As the next episode begins, we watch as the gang returns to camp to investigate the damage Hurricane Ivan wreaked on their camp. To be expected, everything is in total disarray (though the huts, luckily, are still standing), and a major cleanup session is in need. However, the castaways remain optimistic and are thankful that the damage wasn't more serious than it could have been. In the midst of their cleanup, the castaways are surprised by host Scott Lasky, who has come to reveal yet another twist and turn to the game. It is now down to seven final castaways, who will be competing for a chance to be rescued from the island and for one ultimate grand prize: a brand-new 2005 Ford Mustang and a $250,000 cash prize. It is now every man/woman for themselves (including the millionaire couple), as there will only be one winner. The contestants will also be competing in two different kinds of competitions: reward competitions, for various prizes and rewards, and safety competitions. The castaway who wins in the safety competition will win immunity, meaning they cannot be banished at Voodoo Village (where eliminations from the game will take place) and they automatically advance to the next round. The competitors have very little time to allow this new twist to sink in before heading to their first reward challenge. As they meet their host at the beach, they are welcomed to a huge sand pit full of smelly, rotten, dead fish. What they are required to do is search through this pit of fish (as well as inside the several fishes themselves), for a diamond ring. The contestant who is able to find the diamond ring first will win an enticing, pepperoni pizza dinner. After a long while of searching through the disgusting pit of more than 800 fish (while both becoming ill and having to deal with several wretched odors and unpleasant fish mess in the process), MaryAnn Kate finds the ring and is announced the winner. She is allowed to invite with her to her dinner one guest, and she thus chooses her "partner in crime," Gilligan Chris. At their "date" that evening, MaryAnn Kate and Gilligan Chris enjoy a dinner of pizza and wine, while talking strategy concerning the game (something that Glenn Stearns, in the meantime, has proved to be more than concerned with). MaryAnn Kate expresses that she is more than happy to have a friend in the game, and states that she is ready and completely willing to do whatever it takes to ensure both her and Gilligan Chris a spot in the final two. After dinner, the two of them top off their night with a steam good night kiss and an intimate cuddling session. First thing that next morning, the castaways are informed that they will be heading to the beach to compete against on another in their first ever safety competition. Upon arriving at the beach, Scott informs the contestants of the object of the game: Each person has been designated a tiki that holds a life preserver, which is connected to a strand of three coconuts. What the contestants will do, is take turns smashing each one of their competitors coconuts. As each castaway's coconuts are smashed, their life preserver will be lifted from their tiki statue, meaning they are eliminated from the competition. The person who is left standing after the rest of their competitors have been eliminated will be announced the winner and will win immunity at Voodoo Village that night. As the challenge begins, the contestants waste no time smashing Ginger Rachel's coconuts, and she is quickly the first to be eliminated. From then on, each castaway employs their own methods of staying in the competition, including throwing off their competition by smashing their own coconuts. This method, however, does not work for Professor Pat, and he is the second one eliminated. Skipper Jim is the next to go, leaving the Stearns, Mary Ann Kate, and Gilligan Chris (members of the islands designated "alliance") running the game. Glenn Stearns wastes no time getting rid of Mary Ann Kate, but Gilligan Chris steps in and gets rid of him soon after. It is then down to Mindy Stearns and Gilligan Chris, who both have one coconut remaining. Mrs. Stearns debates whether or not to smash her own, or her competitor's coconut, but ultimately decides that she cannot bring herself to give up immunity, and eliminates Chris from the game, leaving her as the winner of the safety challenge. That evening, before heading to Voodoo Village, the castaways eagerly discuss strategy and their different alliances, and anxiously discuss who to get rid of that night. While the Stearns, Mary Ann Kate, and Gilligan Chris are eager to get rid of Ginger Rachel, the others have their own plan in mind: to get rid of Mr. Stearns, thus getting rid of the head of this so-called "alliance". At the elimination ceremony, the castaways are told of the voting process: each castaway will be given a choice of voodoo dolls representing each competitor and their character. They will place their votes by placing the doll of their choice into a box, the votes will then be tallied, and the person voted out of the game will be banished to the other side of the island. The results of the voting were nothing less than surprising. While Ginger Rachel, Skipper Jim, and Professor Pat all went ahead with their plans to vote off Mr. Stearns, the "alliance of four" diverted from their original plan of voting off Ginger Rachel, and chose instead to eliminate Professor Pat, offering quite a surprise to their fellow castaways.moreless
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