange) isn't so sure. Although she feels protected by the Gray-Purple-Orange alliance, she thinks Yellow will once again be tormented, and Gray will take their two pieces. For once, Monroe and Bryanah are in complete agreement with Nicole, and they worry about their position in the game. On the way to regrouping with JD at the island to find out about Gray's decision, Monroe kisses his pieces goodbye in anticipation of the meeting's result. And his prediction was correct. Chris confirms Yellow's fears and reveals that Gray will in fact use the Samadhi to take their two pieces. This move puts Gray into a first-place tie with the Purple team and maintains their alliance. And, of course, their decision puts Yellow in last place with zero pieces. Will Yellow be able to survive this latest setback? Find out next time on Endurance: Hawaii!moreless
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