The morning after their first elimination at Voodoo Village, tension is obvious among the castaways, especially between Glenn Stearns and Ginger Rachel. The contestants are all eager to discuss strategy from here on out, and the questions of alliances and who can trust who are most definitely coming into play. However, the game must go forward. Early that morning, the castaways are informed that they will be competing in their next reward competition. The castaways meet host Scott Lasky at the beach, where he informs them of their next challenge. First, the castaways will pair up in three sets of two; Mr. and Mrs. Stearns obviously act as one pair, while Gilligan Chris and Mary Ann Kate pair up as the second, leaving team number three that of Ginger Rachel and Skipper Jim. Next, one of the contestants will be blindfolded while their teammate will be shackled to a pole. The contestant shackled to the pole will give their blindfolded teammate directions to the locations of two sets of keys, which they dig for. Once that person has collected the keys, they will return to their teammate, unlock their shackles, and the two of them will then race to unlock a trunk containing $5,000 worth of coins and cash, which they will keep and split between the two of them. Of course, it is the women who are the ones shackled to the poles while the men are left to do the dirty work of blindly digging in the sand for the keys. The competition gets off to a rough start, as it is a very difficult competition, but we soon see the Stearns and Mary Ann Kate and Gilligan Chris competing neck and neck, while Ginger Rachel and Skipper Jim are left considerably behind. However, all three teams compete fiercely and bring forth their A-game. The Stearns and Gilligan Chris and Mary Ann Kate race very closely against one another, and the competition is almost too close to call, at least until Glenn Stearns nervously begins fumbling with the keys, giving their competitors a small lead. This tiny advantage ultimately leads Mary Ann Kate and Gilligan Chris to unlocking their trunk first and winning the $5,000. That evening, following the reward competition, the castaways enjoy a night of rest and relaxation after a long, exhausting day by having fun in the dipping pool, giving one another relaxing massages, and enjoying each other's company on yet another beautifully island night. Nonetheless, Gilligan Chris has a few things to confront Mr. Stearns about, as he is eager to break away from their alliance and compete at his own free will. He tells Glenn that he plans on voting without any one else's help and that he doesn't believe it is fair to play the game based on the influence of another person or based upon any alliances. The fear that his alliance may be coming to an end only drives Mr. Stearns' competitive nature and he becomes very eager to ensure he and Mindy's spot in the game The next afternoon, the castaways head to the nearby lagoon for the next safety competition. The contestants arrive to see an intricate obstacle course, leaving them a bit nervous and a little anxious of what this next challenge will entail. Scott informs the competitors that their next competition for immunity will entail a race. The competitors will race through the obstacle course and the castaway who is able to get through it in the least amount of time will be proclaimed the winner, thus earning safety at that night's elimination. The obstacle course is definitely a physically demanding one; the castaways will first swing down a zip line, landing them in the water. Next, they will swim to a platform, where they will then cross logs to get to yet another rope, swing back into the water, and climb up a large cargo net to the top of a nearby ledge. Mr. Stearns kicks off the competition and makes it through the course in an amazing 43 seconds. Next up is Mrs. Stearns, competes equally as well, and misses her husbands score by a second. Then, Skipper Jim takes his turn, and does his best to land him a time of 2 minutes, 6 seconds. Mary Ann Kate is up next and scores a time of 49 seconds, followed by Gilligan Chris who earns a respectable 45 seconds. It is then up to Rachel Ginger to take the lead away from Mr. Stearns, and she nearly does; Mr. Stearns is only able to beat her by a few milliseconds. Thus, he is then announced the winner of the challenge, earning the coveted safety ring. That night, tensions mount before the castaways head to Voodoo Village. The Stearns are eager to figure out the swing of that night's votes, and they bring out their best strategy in order to ensure their places in the game and any alliances they may have in tact. This is a time where the vote could most definitely go anywhere. At Voodoo Village that evening, the contestants place their votes, but this time, without the notion of any alliances. The Stearns place their votes, of course, for Ginger Rachel, while Gilligan Chris and Ginger Rachel place theirs for Mindy Stearns. Skipper Jim surprisingly casts his vote for Mary Ann Kate, leaving that night's elimination in the hands of Mary Ann Kate, who ultimately places her vote for Ginger Rachel, thus banishing her to the other side of the island.moreless
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